Tuesday, June 19, 2018

One Voice Will Lead School Bond PR Campaign

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said at his weekly press conference yesterday that local non-profit company One Voice will lead a campaign to drum up public support for the JPS bond referendum.  The $65 million bond referendum is scheduled to take place on August 7.  Mayor Lumumba said it was "an opportunity to raise money without taxes going up." 




One Voice Executive Director Nashombi Lambright will spearhead the campaign.  She said her team has a goal of "knocking on 60,000 doors."  She said applications for the paid positions can be found online.

Funding for the campaign will come from the Better Together Commission.  Most of the Commission's funding is provided by the Kellog Foundation.  Thus most of the funding for this campaign will originate with Kellog.  Ms. Lambright did not know how much the campaign will cost.

One Voice was founded by Derrick Johnson.  The Secretary of State busted Mr. Johnson in 2013 for using One Voice as a slush fund.   One Voice's 2016 990 states that JPS School Board member Ed Sivack and City of Jackson Chief of Staff Safiyah Omari serve on the six-member board.   It states that Mr. Johnson was the Executive Director although Ms. Lambright currently serves in that position.  Mr. Johnson led a similar campaign for the 2006 JPS bond referendum.




40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where do you think the Cochran campaign got the idea for runoff success?

Anonymous said...

Derrick "dead beat" Johnson... there probably isn't 1 scumbag worse than him. Well at least one that is as dumb as him anyway. Plenty of low life con men... however, most are much smarter than him. I've known him along time and he's garbage also you should look into the Kellog foundation. They are as radical of a group is it comes. Kellog family are radicals. Socialist to a the bone and have said on record number of times.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be a bottomless well of "community organizers" and non-profits in Jackson. With so much organizing and charity you'd think we might be making some progress by now.

Anonymous said...

Why does LoMumble need any to promote these bonds? I imagine any bond issues by the City of Jackson would be a desirable investment for anyone, and they will sell themselves. The track record of the city workers, school district, and the world class leadership of the mayor and city council will make this a very attractive bond. Top Shelf!

Anonymous said...

So, the public school system that already spends way more money per student than any other school system in the state, and still gets "F" ratings ", wants to spend $65 million more? OK, got it, sounds legit......

Anonymous said...

According to their Twitter feed, One Voice MS has been recruiting canvassers for "a project in support of Jackson Public Schools" since May 23rd.

Cynical Sam said...

Mayor Lumumba said it was "an opportunity to raise money without taxes going up."

See, I told y'all! It's FREE MONEY!

Anonymous said...

You can bet your ass all of these foundations, and committee's and "non-profits" are making money off this. Re-distribution of wealth to groups that could care less about results.

Councilman Rasta said...

One Voice! Let’s get togetha and feel alright, mon!!!

Anonymous said...

How can taxes not go up with this bond issue? Makes zero sense. This is "community organizing" to its core. Lets hire a bunch of people and pay them to go door to door to get people to vote based upon lies so the non profits and other groups make more big money after the passing of the bonds from the bond pimps. More money wasted on DBE contractors doing half assed work and in the end you can mark it right here, JPS will be in no better position than it is currently.

Anonymous said...

The March Toward Receivership continues. Chapter 9 cometh.

Anonymous said...

Chill out Doods. It's like 'pass through' money from the state to a county or federal matching money or grants. It's free money! Hold out your hat and catch you some as it floats down like manna from Heaven.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Phil! Outstanding job!

Anonymous said...

Hey, this bond business is a pretty good deal for everybody. Like pennies from heaven. Now, if only we didn't have to worry about those pesky children!

Anonymous said...

Lemme hold a dollar brother.

Anonymous said...


Yes, Chapter 9 and stripping away the City's financial authority is definitely inbound.

I can't wait for the day Jackson has its checkbook taken away.

Anonymous said...

If you own property in Jackson, sell it now and get what ever you can. The pledge of property taxes is the only thing that will sell bonds for owners have to pay or property will be taken. These left wing groups support bonds for they will pay someone else pay for them. System never designed to let voters place a tax on others and not pay themselves. Also get out now while you are still alive.

Anonymous said...

Jackson deserves the full glory of its failure.

Anonymous said...

Phil -- you cut our throats in NE Jackson when you had the chance to take this shit show over. We could have used it as leverage to cut ourselves loose from a sinking ship -- when a city cannot sustain infrastructure (e.g. roads, schools, etc.), the citizenry have the option to remove themselves from the city. Course that would take balls on the NE Jackson side........which they don't have. Phil took a big carrot away from the movement to create another city in NE Jackson/LeFleaur, when he wouldn't allow the state to step in with Jackson and the schools. Sad. I"m moving out of state after 25 years here, and a business for 12 years here, so I'm going somewhere where it doesn't matter.......however, it saddens me to watch it swirl down the drain.

Anonymous said...

Since Feel created this mess, should he call a special session to pony-up whatever cash is needed to save the children? After all, it's our capitol city and 'As Jackson goes, so goes the rest of the state'.

Cynical Sam said...

Nice homes in the nicer neighborhoods are popping up on the MLS daily. Get out while you can. Can you say white flight?

Anonymous said...

Reader Roll: How many voters that will vote yes on this issue actually own property in Jackson? Conversely, how many that vote no on this bond issue send their kids to JPS?

Anturd said...

Lies lies lies
Taxes should go down when the existing bond rolls off.
But nooo, adding a 65m bond keeps taxes higher, so yes Antard this DOES raise taxes.

Anonymous said...

Instead of spending $65 million on schools, how about making more efficient use of existing school funds and instead, repairing streets (and missing manhole covers), and the other crumbling infrastructure?

Anonymous said...

Everyone can hear what that One Voice is saying.
Gimme dat money.

Anonymous said...

Y'all are so funny. Y'll are like sitting on the Titanic watching a life boat sink. Your time is coming. People are fleeing Mississippi also. Why do you think GOP leaders keeping raising concerns about brain drain? Because it is real.

The stagnation of this state is akin to where we were in Jackson around 1990. A few decades behind, but the only people staying here are the people that are stuck here. Good luck prospering in that environment.

I'll give it to 2040 and our state bond rating will be junk and the people of Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee will be talking about building walls.

Anonymous said...

Door to door campaigning. And, of course this will not cost you a dime. The only people affected are property owners like the ones you rent from, and of course they WILL NOT raise your rent. They are probably telling these renters that it is illegal to charge them the taxes. But, it is not illegal to raise your rent. I am sorry Kennef Stokes, but this is just another scheme to line some pocketbooks.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, you people in NE Jackson who are carrying this city on your backs, you don't have the numbers to stop this. If you haven't consulted a realtor before now, what in the heck are you waiting for?

Anonymous said...

None of this would be happening if Governor Bryant would have signed the state JPS take-over. Now you will pay more taxes.

Anonymous said...

Governor Feel Bryant is a total chicken s#!t

Anonymous said...

Oh, brother!

Anonymous said...

I've tried to post three times about the guilty party's (Bryant) need to call a special session to deal with his mess, but the board moderator has shit canned them all. Will this one be next? If not, wonder why the other three?

Anonymous said...

June 19, 2018 at 10:35 AM—

Since you and your business are leaving, kindly share who you are so we can keep you and your business honest.

Anonymous said...

Guv Feel is pathetic. What has he really done in his tenure? Haley was known for righting the ship during Katrina. What has Feel done except ride Haley’s coattails? I’m serious. Can anyone name major achievements on his watch? On the surface it looks like he punted on EVERYTHING. Also, he ran against the first statewide Black to be nominated for statewide office in 2011 and a truck driver in 2015. He won by default.
Go Phil Go! And take Tate and Gunn with you!

Anonymous said...

Derrick Johnson. $125,000 for those of you too busy to look at the document. One of he best examples of “community organizers”...aka highly paid con men.

Anonymous said...

"Can anyone name major achievements on his watch?"

Of course!!! Look at that gleaming Medical Miracle Mile stretching from the Medical Mall on Woodrow Wilson to the Health Dept and UMMC. After an extraordinary 4 days touring the Texas Medical Center Phil and his crack staff came back and announced they were going to duplicate what took visionaries like R. Lee Clark and Michael DeBakey 50 years to build. Like pilgrims visiting Lourdes, we now benefit from the constant stream of medical visitors pouring into this new medical Mecca, prompting the many new jobs now in our expanded airport and brand new hotels. Since the dozens of biotech companies are private sector we don't know exactly how much venture capital money has poured into Jackson, but the scores of highly educated researchers have to live somewhere nice, driving the high-end real estate market in Jackson to new heights.

And to think a former deputy accomplished all of this without hiring a single competent, experienced minion!

Anonymous said...

One Voice is not listed in the Secretary of State's 2017 Report on Charitable Organizations. I wonder if they failed to register with the State again...

Anonymous said...

You can bet your sweet ass Choc-Lite will personally pocket 75-100K for this promotional deal. It won't show up on any books though.

Anonymous said...

What happens if they have failed to register with the Sec of states office.? Also, these people that claim they're for the good of others are liars and need to be brought into the public light with information on any form of payment or gain.

Anonymous said...

This is the same Othor Cain that wrote a bad check to Tye's restaurant in 2010 and had charges brought against him. Post that one again kingfish. You posted article in 2010... he dined and bounced a check over $1,000.00

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