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Petitioning MAIS Executive Director David Derrick and 7 others

Tell Wilson Sporting Goods: Stop Sponsoring Racist, Anti-Gay Schools

Two private Mississippi schools, Calhoun Academy in Calhoun City, Miss., and Carroll Academy in Carrollton, Miss., receive thousands of dollars in funding from the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens.

The CCC, a hate-spewing, homophobic group that denounces "race mixing," non-Europeans in America, immigrants and gay students, holds barbecues and fundraisers for the schools, which have a virtually all-white student body.

Both of these schools are accredited members of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), which includes dozens of private academies in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Among MAIS's sponsors are Wilson Sporting Goods, Russell Athletic, Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance and Mutual of Omaha.

By allowing the CCC, which has such horrid racist and anti-gay views, to raise huge funds for these schools, the MAIS is only allowing racism and homophobia to manifest itself across the state in private schools. Tell the MAIS not to accredit schools that fund their classes with white supremacist dollars, and tell the sponsors of MAIS to withdraw financial support from schools supported by hate groups. 

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Letter to
MAIS Executive Director  David Derrick
Bookkeeper / Administrative Asst. to Exec. Dir. Renee Hammarstrom
Associate Director of Activities / Technology  David Drake
and 5 others
MAIS Director of Activities  Les Triplett
Communications Manager, Amer Sports Maarit Mikkonen
Communications, Russell Brands, LLC Communications Staff, Russell Brands, LLC (Parent Company of Russell Athletics)
Communications, Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance
Mutual of Omaha Insurance Newsroom, Mutual of Omaha
Two private Mississippi schools, Calhoun Academy in Calhoun City, Miss., and Carroll Academy in Carrollton, Miss., receive thousands of dollars in funding from the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens, the Southern Poverty Law Center has found.

Both schools are accredited by the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), which includes dozens of private academies in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Among MAIS's sponsors are Wilson Sporting Goods, Russell Athletic, Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance and Mutual of Omaha.

The CCC, a hate-spewing, homophobic group that denounces "race mixing," non-Europeans in America, immigrants and gay students, holds barbecues and fundraisers for the schools, which have a virtually all-white student body.

By allowing the CCC, which has such horrid racist and anti-gay views, to raise huge funds for these schools, the MAIS is only allowing racism and homophobia to manifest itself across the state in private schools. MAIS should not accredit schools that fund their classes with white supremacist dollars. And now that the sponsors of MAIS, listed prominently on MAIS's website (http://home.msais.org/sponsors.html) know about this situation, they should withdraw financial support from schools supported by hate groups and make a public statement to that effect.

(Original article: http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2010/10/28/white-supremacist-group-backs-private-academies-in-mississippi/)

Sincerely,