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September 1, 2015 | 17th Elul 5775

Equality Mississippi - $10,000

In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, Equality Mississippi, Mississippi’s state-wide GLBT organization, responded by providing emergency relief for its members and general community members. Equality Mississippi, and their partner Camp Sister Spirit in Ovett, MS (a camp committed to ending all forms of discrimination) were critical resources for many GLBT evacuees, providing thousands of dollars in relief supplies to this population. Their particular outreach was critical, given that much of the relief effort has been led by churches, and because many churches publicly supported an amendment to the state constitution barring same-sex marriage, many GLBT evacuees did not feel safe going to churches for relief services. Jacobs’ Ladder has been providing supplies to Camp Sister Spirit for nearly three weeks now, and those that have visited the camp cannot speak highly enough about their work. We recommend providing $10,000 to help them continue their relief efforts.

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