Celebrate WOMEN of all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds on International Women’s Day, this Friday March 8 at at The Parthenon in Nashville and all over the world! Food, music, vendors and networking, special guest speakers including local Kung Fu Master Liz Fitzgerald who will lead us in an ASSERT Self Defense Demonstration!
One thing we might all agree upon is the universal human need to be seen, heard and understood. ARTivism, the convergence of arts and activism, is where we center ourselves, expressed by a vibrant millennial vision rooted in basic democratic principles. Art is a powerful communicator, compelling compassionate action, healing division and building community.
The clock is ticking for the 2020 elections. Take action to ensure that every citizen can vote and that every vote is counted.
▢ Action 1: Advocate for bipartisan cooperation and voting rights. [h/t Brookings]
Call: Your one House rep (look up).
Nashville is a city of stories, often misrepresented and misunderstood. What is the real history of Music City? There are many ways to look for answers, but one we especially love is United Street Tours, because you can literally walk through the past. This weekend they’re running the Civil Rights Movement Tour and you can book a time on Facebook or on unitedstreetours.com
In the words of Bob Marley: If you know your history, then you would know where you’re coming from.
Roll call! 2019 is in full motion and with it, the legislative season. We wanna hear your greatest hopes and dreams for our country this year (and your own resolutions too ;)! Tweet us @briteheartnow or find us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you don’t quite know where to begin, try these steps from Americans of Conscience — making it easy as 1-2-3.
Make it a Day ON, Not a Day Off! There are many ways you can participate in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. You can join a project already planned in your community; you can develop your own project with family, friends, and neighbors; or if you work for an organization that mobilizes volunteers, you can make King Day the day you train new volunteers to be deployed throughout the year.
Folks have been asking us what’s going on with Women’s March and unlike last year, we are not an official sponsor, but we support the Unity Principles of the Women’s March movement and hope to see a beautiful crowd of civic engagers rise up across the nation this January 19.
What are we marching for?
On Monday, January 7 Governor Bill Haslam granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown.
“Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” Mr. Haslam, a Republican, said. “Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms.
We’re stoked to join Nashville Story Garden for an evening of artivism January 17th at The Cordelle. Don’t miss this pop-up original short play festival where the writers have three conditions that must be included in their play: 1. The main character must be a woman. 2. It must include the line, “The other one didn’t make so much noise”.
In 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to give a life sentence without the possibility of parole to a juvenile, but each state has its own laws. Tennessee has some of the strictest juvenile justice laws in the nation, evident today in the case Cyntoia Brown, a 30 year old sex trafficking victim who is in the fifteenth year of a 51 year sentence before chance of parole.
What better way to bring 2018 to a close than with a big blast of gratitude? It’s easy, affordable, calorie-free and guaranteed to get you going even after the biggest Christmas feast (or Boxing Day hangover)!
Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail.
Thank Sens Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for longstanding pursuit of reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.