We’re #4! We’re #4!
According to subscribers and staff of the Associated Press Tennessee, the 4th top story of 2012 was the state’s implementation of election changes, including requiring government-issued photo identification to vote.
In 2012, Tennessee Citizen Action was on top of #4, shining a much-needed spotlight on the far-right’s assault on voting rights in Tennessee. But that’s not all. United around election protection and other pressing issues of the day, Tennessee Citizen Action made great strides in organizing the hardworking people of the state into coordinated action. In 2012 TNCA:
- Recruited, trained, organized and deployed 160 Poll Watchers who worked their butts off on election day to help eligible voters navigate the long lines, poorly trained poll workers, inadequate material allocation, mysterious disappearances from the voter rolls, & the general confusion created by an election commission that failed in its mission.
- Exposed the use of Electronic Poll Books that were set to default to the Republican ballot by the Davidson County Election Commission.
- Organized a rally for students, targeted by the photo ID to vote law.
- Organized personal visits to state legislators and Governor to confront them with stories of those disenfranchised by the photo ID to vote law.
- Kept you updated on your state legislature and generated hundreds of calls to state legislators and the Tennessee Congressional Delegation to fight for 7th Amendment rights, safe working conditions and consumer protections, earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare, voting rights, good jobs for all, and a good government that works for us.
- Held a bake sale at the state capitol to raise revenues for the state. Prices for items were set to mirror the state’s inequitable tax structure.
- Live-blogged the Governor’s State of the State.
- Held several town hall meetings – including a joint effort with the United Steelworkers – to raise awareness of voter suppression and the seemingly never-ending struggle for voting rights.
- Conducted dozens of Voter Education & Mobilization Trainings other state-wide organizations to generate positive social change through non-partisan civic engagement, i.e. voter registration, voter education on photo ID to vote law, rides to the polls, poll watching, etc.
- Conducted Movement Building and What’s Next? trainings for leaders and volunteers to help them to address inequalities within their own underserved communities.
- Held numerous press conferences & media events including a celebration of the Affordable Care Act ruling by the Supreme Court.
It’s been quite a year and we couldn’t have done it without you – TNCA volunteers, leaders, coalition partners, financial supporters, and advisors. Thank you all so much!
But now, with the very real possibility that the new state legislature will be even more extreme than they were last year, we must double our efforts and continue, with your help, to equip Tennesseans with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to make their voices heard.
You can be a key component in Tennessee Citizen Action’s continued success in 2013 and beyond by making an end-of-year one-time or monthly recurring gift.
Our work is forever focused on the true measure of economic success – the well-being of hardworking Tennesseans and the families they support. Invest in us so that we can continue to invest in you.
Please go online to www.tnca.org/donate to make your contribution or mail your check to:
Tennessee Citizen Action
50 Vantage Way, Suite 250
Nashville, TN 37228
Thank you for all you do to support the work of Tennessee Citizen Action!
All the best to you and yours,
Tennessee Citizen Action
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