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Vote for Initiative 42 on Nov. 3

Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference

The Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference, a statewide interfaith organization embracing membership that crosses all of the traditional lines of race, creed and differing faith traditions, has supported issues of justice for many years, and strives to be a moral voice regarding issues such as education, health care and other matters of fairness and equity.

We as a body have voted to support Initiative 42 to amend the Mississippi State Constitution, which would require the Mississippi Legislature to abide by a law it passed in 1997 to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Our support is based on our belief that insuring all children have the opportunity to receive a high-quality public education is both our moral and financial duty. We believe this was the motivation of the people who initiated the referendum and of the nearly 200,000 people across the state who signed the petition, many more than the required 107,000.

Our members are committed to supporting public education and will be assisting in informing members of our congregations and all Mississippians about the facts of this "People's Initiative" (Initiative 42), and to raise awareness of the complexities of the ballot, which was confused by the Legislature passing an alternative to the initiative, known as "42-A."

We encourage all Mississippians to vote "For 42" in the general election on Nov. 3.

Approved by the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference Board of Directors and membership, Rev. James Carstensen Chair, Board of Directors

Working Together Jackson

Working Together Jackson is a broad-based non-partisan organization founded in June of 2012 after a three-year period of careful organizing and hundreds of small group meetings. Through our racial, religious, and geographic diversity, we have created a space of equality and trust necessary to work together on the pressing issues of Jackson.

We believe that one of the most pressing issues is the full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The future of our community and our state depends on having a well-educated populace. The quality of life and the economic future of our state require well-prepared people in all professions and all levels of employment.

Working Together Jackson has voted to support and is committed to work for passage of Initiative 42. We began our support by collecting thousands of signatures on petitions required to put the referendum on the Nov. 3 ballot. When this initiative is passed, it will amend the Mississippi State Constitution to require, rather than just encourage, the Legislature to fully fund public education. It will provide equitable funding for all school districts in Mississippi, and do so without requiring a tax increase.

We urge all Mississippians who care about having adequate, equitable funding for all of our public schools to vote YES for 42!

Temple Beth Israel, Broadmeadow UMC, Catholic Charities, Catholic Diocese, Cade Chapel, Central UMC, CONTACT the Crisis Line, Downtown Jackson Partners, Emmanuel Baptist, Grace House, Greater Mt. Olive Baptist, Hope Enterprise, Keep Jackson Beautiful, International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, Masjid Muhammad, Mid-City Neighborhood Association., Mid-Town Partners, Mississippi Center for Justice, Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference (MRLC), New Birth Fellowship, New Horizon Church International., Open Door Mennonite, Pratt UMC, Public Policy Center of MS, Rosemont MB Church, Stewpot Community Services, Spencer Perkins Center, St. Andrew's Cathedral, St. Mark Episcopal, St. James Episcopal, St. Philip Episcopal, St. Richard's Catholic Church, Sandhill Baptist, Truevine Baptist, United Auto Workers, Voice of Calvary Ministries, Wells UMC

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