Women’s March, Food Not Bombs, and more

Greetings, welcome, and thanks for your continued support. Here’s some upcoming announcements and events.
 
TN Women’s March
Saturday 1/20
8AM-5PM
Nashville, TN (various locations throughout the day)
 
On January 20, 2018, the one year anniversary of the Women’s March, Women’s March 2.0: Power Together TN is hosting an event including a MORNING CONFERENCE, CAUCUS LUNCHEONS AND MARCH TO AN AFTERNOON RALLY.
In addition to the march/rally which is open to the public like last year, there will be a conference which includes and entire say of activism. Tickets for the CONFERENCE are available by clicking the link. It includes caucus lunches and transportation via a bus from Memphis. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. If you are attending, mark GOING on this FB invite. Each of these links has more details about the event, but here’s a brief overview of the great things that are happening:

Conference topics will include:
**Artivism – The role of creativity in social justice; artistic voice = activist voice; using music, dance, theater, film, visual and performance arts for civic engagement
**Faith and Spirituality- Dealing with trauma; spiritual and moral life of progressives; self-care to stave off burnout; people of faith; values and politics
**Grassroots Organizing – Skills-building; understanding and managing power; direct action; ensuring safety and security at demonstrations
**Youth – Leadership development; connecting campuses throughout the state
**Legislative Skills and Issues – How bills become law; how to lobby; dealing with legislators; specific issues impacting women, communities of color, youth LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, indigenous communities, the earth and our environment etc…
**Understanding Elections – Voter registration; how to become a candidate; Get Out The Vote
 

If you have any questions about the events, please reply to this email.

 

Women’s March Online Store


​​image description: TN Women’s March button set with “power together TN,” “Ready. Set. March.,” “#wmnpwr,” and “PWR together TN” buttons in front of a blurred out copy of Angela Davis’ Women, Race, & Class
 
Check out the WMTN online store at tnpowertogether.bigcartel.com. Some of the merch is being provided by Trashboat, a Memphis-based worker’s-owned collective, run by organizers from MFC. Whether you’re going to a local march, the statewide event, or just want to be in solidarity, represent and support TN activism by shopping here!
Food Not Bombs
Sunday 1/14
2PM
Morris Park on Poplar
 

Join us in supporting Food Not Bombs at the next food sharing Sunday (1/14), 2PM, at Morris Park. Bring a (vegetarian) dish, warm coats, blankets, scarves, and/or gloves.

This is such a great minimal, stress free, and enjoyable way to build community. You can literally just show up. Last time was really good, just being around good people.

What’s FNB? Basically, we share meals at the park with anyone who shows up, which is usually people from all walks of life. Unlike a charity, which immediately and repeatedly meets it’s obligations of handouts to the poor, FNB welcomes everyone and works on a horizontal level with the goal of inspiring each other to action against a system that prioritizes violence above human needs.

Volunteer opportunities:
*making flyers
*distributing flyers at Manna House next Thursday
*passing out flyers at the soup kitchens downtown that morning
*collecting items for hygiene kits like we do for Purse Parties (soaps, lotions, shampoos, tampons, pads, band aids, towelettes, etc.) and blankets
*collecting blankets, coats, gloves, and scarves
*showing up with vegetarian food (not just for ethical reasons, but for food safety and to not infringe on dietary restrictions) and spending time with each other
*bringing radical literature and literature that helps people experiencing homelessness

If you’re interested in helping out, please let us know by messaging us via the form on the homepage.

Roe v. Wade Celebration Rally
Saturday 1/27
12:30-3PM
CHOICES: Memphis Center for Reproductive Health
 
Mid-South Reproductive Rights Coalition invites you to a celebration of the 45th anniversary of the decision of Roe V Wade! Bring a sign or from 12:30 – 1 come make a poster with us! There will be poster board, markers, and more. We’ll cheer, listen to speakers, and come together to prepare for the battles in the coming year. There will be free hot cocoa and hot hands to keep you warm (although donations are always welcome!) as well as merch for sale. There will be speakers announced closer to the date. RSVP and get updates on the Facebook event page.

Seeking new members

We’re looking for dedicated, passionate women and/or transgender/GNC folks interested in being a part of MFC. If you’re interested in being a part of organizing work, learning and growing, sharing skills and support, and being a part of the feminist movement here in Memphis, we would love to have you! Membership means…

  • Access to online forums for support and sharing knowledge (plus our auxiliary members-only groups for things like classifieds and parenting)
  • Invites to members-only social events
  • Having a vote at meetings
  • Opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills
  • Formal MFC participation at public events
  • Building bonds with lots of rad feminists with common interests

You DON’T have to be an experienced organizer, know all the lingo, or feel like you have a lot to offer. You’re interested, so we already think you’re rad.

Message us via the form on the main page of the site, and we’ll let you look over our membership form!

If you’re a member of our Facebook group and haven’t filled out the membership form, please do ASAP or you will be missing out on vital info. Thanks!

Thanks again, and keep checking back for updates!

-bellxtrix

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