Mariposas Y Mimosas

MARIPOSAS Y MIMOSAS, a brunch event benefiting the
IAJE, will be held SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2021
at the Westin, Jackson 11:30 am- 3:30 pm
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Maria Hinojosa



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  • 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!


  • Have the opportunity to meet Maria Hinojosa and honor her contributions in documenting and telling of Latino stories of fighting to be seen and heard, including celebrating her debut of her book, Once I was You.

  • Hear from Makani Themba, founder and executive director of The Praxis Project, a nonprofit organization helping communities use media and policy advocacy to advance health justice.

  • Be entertained by world renowned musician, Pam Confer.

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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Makani Themba

Makani Themba is Chief Strategist at Higher Ground Change Strategies  based in Jackson, Mississippi.  A social justice innovator and pioneer in the fields of change communications  and community-led, justice-centered policy development, she has spent 30 years supporting organizations, coalitions and philanthropic institutions in  developing high impact change initiatives. Higher Ground Change  Strategies provides her an opportunity to bring her strong analytical skills, organizing knowledge and institution building expertise in support of
organizations working to make powerful, transformative, vision-based change.

Maria Hinojosa

Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia
journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience.
She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia  content from a POC perspective. As Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA,  distributed by PRX, and Co-Host of Futuro
Media’s award-winning political podcast In The Thick, Hinojosa has informed millions
about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

PAm Confer


Pam Confer, Ph.D., is an international, award-winning, bilingual professional speaker, jazz singer, business consultant, public relations guru, and sports clay enthusiast. She explodes with confidence— teaching everyone how a simple smile can move the world!

A singer/songwriter, Pam is recognized for her signature, interactive performances. She is an artist on the Mississippi Arts Commission's roster and travels throughout the Southeast with her band, Jazz Beautiful. Her voice is described as, "velvet soul... dipped in Jazz!"

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