Strive Till I Rise is a traveling initiative using Hip-Hop pedagogy, other art forms & pop culture to advance social freedoms & empower the voices of young leaders and artists.

Through viral content, workshops, art exhibits, social networking, audiovisual production, plays and live events, STRIVE works to empower and educate young Americans on how to positively exercise their individual power within their community. We exist to encourage our audience to use critical analysis and a creative approach to identify and engage with problematic institutions that constrain their social freedoms. We serve to empower, amplify and provide consultation to up & coming activists and organization who are working to bring humanity to the forefront of their community and Nation. We advocate for racial healing, civic engagement, deconstructing unconscious bias, prison reform, inclusion of differently abled persons, LGBTQ and immigrant rights.

Our Fiscal Sponsor: The Middle Project

 

Please note that we are able to accept tax-deductible donations thanks to our fiscal sponsor, The Middle Project. 

The Middle Project unites progressive leaders who are ready for a revolutionary and prophetic way of using power and resources to act locally and think globally to heal the human family. The Middle Project takes its strength and approach from the progressive faith traditions that have played a major role in America’s greatest democratic achievements: the abolition of slavery, civil rights, universal suffrage, and the anti-war movement. 

Grantor: Focus For Health

Focus for Health is committed to decreasing the rising trend of both autism and chronic illness triggered by negative environmental influences. FFH believes that lack of transparency in both profit-driven corporations and governmental regulatory agencies have reduced the public’s capacity to make the informed, educated decisions necessary for optimal health. FFH supports all efforts which empower individuals to ask questions and do their research before making any decisions about which foods, products, or procedures they allow, especially for the “vulnerable child.”

HEALING DIVISION

Strive Till I Rise joins Vote For Common Good to “flip congress”. Join us on tour from Oct 2nd to Nov 2nd as we enter the heart of red territory in an effort to appeal to the morality of Republican Christians. Face to face interaction, music, poetry, speaking and group session that explore our common goals for our community and families. Strive’s participation is made possible by The Middle Project & Focus For Health.

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Strive Till I Rise partners with Moral Courage Project to bring together millennials from Mississippi, who are on the opposite side of the State Flag to discuss race & history on a human level.

PEOPLE NOT THINGS

People Not Things is a production company that aims to heal divided communities by developing and sharing tools that help us confront our unconscious bias. By amplifying the voices and work of those at the intersection of race, gender & sexuality, we deliver a unique lens to our audience, one that only comes from surviving & navigated overlapping institutions of violence and bias. Our services include facilitating civil discourse, leading meditation, producing original music and art, public speaking tours and curating traveling art exhibits. People Not Things appeals to this generations’ empath, empowering a population to unlearn the biases forced upon us by our leadership, media and family. Using these voices, our goal is to disrupt institutions enacting violent and oppressive policy against people of color, women and queer folks. We do this by providing our services and an intersectional lens to Americans who are seeking a better understanding of how their privilege and behavior contribute to these institutions. Our core principle is that all people are humans, not the labels that we ascribe to each other. We encourage our audience to dig deeper to understand the ways in which we are perpetuating division, benefiting from division and how we are harming ourselves in the process. In terms of product, People Not Things is a lifestyle brand that produces clothing using original art pieces, we sell and streams original music content and we produce/sell original paintings/artworks. 

The People Not Things traveling art exhibit is housed by Strive Till I Rise/The Middle Project and debuts March 1, 2019 at Tag Gallery (LA). PNT uses Be's family history of activism and Be's personal experience as a bi-racial, muslim, queer, woman of color to deconstruct her own preconceived biases as a tool to inspire others to challenge their own. The art exhibit will have annual showing that will featuring queer artists of color and activist who are using extraordinary tactics to heal their divided communities. 

Donate

We deeply appreciate your donation! All funds received goes toward programming, curation and production costs of "People Not things" traveling art exhibit (2019). All contributions are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor The Middle Project.

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LEADER SPOTLIGHT

This month, Strive is proud to amplify the work of Atlanta residents, Regina Moriley and Ashley Moriley. They recently launched an initiative titled Hearts for Humanity, which feeds those without homes in the Atlanta metro area. They also offer toiletries and transportation to and from shelters so that their new friends can shower. Regina & Ashley, a young couple from Mississippi, have two small children and were recently homeless themselves. Once they found stability, they made it their mission to give back to their community in any way they can. They inspire us here at Strive and we hope they will inspire you as well!

They are currently looking to partner with an established 501(c)(3) organization, a fiscal sponsor and church outreach programs that focus on the same mission.

Learn more about how you can help them help others… on their Facebook Page!

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 PLEDGE TO VOTE MISSISSIPPI!

Whether you are a first time voter or no stranger to the ballot, your voice must be heard in 2019. We are excited launch our new initiative to empower women in Mississippi to lean into the political process. Mississippi’s population is majority women, yet MS ranks at the BOTTOM in terms of the amount of women who hold office or seats. For now, it is important to show that we are willing and eager to make our voices heard on the policies and politicians that are supposed to represent us. We are inviting men and gender non conforming allies to stand with us in solidarity, please pledge to vote as well! It’s easy for our generation to think we are making a difference by posting our opinions on social media, but the power is in our vote, our purchasing power and using our energy and words to uplift our community. Mississippi’s gubernatorial primary election (to choose our Governor) is August 6th, 2019 and the final election is November 5th, 2019. You MUST register 30 DAYS before the first August 6th election. We are aiming for 2,000 pledges by June 30th, 2019. Thank you for taking the first step in realizing a more united, fair and prosperous Mississippi! Please fill out the form below to pledge and we will be in touch shortly! Until then, look below for all the links you need to start the registration process.

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To participate in Mississippi elections, you must register to vote through the Mississippi Secretary of State (SOS) at a county circuit clerk office, or other state and federal government agencies.

You may also obtain a voter registration form and register to vote through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) when applying for a driver's license.

Voter Eligibility in Mississippi

You must meet the following requirements to qualify for voter registration in Mississippi:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.

  • Be at least 18 years old by the next general election.

  • Be a resident of Mississippi and your county for at least 30 days.

  • NOT declared mentally incompetent by a court.

  • NOT convicted of a specific type of felony.

Register to Vote in Mississippi

In Mississippi, you can register to vote by mail and in person.

Just submit a completed Mississippi Voter Registration Application to the office of your local county circuit clerk or Mississippi DPS office when completing a driver's license transaction.

If you're registering for the first time by mail and do not have a driver's license or Social Security number, you must enclose:

  • A copy of your current and valid photo identification.
    OR

  • A copy of your current utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck.

Once your application is processed, you'll receive a voter identification card.

Just Moved?

Find all the information you need to finish your moving requirements with the DMV.

MS Military & Overseas Voter Registration

If you are currently on active military duty or residing overseas, you can submit your voter registration through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Just complete a 

Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (Form 76) and return it to your local circuit clerk.

You can use your FPCA to request absentee ballots while you are out of state. You will need to re-submit an FPCA every year and every time you change your address. For more information, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.

NOTE: If you are a spouse or dependent of an out-of-state military member, you can also register to vote using an FPCA.

Other Absentee Voters

You may be eligible to cast an absentee ballot even if you aren't military or overseas. You will still need to register to vote using the standard procedure. Contact your local Circuit or Municipal Clerk for information about receiving an absentee ballot.

Deadline to Register to Vote in MS

You must register to vote at least 30 days before the next election. If you register to vote by mail, your application must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to the election you wish to vote in.

To verify your voter registration in MS, contact your local county registrar's office directly.

To find your polling place, use the online Mississippi Polling Place Lookup tool at the Secretary of State webpage.

Change Your Voter Name or Address

To update your name or address on your MS voter registration, you must re-submit the Mississippi Voter Registration Application to the office of your county circuit clerk.

If you are a military member or overseas Mississippi resident, you can also change your information through the Federal Voting Assistance Program. See Military & Overseas Voter Registration above.

Mississippi Voter ID Laws

On Election Day, you will be required to show photo identification at the polling place before you can vote.

If you cannot show your photo ID when requested, you must cast an affidavit ballot and return within 5 days with appropriate identification.

Forms

76Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application. If you're a U.S. citizen living out of your voting jurisdiction, use this form to register to vote AND/OR request an absentee ballot. Get Form

Information from DMV.ORG