Friday, January 4, 2008

On the ground in Greenville, Mississippi!

The Mississippi Project '08 delegates have arrived in the Delta!

Here, in Greenville, MS, Jaribu Hill '96 (who founded the Mississippi Project at CUNY Law), gave a warm and inspirational welcome to the four of us interns placed with the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights (Beena, Mike, Shirley and Stephan). We had met up in the capital city of Jackson, MS Thursday night and drove into Greenville (pop: 41,600) after an unplanned but scenic detour through Canton and Yazoo City.

Our orientation yesterday included an overview of Greenville, so Jaribu and program director LaToya Davis packed the crew into the Center's van and launched us straight into field work: following up on reports of rental homes deteriorating from systemic neglect, near the Greenville levee's banks. Today, we head to back to Jackson, where the Center recently opened its second office and where we'll do legislative visits with the Black Caucus when the new session begins next Tuesday. Check back for photos, coming soon!

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