TN People's Movement Assembly 2020
Gather and Grow Democracy from the Mississippi to the Mountains
Tennessee has a long social justice legacy - overcoming entrenched opposition, facing violence and repression, and carving out victories through deep relationships and strategic alliances that shift the culture of the state and region. From labor to civil rights to immigrant rights and beyond, Tennessee can teach the country a lot about what is possible. But we know we have a long way before every person in our state, and country, has access to the opportunities, health, education, safety, respect and dignity they deserve. And so we organize! Register here.
What? The TN People’s Movement Assembly is a gathering of organizers representing local groups, communities, and concerns from around the state who are committed to justice, democracy, and solidarity. We gather to know each other and support one another - to share stories, successes, challenges, strategies, skills and resources. We believe that these relationships will strengthen our movement, including our ability to make collective decisions and work together in ongoing ways that expand and leverage the power of our movement.
We are building on PMAs throughout the US and the globe, including the Southern Movement Assembly and previous PMAs in TN. This is a movement building strategy and ongoing process, not limited to one organization or stand alone event. Creating Democracy doesn’t own this, we hope to facilitate a process and structure that adds value to the critical organizing in this state. We need all of us, for all of us! Read more background here.
Why? All organizing is local, but we can’t change the world in a vacuum. We need each other - to sharpen our skills, to evolve our strategies, to act collectively with shared vision and the power to be reckoned with. In TN, there is powerful organizing by different communities who share many of the same challenges and opposition, but we don’t always get the chance to connect directly - rural, urban, Black, Latinx, Asian, white, indigenous, immigrant, LGBTQ+, working class, youth, elders, East, West, Middle.
The TN PMA is an invitation to learn from, make connections with, share proposals and collaborate across communities, regions, identities, issues, and organizations as local movement organizers. How could these connections build your work? How could these connections NOT build your work!
How? Register your group now and select 2-3 representatives to attend a PMA in 2020. These reps will be connected to a planning process, share your local group’s priorities, and serve as a link to the PMA before, during, and after the initial gatherings. Training will take place Jan - May to build skills to participate in the PMA and support your local group. Learn more and Register for our online organizing training series here.