Monday, March 28, 2011

Public Issues Forum April 3, 2011, 3:00 PM at Main Library


Date: April 03, 2011 TIME: 3:00PM
Place: Benjamin Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Ave.

TOPIC: The Question of Regulation:
Balancing the Public Trust and the Environment
with Jobs and the Economy.

Economic - Doug Campbell – University of Memphis - economist.
Environmental - Keven Routon / Steve Sondheim – Sierra Club -
Regulations - Vaughn Cassidy –TDEC - Tennessee Department of
Environment and Conservation.
Economic Development - Chamber of Commerce - representing the
needs of business.

There will be time for questions. The meeting is free and open to the public

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

REACHING HOME-Two day series of events around Homelessness

REACHING HOME-A two-day event focusing on Homelessness in our community.

Upcoming events

REACHING HOME is the title for a two-day event designed to raise community support for the Mayors’ Plan to end homelessness. This plan will be formally presented to the Memphis City Council on Tuesday April 5th between 3:30pm-6: 30pm. And we do so hope you can join us on April 5th. To read the 10 year plan click here

HOME SWEET HOMELESS on Saturday April 2nd from 1pm-3: 30pm.
An educational forum, with expert speakers, music, poetry and visual arts all highlighting and discussing the causes, impact and societal cost of homelessness. In addition a panel of local residents who have or are experiencing homelessness as well as a representative from Memphis Housing and Community Development to give an intro and answer questions about the new proposed Mayors’ plan to end homelessness.
Location -The Commons on Merton at 258 N Merton
Date-Saturday, April 2nd.
Time 1pm-3: 30pm
Open to the public

REACH- Sunday April 3rd at 5:30pm
Co-sponsored with the Performance Art Network. REACH, is a multicultural dance recital with a musical performance and a visual arts piece related to homelessness and the Mayors plan to end homelessness.
What-REACH, An evening of music and dance
Location-The Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St Mary’s Episcopal School* 60 Perkins ext.
Date-Sunday, April 3rd
Time- 5:30pm
General Admission-Adults $10
Students $5
Tickets can be purchased at or call the Buckman Box Office at 901-537-1486

Memphis City Council Meeting- On Tuesday April 5th, Representatives from Memphis Housing and Community Development will formally present the Mayors’ plan to end homelessness to the Memphis City Council. MSPJC staff worked as members of the policy and planning committee that crafted these reforms and now we need your support to ensure that these badly needed programs, housing and employment opportunities become a reality. Join us at our upcoming events and at the Memphis City Council Chambers on April 5th at 3:30pm.

What-Memphis City Council presentation on Mayors’ Plan to end homelessness

Location-Memphis City Hall
Date -Tuesday, April 5th
Time-3:30pm-6:30pm---“Presentation will occur at some point between these two times”

REACHING HOME is Sponsored by The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Memphis International Solidarity Committee, Center for Transforming Communities, Radical Arts Memphis and the Performance Art Network.

Brad Watkins
Organizing Coordinator
Mid-south-peace and Justice Center

Monday, March 14, 2011

Neighborhood Alliance March meeting Weds 16th, Tues. 22nd-guest speaker Carol Chumney

Neighborhood Alliance-March meetings and Guest speaker CAROL CHUMNEY.
Business meeting-March 16th at 6pm
Organizing Workshop-March 22nd at 6pm

In February the Peace and Justice Center and representatives from over twenty neighborhood and community organizations met to start the work of building a Neighborhood Alliance. This Alliance seeks to join forces with neighborhood associations, civic and block clubs, church congregations to ...collectively organize and lobby our government around issues of curbing blight, confronting slum lords and predatory lenders and promoting mandated resident input in redevelopment efforts within their communities.

We are also working to connect residents who are in areas that currently do not have active community organizations and offering grassroots training and materials to help these activists and groups build up their organizations and community power as full members of this Alliance

On Weds. March 16th the Alliance will host our second business meeting. At these monthly meetings representatives will work to decide the shape and framework of this new alliance as well as begin to craft a joint agenda over the next few months.

Please attend and be part of a community-based process for positive change from the ground up.

Alliance business meeting-

Date & Time-Weds-March 16th at 6pm

Location- Offices of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center

1000 S. Cooper First Congo Church **

On Tuesday , March 22nd, The Alliance is hosting a workshop on the basics of Neighbor to Neighbor Organizing, followed by our special guest speaker Carol Chumney. Ms. Chumney is a former member of the Memphis City Council and a former member of the Tennessee Legislature. She was also a top contender as a candidate for Memphis Mayor. Ms Chumney will share her personal insights on how these legislative bodies function in the day to day and answer your questions and give advice on how your advocacy efforts can be most effective. We are excited and grateful that Ms. Chumney has agreed to join us and feel strongly that this workshop will be of great value to various local organizing efforts. Be sure not to miss this!

Alliance Workshop with Carol Chumney-

Date & Time-Tuesday-March 22ndt at 6pm

Location- Offices of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center

1000 S. Cooper First Congo Church **

**Please come to the rear parking lot to the set of red double doors by the playground., next to the sign marked Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.