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BLM Nashville to Hire Organizers & Rent Organizing Space

Organized by: Black Lives Matter Nashville

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January, what a month! Thank you! Let's do it again in February!
February 01, 2017

This month, Black Lives Matter Nashville started our first large scale fundraiser. We’re so grateful to those who have already donated and See More

THE STORY:

Since 2014, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Nashville chapter has challenged the city of Nashville to tell the truth about the gross inequities that plague our city. Through mass demonstrations and popular education, we’ve highlighted the fact that Nashville is not unlike other cities around the country where anti-blackness is imbedded in racist institutions and policies. Indeed at any time the “It City” has the potential to become the next Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Cleveland or any of the other cities who have experienced uprisings because of state violence against black folks.

Through our work, BLM Nashville has developed an analysis of the city that directly names the ways in which the city continues to violate the dignity of black life. From the beginning, we’ve demanded that Nashville immediately end Operation Safer Streets (OSS), a federally-funded stop-and-frisk program started by Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) that intentionally and specifically targets communities of color. Through OSS, MNPD has done nothing more than occupy predominantly black and brown neighborhoods by submitting them to random stops that rarely yield any criminal activity. This does not make our communities safer. And if the story of Sandra Bland or Philando Castille teaches us anything, it’s that stops with the police are dangerous for black folks. Moreover, BLM Nashville partnered with Gideon’s Army to release the Driving While Black in Nashville Report that further highlights the disproportionate rate that black folks are being stopped in Nashville.

The work is not yet done and the movement continues. BLM Nashville will be working hard this year towards our long term campaign of abolition. We’ve broken our campaign down into steps, starting with the complete defunding and ending of OSS. This matter is of utmost importance to keep our people out of cages, out of the court system, and to protect them from black tax. Our campaign also aims to restructure the local city budget where we will compel our local government to divest from spending that harms our communities (millions of dollars towards militarization and police) and to invest in spending that funds black futures (education, housing, access to healthcare, public transportation, etc). We also recognize the importance of political education and creating safe spaces for black people to organize.

In order to do this, BLM Nashville is asking for your help. For the last two years, we have bounced around from location to location leaning on the generosity of those who have space to organize ourselves and hold meetings, workshops, and teachings. Moreover, we’ve operated on little resources forcing us to cover most operating expenses out of our own pockets (food, materials, travel, etc). In addition, many of us work full time to cover our own living expenses and still commit to working full time (as much as we can- on a volunteer basis) for BLM. We are looking to hire two full-time organizers to help carry the load with the hope of providing a living-wage salary. We have a great team of hardworking people who care very deeply about this work. And we are at the point where the work requires more of us than we have to give so we need your help. Your donations will go towards hiring two full time staff members, renting a shared organizing space (shared with other local grassroots organizations), food, and materials/resources for popular/political education workshops and mass demonstrations.

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To This Fundraiser

$14,825

 

15% Raised of $100,000 Goal

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  • Kate Pritchard

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Ellen Brackin Sevits

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Mary Linda & Mark

     

  • John Hall

     

  • Marie Robbins

    $25

  • Lauren Davis

    $15

  • Anonymous

     

  • jyoti gupta

     

  • QDP Nashville

    $766

  • Emily Masters

     

  • Alexandra Axel

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Peter Scanlan

    $25

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  • Erika & Billy Senese

    $100

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  • Wendy Marin

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Sirajah Raheem

    $15

  • Jim Wohlgemuth

    $10

  • Kelly Kessler

    $25

  • Radical Dreams, Inc.

    $100

  • Alexandra Tacea

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Micky Jones

    $100

  • Rachel Williams

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • John Koch

    $10

  • Andrea

     

  • Kathy MacLachlan

    $100

  • Dixon Irene

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Hannah Seage

    $10

  • Kathryn McCanless

    $20

  • RuthAnn Dillon

     

  • Brandon Byrd

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $20

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    $20

  • Bridget R Sipek

    $20

  • Mary Jones

    $50

  • Elizabeth Heffington

    $20

  • Danny Pratt

     

  • Jonathan Sutton

    $25

  • Mariela Rich

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Dixon Irene

    $59

  • Neely Baugh

    $50

  • Radical Dreams, Inc.

    $100

  • Andy

    $40

  • SURJ Nashville

    $100

  • Jasmine Miller

    $15

  • Sarah Calise

    $25

  • Brooke McFarland

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Maureen Comella

     

  • Ashley

    $50

  • Paul Richard Cook

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Chauncey Saurus

    $100

  • Michelle Pham

    $25

  • Eizabeth Bauer

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Bobbi Negrón & Jack Willey

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Emily Mimms

    $25

  • Heather Lose

    $50

  • Elvis Modelo

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Megan Seling

     

  • HR

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • John & Kelli Turner

    $50

  • The Valentines

    $50

  • Leslie Duncan

     

  • Anonymous

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  • April Eubank

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Dixie Rose

    $25

  • Heather Lefkowitz

     

  • Elizabeth TeSelle

    $25

  • Tony Youngblood

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Erin Kice

    $25

  • Rose Marie Pink

    $100

  • Andrew Moore

    $100

  • Sue/Tomeka

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • L onnie Frey

    $100

  • Annie Austin

    $50

  • Peg Dawson Harrington

     

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Donor Comments

Peg Dawson Harrington

Peg Dawson Harrington

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Annie Austin

Annie Austin

DONATION: $50

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L onnie Frey

L onnie Frey

DONATION: $100

In honor of James Lawson 1 day ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

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Sue/Tomeka

Sue/Tomeka

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Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore

DONATION: $100

Solidarity from a local white socialist. Workers of the world, unite! 2 days ago

Rose Marie Pink

Rose Marie Pink

DONATION: $100

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Erin Kice

Erin Kice

DONATION: $25

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Tony Youngblood

DONATION: $25

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