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.



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




In connection with our work on racial equity and justice reform, Stand has partnered with 150 faith, legal, and community groups to support clemency for Pervis Payne. Mr. Payne was sentenced to death over 30 years ago, yet only recently received a ruling from a judge to test DNA found at the scene of the murders for which he was convicted. 

On November 7, Tennessee governor Bill Lee granted Mr. Payne a reprieve until April 9, 2021.  This gives his legal team more time to investigate his strong claim of innocence and halt the unconstitutional execution of a person with an intellectual disability. Read more on our efforts to stop this unconstitutional execution

the Innocence Project


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.

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