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On Thursday, December 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Grow Memphis, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Memphis Bus Riders Union/Sindicato de Pasajeros, and H.O.P.E. (Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality) are all converging at our offices at 3573 Southern Ave. to bring out the December cheer!
Mark your calendars for this night, because there’s gonna be food, music, dancing, Jacob’s famous homemade “Triple Threat Axis of Evil” EGGNOG, and some eccentric holiday décor including MISTLETOE. woooooo.
Put on your red and green outfits (turtlenecks are cool!) and celebrate another year of great work with these organizations and the folks that make them possible—that’s you! Feel free to bring partners, friends, family members, and children, because the more... the merrier!
The Community-Police Relations (CPR) project held the final 2013 neighborhood forums for the Latino and LGBTQ communities. Both forums were well-attended, thanks to hard work by the CPR outreach team.
On behalf of [Tennessee Equality Project] Shelby County Committee, I want to thank you for including us in the CPR forum and for working with the greater GLBT community of Memphis and Shelby County to encourage the first step to better relations between law enforcement and citizenry. It was an amazing night, and we know that understanding was seeded. With a gratitude-
-Anne Brownlee Gullick
Read Paul Crum's article to learn more about participants' experiences at the LGBTQ forum. We look forward to continuing our work in other communities in 2014.
The projects that all of our members have been working on this past year have continued to challenge the status quo of our communities. H.O.P.E. has empowered its members to advocate for social and systemic re-imagining of the state of homelessness in our communities. The Memphis Bus Riders Union has won great hard victories over this past year and continues to work toward equitable transportation for all our city’s residents. The Community-Police Relations Project has held six forums with hundreds of people coming out to share their experience. Our trainings and workshops have continued to create the foundation for grassroots community organizing locally and nationally. The annual meeting reawakened our enthusiasm to take these projects further into 2014!
In addition to talking about our work over this past year and getting feedback on how to continue it, we elected new board members. (more below)
We invite all of our members to get involved with the various projects that we have going on. One great way to do that is to renew your membership for this coming year and take our short survey [HERE].
We are very excited to extend congratulations to all of our dedicated newly-elected board!
H.O.P.E. is the name of a Mid-South Peace and Justice Center-sponsored organization whose members are exclusively people currently, or have formerly experienced homelessness. H.O.P.E. has been working hard to develop several project areas that address the issues that are a priority to the homeless community. For meeting times and dates, call 901-300-0006.
H.O.P.E. would like to proudly congratulate organizer/activist, Toni Whitfield, one of Mid-South Peace and Justice Center's newly elected board members of 2014! Toni is a committed soldier in the war on homelessness & poverty, an LGBTQ advocate, and a street preacher. Toni has been deeply involved in all of H.O.P.E.'s projects and campaigns, including but not limited to; the Street Watch Initiative, Women's Caucus, Garden Crew, and the Street Wise INK t-shirt printing Co-Op. H.O.P.E. is thrilled to have Toni's representation on the board at MSPJC. We know that she will continue to bring to the table an invaluable perspective on issues of poverty and passion and unending enthusiasm for building a grassroots movement in our city!
Greetings Public Transit Warriors!
Memphis Bus Riders Union (MBRU) has been working on internal structure and leadership over the past few months. We formed our own by-laws, which where drafted by committee and approved by the general assembly at our monthly membership meeting. We welcome the new structure which will provide a strength of organization for our work in the new year.
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center held it's three-day Core Organizer Training from November 8 - 10. Here are some post-evaluation reflections from training participants:
The most effective aspect about training was the deference of responsibility to the training members. Gio and Allison did a great job facilitating, and the strength of their facilitation was that they empowered the training members to do the work on their own.
-G.O.T. Power Trainee