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Mid-South Peace & Justice Center is a 'People-Powered' organization. Over the years, you have supported us in so many ways. From our work to end homelessness and improve public transit, to our around demilitarization, and police accountably, nothing we have accomplished would be possible without our members and volunteers! We all know there is more work to be done to build what Dr. King called the 'Beloved Community' here in the Mid-South, but sometimes we need to take a moment to celebrate all we've been through together.
On October 25, 2014 We are hosting the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center Volunteer Appreciation Day to do just that! We'll be celebrating with food, music, festivities, and friends! We have an impressive musical line up featuring Barbara Lester, DJ KUSH, NoOnOne, and The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy--so, you wont want to miss it!
Admission is absolutely FREE! There will be food trucks on site for your digestive pleasure, or you can bring something of your own to throw on the charcoal grills!
Following the Gandhi King Youth Conference, the MSPJC and Memphis United will host The People's Conference on Equal Justice, in partnership with LeMoyne-Owen College. The People's Conference will be a day of learning about the criminal justice system and training in grassroots community organizing skills, featuring a variety of workshops that will help provide participants with tools to push for real reform of our local adult and juvenile criminal justice systems and police accountability.
The People's Conference on Equal Justice will be unlike any other conference you have attended because YOU - the participants - will have a hand in directly shaping the tone and content of the conference. While there will be some pre-determined workshops on issues like privatized prisons, knowing your rights, and alternatives to incarceration and the death penalty, there will also be scheduled spaces left open for attendees who want to facilitate a discussion, make their own presentation, or host a dialogue circle around additional justice issues.
Following morning sessions, lunch will feature local food trucks offering a variety of tasty and affordable meals.
After lunch, participants will move into a structured series of skill-based workshops focusing on the basic skills of community organizing including planning a campaign, anti-oppression awareness, canvassing and outreach, and nonviolent direct action.
Participants will leave with the tools needed to engage and collectively act with their communities, towards REAL changes in our justice system. We ask you to attend not to follow but to lead, as we as a community prepare to work for positive change.
The conference is free to current MSPJC members. You can renew your membership online or sign up the day of the conference.
We use a sliding scale for membership dues, and NO ON WILL BE TURNED AWAY FROM THE CONFERENCE FOR FINANCIAL REASONS.
On-site childcare will be available.
What: People’s Conference on Equal Justice
Where: LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker Ave*
When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Registration and Check-In: 7:30am - 9:00am
Conference and Workshops: 9:00am - 5:30pm
(Lunch Break: 11:45am - 1:15pm)
* The conference will take place in and around the LeMoyne-Owen Student Center. While some of you may be familiar with the LMO campus, a Google Map highlighting the Student Center is available by clicking here. Conference parking will be available in the lot just west of the Student Center.
This week Memphis United will help kick off the International Day of Peace by supporting the Campaign Nonviolence "Enough is Enough" march and rally against all violence on September 19th. This march was called by Barry Blackstone organizer with Universal Center Corp. to call attention to the neighborhood plight for peace after the neighborhood pastor's home was riddled with bullets. Although the community tried to report the crime to local law enforcement, authorities never came out to take a report or investigate. Mr. Blackstone reached out to partner with Memphis United because he believes in police accountability and wants more community policing in Smokey City. Memphis United volunteers will continue efforts to increase police accountability by canvassing with Mr. Blackstone on Oct.1 to educate community members about how to utilize the newly reinstated Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board.
Friday, Sept. 19th at 5pm
768 Pearce St.
Memphis, TN 38107
For more information about Memphis United, contact Organizing Coordinator Marquita Bradshaw at email@example.com.
A workshop led by Jacob Flowers
This session starts with an in-depth look at the mission, vision and values that you are organizing from and ends with concrete actions that you can take to fund your work sustainably over the long term.
Who can attend this workshop? Workers, students, union members, and anyone who wants to learn about the labor movement! It's for Everyone who would like to learn about their identity as a worker and how they can identify as a part of the labor movement.
For more information on anything happening with G.O.T. Power, MSPJC Training Department, please contact Training Director Gio López at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center at 725-4990.
G.O.T. Power, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center’s training program, is committed to building our community's capacity building skills in grassroots organizing, providing support to people doing community work and offering oppression awareness and liberation education.
Memphis Bus Riders Union (MBRU) members and other MATA riders are seeing some practical improvements at MATA’s Hudson Transit Center, but there are still concerns about excessive force from private security companies.
When MBRU met with MATA board members for a tour of the terminal, riders had a laundry list of ideas for the 20 year old transit hub. MATA has since installed a charging station for electronic devices, ADA compliant soap and paper towel dispensers, and a large full system map.
We still have a long way to go, but these new features are already in heavy use.
Meanwhile, rider complaints against the newly contracted security company Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency are on the rise. A few weeks ago, a woman transferring between buses with her 11yr old and 3yr old children was sprayed with mace by one of the guards, after a verbal argument over jaywalking. The rider’s children were exposed to the mace. Several witnesses say the children appeared to be in a great deal of pain. MBRU members have continued to observe a pattern of bad judgment and reckless use of force by the security guards. Last week a guard was attempting to remove a rider from the terminal for selling soap. According to witnesses the rider threw his bag at her and ran off the property. The guard drew her gun and chased the man 6 blocks, leaving her post, and eventually macing the man after he had already been apprehended. The guard has since been fired, but Ambassador remains.
MBRU organizers believe incidents like this will continue unless there are real measures in place that improve the quality of security services and create accountability to the public. Evaluative data and reporting on any use of force by private security, more security cameras, and sensitivity training for guards is needed, and the MATA Board will be addressing these needs through policy at an upcoming meeting. Oversight of these reports is needed to observe patterns of violence, and compare them with customer complaints against guards.
As Shelia Williams stated in an interview with Fox13 “We want security to protect and serve the riders... that are commuting back and forth and not come at us like we are some criminals. Let's build the trust factor and start on a new path,"
For more information, or to give your input on improvements to the Hudson Transit Center, join us at one of our monthly meetings, held on the second Saturday of each month, 12pm to 2pm, at the Memphis Center for Independent Living (1633 Madison Ave).
To contact MBRU, call or text 901-205-9737 or email MemphisBRU@gmail.com.
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