Community Advocacy Project (CAP) is a collaboration between
the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights (MWC),
Mississippi Action for Community Education (MACE) and Quitman
County Development Organization, Inc. (QCDO). It was established
to provide low wage workers and their families with information
about basic rights and entitlements. CAP is a community resource
that assists those who are most often denied information
that if obtained, could improve the quality of their lives.
Through community forums, public hearings, community canvasses,
popular education campaigns and rights-based trainings, local
residents will develop strategies to combat workplace discrimination,
environmental pollution, predatory lending, school segregation
and inequality and the lack of decent affordable housing.
On June 21, 2004, CAP conducted its first Canvass for Human Needs
in memory of slain civil rights workers: Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney.
The canvasses were held in Sharkey, Quitman, Grenada, Hinds and Montgomery
counties to discuss concerns of local residents and find out more
about pressing problems low-income people face in Mississippi. Other
subsequent canvasses were held in Washington, Claiborne, Sunflower,
and Leflore counties.
Information obtained from the "Needs" canvass
will be used to convene hearings before state legislators, government
officials, social service agency representatives, public school officials
and others. Information also will be used to publish a "Know
Your Rights" manual that will be distributed to 15,000 families
across the Delta and other parts of the state.
Another important initiative of CAP is the Mississippi Legal Advocacy
Network (MLAN). More than sixty (60) Mississippi advocates, community
organizers and elected officials have joined MLAN to provide advocacy
support for individuals whose civil and/or human rights have been
denied. Through MLAN, CAP partners will publish a referral directory
and maintain Know Your Rights hotlines in key areas. The group
also will evaluate potential cases and match lawyers and organizers
with communities in need of assistance.
All activities and materials are free to the public. To arrange
to have a training or organizing session conducted in your local
area and to get more information about CAP, call 662-334-1416 (inside local areas) or 1-888-949-9754
if calling outside the local area.
Knowledge is Power!
is a printable fact sheet in English and Spanish. To view,
you will need to download acrobat
Knowledge is Power--A Know Your Rights Manual
Knowledge is Power ("Knowledge") was published to provide individuals with valuable information about their rights. The manual contains information on employment rights, fair housing, consumer rights and parents'/childrens' rights. Since the printing of "Knowledge" in September 2005, CAP and Workers' Center staff have distributed more than 4,500 copies to individuals during door-to-door canvasses and special events across the state. For more information on "Knowledge" or to order a copy, call the Workers' Center at 662-334-1122.
CAP Fact sheets in
English and Spanish.
organizations partner to launch The Mississippi Legal Advocacy Network...
Action for Community Education, Quitman County Development Organization
and The Workers’ Center
Community Advocate, Vol.1 No.1
Community Based Organizations Launch CAP...
Check out our scrapbook page and
see action shots of what The Mississippi Workers' Center is doing!