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Re-Elect Rep. Justin J. PEarson!

May 26, 202301 min read
Re-Elect Rep. Justin J. PEarson!
Representative Justin J. Pearson has shown us all that he’s ready to stand up for young people and bring Memphis’ voice to the Legislature, even in the face of immense opposition. After he and Rep. Justin Jones were unjustly expelled, Rep. Pearson continued to raise the consciousness of our state and country, even having the […]

Celebrating Ninth Grade Success!

May 9, 202301 min read
Celebrating Ninth Grade Success!
Ninth grade is a make-or-break year for students. If a student ends ninth grade “on-track,” meaning having successfully completed at least a quarter of the credits needed to graduate, they are 3-4 times more likely to graduate on time than their off-track peers. This session, our Center for High School Success team advocated for HB 1295, […]

JSA Opposes MPD’s Juvenile Crime Abatement Team

Apr 17, 202302 min read
JSA Opposes MPD’s Juvenile Crime Abatement Team
On April 14, the Justice & Safety Alliance (JSA) shared a presentation with journalistsoutlining a newly formed Juvenile Crime Abatement Team within the Memphis PoliceDepartment (MLK50 Article). The JSA firmly opposes the plan outlined in this presentation, which isnow “on pause” after articles on the team’s existence were published. Our coalition ofcommunity-based advocates demands further […]

JSA Urges Public Officials to step down from Crime Commission

Apr 6, 202303 min read
JSA Urges Public Officials to step down from Crime Commission
Local officials’ role on the nonprofit board presents a conflict of interest in their public service duties MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On Monday, April 3, the Justice & Safety Alliance (JSA) sent an open letter to the local elected (and some appointed) officials who sit on the nonprofit board of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission (MSCC), […]

Channeling grief into action

Mar 29, 202304 min read
Channeling grief into action
Our hearts are with everyone who experienced The Covenant School shooting on Monday, March 27. Nothing will bring those children and educators back, but we can channel our grief and rage into action so gun violence stops being a “normal” part of school life. Before we dive into actions, we encourage everyone to prioritize your […]

Stand and Decarcerate Fellowship Update

Feb 16, 202301 min read
Stand and Decarcerate Fellowship Update
Since November 2022, Stand for Children and Decarcerate Fellows have been meeting weekly to deepen their deepen their skills and confidence as community organizers, plug into work we and our coalition partners are engaged with in the field, assist in deep-canvasing, attend City Council and School Board Meetings, and other community events. After the last […]