The Jackson City Council acts as the legislative branch of the city government. Meaning, they have the power to create new laws that apply to just the city of Jackson. For example in 2010, after a series of unjust stops of young black men by JPD and unjust stops of people in the Spanish-speaking immigrant community, the Jackson City Council created a law known as the “Human Rights Ordinance” that bans racial profiling based on race and nationality. The Jackson City Council is also responsible for approving the City Budget. This is one if it’s biggest functions.
Jackson City Council is also your direct representative for your neighborhood, so if you have a problem with something in your neighborhood, your City Councilperson is the government representative that is responsible for helping you to improve that.