MFP Voices

How Progress Works: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

MFP publisher and co-founder Kimberly Griffin encourages all Mississippians to face our turbulent history and keep telling the truth to make sure we don’t repeat the past. Today, Mississippi seems to take two steps forward, and one step back. But moving forward incrementally is still progress.

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News

Madison County Library System Receives Donor Funds, Ridgeland Contract Unclear

The Friends of the Ridgeland Library has now delivered half the $110,000 fund raised in support of the Madison County Library System. This money fills the hole left over after Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee defunded the library of the same amount following complaints against LGBTQ+ content in the collection and visible on the shelves, claiming an expired contract.

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Ridgeland Alderman Meeting 2/15/22 Gene McGee
News

‘I Was Shocked’: Ridgeland Aldermen Proposing New Library Contract After Raucous Meeting

A Ridgeland Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled to address the city’s library contract quickly morphed into a raucous referendum on LGBTQ+ books and the actions of Mayor Gene McGee on Tuesday night. Twenty speakers took to a podium in front of a packed hall to speak their part before the board departed for an executive session, deliberating for over two hours out of the public eye.

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MFP Voices

U.S. Blood Supply At 10-Year Low Heading Into Year 3 of Pandemic

In January 2022, the American Red Cross declared its first-ever national blood crisis. A joint statement by the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association said that the “severity and duration of this shortage could significantly jeopardize the ability of health care providers to meet the many urgent needs of our patients and communities.”

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Culture

Ridgeland Mayor’s Plan to Ban ‘Homosexual Materials’ from Library Inspires UM Religion Talk

Professor of Religion Mary Thurlkill hosted a brown bag “Religion for Lunch” conversation on Feb. 1, 2022, to discuss Ridgeland (Miss.) Mayor Gene McGee’s demand that the local public library purge LGBTQ+ books or not receive the $110,000 in funding they are due. Several students, faculty and staff members attended the discussion, including Associate Religion Professor Fei Lan.

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