Bill Chandler is the founding Executive Director of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance and a close ally and enabler to Jackson Mississippi’s newly elected Marxist/Black Nationalist Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.
Chandler is a bona fide communist. As recently as 2009, Chandler was elected to the National Coordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism – a spinoff of the Communist Party USA.
Chandler has been an organizer for more than 50 years, beginning as a laboratory worker in 1960 when he helped build SEIU Local 434 at Los Angeles County Hospital, to working with the United Farm Workers during the 1965 Delano-based grape workers strike. He was then sent as an organizer by Cesar Chavez to Texas, where he was involved in many strikes.
Chandler first came to Mississippi to help with civil rights leader Charles Evers’ unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 1971.
Through his organization, Chandler can claim credit for working with leftists in the Mississippi State House to block any laws designed to reduce illegal immigration into the state.
In 2011, Arizona-like anti-immigration bills were sweeping the South. But in Mississippi, a strong alliance including the far left Mississippi Black Legislative Caucus killed some 33 bills; including 5 “Arizona clones.”
Mississippi’s SB 2179 was the last of a whole host of bills that would have made Mississippi less of a haven for illegals.
Opposition to the bill was organized largely by Chandler’s Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance. Chandler stated, “This law is a challenge to who we are as a state and who we are as human beings. The proposal only pandered to the fear, xenophobia and bigotry of only some of our residents. This legislation violates the civil rights of all residents of Mississippi. We need to ask our selves what kind of state we want to live in—one that respects human rights, or one that returns to the days of trampling on the rights of people of color.”
Chandler’s group worked very hard to oppose these bills though grassroots organizing, mobilizing and propaganda. It was just through this kind of work that MIRA was able to defeat all 33 of the anti-immigrant bills in the Mississippi legislature that year including SB 2179.
Chandler is also on the Board of Directors of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
In June this year, Jackson Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba announced the members of an advisory committee that will help ease his transition into the mayor’s office in July.
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