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contents ADAM LYNCH; WARD SCHAEFER; OLE MISS; FILE PHOTO
8 Immigration Stand An ordinance before the city council says police can’t use profiling tactics.
Cover photograph featuring DeAndre Brown by University of Southern Mississippi
JRA v. Watkins, et al
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Road to Wellness
tripp segars Even from an early age, Tripp Segars knew the direction his life would take. When he was 4, he went on a preschool field trip to the “Mr. Knozit Show,” a local children’s television program in Columbia, S.C. When Mr. Knozit asked him what he’d like to be when he grew up, Segars replied: “I want to goes [sic] to the office and bes [sic] a lawyer like my daddy.” Segars, 26, continued his family’s legacy by attending Clemson University, where his brother, father and grandfather both attended, earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2006. He moved to Jackson in June 2007 to attend law school at Mississippi College where he earned his law degree in May. Growing up around his father’s law firm, Segars gained a passion for the law and learned to stand his ground, coining his motto: “It’s important to serve others and to stand up for what’s right.” During law school, he interned with Justice Jess H. Dickinson of the Mississippi Supreme Court and served as a legislative intern for the Mississippi Association for Justice, whose mission statement, “represent individuals, not corporations,” struck a chord with him. While working with the MAJ, Segars spent much of his time at the Capitol, gaining a first-hand look at how the legislative process works and how it affects individuals’ rights in Mississippi.
“Too often you see big business taking advantage of people, and they should be held accountable for their actions,” Segars said. He met Joey Diaz of the Diaz Law Firm in Madison in his first year of law school at a MAJ event and found that they shared the same drive to protect the individual. Diaz invited him to work for his firm as a clerk in 2009. Segars’ work with Diaz involves everything from personal injury and criminal cases to pharmaceutical-drug litigation and representing individuals and businesses filing suits against BP. After more than five months of studying, Segars took the Mississippi Bar exam at the end of July. He is now waiting anxiously until Sept. 16 for his results. Segars’ passion for the city started when he first arrived and hasn’t stopped growing. “Jackson is a big city with a small-town feel,” Segars said. “It’s a very tight-knit community. I look forward to being in Jackson and in the state of Mississippi for a really long time, practicing law, and volunteering my time to people and organizations I believe in.” Among the things he loves about Jackson are the city’s intriguing history, the constant promotion of growth and the people. “Jackson has been really good to me,” Segars said. “I just hope I can repay it many times over.” —LeAnna Callon
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ARE YOU READY?
Meet author James L. Dickerson Tuesday, August 31 at 5 p.m. Lemuria Books 202 Banner Hall 4465 I-55 N, Jackson, MS America has 22 concentration camps in operation, with plans to build another 800.
Who are the camps for? Are you on the targeted list? Highlights of this book include: • Mississippi’s role in training Japanese American soldiers for heroic combat in Europe during WorldWar II • A look at the WWII camps in Arkansas, just across the river from Greenville • The story of German POW’s held in Mississippi during WWII—and the Delta planter’s wife who fell in love with a Nazi aviator and helped him to escape • The Mississippi journalist who redeemed America for its treatment of Japanese Americans during WWII
“This book should be a required read in every American high school and college—and for every President.” - Hodding Carter III, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
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ree homemade bread pudding from Hal and Mal’s? Free berry tea with any lunch order from Bon Ami? Discounts always have a great ring to them, but imagine receiving a deal just by dining out at your favorite Jackson restaurant or visiting your favorite attraction or museum? Thanks to a new innovative restaurant and attraction campaign the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, you can show a little soul and save a little money at the same time. Wear your SOUL BAND at any participating restaurant and attraction and receive a special discount while there. The “I’ve Got Soul” Soul Band campaign is designed to encourage local patrons and visitors to show their support for Jackson restaurants and attractions by wearing a Soul Band. The Soul Band is a free promotional wristband with the city’s brand, “Jackson, Mississippi – City with Soul” embossed on it. The campaign runs through December 31, 2010. It’s simple to sign up and receive your very own Soul Band. Become a Facebook friend of Jackson, Mississippi, or the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, and message us your personal mailing address and you will receive a free Soul Band. The Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau staff will be out and about in Jackson at various events distributing them to the general public, or anyone can stop by the JCVB office at 111 E. Capitol St. in downtown Jackson to pick one up. To sign up for the campaign, submit your name and email address or cell phone number. You will receive discount updates and other Soul Band promotions via text messages and email notifications. After receiving your Soul Band, you must have it on and show it at any of the participating restaurants and attractions to receive their offered discount. Additional restaurants & attractions will be added daily. The “I’ve Got Soul” Band information, such as participating restaurants & attractions and their discounts, will be listed on Jackson, Mississippi and Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau Facebook pages as well as the Bureau’s website (www.visitjackson.com). For more information on the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, hit us up at www.visitjackson.com or call 601-960-1891.
by Todd Stauffer, Publisher
Do You Know What it Means … ?
hat Super Bowl journey with the New Orleans Saints last year was such a roller-coaster ride that I’ll admit I’ve been slow to get back into the football-watching rhythm so far this preseason. Yes, I watched the draft with half an eye, checked in on training camp from time to time. I watched some of the Saints-Texans while we were here last Saturday finalizing BOOM Jackson’s fall issue, and I’ve got Nola.com in my browser history as we speak—but I’ve tried (Lord, I’ve tried) not to get too carried away too early. After all, it’s been a nice spring and summer of reasonably productive weekends— and it will forever be tough for me to get too riled up about football when the heat index is over 105 degrees. But all that is about to change; the story lines are falling into place, and things are starting to get serious. For the first time in what feels like months, temperatures are forecast for the low 90s. (Yay, low 90s!) Brett Favre will play. (And he’ll forever give national TV interviews where he still hasn’t even gotten his story straight in his own head.) Another Saints running back (P.J. Hill) is out for the season. Reggie Bush actually ran straight up the field during a play in a preseason game, resulting in a worldwide chorus of approval. Pierre Thomas rambled a ridiculous number of yards on a screen pass. The New Orleans offense clicks so well that 23-year-old Chase Daniels was able to march down the field three times against Houston. Drew Brees is the best quarterback in
football today (I don’t remember him throwing a key interception on a 10-yard play during the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl), but we’re still going to have nothing but Peyton Manning ads this season. (It appears that the nod to New Orleans will be voiceover by Harry Connick Jr. on a variety of NFL.com promotions.) Shout out to Mississippi State grad Anthony Dixon, who looked great in his firstever NFL start (preseason, yes) for the San Francisco 49ers, and who could beat out veteran Brian Westbrook as a starter. The Saints seem to be sticking with the “bend-but-don’t-break” style of defense where their secondary runs around looking utterly confused, letting you get easy 40-yard passes and 25-yard runs, but only giving up a touchdown every third possession. It’s a remarkable game plan, but only if you can count on your offense to score at least 38 points per game. When I think of all of this—and particularly the Saints stuff, and see the shots of the Superdome on national TeeVee—I think of New Orleans. Not that I relish the thought in this heat, mind you, but part of the Saints experience for me last year was the being-outin-it of New Orleans. Walking around the Quarter, drinking beer in the bars, listening to the other teams’ fans taunt and sing in the street, hearing “Oh When the Saints” over and over again played by actual brass bands, strolling among the tailgaters on Poydras and the street parties in the business district. Then there’s the gumbo before the game; the coffee-and-beignets afterward; the brunch the next day. Yes, there are also the storms and after-
math, the oil, the police scandals, the new mayor (with the old name), the “A-list” college graduates who are reportedly flocking to the city from Ivy League schools and walking around “in undershirts and straw fedoras” in the Bywater, according to a recent story at Dailybeast.com. But those crazy kids are also some of the young folks who have put together a technology incubator in the city called LaunchPad (http://launchpadnola.com/) where you can rent a desk or office by the month in order to hang out with other creative, techy folks. (They have on-site yoga classes, mixers, lunch-and-learns and programming meetups.) They’re down there to make a difference, trying out as teachers and firefighters and—perhaps—entrepreneurs participating in a bit of a New Economy renaissance that has been missed terribly by a place as cool and unique as New Orleans. If anyone could use a little New Economy, it might be the Big Easy. So being that this publication is called the “Jackson” Free Press, then what does this have to do with Jackson? Aside from the obvious connection to New Orleans (as the capital of South Mississippi), I think the takeaway is simply this: Remember that your choices—even during football season—affect your community. From where you watch the game to where you buy the beer and chips, you can make a ton of local choices on Saturdays and Sundays that can help Jackson flourish as a unique cultural entity in its own right. One thing that’s fun about football is sharing it with other folks in Jackson, including dropping some scratch with a local business. If you’re up for a little company, get out to a local restaurant or sports bar and enjoy the game with other partisans. (In most of these places, they’ll even bring the food and drink to you—by request—without creating tension in the relationship.) Or if you’re packing it in for the game, invite over friends and cook or tailgate—remembering, again, that it’s the Montgomery Hardwares, Rainbow Co-ops and McDade’s Markets that deserve some of your dollars for the grill and grill-ables. Maybe it feels easier and quicker to saunter into the Big Box and directly invest in making those rich folks richer in Bentonville (do they still live in Bentonville? Or have they moved to Shanghai?), but I bet you’ll get out of the local stores in the same amount of time—and with more smiles. Most importantly, don’t forget to get just a little crazy, whether at the game, in the bar or during the week at a local technology incubator. (Start one!) That’s not to say you should leave the designated driver at home, but go ahead and inject a little New Orleans attitude—old and new—into living “la vida local” this fall. Have fun and be safe. Even if you are a Colts fan.
Doctor S Doctor S is the JFP’s sports consultant. He is a graduate of Miskatonic U. in Arkham, Mass., where he majored in Cthulhu Studies and was a member of the varsity 43-man squamish team. He wrote the College Football Preview.
Bryan Flynn Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who resides in Richland. When not working for the JFP, he writes a national blog, playtowinthegame.com. He lives with his wife and their four cats. He wrote for the football preview section.
Quita Bride Quita Bride is a radio broadcasting professional and a Jackson State University grad. She is a Hearst Journalism Award recipient currently doing freelance public relations work and writing. She wrote Body/Soul.
LeeAnna Callon Editorial intern LeeAnna Callon is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She loves reading, travelling and all things Harry Potter. She also enjoys trivia games and watching sitcoms with her Cairn Terrier, Rocko. She wrote the Jacksonian.
Robin O’Bryant Greenwood resident Robin O’Bryant is a stay-at-home-mom, humor columnist and author. Her kids keep her laughing every day, and she documents family adventures on her blog: www. robinschicks.com. She wrote a food piece.
David Dennis Native Jacksonian David Dennis Jr. is a freelance writer for the hip-hop site “The Smoking Section” (smokingsection.uproxx. com). He currently lives in New Orleans. He wrote a music piece.
Kimberly Griffin Advertising director Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time she plots how she can become Michelle Obama’s water holder.
Holly Perkins Editorial intern Holly Perkins is originally from the Jackson area. Holly loves the arts—acting, painting, photography, writing and music. She plans to attend Belhaven University this fall and travel the world after she graduates. She wrote a food piece.
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Thursday, Aug. 19 Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leased by BP, accuses BP of withholding critical evidence that could pinpoint the cause of the worst maritime oil disaster in history. … Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. announces the city’s budget for fiscal year 2011. Friday, Aug. 20 Watkins Development Vice President Jason Goree announces a new Hotel Indigo will open in the Farish Street Entertainment District. … Xe Services, the private security company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide, agrees to pay $42 million in fines resulting from its operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other wartorn nations, allowing it to continue to bid on government contracts. Saturday, Aug. 21 The Taliban continues its campaign to terrorize Afghan police; 15 officers are reported murdered today across the nation. … The New Orleans Saints trounce the Houston Texans 38-20 in a preseason game. … Comedian Jay Leno raises $100,000 for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation with a performance at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.
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Sunday, Aug 22 Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean tweets that he will challenge Haitian officials’ Friday rejection of his bid to be on the country’s next ballot as a presidential candidate. … Gen. Raymond Odierno, top United States military commander in Iraq, says the U.S. is ready to resume combat operations in Iraq if necessary. The last U.S. combat troops exited the country Aug. 18.
Council Moves to Reject Profiling
by Adam Lynch
n Aug. 19 Jackson City Council Planning Committee hearing on a new anti-discrimination ordinance created a stark contrast to many anti-immigrant rallies around the country. The new ordinance, which will be before the council in about two weeks, will prohibit municipal law-enforcement officers from inquiring about a person’s immigration status during routine interactions with the public. “What’s the point of a police department if immigrants like me must fear them?” asked Jackson resident Tatiana McDonald of a crowd of about 80 in the council chambers. “We need to set an example in the state and the rest of the country. Do we want to follow other states’ hate and discrimination in targeting immigrants in the way they look and sound? Citizens and non-citizens should always be able to report crimes and be protected by the police department. We all should have the right to feel safe.” The Planning Committee unanimously approved the new ordinance earlier this year prior to minute language changes and legal insertions that required a new public hearing. It would prohibit police from soliciting information concerning immigration status for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration law and from demanding immigration status from a person who is seeking police services,
Chokwe Anton Lumumba expresses support at a recent hearing for the new ordinance restricting municipal police from inquiring on residential status during crime-scene reports or routine public interactions.
including victims or witnesses to a crime. The ordinance does not restrict police from soliciting immigration status while assisting federal authorities or while looking into “the subject of an investigation,” although the ordinance only permits this when “relevant to the investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense, or when processing an arrested person.” Ordinance supporters on Thursday considered the ordinance a major step in racial fairness, despite its limitations.
Mississippi Immigrants Rights Executive Director Bill Chandler said fear of police officers submitting residential status to federal immigration authorities prevented many immigrants from approaching police with vital information on city crime. “There’s a perception in the immigrant community that any encounter they have with law enforcement would end them up in detention in Louisiana for weeks until PROFILING, see page 9
JPS Won’t Buy It
Monday, Aug. 23 Toyota announces production and skilled maintenance positions for its new Blue Springs plant in north Mississippi. Tuesday, Aug. 24 The National Association of Realtors releases findings that the nations’ sale of previously owned homes was 25.5 percent lower in July 2010 than July 2009.
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Wednesday, Aug. 18 President Barack Obama ends a threeday, five-state mid-term campaign swing in Miami, Fla. … Health officials expand the recall of eggs due to salmonella contamination to 380 million eggs. … Georgia officials announce the discovery of Camp Lawton, a short-lived Civil War prison camp in northeast Georgia.
When Mississippi State University hired coach Sylvester Croom in 2003, he became the first African American head coach in Southeastern Conference history. Croom left MSU in 2008, and is currently the running backs coach of the St. Louis Rams.
“I’m deeply concerned about this. We’re using our credit card to pay the light bill.” —Ward 2 Councilman Jeff Weill regarding the city’s plan to restructure its debt and balance the budget.
n the wake of Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Lonnie Edwards’ dustup over his former school district spending thousands to buy his book, “A Teacher’s Touch: Reaching Beyond Boundaries,” we thought you’d like to hear about a few books JPS probably declined. • “Frank Melton’s Guide to Child Rearing,” by Frank E. Melton • “The Get Rich Quick Guide to Tutoring,” by Juan Gray • “Stuff White People Like,” by Ivory Phillips • “Life on the Outside,” by Jonathan Larkin • “Stuff White People Feel Quietly Satisfied About,” by George Schimmel • “Eat, Pray, Change the Subject,” by Lonnie Edwards • “Pimp My Mall,” by Harvey Johnson Jr.
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PROFILING, from page 8
they’re deported to their country,” Chandler told council members. “One Latino came forward and reported a recent home invasion, but there were 10 who were to afraid to come forward. This ordinance will change things. There are other cities with African American leadership who are doing the same thing. Many of the people who came here came as children know nothing about their native country anymore. They’re Americans. They would have to learn their old culture from scratch.” MIRA Central Mississippi organizer Ulises Hernandez Rincon told council members that by approving the ordinance they were making a stand for the downtrodden. “Everybody here has memories of elementary school and junior high school,” Rincon said. “What I remember most about those years were the bullies: bullies that stole lunch money, the bullies that stole toys and the ones that called names. I also remember the people who stood back and did nothing about that. … We know that members of the community are being harassed and bullied with names like ‘wetbacks’ and ‘abusers of the welfare system.’ By passing this, we’re telling people that it’s OK to come forward and talk to the police about violence and crime.” Council members presiding over the hearing included: Chokwe Lumumba, Ward 2; Kenneth Stokes, Ward 3; Charles Tillman, Ward 5; Frank Bluntson, Ward 4; and Tony Yarber, Ward 6. No council member spoke out against the ordinance.
Tilman pointed out that many of the people in the room would outlive him and asked that they change the world in a good way when he was gone, while Yarber made clear that the ordinance ultimately benefitted more than just immigrants. “Smart people who are opposing the kind of things we’re hearing about tonight—and I use the word smart loosely— they know that the minority today may not be the minority tomorrow. They need to understand that we’re really protecting them tomorrow,” Yarber said, referring to Arizona’s controversial law that critics say encourages racial profiling. The Jackson hearing was in sharp contrast to an Aug. 2 Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement public forum in Madison, where guest speakers, including Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, accused organizations like MIRA of committing felonies by offering aid and information to non-citizens. Many participants in the Madison forum also complained that immigration promoted unemployment as non-citizen workers claimed valuable jobs. Chokwe Anton Lumumba, son of Ward 2 Councilman Lumumba, said the issue all came down to economics. “The problem is not the people seeking the jobs, but the people controlling the jobs who are trying to get over on everybody,” Lumumba said “… We don’t have look too far to see that any abuse of anyone’s rights is based upon economic interest. The measure to reduce immigration exists to take advantage of people and keep them in fear so that they can be exploited (for low wages).” More news at jfpdaily.com.
Council May Revisit Wreckers
by Adam Lynch
ackson City Council may soon revisit tion life of a few hours after which the asits recently enacted wrecker-rotation phalt couldn’t be used for paving. policy after three wrecker companies City spokesman Chris Mims said refused to tow a cityAPAC-Mississippi “generousowned vehicle in protest of ly” decided not to charge the the policy. city for the lost merchandise, Council President Frank but added that the city has Bluntson suggested duryet to work out its continuing Monday’s work session ing issue with local wrecker that it “may be time to look services; in the meantime, at” the rotation policy, after the city does not own a towlearning from Mayor Harvey ing rig capable of hauling a Johnson Jr. that companies commercial-grade truck. refused to pick up a stricken Three local wreckerdump truck full of 17,000 service companies, so far, have Jackson Mayor Harvey pounds of hot asphalt. refused to tow city-owned Johnson Jr. briefed the “We have a dump truck council yesterday that large commercial vehicles afthat was disabled, and every wreckers are on strike ter the city lowered towing (wrecker service) we called to protest a recently fees at an Aug. 10 meeting. enacted towing policy, said they’re on strike,” John- which caps towing At the time, Ward 3 Councilson said after the Monday service fees. man Kenneth Stokes argued work session. that city residents could not The dump truck, bound for a street afford exorbitant towing prices, but Trey paving project in Ward 1, broke down near Ward, owner of Ward’s Wrecker Service, south Jackson asphalt supplier APAC-Mis- said that towing companies would lose sissippi. Public Works Director Dan Gaillet money under the new policy. said the hot asphalt only has a transporta- Updates at jacksonfreepress.com.
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he controversy surrounding Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Lonnie Edwards, whose former Georgia school district spent $16,169 on copies of his book, isnâ€™t relevant under existing state law, Mississippi Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Hood said Monday. During a press conference last week, Edwards said he did not coerce his former district to purchase his book, â€œA Teacherâ€™s Touch: Reaching Beyond Boundaries,â€? and had not sold any books to JPS. The book cost $19 for hardcover and $7.50 for paperback. â€œPeople need to quit comparing what has reportedly happened in Georgia to what has reportedly not happened in Mississippi. This is like comparing apples to oranges now,â€? Hood said. â€œPeople in Mississippi need to understand that they canâ€™t do that; they canâ€™t do business with their school districts.â€? Hood said existing Mississippi state laws prohibit school-district employees from obtaining a contract, subcontract or vendor services, or having a material interest in a contract or vendor for the district where they work or in any other districts in the state. Specifically, Mississippi code Section 37-11-25 states that it is unlawful for district employs to be â€œinterested, either directly or indirectly, in the proceeds or profits of the sale or rental of any book, furniture, equipment or other property to be used in any public school.â€? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Aug. 15 that several administrators in the DeKalb County, Ga., school system used school funds to purchase books they wrote. A school district internal investigation into the book sales resulted in the firing of two principals who authorized funds to buy their own books, and the demotions of two others who sold their books to the district. Edwards worked in the DeKalb school system from 1971 to 2004, rising to the position of assistant superintendent. During his time there, the district spent $12,745 to buy copies of his book, according to the JournalConstitution. DeKalb County Schools spent another $3,424 on the book after Edwards left the district.
Though his former school district purchased of $16,169 worth of his books, JPS Superintendent Lonnie Edwards will not face investigation or repercussions.
County school where he taught physical education in 1971. Miller was born without fingers, and Edwards, who was the first black teacher in the school, helped her gain confidence in her abilities. At the news conference, Edwards showed a television clip to reporters and approximately 20 JPS staffers of his 1996 appearance on Sally Jessy Raphaelâ€™s talk show â€œSally,â€? where he was featured for making a difference in Johnson Millerâ€™s life. After an hour of defending the booksâ€™ purpose and skirting specific questions on how the DeKalb school district used his book, Edwards told reporters that schools purchased approximately 100 books for libraries in the DeKalb County School System. â€œI couldnâ€™t put myself, as the districtlevel administration, personally involved in that kind of thing,â€? he said. â€œBut when they asked to buy it, I made it available for them and told them they could get it from Borderâ€™s bookstore in Buckhead ... or churches selling !QHMF SGHR @C ENQ @ %1$$ NQCDQ NE !DHFMDSR
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