~ Anniversary Appeal: December 30th, 1996- December 30th, 2011:
Celebrating 15 Years Fighting for Justice for Low-Wage Workers and Their Families!~
Since 1996, the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights has been fighting the good fight–standing on the side of the oppressed! Fifteen (15) years of advocating for the human rights of low-wage and unemployed workers!
Fighting for justice in an unjust world is made easier with the support of friends like you. Those who believe in our fight, give us the will and determination to continue.
Each year, we come to our friends to ask them to make a special “end of the year” contribution to the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. Without your support, low wage workers and their families have little or no chance of getting redress. They are left to fend for themselves. You make it possible for them to forge change under very difficult conditions. You make it possible for them to rid their workplaces of racial hostility, sexism and unfair labor practices.
Achieving fairness and maintaining dignity on the job is no easy task!
Workers who stand up for their rights often are victims of retaliation. Many are fired when they dare to challenge abusive treatment. They are demoted when they question inequities. They are forced into early retirement when they question policies that create double standards.
Achieving a work environment free of discrimination is no easy task!
At a time when hate violence has reached epidemic proportions in workplaces, on college campuses and in public facilities, organizations like the Center are desperately needed. We cannot afford to lose any ground. We cannot afford any more setbacks. The Center, which is the only grassroots human rights organization in the state of Mississippi, must survive. We must be here to provide assistance, advocacy and organizing support for the hundreds of low wage African American workers who seek our help every year.
With your support, low wage workers and their families see real successes:
* This past year, The Center’s Housing as a Human Right Campaign successfully organized to stop the unlawful eviction of residents in a large housing complex in Cleveland, MS, and held the landlord accountable for inhumane housing conditions.
* Also this year, renters organized through the Center’s Housing as a Human Right Campaign succeeded in getting their municipalities to pass Landlord Accountability Ordinances in several towns and cities in the Mississippi Delta. Now thousands of renters can live in adequate housing with humane conditions.
* Over the last fifteen years, because of your support, The Center’s Knowledge is Power campaign has educated thousands of low-wage workers about their rights, including the right to a hate-free workplace, to be free from injury and death as a result of employer negligence, and the right to a living wage.
* Because you gave, the Center has helped countless women workers end sexual harassment and discrimination at their workplaces.
* Because of your support, African American workers have held employers throughout Mississippi accountable for race-based terror in the workplace, and employers have received the message that it will not be tolerated.
* Your support helped The Center’s Environmental Justice Campaign with successes like stopping the toxic well that was slated for the primarily African-American community in Quitman County.
* You gave, and The Center for the last fifteen years has maintained an active docket of workplace discrimination cases. We have consistently said “yes” to cases that otherwise would not be brought, due to the economic conditions of those who are facing abuses and injustices in their workplaces and neighborhoods.
* Your support helped us work with concerned parent groups throughout the Delta to address disparities in educational access, including forcing the Western Line School District to provide a safe facility for elementary school children when the Glen Allan Elementary School mysteriously burned down following Hurricane Katrina.
Looking Ahead- A New Campaign for Employment Rights for Formerly Incarcerated People
This year, The Center is rolling out a new campaign to demand full employment rights for people who have been incarcerated. For those who are rebuilding their lives following imprisonment, their success absolutely requires access to adequate job opportunities. Your support will allow us to launch an innovative and daring campaign to call for an end to employment discrimination against formerly incarcerated people.
Freedom ain’t free!
We cannot maintain two offices– in Greenville and Jackson, or provide adequate staffing of those offices, without generous donations from friends like you. We cannot publish educational materials or organize important direct actions and human rights campaigns, without your help. We need you to build a strong donor base. We need you to build a strong network of supporters, who will stand with us to make a difference. We need you! We need you! We need you! What can we say?
WE NEED YOU!
Please make a tax deductible contribution online through Paypal or Justgive (above), or by writing a check to Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, 213 Main Street, Greenville, MS 38701.
Warm Wishes and Season’s Greetings,