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H.O.P.E. is a Mid-South Peace and Justice Center-sponsored organization whose members are exclusively people have formerly or are currently experiencing homelessness. Over the past several months, members have been working diligently to develop the structure and process of our organization in order to better address the issues that face our communities. HOPE has also developed different projects to address and deconstruct specific dimensions of what is a dynamic problem that continues to affect so many in the Mid-South and beyond. For meeting times & dates: 901-300-0006.
H.O.P.E. is pleased to welcome Jim V. Brown as our new AmeriCorps VISTA organizer. Jim is a Tennessee native, from Chattanooga. He moved to Nashville where he worked with Nashville Homeless Power Project, an organization that H.O.P.E. has looked to as an example of what we are trying to build here. Jim relocated to Memphis last fall and immediately began working closely with H.O.P.E., attending meetings, getting to know our members, leading outreach efforts, and learning the lay of the land. He has been an outspoken advocate for people experiencing homelessness for many years and we are excited that he will now be working with H.O.P.E. in a full time capacity. Its going to be a great year of grassroots organizing! Welcome aboard, Jim!
The Core Organizer Training explores with participants the foundational skills to be effective organizers and create systematic change in a group or community, keeping nonviolence as a foundation.
This training will build knowledge and experience of core organizing skills in a hands-on, direct manner, while also drawing out the expertise that the individual already has within. The result is a training that is fully interactive and has direct application in each session.
Who should attend this Training?
Experienced and less-experienced organizers, activists, community leaders and others who want to learn what ‘community organizing’ is about.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We wanted to take this opportunity today to thank you for all the love that you have shown our fight for social justice and positive change. We don't talk about love enough in our everday work and lives, but it's out of love that we fight for dignity and respect for our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness. It's out of love that we work to organize bus riders to reform public transit to a system that meets their needs. It's out of love that we demand an end to practices that allow police harrassment. It's out of love that we bring our community together to build a people's movement that let's our community lead on the decisions that affect their lives. I guess you could say it's a love movement.
We write today to ask for a little love from you in building this movment. Today, while your taking the time to show gratitude to your loved ones, please take a moment to show some love for our community by becoming a member of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
Mid South Peace and Justice Center is a proud organizational sponsor of the second annual One Billion Rising Memphis. This year's theme is Rising for Justice, and since Memphis currently has so much to Rise about, the campaign has been expanded to a week of events including a film screening and panel on rape culture, a community conversation about sexual assault and domestic violence in Memphis, the One Billion Rising rally and vigil, and a Day of Support for Survivors. Read on to get more details and to help spread the word.
H.O.P.E. is a Mid-South Peace and Justice Center-sponsored organization whose members are exclusively people have formerly or are currently experiencing homelessness. Over the past several months, members have been working diligently to develop the structure and process of our organization in order to better address the issues that face our communities. HOPE has also developed different projects to address and deconstruct specific dimensions of what is a dynamic problem that continues to affect so many in the Mid-South and beyond.
For meeting times & dates: 901-300-0006.
Street Wise INK
Over a year ago, H.O.P.E. members embarked upon a project to start a worker-owned and operated t-shirt printing business to help provide income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. Dubbed "Street Wise INK", members spent months developing bylaws and a business plan, and were awarded a grant from the Spark Plug Foundation to aid with the cost of training, supplies, and equipment. The group has been printing H.O.P.E. t-shirts and has taken on a few small orders, but one thing we have been missing is a permanent space to begin operating in a professional capacity.
Members of Street Wise INK and H.O.P.E. are thrilled to announce that this project has finally found a home at First Congregational Church, and will be moving in and preparing the space throughout this month. We would like to thank Julia Hicks, Director of Missions, and the Mission Development Committee at First Congo. Our members are no strangers to the church, which supports a number of diverse community projects and organizations. We are excited about being part of the First Congo community and know that this will be a great fit for the development of this project!
Dear MBRU Members & Supporters,
Since our founding meeting in the winter of 2012, the transit dependent-led, grassroots organization Memphis Bus Rider’s Union (MBRU) has been at the helm of many efforts to bring attention to the need for improved public transportation in our city. Last year we fought against budget cuts and won over $1 million back into the city budget for MATA.
MBRU continues to fight for funding for public transportation as well as dignity and respect for bus riders. City budget season is on the horizon again. Although Mayor A C Wharton makes many promises to improve MATA, we understand that without an organized movement there will be no change.