House Bill 1523 and the removal of the Mississippi flag are just two of the hot topics discussed during an anti-discrimination forum in Biloxi this evening.
The event served as the first of many stops around the state on the ACLU’s Community Conversations Tour. The purpose of the tour is to highlight things that happened or didn’t happen during the past legislative session.
ACLU members also used tonight as an opportunity to discuss the Mississippi Civil Rights Act, a bill they hope to push through next legislative session. “People don’t understand. They know that there are some federal protections but there are no state protections for citizens of the state. That’s the reason why bills like House Bill 1523 have some latitude to come in and cause disruption and division in the community because there’s no already guaranteed protections for people for sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, whatever,” said Erik Fleming with Mississippi ACLU.
1 Flag for All, Steps Coalition and the Mississippi Center for Justice played a role in tonight’s discussion as well.