Eleven Minutes With Miss Melissa Garriga About Mississippi’s Horrendous Prisons, Poverty and Systemic Racism

"We are no more racist than New York, but it's bigger. It's so entrenched in our system. White supremacy runs deep. It's like trying to change the course of the Mississippi River.


Melissa Garriga, a former and forever Washington Babylonian, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She works with the Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition and sits on the board of the Mississippi Rising Coalition. I recently spoke with her about the political and economic situation in her home state, and let’s just say it’s not a pretty picture. We focused on the state’s abysmal prison system, especially at the notoriously violent state penitentiary at Parchman, where prisoners rioted last year.

FFS. That’s not Melissa, that’s Eva Gabor, Zsa Zsa’s sister, on Green Acres. Melissa is shy but you can follow her on Twitter @MelissaAGarriga.

Garriga’s views are her own; she was not speaking on behalf of the organizations she works with. I already said she didn’t present a pretty picture of things in Mississippi, but it was a great interview and I urge you to listen and share. Thanks again for being on, Melissa.

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Episode 8: Melissa Garriga
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