From Chattanooga To Memphis: East Meets West Making Nonviolence A Priority

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - by Missy Crutchfield

Today marks Chattanooga’s inaugural “Season for Nonviolence.” Last fall, Education, Arts & Culture invited Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Dr. Arun Gandhi to share his grandfather’s philosophy of nonviolence at schools, community organizations, and public events across our city. 

During Gandhi’s visit, Chattanooga committed to becoming “A Season for Nonviolence City”—joining over 250 cities nationwide who commemorate the season between Jan. 30 and April 4—the dates of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassinations.

You see, if there is one thing we learned from the independence movement in India and the Civil Rights Movement here in America, it really begins with the people. Here in our own community with Chattanooga Venture, our transformation began with the people, along with public and private partnership. And that community visioning process sparked a grassroots civic involvement launching Chattanooga, Tennessee’s environmental, economic, and cultural revitalization. 

Today, we face issues that need to be addressed like crime and education, once again, we realize change is always going to begin with the people, as it should.

This past weekend marked the beginning of that movement, led by students from Chattanooga and Memphis. Dr. Arun Gandhi, Congressman Steve Cohen, National Civil Rights Museum, Building Bridges, and representatives from Education, Arts & Culture led the inaugural “Season for Nonviolence” East Meets West visit at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. 

The program included East Meets West video conversations between students from Chattanooga’s Talented Tenth Leadership Program at The Howard School and Memphis students from the Building Bridges justice leadership program discussing the history of the Civil Rights Movement and “A Season for Nonviolence.”

Inspired by Gandhi and Dr. King’s messages of nonviolence, the students shared a brand new hand sign for “No More Violence! Nobody fights with their thumbs out, take it to the top!” This is the beginning of their student-led, student-created movement for positive peer pressure.

As we celebrate Chattanooga’s inaugural “Season for Nonviolence,” let’s support our city’s young leaders as they take the first steps in leading this movement for change in our community and beyond. 

As I often share with students, “The world is watching us, what are going to show them?”

Missy Crutchfield
Administrator
City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture

Some Get It Wrong On Christians, The Inquisition And The Crusades

Some in the media, along with our President, have recently been accusing those who led the Crusades of being the worst mass murderers in history.  Conservative estimates cite approximately 1.7 million who were killed in the Crusades over a period of 200 years.  That would be 6,000 deaths a year.  As for the Inquisition, a total of about 3,000 were judged and sentenced ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Old Hickory’ Is Toast

There is a group of women in New York, all savvy and a bit stealthy, who are plotting to kick Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, to the curb. They claim “Old Hickory” is a lout and that he is personally responsible for the embarrassing T-shirts that read, “Sure, you can trust the government … just ask an Indian” ($14.99, Amazon) Their plan is to take ... (click for more)

New Attorneys Have Not Decided On Whether To Seek Mental Evaluation For Hixson Woman Facing Possible Death Penalty

New attorneys for a Hixson woman facing a possible death penalty in Catoosa County, Ga., said they have not decided whether to seek a mental evaluation of Catherine Joann Goins. Police said she lured a 30-year-old woman to a friend's house and killed her in order to steal her newborn. After District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin opted for the death penalty, two attorneys ... (click for more)

Mobile, Ala., Firm Alerted To Send Tug To Cart Off Eyesore Casey Barge

Bankruptcy Trustee Jerry Farinash said Thursday afternoon that a Mobile, Ala., firm has been told to start work on removing the Casey barge from the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. He said Coast Guard officials inspected the barge earlier Thursday and "seemed pleased with the condition it is in." The attorney said the Coast Guard will make a re-inspection just before ... (click for more)

Hannah Wood Leads Red Bank To Two Tournament Wins

Friday was a pretty good day for the Red Bank Lionettes softball team. Hosting a six-team tournament, the Lionettes won two games on the opening day, holding off Lookout Valley by a 6-4 final in the first one before winning by a more comfortable 11-3 margin over Sequatchie County in the second one. Hannah Wood was the sparkplug in both as she had three hits twice and was the ... (click for more)

McCallie Soccer Remains Unbeaten With Win Over Rival Baylor

Hosting McCallie on Friday night, the Baylor soccer team knew that the first 15 minutes of the match would be key to a shot at upsetting its undefeated and top-ranked rival. The Red Raiders lasted 11 before the Blue Tornado struck.   McCallie opened the Division II-AA East/Middle Region match with high pressure, which paid off when Will McGregor finished a cross ... (click for more)