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The Millennial Roundtable

The Millennial Roundtable

By The Mississippi Millennial Roundtable
The MS Millennial Roundtable Podcast is a part of a growing movement to bring together millennials in the state to cultivate a political voice. With many public policy issues impeding our ability to create progress in a variety of sectors, this podcast centers our voices in discussing the solutions that will move us forward. We aim to be a digital platform that organizes and informs Mississippi Millennials about the issues that are important for creating progress in our state. Our goal is to center our voices and inspire collective action.
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Crisis in Mississippi Featuring Tysianna Marino
What happens when a crisis strikes in Mississippi? MS Millennial Tysianna Marino joins the Roundtable to discuss what it means to be from Mississippi and discuss how her experiences growing up in the south have shaped her national advocacy efforts. Tysianna Marino is a Labor Rights Lobbyist in Washington, DC where she works with members of Congress and their staff to enact legislation that uplifts America's working families. Tysianna was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Pascagoula, MS by two working-class Black women: her mom and grandmother. As a student of public policy, Tysianna has always observed national policy issues through the lens of a Mississippi native. Her policy work is centered around her belief that Mississippi reflects the nation's harshest policy failures and that implementing progressive policy changes in Mississippi will lead to broader progress in the nation as a whole. February 2021 Tysianna Twitter thread stirred up a conversation online about how the Federal Government responds to crisis in Mississippi both historically and presently, evidenced by the Jackson Water Crisis. Tysianna joins us for an episode of the Roundtable to talk more about what inspired her thoughts and the response to her thread.
April 16, 2021
State Tax Reform in Mississippi
Is the state income tax elimination proposal in Mississippi a Good Thing? Currently, the Mississippi Legislature is considering a bill that could make a major impact on Mississippians moving forward. This complication piece of policy includes an elimination of the income tax in Mississippi. The Millennial Roundtable Podcast crew spoke with Kyra Roby, a millennial attorney, advocate, and fiscal policy guru at One Voice MS, to get the details on the policy, its long-term impacts, and the economic outlook of the state. More about Kyra Roby: Kyra Roby, Esq. is a native of Madison, Mississippi. She received her high school diploma from Madison Central High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi Croft Institute for International Studies in 2010, and she holds a  2014 law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. After graduating from law school, Kyra served two years as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow working to remove barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction histories through expungement and other means. She later worked as a staff attorney at the MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, where her work focused on criminal justice reform and various other civil and human rights cases.  And she previously worked as a Partnership Specialist with the United States Census Bureau. Learn more at
March 22, 2021
We Are The Shift!
Rukia Lumumba and Thomas Bellinder from The People's Advocacy Institute join us on this episode of the Millennial Roundtable to discuss their work with the Mississippi Bail Fund Collective. Check the link in bio to listen to the latest episode of the podcast! #MSMillennials #SippTalk #MSMRoundtable #BailReform In this episode, we discuss the impact of cash bail practices on people in Mississippi. Bail Reform is an issue that specifically impacts poor people and people of color in Mississippi. We are asking our listeners and followers to tune into this episode to learn more about ways to support reform in local communities. Check the link in our bio to find out more about the collective and donate to the Mississippi Bail Fund Collective. Donate and learn more about the People’s Advocacy Institute @lumumbavision and donate using the link in the bio.
March 01, 2021
How We Got Over
MS Millennial Roundtable is Back! We kick off season two with a 2020 recap and a celebration about putting the last four years behind us. Tune in to our season opener for some news about the Millennial Roundtable and hear about our personal lessons learned whilst living in a pandemic. Our MS Millennial Business Feature for this Week is Capital City Kayaks. Check them out and follow them on IG at @CapitalCityKayaks Follow the MRT Hosts on Clubhouse @AishaSC @GeorgeChuck @djkujho @mattcampbell @thekimshadey Check us out on Social Media Twitter: MSMRoundtable IG: MRMRountable Facebook: MSMRountable
February 05, 2021
Lost Files: Featuring Aallyah Wright
Conversation with Mississippi Today Reporter, Aallyah Wright. This is an episode we thought we lost. Luckily with great effort, we’ve recovered a very enlightening conversation with one of our favorite MS Millennial Reporters, Aallyah Wright. Aallyah Wright is a native of Clarksdale, and a Mississippi Delta reporter covering education and local government. In our lost files episode, Jazmine and Aisha discuss some of their favorite stories by Aallyah and discuss why Mississippi journalists serve a very important role in telling the stories across our state. See Aallyah’s Work at Mississippi Today here
January 21, 2021
GOTV Part 2: Representative Zakiya Summers
Representative Zakiya Summers joins the roundtable for an exclusive interview about this year’s election with podcast co-host Aisha Carson. Summers earned a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2005. She began working as the director of communications and advocacy at the ACLU of Mississippi in September 2015. Summers worked as the director of communications and events for One Voice from April 2012 to November 2014, as a public relations manager for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation from August 2008 to March 2012, and as a news producer at WLBT-TV 3 from 2006 to 2009.[1] Summers was appointed to serve as the Hinds County District 3 election commissioner in 2015 and went on to win a full term in 2016. She resigned in February 2019 in order to run for state legislature. Summers has served as co-chair for the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation, as a board member of the University Mississippi Medical Center Community Advisory Board, as secretary for the Jayne Avenue Neighborhood Association, as public relations committee chair for the NAACP Jackson Branch, and as a Class Two Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network. She has also served on the United Way of the Capitol Area’s Young Professional Leaders Council, Women for Progress of Mississippi, Hinds County Federation of Democratic Women, Hinds County Health Department Family Planning Council, Jackson Association of Black Journalists, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.[1] Voting Resources:
October 30, 2020
GOTV Part 1: Education
The crew is back for part 1 of our GOTV series. We are discussing the vice presidential debate and what’s at stake in this year’s election. As a part of our GOTV series this October, we will be featuring MS Millennials who are working to motivate voters ahead of this year’s election. First up we have Diedre Alexander. Deidre Alexander is a native of Jackson, MS. She holds a master’s in Public School Administration from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Jackson State University.  She is an educator and serves as the Director of Special Services for public education advocacy nonprofit, where she is responsible for the recruitment, cultivation, training, and support of a cohort of millennial adults with a goal of energizing them and engaging them in public policy advocacy in support of public education. Deidre also serves as an instructional assistant at Columbia University, a fellow for the Handbook Policy Institute for Research on Teachers of Color, and is a  Senior Leadership Fellow with Higher Heights - a national political leadership fund to harness Black women’s power and leadership potential.
October 09, 2020
Episode 3: Belly of the Beast featuring CJ Lawrence
“Mississippi is the Belly of the Beast.” On this week’s episode of the Millennial Roundtable, podcast co-host Chuck Patterson invites Black with No Chaser CEO, CJ Lawrence to the Millennial Roundtable for a conversation on all things Mississippi and criminal justice reform in the state. CJ is a civil rights attorney, organizer, and Hattiesburg, MS native.  Listen along as he discusses what it means to grow a socially conscious media brand in Mississippi and the biggest hurdle to our fight for justice. Also, we’ve covered some hot topics in Mississippi politics. Please see the news articles below for reference. Hot Topics MS Republicans are suing each other for CARES Act funding. See also: Black MS Teens in Jail for No Reason Governor Vetos Bi-partisan bill could have helped with the criminal justice system.
August 19, 2020
Episode 2 featuring Paloma Wu
The crew is back for another episode about MS politics.  Mississippi Memories, Criminal Justice Reform in the wake of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and our response to the state’s COVID crisis- that and so much more on this week’s episode of the Mississippi Millennial Roundtable. This week Roundtable Special Guest is Paloma Wu. Paloma Wu is a civil rights attorney at the Mississippi Center for Justice and is working daily to transform Mississippi’s criminal justice system. Aisha and Paloma discuss their history working together to fight systemic injustices in Mississippi and talk about the next steps regarding transforming our justice system in Mississippi. *30:00 Find out more about The MS Millennial Roundtable
August 05, 2020
Episode 1: The MS Millennial Roundtable
Listen along as The Millennial Roundtable Podcast Hosts- Aisha Carson, Marcus Carr, Jasmine Williams, Matthew Campbell, and Chuck Patterson- introduce themselves and discuss what it means to live in MS and strive to create political progress in their own way. The MS Millennial Roundtable Podcast is a part of a growing movement to bring together millennials in the state to cultivate a political voice. With many public policy issues impeding our ability to create progress in a variety of sectors, this podcast centers our voices in discussing the solutions that will move us forward. We aim to be a digital platform that organizes and informs Mississippi Millennials about the issues that are important for creating progress in our state. Our goal is to center our voices and inspire collective action. Find out more about The MS Millennial Roundtable
July 22, 2020