7th Annual Social Justice Retreat Is Oct. 5

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Grove Street Settlement House (GSSH) in partnership with the Human Services Specialist program at Chattanooga State Community College is hosting the seventh annual Social Justice Retreat on Friday, Oct. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. 

Organizers said, "Women’s voices in the struggle for justice have not always been heard or recognized. Through this interactive experience, participants will learn the stories and strategies women have used in their struggle for justice at local, state, and global levels. Issues of race, class and especially sexual identity, all impact women’s experiences; the media also influences how women’s work and contributions are perceived and valued." 

During lunch, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.,. a panel of local women will discuss the meaning of justice for themselves and the many ways they have found to work for change in their communities and in the wider world. The panel discussion will be moderated by Councilwoman Carol Berz, Distict 6, who is the chief executive officer of Private Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, a mediation services and training organization headquartered in downtown Chattanooga.

The retreat activities begin at 10 a.m., check-in and coffee are at 9:30 a.m. Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Organizer with United Campus Workers and Board Member, Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA) will give the opening remarks. Small group activities in the morning and afternoon will provide participants the opportunity to engage in discussions and experiential learning through small group activities. The retreat concludes at 3 p.m.  

The cost to attend is $10 for students, $20 for professionals, and $5 for community residents; cost includes lunch and a T-shirt.  Registration is required by going to:  http://grovestreetsettlementhouse.com/ or calling 423 503-2318.

Grove Street Settlement House is the first settlement house established in Tennessee in the last 75 years and utilizes innovative social change strategies and personal involvement with individuals, families, and groups so residents regain the power to make choices about the direction of their lives and the affairs of their neighborhoods and communities in Chattanooga.  For more information contact Valerie Radu at valerie.radu@gmail.com


Be A Mentor And Take 12 Info Event Set For April 9

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, TVA, the Want To Foundation, Brainerd High School and the Baylor School are looking for Chattanoogans who are willing to  “Be and Mentor and Take 12.” There are 8,736 hours in a calendar year and this program is about taking 12 of those, one a month, to mentor a Chattanooga student.    The organizers of “Be a Mentor ... (click for more)

Playcore Begins Construction On New Collegedale Playground

Playcore, the Chattanooga-based contractor for the new playground at Collegdale has begun construction. The 7,000-square-foot, handicapped-accessible, ultra modern playground should be finished in mid-June, weather permitting. (click for more)

Tennessee Broadband Expansion Bill Sought By EPB Put On Hold For Now

Advocates for broadband expansion in Tennessee, including Chattanooga's EPB, announced Tuesday that efforts to extend community-based fiber optic networks are being placed on hold for now "because there is not enough support among state lawmakers to change a state regulation that prevents the expansion of municipal fiber optic systems." EPB earlier won a ruling from the Federal ... (click for more)

Haslam Adds K-12 Funds In Budget Amendment

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled additions to the FY 2015-2016 budget that will be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks, including added funding for K-12. The governor last week met with school superintendents from the largest systems in the state over the issue of state funding for K-12. The next day, the Hamilton County Schools joined ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye, Dr. Nassour

About 51 years ago, right after Jim Creel had graduated from the University of Texas and was in Guadalajara for medical school, he was surprised to find a complete stranger sitting on his battered and dusty Volkswagen. “He had seen my Longhorns sticker and was thrilled to find somebody else in Mexico who loved the University of Texas. “That’s when our friendship started and it ... (click for more)