We’ve all been deeply impacted by the murder of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We want to hold space for those of us who are mourning, in pain, and want to be around others. Join us Friday night at 7pm at Public Square.
Here’s what we’re asking you to bring: -CDs -Candles (Lighters) -Signs/Poster -Bottled Water
Parking: you can find parking on the streets and in garages. We encourage folks to carpool if you can as it appears there will be a high turn out.
Savannah, TN Historic District: Yellow House by Brent Moore Via Flickr: The Savannah Historic District is a group of 17 homes that form together to become an entry on the National Register of Historic Places.
With the recent police murders of #PhilandoCastile, #AltonSterling, and#JerryWilliams, the Movement for Black Lives continues to rise. Across the country, people are in the streets demanding justice, demanding divestment from police, demanding investment in Black futures, and coming together to build the world we want NOW! #FreedomNOW!
In Chattanooga, there has been no justice for #JaVarioEagle, murder by police on December 12, 2015. There has been no justice for the dozens of young lives lost to the violence that arises from the oppression of our communities.
Mayor Andy Berke and City Council officials have made their priorities clear to the people of Chattanooga. They give millions of tax payer dollars to the rich and prioritize development and innovation in downtown while Black and working class communities are neglected and criminalized, then displaced and gentrified.
The People’s State of the City made clear demands of where the city should direct its funds. Instead City Council supported the administration’s budget that continues to invest drastically more in policing and criminalization than it does in the real needs of our communities . For example, the Westside Youth and Family Development Center will receive $58,000 in the 2017 budget, while the city plans to spend millions of dollars to create a real time intelligence center and purchase more technology to further surveil and criminalize Black people.
The People have voiced their concerns and proposed community-based solutions, but Mayor Berke blatantly ignores our cry for justice.
Join Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost, and Standing on the Side of Love #ReviveLove - an evening of political and spiritual sustenance for organizers and activists in Nashville. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with local leaders of Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Black Lives Matter, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and Scarritt Bennett Center for this event.
This is our second stop across the South where we have heard the immediate and urgent call for support and flanking of movement leaders. We are responding. We know that the South historically is under resourced in terms of movement building and faith-based organizing support.
Stay tuned here and by following #ReviveLove for more information as we finalize the event details.