North Carolina’s Forward Together movement with its Moral Mondays led by North Carolina NAACP has become well known around the country as a way of building a coalition of progressives to resist a socially and economically conservative state legislature.
What about Tennessee? There are stirrings of a movement inspired by Moral Mondays in Tennessee. “Put the People First” seems to be the battle cry. As the story at the link indicates, what we have so far in Tennessee isn’t quite what they have in North Carolina. It’s a beginning, though. Tennessee faces the challenges of being a wide state with many population centers that make it hard to gather the thousands that North Carolina has been able to marshal at the doors of its legislature.
Another difference seems to be the list of issues. North Carolina’s movement now includes the full range of progressive issues including reproductive freedom and LGBT issues. We are hopeful Tennessee’s movement includes all of these as well as immigration issues, etc. But movement building takes time.
How to learn more: Tennessee has a great opportunity to learn more about North Carolina’s movement on September 10 when Equality North Carolina’s executive director Chris Sgro visits Nashville. We hope you will join us at the event at 6:30 p.m. at OutCentral located at 1709 Church Street. You can RSVP here. We will also use the event to encourage participants to sign a card thanking Mayor Karl Dean for becoming the first mayor in Tennessee to sign Freedom to Marry’s pledge.
Become a sponsor: So far the event is cosponsored by OutCentral, Tennessee Young Democrats, and Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. We would welcome other organizations to cosponsor at no charge. If your organization would like to be listed, contact us at email@example.com .
Let’s see whether we can build an inclusive movement in Tennessee.