The Port Campaign

Despite the documented unmet housing needs, seven years after Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi redirected $600 million of housing funds to support a massive

project known as the “Port of the Future. The State of Mississippi proposed to transform Gulfport, a niche banana port, into a super-sized facility that would “rival the Port of Los Angeles”. READ MORE


Cherokee Concerned Citizens Campaign

In 2014, Steps Coalition was invited by local residents in Pascagoula to help them organize a campaign to protect public health and their local environment from nearby industrial pollution. With the support of the Steps Coalition, the residents organized and formed a neighborhood group, Cherokee Concerned Citizens (CCC).  Since forming, in partnership with Steps and Community Science Institute, the CCC has launched a Good Neighbor Style Campaign that empowers community residents to actively engage with industry and government agencies to ensure industry delivers on their promise to be a good neighbor. READ MORE


Net Metering Campaign

Steps Coalition joined the campaign to advocate for net metering in Mississippi after the Public Service Commission agreed to consider passing a net metering rule. Net metering incentivizes homeowners, businesses and leaders to install rooftop solar and send their excess solar-generated electricity back to the electric grid. In other words, customers like you and me will not only save on our own electric bill but can also become energy suppliers and receive credit for the clean power we create. Mississippi was one of only six states that had no rules for net metering.  READ MORE

Mississippi First Accountability Campaign

MS_First.pngIn the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,many local people were left out of the employment opportunities to cleanup and rebuild their communities. FEMA and Army Corp of Engineers entered into no-bid contracts with several large out of state firms who then sub-contracted the work to other out of state firms who then sub-contracted the work out even further. By the time the money and jobs trickled down, there was little money and opportunity left for local people. After the BP Oil Spill disaster, many non-profit and community organizations organized to pass local hiring legislation to ensure that locals would be in a better position to benefit from the economic opportunities of recovery for this disaster and all future disasters.  The MS First law passed in 2012 and in 2015 Steps launched an accountability campaign to see how well the law was working for locals.  READ MORE

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