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sara del castillo work of affiliate organizations that empowers young people to fight for their rights and the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM Act. Last November, she took Mississippi’s first delegation of students to United We Dream’s congress in Texas. “I’ve always felt connected to the immigrant community as daughter of an immigrant parent and grandmother,” she says. Her mother opened one of the first immigration mission centers in Forest, where Del Castillo spent a lot of time growing up. “I still remember how giving and wonderful they were (and) how much fear they lived in. Because I grew up in this environment, I recognized immigrants not just as illegal, but as human beings—not objects that can be dehumanized as they are so often in the media.” In addition to her work with United We Dream, Del Castillo canvassed for political campaigns and worked a phone bank last fall. She has also spoken about human rights at Tougaloo College and organized a Zumbathon to raise money for a social-justice organization. Over spring break, she participated in the Walk Against Fear, an immigrant-rights awareness walk. When she is not doing social-justice work, Del Castillo is busy with her sorority, Kappa Delta; her friends; and the Zumba class she teaches. She will graduate from Millsaps College in 2014. —Ingrid Cruz
29 Simply Heartfelt Mississippian Ora Reed’s music isn’t complicated. It comes straight from her heart.
42 Cool Threads With a Mississippi summer just around the corner, it’s time for a cool favorite: seersucker.
Sara Del Castillo is a bubbly 20-year-old with a passion for social justice, service, cultural awareness and immigrant-rights issues. “I really feel that if we can all get organized, this can be a safe space for immigrants in Mississippi,” she says. She hopes Mississippi will become a haven for immigrants and that education will be attainable for everyone, including undocumented immigrants. Del Castillo was born in Memphis and grew up in Jackson, but moved to Ocean Springs after Hurricane Katrina, while her mother, Sally Bevill, worked there with the United Methodist Church. Del Castillo says her mother, who has been a paralegal on Violence Against Women Act cases and is an ordained United Methodist minister, instilled in her a desire to fight for social justice. She credits her father Julio Del Castillo’s Peruvian background and family as an influence that has allowed her to connect with other cultures. Seeing the hardships people experienced after Katrina also shaped her world view. “The community after Katrina was torn,” she says. Del Castillo also says she experienced different racial dynamics on the Gulf Coast. “People would say, ‘Did you see those Mexicans in Walmart? They always stare at me.’ I remember challenging others that not all Latinos are Mexican,” she says. Now, Del Castillo works with United We Dream, a national immigrant youth-led net-
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R.L. Nave Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri), and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson. Contact him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote the cover story.
Alanna Leist Design intern Alanna Leist is a Vicksburg native, now living in Cleveland, Miss., where she attends Delta State University. She is active member in the DSU art department as well as Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity. She illustrated the cover.
Ingrid Cruz Ingrid Cruz is an activist for immigrants’ rights and against private prisons. She was born in El Salvador, raised in California, and moved to Mississippi in 2010. She blogs at nomames.tumblr. com. She wrote the Jacksonian.
Richard Coupe Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game, husband, brother and father of four, is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote about events.
Brynn Rogel Brynn Rogel is a professional photographer and graphicdesign junkie with a degree in journalism. She is currently looking at real estate on various tropical islands so she can become a professional beach bum. She wrote a music feature.
Hannah Jones Hannah Jones is a junior English major at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is the managing editor of The Student Printz. She enjoys Woody Allen movies and sarcasm. Follow her on Twitter @hb_ jonez. She wrote a music feature.
Alonzo Lewis II Alonzo Lewis II is a native of Coila, Miss. He started cooking at the age of 5. He owns Coila’s Crossroads Bistro where the motto is: “Food so good that it will make your tongue slap your brains out.” He wrote a food feature.
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Executive Assistant Erica Crunkilton was braised in the Missouri Ozarks She migrated to Mississippi to attend Ole Miss and never left. She lives in Flowood with her fiancé with their two neurotic dogs and a newly adopted kitten named Starbuck.
by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief
Boys Will Be Boys
don’t manage to get out of the office often these days for lunch. But Friday I was in the mood for a Two Sisters veggie plate (probably had something to do with the staff party the night before, but I digress). We slipped in there about 2 p.m. just before closing. As Todd and I sat down at our table in the main dining room, I looked toward Diann Alford’s cash-register station and noticed U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee standing there with his wife. He was talking to Diann and glad-handing with others as they left the restaurant, and his presence was hard to miss. As we media folk are wont to do, I watched him out of the corner of my eye as I enjoyed my black-eyed peas and cabbage and even thought about snapping a picture on my iPhone, but decided against it. In that small space, it might have made a scene. When I got back to the office with my to-go banana pudding in a Styrofoam cup, I checked Tweetdeck for afternoon news and gossip. I noticed that some progressive folks I know (the same ones who fought personhood last fall and won) had urged people to go to Nunnelee’s Facebook page at 1:30 that day and tell him what they thought of his recent legislative votes (as in: not much). They’d done that recently on Gov. Phil Bryant’s page and rather hijacked it. I went to take a look. At Nunnelee’s page, I realized that he— using the word “I” and next to his picture— had hosted a Facebook chat from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. that day and, yes, a bunch of Mississippi progressives had let loose on him. But it wasn’t their comments that interested me; it was the timing. He had “hosted” a live chat during the exact time he was eating lunch and gladhanding in Two Sisters in downtown Jackson, or someone who worked for him had. I even posted (in a non-argumentative way, I promise) on his page that I had just seen him in Two Sisters (and with no obvious smartphone action), and another man he had talked to at the restaurant chimed in to say that he had seen him there and talked to him. Now, this may seem like a small thing to many of you—of course, their handlers handle their social media, too—but at what point did a congressman get so big for his britches that he could promise that “I” will answer your questions, yet be nowhere near a keyboard. Perhaps this wouldn’t have irked me in just the same way had it not been during a week of similar annoyances. About a week earlier, JFP staff photographer Virginia Schreiber had a bizarre run-in at Fenian’s with a group of Republicans, including Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford (and now Jackson) and the chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Parks McNabb. Long story short, Virginia was out at a pub with friends, and a group of Republicans (including Reeves himself) were out as well. So? She certainly wasn’t working, but when she saw a group including the state’s second-highest officer, she took out her phone and snapped photos of the group from across the room.
Suddenly, Republican staffers were at her side, demanding her phone. It was a matter of “state security,” McNabb told her, thereby insulting her intelligence, and then harangued her until she showed him the blurry photos and agreed to delete them. (Tollison himself even ordered her to sit down “in a way that doesn’t make any woman want to sit down,” as she wrote later in a narrative about that night that we’re posting online linked to this column.) Rattled, Virginia zipped her phone in her purse and when she looked for it again, it was gone. She looked all over the bar for it, getting management to help and even having it announced on the stage. She suspected that someone had taken it to look at her photos, but couldn’t prove it. After a while, one of the Republicans “found” it and returned it to her. Now, I’m not accusing them of taking it to check out her photos, but I know Virginia, and she is not one to drop her iPhone and not notice. And certainly not that night. Virginia did not call me because it was late, but I sure wish she would have. There is no politician out there who (a) has the right to harass someone taking camera photos in a bar, whether or not she was acting as a journalist (she wasn’t, but had the right to take pictures of an elected official out at a bar) and (b) has the right to talk to and upset a hard-working young woman like that, whether she was on duty or not. There is nothing funny about it and if someone ever pulls a stunt like that again with another of my staffers, I will be there in 10 minutes. Be warned. Of course, it was a week of hearing about boys pulling disturbing stunts We learned about Mitt Romney’s so-called “prank” back when he was a high-school senior. Five classmates independently recall him leading a
group to hold down a classmate (who was allegedly gay) and cut off his bleached blond hair. Romney, somehow, can’t recall that one prank among many that he was involved in, as he put it. Today, schools would treat that as a physical assault, as they should, and would call the police. Romney and his friends didn’t get in trouble, but the victim was kicked out of school for smoking a cigarette. What disturbed me the most about the news cycle around the incident wasn’t that it happened so many years ago, or even that a presidential candidate did it. It was that he didn’t bother to remember it (I really don’t believe you forget such a thing unless you’re becoming senile) and that he passed up an opportunity to use it as a leadership moment for a nation that has been riddled with bullying, anti-gay rhetoric and teen suicide (often resulting from one or both of those things). A leader would own his teen “prank,” giving us a reason to forgive him for them, not laugh as he claimed he didn’t remember. His response gave me the same creepy feeling I got when a visibly rattled Virginia told me about her night at Fenian’s: men of privilege trying to intimidate those who don’t fall in line. Perhaps worse are the folks who defend this kind of juvenile-yet-scary “boys will be boys” behavior. They say that all guys pull mean “pranks” when they’re younger, and we shouldn’t hold it against them. Boys will be boys, after all. I call B.S. on that. Men who would be leaders need to grow up at some point and take responsibility for their actions. They should not lie to constituents or demand that photographers turn over their iPhones to make sure they didn’t catch them in an embarrassing moment. That just won’t do, gentlemen.
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Thursday, May 10 Kidnapping suspect Adam Mayes commits suicide as law enforcement officers close in on him in Union County. The two girls he was holding are later treated for exposure and released from the hospital. â€Ś Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac announces 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgage rates fell to an all-time low of 3.83 percent. Friday, May 11 Family and friends gather on John R. Lynch Street to remember Benjamin Brown, a civil-rights activist who was shot and killed May 11, 1967, by police. â€Ś North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says, â€œWe look like Mississippi,â€? after state voters approve a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, upsetting state Republicans. Saturday, May 12 The 159th commencement ceremony at Ole Miss honors 2,395 graduates; more than 2,400 students graduate from Mississippi State. â€Ś The New York Rangers defeat the Washington Capitals 2-1 to advance to the Stanley Cup semifinals. Sunday, May 13 Ole Miss completes a sweep of Tennessee with a 4-2 win; Mississippi State drops its weekend series with a 2-1 loss at Florida. â€Ś Police find 49 decapitated and mutilated bodies near an archway that marks the entrance to the town of San Juan, Mexico.
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Monday, May 14 A man dies after being shot outside of the Charles W. Tisdale Library on Northside Drive in Jackson. â€Ś The U.S. Department of the Interior gives its OK to move ahead with the Atlantic Wind Connection, a proposed offshore wind farm backed by Google.
Tuesday, May 15 Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., FBI Special Agent Daniel McMullen and JPD honor fallen police officers with a ceremony on Pascagoula Street. â€Ś The European Union says it carried out air strikes on pirates off the coast of Somalia, but reports no casualties. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.
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One Lake on the Fast Track
his is good news, right?â€? asked Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District member Socrates Garrett at the May 14 Levee Board meeting. Garrettâ€™s question came in response to news that the Levee Board has finally reached an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to commence a feasibility study, which includes an environmental impact assessment, for a flood-control and development plan. Itâ€™s a critical step in the ongoing Jacksonarea flood-control saga. At Mondayâ€™s Levee Board meeting, board attorney Keith Turner said corps officials in Washington, D.C., signed an agreement under Section 211 of the federal Water Resources Development Act of 1996 that lets the Levee Board do much of the legwork that the corps would otherwise do on a flood control project to speed things up. â€œNow that weâ€™ve got this (memorandum of understanding) in place, theyâ€™re getting ready to run pretty rapid with this project,â€? said board chairman and Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads, referring to the Pearl River Vision Foundation. The brainchild of John McGowan, PRVF is paying for an initial study of a onelake flood-control development along the Pearl River. One Lake would be a 1,500-acre, six-mile-long lake from Lakeland Drive south to the town of Richland, but the plan has been
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Wednesday, May 9 A Canadian National freight train carrying coal derails near Collins; rails and one bridge are damaged, but no one is injured. â€Ś The United States Postal Service announces it will keep hundreds of small post offices open that it had planned to close by reducing business hours instead.
In 1992, Minnesota became the first state in America to pass a charter-schools law. In 1999, only 340,000 students in the United States attended charter schools. By 2009, however, that number had more than tripled, to 1.4 million students, but charter schools still made up only 5 percent of all public schools.
Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads called the next phase of the One Lake plan â€œmonumental.â€?
scaled down from McGowanâ€™s earlier vision for a Two Lakes concept that would have connected to the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Monday, the board voted to authorize Rhoads to sign the Section 211 agreement on the boardâ€™s behalf when it arrives this week. In a separate vote, board members gave lawyers the go-ahead to explore options for expanding the district and acquiring the land needed for the project. The legal options might include purchasing or acquiring land through eminent domain or negotiating agreements with landowners so Levee Board officials can access parts of the shore, Turner said after the meeting.
Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. took the news with cautious optimism, saying although it would â€œbe wise to get as far ahead of the game as possible,â€? he was concerned that people might get the false impression that the Levee Board is about to start gobbling up land. In response, Rhoads said the agreement, which he called â€œmonumental,â€? represents an opportunity for a public-education campaign for citizens and other stakeholders, such as state elected officials. Rhoads suggested that he and Johnson lobby the Legislature for payment in lieu of taxes on state-owned property because the Pearl Riverâ€™s levees protect the fairgrounds and other state property from flooding. Private property owners along the levee pay a millage tax to the flood control district; the state pays nothing. Dave Nichols, mayor of Monticello, was a vocal critic of the original Two Lakes plan on behalf of downstream communities. He says he hasnâ€™t developed a stance on the One Lake plan because he hasnâ€™t seen enough information on the proposal. â€œNobody looks out for Monticello,â€? Nichols told the Jackson Free Press. â€œEverything is about Jackson and the metro area.â€? PRVF spokesman Dallas Quinn said early analyses show no negative impacts downstream of the project. Quinn said he looks forward to meeting with Nichols and other downstream stakeholders to address their concerns. Read previous coverage at jfp.ms/pearlriver.
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t the Jackson Free Press, we strive to provide our readers with news you canâ€™t get anywhere else, news that is surprising and enlightening. Some of the national news that made the most noise around the Internet this week was, however, less than shocking. In case you missed it, here are some of the stories that, for all the cacophony of argument surrounding them, were pretty much par for the course: â€˘ Franceâ€™s president is a socialist. â€˘ Ron Paul isnâ€™t going to be moving into the White House anytime soon. â€˘ Not all of his supporters know that. â€˘ Elected officials in other states (who should really know better) like to use Mississippi as a punching bag. â€˘ Somehow their jabs that the Magnolia State is racist and homophobic echo around the blogosphere a lot longer than their apologies. â€˘ Now that the Republican primaries (and their more-conservative-than-thou contests) are more-or-less done with, Democratic President Obama comes out in support of gay marriage. â€˘ Though it leads to plenty of bickering on Twitter and cable TV, his announcement has little impact on his poll numbers. â€˘ The Justice Department thinks Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizonaâ€™s Maricopa County has been racially profiling Latinos. â€˘ Latinos who have left the area agree. â€˘ Louisiana legislators think the NFL was too hard on the Saints in handing out penalties for the teamâ€™s bounty program.
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Three Days in June
by R.L. Nave
ne spring afternoon in 2001, Jan Michael Brawner slipped into the home of his ex-in-laws, Jane and Carl Craft, in rural Tate County, and stole a .22caliber rifle. Later that day, during a confrontation with his former wife, Barbara, over custody of their daughter back at the Craft home, Brawner raised the gun and shot his ex in the back before also shooting Jane. He fired again, once into Jane and once into Barbara, and told Paige, his 3-year-old daughter, who witnessed the murders, to go watch television in a back bedroom. Afraid Paige would identify him for killing her mom and grandmother, he went into the bedroom and shot the girl twice, killing her. When Carl returned home from work that evening, Brawner shot and killed him as he came through the door. Brawner snatched $300 from Carl’s wallet, Jane’s wedding ring and food stamps from Barbara’s purse. Brawner told investigators that he and his new girlfriend were having money troubles, according to court documents. A jury convicted Brawner on four counts of capital murder on April 11, 2002, and a judge sentenced him to death April 12. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the cases of Brawner and two other death-row inmates, prompting Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to seek execution dates for all three men. Hood will ask for a June 14 execution date for Brawner, four days after Brawner’s 35th birthday. In addition, Hood wants June 12 and June 13 execution dates for Henry Curtis Jackson Jr., 47, of Copiah County and Gary Carl Simmons, 49, of Jackson County. Jackson’s and Simmons’ crimes are equally grisly. Jackson received the death penalty in 1991 for stabbing his two nieces and two nephews to death. Court papers indicate that Jackson killed the four children “in an attempt to steal money kept in his mother’s safe in her home.” On Nov. 1, 1990, Jackson’s mother went to church with several of her grandchildren while Jackson’s sister, Regina, babysat the younger children. Jackson parked his car two blocks away, walked to the house and cut the phone line, then knocked on the door. Inside, he picked up the phone and told Regina it was dead.
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Mississippi may execute Jan Michael Brawner, Gary Carl Simmons and Henry Curtis Jackson Jr. (left to right) on successive days in June
Moments later, he grabbed Regina by the throat and demanded her paycheck and the combination to their mother’s safe. When she said she didn’t have any money and didn’t know the safe code, Jackson “pulled out knives and shoved them into her throat and waist,” court documents say. Another relative, 11-year-old Sarah, jumped on Jackson’s back. During the struggle “Jackson told them that he had to kill them.” Sarah pleaded with Jackson to take the safe and leave the house. Over the next few minutes, Jackson stabbed Regina and Sarah several more times, and stabbed and killed Regina’s 2-year-old daughter, Shunterica. That night, he also killed three other young relatives: 5-year-old Dominique, 3-year-old Antonio and 2-year-old Andrew. Sarah survived by playing dead. Regina and a 1-year-old relative, Andrea, also survived the attacks. After a manhunt, Jackson surrendered to police Nov. 5. Simmons’ conviction for capital murder, rape and kidnapping charges came on Aug. 29, 1997. Simmons participated in the murder of Jeffrey Wolfe, to whom Simmons owed a drug-related debt, and raped Wolfe’s girlfriend, Charlene Leaser. In August 1996, Wolfe and Leaser arrived at Simmons’ home from Houston. While Simmons and Leaser smoked a joint in the kitchen, Simmons’ former brother-in-law Timothy Milano shot and killed Wolfe. Simmons questioned Leaser about whether they were police or had any drugs, tied her up, and shoved her into a metal trunk. Later, after Leaser freed herself, Simmons stripped her, took her jewelry and raped her. When she heard no one answer Simmons’ ringing phone, Leaser escaped the trunk and ran to a neighbor’s house. Police got a warrant to search Simmons’ home and noticed a piece of flesh in a boat docked behind Simmons’ house, along with some buckets and a bloody bush hook and knife. “Shortly after this discovery, they began collecting body parts from the bayou, a task that took several days,” a court document said. At Simmons’ trial, his friend, Dennis Guess, testified that Simmons confessed that he had “whacked a drug dealer, … deboned him, cut him up in little pieces and put him in the bayou.” Guess convinced Simmons to turn himself in, which he did August 14.
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fter a polarized discussion about the cityâ€™s ward-redistricting hire, Jackson City Council Rules Committee Chairman Quentin Whitwell decided Thursday to move forward with the Councilâ€™s December decision to hire D.L. Johnson Consultants LLC. Whitwell, the Ward 1 councilman, announced the decision after it became apparent that the committee would not come to a consensus at the special meeting he called to discuss the cityâ€™s deal with the company, which state NAACP president Derrick Johnson heads. Johnson was not present at the meeting because of a prior speaking engagement at Tougaloo College. Multiple attempts by the Jackson Free Press to reach Johnson for comment for this story were unsuccessful. The Rules Committee first selected D.L. Johnson Consultants in December to do the redistricting, which every city, county and state is required to do every 10 years after the U.S. Census to adjust election districts to account for population growth and mobility. At the Thursday meeting, some members of the council, including Whitwell, Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber and Ward 4 Councilman Frank Bluntson, expressed concerns about the companyâ€™s inaction since the council hired it. D.L. Johnson Consultants did not get a contract finalized, signed and sent to the city attorneyâ€™s office until April 23, the same day the City Council discussed rescinding its hiring of the company at a special meeting. â€œWe are into the fifth month, almost the middle of the fifth month,â€? Yarber said. â€œI think with the cloud that we have now over the city, I think it would be responsible for us to rescind and move to finding someone who can get this work done for us as soon as possible with the least amount of trouble possible.â€? Whitwell said he called the May 10 meeting because of concerns over how long it took Johnson to sign a contract with the city, as well as delays in the companyâ€™s redistricting jobs in other jurisdictions. In Hinds County, the Board of Supervisors hired Johnson and approved one of his proposed maps Feb. 28, 2011. The county then sent the map to the U.S. Department of Justice, which must approve any redistricting in Mississippi due to the stateâ€™s history of voter suppression. The departmentâ€™s response to the map was a letter to the Board of Supervisors requesting a long list of data needed to approve the proposal. By the June 6, 2011, board meeting, Johnson had not yet sent all the requested data to the DOJ. Election Commissioners Connie Cochran and Lelia Rhodes told the board of supervisors that redistricting approved within 90 days of an election cannot be used for
that election, so last August the county used the districts drawn from the 2000 census for county primaries. At the May 7 Board of Supervisors meeting, Board Attorney Crystal Martin told the board that the county sent the final information requested to the DOJ on Friday, May 4, more than 14 months after the board approved the proposed redistricting. The materials and data that the DOJ
it needs for DOJ approval and will work to get a map approved in a timely manner. Yarber and Bluntson held to their positions to rescind the contract after Watkins addressed the committee. They both said Thursday they supported hiring Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, of which Whitwell, Derrick Johnson and Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. are members of the board of directors, to either work along side D.L. Johnson Consultants or to head the redistricting effort alone. Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba said there may be a conflict of interest because Whitwell is on the CMPDD board. Whitwell said both he and Mayor Johnson serve on the board as representatives of the city, and they receive no material benefit from their service on the board. Deputy City Attorney Monica Joiner said if an elected official serves on a board of directors as a representative of the city and D.L. Johnson Consultants partner and civil-rights veteran Hollis they receive no pecuniary Watkins addresses the City Council Rules Committee at a meeting about redistricting last Thursday. benefits from the organization, there is no potential require for redistricting submissions are laid ethical violation in signing contracts with that out in Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The organization. DOJ made the most current revisions to the After a short presentation by CMPDD law April 15, 2011. Under the act, the attor- representatives Thursday, Ward 5 Councilney general has 60 days to raise any objections man Charles Tillman and Lumumba, who to a plan once the DOJ submits it. is not a member of the Rules Committee but In the case of Hinds County, the AGâ€™s 60 was present at the meeting, supported movdays could not start until the county submit- ing forward with D.L. Johnson Consultants. ted all the needed information to the DOJ, Cooper-Stokes left the meeting before the prewho then has to review it before sending a sentation, but supported keeping the contract submission to the Attorney General. with Johnson. Yarber and Bluntson supported Whitwell said the public had concerns a contract with CMPDD. with some of Johnsonâ€™s previous work with The committee had reached a stalemate, the DOJ, but Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita despite trying to reach a consensus, Whitwell Cooper-Stokes said that according to a Hinds said. A majority in the City Council would County supervisor she knows personallyâ€” have to approve any new plans, and it was not presumably her husband, Supervisor Kenneth clear that the council could reach a majority Stokesâ€”there is no problem between Johnson even if the Rules Committee made a decision. and the DOJ. Trying to reach that majority could delay the â€œFor us to sit here today with all of this process even further. hearsay about what has not been accepted by The city will keep its current agreement the United States Department of Justice, with with D.L. Johnson Consultants, Whitwell nothing in writing (and) no proof, is absurd,â€? said, with the stipulation that representatives of Cooper-Stokes said. the company meet with each council member â€œIf it is true that there is a problem with individually at a time and place of the counthe Justice Department, that can surely be cil memberâ€™s choosing to assure them that the verified. Letâ€™s verify thereâ€™s a problem.â€? company is on track with redistricting. Civil Rights Movement veteran Hollis â€œMr. Chairman, I applaud the way Watkins represented D.L. Johnson Consul- you (headed) this meeting,â€? Tillman said tants at the Rules Committee meeting. He to Whitwell. â€œYou tried. You really tried in said he would not respond to allegations good faith.â€? about the companyâ€™s work in other jurisdicMayor Johnson signed the contract and tions, but that they are prepared and ready to made the deal with D.L. Johnson Consultants move forward with redistricting for Jackson. official after the Thursday meeting. He also said the company knows what Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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Challengers for next yearâ€™s mayoral election claimed they can do better than Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. when it comes to business practices in Jackson. He begs to differ.
â€œMay I speak?â€? Cooper-Stokes asked Whitwell, who is chairman of the committee. â€œYou are not recognized at this time,â€? Whitwell said. â€œNothing is on the agenda today about (CMPDD). What is the relevance of it?â€? Cooper-Stokes said. â€œWell, weâ€™re about to find out,â€? Whitwell said. â€œSomeone from CMPDD ... â€? Whitwell trailed off as Cooper-Stokes stood up, gathered the notes from her desk and walked toward the exit. â€œYouâ€™re about to lose your vote, Mrs. Stokes, if you walk out,â€? Whitwell said. â€œYou may regret that because it may affect the decision here today. Your ward is losing its voice; Ward 3 is losing its voice.â€? The walkout didnâ€™t appear to affect the decision. After the committee failed to reach a consensus, Whitwell announced the decision to move forward with D.L. Johnson Consultants on the condition that representatives from the company meet with council members individually and assure them there will be no more delays. Bluntson said Cooper-Stokesâ€™ walkout got to Whitwell, though. â€œI think fellow Council(wo)man Stokes
kind of shook you up; thatâ€™s what happened,â€? Bluntson said. â€œYou tried too hard, thatâ€™s what happened.â€? â€œWell, you know, I donâ€™t think anyone has shaken me up, except maybe Elvis Presley,â€? Whitwell said. A New President? Cooper-Stokes introduced an order on this weekâ€™s agenda to vote for a new council president. She was not present at the Monday work session, as usual, so whom she plans to vote for and why she wants council President Frank Bluntson removed from his position was unclear at the time this newspaper went to print. The council members present at the May 14 work session discussed with the city attorneyâ€™s office how to handle such a vote. They determined that a vote could be held at the will of the council. The next vote for council president is scheduled for July 10. Council to Vote on NAPA Deal The city council was scheduled to vote Tuesday evening, as the JFP went to press, on a deal with NAPA Auto Parts to supply the cityâ€™s vehicle repair shops with parts for city-owned
Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes walked out of a Rules Committee meeting Thursday.
automobiles. The vote was tabled for further review after a lengthy discussion May 1. Some council members expressed concern that current city employees would lose their jobs or that local vendors would lose business. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said no city employees would be laid off. Representatives from NAPA said they will work from a store on West Highland Drive that has been open since 1978 and can provide auto parts at prices far lower than most local vendors can buy them for, much less sell them. After much discussion, the council will likely approve the deal with NAPA. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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ouncilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes of Ward 3 opposed the talk about possibly rescinding D.L. Johnson Consultantsâ€™ redistricting contract with the city from the start of a Rules Committee meeting Thursday. When Whitwell called another consultant to the podium to speak, CooperStokes walked out of the meeting. The Ward 3 councilwoman stressed that the committee should discuss setting dates for public hearings and giving D.L. Johnson Consultants deadlines to complete maps. She said by talking about rescinding the contract, Whitwell was â€œholding redistricting in the city of Jackson hostage.â€? Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber and Ward 4 Councilman Frank Bluntson were both adamant at the meeting about wanting to rescind the contract with the consultant, headed by state NAACP president Derrick Johnson. Yarber and Bluntson wanted to award the contract to Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, the consultancy that worked with Johnson on the cityâ€™s ward redistricting after the 2000 Census and that also bid for the project last December. At Bluntsonâ€™s request, Whitwell called two representative of CMPDD to speak.
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