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.
Moral Budget Coalition
The Moral Budget Coaliton represents a group of over a dozen local nonprofits, parents, and commuity leaders who came together in support of a budget that reflects our values and priorities as a community. We are proposing substantial investments in public transit, affordable housing, education, as well as targeted investments in community mental health, rental debt relief, and support for public employees and hospitality workers.
We're asking Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commissioners to use funds from the American Rescure Plan Act to pass a moral budget for FY22. If you’re interested in staying informed about the Moral Budget and want to get involved in this work to build a better Memphis and Shelby County, please use this tool to sign up to receive updates on our progress towards a better Memphis and Shelby County.
Pledge to Support Youth Education Success
Add your name to show your support for the Youth Education Success (YES) Fund and tell the Memphis City Council it's time to invest in the future of Shelby County students! With the YES Fund, Stand is seeking to leverage coordinated funding support from the county, city, and philanthropic community to increase funding for targeted investments to improve literacy instruction and support, promote ninth-grade success, expand advising for postsecondary success, and increase access to health and mental health supports. By making your voice heard, you can help move us one step closer to get the YES Fund passed in FY 2022. Join the campaign now!
Stand for Safety: Protect Shelby County Schools Students
In collaboration with our change partner Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH), we're opposing Governor Bill Lee's Executive Order #84, which allows parents to opt-out of local mask mandates for their school-aged children simply by putting their requests in writing. By wearing a mask in schools, more students will stay in the classrooms and receive the educational, social, and emotional support they desperately need. Sign this petition and tell Gov. Lee to #pleasedonthurtourchildren
End the MOU With the Shelby County Sherriff'S Office
Alongside Bridge Builders CHANGE and the Shelby County Youth Council's Counselors Not Cops (CNC) campaign, we're fighting to achieve police-free schools in Shelby County. Together, we're asking for the removal of law enforcement (Sheriff’s Deputies) from all of our schools and increasing resources for counselors, mental health, and restorative justice practices in our schools. Take 2 minutes to contact your elected representatives and directly express your support of these critical requests!
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
Pervis Payne: Racial Justice Advocacy in Action
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