Mississippi Center for Justice

The mission of the Mississippi Center for Justice is to advance racial and economic justice. The Center carries out its mission through a community lawyering approach that combines legal services with policy advocacy, community education and media advocacy. The Center's campaigns are creating better futures for low-wealth Mississippians and communities of color in the areas of educational opportunity, financial security, access to healthcare and child care, affordable housing and community development. The Center is working toward advancing access to health care through a community approach that combines legal services with policy advocacy, community education, and media advocacy. See below for more information about the Mississippi Center for Justice’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • MCFJ Pens Feature for Huffington Post in Response to Annual KIDS COUNT Survey

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    MS: Reilly Morse, president and CEO for the Mississippi Center for Justice, wrote an article in the Huffington Post in response to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT survey ranking Mississippi last in the nation for child well-being in. The article discusses Mississippi’s failure to address key policy issues affecting children.

  • KidsWell MS To Host Outreach and Enrollment Events

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    MS: The Mississippi Center for Justice, Mississippi Human Services Coalition, and Children’s Defense Fund—Southern Regional Office, in partnership with the Cover Mississippi Coalition, will host five more outreach and enrollment events as part of the March to Healthcare Tour. 

  • KidsWell MS Grantees Co-Host Healthcare Enrollment Events

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    MS: The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), Mississippi Human Services Coalition (MHSC), and Children’s Defense Fund—Southern Regional Office (CDF-SRO), in partnership with the Cover Mississippi Coalition, will host five healthcare enrollment events in January to answer questions about the ACA and help residents enroll in coverage. 

  • MCFJ Hosts Healthcare Enrollment Events

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    MS: The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCFJ) worked with the Cover Mississippi Coalition to host 10 healthcare enrollment events on November 21st, 23rd, and 30th to answer questions about the ACA and help residents enroll in coverage.

  • That’s a Rap! MCJ Published a Music Video on Young Adults and the ACA

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    MS: The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), in collaboration with Students Involved in Community Change, published “ACA Achieve,” a music video featuring young adults who live in Shelby, a small town in the Mississippi Delta. The video highlights their community’s struggles and how the young adults and their families will benefit from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continued access to health coverage. The video has already received over 2,800 hits on YouTube!
  • MCJ Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    MS: The Mississippi Center for Justice’s (MCJ) Facebook page reported that Health Law Director Linda Rigsby was featured as a guest speaker during the Women for Progress of MS luncheon on October 1st. In Ms. Rigsby’s presentation, she shared key provisions of the ACA and the benefits of the Health Insurance Marketplaces. In addition, MCJ reported that it continues to spreading public awareness about the ACA through its membership with Cover Mississippi, a new coalition educating Mississippians about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • MCJ Hosted Town Hall Meeting to Answer Health Care Coverage Questions

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    MS: The Mississippi Center for Justice joined State Senator Sollie B. Norwood at a Health Care Town Hall meeting on September 19th to answer questions about how individuals may access new health care services starting October 1st.  Senator Norwood sponsored the event to “provide as much information as we can” on the “many services that our residents can access Healthcare professionals and providers from Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, the state Department of Health, Department of Mental Health, Division of Medicaid, and Community Health Center attended the meeting to discuss their services.
  • Jackson Advocate Publishes Two-Page Story on NAM & MS ACA Ethnic Media Round Table

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    New America Media & MS: As a result of New America Media and the KidsWell Mississippi Advocates’ successful ethnic media press briefing on the ACA in February, the Jackson Advocate Publisher published a two page story on the state’s legislative activities around Medicaid Expansion.

  • MCJ Works to Spread the Word on ACA Trainings and Educational Tools!

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    MS: Linda Rigsby, Health Law Director for the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), published an article in the Clarion Ledger discussing the benefits of expanding Medicaid in the state.  In addition, MCJ hosted an educational training session for over 60 individuals at the Sunflower County Courthouse on the ACA and Medicaid expansion. The session also made the front page of the Enterprise-Tocsin.
  • MCFJ was Quoted in an Article Applauding the SCOTUS Ruling on the ACA

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    MS: Linda Dixon Rigsby, Health Law Director at the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCFJ), was quoted in a Clarion Ledger article  stating that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling was good news for the state’s families and children and noted that insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.
  • MCJ Released Toolkit to Educate Students on ACA Training and Outreach Efforts

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    The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ) released a “Train-the-Trainer” toolkit to help students with their training and outreach efforts. Students that attend the MCJ workshops receive the toolkit which consists of a PowerPoint presentation template that they are encouraged to customize, an Affordable Care Act (ACA) fact sheet for Mississippi youth, and a Medicaid brochure on how parents can apply for the state health care benefits.
  • MCJ Held Photo Testimonial Project to Educate Students on ACA's Benefits for Young Adults

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    The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ) held an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Photo Testimonial Project at the Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) in Itta Bena. In conjunction with the MVSU Counseling Center, MCJ created informal activities to educate students about ACA's benefits for young adults. Students participated in “photo testimonials” – documenting visual and written statements describing personal experiences accessing health care. Photos from this event will be posted on YouTube and feature statistical information about young adults and health insurance in the state.

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