Politics

Who cares about the Second Amendment?

wethepeopleBY: JOSEPH ENGLAND

You should, that’s who. The Founding Fathers created the Bill of Rights to protect the rights of individuals. The freedoms of religion, speech, association, and the rest all refer to individual liberties. The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is no different. As many of you know, the Second Amendment continues to come under attack by those who would subvert your rights to bear arms. (more…)

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THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STEPS COALITION, ROBERTA AVILA

RAvilaFor 22 years Roberta Avila has worked in the non-profit and social justice sectors. She has served as the Executive Director of STEPS since July, 2009. Four years prior, she held the same position with the Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force. Roberta Avila is also a founding member of the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center and currently serves on boards for both the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) and the Mississippi Center for Justice. (more…)

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STEPS COALITION, ROBERTA AVILA

RAvilaFor 22 years Roberta Avila has worked in the non-profit and social justice sectors. She has served as the Executive Director of STEPS since July, 2009. Four years prior, she held the same position with the Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force. Roberta Avila is also a founding member of the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center and currently serves on boards for both the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) and the Mississippi Center for Justice. (more…)

Human Trafficking Update: Mississippi in Action

traffickingmedium2In February of this year, tens of thousands of sports fan flocked to New Orleans for the Super Bowl. Two young Mississippi brothers, ages 10 and 11, were thrilled that a family friend had invited them to go see the game. They left early for New Orleans, and the family friend treated them to the city’s main attractions for kids. They enjoyed the River Walk, watched an IMAX movie and explored downtown. When they returned to the hotel to rest up for the big game the next day, the family friend sold the two boys to three men. The brothers were raped repeatedly throughout the night. Thanks to the human trafficking advocacy group, Advocates For Freedom (AFF), the family knew what to do. They reported the incident, and the so-called friend was arrested for sex trafficking of the minors. The young boys will have a long road back to recovery after such an ordeal, but sadly, theirs is a success story. Many children who are sold into the minor sex trade never find their way back home. (more…)

Still Fighting for a Balanced Budget & for our Armed Forces

Dear Friend,

I was disappointed last Friday to see House Democrats united against a balanced budget amendment (BBA). American families sit down at their kitchen tables and balance their checkbooks and bank accounts to make sure they live within their means. The federal government should do the same. Friday was an unfortunate missed opportunity by Democrats to sit at the table with Republicans to create a better environment for job growth through reduced spending and a balanced budget. (more…)

Voting Advice

 The following is suggested voting advice however exceptions do occur. Food for thought…Do your interests align with the general public and taxpayers instead of government workers or other special interests such as big business? Carefully consider all points and investigate each candidate as thoroughly as possible before you go to the polls. The candidate you choose will profoundly affect your life and the lives of your fellow citizens. Education is key. Nothing is absolute as there are often mitigating circumstances. (more…)