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.
SCS Childcare and Back-to-School Perspective Survey
As we deal with impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that leaders continue to keep the needs of students and families at the forefront of their plans. While Shelby County Schools has communicated plans to potentially open school buildings for students in February, we know that there is a possibility that this will not be the reality based on increased Coronavirus cases reported by the health department.
We are asking all partners to join us in administering this survey to reach SCS families in order to provide the district with preliminary insights on perspectives and concerns relating to childcare with and without the potential for reopening schools February 2021. The results collected will be used to communicate the pertinent need to examine the more nuanced barriers in a potential Spring reopening beyond the proposed re-entry plan.
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
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.
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.