from a special "Friend of the Center."
I am proud
to be a friend of the Mississippi Workers’ Center
for Human Rights(The Center). Won’t you join me in making
a special end of the year contribution to support the Center’s
efforts on behalf of low-wage African American workers in the Mississippi
Delta and across the state.
Over the past
year, I have traveled to many parts of the United States and
the world. I have looked into the faces
of victims of
extreme poverty, racism and other human rights violations. I have
talked with people from one end of this country to the other. I
have heard their stories about their struggle for freedom and dignity.
I have been ispired by the words of these courageous social change
agents. Perhaps one of the most memorable experiences I had this
year was my visit to Greenville, Mississippi as a guest of the
Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. On February
8, 2003, I was privileged to be keynote speaker for the Center’s
Annual Black History Month Celebration.
the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the Center is a beacon of
hope for many low-wage African American
workers who are
victims of racial discrimination. Everyday these workers face hostility
and terror. They work in hostile work environments and often seek
redress in vain from their employers. They struggle everyday to
provide their families with life’s basic necessities. They
know only too well how far we must go to achieve true equality,
economic justice and human rights for all. They are factory workers,
housekeepers in hotels, office workers, and shipbuilders. They
need support. They need a place to go to for assistance with developing
strategies that will bring about change where they work and where
they live. They need to know there is a place they can go to meet
other workers who are fighting the good fight. They need the Mississippi
Workers’ Center for Human Rights.
Since its founding in 1996, the Center has trained and provided
organizing support for hundreds of workers throughout the state.
The Center has brought cases on behalf of victims of workplace
hate violence, denial of overtime benefits and employment discrimination.
The Center provides training and assistance to grassroots African
American women, youth and parent activists. The Center also trains
future lawyers and leaders through its internship program and provides
resources for high school seniors through its Black History Essay
Contest and other activities. I was amazed to learn how much this
small but growing institution has been able to accomplish in such
a short time. What is even more amazing is how much the Center
has done, given its limited resources. You can help the Center
grow. Send your tax-deductible contribution today.
In the coming
year, we will face many challenges in the fight for human rights
and justice. Let’s all do our part to build
a more just world. Support the Center because its mission is to
do just that -- to build a more just world where workers will no
longer have to choose between their dignity and safety and a paycheck.
Please add your name to the list of “Friends of the Center.”
Please send contributions by check or money order to:
Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights
213 Main Street
Greenville, MS 38701