Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Why should you care?...because your Mother is a woman!


“Run Women Run.”

Tips on how to fund and shape a political campaign will be offered on Feb. 6, 2010, during a non-partisan training and networking event called “Run Women Run.”
“Run Women Run” will be held in Buckman Hall at Rhodes College from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. A reception featuring elected officials and judges from federal, state and local levels will begin at 4:30 p.m.
The event is being organized by a coalition of presenting sponsors including Memphis Area Women’s Council, League of Women Voters of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee Economic Council on Women, National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis Chapter, Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus and Memphis Women’s Political Caucus.
“Too few women serve on our city council, county commission and in our legislature,” said Deborah M. Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council. “Men can be excellent partners and even leaders on issues critical to women but the record shows that when women are engaged, the policy focus stays on issues at the root of poverty, violence and inequity.
“Fewer than one-fourth of our local elected representatives are women,” Clubb said, “and we believe that lack of representation in some ways allowed travesties such as last year’s rape crisis center crisis to occur.”
Only three women presently serve among 13 members of the Memphis City Council and four serve among 13 members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners. Only two suburban aldermen are women and one of the county’s seven mayors is a woman.
Seven women represent Shelby County districts in the state legislature in Nashville – two senators and four House members – in a delegation of 22.
Statewide, Tennessee ranks 39th in women elected to the legislature with 9 women total among 33 Senators and 17 women among 99 House members. That’s 18.2 percent. In 2010 in Congress, Tennessee has one female House member.
Overall, women hold 90 or 16.8 percent of the 535 U.S. House seats and 17 or 17 percent of the 100 U.S. Senate seats. Nationwide, only six women are governors and among the 100 largest cities, 11 had women mayors as of January 2009.
Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, attorney Ruby Wharton, philanthropist Kathy Buckman Gibson and recent state Senate candidate Adrienne Pakis-Gillon will discuss campaign financing and how to run. State Rep. Karen Camper, Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter and Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder will talk about why to run and developing your message.
Registration is due for “Run Women Run” by Jan. 22 and will be limited to 100 persons. The early registration fee is $20; day-of-event charge, if space is available, will be $25. Students with ID can observe for free.
To register, email and then mail a check to Memphis Area Women’s Council at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., 38112.
Other local sponsors include American Association of University Women, Business and Professional Women, Democratic Women of Shelby County, Mothers of the Nile, Public Issues Forum, Ginger Ralston, Women of Style Spirit and Success and YWCA of Greater Memphis. Endorsing organizations include Center for Research on Women, Girls Inc., Network and the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis/Women’s Economic Security Campaign.
Media contact is Deborah M. Clubb, Memphis Area Women’s Council, 378-3866,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

H.O.P.E volunteer action Homeless census UPDATE

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to donate their time for this count. Per Katie Kitchin, volunteers can attend the trainings on either Wednesday January 20th 12:00 noon or

Friday January 22 at 3:00 p.m. Training to be held at Les passes 715 st Paul ave. It is the same location we'll be operating out of on the 27th for the count. Please contact me directly about any coat or blanket donations

Brad Watkins
Organizing Coordinator
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center

Friday, January 15, 2010

H.O.P.E.- Volunteer call to action

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Katie Kitchin the former the city’s Director of the Norfolk Va. Office to End Homelessness. Currently Ms. Kitchin is working here for the city of Memphis in the implementation of the new Rapid Rehousing program set up earlier this year via funds from the 2009 AARA. I have followed Ms Kitchin's efforts in Norfolk and have been very impressed with her actions, commitment and results in addressing the needs of the homeless population. Especially her commitment in Housing First strategies for dealing with homelessness.

Currently the City of Memphis is preparing for a point in time count of the homeless population, however this time there are a few changes to this process that in my opinion will make this endeavor more successful and productive.

One the count will involve a brief survey in order to gain demographic data so that services can be better tailored and coordinated to fit the greatest need areas and better address gaps in services.This is also important because of the upcoming census.

Two, the count will occur during the day as opposed to previous counts which occurred at night. This in my view will enable a larger number of people to be surveyed..many of whom sleep in catholes and in vacants and are thus harder to find after sundown.

Three, this process will not actively involve the police. This I think will put those being surveyed at ease and make them easier to find and engage. For the most part, the homeless don't want to be found by the police, especially after the sweep. Now while many officers in MPD have a good rapport with those on the streets,it is more productive in my view not to have police down in front on this. Especially given the harassment of the homeless due to the blatant Police surveillance that has been occurring recently at Manna House..."more on this later"

It is crucial that this endeavor is successful in order for the city and service providers to be able to continue to address the needs of our homeless brothers and sisters.
That is why the H.O.P.E. "HOMELESS ORGANIZING FOR POWER AND EQUALITY" campaign of the Mid-South Peace and Justice center will be actively working over the next two weeks to try and recruit volunteers from the community to assist in this process.
Also we will be gathering donated coats, blankets and copies of the Memphis Survival Guide directories of homeless services to distribute to those we survey as well that day

The current date of this event is Weds Jan 27th and will focus in two six hour shifts from 5am-11am and from 11am-5pm.However any time that can be donated would be helpful
I understand that's a major commitment for people to make but this count is not only mandatory as part of the City's funding to ensure federal funding of local programs, but also I believe is a positive effort in the city's interaction with the homeless. So I am asking each of you to please forward this information to your friends, churches, neighborhood association, community groups and family and friends. The more volunteers the city has to assist in this operation the more accurate the data will be and in a timely fashion.

There is also a brief, mandatory training for all counters. Since this is a new approach to the count, it is critically important that you attend training The training schedule is as follows, however additional times may be added to better accommodate people's schedules

Wednesday January 20th 12:00
Friday January 22 at 3:00 p.m.
"Location TBA announced by the City shortly"

If interested please contact me at so that I can pass on your information to Ms. Kitchin. also if you have any coats or blankets that you wish to donate to this effort please contact me in order to drop them off here at the offices of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center at 1000 south Cooper inside first Congo Church.

This is very important and I urge you to please pass this on to your churches, community groups, and volunteer organizations to help the city complete this process.If you are or were a candidate for office please consider sending this out to your lists

Brad Watkins
Organizing Coordinator
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Public Issues Forum Annual Meeting-Thursday jan 14th 5:30-7:30pm


(All Participants, Current and Past)
You're Invited
Homecoming Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 14th 5.30 to 7:30 PM
Memphis Junior League House
3475 Central Avenue
Introduction of Our New Officers and Board for 2010
"A Reminder of Our Past - Focus on Our Future"
Shelby County Legislators, PIF Past and Present Leaders and YOU

Wine and Hors d'oeuvres No Charge

Monday, January 11, 2010

Living the Legacy of Nonviolence-January 15, 2010

Please join us on January 15, 2010
from 6:00-8:00pm (Reception at 5:30)
Living the Legacy of Nonviolence
A Grassroots Gala and Banquet Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
at BRIDGES, 477 N 5th Street
free secure parking at Auction and 4th

Featuring a program of art, music, inspiration, and action with
:: keynote speakers ::
Daphene McFerren
Daphene R. McFerren
Director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis
Ken Reardon
Dr. Ken Reardon
Director of the Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning, University of Memphis

A delicous meal will be served from Maximillians Catering located at Caritas Village.... This is the menu for the night:
Ethiopian "Bar-BQ" Chicken
Grilled Vegetables with Pesto Penne Pasta & Fresh Mozzarella
Salmon a'la Greque
Mixed Greens Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
with Pumpkin Pie & Whipped Cream for dessert

$35 per ticket • $270 for a table of eight

Purchase tickets securely online using a credit/debit card thru
Brown Paper TIckets
click Here to purchase online
or by phone at 1-800-838-3006.

To reserve tickets or pay by mail, please call us at 901.725.4990.

Seating will be reserved and your tickets will be mailed
if payment is received by Jan. 11. Remaining tickets will
be held in will-call for pick-up at the door

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Helping the Homeless, Terri Walker (event coordinator)


Just left the warming tent at Poplar and Orleans where food was being served donated by A&R BBQ. Please consider thanking them with your I was told by Red Cross workers that another tent will be sent up tonight.



"Hope for the Holiday" is collecting sleeping bags for the homeless.
Memphis has about 7,000 homeless people, 2000 of those are children!
Our goal is to collect 1,200 new or used sleeping bags to be handed out to
the homeless. We need your help to achieve this goal!
Drop Off Locations: Any Outdoors Inc. location!

833 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN
5245 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN
1710 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
405 Vann Dr, Jackson, TN

If you would like to order online you can have the bags shipped directly to:
Terri Walker ~ 5470 South Angela Rd ~ Memphis, TN 38120.
Please email confirmation to
Outdoors Inc., Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Bass Pro Shops, Target, Walmart, and
K-Mart are a few stores that carry sleeping bags. Sleeping bags with 5 degree comfort ratings
start at $30 ea. Higher comfort ratings are as low as $14.88!
We will be collecting sleeping bags until the middle of February!
Memphis Redbirds has allowed us to use Auto Zone Park as our distribution center!

First distribution date: Jan 9, 2010 ~ at 10 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m.
Location: Auto Zone Park ~ corner of union and 3rd Street!
We have received bags from TN, AR, LA, CA, IL, TX, IN, GA and MS. Please don't let your
We will have 381 bags as of today and will have 400 by Saturday.

Can you imagine how many HOMELESS people will be standing in line with hopes that we have
enough sleeping bags for everyone? Can you imagine sleeping outside in the cold? I think
sometimes we tend to forget just how lucky we are to have a warm home, a warm bed, and a
Think about the difference you can make in the lives of those that are less fortunate.

God Bless You
Terri Walker ~
5470 South Angela Rd ~
Memphis, TN, 38120