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Mississippi: Clawing to the Topnew

When Mississippians start doing this together thing, we quickly find that the culture around us starts changing. We suddenly believe we've got this, we can solve problems, we're as good as anyone else and, by damn, we can even win stuff—hearts and minds, respect, awards and maybe even a national championship or a Heisman.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  11-10-2014  |  Commentary

Calling All Men of Characternew

To reverse the abuse cycle, it takes all of us, especially men.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  09-25-2014  |  Crime & Justice

Time to Reset, White Folksnew

What's happening in Ferguson isn't pretty, but it had to happen: Police and everyday people cannot keep killing black people for minor, or no, crimes and expect our citizens of color to just keep taking it. That practice came to a violent head 50 years ago this summer, and it is again now.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  08-22-2014  |  Civil Liberties

It’s Time to Change ‘The Game’new

In most every election, we just move around the chess pieces but no one ever really wins, certainly not the voters.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  07-24-2014  |  Commentary

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad GOP Race for U.S. Senatenew

The clock is ticking for Sen. Chris McDaniel's senatorial campaign to file a challenge to the U.S. Senate race run-off election results after the Mississippi Republican Party certified Thad Cochran's win Monday night. McDaniel's challenge comes after numerous allegations of fraudulent activity.
Jackson Free Press  |  Anna Wolfe and Donna Ladd  |  07-10-2014  |  Politics

Love, Anywaynew

No, not all men abuse or hurt, but collectively we have condoned a society that excuses it too often when they do.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  06-13-2014  |  Culture

Mrs. Truth, Mr. Humanitynew

I first visited Battle Creek's monument to Sojourner Truth, an illiterate woman who shed her slave name and chose "Truth," saying "... and truth shall be my abiding name."
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  05-22-2014  |  Commentary

Discrimination Isn’t ‘Religious Freedom’new

You do not have religious freedom if every single American doesn't have it, too, including those you believe are heathens and sinners.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  05-01-2014  |  LGBT

As Shepard Lay Dyingnew

The reason we need both hate-crime laws and awareness in our state and nation is simple: Too many people still commit crimes against random members of a group because they've been taught to hate or distrust that group.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  04-17-2014  |  LGBT

Protect the Innocent: End the Death Penaltynew

Michelle Byrom is a textbook case of what is wrong with the state executions in Mississippi and the rest of the nation.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  03-27-2014  |  Crime & Justice

Mentoring: A Friend for Lifenew

The word "mentor" is incredibly common these days—a good sign that more and more people understand the need to help young people, especially those unfortunate enough not to have a strong family support bases.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  12-19-2013  |  Advice

Digging up the Rootsnew

When discussing the very difficult issue of violence, we find there are two types of people: those who don't care why criminals resort to violence, and those who get that preventing it can only come from attacking it at the roots. That is, we stop crime before it happens by trying to understand and fix why a young person takes that turn in the first place.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  12-19-2013  |  Advice

Build an Army for Kids, Not Against Themnew

Many Mississippians are familiar with people who were raised on the slavery-spawned myth that people of color are more violent, which served as a primary justification to keep segregation and even lynching in place; nearly always, an alleged crime was the rationale.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  12-19-2013  |  Commentary

From Emmett to Trayvonnew

Crazies will always be there, and we will always have to deal with them. But when trigger-happy men shoot kids of color under cover of Stand Your Ground or Castle Doctrine laws, and mainstream whites rush forward to defend them, we have a more severe problem.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  08-16-2013  |  Race & Class

Breaking the Silencenew

When James Ford Seale finally went on trial for his role in the 1964 kidnapping and deaths of Henry Dee and Charles Moore in Meadville, our reporting staff was blown away by the jury-selection process.
Jackson Free Press  |  Donna Ladd  |  07-01-2013  |  Race & Class

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