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Mariposas Y Mimosas

MARIPOSAS Y MIMOSAS, a brunch event benefiting the
IAJE, will be held SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2022
at the Fondren Hall in Jackson, MS  11:30 am- 3:30 pm










  • Enjoy a wonderful dining experience.

  • A Mississippi brunch

  • Flowing Mimosas and Bloody Marys!


  • Art created by Mississippi's various immigrant communities will be on display

  • A mural created by members of communities impacted by the 2019 ICE raids will be prominently displayed


  • Hear an overview of IAJE’s programs and accomplishments of the past year.

  • Meet our organizers and activists working in community.

  • Support the ONLY Immigrant led organization fighting for Immigrant and Indigenous communities to be reunited with their families, and building a sustainable equitable future!


  • TBA

About IAJE

The Immigrant Alliance for Justice and Equity (IAJE) is a political home where Mississippi immigrants and their children are empowered to dream about building a better world for their families through political education, grassroots leadership development, and community organizing. 

IAJE’s mission is sustainable change through education, grassroots organizing, consciousness-raising and civic participation and to build a social-economic movement that is immigrant led in the state of Mississippi.

About Our Special Guests

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Dr. Carmen Walters

Dr. Walters, a champion of the liberal arts, embraces Tougaloo College's storied past and looks ambitiously toward preserving and advancing its legacy of academic excellence and social responsibility and moving this remarkable historic institution into a new decade of leading and learning. A native of Harvey, Louisiana, she earned her PhD from Mississippi State University, her Master of Arts in Postsecondary Counseling from Xavier University, and her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Southern University.


Before assuming the presidency at Tougaloo College, Dr. Walters held various executive level positions at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for six years, including executive vice president of enrollment management, student success, and institutional relations for ten locations, and campus vice president of the Jackson County campus. She oversaw major fundraising initiatives and key renovations. She authored the institution’s strategic enrollment management plan, which increased the number of dual enrolled and traditional high school students that positively affected retention and graduation rates.

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Emad Al-Turk

For over 30 years, Emad served as a principal-in-charge, project manager, and senior project manager of the planning, design and construction review and management of numerous infrastructure projects for a total value of over $2 billion, both domestically and internationally. Emad has an entrepreneurial spirit and has served in executive and senior-level positions for the last twenty years. He has also served on a number of boards of directors of business and non-profit organizations. Emad enjoys the development of strategic direction of firms that allow businesses to grow and diversify. 


Emad is also passionate about advocating for world peace and security through education, cultural exchange, and trade. That is one of the reasons he co-founded the International Museum of Muslim Cultures in Jackson, Mississippi which is the first Islamic History and Culture Museum in the US with the goal of educating the American public about Islamic history and culture. Our hope is that our efforts will contribute to reducing tension, bigotry, wars, and conflicts and will lead to a more balanced and fair relationship between America and the Muslim world that is based on mutual respect, tolerance and understanding.

C.T. Salazar is a poet and librarian from Mississippi. He’s the author of Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking (Acre Books 2022), and three previous chapbooks, most recently American Cavewall Sonnets (Bull City Press 2021). Salazar is the 2020  recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award in poetry. His poems have appeared in Borderlands: Texas
Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Southeast Review, Cincinnati Review, West Branch, Hopkins Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere.

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