Newsletter from Tennessee Citizen Action; July 10, 2012:
COURT UPHOLDS HEALTH CARE LAW: Highlights from Celebration Rally
On June 28 more than 100 Tennesseans gathered at Nashville General Hospital to celebrate the SCOTUS decision. The coalition of organizations leading the rally included: TN Health Care Campaign, TN Justice Center, TN Disability Coalition, Meharry Medical College, SEIU and Citizen Action.
“And so today we are so grateful for this ruling,” says Mary Mancini with TN Citizen Action.
By Michael Collins
“Thursday’s ruling means ‘relief and peace of mind for the people of TN who were already benefiting under the law and are now protected from the worst abuses of the insurance companies,’ said Mary Mancini, director of the pro-health reform group TN Citizen Action.”
Second-year medical student Italo Brown, a supporter of health-care reform, addresses the crowd at a rally.
The ACA already benefits more than 100 million people including thousands of seniors, small businesses, women and children in TN.
North Nashville Neighborhood Associations & Nashville Branch of NAACP Present:
Candidate Forum & Voter Education Event
Thursday, July 12
6:30 – 8:30 PM
2231 26th Avenue North, Nashville
Panel Guests: State Rep Brenda Gilmore; State House District 58: State Rep Mary Pruitt, Steve Turner, Harold Love, Jr.; School District: Ed Kindall, Sharon Gentry;
Criminal Court Clerk: Howard Gentry; Judge: Rachel Bell
Also, update on state voter ID law.
For more info: (615) 568-0955 or (615) 578-6510
Citizen Action Presents:
Photo ID to Vote
Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, July 24
6:00 – 8:00 PM
3701 James Kay Lane, Hermitage, TN (to be confirmed)
Go to tncaa.org for more info.
Disability Law & Advocacy Center of TN presents:
VOTE TN! Summer 2012 Conferences
Are voters with disabilities ready for the election?
Click here for more info on dates and cities.
TRAIN, NOT IN VAIN
We get asked these questions a lot:
- “What can we do to overcome the ginormous pots of money that corporations and their CEOs are infusing into our political process?” and
- “What can we do to overcome a photo ID to vote law* that can “stymie voters” ?”
There’s only one answer: Work to make sure that every Tennessean who wants to vote can vote. Register voters. Make sure they have a ride to the polls. Make sure they have the government ID necessary to vote. Become a Poll Watcher. Etc. etc. But we can’t stop there. If voter mobilization is the only goal of our voter mobilization work, in two years we will be once again starting from scratch.
Instead we must use our work to build a community with power that can hold our elected representatives accountable. It won’t be easy and it won’t be quick but Citizen Action is committed to it. And we are starting right now.
So with a nod to The Clash, on Saturday, July 21, we will hold the first of 4 different TRAINing modules that will help all of us to use our voter mobilization work to build power in our communities. These 4 trainings will be cycled through twice during the summer and will not be in vain! Please join our growing movement.
WHAT: Civic Engagement & Movement Building Training Part 1 – Voter Mobilization
This training will present concrete steps and actions that we can take to redefine the way we do civic engagement work so that we can start building long-term community power.
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
WHERE: Bordeaux Public Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, TN 37218 (MAP).
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Snacks will be provided.
Also, please send this to your lists if you think you have members who might be interested in attending.
There is also a Facebook event that you can share on your Facebooks.
*You know, the one where you have to present a government-issued photo ID to vote but it has to be a very specific government-issued ID.
CITIZEN ACTION CIVIC ENGAGEMENT TRAINING SCHEDULE
Dates and times of all our trainings are below. Please check our website, tncaa.org for confirmation of locations and other details.
Saturday, July 21 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Civic Engagement & Movement Building Part 1 – Voter Mobilization, Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville
Saturday, July 28 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Morning Session: Voter Registration Rules and Best Practices, Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville
Saturday, July 28 – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Afternoon Session: Photo ID to Vote – Rules & Best Practives, Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville
Saturday, Aug 4 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Civic Engagement & Movement Building Part 2 – Get Out the Vote & Election Protection, Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike
Saturday, Aug 11 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Civic Engagement & Movement Building Part 1 – Voter Mobilization, Hermitage (Location TBA)
Saturday, Aug 18 – 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Voter Registration Rules Best Practices – Hosted by the League of Women Voters Nashville, Goodwill Career Solutions Center, Room 118937 Herman Street, Nashville
Saturday, Aug 25 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Photo ID to Vote – Rules and Best Practices, Hermitage (Location TBA)
Saturday, Sept 8 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Civic Engagement & Movement Building Part 2 – Get Out the Vote & Election Protection, Hermitage (Location TBA)
There is now a calendar for all the civic engagement and potential civic engagement trainings, work & events at tnprogress.org. If you or your organization have something that you would like to post, email it to email@example.com.
CITIZEN ACTION IN THE NEWS
( Nashville Ledger)
“You have to look at the flip side,” says Mary Mancini, of TN Citizen Action, a nonprofit public interest and consumer rights organization. “It’s always good to encourage business. But there has to be a way to do that that is not at the expense of working people.”