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Coalition: Discrimination is 'a battle' that's never over

The crowd at DeMiller Hall in Biloxi for the first We Are All Mississippi town hall. (Image Source: WLOX News) The crowd at DeMiller Hall in Biloxi for the first We Are All Mississippi town hall. (Image Source: WLOX News)
We Are All Mississippi is made up of about 20 different non-profit organizations working to increase equality in their communities. (Image Source: WLOX News) We Are All Mississippi is made up of about 20 different non-profit organizations working to increase equality in their communities. (Image Source: WLOX News)
For more information, you can visit the We Are All Mississippi Facebook page. (Image Source: WLOX News) For more information, you can visit the We Are All Mississippi Facebook page. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The We Are All Mississippi Coalition kicked off its statewide series of town hall meetings Tuesday night in Biloxi. 

The community was invited to DeMiller Hall to share concerns, ask questions, and get answers about some of the most controversial topics being talked about right now in Mississippi.

The We Are All Mississippi Coalition is made up of non-profit organizations who work to increase equality. Members of the coalition say that's why conversations must be had about what they are calling discriminatory policies being passed in our state.

"We really want to have a conversation about discrimination as a whole. Why it's important for us to fight it, and what can be done to fight it," said Erik Fleming, the director of advocacy and policy for the Mississippi ACLU.

Although the town hall series is about a variety of topics, Fleming hopes this series of conversations will build momentum within communities to fight back against House Bill 1523.

"We're trying to drive home that this is not an overreaction from our end and the coalition's end. This is an overreaction from the legislature not being sensitive to Mississippi moving forward," said Fleming.

While many of those in attendance were members of various non-profit groups, some were just there to show their support for equality.

"It's never over. That's why we're still here. It's a battle, you know it's a struggle, but if we're not here to support it. It's not going to change and that's what we're here for," said Addison Ellis.

Many say that the lack of action within the state legislature to change the flag and the recent signing of the Religious Accommodations Act has put our state in a bad light, and Mississippians have to speak up.

"The community of Mississippi is in trouble and specifically people who are already marginalized. People who are already discriminated against. There's a chance for that to happen at an exponential rate," said Ben-Cuda Stowers.

The town hall meeting series will continue with a stop in Hattiesburg this Thursday.

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