2021 Accountability Partners

For SURJ Nashville, accountability means having active relationships with and taking direction from people-of-color-led (POC) organizations. The goal of SURJ Nashville is not to produce good members of SURJ, but to train white people to engage well in multi-racial organizing spaces and handle our own learning in a way that does not further burden POC.Continue reading “2021 Accountability Partners”

Say NO to License Plate Readers in Nashville (Again!)

Metro Council voted overwhelmingly in 2017 to prevent the use of fixed License Plate Readers across Nashville. Since then, the MNPD budget has increased year over year, despite unprecedented calls to reallocate money to education, housing, and alternatives to punitive policing. Now, FOP-backed council members are attempting to use a thin promise of increased safety to overturnContinue reading “Say NO to License Plate Readers in Nashville (Again!)”

Mayor Barry welcomes white supremacy to Nashville

Peeking through the opulent greenery of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, a banner has been hung over a railing. It reads “‘God Bless Jeff Sessions’ -David Duke”. Photo by Kyle Lincoln. On Tuesday Morning, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry introduced Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Fraternal Order of Police’s bi-annual national convention. While theContinue reading “Mayor Barry welcomes white supremacy to Nashville”

Fighting 2017 Blue Lives Matter Legislation in TN

As some of you may know, Tennessee lawmakers made clear last summer in July 2016 their intention to pass a number of bills that they are labeling “Blue Lives Matter” bills. They have chosen this label intentionally. #BlueLivesMatter became a hashtag and slogan for those supporting the police against #BlackLivesMatter activists and those demanding racial justiceContinue reading “Fighting 2017 Blue Lives Matter Legislation in TN”

An Open Letter to Nashville Vice Mayor Briley about the #JusticeforJocques Demands

Dear Vice Mayor Briley, Many of us were in attendance at Tuesday night’s Metro Council meeting. We participated in the action in support of Black Lives Matter Nashville, Gideon’s Army, the #JusticeForJocques Coalition, and the family of Jocques Scott Clemmons. We appreciate your willingness to attend to the demands presented. We stand with the #JusticeForJocquesContinue reading “An Open Letter to Nashville Vice Mayor Briley about the #JusticeforJocques Demands”

Where Do We Go From Here? – November 17, 2016 @ Cannery Ballroom

Where Do We Go From Here? – November 17, 2016 @ Cannery Ballroom https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsurjnashville%2Fvideos%2F1009712155823957%2F&show_text=0&width=560 On November 8, 2016 Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, with 58% of all white voters voting for him. To make matters worse, the white supremacist right has also filled Congress. If we want to have any hopeContinue reading “Where Do We Go From Here? – November 17, 2016 @ Cannery Ballroom”

Stop the Further Militarization of Nashville’s Police

Mayor Megan Barry has proposed to spend $1 million on ballistics armor to protect Nashville Police from assault weapons. Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson referenced the Orlando nightclub massacre as one justification for increased armor, despite the fact that no police were harmed and, in fact, were likely responsible for some of the civilian deaths.Continue reading “Stop the Further Militarization of Nashville’s Police”

MLK State of the Dream Event

On Sunday, January 17th, the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville invited us to be one of several speakers at their MLK Day Celebration, focused on the State of the Dream. It was an inspirational afternoon with plenty of calls to action from social justice organizations working hard to build MLK’s dream of a justContinue reading “MLK State of the Dream Event”

October General Membership Meeting

On October 28, we had our second membership meeting at Edgehill United Methodist Church with over 70 people. At the meeting, we talked about how principled organizing to dismantle white supremacy begins with shared analysis of the problem – What is white supremacy? How do we talk about it? How does it operate? What upholdsContinue reading “October General Membership Meeting”