The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center has once again had an amazing year working in and with the Mid-South community through our program areas of G.O.T. Power (Grassroots Organizing Training for Power), H.O.P.E. (Homeless Organizing of Power & Equality), M.B.R.U. (The Memphis Bus Riders Union), The Renter’s Rights Project, and Memphis United. All of the work we were able to complete in 2016 could not be done without our amazing members and donors.
Quick Highlights from 2016:
- G.O.T. Power offered a total of four workshops addressing privilege and oppression to
doulas, college students, and the public at large.
- H.O.P.E. published and distributed copies of the updated version of the Memphis
Homeless Survival Guide, the city’s first user-friendly directory for all homeless
services. This guide is now in high demand from agencies that address
- M.B.R.U. successfully lobbied Mayor Strickland and Memphis City Council to add $7.5 million to MATA’s budget: $2.5 million for operations and $5 million for the purchase of new buses.
- The Renters Rights Project led an initiative that brought about a GMF investigation by HUD and its funding was revoked due to repeated violations and a failure to properly address them, and its bond rating was lowered twice by the Securities and Exchange Commission. They agreed to sell its Warren and Tulane properties, and over 300 families were relocated.
- Memphis United facilitated over 50 Know Your Rights Theatre workshops with close to 1,000
young people across the Memphis area.
We could not thank you enough for making our work in the community possible! If you would like to help sustain the efforts of the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center in 2017 you can Donate Now and/or Become a Memeber today.