Compass 2015 Conference - Feb. 6-7, 2015
Compass 2015 was a great success this year as over 100 organizers, community leaders and activists gathered in Nashville over two days the first weekend in February. There was good representation from Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville and other parts of the state.
Ash-Lee Henderson was the keynote facilitator. She presented on the Peoples Assembly process, which are community gatherings designed for groups to develop collective political agreements and positions. Commitments were made to hold several of these assemblies in local communities across the state.
Rather than having conventional speakers, this year’s Compass Conference focused on building collaborative relationships both in the initial planning process and throughout the two days. This approach came out of a collaboration formed after the Nashville Poverty Pilgrimage. Leaders from the Pilgrimage and the Nashville Peace and Justice Center came together with TAP to host the Nashville Leadership Training Institute last January. We built on this collaboration in developing Compass. DJ Hudson, provided exceptional leadership to both efforts.
The Friday session at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church was focused on facilitated discussions to share knowledge and experience in areas like building shared vocabularies, "active solidarity," funding the movement in Tennessee, language equity, coalition building and base building, and communication strategies.
The Saturday session at Eastwood Christian Church included workshops in “Healing Justice,” "Imbalances in Power and Privilege,” "Intersection of Climate Change and Environmental Justice,” “Stepping Stones for Alternative Economics and Authentic Democracy,” and “Stencil Making for the Art of Protest.”
We would like to thank our sponsors Cumberland Greens, Faith Matters, Jobs with Justice, Nashville Food Project, Nashville Peace and Justice Center, Project South, SEIU Local 205, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, UAW Local 737, and Workers Dignity. We would also like to thank the Resist Foundation for grant support for Compass 2015. A series of Compass photos are below.
"Displacement Blues" Music Video Release Party, Feb. 28
Tim Carroll and Darrin Bradbury at Release Party
Here's a link to the Displacement Blues video on You Tube.
Benefited TAP's Affordable Housing Neighborhood Project
Video supported by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission THRIVE Fund
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on our Project.
TAP Holiday Party and Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 13
Good food and wine, colorful climate issue presentation by board member Ita Mason,
Co-directors Dan Joranko and Nell Levin outlined TAP's activities for 2015,
board member Leslie Boone talked about gentrification, Chair
Jackie Sims outlined Compass 2015 Conference plans and Secretary/Treasurer
Gene TeSelle presented 2015 budget. Fine new slate of board members were elected. All in all a productive and fun gathering.
If you missed the party, please make a year-end donation to support TAP's work by sending a check to TAP, PO Box 60338, Nashville 37206 or click on Donate to TAP to your right.
TAP House Party Celebrating The Next Generation!
Sat. Oct. 11, 7 to 11 pm
Home of Nell Levin & Michael August
1611 Forrest, East Nashville 37206
DJ Hudson - Speaker, Grace Adele - Music
Food, wine & beer. Post Party Hang & Jam.
TAP is excited to be working with a new generation of organizers around the state to put together our CompassTN 2015 Conference on January 30-31, 2015. DJ Hudson. co-chair of the Conference, will be our speaker at the Party. She is a dynamite organizer and the recipient of the 2014 TAP Young Leader Award. Themes of CompassTN Conference will include emerging strategies in organizing, collaboration and coalition building, the new economy, and healing justice.
DJ Hudson and former TAP Board Chair Mark Burnett at 2014 Long Haul Celebration
At the Party, we will also give an update on TAP's ground breaking work on gentrification and affordable housing.
Music by Grace Adele. "Imagine a blend of Nashville and Vaudeville, Music City with Radio City, and you get the charming Grace Adele. Grace sets her stage with traditional American roots drawn from classical country, western swing, bluegrass, folk and contemporary indie rock. Her husband, the talented and equally charming Keenan Wade, will be joining her." www.graceadelemusic.com
If you can't make the Party, please make a donation to support the important work TAP is doing by clicking on our DONATE button to the right. Thanks!
Envision District 5 Meeting on September 20
Mike Hodge talks about neighborhood revitalization
Envision District 5 Meeting on Sept. 20 was an excellent meeting. Good turnout, informative speakers including Mike Hodge of Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), Cindy Wood of Metro Planning Department, Dr. Jim Fraser of Vandberbilt plus District 5 Councilman Scott Davis. Topics included planning, affordable housing and gentrification/revitalization. TAP is helping District 5 move forward with a visioning and long-term strategy planning process. For more info or to get involved, contact email@example.com. More photos below.
Here is a link to videos of the speakers and the Q&A and discussion. Please take a look. https://www.youtube.com/user/TennesseeForward
Envision District 5 meeting
Cindy Wood of Metro Planning Department
Nell Levin and Jackie Sims of TAP
District 5 Councilman Scott Davis
Dr. Jim Fraser of Peabody/Vanderbilt
East Nashville District 5 Visioning Project
TAP is working to bring together neighborhood leaders to have an open, inclusive, diverse and respectful conversation about the changes sweeping through this historically black, low to moderate income neighborhood. TAP’s ultimate goal is to help facilitate a long-term community visioning process that will bring together neighborhood stakeholders to create a vision and a strategy plan for the future of the district. We hope this Project can be a model for other neighborhoods in transition in Nashville and around the state of Tennessee. For more info contact Nell at 615-579-0451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOAH Issue Convention
Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) held its Issue Convention on August 10th, attend by around 300 people. After a democratic vote by member organizations, the collective group decided that the top three issue NOAH will be focusing on in the coming year are Jobs/Workers Rights, Affordable Housing/Gentrification, and Criminal Justice/Mass Incarceration. All very worthy issues. NOAH is gearing up for the 2015 Nashville Mayoral Election. TAP is on the Executive Committee for NOAH, which now has 35 faith, labor and community groups as members.
TAP is especially happy that Affordable Housing was chosen because of the work we are doing with District 5 residents around this issue. See more information on our District 5 Project below.
John Seigenthaler, 1927-2014. A Nashville Treasure. We will miss him.
Here is the speech that John gave at TAP's 2012 Long Haul Awards Celebration.
2014 Long Haul Awards Celebration
Long Haul Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings
TAP's Long Haul Awards Celebration on May 15, 2014 at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Nashville was awesome! Fabulous evening of music, speechifying, great food and wine, fun Silent Auction and the uplifting awards presentations to all of our hard working awardees, listed below.
Here is a link to a YouTube video of the entire evening. Links to Lifetime Achievement Awardees follow. Link to the speeches by Drs. Charles Kimbrough and Blondell Strong Kimbrough. Link to the speech by Stewart Clifton. Link to speech by Jane Hussain. Link to the speech by June Rostan.
Awardees Lauren Plummer and Ingrid McIntyre and MC Lindsey Krinks
Michael August and Lifetime Achievement Awardee Jane Hussain
Justin Jones and Lifetime Achievement Awardee Dr. Charles Kimbrough
Sekou Franklin and Young Leader Awardee Brenda Perez
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings, first woman President of Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship
Music: Grammy Awarding Winning Songwriter/Playwright Marcus Hummon
Gourmet Dinner: The Silver Chafer Catering
Wine: Awarding Winning California Wine from LeVin Cellars Estate Winery
2014 TAP Long Haul Awardees
Sheryl Allen - United Campus Workers & NAACP, Nashville
Scott Banbury - Sierra Club, Memphis
Bleu Copas - Tennessee Equality Project, Knoxville
Alex Friedman - Human Rights Defense Center, Nashville
Ingrid McIntyre - Open Table, Nashville
2014 TAP Lifetime Achievement Long Haul Awardees
Stewart Clifton, TN Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters, Nashville
Jane Hussain, Nashville Peace and Justice Center, Nashville
Dr. Charles Kimbrough & Blondell Strong Kimbrough, NAACP, Nashville
June Rostan, AFL-CIO, Greenback, TN
2014 TAP Young Leader Awardees
Tristan Call, Workers Dignity, Our Vanderbilt, Nashville
Darria "D.J." Hudson, Urban EpiCenter/Pilgrimage Group/Nashville Organizing Institute, Nashville
Brenda Perez, Workers Dignity, Nashville
Lauren Plummer, Open Table, Nashville
Charles White, Sierra Club, Jackson, TN
TAP Executive Director Nell Levin and TAP Board Member Susan Shann with Van Jones
Members of the Tennessee Green Jobs Network and the Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville/Davidson County met face to face on January 15 with Van Jones, author of The Green-Collar Economy and former White House "green jobs czar. Here is a video statement from Van about the work of the Network.
Connecting Low-Income Youth to Green Jobs
A report has just been released by the Corps Network on connecting low-income youth to the growing green jobs economy. You can access it by clicking here