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Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes

2020 is the year to close the pay gap in Mississippi

On June 11, 2019, Mississippi gained a new distinction that sets us apart from the rest of the country. On that day, Alabama became the 49th state to adopt equal pay legislation when its governor signed into law an equal pay act that prohibits an employer from paying an employee less than another employee of …

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Response to allegations of TANF funds embezzlement

MS-BWR’s Cassandra Welchlin releases statement in response to allegations of TANF funds embezzlement Statement from MS-BWR Cassandra Welchlin, lead organizer/co-convener, on allegations involving the former director of DHS and five others being arrested for embezzlement of TANF funds.  For the past several years, Mississippi has been ground zero for a growing crisis as thousands of …

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Report details gender disparities in Mississippi

(Jackson, MS) – The MS Black Women’s Roundtable (MS-BWR) and the National Women’s Law Center released a joint report today detailing how Mississippi’s women and girls – especially Black women and girls – struggle to earn fair wages, lack access to adequate healthcare, and struggle to obtain affordable and high-quality child care. Despite women serving as the …

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Welchlin named new co-convener for MBWR

Cassandra Welchlin, director of the Mississippi Women’s Economic Security Initiative (MWESI), has been named the new co-convener and lead organizer of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable. In her new role, Welchlin will become part of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s network of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR). The BWR is the women and …

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