• Social security
• Health care
• Issues facing retired people
Description: State office of the nation’s largest advocacy group for the interests of seniors and retired people.
ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS FOR REFORM NOW (ACORN)
• Economic justice
• Grassroots organizing
• Health care, housing, safety, jobs, schools.
Description: New to Nashville in the Fall of 2005 is a chapter of ACORN, the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families. Organizes on a broad range of issues of concern to low and moderate income people.
Contact: Gene Kelly, 414-8942, NashvilleACORN@comcast.net
AD-HOC FOR EQUITY
• Grassroots empowerment
Description: Small grassroots organization working for political and economic empowerment of traditionally marginalized people, publishes “The Real Deal” newsletter.
Contact: Kenneth Caine, 668-9156, email@example.com
AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL ALLIANCE
• African heritage
• Youth empowerment
Description: The Alliance develops projects and produces events including festivals, lectures, workshops and exhibits which focus on African heritage and the cultural contributions of African-Americans.
Contact: Kwame (Leo) Lillard, 299-0412, firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMPUS FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
• Homeless services
• Respite care
Description: Non-profit organization providing services to Nashville’s homeless population.
Teach a class or provide 1-on-1 support to homeless individuals around: GED, job training, art classes, legal rights and much, much more. Call to make an appointment for a volunteer training at the Campus.
Special Project: ROOM AT THE INN- Are you a congregation leader and want to get your congregation involved? Room at the Inn makes sure that folks on the street have a place to stay in the winter (your congregation!).
Contact: Mitzi Cerjan, 242-2514, email@example.com
• Immigrants Rights
• Cultural Competency
• Spanish language resources and services
Description: Works to help Hispanic families realize their aspirations for social and economic advancement by promoting their social, economic an civic integration into the Middle Tennessee community.
Contact: Maria Clara Mejia, 320-5152, firstname.lastname@example.org
FinD 18 (FAITH IN DEMOCRACY)
• Civic participation
• Voting rights
Description: seeks to re-direct America by inspiring 2.7 million non-voting Tennesseans to become engaged in the democratic process.
Contact: Jeff Wilson, 252-8230, Jeffwilson@hermitage.com
FOOD NOT BOMBS
• Saving wasted food
• Feeding the homeless
• Direct action
Description: Every Sunday at 2pm, Food Not Bombs rescues edible food that has been thrown away by grocery stores and uses it to prepare community meals for homeless people and the general public.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Come help cook in the morning, help serve at the Legislative Plaza, help clean up or ALL 3.
Contact: Santana Marcrum, 598-8976
GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE TO SAVE TENNCARE (GROC)
• Accessible health care
Description: GROC is a grassroots group of TennCare enrollees, people cut from TennCare, their friends, families and concerned citizens, working to reverse the TennCare cuts.
Natalie Nelson, 292-3618, email@example.com
, Dan Joranko, 430-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVING INCOME FOR VANDERBILT EMPLOYEES (LIVE)
• Living wage for lowest-paid Vanderbilt employees
Description: Works to create a better work environment at Vanderbilt, of mutual respect and equality within the Vanderbilt community, with the goal of a living wage as a central element to the campaign.
Contact: Liza Barley, 477-7453, email@example.com
MANNA / ALTERNATIVE CONNECTIONS
• Families-First advocacy
Description: MANNA fights hunger in Tennessee-sponsors 1,000,000 meals for children each year, connects people to food assistance, works with participants in benefit programs to promote changes. Alternative Connections is an organization that advocates for the rights of people on Families First (formerly AFDC)—made up of recipients and former recipients.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Educate former recipients to promote changes in thought patterns.
Christina Kretchik, 329-0022, firstname.lastname@example.org
, Valerie Martin, 244-2206, email@example.com
• Voting rights
• Health disparities
Description: The NAACP, our nation’s most prominent Civil Rights organization, continues to stand proudly on the foundation of a rich, historic tradition that dates back for more than nine decades.
, 329-0999, www.naacpnashvilletn.org
• Police brutality
• Solidarity with communities harassed by the police
Description: A small volunteer run collective that seeks to end police brutality by monitoring police interaction by videotaping interactions with police and community members on video camera and supporting victims of police brutality.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE (NCCJ)
• Cultural awareness
Description: Sponsors intensive youth programs to encourage dialogue about issues of race, ethnicity, difference, and social change.
Tommy Royston, 327.1755, firstname.lastname@example.org
(click on “regional offices” for Nashville)
• Iraq war
Description: Nashville’s foremost organization working to voice public opposition to the War in Iraq as well as other timely social justice issues.
Contact: Bill Harkey, 292-7008, email@example.com
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF MIDDLE & EAST TN
• Reproductive choice
• Accurate and accessible information and education on reproductive issues
Description: Reproductive health care services, plus educational programs and public policy advocacy.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Increase awareness through education of reproductive choices.
Contact: Jeanna Emert, 345-0952, firstname.lastname@example.org
RACE RELATIONS INSTITUTE AT FISK UNIVERSITY
• Cultural exchange
Description: works to improve race relations in the United States through strategic message dissemination, research and national dialogue.
Contact: Hazel Joyner-Smith, 329-8812, email@example.com
(click on “Race Relations Institute”)
STAND FOR CHILDREN
• Early childhood education
• School funding
Description: brings together people from all walks of life – parents, grandparents, people who work with children, and others who care about the next generation – in order to make children a top political priority.
Contact: Sarah Niebler, firstname.lastname@example.org
, 726 1414, www.stand.org/tn
TENNESSEE ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS (TAP)
• Budget reform
• Connecting issues
Description: a statewide coalition whose central purpose is the establishment of healthy families and communities throughout the State.
Contact: Nell Levin, 579 0451, email@example.com
TENNESSEE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE
• Domestic violence
• Survivor advocacy
Description: works toward the vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans through public policy, advocacy, education, and activities which increase the capacity of programs and communities to address violence.
Contact: 386-9406, firstname.lastname@example.org
TENNESSEE DISABILITY COALITION
• Home /community based care
• Advocacy for disabled people
Description: an alliance of organizations and individuals in Tennessee that have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Contact: Carol Westlake, email@example.com
, 383-9442, www.tndisability.org
TENNESSEE EQUALITY PROJECT
• GLBTQ rights
• Marriage equality
Description: Newly formed group working to promote and sustain the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the State of Tennessee through the establishment of fair and equitable laws protecting these rights and the elimination of laws that would seek to counter this effort.
Contact: Carl Webb, 664-6886, firstname.lastname@example.org
TENNESSEANS FOR FAIR TAXATION
• Tax fairness
Description: works to create a more fair and progressive tax structure that ensures adequate revenues for the benefit of all Tennesseans. TFT does workshop on Tennessee’s Tax Structure, how it works, how it doesn’t and how to create a JUST tax structure.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Support TFT’s work through office support, specifically, support for phone banking, mailings and newsletter.
Specials Project: During Election season TFT needs your help to help to public education, participate in legislative activities and to help develop more just tax reform.
Contact: Saul Eddy, 615-227-7584, www.yourtax.org
TENNESSEE HEALTH CARE CAMPAIGN
• Accessible health care
Description: As a not-for-profit organization, the Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC) monitors TennCare to understand the enrollment process, the package of benefits, and the process for filing medical and administrative grievances when necessary.
Contact: Tony Garr, 227-7500, email@example.com
, Michelle Polk, 227-7500, firstname.lastname@example.org
TENNESSEE INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER (IMC)
• Public media access
• Alternative / radical media
Description: Believing that the flow of free information cannot function if only the wealthy have access to the media, the TN IMC functions as a community forum for the voices and viewpoints generally ignored or misrepresented by the corporate media.
Contact: Chris Lugo, 593-0304, email@example.com
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION PROJECT
• Arts and activism
• Hunger and homelessness
Description: a loosely knit community of people striving to eliminate racial injustice, poverty and war. Also sponsors Community He(art) Beats, an arts activism project for youth.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Uses youth from at risk backgrounds to speak candidly about their experiences in order to communicate the issues to other communities.
Contact: Sean Siple, 352-3474, firstname.lastname@example.org
TYING NASHVILLE TOGETHER
• House-meeting based organizing
• Recent campaign was grocery store audits
Description: a broad-based citizens organization that consists of churches, synagogues, businesses, and neighborhood associations, where people of faith and power come together to improve our community.
Deirdra Reed, 327-2625, email@example.com
• Advocacy for pedestrian- and bike- friendly city planning
Description: works to increase the use of bicycling and walking in order to reduce traffic congestion, air and noise pollution, and improve the quality of life in Nashville.
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