Monday, May 23, 2011

Neighborhood Alliance-Organizer training and workshop-Tuesday May 24th-Guest speaker Deidre Malone

[The Neighborhood Alliance]

We know that you are working hard to ensure that your neighborhoods are healthy, thriving communities...but you don't have to do it alone.
Join the Neighborhood Alliance to work with others to advocate, organize, and promote legislation and policies to improve the quality of life in all of our neighborhoods.

Working as a team we can make a difference!

[MAY Meetings]

Organizing Your Community Workshop

Tuesday, May 24th at 6pm-8pm

Workshop Topic: House parties and Member recruitment-Learn how to use house party events to build up your membership for your community organizing efforts.

Guest Speaker: Former County Commissioner Deidre Malone will share insights on how your County Commission functions in the day to day as well as share her advice on how neighborhood and community activists can be most effective in lobbying their elected officials. She will also offer advice for candidates seeking office.

*Open to the Public-Light refreshments served

Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Offices • 1000 South Cooper • North side rear entrance of First Congo • Look for MSPJC sign next to bright red doors.


Contact Brad Watkins at or 901-725-4990

Friday, May 06, 2011

Three simple ways to help end homelessness

My name is Brad Watkins and I am the Organizing Coordinator for the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. We really need your help. Will you to join us in calling on our elected officials in asking for adequate funding for the Mayor's Plan to End Homelessness.

The Mayors' Plan to End Homelessness is the single most significant series of local reforms in modern history….but…without your help and support, it’s just pretty words on paper. You can read it for yourself here.MAYORS' PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS

In the coming weeks both Mayors will go before the City Council and County Commission to present their funding requests for the plan and the needs of our brothers and sisters are great. So we need you to remind our leaders of just how important funding of this plan truly is.

Just take a look at a few recent headlines:

* Joblessness rate increases ranks of Memphis homeless by 20%
* 26 families left homeless after fire at Memphis apartment complex
* Homelessness haunts US tornado victims

* Man Critically Burned in Vacant Memphis House Fire

ANYONE CAN BECOME HOMELESS AT ANYTIME....and as flooding concerns fill emergency shelters we must be mindful that our problems and challenges are all connected.

Please call Mayors AC Wharton at 901.576.6000, and Mark Luttrell 901.545.5000 and urge them to keep their campaign promises and to support significant funding for the plan to end homelessness.

Two calls could make an enormous difference in the lives of those living on the street. Thank you and please urge your friends to do the same, every call matters.


H.O.P.E. Campaign Organizing Meeting :: Monday May 9th at 7pm

There will be a campaign organizing meeting on Monday, May 9th at 7pm at the offices of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.(map) At this event we will discuss how we will push this issue out into our communities in order to rally community support for this plan and how you can be involved. If you are interested in becoming involved in this campaign please attend.
For any questions pertaining to any of these events please contact Brad Watkins, Organizing Coordinator for H.O.P.E. at 901-725-4990 or by email at

Phone banking for H.O.P.E. :: Starting Wednesday May 4th
Volunteers needed!!

We are also seeking volunteers for our phone banking drive, where we will begin to call most likely voters across the city to place calls of support of funding this plan to end homelessness to their elected officials. These calls will be made from the offices of MSPJC starting on Weds, May 4th from 6:30pm-8:30pm and will continue every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the city and county budget process.
It is crucial to understand that the City of Memphis and Shelby County currently contribute $0 (zero dollars) to homeless services in Memphis. That is if you don't count the money spent on medical care at The Med, MPD and Sheriff man hours spent "policing" this population, jail costs spent locking the homeless up, fire costs associated with fires in vacant houses that people are forced to turn to because we have no free shelter in Memphis. Full implementation of the Mayors' Plan to End Homelessness could put an end to these negative costs, but only if we invest in a positive future for those living on the streets of Memphis.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Brad Watkins, Organizing Coordinator for H.O.P.E. at 901-725-4990 or by email at

Brad Watkins

If you have any questions please contact me at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center at 901-725-4990