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7th Annual MIRA & SCLC Unity Conference

15 August 2013 No Comment

Attorney/Professor Michelle Alexander AND Javier Sicilia at our annual Unity Conference on November 15, 2013.

by Bill Chandler & Jim Evans
Updated October 21, 2013


Coming together for the first time, and linking the drug crises in the U.S. and Mexico, Professor Michelle Alexander and Señor Javier Sicillia will be joined by other nationally known advocates and organizers at the 7th Annual Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance/Southern Christian Leadership Conference Unity Conference  which will take place Friday and Saturday, November 15-16, 2013 at Fondren Hall located at 4330 N. State Street, Jackson and the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, 528 Bloom St., Jackson.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Crimmigration:  The Tragic Consequences of U.S. Drug Policies on Families and Youth.”

The Conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 15 at Fondren Hall with panels setting the stage on how the so called War on Drugs has hurt families and children in the U.S., Mexico and elsewhere in the hemisphere.  Javier Sicilia, an organizing leader of the Movement for Peace With Justice and Dignity, will be the Friday luncheon keynote speaker. On Friday afternoon there will be a youth panel and Juhu Thukral from The Opportunity Agenda will lead us in a discussion about the Role of Communications in Social Justice Movements: Talking About Traditional, New, and Youth Media.  

There will be a Friday Evening Reception at 7:00 p.m., also at Fondren Hall-with delicious tapas prepared by Sugar Magnolia Takery-that will feature keynote speaker Michelle Alexander followed by an on-stage conversation between Alexander and Sicilia.  Attorney Jaribu Hill, Jazz Saxophonist Tiger Rogers and Drummer Baba Asante will provide entertainment for the evening.  On Saturday, the conference will move to the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, 528 Bloom St., just west of the Capitol in Jackson. Saturday’s events commence at 9:00 a.m. with a Communications Institute sponsored by The Opportunity Agenda.  

Participants in the Communications Institute will learn about immigration messaging, radio interviewing skills and how to write op-eds.  Instructors include nationally known staff from the American Forum and the Mainstream Media Project.  Brunch will be served and, at the conclusion of the Institute, attendees will be able to tour the Medgar Evers and other exhibits at the beautiful, newly renovated Smith Robertson Museum.  

The cost to register (PDF) for both days of the Conference is $50.00. The Friday Evening Reception is an additional $50.00, or you can register for both days of the Conference and the Friday Evening Reception for only $100.00.  Please also consider purchasing one of our Sponsor Packages.   Your contribution will include an advertisement in the Unity Conference Program Book, reception tickets, and sponsor recognition.  Your support helps us to provide a lasting memory of the conference, as well as a useful education reference.  

During its thirteen years, MIRA has been relentless in its efforts to educate African Americans, Latino, Asian and other immigrant communities along with progressive Euro-Americans about their common histories, struggles and movements.  This is part of our work to build lasting social, political and economic change in Mississippi through common struggle.  We hope that you will join us for another historic and momentous event in the ongoing education and organization of communities of color.

You can REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE ONLINE by clicking here.  Or you can download the registration form and mail it in or bring it with you for in-person registration.  Please also consider downloading and purchasing a Sponsorship package. Your continuing support will help aid us in working to bring fair treatment for all.  Also we suggest you support Lemuria Bookstore, who will be selling both Ms. Alexander’s and Sr. Scillia’s books at the Conference. For more information on Professor Alexander, please visit her website at www.newjimcrow.com.  For more information on Señor Sicillia, please visit the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity website. Finally, please ”like” us on our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.  Thank You!!

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