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6 Blank Check? Hinds County supervisors are uncertain how much a Clinton-to-Byram connector road will cost. MAMIE TILL BRADLEY

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What exactly is a hate crime, and why should it matter when prosecuting crimes? H.C. PORTER AND GRETCHEN HAIEN

lorenda cheeks style program including a multipurpose field and community garden. The Junior League of Jackson also awarded six Oak Forest teachers, the most of any school, grant money amounting to $17,000 to promote literacy and technology. Cheeks is also heavily involved in her community. Starting out as a Girl Scout Brownie herself, Cheeks now leads five Scout troops. They have recently achieved recognition on a national scale, particularly through their project “It’s Hip to Be Fit.” Last year, Cheeks and her Scouts traveled to Atlanta where Cheeks won the 1st Grand Champion Award from the General Mills “Feeding Dreams” program. Communities vote for the winners, making it especially meaningful. In her free time, Cheeks is active in her church at Mount Nebo Baptist Church in west Jackson, decorating cakes (butter cream and pound cakes, especially), playing tennis, traveling and catching up on sleep. “I try to live by example. I want to teach the children who come to Oak Forest how to be a good citizen, how to give back to your community,” Cheeks says. “It’s going to take a cycle of me teaching a child who picks up that lesson to teach their children.” Cheeks urges parents and community members to contact principals and request to teach a craft, tutor children or get involved in any way. —Hannah Vick

26 On The Floor H.C. Porter and Gretchen Haien continue their work documenting Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

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As the local mailman could attest, Lorenda Cheeks has taught kids since she was a little girl herself, setting up school in the front lawn with her neighborhood friends. Cheeks, 39, grew up in north Jackson and attended Lanier High School and Tougaloo College. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, she obtained a master’s specialist degree from Mississippi College in school administration supervision and is now writing her doctoral dissertation in education leadership for Delta State University. Cheeks still lives in north Jackson, but being a student is only one segment of her life. After spending five years as an elementary school teacher, Cheeks is now the principal of Oak Forest Elementary School. She was inspired to pursue educational administration by her former boss, Gerilynn Thomas of New Hope Christian School in Jackson. “I would love to change the image of how (educators) are perceived by the community. There are some great things going on in Jackson Public Schools,” Cheeks says. As a demonstration of those great things, Oak Forest Elementary teachers and administrators have been accumulating grants nationally and locally. Last April, the state Department of Health, in conjunction with Leadership Greater Jackson, awarded Oak Forest $3,750 to build a soccer program. The school is integrating a community-based healthy life-

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Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is assistant editor of the JFP and BOOM Jackson. She covers the media in Mississippi to figure out who controls the news. Email ideas to Valerie@ jacksonfreepress.com. She wrote the cover story and a media column.

Elizabeth Waibel Reporter Elizabeth Waibel grew up in Clinton. In May, she received her journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. She likes coffee and trying new cake recipes. She contributed to the cover story and wrote Talks.

Sharon Dunten Sharon Dunten came to Mississippi as journalist to cover Hurricane Katrina. She visits Mississippi often to write and photograph its culture, which captured her heart. She is an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists. She wrote an arts feature.

Brandon Pruett Brandon Pruett is often confused for Steve Buscemi and the late Steve Irwin. His greatest accomplishment was coming in third on Nick’s Global Guts under the nickname “Baby D.” He also has excellent posture. He wrote a music feature.

Ayana Taylor Kinnel Ayana Taylor Kinnel is a graduate of Tougaloo College and Belhaven University. She teaches English at Antonelli College. She wrote Hitched for this issue.

LaShanda Phillips Editorial Assistant LaShanda Phillips is a recent graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children. Her motto is: “Make-up is fantastic!” She compiles and wrote the FLY gift guide.

Andrew Ousley Laurel native Andrew Ousley lived in Scotland and Wyoming before moving to Jackson. Andrew frequently watches Modern Marvels alone on Friday nights. He misses the days when you could win free Cokes under the cap. He wrote a food feature.

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What the Mamas Taught Us

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hen I heard 40 days before Election Day that the “No on 26” folks were trying to hire a spokesperson, I just knew women didn’t have a chance. Thankfully, I was wrong. What we all watched happen to turn back the cocky Personhood folks—many of them men and women too old to have children—was nothing short of amazing. And I don’t mean because a progressive stance won an election handily in this state—that, too, of course—but because a diverse group of people rejected the right-left political standoff and spoke out for the best interests of our people. It was a revolution of the informed middle. We live in a state, and a country, where this just doesn’t happen very often. Our corporate-financed two-party system doesn’t let “the other” get through, even when it’s the most evidence- and fact-based position. And bolstered by media corporations that don’t want to rock their own corporate boats, the truth gets lost in fake objectivity that divides every story in half, often “balancing” actual facts with lies. The worst part is when folks who are supposed to be on the side of “the people” hide in the corner rather than speak out against something considered controversial in Mississippi. Or when so-called progressive leaders are so afraid of being called names (I’m used to that myself) or losing state funding that they won’t dare go to the wall on behalf of our citizens. The Mississippi Democratic Party, of course, is Exhibit A in this hall of shame. Nearly every Democratic candidate—what there were of them—decided that they had to come out for Personhood in order to get votes. This even included Johnny DuPree who has a grandson due to in vitro. Put another way, very few people believed Personhood could be stopped. It kind of tickles me now to hear the Republican meme that it was Planned Parenthood that stopped Personhood. I call B.S. on that notion; we were lucky if we could get anyone from Planned Parenthood or any official No-on-26-er to freakin’ call us back for our stories. Local doctors and what we are lovingly calling the “grassroots mamas” were the ones with the courage. And, apparently, the belief that they could bridge differences to stop this assault on our citizens’ rights to make their own health decisions. (Look at the “Healthy Mississippians” signs against Personhood. You can barely find the word “No” on there, it’s so small.) I fully believe that, without the grassroots efforts, the national groups that conservative politicians love to hate would have continued to treat Mississippi as “flyover” country—a place they might as well just forfeit because there was no way we could organize and defeat anything that would outlaw abortion. From our front-row seat, what we saw from the grassroots movement gave us guarded hope. My prayer now is that enough Mississippians saw what can happen when people come together and use social media and word-ofmouth to spread real information that unlocks

the dumb right-left political standoff and gets to the grit of what these efforts mean to everyday people. In (one of) the nation’s sickest and poorest states, I want to see this happen with other issues, such as health care, job efforts, education funding, quality sex education and birth control, and tax cuts, to name a few. These are all issues that have been co-opted by “leaders” bought by corporate dollars willing to engage in dishonest race-baiting (such as “welfare mother” scares) to make many voters think they’re being screwed when they are actually being helped. But let’s face it: Those corporate dollars aren’t going away anytime soon, nor are the candidates they bankroll. It is up to individual people—the grassroots—to really think these issues through, and demand factual information, much as the majority of Mississippians did with Personhood. Let’s take one of so many examples: How many people actually know what health reform (branded “Obamacare” by corporate politicians) does? How many good-hearted middle-class people are willing to ignore the yelps long enough to figure out just how it would really affect small businesses (such as mine)? How many are interested in how many more jobs can be created by companies that aren’t constantly strapped by people out due to health concerns? How many want to know how health reform can save us costs because taxpayers end up paying in the long run for poor medical care for fellow Americans? Same with tax cuts: How many people are willing to consider a viewpoint not parroted by cable TV hosts and bloggers they believe they already agree with? Or, to get even more local, how many of you are willing to consider the negative effects—on crime—of media and community obsession with crime? Are you

willing to seek out and consider evidencebased solutions that politicians just ignore? Most of you—especially in Jackson, bless y’all’s hearts—did just that on the Personhood Initiative. Perhaps you did it because you’re a parent and know the difference between a campaign to save a zygote and the need to protect the future of your daughter who was date-raped by the big man on campus. But we can all apply this level of thought and evidence standard to every issue before us, if we will. Just imagine the possibilities. I also urge you to grow a couple, as the grassroots mamas might put it, and be willing to speak up and stop being so afraid of what some radical-right wingnut, whether from Tupelo or Colorado, might think. We-the-people allow jerks to control the dialogue in this state; just because Phil Bryant says you’re Satan for voting against Personhood doesn’t mean it’s true. Speak out and question, using your name and armed with facts. Don’t be mean-spirited and fall into the All-________s-suck trap when you’re speaking out. Not all Dems or Republicans or anyone else suck—many are too busy, or scared, to find good data and speak out about it. Think about it this way: A major reason our state is known as a bastion of race hatred is not because we had fools running the asylum. It’s because too many of the rest of our people didn’t speak up or do anything about it, and kept electing them based on bad information. We can lead, not roll over and play dead, no matter what anyone says. All those mamas who defeated Personhood proved that. Let’s start with unwanted pregnancy. What are you going to do today to prevent it? Tell me at www.jfp.ms or tweet your ideas to me @donnerkay on Twitter.


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More than 1 percent of babies born in the United States are the product of artificial reproductive technologies, including in-vitro fertilization, or 60,190 infants in 2009. SOURCE: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

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Wednesday, Nov. 16 Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announces he won a request to have his case against Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which disperses money BP set aside after the 2010 oil disaster, heard in a state court. ‌ A new judge is appointed to hear the child sex-abuse case against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky in December.

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Thursday, Nov. 17 Gov. Haley Barbour declares Toyota Arbor Day, celebrating the opening of Toyota’s Blue Springs plant and the company’s environmental commitment. ‌ Authorities charge Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama; he allegedly fired shots at the White House last week. Friday. Nov. 18 The Mississippi ACLU sues Long Beach, Miss., its police department, and police officers Shawn Johnson and Melissa Peterson on behalf of Sandra Howard, challenging her 2010 arrest for peacefully protesting the BP oil spill. ‌ Detroit will lay off 1,000 people, about 9 percent of its work force, by the end of February. Saturday, Nov. 19 Jackson State University defeats Alcorn State University 51-7 in the annual Capital City Classic football game. ‌ Six Republican presidential candidates talked turkey in the Thanksgiving Family Forum in West Des Moines, Iowa, sponsored by the group Family Leader. Sunday, Nov. 20 Jackson police detective Natyyo Gray is charged with capital murder after the death of 1-year-old Aubrey Brown. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart says the baby died from internal bleeding caused by severe blunt force trauma.

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Monday, Nov. 21 Hinds County supervisors vote to ask Mississippi to authorize selling bonds to support the Byram-Clinton Corridor project. ‌ The congressional “supercommittteeâ€? admits it failed to reach a compromise solution to the nation’s debt crises.

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Tuesday, Nov. 22 Members of the city planning committee vote to allow Occupy Jackson participants to protest in Smith Park from dawn to 11 p.m. ‌ Scientists discover the first orchid to bloom at night, the bulbophyllum nocturnum from Papua New Guinea. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.

The Byram-Clinton corridor proposes to ease congestion and promote development.The 18-mile thoroughfare would consist of a multi-lane road, sidewalks and bike paths.

o get the ball rolling on construction of a proposed roadway, the Hinds County Board of Supervisors will ask the Legislature for financial support. This week, during a meeting at the Hinds County courthouse in Raymond, the supervisors voted down a resolution from District 3 Supervisor Peggy Calhoun to ask state lawmakers for $50 million to initiate construction of the project. When the resolution failed, Calhoun amended her request to seek funding with the amount requested left blank; the board approved that measure. Calhoun said the project is needed to relieve traffic congestion and create jobs. “We need all the economic-development projects we can get,� she told the Jackson Free Press, adding that sales and property tax bases in Hinds County and municipalities like Jackson have dwindled as a result of “people flight� to Rankin and Madison Counties. “We can not sit here and watch the tax base erode.� According to plans, the 18-mile corridor would consist of a multi-lane road, sidewalks and bike paths between Byram at Interstate 55 South extending northwest to the Norrell Road Interchange at Interstate 20 in Clinton. In March 2011, supervisors commissioned Jackson-based engineering firm NeelSchaffer Inc. to provide cost estimates and study alternatives. According to the study, the route’s total cost is $96.9 million. Roughly HINDS, see page 7

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$50 million of that sum could be used to begin construction of the north and south ends of the corridor between East Sam Herring Road and I-20 on the north and Park and Davis roads on the south, Calhoun said. District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham said he supports the project but has questions. “I haven’t gotten one single piece of paper from anyone saying how much we need and how we’re going to spend it,” Graham said Nov. 21. “I don’t know if we’re going to need $50 million, $100 million or $10 million. I don’t know what that magic number is.” Calhoun said that if the public perceives the board to be “stalling” with the development project, it could lose support from citizens as well as the state Legislature. “If we’re going to ask the Legislature to

assist us, we need to move forward now,” she said. “Not approving the project would send a message that the board is not serious about economic development and creating jobs.” Graham disagreed that the supervisors were stalling. “I think we’re just trying to make the best decision we possibly can. If we’re going to spend $50 million, I want to make sure we know what we’re doing,” he said. He said he’d spoken with Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. City spokesman Chris Mims said that the mayor was concerned that the project would bypass Jackson, offering the city no business-development opportunities and might detract some from South Jackson. Calhoun said that although Jackson’s cooperation is welcome, the county “doesn’t need the approval of any other governmental entity to construct the corridor.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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or made noise. They also worried about setting a precedent for future groups who might want to camp in the park overnight, and who might be much more of a nuisance than the Occupy protesters. Lumumba compared Occupy Jackson to civil-rights leaders such as Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King Jr. “We need to be

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real careful who we’re aligned with in history,” he said. Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell does not vote on the Planning Committee, but he voiced his opposition. He said some of the protesters were nice, but the council would be responsible if something went wrong. “I don’t think there is any human being sitting here right now that’s going to do something that could come to haunt us,” he said. “But there are other people out there that would like to hijack your movement … and it could put you in a bad situation.” In a council meeting Nov. 21, City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen said allowing protesters to stay overnight for two months sets a precedent. He said if the city grants a permit for overnight occupation and the Ku Klux Klan, for example, asked for similar accommodations later on, the city would be forced to give them a permit. Occupy Jackson has been in Smith Park since October. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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n the sidewalk outside Smith Park, too-small tarps covered waterlogged books, papers and canisters of food caught in Tuesday’s heavy rain. A few plastic signs escaped the downpour to proclaim slogans such as “occupy America to save America” and “free hug giveaway, all day, every day.” Inside City Hall a few blocks away, the signs’ owners assembled to try to persuade the City Council Planning Committee to allow them to stay in the park day and night for another month. The Planning Committee voted Tuesday to allow Occupy Jackson to stay in the park from dawn until 11 p.m. through Dec. 26. The measure must go before the full council for a vote, most likely at the Nov. 29 meeting, before it goes into effect. Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba left the meeting when his motion to allow the protesters to stay overnight failed. The other members of the committee passed a measure to grant the protesters a permit to allow them to stay in the park after it closes at dusk, with Ward 4 Councilman Frank Bluntson and Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman voting in favor of the measure and Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber voting against it. Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes is vice chairman of the Planning Committee but was not at the meeting. The city’s special events coordinator gave Occupy Jackson, which recently incorporated as a nonprofit organization, a permit to use the park from dawn to dusk, when it is normally open. Occupy Jackson appealed the decision to the City Council, however, arguing that staying in a particular location day and night is integral to the Occupy protest movement’s message. Some local property owners and downtown residents also spoke during the Planning Committee meeting, saying the protesters came into buildings and used their restrooms without permission,

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orporate America wants to cash in this holiday season with a highly visible campaign to support small businesses. Gannett Co. Inc., owner of The Clarion-Ledger, joined this effort with full force. If this reminds you of Gannettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;ShopLocalâ&#x20AC;? pretensions, you are not the only one. Here in Jackson, The Clarion-Ledger uses this trademarked phrase to push chain stores, many based out of state with owners far, far away. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if Gannett went through the trouble of trademarking common language without understanding what it really means. American Express is a founding partner in Small Business Saturday, and its promotion is dominant on The Clarion-Ledger website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shopping Main Street; Discover Small Businesses on November 26â&#x20AC;? is a linked page with a map of a dozen participating businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just like buying locally grown produce helps local farmers, buying from your local retailer can directly help your townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy and local charities,â&#x20AC;? Jayne Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell of USA Today says in a video clip posted on the site. But then she also warns shoppers of the dangers of shopping locally in another video: â&#x20AC;&#x153;While smaller retailers do try to be competitive, it can be impossible to match the prices the big national chains charge.â&#x20AC;? She adds that it is harder to make exchanges at small stores. Gannett even started a Jackson Shopping Main Street page on Facebook. The first post is from Oct. 27. The fonts and some other graphic elements mimic the Obama presidential campaign material. An image of street signs is the main art, but the connection to The Clarion-Ledger is not clear. Besides links to a couple of stories, no mention is made of Gannett or The Clarion-Ledger, although all the links on the Twitter feed refer back to The Clarion-Ledger. While distancing its brand from the Jackson Shopping Main Street promotion, Gannett seems to be hiding, almost pretending that the promotion is a small and locally owned initiative. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough to make you wonder if the

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spend money, time and energy on Black Friday, they might need to recuperate on Shopping Main Street Saturday. Television stations are reporting the Black Friday sales during news segments. The story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Friday Brings Jobs to the Metroâ&#x20AC;? airing this week on WJTV, the CBS affiliate station in Jackson, begins with a rundown of what time sales would start at Walmart, Kohlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Target. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pre-Black Friday sales are already going on at Target and some other area stores,â&#x20AC;? the anchor reported. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The real sales, of course, begin on Thanksgiving at midnight.â&#x20AC;? Some Americans wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shop at all this Friday as they observe Buy Nothing Day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 20th year that Adbusters magazine is promoting this anti-consumerism campaign. The simple suggestion is that instead of shopping

with a maddening crowd for token things you may not really need, stay home and relax, reflect and reconsider your Christmas gift list. Perhaps, after a day of not even buying gas for the car or a candy bar from a vending machine, shoppers might wake up refreshed on Saturday and buy things from neighbors who own small businesses. Adbusters also gets the credit for Occupy Wall Street, a real-world meme that resonates with frustrated folks in many cities, including Jackson. Those impatient with the Occupiers are using their First Amendment rights to protest about the protesters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Smith Park in downtown Jackson, in particularâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there is little sense of urgency or sense of purpose,â&#x20AC;? Ross Reily wrote Nov. 17 in the Dolan Co.-owned Mississippi Business Journal. Dolan (NYSE: DM), based in Minneapolis, owns media outlets in 19 cities in the United States. The headline on Reilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Notebook entry reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;FAT, LAZY AND STUPID: Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 99 percenters just sit, smoke and squander opportunities.â&#x20AC;? The tags on the online post include: economic development, racism, social issues, socialism and stupidity. Yes, the MBJ really tagged it with â&#x20AC;&#x153;stupidity.â&#x20AC;? Reilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s irritation with Smith Park occupiers stems from what he perceives as a lack of zeal and vigor for a cause. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that different from observations the JFP editorial board made last month. We agreed the general vagueness of the movement needed to focus on specific causes and propose solutions. But we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t label the protesters as stupid and lazy. Or fat. As local media outlets cover the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, expect to see pictures of consumers occupying sidewalks and parking lots before stores open. Cameramen will watch like hunters in deer season for building tension and potential riots. It is unlikely, however, that a police officer will casually and calmly paint the shoppers with pepper spray or that the media will call the crowd ugly names. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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by Elizabeth Waibel

Since voters approved an initiative to require photo identification to vote, community groups are already talking about strategies to get IDs for people who need them.

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ith her hand pressed to the side of her face in a sign of frustrated concentration, Valencia Robinson, founder and executive director of Mississippi in Action, sat at a table in the front of the room and riffled through brochures and printouts from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Department of Public Safety and the Secretary of State’s office. She was trying to sort out the requirements of the voter identification initiative that passed last week. It won’t be easy; most of the requirements of the new voter ID amendment are still up in the air, waiting for various federal and state attorneys and politicians to work out the details. Robinson and about five other people met last week to start an effort called Operation ID to make sure people who do not currently have government-issued photo identification can vote in the next election. They have their work cut out for them. Their goal is to educate people about how to get an ID in the Jackson area as well as in the Delta and other areas of the state.

They also want to help register people to vote and tell people about the importance of voting in general. Although the initiative provides funding for free voter IDs, it does not specify how people will be able to get them. The U.S. Department of Justice must also approve any changes to voting laws in Mississippi before they can go into effect. In some other states, voter ID laws have also faced legal challenges. Operation ID supporters say they can’t afford to wait for the legal system to work things out with the 2012 presidential elections looming. “I’m trying to make sure people don’t miss the opportunity,” Robinson said. “If people have to pay for it (now), they have to pay for it. … I don’t want to wait till July.” Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, who proposed the initiative, said whether people will need IDs to vote in the primary elections in March is up to the DOJ now. “‘No one knows’ is the honest answer to that, because it really depends on how quickly or slowly the Justice Department reviews our application,” he said.

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Although the initiative technically goes into effect 30 days after the secretary of state’s office certifies the election results, which should be sometime next week, the state must apply for preclearance from the DOJ before it can make any changes to election procedures. The department then has up to 60 days to review the application before approving or disapproving it. The DOJ can ask for more information and take an additional 60 days to consider the application. Fillingane said it’s likely the state will have an answer from the DOJ before the 2012 legislative session begins in January, although two other states are ahead of Mississippi, waiting for approval on their voter ID laws. At that time, the secretary of state’s office can decide whether the provisions of the amendment can be implemented by regulations through the circuit clerks’ offices. Fillingane said he thinks the Legislature will likely have to pass some legislation to work out the details of the amendment, such as how to distribute free IDs. Even when free IDs are available, people will have to be nudged to go and get them said Ruby Gray, who was at the Operation ID meeting. No one is quite sure how the Legislature will interpret the initiative, and Robinson said she doesn’t want people to get frustrated with figuring out the requirements for getting a free ID and give up. “We want to be proactive instead of reactive,” Robinson said. People will also need to know that the initiative allows people without ID to cast an affidavit ballot, but they must bring identification to the circuit clerk’s office within five days for their vote to be counted. “There’s going to be a lot of ballots cast and a lot of ballots thrown out,” Gray said. Operation ID is planning community events to register voters and tell them about the upcoming ID requirements and will announce its plans soon. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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By R.L. Nave

MAMIE TILL BRADLEY; COURTESY ANDERSON FAMILY

The Cycle of Hate

Emmett Till, left, and James Craig Anderson were murdered in Mississippi 56 years apart. Till’s murder, along with many others during the civil-rights era, may never be solved. Anderson’s accused murderer will stand trial in 2012.

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ust when we think we’ve moved beyond Emmett Till, history gives us James Craig Anderson. Till, who was black, was murdered in 1955 at age 14 for whistling at a white woman. Fifty-six years later, Anderson, also African American, died after being run over by a pickup truck. The driver of the vehicle, who is white, has been in charged with committing a hate crime in connection with Anderson’s death. The Department of Justice closed Till’s famous case in 2007; Anderson’s accused killer will stand trial in 2012. While the trail leading to civil-rights era murderers gets colder by the year, FBI data show that crimes fueled by hate remain redhot. Nationally, the overall number of hate crimes reported fell to 6,628 in 2010 from

7,783 a year earlier, a decrease of 15 percent. For Mississippi, the report contains a mix of good news and bad. The number of hate crimes reported in the Magnolia State places us in the bottom tier for lowest number of hate crimes overall. With 11 in 2010, Mississippi rounds out the bottom five along with Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska and Louisiana for fewest reported incidents. California leads among the states with 1,092 reported hate crimes followed by New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Michigan. Mississippi did not mirror the national downturn, however; in the Magnolia State, the numbers of hate crimes quintupled, going from two in 2009 to 11 last year. The report does not indicate what caused the increase in Mississippi.

Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, warned against reading too much into the numbers, even the five-fold jump in Mississippi. The real numbers of hate crimes are “grossly underreported,” he said. “In many jurisdictions around the country, the reporting system is voluntary,” Potok said. “State officials report zeroes when what is really happening is the actual law enforcement agencies are not reporting at all.” In the 19 years that the FBI has conducted its hate crimes survey, the average yearly number has fluctuated between 6,000 and 10,000 crimes per year, but Potok said the real number is 20 to 30 times higher— closer to 200,000 per year—than those the FBI reports. A number of factors may skew numbers downward, including states not having hatecrimes statutes on the books, poor training of law enforcement officials, miscategorizing hate crimes and lack of local enforcement, Potok added. “When you see ideological opposition to hate crimes, what you hear is that it’s a thought crime. That we should prosecute all murders the same,” Potok said. “That’s a remarkable misunderstanding—motive matters in the prosecution of many crimes.” Motive will certainly come into sharp focus when Deryl Dedmon, the Rankin County man accused of murdering James Anderson, goes to trial next year. A grand jury indicted Dedmon, who was 18 at the time he allegedly committed the crime, of capital murder. The grand jury also charged Dedmon with committing the crime for discriminatory purposes; in other words, a hate crime.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith will prosecute the case against Dedmon. He told CNN earlier this year that Dedmon’s hatred of African Americans compelled him to murder Anderson. Legal experts agree that hate crimes are difficult to prove, and that many people don’t understand hate-crime laws where they exist. In Mississippi and most other states, hate crimes are those that are already on the books but provide for enhanced sentencing when they are motivated by a person’s bias against a certain race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or disability; they are not a freestanding class of crimes. Proving hate crimes can be difficult, as a defense attorney only has to show a jury that his client’s motive could have been something other than bias. “The prosecution has the burden of proof,” Mississippi College law professor Patricia Bennett said. “The defendant doesn’t have to do anything,” Still, justice for Anderson is more likely today than if his murder occurred 60 years ago. Murder investigations occurring in the 1950s and 1960s are drawing to a close, the Associated Press reported recently. Under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which Congress passed in 2007, and an ongoing U.S. Justice Department’s cold-case initiative, the FBI isolated 111 incidents involving 124 deaths to determine if victims were targets of racially motivated crimes and whether any suspects are still alive. Of the cold cases under Justice Department review, 23 occurred in Mississippi and remain open, according to a DOJ report submitted to Congress in 2010. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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n analysis of the 6,624 single-bias incidents reported in 2010 revealed that: • 47.3 percent were racially motivated • 20.0 percent were motivated by religious bias • 19.3 percent resulted from sexual-orientation bias • 12.8 percent stemmed from ethnicity/national origin bias • 0.6 percent were prompted by disability bias

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There were 46 reported hate crime offenses committed based on disability bias. Of these: • 24 offenses were classified as antimental disability • 22 offenses were reported as anti-physical disability

Racial Bias In 2010, law enforcement agencies reported 3,725

single-bias hate crime offenses were racially motivated. Of the offenses: • 69.8 percent were motivated by anti-black bias • 18.2 percent stemmed from anti-white bias • 5.7 percent were a result of bias against groups of individuals consisting of more than one race (anti-multiple races, group) • 5.1 percent resulted from anti-Asian/Pacific Islander bias • 1.2 percent were motivated by anti-American Indian/Alaskan Native bias

Religious Bias Hate crimes motivated by religious bias accounted for 1,409 offenses reported by law enforcement. A breakdown of the bias motivation of religious-bias offenses showed: • 65.4 percent were anti-Jewish

• 13.2 percent were anti-Islamic • 9.5 percent were anti-other religion, i.e., those not specified • 4.3 percent were anti-Catholic • 3.8 percent were anti-multiple religions, group • 3.3 percent were anti-Protestant • 0.5 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc

Sexual-orientation bias In 2010, law enforcement agencies reported 1,470 hate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias. Of these: • 57.9 percent were classified as anti-male homosexual bias • 27.4 percent were reported as anti-homosexual bias • 11.4 percent were prompted by an anti-female homosexual bias • 1.4 percent were the result of an anti-heterosexual bias • 1.9 percent were classified as anti-bisexual bias


hen John Hardy retired from 36 years of service at The University Club, he was looking to relax and enjoy life. That was until he walked into the corner space in a building across from the Jackson State Student Union and he had a vision. “I saw this space and everything it could be,” he says. “I saw the bar against the wall, the stage for entertainment, everything. I knew right then I had to open a restaurant here.” Thus, “The Penguin” makes it dramatic return. While a student at JSU in the ’70s, Hardy went daily to a small restaurant by the campus named The Penguin that became a community John Hardy gathering spot serving great food—most memorably, the hotdog special. What Hardy saw in this new location was an opportunity to further revitalize West Jackson and bring fine dining to a new level in Jackson. The Penguin captures different dining segments with charm and grace and, most importantly, great food. From the average Joe looking for a burger or turkey wrap to a couple in white tie and tails celebrating their anniversary, The Penguin delivers. Serving everything from Duck a’l’Orange, Rib Eye Cooley, and Eggplant Parmigiana to the ultimate throwback to the original restaurant, the hotdog special: two dogs, covered in coleslaw, with fries and spicy BBQ sauce. The recipe for the hotdog special is straight from the original owners of the first Penguin. Hardy wrote the menu with all walks of life in mind. If you are looking for fine Southern cuisine, Penguin has you covered with offerings on the daily special menu such as Smothered Pork Chop, Fried Chicken, and Shrimp and Grits. Make The Penguin your weekly lunch spot with their $10 daily lunch special that is light on the wallet and heavy on the flavor. Having a party? Let the staff at The Penguin be your hosts in their private dining room and make your party one to remember. If you are looking for a place to dine and jam, The Penguin is ready to receive you. With nightly live entertainment, a stellar wine list, and plenty of upcoming special events, Jackson’s newest nighttime hotspot has been established. The service, food, and atmosphere at The Penguin are nothing short of spectacular. After all, when a 36-year veteran does something, he does it big and he does it worthy of all that Jackson is and can become.

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Love Thy Neighbor? Buy Local.

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he programs are called all sorts of things these days—Think Local First, Small Business Saturday, Shift Your Shopping, Keep Austin Weird, Keep Fondren Funky—but they all point to one thing: the need to shop local* during the holidays. (Not to mention all other times of the year.) The reason is simple—when you buy local, more of that local business’ revenues remain in the locality where the business is. Unlike chain stores, whose local outlays are generally limited to hourly wages and (sometimes) property and sales taxes, the local business pays local professionals—tax pros, accountants, lawyers, caterers, artisans. They pay local service companies—laundry services, security services, supply companies—much more frequently than do those chains. The profits enjoyed by successful local entrepreneurs and managers circulate locally as products bought in other local businesses, along with local taxes paid, tithes made, charitable giving and so on. By contrast, money spent in Walmart goes directly to Bentonville, Ark., then into the pockets of the Walton family and Walmart shareholders (except for the chunk they send to China). The truth is that every dollar matters. A 2002 study by Civic Economies in Austin, Texas, found that $45 out of every $100 spent at a local independent store re-circulated in Austin as “secondary spending,” meaning the direct (lawyers, employers) and indirect (profits spent) benefits of that transaction; an estimated, piddly, $13 out of every $100 spent at a chain re-circulates. A profitable local business generates wealth, and wealth, re-invested, is what makes a community strong. Businesses that re-invest in communities—by buying and renovating buildings, lending to or investing in other businesses, sponsoring events and charities, or being part of an ecosystem that encourages more commerce—are the engines by which an economy like Jackson’s can thrive. Plus, there’s the “we live here” factor—during recessionary times such as now, notice which stores are the quickest to leave and which parts of the metro are starting to show blight as chain stores pack up shop to retain “shareholder value,” or leave a store shell behind to chase a more affluent audience. Local businesses simply are not as likely (or able) to quickly pick up and leave the communities where we live, educate our kids, play and worship. So, as a consumer and a “giver” this holiday season, pick your “local” phrase or ideology—and then do it. Spend every dollar you can with local, independent retailers. They will thank you, the recipients of your clever and unique “local” gifts will thank you—and you will thank yourself when you realize what you’re doing in your own, your family’s and your neighborhood’s best interest. *By using the phrase “shop local” we don’t mean to infringe upon the trademark of the Gannett Corp. Clarion-Ledger’s website ShopLocal.com(TM), a site devoted almost exclusively to the promotion of big-box retailers. We regret the similarity of the actual English words to the URL used cynically for that purpose.

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iss Doodle Mae: “As a senior employee of Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store, I look forward to this time of the year. This is the time when Jojo lets Chief Crazy Brotha, the most creative and artistic staff member, organize special events during the holiday season. I remember Chief Crazy Brotha’s premiere of his original stage play ‘Thanks for Giving Us Casinos and Hotels Without Reservations: A Black Indian Speaks on Thanksgiving.’ This play really enlightened Jojo’s mind, and the customers truly enjoyed Chief Crazy Brotha’s stellar performance. “The Thanksgiving play I remember the most is the controversial ‘Weepin’ and Wailin’ with Plenty of Towels on the Trail of Tears: A 400-Year Retrospective on Indian Removal.’ After the gut-wrenching performance, Jojo was pleased when customers wept and wailed in the linen section and bought up all the towels. Thanks to Chief Crazy Brotha, the entire staff got some nice bonuses that week. “Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store is ready to have another entertaining and enlightening ‘Post Thanksgiving (not Black Friday)’ sale. Jojo has stocked the store with plenty of inexpensive gift items, and he invites the ‘new poor’ (aka the middle class) to shop without shame. Back by popular demand, to bridge the digital divide in the ghetto, are Aunt Tee Tee Hustle’s refurbished computers. “And look out for Chief Crazy Brotha’s new Post Thanksgiving performance tribute to the Occupy Movement titled ‘One Third Native-American, 12 Two Thirds African-American and Part of the 99 Percent.’”

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ississippi, and Jackson particularly, suffers from “shoot the messenger” syndrome. You know: If you don’t like the message, just attack the person(s) delivering it. If the message could possibly upset your gravy train, then you discredit the source. If the message draws too much attention to the fact that you have done little in your cushy job, well, we can’t let that happen can we? Instead, let’s just shoot the messenger. With him gone, we can continue business as usual. Have we gotten to the point here where we can’t criticize leadership? Or worse yet, I watch as those who vicariously benefit from the status quo become minions for the established and then attack dissenters—favors rescinded, contracts revoked, access denied. It’s similar to those who call protesters in the Occupy movement “hippies” or “unemployed slackers.” It’s much easier to find fault in the messenger than to face the bluntness of the message. In our city, the energy is palpable. Bubbling beneath the surface are the voices of young professionals in city and county government—young faces among the Democratic Party—new voices, new champions for Jackson who are stifled. Perhaps their voices are beginning to speak too loudly among the powerful and privileged. How do we ever really expect to change anything when we’re too occupied with not offending anyone? How are we to progress when we’re afraid of criticizing someone who may, in turn, seek retribution? What do we do when new ideas from fresh faces are met with “Wait your turn” or “You’re being disrespectful” or “You haven’t done anything” or “If

it wasn’t for me”—or better yet, “You’re running for something” or “You have an agenda”? The more things change around these parts, the more they stay the same. I for one am fed up. We’ve got issues. We’ve got people in office who aren’t addressing those issues. We’ve got institutions in place that enable these issues. We’ve got people who benefit from those in office and in those institutions telling us we shouldn’t talk about these issues. That dynamic is inherently wrong. The people aren’t being involved. They’re being dictated and condescended to—patronized even. Facebook posts, tweets, comments in town halls scream that the people don’t feel safe, yet ... silence. The most recent election shows that the Democrats statewide are crippled. But when I mentioned that glaring fact, a poster told me that I wasn’t “credible” enough to make that claim. So the people have to have “credibility” to criticize the establishment now? I’m done glad-handing. And you should be, too. Even as many of us have been vocal about what’s wrong in our city, I suppose when you stink at your job, you don’t want to hear that you stink, huh? Funniest thing, even as I had my doubts about these Occupy movements sprouting up all across the country, I look at my city and, ironically, I can now understand where they are coming from. “The emperors have no clothes.” Don’t shoot me; I’m just the messenger. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;William Ross Wallace

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wo weeks ago, I was sitting in my living room watching the returns come back from the state elections, focusing so intently on the numbers scrolling across the bottom of the screen that I almost missed the what the second one meantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;No 58 percent.â&#x20AC;? It meant that we were winning. I screamed across my living room to the other Mamas who were lined up, sipping Pinot, grasping hands and holding out to find out if all the work weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d done over the past two months was going to be enough. Did we put out enough flyers? Did we wave enough signs? Did we scream loud enough? Were we enough? Sitting at my desk one day two months previously, I saw this ominous sentence come across my Twitter timeline: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi Supreme Court states Personhood can remain on the ballot.â&#x20AC;? Then there were the two minutes we all paused and asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do we do now?â&#x20AC;? We needed someone to say something about this. We needed someone to stand up and talk about how this could hurt us. No one else seemed to be listeningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not even the Mississippi Supreme Court. Turns out there was someone listeningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Mamas. I talked to some other friends of mineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all Mamas like me. We related what this amendment would personally mean for us if it had been applied when we were trying to create our families. There were stories of women being cut open to remove loved potential children from tubes, women who experienced their children dying inside of them knowing they would carry the heartbreakâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if not the babyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for the rest of their lives. Remembering that push to deliver our children into the world as being so life giving, each of us understood how close to the precipice of taking life that same push could be. So The Mamas put on our shoes. Some of us formed political-action committees, some of us made signs, and some of us learned how to get our faces in front of cameras. We knocked on doors, handed out flyers, held rallies. The bravest went to their churches and stood in front of judging congregations and told them that no matter what they called the amount of Christian inside of them, that they were voting noâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because of being a Mama. Mamas who had previously done nothing politicalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and with no aspirations for suchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;stood on street corners holding signs. And we did it with 6-week-old babies and strollers and toddlers that tore up the flowers in front of the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monument on the south capitol lawnâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;fitting, I think. We met other Mamasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Atlee, Stacey, Cristen, Fran, Samantha and Amyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who were holding signs of their own. Some had in-vitro babies, some had lost babies, and some

prayed for babies. Some of them had heaven babies or earth babies who were already grown and trying to have their own babies. Some of them had two generations of babies behind them and wanted those babies to give them more babies. That was the crux of our fight. That is what makes us The Mamas. We Mamas started using all those skills weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d learned juggling car pool and practices and cooking and cleaning and our numerous undergrad and graduate degrees, and we applied them to social organization. Mamas are an amazingly complicated bag of tricks, as it turns out. We used minivans to lug protesters. We packed food and babies in wagons and showed up at rallies with goldfish crackers and bottles of refrigerated breast milk in one hand and a neatly painted sign held in the other. Instead of posting pictures of our kids on Facebook, we posted articles and legal arguments. We transformed our ability to calm a frightened toddler into using the same persuasive speech to change votes. We labored and used that perseverance to cheer each other on. We reminded each other to breathe. But mostly, we kept each other pissed off and focused on the end goal: winning. And by damn, with the entire â&#x20AC;&#x153;NO to 26â&#x20AC;? movement seeming to happen as organically as the brownies or soccer or Halloween costumes that Mamas seem to make look so easy, we did win. I know pundits will look at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statewide elections for a long time trying to figure out just exactly what happened. We really dumbfounded an entire country. They want to know how much power these â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamasâ&#x20AC;? will have in the future. They want to know if they should be scared. The Mamas got together and held up those cradle-rocking hands and said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. You will not do this.â&#x20AC;? We did it because we love our babies and our daughters and all the other Mamas in our lives with whom weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve held hands as they lost a baby or birthed a baby or fed a baby. We did it. With the rest of the world watching on Nov. 8, 2011, we let the entire voting populace of this state know with no uncertain terms (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about you, Phil Bryant) that we are enough. And when we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rocking those cradles, if you test us with any more nonsense, we will take those same hands, and we will rock a vote. Be careful, guys. The Mamas are watching. Lori Gregory-Garrott, LMSW, is a social worker and a Mama. Both professions seem to be dovetailing nicely with the current political climate in the state. She is loud, irreverent, and lives in Fondren with two horrifically fat cats, a lovely husband and a smart-mouthed toddler.

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Grassroots Mamas Tell All: ‘This is How We Do It!’ by Valerie Wells

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ori Gregory-Garrott opened her front door suddenly and looked at her sleepy Fondren neighborhood with anticipation. It was just before 10 p.m. Nov. 8, Election Day. The neighborhood was quiet and dark, although her porch light was on, backlighting the Parents Against Mississippi 26 signs on the edge of her lawn. Garrott looked to the left and to the right, then ran out in the middle of her front yard. She looked side-to-side one more time, then yelled, “We just won!” A group of women gathered in the open doorway cheered, giggled and hugged. Garrott yelled again, louder, “We just won!” She looked around her neighborhood, then cocked her head back and looked straight up at the night sky and screamed it one more time to the heavens: “We just won!” Inside the house, about 20 women shouted, hugged and cried when CNN declared the failure of the Personhood Initiative, a measure that proposed amending the state constitution to define a person at the moment of fertilization. “This is how we do it!” someone yelled from the hallway. 14 “I didn’t think it would happen,” Garrott

said, sinking into a chair in her living room. After her elation and shouting, she began to cry. “In one second, I realized the coup we just did.” Other women hugged her. More sifted in from the kitchen, one with a 6-week-old baby girl. One of the women opened up a laptop, got on YouTube and played a music video, “All I Do Is Win.” Someone else found the On Demand videos on the TV, and then they danced to “Baby Got Back!” Michelle Colon, an activist who started Hell No! on 26 and 27, showed up at the house party, hugging everyone. While she was elated that Initiative 26 failed, she wasn’t happy that Initiative 27 requiring voter identification at the polls passed. “It’s a poll tax,” she told some of the women on the couch. Colon said she is worried that white liberals didn’t care enough about voter ID. She’s heard many people say: “What’s the big deal? So you have to show your ID?” She explained this to the women on the couch between dance sets. The women talked about the energy they had now to tackle more social issues. “Look at us,” Colon said. “Christians,

whites, blacks, Rankin County housewives— we did it! There will not be a theocracy.” Baby Shower PAC Stacey Spiehler was the Rankin County housewife on the couch. She said she doesn’t live in poverty, and that her life insulates her from a lot of harsh realities. “I can’t imagine what it’s like for a woman in poverty to be pregnant. That’s kind of a life ruiner,” she said. Spiehler has a way of measuring time by which television set she owned. She remembers it was well over a year ago that she saw the first Personhood commercials because it was on her older, smaller TV. She went to the website and looked at the language of the initiative and was shocked it had no provisions for the life of the mother. “It just set off alarm bells,” Spiehler said. Her ectopic pregnancy, a painful memory, could have ended differently in a Personhood world. She called the number on the website, and a man answered the phone. “A man,” she repeated and paused. She told him her concern and asked if this was true: Was there no exception for the life of the mother?

“We’re just trying to get it on the ballot,” the man told her. Those words stuck with her. It bothered her, it even hurt her, but she didn’t do anything else for almost a year. When she learned in early September that Personhood would definitely be on the ballot, she spoke up. “That’s when I started looking around for ways to fight it. I was so hopeless,” she said. She saw no one standing against it. She heard no one saying it was wrong. She thought Mississippians would pass the initiative without hearing all the facts. Spiehler and her friend Atlee Breland went to a baby shower, and it’s all they could talk about. They met another woman at the shower, Merrill Nordstrom. Breland was starting a website and a political action committee for Parents Against Mississippi 26. Nordstrom had an idea about making videos of women’s personal stories to illustrate why they opposed Initiative 26. The three became the officers of the new PAC and flew into action. The political whirlwind of the two months before the election took a huge investment of time for all three. The financial reports PAMS26 filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office show the PAC only


The four that filed initial paperwork include the following. • Mississippi Doctors Against 26, with four Mississippi physicians listed as officers: Dr. Randall Hines, Dr. Wayne Slocum, Dr. E. Charles Gnam and Dr. D. Paul Seago. • Students Voting No on 26, with Diane Cutri, a representative of the Feminist Majority Foundation in Arlington, Va., as the sole contact. • Parents Against Mississippi 26, with three Mississippi women listed as the officers: E. Atlee Breland, Merrill K. Nordstrom and Stacey Spiehler. • Mississippians for Healthy Families, with two Mississippians listed as officers: Nsombi Lambright, ACLU of Mississippi executive director, and Kay Scott, CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast Inc. This PAC filed its initial paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office Aug. 23, a couple of weeks

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No Disney Princesses As soon as Mississippi Supreme Court justices decided Sept. 8, 2011, that they wouldn’t stop the Personhood Initiative from appearing on the November ballot, women in the state started talking a little bit louder. Michelle Colon heard some women say they would leave the state if voters decided a fertilized egg was a legal person. She shared their anger and repulsion at the implications, but she didn’t think they got the bigger picture for Mississippi. “Not everyone has that option,” Colon said. “Not everyone can leave the state.” Colon probably could. She’s a professional fundraiser for a nonprofit and is well educated and well traveled. She grew up in Chicago and Miami. But she worries about poor girls and women in the state who might be stuck in bad situations for life. “Somebody needed to stay and fight,” she said. Irritated and surprised by the lack of organized opposition to the Personhood push, Colon started a Facebook page called Hell No! on 26 and 27. Colon saw a connection between the two initiatives—the Personhood Initiative 26 and the voter-identification initiative. Both initiatives would hurt African American women like her, she said. Colon felt she had no choice but to start Hell No! The first week or so after the court decided Personhood was fair game, Colon noticed an odd silence from many organizations that usually speak up for women’s rights, including reproductive rights. Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women and The Women’s Fund were quiet on the issue even as late as mid-September—less than two months before Election Day. State and local chapters were almost conspicuous by their absence. Some were deciding strategy and put immediate action on hold in anticipation of funding. Colon wasn’t waiting any longer. “No one was going to rescue us,” she said. “We rescued ourselves.” Some of the women and men who met and worked to defeat Initiative 26 intend to keep fighting future Personhood efforts. Garrott, a social worker and an early member of Parents Against Mississippi 26, is working

with other professionals to compile and send all the research from this autumn to other states battling Personhood threats such as Florida and Ohio. She wrote a column against Personhood for the JFP in March 2011 and for this issue (see page 13). Garrott, 35, had followed the Personhood movement in Mississippi for some time before the Sept. 8 court decision. After the decision, she found others who actively sought to defeat the measure. Then she flew into action. “Two months, that’s all we did,” Garrott said. “I wish halfway through I realized how much fun we were having.” Instead, she spent much of September and October anxious and scared, but driven. This summer, she attended Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s public hearings on the initiatives. “I wasn’t really engaged,” she said. While Garrott was watching develop-

Jill Scott was one Mississippi woman who opposed Initiative 26, saying it went too far.

ments with the Personhood push, she expected the state Supreme Court to keep the measure off the November ballot. “What were the odds?” she said. Garrott found it interesting to hear people speak against the Personhood Initiative this summer. The hearings she attended were split about 50-50; if 14 people spoke, seven of them were opposed and seven were in favor. It was an interesting observation she tucked away. One person opposing the initiative who caught her attention was an older, white man who didn’t want his daughters facing the health consequences of a forced pregnancy, she said. Political Inaction? Four groups opposing Initiative 26 took the formal step to create political action committees by filing papers with the Mississippi Secretary of State this autumn. The law requires political groups raising money to file reports on contributions and on expenditures.

ahead of the state Supreme Court’s decision. Funders included several regional Planned Parenthood affiliates, much of it listed as “in kind” contributions. The ACLU Foundation and ACLU of Mississippi also gave “in kind” contributions. Parents Against Mississippi 26 and Mississippians for Healthy Families filed receipt and expenditure reports with the state. Mississippians for Healthy Families raised more than $1.3 million as of Nov. 10 and spent more than $850,000. Parents Against Mississippi 26 reported its total contributions at $247.84 with only $47.84 in expenses. Yes on 26 raised more than $1 million ($296,286 of it from Colorado-based Personhood USA) by Nov. 10 and spent about $214,000. Personhood Mississippi, Les Riley’s group, raised $34,247.75 by Nov. 10 and spent $32,089.66. Backers of Yes on 26 said Mississippians for Healthy Families was a front for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Stan Flint, a strategist who consulted for Mississippians for Healthy Families on its campaign, said it was actually hundreds of groups and individual Mississippians who came together to form a coalition. He mentioned that he remembers the first time he met Felicia Brown Williams, regional director of public policy at Planned Parenthood Southeast. He was a friend of her father, and he visited their home near Hattiesburg often. “She was 2 weeks old, and I held her on my knee,” Flint said. He stresses the role of long-time Mississippi residents who fought Personhood. Flint, managing partner of Southern Strategy Group, said in 40 years of lobbying and professional political advising, he has never seen a campaign come together so seamlessly. “It took two or three weeks to sort of get a plan,” Flint said. “It takes three months normally. This was very different. There was a lot of frustration. A lot of people took a DIY approach: do it yourself.” One example he gives is the Lafayette County Women for Progress, based in Oxford. He had high praise for the DIY-ers. A plan wasn’t in place before September for several reasons. One was Personhood Mississippi’s creation of a difficult and hostile environment. “Nobody could mobilize against a national campaign,” Flint said. “People in the state teamed up. We put together a close-to-perfect campaign. That usually takes about a year.” So why didn’t that coalition start a campaign a year ago to defeat Initiative 26? It comes down to funding and support from outside the state, Flint said. Without money, opponents couldn’t wage an effective campaign. “The only way that trigger gets pulled is by a specific thing,” he said. In this case, that pulled trigger was the Sept. 8 Supreme Court ruling that refused to block Personhood from the ballot. “I know a lot about difficult campaigns. We didn’t know if we could mobilize the resources,” he said. Mississippi For Healthy Families and other existing organized groups were silent for a couple of weeks following the court’s decision on purpose, he said. The professional, organized players wanted to carefully frame the issue. That’s why they wouldn’t allow representatives to talk to media right away. Planned Parenthood representatives did not return calls from the Jackson Free Press for at least a week following the Supreme Court ruling. “We had to control words to control the debate to control the election,” Flint said. The main tactic of Yes on 26, he said, was to alienate people with emotionally charged language: “They were hollering at the boogie man behind the tree. They wanted to take advantage of our faith. People from Mississippi have intuition. They smelled a rat.”

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spent $247. They took time away from work and other duties to research, educate, circulate and keep a constant conversation flowing. “I’m angry. I’m angry I had to spend time on this,” Spiehler said. “It took me away from time with my son, my family. I neglected my house.” Almost 60 percent of Mississippians voted no on Initiative 26. The day before the election, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who is the governor-elect and the co-chairman of Personhood Mississippi, compared opposing Initiative 26 to supporting the genocide of Jews in Nazi Germany. He said opponents to Personhood wanted the right to end life. If the measure failed, Bryant said, “Satan wins.”

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MAMAS, from page 15 He pointed out the religious leaders who opposed Initiative 26, including the Rev. Duncan M. Gray III, bishop of the Episcopal Church in Mississippi. Mississippi Doctors Against 26 and the other medical groups that spoke out in opposition made a huge impact. Flint also gave props to the social-media surge and grassroots groups. He says they kept momentum going and got things ready for when Mississippians for Healthy Families was ready to tell the world its plan. He admits he’s not that familiar with social media, but recognizes it was an almost invisible force for would-be activists with a desire to stop the measure.

to say it, you need to say it,” her family told her. So she did, and so did many of her likeminded friends. “We felt lucky we were in a position where we could be loud,” she said. “I have a wanted child, I own my own home, I have a wonderful husband, and I pay taxes.” Garrott grew up in an Italian Catholic family in Greenville. She lives in Fondren now. In some parts of the state, she said, some women don’t feel as if they can be loud. She attributes that to fundamentalist Christians like the ones behind the American Family Association and Yes on 26. “They really have their hooks into people,” she said. Garrott and her friends got on Twitter and Facebook to vent and then started organizing. “It was organic,” she said. A core group naturally and easily seemed to take on regions and duties. In Starkville, student Shannon Denney dug her heels in. Myles Ray, an activist on the Coast, was in Biloxi. Cristen Hemmins, a rape victim at age 20 who this year—at age 40—sued the state to keep the Personhood Initiative off the ballot, lives in the Tupelo area, the stomping ground of the American Family Association. Stacey Spiehler, a stay-at-home mom

One of the biggest lessons she learned from fighting Initiative 26 was how to make a non-emotional argument, Garrott said. She and her fellow 26 opponents learned much in a short time from doctors and lawyers, as if they were cramming for the ultimate final. “We all got a little law,” she said. Fighting ‘Slacktivism’ Myles Ray now has the reputation of being the grassroots guy on the Coast who got things going on Facebook with his page, Vote No on Mississippi Amendment 26. Ray started the page in early summer 2011, months before the Sept. 8 ruling. As other frustrated Mississippians started using social media to vent in September, many of them found Ray’s page and began doing more than just venting. “We need someone to show up at this press conference.” “Can someone go to the rally in Oxford?” Ray’s Facebook page became the de-facto hub of activity for grassroots opposition to Initiative 26. Ray, 33, grew up in Arkansas but has spent most of his adult life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He says he was a minor community activist who helped people register to vote, but then Hurricane Katrina came. He decided to get out of politics, he said, after he

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Mississippi Autumn Activists may not have thought about the Arab Spring when they began venting on Facebook, but the organic growth of a movement beyond sanctioned spokesmen and message “control” had its similarities, including a core group of friends and family. When the state Supreme Court didn’t move to block the initiative appearing on the ballot, Garrott was surprised and decided to catapult into action. Others joined her— without the level of concern about framing that Flint spoke about. “We learned a lot in a short amount of time,” Garrott said. “We really didn’t think they would allow it on the ballot. We said, ‘What the hell are we going to do?’” Like Colon, Garrott saw no leadership against Personhood in mid-September from the organized groups. “There was a lack of organization. There were a lot of us talking about it,” she said. Groups started to form and appear, some informal and some highly organized. One of the more organized was Mississippians For Student rallies like this one in Oxford brought more attention to Personhood. Healthy Families, a group the Yes on 26 crowd attacked almost immediately for being a puppet of the ACLU who had suffered an ectopic pregnancy, saw the government response to the general and Planned Parenthood. reached out to conservatives and spoke to devastation of lives on the Coast. Then, he got “The meme was that Mississippians the media. Atlee Breland, a mother of three wind of the Personhood Initiative and shook For Healthy Families was Planned Parent- thanks to in-vitro therapy, started a political off his political funk. hood,” Garrott said. She sensed trouble. “We action committee, Parents Against Mississippi “My family was pro-choice; my granddon’t have a separate voice,” she told friends. 26, and talked to national media. Michelle parents were pro-choice,” he said. “This has “There’s no way we can win if we don’t.” Colon went to the universities and colleges, been a healing experience. I started meeting Whether the quiet stance of Planned especially the ones in the Jackson metro area, with people in Biloxi. It got me off the comParenthood and other organizations was on to motivate students and found plenty who puter. ‘Slacktivism’ only goes so far. Social purpose or not, Garrott sensed a need for already were up in arms. networking is great, but it can’t be the end all. mothers like her to speak and to scream. Many other women and men played Not everyone has a computer.” “ACLU and Planned Parenthood are not roles, especially in communities with hospiRay organized rallies on the Coast, loved here,” she said. “There’s got to be a voice tals and universities, Garrott said. She saw a planned meetings with other activists and of Mississippi, and this was a battle going on direct correlation between communities with talked to people about the implications of more higher education degrees and precincts a zygote having the same rights as a person. between outside entities.” 16 “If you have that voice and aren’t afraid that defeated Initiative 26. Now that voters have defeated 26, Ray wants

to keep the political momentum of this new group of friends going strong. He still wants to communicate with the world his perception of just how extremist the American Family Association is. A lot of polite Mississippians have been content to let the AFA have its say, no matter what. “We have been complicit in our silence,” Ray said. Besides Ray’s Vote No page and Colon’s Hell No!, a half dozen other Facebook pages emerged full of Mississippi voices—some outraged, some subdued but shocked at a possible illegal future of birth control. At an Oct. 13 protest, Colon traveled to Starkville from Jackson to support the students. When local media tried to interview Colon, she pointed at a student from West Point, Shannon Denney. “You should talk to her,” Colon said. Denney, 21, had just started her senior year at Mississippi State University. Even though she plans to graduate in May with a degree in political science, she did not intend to get involved in any campaigns. She was thinking more about which law school to apply to. Denney expected to spend time outside class studying and hanging out with friends. Then she saw a friend’s post on Facebook about the Personhood Initiative. It was kind of news to her and to many MSU students. “What’s going on?” she asked everyone around her. “Nobody really had a clue about this,” Denney told the Jackson Free Press this month. “That was our biggest challenge—no one knew about it.” She decided that had to change. “OK, we’re not taking this,” Denney told her friends. She organized a small group to get the word out. “Just show them why they should care,” she said. Denney started researching the topic and its implications, finding articles and then urging people to pay attention. She would find a news story with facts and figures. “You need to read this,” she told friends and acquaintances. She didn’t let up. “I had never been involved in anything like this before,” Denney said. She started a Facebook page, Mississippi State Women and Men Against 26. While she got the attention of students, she also had MSU alumni and Starkville residents “liking” the page. Her group handed out flyers, organized rallies and talked to the media. “In political science, you see how voting goes in certain states,” Denney said. “One person can make a difference. We always heard that when we were little. We saw a real need for education and motivation here. So, yes, one person can make a big difference.” She’s waiting to see how she might continue to fight Personhood in other states or how it might show up in the Legislature. “This isn’t over. People need to realize that,” Denney said. “It’s not a big organization that fought this. We can’t forget how this started.”

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tion advocates. The anti-abortion movement has typically argued that life—with all its certain inalienable rights—begins at conception, without actually defining when conception occurs. Some say conception should be defined as fertilization, when the sperm and egg join to form a zygote before implanting in the uterus. Others say conception occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall. A few days before the initiative went to a vote, Gov. Haley Barbour voiced concerns that the initiative’s definition was too narrow. “I believe life begins at conception,” he said on NBC. “Unfortunately, this Personhood Amendment doesn’t say that. It says life begins at fertilization or cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” Then Personhood supporters rushed to correct Barbour. “I want to make it simple,” Dr. Shani Mack said at a press conference after Barbour’s TV appearance. “Conception is to fertilization as the Republican Party is to the GOP.” Barbour said later that he voted for the initiative, saying: “I believe life begins at conception. So I think the right thing to do was vote for it,” according After Mississippians defeated a ballot initiative to define “personhood” as beginning to an Associated Press report. at fertilization, Colorado-based Personhood USA President Keith Mason vowed to Initiative 26 forced a narpush similar initiatives in other states. He considers this a human-rights battle. row definition of conception that most Mississippi voters were unwilling to accept. Hamrick said part of the Terri Herring, national director for the Madison-based reason AUL did not support Initiative 26 is because of how Pro Life America Network, thanked supporters at the event confusing constitutional amendments are. The confusion for their work on the campaign. over how exactly the amendment would change existing law “The pro-life movement has come together like I have left it vulnerable to attack from opponents. not seen in 25 years, and that is because people were passion“It’s not simple to understand. It’s not easy to exate instead of apathetic,” she said. “We saw the churches do a plain,” Hamrick said. “It gets down to legal contentions lot, and I am proud of the pro-life movement tonight for the and expectations.” battle that has been fought.” Although Personhood USA leaders say they will conHerring said that while the loss is a setback, she is tinue to work to get language similar to that of Initiative 26 encouraged that 42 percent of voters supported the initia- on other state ballots, some anti-abortion activists and legistive. In the future, she said personhood proponents will lators may revise its language in future legislation to define have to answer concerns about birth control and in-vitro when certain inalienable rights begin. fertilization. The Associated Press reported after the election that “Those are the concerns that have to be answered for Alabama state Sen. Phil Williams of Rainbow City, Ala., this to move forward,” she said. “This is the interesting has prepared legislation to put a constitutional amendthing—nobody talked about abortion, nobody tried to jus- ment to voters that is similar to Mississippi’s, with one key tify abortion. … It seems the greatest concern was in the difference: The legislation would say “persons” in Alabama development within the first five days after fertilization.” include “any human being from fertilization and implanLes Riley, who proposed the initiative, also said the tation in the womb.” campaign had affected the state by raising awareness of aborA law defining the beginning of personhood at imtion and persuading some women not to have abortions. plantation, rather than fertilization, could address concerns “We have talked about regulations, we’ve elected can- about its impact on in-vitro fertilization and hormonal birth didates, we’ve talked about the Supreme Court for 38 years, control that can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting. but we have not answered the fundamental question,” Riley Alabama lawmakers will consider the senator’s revised defisaid at the event. “We began, here in Mississippi, what our nition of personhood during the 2012 legislative session. friends in Colorado began a couple of years ago—we began Mississippi might not be finished with the personhood to answer that question.” debate, either. After the vote, supporters said they planned to begin ‘When Life Begins’ the initiative process again to put the proposed amendment Strategy aside, the question of “when life begins” before voters in a future election. has the potential to divide even committed anti-aborComment at www.jfp.ms. ELIZABETH WAIBEL

Not ‘One Size Fits All’ On the other hand, some in the pro-life movement say that amending the state constitution to affirm fetal personhood could not end abortion in Mississippi, anyway. Kristi Hamrick, spokeswoman for the anti-abortion law and policy organization Americans United for Life, said the initiative had symbolic appeal for a lot of people, but her organization does not believe a personhood amendment to the state constitution would have changed current abortion laws. Amending the constitution would only have prohibited the state government from doing abortions, Hamrick said, which they already do not do. Mississippi already grants a degree of personhood to fetuses, Hamrick said, through a fetal homicide law, which allows people to be prosecuted for attacking a pregnant woman and causing a miscarriage, among other things. “Roe v. Wade has been on the books since ’73, as have personhood laws, and there has not been a constitutional challenge of Roe v. Wade under personhood laws,” Hamrick said. Many different anti-abortion activists and organizations are looking for the proper test case to overturn Roe, Hamrick said; her organization simply didn’t feel that Initiative 26 would change anything. “This is not a one-size-fits-all movement,” she said. “… The Personhood people felt like this had merit, and certainly, of course, they were welcome to try that.”

Movement Pride At a Ridgeland election-night event to watch for results, Personhood supporters expressed frustration that Mississippi—generally known for its conservative, anti-abortion voting record—voted down the initiative. Still, the high-profile initiative put abortion back on the agenda in a way that the state hasn’t seen in recent years.

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eligious fervor illuminated much of the dialogue at a Yes on 26 event just moments after voters refused to pass a constitutional amendment to declare that people with legal rights exist at the moment of fertilization. Supporters of the initiative aligned themselves with the abolitionist movement and people fighting genocide akin to the Jewish Holocaust. They took a long-term view of their defeat. Mississippi voters rejected Initiative 26, to amend the state’s constitution to define personhood as beginning at the moment of fertilization, by a wide margin. Now that this latest effort has failed, some within the anti-abortion movement are gearing up to re-introduce the initiative, while others are rethinking their strategy. After supporters of the initiative conceded the election, Keith Mason, president of the national organization Personhood USA, which is based in Colorado, said he was disappointed with the vote, but will continue working for what he called a human-rights battle. “(The vote is) a realization that this is a long-term fight, that it’s not a quick fix,” he said. “Abortion has been around, and they’ve been killing children for nearly 40 years, so I don’t know that we could expect one vote, one initiative to take care of it. In a way, we expected it.” While Personhood USA plans to place the same constitutional amendment on the ballot in other states, its loss in Mississippi speaks to whispers within the anti-abortion movement that such an amendment might not be the best strategy for ending abortion. Some in the anti-abortion movement favor a slow, incremental effort to put limits on abortion, such as instituting parental consent laws and waiting periods, and bans on “partial-birth” abortions, a term the National Right to Life Committee coined in 1995. Others, including Personhood USA, look for legislation and test cases that directly challenge Roe v. Wade. While personhood supporters are looking for a Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe, others fear that such a direct challenge could lead the court to cement or even expand abortion rights, perhaps even overturning hard-won victories at the state level.

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Election Night: Victory Those who fought the measure will likely not soon forget the empowerment of defeating what some national experts had written off as a foregone conclusion. Activists who worked on several grassroots campaigns nervously watched the percentages after the polls closed Nov. 8. Some met at Ole Tavern on George Street to wait for the returns. “It’s been a long couple of months,” Colon said at the Ole Tavern gathering. She saw two months of hard grassroots activism paying off. It reassured her in the final days that the initiative would fail. “A lot was done with little money,” Colon said. Shelley Abrams, executive director of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, wore a T-shirt that read “Get Out of My Vagina!” at the Ole Tavern gathering. About a dozen activists opposing Initiative 26 waited for results, including people from Mississippi ACLU and Mississippi Center for Justice. Abrams represented the group Wake Up, Mississippi. Earlier in the day, Abrams stood on the side of the highway in Clinton dressed as an egg with others who opposed the initiative. She also donated money for the “Eggs Are Not People” billboards opponents put up. “The world is watching us,” Abrams said after a television news crew from Al Jazeera showed up. A reporter from Reuters interviewed her later in the evening. On a somber note, Abrams said if the initiative failed, a real danger lurked for doctors who work at her clinic, the only abortion facility in Mississippi now, which is in Fondren. She didn’t want to create fear or drama, she said, but it is a reality she has to consider. Whitney Barkley, who works for Mississippi Center for Justice, suggested if the Personhood Initiative passed, then all women should leave the state. “It’s like the Day Without Immigrants,” she said. “It will be the Day Without Women.” “I hope Mississippi shows the rest of the country we’re not as backward as they think

we are,” Lilly Lavner said as the results started to pour in. Mississippians for Healthy Families and Parents Against 26 had a political watch party at Walker’s Drive-In in Fondren. At 9:30 p.m., activists paced the sidewalks, all of them on cell phones. The major news outlets were about to announce the defeat of the initiative. Atlee Breland, founder of Parents Against Mississippi 26, stood still on the sidewalk, sharply focused on every new tidbit. A few blocks away, Garrott shrieked at the stars in joy. But the outspoken supporters weren’t the only ones who defeated Initiative 26. Conservative women, perhaps quietly, were key players—and helped take 26 down with 58 percent of the vote. Voters elected two Republican women to state offices: Lynn Fitch, state treasurer, and Cyndi Hyde-Smith, agricultural commissioner. Both publicly supported Initiative 26, although their jobs have nothing to do with reproductive rights. Connie Moran, the Democratic mayor of Ocean Springs who ran against Fitch, was the only candidate for state office who opposed the measure. Still, voters also elected Phil Bryant governor, even some of whom must have fallen into the “Satanic” category by his standard. Some people who voted against Initiative 26 must have also voted for Bryant, Fitch and Hyde-Smith. Politico.com said the defeat of 26 represented a break in Mississippi conservative group think. The New York Times theorized it came down to the tricky health issues connected to fertilized eggs. Several national media and state reporters sought expert observations of political scientist Marty Wiseman of the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University. He told The Christian Science Monitor and The Los Angeles Times, among other news organizations, that conservative women

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who are anti-choice listened to the medical professionals who spoke out early against the unintended consequences of giving a zygote the same rights as an adult woman. With Mississippi’s conservative voter base, the defeat of Personhood seems more likely in other states if activists can replicate what Stan Flint calls the sophisticated and complex arguments made here. Sometimes it wasn’t even an argument. A few conservative women posted pictures of a cancerous tumor on Facebook with the simple notation, “This is a fertilized egg.”

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Occupied State of Mind The newborn activists expect a Personhood fight in the Legislature come January. Many of them swear they are chomping at the bit to tweet and protest and watch Mississippi legislators like hawks. Garrott is demanding that Gov.-elect Bryant, co-chairman of Personhood Mississippi, apologize for calling 58 percent of Mississippians “Satan” for defeating his pet initiative. She hasn’t heard or seen the apology, yet, but she continues to respectfully demand it. Someone else has a started a Facebook page called Phil Bryant You Owe Mississippi an Apology. Personhood USA organizers are already working to get the measure on ballots in Florida and Ohio. The talk is that they are already collecting signatures again in Mississippi to try one more time. Now that 26 is defeated, Spiehler is wondering how she might make a difference. She’s thinking about how to help start effective sex education for teens and children and how to help young mothers who chose to have babies they can’t afford. That seems to be a missing link she sees in the anti-abortion movement. She is still upset with the Personhood movement and its pushers. “I wish they had everything figured out from the beginning instead of deny, deny, deny,” she said. The spiritual bullying of the Yes on 26 crowd was exhausting for her as

well. “They say, ‘You’re not a Christian if you are X.’ I would urge this: Let’s not do that again.” Michele Colon is more focused on voter identification, a measure that passed Nov. 8. She wants to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is allowed to vote. If that means that everyone needs a government-issued ID card, she’s going to get the word out. She sees the voter ID supporters who gripe about fraud as insincere. “Two days after you’re dead, the state stops your checks,” she said. “If they are worried about voter fraud, they can take care of dead people on the rolls. Hire someone to do it.” The activism that Personhood awoke could be the beginning of better things for all Mississippians. Because white, privileged women spoke up, people noticed and thought, “Oh, this could happen to me,” Colon says. If it were just about poor, black pregnant girls in the Delta, Colon thinks people would have looked away. The national media wouldn’t have swept in during the last week before the election. Colon quotes a line from “V for Vendetta,” the 2006 movie: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” The Personhood fight is not over for her, either. Colon was struck when she went to the Delta this fall and came across so many women that didn’t know about the initiative or what it meant. A well-off, educated woman could travel out of state for an abortion, she said, or her health insurance might allow her progressive-minded doctor could to perform D&C (dilation and curettage, a gynecologic treatment for several uterine conditions). But poor, uneducated girls and women in the Delta don’t have those options, she said. They lack the grassroots network and the instant information to make their life better. Colon worries about them. “Not everyone is on a computer.” Read the JFP’s full Personhood archive at www.jfp.ms/personhood.


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if you want a particular style or theme. • Start looking through magazines, books and websites, and save pictures of what you like. • Go Green. There are many ways to have an eco-friendly wedding. Choose a central location close to where most of your guests live. Have the ceremony and the reception at the same venue. Hold your ceremony in a location that’s dedicated to sustainability, such as parks, protected areas, museums, or historic homes and buildings.

efitted Dress for Success, an organization helping women in need. Jungkind is a charter member of the Wish Upon a Wedding Mississippi chapter. This group gives a wedding to a couple facing a terminal illness. Wish Upon a Wedding has planned a Make a Wish Charity Ball for Jan. 26. The Jan. 8 bridal show will donate $1 from each ticket sold to this cause. In Jungkind’s business, women take six months to a year to plan weddings. Ironically, she met and married her husband of more than 25 years, Johnny, in a little more than one month. “We just knew that God had brought us together,” Jungkind says. COURTESY WIGGINS

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• Establish a budget. This will dictate your other choices. • Keep your eye on the goal: the marriage of you and your fiancé. • Look at the big picture and don’t get hung up in the little things. People don’t care and guests won’t remember. • Get help; don’t do it yourself. I strongly recommend a wedding coordinator. If not for the entire planning, let the coordinator handle the day-of details for a stress-free day. • Determine the type of wedding you want: large or small, intimate or grand. Determine

cess in media sales, advertising and marketing, starting the magazine was bound to work.” The Premier Bride brand is a national operation with chapters in many states across the country, such as Atlanta, Nashville and Houston. Started by Stephen Doumar of Doumar Marketing Corp. more than 20 years ago, Premier Bride now works with more than 30 local franchise owners in the print market and more than 90 on the web. Jungkind’s business, located in Ridgeland, is in both markets. She has seen her company grow over the last 10 years. “When I first started, I primarily did use the national articles and pictures, but then, as I listened to my clients, I would write articles about the trends they wanted to see in the magazine,” she says. “A lot of our growth has come from listening to our clients, brides and mothers and writing articles unique to this area. We are not a magazine that comes out once a month (the magazine is published twice a year), and you look at it and then put it down. We are a planning digest and resource guide for brides and mothers. It is something that when they get it, they hang on to it. They sticky-note it. They dog-ear it. Therefore, it is imperative we grow and evolve.” Jungkind continues to evolve the magazine. With brides planning 87 percent of their weddings on the Internet, the magazine uses social media marketing and blogging to reach is target audience. “I want us to be very interactive and immediate with the brides,” Jungkind says. “That is why doing this blog (msbridalguru.blogspot.com) was so important to me because we can say to brides ‘OK, this is the trend.’” Another goal is having a more local vibe. “Even though we have the access to more national information with the pictorials and such, we would like to go more and more local,” Jungkind says. “The professionals you see in the magazine giving tips to brides are actual people brides can meet and talk to now. You will see them in your grocery store, schools and community events. We want to see the brides of Mississippi happy with the services they render from vendors right here in the state.” Jungkind gives back to the community. She donates $1 from every ticket sold at her bridal shows to a selected charity. This summer’s Girls’ Night Out show ben-

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alking up to the blond brick building that houses Premier Bride of Mississippi’s headquarters, I was nervous. I have interviewed people I respected before, but this felt different. This was Lynda Jungkind, owner of the bridal magazine I put under my pillow when I was planning my wedding. As owner of the go-to bridal magazine in the state, Jungkind has earned accolades such as being named one of the 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2004. She credits her parents, Harry and Joyce Ehrenburg, for her integrity, business-savvy and creativity. Jungkind has won the hearts of Mississippi brides and the respect of wedding professionals. These relationships are essential to her magazine, she says; “to marry brides and businesses.” Ten years ago, Jungkind started Premier Bride of Mississippi magazine to gain control over her career. Despite being in college at a time when many young women were only interested in obtaining a M.R.S. degree, Jungkind says she wanted a career. With a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and advertising from Southern Methodist University, she began a career in media sales including working for LOVECOMM, Miss-103 and MIX96 and several advertising agencies in Dallas, Texas, and Little Rock, Ark. As she saw companies merge and people lose their jobs or being transferred in 2001, she decided it was time to take control. “I wanted to be in control of my own destiny,” Jungkind says. Her love for weddings was the one constant in her life. Jungkind had directed weddings for church members, family and friends, and is still involved in the Wedding Guild at her church. “Weddings just give you so much hope,” she says. “I felt that with my love of weddings and my suc-

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• Serve local, organic and seasonal cuisine, and include vegetarian or vegan options. Avoid farm-raised salmon and foods shipped from foreign countries that may contain vaccines, pesticides, antibiotics and synthetic pigments. • Make arrangements to donate leftover food to homeless shelters or soup kitchens. • Save trees by going high-tech: Use a website or email for Save the Date notifications to list directories, maps, accommodations and other details. For invitations, programs and other paper items, opt for

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he sculpture of tiles is made of black-and-white photographic images of floors stripped of possessions and lifelines. Left on the homes’ slabs are scatterings of personal items discarded after a deluge of waves and wind. The tiles form checkerboards of destruction: the historical marker of Hurricane Katrina. H.C. Porter and Gretchen Haien, Mississippi natives and artists, unveil the lives lived on the floor slabs in their photographic sculpture, “Aggregate of Past Events,” on exhibit in the 2011 Mississippi Invitational. “Visitors (to the museum) can stand on what people returned to (after Hurricane Katrina),” Porter said of the floorlevel photographic sculpture. They shot the photographs from six-feet up, focused directly down on the slabs. “There is a collection of debris that landed on peoples’ personal places,” she said. Porter, 48, photographed six distinctive slabs at various

The “Aggregate of Past Events” sculpture, produced by artists H.C. Porter and Gretchen Haien, is a historical marker depicting the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.The sculpture is part of the 2011 Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Gulf Coast home sites from 2006 through 2008 and developed them into intricate patterns woven like a quilt. Even so, Porter said she didn’t want it make the work only about Hurricane Katrina. “It is historic in an abstract way and looked like it was a painting,” she said. Hand painting is Porter’s expertise. She uses mixed media, printmaking and photography, practicing the serigraph process to define her fine art. But the “Aggregate of Past Events” was an unusual step outside the typical realm of her work. Along with Haien, a commercial photographer, she created the photographic piece as a historical marker but continues to identify herself as a painter rather than a photographer. Porter said Haien’s interpretation of the sculpture is reminiscent. “The slabs become a train yard of boxcar graffiti validating existence of the remains that become a historical record of individual and communal family life in the same way that

ancient ruins offer an archeological footprint of past cultural experiences,” she said. Haien credited Porter and her original prints, which provided the potential to depict Hurricane Katrina’s colossal devastation and how the residents of the destroyed homes needed recognition. “We never know what will appear to come forward to have a meaningful purpose later—to use digital records of an interpretive piece for presenting the human condition beyond information,” Haien said. “It is a pictorial abstract with a cemetery quality; a quilt quality,” she said. Haien considers herself a pictorial abstract formalist and purist. The Mississippi Invitational, initiated in 1997, asked a guest curator to survey recent developments by contemporary visual artist living and working across Mississippi. Out of 161 submissions in 2011, 18 applicants warranted in-person studio visits and the final selection of 13 artists announced. Guest Los Angeles-based curator Franklin Sirmans visited Porter’s studio in Vicksburg during the selection process. “Being recognized by an outstanding curator is an honor, and it is rewarding to have a prestige post present your work,” Porter said. Haien, who did not wish to give her age, is associate professor of art, gallery coordinator and senior coordinator at Belhaven University. She teaches photography and the art component of the worldview curriculum. She has a bachelor’s degree in art from Belhaven University and a master’s degree in fine art with photography emphasis from Louisiana Tech University. Porter and Haien’s friendship spans 25 years. Since 1987, Haien has owned and operated a commercial photography studio and taught as an adjunct instructor for more than 20 years at Millsaps College and Belhaven. She recently received the Mississippi Art and Letters Award in Photography. In 2007, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., named her an “Emerging Artist to Watch in Photography.” Porter, who has an art degree from University of Alabama, is resident artist and master printmaker of H.C. Porter Gallery and Creative Spirit Studio on Washington Street in downtown Vicksburg. Her newest work is a documentary project, “Blues at Home,” a collection of environmental portraits featuring 40 Mississippi living blues legends. This project followed one with 81 mixed-media paintings documenting the first year after Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Coast, “Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories.”


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southern economy was built on agriculture, and the southern aristocracy was so immensely powerful that it had little difficulty organizing a rebellion against the U.S. government. In the pre-radio, pre-television era, celebrities were generally local figures, and the South’s local figures were either part of the aristocracy or solidly under its control. The poor and working-class whites who made up the majority of the southern population found all of their leaders, all of their heroes and all of their institutions ready to do battle with the North. Few would have had the emotional courage to leave their entire culture behind, turn against their families and community leaders, and take a position that would have radically transformed their culture. White southerners faced much the same choice many times over the course of the next century, and for the most part, they continued to side with local white authority figures and institutions, to their own detriment and certainly to the detriment of those whose lives and ambitions did not conform to the old southern hierarchy. In his discussion of Reconstruction, too, Woodworth does not concede any points to neo-Confederate revisionists, but he does note the changing motives of southern leaders—the shift in emphasis from the economic power of unpaid labor to the political power of voter suppression. The white southern aristocracy succeeded far more at suppressing black voter turnout than it did at depriving African Americans of literal citizenship—an agenda that still continues unabated to this day. The question Woodworth never quite answers is why poor and working-class white southerners, who were willing to go along with this agenda leading up to a war that killed approximately 620,000 people and economically devastated the South, remained loyal to it through the Reconstruction phase and beyond, long after its limitations had become clear. Northerners, southern African Americans and the white southern aristocracy generally took positions you would expect each group to take, given the circumstances they found themselves in. But the self-destructive political history of white southerners as a group is much harder to explain. Freelance writer Tom Head is a Jackson native. He has written or co-written 24 nonfiction books, is a civil liberties writer for About.com and is a grassroots progressive activist.


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November 23 - 30, 2011 by Latasha Willis events@jacksonfreepress.com Fax: 601-510-9019 Daily updates at jfpevents.com

WEDNESDAY 11/23

COURTESY DUPREE CAMPAIGN

Amy Giust, Lorrie Drennan, Cindy Aune, Pearl River Glass and Jackie Ellens exhibit their artwork at Southern Breeze Gallery (Renaissance, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland) through Nov. 26. Open MondayWednesday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Free; call 601-607-4147. … The Big Ass Turkey Bash is at 8 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. Performers include the Kudzu Kings, Electric Hamhock, the Bailey Brothers, and Buddy and the Squids. $15 in advance; call 601-291-7121. … E Company plays at Martin’s. … Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer performs at Fitzgerald’s. … The open jam with Will and Linda is at Pelican Cove.

FRIDAY 11/25

The Jamie Weems Trio featuring Tim Avalon and Tyler Kemp perform from 3-5 p.m. at Old House Depot’s (639 Monroe St.) Birthday Bash. Call 601-592-6200. … The Jackson Bike Advocates’ Community Bike Ride starts at 6 p.m. at Rainbow Whole Foods (2807 Old Canton Road) in the parking lot and ends at CS’s Restaurant (1359 N. West St.). Free; call 601-201-6128. … Dreamz JXN hosts Can’t Feel My Face Friday. … Faze 4 plays at Reed Pierce’s. … At F. Jones Corner, Jesse “Guitar” Smith performs at 8 p.m., and Caesar Bros. Funk Box performs at 11 p.m. … Martini Room hosts Martini Friday at 9 p.m. … Snazz is at Shucker’s. … The Cadillac Blues Band plays at Underground 119. … Chris Gill and the Soleshakers perform at Burgers and Blues.

SATURDAY 11/26

The “Walk in Their Shoes” Benefit Walk is at 8 a.m. at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). Proceeds benefit Partners to End Homelessness. $10 suggested donation, shoe donations welcome; call 601-960-2178. … Bring your kids to Holiday Story Times at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2148 Riverside Drive) at 10:30 a.m. $8, children under 12 months free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. … The Bluegrass and BBQ Art Show is at 4 p.m. at The Shop (209 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland). The Delta Mountain Boys and Cecil Abels perform. Free admission; call 601856-7546. … Thomas Johnson and the People perform at Sam’s Lounge. … The GivingThanks Celebration with DJ Sean Mac is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. … Scott Albert Johnson performs at Underground 119. $10. … House of Hounds plays at Ole Tavern. … Zeebo is at Martin’s.

SUNDAY 11/27

Raphael Semmes performs during Table 100’s jazz brunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. … Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “The Sleeping Beauty” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “Toast” at 5 p.m. ($7). Visit msfilm.org. Former gubernatorial candidate and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree speaks at the Mississippi Black Leadership Summit.The summit is Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Jackson Convention Complex.

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The Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) offers free admission to everyone for the Thanksgiving holiday. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-352-2580. … Restaurants open on Thanksgiving include Wellington’s (Hilton Jackson, 1001 E. County Line Road, $24.95 plus service fee; RSVP at 601957-2800), Sophia’s at Fairview Inn (RSVP at 601-9483429), Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.; call 601-9695100), Petra Café (2741 Old Canton Road; call 601-3660161) and Ro’Chez (201 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland; RSVP at 601-503-8244). … The Thomas, Shirley, Ulmer and Jones Thanksgiving Jam is at 8 p.m. in Hal & Mal’s Red Room. … Martin’s and Ole Tavern host Ladies Night. … Jason Turner performs at Fenian’s. … Fuego and Hot Shots have karaoke.

MONDAY 11/28

The Jackson Touchdown Club/C-Spire Wireless Most Valuable Senior Awards is at 6 p.m. at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). $30 non-members; call 601-506-3186. … Nathaniel Smith and Jeremy Kittel perform at Underground 119 at 7 p.m. No cover; $25 pre-fixe dinner; call 601-352-2322. … Art of Dying, Emphatic and New Medicine play at Fire at 7 p.m. $15. … The Hillsong Live concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Pinelake Church (6071 Highway 25, Brandon). $28-$35; call 800965-9324. … Pub Quiz at Ole Tavern.

TUESDAY 11/29

The Advent Lessons and Carols Service featuring the Millsaps Singers is at noon at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) at noon. Free; call 601-974-1422. … Jingle Jams is at 5 p.m. at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Free admission, $35 for four 5x7 photos with Santa; call 601-982-5861. … The C Spire Wireless Conerly Trophy Presentation is at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). $100 reception and banquet, $25 skybox; call 800-280-3263.

WEDNESDAY 11/30

The Mississippi Black Leadership Summit kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex and runs through Dec. 2. Speakers include Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree and U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson. Free to the first 150 leaders who register before Nov. 25; call 601-353-8452; visit msleadershipsummit.org. … Crooked Creek is at Underground 119. $15. More events and details at jfpevents.com.

Raphael Semmes performs at Table 100’s jazz brunch Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. WILL CAVES

THURSDAY 11/24

… Mike and Marty’s Jam Session is at Hot Shots. … Evans Geno performs at Burgers and Blues.


jfpevents ZooParty Unleashed Dec 8, 7 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The theme is “Go Wild ... Go Green.” Come for animal exhibits, drinks, food, music and a hair show. The Blue Mountain Band and Jesse Robinson perform. For ages 21 and up. $50, $90 couples; members: $40, $70 couples; call 601-352-2580. Mississippi Happening. Guaqueta Productions hosts the monthly broadcast, which features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at mississippihappening.com.

HOLIDAY Thanksgiving Appreciation Day Nov. 24, 9 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). All visitors get free admission to the zoo. Call 601-352-2580. Holiday Story Times Nov. 26, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Stories include “Humphrey’s First Christmas” at 10:30 a.m., “The Trees of the Dancing Goats” at 11:30 a.m., “Seven Spools of Thread at 12:30 p.m. and “The Polar Express” at 1:30 p.m. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601981-5469 or 877-793-5437. Greater Jackson Arts Council Christmas Tree Festival, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Artists, nonprofits, churches, community organizations and individuals are welcome to decorate up to two pre-lit Christmas trees. Trees must be decorated by Nov. 27, and the trees are displayed through Dec. 31. Call 601-960-1557. Advent Lessons and Carols Service Nov. 29, noon, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in the recital hall. The Millsaps Singers perform in celebration of the Advent season. Free; call 601-974-1422. Jingle Jams Nov. 29, 5 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Christmas open house includes door prizes, refreshments, music, pictures with Santa and merchant discounts. Free admission, $35 for four 5-by-7-inch photos; call 601-9825861. Find Fonzy the Reindeer, in Fondren. Look for Fonzy, a life-sized reindeer statue, at local businesses to become eligible to win a $500 gift certificate. Enter daily at fondren.org. The winner is announced Dec. 24. Free; call 601-981-9606.

COMMUNITY Cartoon Basketball League Registration through Nov. 28, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Parents may register youth ages 8-14 from 8 a.m.-5 pm. weekdays. Birth certificate and photograph required. Games begin Jan. 7. $10 registration fee; call 601-960-0471. Old House Depot Birthday Bash Nov. 25, 9 a.m., at Old House Depot (639 Monroe St.). The architectural salvage warehouse celebrates its fifth anniversary. The Jamie Weems Trio featuring Tim Avalon and Tyler Kemp performs from 3-5 p.m. Call 601-592-6200. Community Bike Ride Nov. 25, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road). Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Meet in the parking lot for a conversation-paced ride through downtown to CS’s Restaurant (1359 N. West St.) for burgers and beverages. Helmets and lights strongly encouraged. Free; call 601-201-6128. Jackson Touchdown Club/C Spire Wireless Most Valuable Senior Awards Nov. 28, 6 p.m., at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Members of the athletic organization honor athletes from 10 Mississippi four-year colleges. $30 nonmembers; call 601-506-3186. An Evening with Nathaniel Smith and Jeremy Kittel Nov. 28, 7 p.m., at Underground 119

(119 S. President St.). Nathaniel Smith and Jeremy Kittel perform from 7-10 p.m. Order a $25 pre-fixe dinner that includes a glass of wine. No cover; call 601-352-2322. C Spire Wireless Conerly Trophy Presentation Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). A Mississippi college football player is honored with a reception at 5:30 p.m., and a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Limited seating. $100 reception and banquet, $25 skybox; call 800-280-3263. Mississippi Black Leadership Summit Nov. 30Dec. 2, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme is “Strong Leadership, Strong Mississippi.” Speakers include Dr. Rudy Crew, Melissa Harris-Perry, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson. Free to first 150 leaders who register before Nov. 25; call 601-353-8452.

WELLNESS Zumba Fitness Classes, at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram, and 3091 Highway 49 South, Suite E, Florence). The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly. Visit duzumba.com for class schedule information and directions. $5; call 601-209-7566. Gentle Joints Aquatic Program, at The Club at St. Dominic’s (970 Lakeland Drive). The Arthritis Foundation sponsors the low-intensity water class. Sessions are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Registration required; club membership optional. $35 for 12 classes, $60 for 24 classes; call 601-200-4925.

FARMERS MARKETS Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), through Dec. 17. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Starting Nov. 1, hours are 8 a.m.2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 601987-6783. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), through Dec. 24. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-919-1690.

STAGE AND SCREEN Art House Cinema Downtown Nov. 27, 2 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Films include “The Sleeping Beauty” at 2 p.m. ($16) and “Toast” at 5 p.m. ($7). Popcorn and beverages sold. Visit msfilm.org.

MUSIC Events at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Call 601-948-0888. • Big Ass Turkey Bash Nov. 23, 8 p.m. The Kudzu Kings, Electric Hamhock, the Bailey Brothers, and Buddy and the Squids. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 in advance; call 601-291-7121. • Thomas, Shirley, Ulmer, Jones Thanksgiving Jam Nov. 24, 8 p.m., in the Red Room. Music Student Departmental Recital Nov. 28, 3 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Enjoy a variety of vocal, piano and instrumental music from baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary periods. Free; call 601-974-1422. Hillsong Live Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., at Pinelake Church (6071 Highway 25, Flowood). The contemporary Christian group performs on their “God Is Able” tour. $28-$35; call 800-965-9324.

BE THE CHANGE “Walk in Their Shoes” Benefit Walk Nov. 26, 8 a.m., at Smith Park (302 Amite St.). The walk raises awareness and funding for Partners to End Homelessness. Walkers follow the path homeless individuals take daily to receive services. $10 suggested donation; shoe donations welcome; call 601-960-2178. Homelessness Awareness Sunday Nov. 27. In honor of National Homelessness Awareness Month, churches are encouraged to collect offerings to donate to local homeless shelters, or collect clothes and blankets for homeless people. Call 601-960-2178. “A Diva Christmas” Toy Drive through Dec. 2. Divas 4 Charity is the host. The toy drive benefits teenagers at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Drop-off locations include Keep Swinging Boxing and Fitness, Downtown Café, Sterling Photography and Forest Hill Place Leasing Office. Email divapam4charity@gmail.com for a list of suggested toys. Toys must be new and unwrapped. Donate by Dec. 2. Donations welcome; call 601-321-4218. Holiday Heroes Program through Dec. 6, at Youth Villages (Atrium Building, 805 S. Wheatley St., Suite 240, Ridgeland). Youth Villages, a nonprofit that supports children who have suffered abuse or neglect, or are dealing with mental-health issues, needs donors to sponsor children for the holidays by giving a gift no more than $75 in value or donating $75. Checks must be received by Dec. 5, and gifts must be received by Dec. 16. Call 601-572-3726. Toys for Tots through Dec. 15. The United States Marine Corps Reserve hosts the annual toy drive for needy children. Toy donations are accepted at designated drop-off locations. Monetary donations can be mailed to 4350 Officer Thomas Catchings Drive, Jackson, MS 39209, or submitted online. Volunteers welcome. Call 601-847-0180 to volunteer or 601-960-1084 for assistance. CARA Recycling Program, at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). Mississippi’s largest no-kill animal shelter, is earning cash for operating expenses by participating in the FundingFactory Recycling Program. They are collecting empty laser or toner cartridges and used cellphones and sending them to FundingFactory for cash. Donations welcome; email sadiecat17@comcast.net. The Sky Family: Celtic Revival Nov. 29, 7 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The family from Prince Edward Island combines Celtic dance, gospel and comedic skits. Donations welcome; call 601-981-7236. Duling Hall Concert Series Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Rayland Baxter and Grayson Capps perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $10 in advance, $15 day of show; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000.

CREATIVE CLASSES Shut Up! Classes, at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road). JFP editor-in-chief Donna Ladd teaches the Shut Up and Publish! Workshop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10 ($50) and the six-week Shut Up and Write! Series every other Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 7-March 10 ($150, $75 deposit required). Limit of 11 per class. Discounts for combined classes. Gift certificates available. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; email class@ jacksonfreepress.com; find Shut Up and Write on Facebook and Twitter (@shutupandwrite). Gingerbread House Workshop for Families Nov. 25, 2 p.m., at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Decorate pre-constructed gingerbread houses, create royal icing snowmen and make holiday trees. For ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $59; call 601-898-8345. Adult Hip-Hop Dance Classes, at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). For ages 16 and up. Classes are Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:306:30 p.m. $10; call 601-853-7480.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Craft Exhibit through Nov. 30, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). See woodcarvings by Terry Tjader. Free; call 601-856-7546. November Art Show through Nov. 30, at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). See works by Bill Jackson and Vicki Carroll. Hours are 9 a.m.5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-982-4844. November Art Show through Nov. 30, at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). See works from Dan Piersol, Rod Moorhead and Maureen Donnelly. Free; call 601-291-9115.

“Fast Food” through Dec. 2, at Millsaps College, Lewis Art Gallery (1701 N. State St.). See Ross Jehnke’s paintings. Free; call 601-974-1762. “Baghdad Beyond the Wire: Faces from the Fair Garden” through Dec. 2, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See Lt. David Holland’s photography exhibit. Free; call 601-9601557, ext. 224. Greater Jackson Arts Council Call for Artists. Selected artists will be paid $1,000 to transform local traffic signal boxes into artistic canvases. Email your name, mailing address and phone number by Dec. 15 to receive a proposal packet. Email tammy@jacksonartscouncil.org. Featured Artists, through Nov. 26, at Southern Breeze Gallery (Renaissance, 1000 Highland Colony Parlway, Ridgeland). See works by Amy Giust, Lorrie Drennan, Cindy Aune, Pearl River Glass and Jackie Ellens. Hours are MondayWednesday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., ThursdayFriday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Free; call 601-607-4147. Bluegrass and BBQ Art Show Nov. 26, 4 p.m., at The Shop (209 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland). See works by Stephanie Dwyer and Donna Davis. Performers include the Delta Mountain Boys and Cecil Abels. Free admission; call 601-856-7546. FROGS! Beyond Green, through Jan. 9, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). See 25 species of exotic frogs and toads. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 3-18, members and babies free; call 601-354-7303. The Nautilus Project through Jan. 5. This project is an invitation to visual artists and writers to create new work inspired by the music from the upcoming CD “Nautilus” by Laurel Isbister Irby. Submissions will be shared at the CD release party at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at The Commons (719 N. Congress St.). Call 601-918-0474. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.

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DIVERSIONS|music by Brandon Pruett

LAURA MEEK

Marlowe and the Sea

Brad Ward performs as Marlowe and the Sea, sometimes with other musicians.

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inger-songwriter Brad Ward, a Jackson native, began writing wry, witty, heartbreaking folk songs a few years back while he was still in college at the University of Mississippi. The desire to pursue his music didn’t come to fruition until he moved back to his hometown in 2009 after a short stint working for a marketing firm in Oxford. Since then, Ward

has played several shows performing as Marlowe and the Sea. He has also finished a record on the Elegant Trainwreck label. The songs on his soon-to-be-released record, “The More Things Change,” are raw, intimate and well-crafted folk with influences such as the Avett Brothers, Elliott Smith and Okkervil River. Each tune’s timeless sound is steeped in grit and honest

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reflection. Written mostly about ex-girlfriends and break ups, the songs could easily be dismissed, but lyrically, this record is a gem. Ward puts biting humor in his songs. This isn’t some sappy sad guy, but a thoughtful artist who is more of a storyteller than a whiny chump with a guitar. Ward finds his strength in writing lyrics with clever turns of phrases and tongue-in-cheek nuance. You can’t help but smile at them. His track “The Contest” exhibits this aesthetic when Ward sings in his raspy, twang-spun croon: “I built a frame to hang the pictures in your dreams. But then the frame fell from the wall with all the weight. You said the frame was frail. I blame the wall. So we chalked it up to fate.” The instrumentation on the album is sparse but deliberate and tasteful. “I tried to only have guitar and one other instrument on each song,” Ward said. “I wanted it to sound primitive, because that’s a lot of what I listen to.” While he plays guitar, harmonica, trombone and banjo on the album, Ward gets help from some great local musicians—including at times Tyler Kemp (piano), Jason Daniel (banjitar) and Caitlin McNally (percussion).

This gives the album a subtle depth and variance. Ward set up a CD release show in early November with a couple of other local bands who are also on the same label. He plans for Marlowe and the Sea to be more than a one-man band. “I envision something where I have some kind of part-time percussionist and people rotate on instruments,” he said. “I like different combinations. I don’t want to be a ‘three-piece.’ I prefer to have the bluegrass-type instrumentation with horns. Probably a rotating line-up.” His lack of a band doesn’t stop him from playing great shows now, though. Ward’s voice catches your attention, and he easily wins over an audience within the first bar. He sounds like a man from a time long gone whose twang swirls around and settles in all the right syllables. While still shy on stage, his elegant songcraft and always on-point vocals sift away any notion that this guy isn’t one of the most talented new acts in Jackson. Ward doesn’t have any shows scheduled in the immediate future, but they will happen, he said. To find out more about the CD, visit elegant-trainwreck.com/ artists/marlowe-and-the-sea.

Blowing the Roof Off

by Natalie Long

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Mississippi singer and songwriter Duff Dorrough in Memphis, Tenn. In the late 1970s, she and her brother Jody formed a band at Mississippi State University, and she also joined the country band Dixie Rose as a vocalist and guitarist. In 1981, Smith moved to Jackson to teach special education and started jamming with good friend and musician Mark Weilenman. While playing with Weilenman, Smith added the mandolin and congas to her repertoire of instruments. Between teaching, earning her master’s degree, marriage and a baby, Smith took a hiatus from performing publicly for almost 10 years. While she kept busy, Smith worked in some time to play in small acoustic groups. She learned to play electric guitar and bass. Then, in 1996, Smith became a founding member of the all-girl do-wop group, The Earth Angels. Smith performs as Bubbles with the group, singing covers from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The Earth Angels have performed with The Box Tops, Johnny Rivers, Jason D. Williams, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Davis is no stranger to the Jackson Davis has appeared on “The Jay Leno music scene. Playing in various bands Show,” President Clinton’s inaugurasince age 14, tion, the “Johnny Cash Davis’ first real Christmas Special,” “The big break came Today Show,” “Kennedy when he joined Center Honors” and the the North Ameri“HBO Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall can Recording of Fame Dedication.” Studio Rhythm For the past 21 years, Section based Davis recorded and out of Jackson. toured with living legDuring a stint in end Little Richard, and Muscle Shoals, traveled to dozens of Ala., and also in countries to represent Nashville, Tenn., the state with his musiDavis worked on cal talent. Davis owns his degree from Chazmosis Music Pubthe University of lishing and Windy Ridge North Alabama Music, where he records as a commercial other musicians as well Baby Jan and All That Chazz offer a music, business wide range of musical styles. as teaches piano lessons. and photography Follow the JFP music major. Davis has listings to see when Baby worked with nuJan and All That Chazz merous acts, ranging from country roy- perform in Jackson. Both are incredibly alty like The Carter Family and Johnny talented, and I promise: They will enCash, to southern rockers Dickie Betts tertain you. `Next time you see me out, and Gregg Allman. please say hello! COURTESY JAN SMITH

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Weekly Lunch Specials

LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR ALL SHOWS 10PM UNLESS NOTED

WEDNESDAY

11/23

Open for dinner Sat. 4-10pm Thursday

November 24

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11/24

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FRIDAY

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Friday

November 25

Otis Lotus

A Grateful Dead Tribute

11/25

ZOOGMA ZEEBO

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11/26

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11/28

TUESDAY

11/29

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November 26

House of Hounds with The Gills

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November 28

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November 29

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November 30

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Wednesday, November 23rd

WEDNESDAY 11/23 1st Annual “Big Ass Turkey Bash” feat. The Kudzu Kings w/ Electric Hamhock, Passengers Jones, The Bailey Brothers and Billy & the Squids

THURSDAY 11/24

KING EDWARD

Restaurant Closed Thanksgiving Jam (Red Room) $10

(Blues) 8-12, No Cover

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Thursday, November 24th

Restaurant Closed Blue Mountain (Red Room) $7

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SATURDAY 11/26

Friday, November 25th

Open as Usual

MONDAY 11/28 Blues Monday with Central MS Blues Society (restaurant)

MS CADILLAC BLUES BAND (Blues) 9-1, $10 Cover

Saturday, November 26th

TUESDAY 11/29 PUB QUIZ w/ Laura (restaurant)

Coming Soon FRI12.16: North MS Allstars* THU12.29: Jimbo Mathus

(Blues) 9-1, $10 Cover

SAT12.31: The Krystal Ball

Tuesday, November 29th

Monday-Thursday

Blue Plate Lunch with cornbread and tea or coffee

$8

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November 23 - 29, 20110

$4.00 Happy Hour Well Drinks!

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CROOKED CREEK

(Bluegrass) 8-12, No Cover

Thursday, December 1st

ADIB SABIR & PINK GARLAND (Jazz) 8-12, No Cover

Friday, December 2nd

LOS PAPIS

(Latin Jazz) 9-1, $10 Cover

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601.948.0888

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THURSDAY, NOV. 24 NFL (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fox): With a ton of great games on Turkey Day, the best one might be the surprising Detroit Lions hosting the defending and undefeated Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. FRIDAY, NOV. 25 College Football (1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. CBS): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another huge matchup in the SEC West when the Arkansas Razorbacks travel to LSU. Both teams have national title hopes on the line. SATURDAY, NOV. 26 College football (3 p.m.-6 p.m. CSS): Southern Miss tries to win the C-USA East division with a win over hapless Memphis. â&#x20AC;Ś College football (6 p.m.-9 p.m. ESPN): Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State with MSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bowl hopes up for grab. SUNDAY, NOV. 27 NFL (noon-3 p.m. Fox): Minnesota takes the best rookie quarterback, Christian Ponder, to Atlanta to face the Falcons. MONDAY, NOV. 28 NFL (7:30 p.m.-11 p.m.): The New Orleans Saints can add to their division lead and help the Dallas Cowboys with a win over the New York Giants in the Superdome. TUESDAY, NOV. 29 NHL (6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Versus): Sydney Crosby is back for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Check out â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sid the Kidâ&#x20AC;? against the New York Rangers. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30 College basketball (8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. ESPN): Two traditional NCAA tournament teams faceoff when the Wisconsin Badgers travel south to play the North Carolina Tar Heels. Delta Statesmen begin their playoffs this weekend. They are not on TV, but you can listen on Statesmen Radio Network. The Statesmen play North Alabama Saturday at 1 p.m. This season the Fighting Okra beat Lions 30-24 in overtime. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @ jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.

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xford and Starkville havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had much to cheer about this football season. Ole Miss and Mississippi State have both struggled on the gridiron. Last weekend, highly ranked opponents blew the Rebels and the Bulldogs off the field again. It is hard to find positives when neither team has been remotely competitive the last two weeks. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to convince myself to watch the 108th meeting between them, the 2011 Egg Bowl, but it has little appeal this year. Still, there are things to play for in Starkville on Saturday night. The question is: Will either team show up to play? MSU has won only one conference game and is on a two-game losing streak. When you cannot figure out what your identity is as a football all season long, wins are hard to come by. MSU has yet to decide if they want to be a hard-nose running team or a pass-happy spread team. The Bulldogs have rotated quarterbacks Chris Relf, Tyler Russell and Dylan Favre with little success. Last season, the Bulldogs were a physical running team but have gone away from last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bruising attack. Top Bulldog rusher, Vick Ballard, has 156 carries for 865 yards and 5.5 yards per carry average, but MSU does not run Ballard enough. They try to become a finesse passing team after good runs. The Bulldogs defense hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been bad but seems to tire out; the offense cannot sustain drives. Last season, MSU seemed to get every bounce or break, but those breaks have been hard to come by this year. MSU still has something to play for against Ole Miss. With a win, the Bulldogs will be bowl eligible. Right now seven bowleligible SEC teams out of nine are guaranteed bowl spots. If MSU can get the magical sixth win against the Rebels, their season wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end Saturday. A win also means the Bulldogs can try for back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since Jackie Sherrill led MSU to 10 wins in 1999 and eight wins in 2000. A win in a bowl game would make the Bulldogs 7-6. A loss against Ole Miss means the Bulldogs will stay home for the holidays. As bad as things have been at MSU, they have been worse for the Ole Miss Rebels. The school fired head coach Houston Nutt with three games to go, and the Rebelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; response has been lackluster. The Rebels have not rallied around their fired coach. (Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel too

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COURTESY MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

I would be more thankful if I could get more Tim Tebow on my TV.

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by Bryan Flynn

by Bryan Flynn

Chris Relf was one of three MSU quarterbacks the Bulldogs rotated without much success this year.

bad for Nutt. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pocketing $6 million just to leave Oxford.) In fact, they seem to be just going through the motions. The previous low point for the Rebels this season was its 21-point loss to Louisiana Tech, but last Saturday, the Ole Miss players found ways to make new low points. I saw something I had never seen before in college football in the game against LSU. The LSU Tigers ran a quarterback bootleg with a third-string quarterback that went to the one-yard line. With five minutes left in the game, and LSU at the Rebels one-yard line, the Tigers started taking a knee to run the clock. LSU coach Les Miles was doing everything he could to not run up the score on the hapless Bears, er, Rebels. LSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 52-3 beat down was the worst margin of defeat for the Rebels since Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 49-0 win in 1974. I wonder if the Peach State Bulldogs took a knee with five minutes left in the game that day. Ole Miss has lost 13 straight SEC games. The last time the Rebels won an SEC game was a 42-35 win over Kentucky Oct. 2, 2010. (Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost fitting that their last win this year was Oct. 1 in a 38-28 win over Fresno State.) The last time the Rebels didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have even one SEC win in a season was 2007. That was the last season Ed Orgeron roamed the sidelines before Nutt was brought in. As forgettable as this season has been, the Rebels have a couple of things to play for in the Egg Bowl. They might even stop adding new low points. The Rebels have never lost 10 games in a football season but at 2-9, they have no margin for error. A loss against MSU and the Rebels will go 2-10 this season.

Mississippi can break their school-record 13-game SEC losing streak, or at least keep it from becoming a school-record 14-game streak. Heck, I would think it would be something to see the Rebels just show up to play this Saturday. Likewise, it would be nice to see MSU do the same thing. If you can stomach it, the game will be at 6 p.m. on ESPN U. I am dubbing this game the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Bowl or Avoid the New Lowâ&#x20AC;? Game. Prediction: MSU 45, Ole Miss 17

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by Andrew Dunaway

The Best Meal I Ever Ate: Thai House

Mao Tod Gathim Prik Thai from the Thai House will make your taste buds happy.

Mao Tod Gathim Prik Thai ranks high as one of Jackson’s “Best Meal I Ever Ate” because of the combination of fried, palm-sugar-sweetened pork and the pungency of Nam Prik Pla. You can be timid

and dip the pork into the sauce and enjoy the dish with a side of white rice, or you can use my method: Pour the Nam Prik Pla over the pork and rice and dig in. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Nam Prik Pla is made with limejuice, fish sauce, sugar, garlic and Thai chilies—lots of Thai chilies. One thing that really sets this dish apart from other Thai offerings is its rarity. I’ve eaten at my fair share of Thai restaurants, and the Thai House is the only place I’ve seen Mao Tod Gathim Prik Thai. When I asked the Bunnirans, owners and operators of The Thai House, about the dish, I got an interesting answer. Tim Bunniran says it’s a custom creation from the Thai House kitchen. While the origins of Mao Tod Gathim Prik Thai are debatable, there’s no doubt where Thai House chef Toon Bunniran learned to cook such excellent Thai cuisine. His mother, Tim, taught him but, interestingly, her mother didn’t teach her. According to Tim Bunniran, her mother was constantly in the kitchen, always working on the next meal, but she never passed the secrets on to the next generation. As a result, the flavors we all know and love at the Thai House are the result of Tim Bunniran recreating the flavors of her mother’s dishes.

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hen it comes to dining in Jackson, the Mao Tod Gathim Prik Thai from the Thai House (1405 Old Square Road, 601-982-9991) is a solid entry into the category of the “The Best Meal I Ever Ate.” It’s an unassuming menu item, falling near the back at No. 68. Consisting of fried pork served with a Thai dipping sauce, it’s often lost in the sea of Larbs, Paht Priks and Pad Thai. Actually, Thai dipping sauce is a vague term. At the Thai House, that sauce is a kaleidoscope of flavors; it has elements of spicy, sweet and fishy. Fishy? That’s right, the Thai dipping sauce is actually Nam Prik Pla, a condiment based largely on fish sauce. Few things may be more foreign and possibly even repulsive than a bottle of fish sauce. I’ll admit that the idea of eating the extract of fermented anchovies doesn’t sound too appealing, but it is simply delicious for those with a predilection for Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. In its most basic form, Nam Prik Pla is simple mixture of sliced chilies and fish sauce often with other components added. At the Thai House, the

A “proper cuppa” is easy to brew any time of the day.

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n the early, crisp days of winter, after a morning run to unknot my muscles and jolt my brain, my body needs its caffeine fix. Coffee, however, is too harsh and heavy for me after exercise. I prefer a steaming cup of tea with my breakfast. Although it is the second-most widely consumed beverage in the world (after water, of course), tea in the South is usually associated with the cold, syrupy, saccharine goodness we call sweet tea. Hot tea is a staple in many cultures and boasts numerous health benefits—not to mention how tasty it is. Some people are confused by the myriad tea choices at the supermarket, but since it’s relatively inexpensive my advice is

to just try out different brands and flavors until you find the one you like. If you are going to do this, though, make sure you know how to properly brew a cup of tea, or as the British call it, “a proper cuppa.” Here are some simple rules for the perfect cup of tea. First, bring fresh, cold and, ideally, filtered water from the tap to a boil in a kettle or pot. “Prime” your teacup or teapot with warm water to help keep the tea warm longer. Next, take your water off the boil and quickly pour it over your tea bag or loose tea leaves. Different teas require different steeping times, but usually a breakfast tea or black tea takes three to five minutes; the longer it steeps, the

stronger your tea will be. Don’t steep for too long, or your tea will be bitter. Finally, add sugar and milk if you fancy it. For more flavor, try adding lemon, honey or a cinnamon stick. Tea isn’t just for breakfast, either. Some special teas are designed to promote relaxation, for example, and others delight the senses with floral or potpourri scents. Some people like to serve tea with lots of ceremony and flair, but others, like myself, gulp it down in a regular coffee mug while reading the Jackson Free Press and eating cheese grits. For more information about tea and techniques, check out adagio.com or enjoyingtea.com.

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‘Tis the Season by LaShanda Phillips

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BeanFruit Coffee, Campbell’s Bakery, $11.95

This is the season for giving—and shopping! With so many local shops and boutiques offering a little bit of everything, shopping for your loved ones will be a breeze, even if you never set foot in a big-box store. These stocking stuffers and gifts will make everyone on your list happy, even the more difficult ones.

Beaujolas Nouveau, McDade’s Wine and Spirits, $9.99 Zum Bag, Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery, $14.99 Angels, Heavenly Design by Roz Roy, price upon request iPhone, C Spire, $199.99 Orange Anchor Bracelet, Blithe & Vine, $60 Niven Morgan New Orleans Gardenia and Jasmine candle, Blithe & Vine, $30 Ouchies, Cosmo Tots, $6.50 Pink Feather Earrings, Nice Glass by Lizz, $5 Fujifilm FinePix Z-90, Deville Camera & Video, $139.99 Pewter purse, Silly Billy’s, $7 Custom Earrings, Hooplah by Clarks, $12 Owl Charm, Nice Glass by Lizz, $8 Ugandan Basket, Friends of Uganda, $25

“Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi,” Lemuria Bookstore, $25

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Jonathan Adler Cat Salt & Pepper Set, Mississippi Museum of Art, $44 Butter London nail polish, Arco Ave., $14.50

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Blithe & Vine, 2906 N. State St., 601-427-3322 Cosmo Tots, 2906 N. State St., 601-427-3322 C Spire Wireless, 5260 Interstate 55 N., 855-277-4735 Campbell’s Bakery, 3013 N. State St., 601-362-4628 Deville Camera & Video, 5058 Interstate 55 N., 601-956-9283 Friends of Uganda, 310 Linda Drive, Clinton, 601-924-3190 Heavenly Design by Roz Roy, 3252 N. State St., 601-954-2147 Hooplah by Clarks, Sentral Brown Clark, 601-941-7900 Lemuria Books, 202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.,

601-366-7619 McDade’s Wine and Spirits, 1220 E. Northside Drive, 601-366-5676 Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 S. Lamar St., 601-965-9939 Nice Glass by Lizz, niceglassbylizz@hotmail.com, 601-850-8548 Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery, 2807 Old Canton

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SHOPKEEP

by Sumati Thomas

Azul Denim: Denim, Fur & Feathers

Azul Denim is at 733 Lake Harbour Drive Suite E, Ridgeland, next to Newk’s Café. Store hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Visit azuldenim.com or call 601-605-1066. Shopkeeper: Sonia Miller SUMATI THOMAS

Azul Denim fetures Livi Lawson Design for one-of-a-kind jewelry selections.

A chocolate brown faux fur vest paired with jeans is perfect for the fall.

Azul Denim has different styles and cuts of denim jeans.

SHOPPING SPECIALS Arco Avenue (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 107, Ridgeland, 601790-9662) The Black Friday sale starts 9 a.m. Customers draw for discounts ranging from 5 percent to 50 percent. One discount per person and purchase.

Send sale info to fly@jacksonfreepress.com. Mosaic (2906 N. State St. Suite 102, 601-713-2595) Check out the November sample sale. Take 25 percent off all in-stock C.R. Laine Furniture. Shop for sofas, club chairs, select ottomans.

Sportique (677 Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland, 601-956-2863) Buy one, get one 50 percent off on the North Face line. Share this sale with 10 Facebook friends and receive $10 off your next purchase. Sale lasts through Nov. 25.

Custom Optical (661 Duling Ave., 601-362-6675) Stuff your stockings with eyewear. Take 20 percent off gift certificates.

November 23 - 29, 2011

Kinkades (120 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-898-0513) Buy a pair of Tommy Bahama jeans and get a free Tommy Bahama belt. Supplies are limited. Offer ends Nov. 30.

store is the new Casey Skinny Jeans by True Religion. She describes them as a cross between a legging and a skinny jean. This creates a jean that is flattering on various body types and comfortable. Skinny jeans paired with kitten heels and a flouncy blouse can create a great 1940s-inspired look. Pair the jeans with combat boots or a pair of Chucks and a plaid shirt for a more edgy, grunge-inspired look. Miller’s other favorite item is a chocolate-brown faux fur vest with leather clasps. The vest is perfect for this fall’s obsession with fur and is sure to make a great statement piece in your wardrobe. This piece would work well with both the 1990s and 1970s-inspired looks this fall. For a 1970s look, pair the vest with a flared jean and chunky heels or clogs. Sonia Miller is the owner of Azul Denim. A 1970s-style top under the vest along with gold-toned The pieces are at great prices, averagjewelry will bring out your inner flower ing $35. Azul Denim’s clothing selection child. For a tougher 1990s look, pair the prices average around $50 for tops, $200 vest with a slimmer cut jean, boots with for denim and $20-$100 for accessories military-inspired touches and a fitted top and belts. under the vest. Azul Denim is at 733 Lake Harbour Azul Denim also features jewelry by Drive Suite E, Ridgeland, next to Newk’s Livi Lawson Design, a local jewelry artisan. Café. Store hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekLawson’s jewelry is one-of-a-kind, and can days and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Visit work with casual and dressier outfits. azuldenim.com or call 601-605-1066.

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his fall’s fashion is all about denim, rich colors, earthy hues, feathers and fur. Azul Denim has it all. Azul has been a premier shop to get the hottest styles in denim for the past three years. It also stocks cute, fashion-forward tops and accessories to complete your outfit. Sonia Miller, the owner, has created a fashion denim boutique. Miller moved to the United States from Honduras to attend the University of Florida. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2006. She met her husband, Ray-Scott, who is from Madison, while in Florida. The couple moved to the Madison area in 2007. Miller comes from a family of entrepreneurs. She wanted to focus on denim because it is one clothing staple that works for all ages and body types. Denim comes in many cuts, styles and colors, and can go from casual to business to dressy easily. Miller gathers inspiration for her store’s offerings from watching what Mississippians wear, E! News and fashion designer Rachel Zoe. She then scours markets, searching for the most flattering in name brands, such as 7 For All Mankind, Citizen of Humanity Jeans and True Religion. Azul Denim also carries maternity jeans. “Our customer is conservative, yet likes to be edgy and sexy at times,” Miller says. The trends this season take notes from the 1940s with flouncy blouses, denim dresses, kitten heels and muted colors and the 1970s with chunky jewelry, rich earthy colors, flared denim and denim shirts. There is also inspiration from the 1990s grunge era with denim of all shades and colors, plaids, military-inspired details and fur accents. One of Miller’s favorite pieces in the

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