#BlackLivesMatter: A List of Community Resources

The “W” in WXNA stands for WE. WE stand with our Black community, now and always.

As folks near and far continue to protest the murder of George Floyd and call attention to patterns of systemic racism, we’d like to offer a list of local organizations and coalitions to connect with, donate to, and learn from:


Gideon’s Army

Their mission is to act collectively, boldly and strategically as a unified force for all children.
https://gideonsarmyunited.org
Twitter: @GideonsArmy615
Facebook: @gideonsarmyunited
Instagram: @gideonsarmyunited


Black Lives Matter Nashville

#BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.
http://blacklivesmatternashville.wordpress.com
Twitter: @BLM_Nashville
Facebook: @BlackLivesMatterNashville


Nashville Community Bail Fund

They free people from jail who are presumed innocent and can’t afford to pay their bail.
Nashvillebailfund.org
Twitter: @NashBailFund
Facebook: < a href="https://www.facebook.com/NashBailFund">@NashBailFund


Community Oversight Nashville

Community Oversight Now is a grassroots coalition that wrote, petitioned and campaigned Nashvillians FOR Amendment 1 to create Metro Nashville Community Oversight.
communityoversightnashville.wordpress.com
Twitter: @OversightNow


Metro Nashville Community Oversight

MNCO is an independent body to review cases of alleged Metro Nashville police misconduct. We exist to listen, be a voice & restore relationships.
Twitter: @MNCONashville


The Equity Alliance

The Equity Alliance proactively advocates for African Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream. They are a Nashville-based grassroots non-profit advocacy group that seeks to equip citizens with tools and strategies to engage in the civic process and empower them to take action on issues affecting their daily lives. They’ve created a list of 6 ways to be involved other than protesting, here.
theequityalliance.org
Twitter: @EquityAlliance1
Facebook: @theequityalliance
Instagram: @theequityalliance


Nashville People’s Budget project

Nashville needs a budget that reflects the needs and desires of our communities, one that builds “public safety” through public goods, not policing and jails. Read their report to learn how Mayor Cooper proposes to spend more of our money on the institutions that comprise the local criminal legal system – police, jails, and courts – than all of public health, social services, affordable housing, transit, infrastructure, libraries, parks, community centers, and rental and tax relief services combined.
https://nashvillepeoplesbudget.org
Facebook: nashvillepeoplesbudget
Instagram: @nashvillepeoplesbudget
Twitter: @nashpplsbudget


Metropolitan Minority Caucus

The Metro Minority Caucus is made up of African American and Latino council members who advocate on behalf of people of color who call Nashville home. On Monday, June 1st, the Metro Minority Caucus sent a letter to Mayor Cooper asking him to take action in 5 areas:

  1. Support of the Community Oversight Board and the accountability of MNPD.
  2. Ensure that a fair share of the federal funds for COVID-19 go directly into the black community.
  3. Designate funding for the purchase and full implementation of body cameras.
  4. Ensure that the recommendations from the Equal Business Opportunity legislation are implemented and more economic equity is seen in Metro contracts for black businesses.
  5. Hire a Chief Diversity Officer

They’re asking Nashvillians to write to Mayor Cooper in support of these actions.

Facebook: @metropolitanminoritycaucus


Donatemywage.org

Donate Your Wage For A Day.
On Tuesday, June 2nd the music business stopped. Black Out Tuesday was a day for members of the music community to focus on putting action towards ending racial injustice. Change requires funds to back efforts, so they invite you to join them in donating a day’s wage from Black Out Tuesday to organizations fighting racial injustice and anti-racism.
DonateMyWage.org


Use Of Force Project

Learn more about the recommendations of the Use of Force Project. In Nashville, that would include de-escalation, banning chokeholds and strangleholds, introducing a duty to intervene, and strengthened policies on shooting at moving vehicles. Adhering to these policies would save lives without risking public safety.
http://useofforceproject.org/


NAACP Nashville

Founded February 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s foremost, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization. More than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, leading grassroots campaigns for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.
https://www.naacpnashville.org/


Campaign Zero

Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
https://www.joincampaignzero.org/


NOAH

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) is a multi-racial, interdenominational, faith-led coalition composed of congregations, community organizations, and labor unions that work to give voice to traditionally marginalized people. NOAH engages ordinary people in the political and economic decisions affecting their lives, acting as a unified voice for the faith and justice community to act on its values in the public arena.
https://www.noahtn.org/


Good Black News

Good Black News was founded on March 18, 2010, via Facebook and is currently expanding to have a larger web presence. GBN is a labor of love, and our Founder/Editor-In-Chief (Lori Lakin Hutcherson) and staff are all unpaid volunteers. They believe in bringing you positive news and stories of interest about Black people all over the world. They truly hope you will help spread the word to build and grow their vision together.
https://goodblacknews.org/


Free Hearts

Free Hearts is an organization led by formerly incarcerated women that provides support, education, and advocacy to families impacted by incarceration, with the ultimate goals of reuniting families and keeping families together.
Facebook: @FreeHeartsOrg


The F.I.N.D. Design

The F.I.N.D. Design, or Families In Need of Direction, is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization serving the Middle Tennessee area. They provide group mentoring services that combine social-emotional development and life training with family engagement and community outreach to give girls aged 11-17 their best chance at success.
https://thefinddesign.org
Twitter: @TheFindDesgn
Instagram: @The_Find_Design
Facebook: @Thefinddesign


Women Of Color Collaborative

Conceptualized in 2015, Women of Color Collaborative is an intentional safe and restorative space for women of color to mitigate the impact of generational and societal trauma. The Collaborative is an incubator, providing culturally relevant and trauma-informed support for professionals across industries. As a community, they provide a reprieve from daily microaggressions and systemic discrimination.
workplaybuild.org
Facebook: @workplaybuild
Instagram: @workplaybuild


Stand Up Nashville

Stand Up Nashville is a coalition of community organizations and labor unions that represent the working people of Nashville who have seen our city transformed by development, but have not shared in the benefits of that growth. They believe that development and growth are an opportunity to invest and strengthen our local communities.
standupnashville.org
Facebook: @StandUpNashville
Instagram: @StandUpNashville
Twitter: @StandUpNash

National Poetry Month on WXNA

Dear WXNA listeners,

How are you doing? We hope you’re well. It may not have even occurred to some of you that it’s April yet, and we completely understand. It’s difficult to identify time as a relevant measurement at all these days, but we’re here to remind you: April is National Poetry Month! All month long—you still have three weeks left to celebrate! Perhaps poetry can be a comfort to you in such a surreal time—what better art form to mirror that?

Here are some ways you can engage with poetry this month:

And, most importantly—don’t forget to take some time to pause in stillness or listen to your radio or the birds singing their poetry month poems for you. Please, take care!

Love,
WXNA

Disaster Relief Resources for You

Our community’s response to the March 3 tornado has once again demonstrated what it means to be #NashvilleStrong. The work continues.

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Photo Credit: Mobe Oner. Mural painted and designed by Jason Galaz, Milton Chavez, and Mobe Oner. Located on the side of Boston Commons at Five Points in East Nashville.

Music-makers as Community Change-makers: Let’s Hear ‘Em Out

Shut downs, (democratic) socialists, and supreme court battles, oh my.

It’s April 2019, and we’re still here, somehow, some way, with our new(ish) Congress ushering in all sorts of new stories, drama and eventually — fingers crossed! — new laws to debate, celebrate or mourn. You don’t have to be fan club president for a famously ripped-and-dissenting octogenarian, nor a click-baiter’s MAGA dream, to be an informed and politically engaged American these days. The info (and infotainment) is all around us, downright inescapable unless you unplug all media but your FM radio with the dial set to 101.5. (We WXNA volunteer DJs approve of that path, for the record.) But even then, Twitter app deleted, cable news shunned, you might tune to a show on the X — yours truly with “What Moves You” Wednesday mornings, perhaps, or Laurel’s “All About Nashville” midday Friday — and stumble upon an interview with someone who makes music, and also chooses to make statements about that which influences life and music. For many, arts and activism (<< the name of a former WXNA interview show, incidentally, big ups to Ariel!) are not mutually exclusive pursuits, and I, for one, am grateful for the blending.

Obviously, art has forever accompanied and in many cases helped to power political and cultural movements. (I love this collection of important works in the Civil Rights era from nonprofit Teach Rock.) But midterm elections aren’t sexy — it’s far too easy to generate a weary “meh” about down-ballot races, disconnecting oneself from policies that actually impact the day-to-day (hello, Nashville transit referendum). It’s in fervor for or against executive candidates that we usually see the artists and other pop culture influencers out flexing their sway over us commoners (see: Rock Against Bush, this Millennial’s first memory of real-time music made and marketed in protest, plus countless others).

But the year 2018 was a surprisingly major one for political activism, locally, nationally, globally, and musicians were both participants and soundtrack providers in the democracy we made. Speaking as a community-loving freeform DJ, but also a superfan of civic engagement and voting rights, I’ve never seen such galvanized support from the music community to make changes in our country, and at the neighborhood level, too.

Early last year, I interviewed local soul-rock bombshell Alanna Quinn-Broadus of Alanna Royale the week of the second Women’s March. Additional “What Moves You” interviewees, Nashville-based artists Will Hoge and Ron Pope, respectively hosted spring and summer “& Friends” benefits for nonpartisan nonprofit HeadCount, for which I moonlight as a Team Leader registering voters at concerts. Come September, my show guest Kyshona Armstrong was pairing up with Nicki Bluhm to celebrate “rowdy women” at the book release of local author Sarah Hays Coomer. In that same month, an embarrassment of riches put me in a room chatting with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, a duo historically vocal about and involved in many human rights and environmental causes, before both Amy and Emily Saliers played a National Voter Registration Day concert at City Winery alongside an impressive slate of singer songwriters. Sheryl Crow, Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell, Billy Ray Cyrus and Brit songstress Lucie Silvas, among others, played a free, Saturday morning “Party to the Polls” event that culminated in a march from Ascend Amphitheater to Howard Office Building to early vote.

With even more national relevance and resonance, Jason Isbell’s August performance at Marathon Music Works in support of 2018 Senate candidate and former TN Governor Phil Bredesen drew the ire of GOP leaders and voters who just want their Americana uncluttered with/unfettered by their politics, thankyouverymuch . Down in Texas, Willie rallied for then-Senate and now-Presidential hopeful Beto and hordes of fans were shocked and appalled by Nelson’s affiliation with the progressive young candidate, despite decades of overt activism for left-leaning priorities. And then, who could forget previously mum (or at least middle-of-the-road) Tay-Tay’s extraordinary impact on last-minute registrations in the Volunteer State by Istagramming her support for Dems in early October? WHOA.

I’ve volunteered for more than a decade with HeadCount, founded on the very premise that live music fans can and should all be participants in their democracy, so let’s meet them where they are (music venues) and make that first step (registering to vote) convenient and fun. It never ceases to amaze or delight me the difference made in our engagement with fans when the (wo)man with the mic casually nudges the captive audience to “check out the HeadCount table in the lobby” or “register to vote if you haven’t already, it’s too important.” Roots-rock darling Michael Franti made such a call to action from stage in the summer of 2008, remembers my husband and co-Team Leader, spurring an immediate and steady stream of potential voters to turn their heads to the top of the amphitheater lawn, and make their ways to complete an official voter registration form in an exciting if not eerie Walking Dead effect.

Save the “sheeple” jabs: if artists recognize their influence and choose to use it beyond music, we should appreciate and celebrate this conscious choice to not just “shut up and sing,” as the anti-war Dixie Chicks were advised nearly 16 years ago . Maybe music is your escape from the madness, and I can certainly appreciate its life-giving powers as divorced from any other belief system, including our hyper-divisive American politics. But I’ll continue to dig into what moves artists to create their work, and to — as our fellow (concerned) citizens, real people seizing their status for good — advocate while amplified.

DJ Celia
What Moves You
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

Photo credit: Romel Sanchez, Flickr