Thursday, February 24, 2011

CALL 2 ACTION: March 1

H.O.P.E. Mobilization @ City Council (Mid-South Peace & Justice Center)
Tuesday, March 1: 3:30 - 6:30pm

City Council Chambers
125 North Main Street
Memphis, TN

From the event page:

For the past year MSPJC has been working with the policy and planning committee for the MAYORS’ Plan to End Homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County. At the core of all of the policy and programs within is an embrace of HOUSING FIRST principles and models and a shift towards rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing for the unsheltered. This has been a entirely data driven process, identifying best practices from cities
... all over the country and customizing them for maximum positive effect here in Memphis.

You can download a full copy of the report here.

This is the single most significant series of reforms for area homeless in modern history…. but…without your help and support, it’s just pretty words on paper.

On Tuesday, March 1st the Memphis City Council will be formally presented with this plan for approval and we need each and every one of you to join us in council chambers as we raise our voices in support of these badly needed reforms. Funding for these reforms will require some local funding from Memphis and Shelby County government, to augment existing federal and foundation dollars to be a full success. It should be noted that we could accomplish all of the goals of this plan for less than one percent of the annual operating budget of the city. These reforms will also save City and County tax dollars via decreased emergency medical cost to the MED, decreased calls to Memphis Fire and Police services and fewer 911 emergency calls in extreme weather, all of which accounts for tens of millions of dollars in government spending every year. Funding this plan is not simply the moral thing to do but it’s also in all of our long-term fiscal best interests as a community. Join us as we mobilize to support real positive change here in Memphis.

Please read the event page to find out more on why you can't miss this City Council meeting or contact Brad at the MSPJC:


Advancing Equality Day on the Hill (Tennessee Equality Project)
Tuesday, March 1: 8:00am - 3:30pm

Rhymer Gallery then together to Legislative Plaza
233 5th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37219-1901
Nashville, TN

From the event page:

We’re just over a week away from Advancing Equality Day on the Hill in Nashville on Tuesday, March 1. Tennessee Equality Project is already tracking bills like the “Don’t Say Gay in School” bill, a Birth Certificate bill, and a gender identity-inclusive hate crimes bill which are of great interest to the LGBT community.

If you haven't please your State Senator and Representative to request an appointment on March 1. Find contact ...information here: Be sure to schedule one appointment for you and others who reside in your legislative district. Share your appointment time with your County Chair if you have one.

After you've scheduled your appointment with your State Representative and Senator, share your meeting information with Tennessee Equality Project at Contact Michelle at if you have questions.

Please read the event page for detailed information on how to participate in this very well-organized lobby day for LGBTQ rights in Tennessee!

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