Today is Lobby Day at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Our members are in Nashville today to take the needs and concerns of our communities to their representatives. H.O.P.E. Organizer Jim Brown had this to say about why he is speaking out,
A peoples day on the hill is very important to me, it is a time when my voice can be heard. I get a chance to represent the people.
Will you join Jim? Today our members are going to Nashville by bus, phone and email! Will you take a moment to make a call or send an email? You can find your legislators here.
Hundreds of people from all over the state are converging in Nashville to call on our legislators to PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST!! WE will also join with dozens of ally organizations from across the state in the Rally for Living Wage Jobs, Public Schools and Our Democracy. The fact is that Governor Haslam and his conservative allies in the House and Senate have pursued a radical agenda instead of meeting the needs of Tennesseans throughout the state. So today, as our members travel to Nashville to register their discord, we ask you to join with them. Today is a people’s day on the hill and you can join the effort by phone or email. Please take a moment to call your legislators and ask them to PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST!!
We have compiled a Bill Guide to help you learn more about the threats and opportunity in Nashville this year. You can also find the contact information for your legislators here. Please take a moment to call your legislators today and ask them to PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST!!
Here are just a few of the bills that your representatives will vote on soon:
- HB927(Camper)/SB1124(Kyle): Dignity for All Students Act would prohibit discrminiation in schools based on exual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, and physical appearance.
- HB1388(Parkinson)/SB2360(Norris): Rape Kit Backlog bill would require timely processing of all new rape kit evidence and a plan to deal with the Rape Kit Backlog statewide.
- HB1992(Floyd)/SB1951(Gardenhire): Tuition Equality Bill would allow undocumented stuidents to recieve in-state tuition at public instititutions of higher learning.
- HB1519(DeBerry)/ SB1391(Tate): Would change the law so that women can be charged with assaultive offenses, which carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison, if they have pregnancy losses or give birth to babies with health problems thought to be due to any unlawful act, including, but not limited to, drug use.
Speak out to your legislators today! You can find more details on these bills and more by downloading the 2014 Bill Guide here.
Take a few minutes to make a difference today!