Take action for students
There’s a lot going on in our world, and Stand has several advocacy actions that you can take to support positive change. Current actions are listed below, and we’ll be keeping our list of ongoing actions up-to-date, so bookmark this page.
Protect Public Education
With the education and future of America’s students at stake, it’s critical that we act now to #ProtectPublicSchools with adequate funding to meet the challenges of the ongoing pandemic in the next school year. The HEROES Act passed in the House of Representatives is not enough. The next COVID relief package must include $200 billion in Education Stabilization funding needed to support the reopening of schools and $4 billion through the E-Rate program that will help ensure students have the devices and Internet access needed to continue learning from home.
Demand that the Senate bridge the gap with adequate funding for stabilization and digital learning access for all.
Stay Safe, Vote by Mail
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many impacts in Memphis and will continue to do so for a long time, but it doesn’t have to stop you from voting in August! It’s more important than ever that we engage in the democratic process and make our votes count. Due to a recent court case ruling, every citizen has the opportunity to vote by mail. Get the information you need to vote with an absentee ballot.
No Cuts, No Layoffs – A Moral 2020 Budget for Shelby County
We have joined with partners like the Memphis Labor Council and MICAH to support a Shelby County budget that maintains education funding with no layoffs and no service cuts. We cannot cut ourselves into a more safe and healthy community; we must make investments that build greater equity, and to do that, there must be more revenue. Please sign this letter that lets our county officials know that you support the push from Mayor Harris to balance the budget.
Memphis Non-Profits Demand Action
A group of black nonprofit leaders (including Stand Executive Director Cardell Orrin) came together to draft a response and call to action to recent events in Memphis and our nation. Collectively, nonprofits represent thousands of Memphis residents and those residents are impacted daily by systemic racism. Memphis non-profit leaders are demanding more from local government and corporate leadership.
We are asking all nonprofit leadership to stand behind these demands and to call our city’s leadership to action. If you would like to be included on this letter of demands, please click here to record your information. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to: MemphisNonprofitsDemandMore@gmail.com
Keep Residency Requirements
Relaxing residency requirements for Memphis police does not help to build the community that responds to the calls for justice heard here and around the country. If you agree that those who serve Memphis should live in Memphis, we still have time to tell the city to drop the residency ballot referendum. Take action now by signing this letter demanding city hall keep residency requirements!
Justice in Policing
Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which would ban excessive uses of force and institute other long overdue police reforms. Email your congressperson today and urge them to support this bill and take a crucial step in creating a more fair and just society.