COA Plans 2nd Justice School

Friday, August 23, 2013

Chattanooga Organized for Action kicks off its second Justice School -- a six-week training program for community organizers -- on Saturday at the Chattanooga Public Library.


Eleven applicants have been selected to participate in the Justice School.


Brittany M.

Still of Decatur, Tenn. is a volunteer at non-profit HIV clinic and has also worked in animal rights. Brittany is part of Cleveland For A No Kill City and Dixie Day Spay, a non-profit spay/neuter clinic.


William Nix of Chattanooga has a background in activism surrounding LGBT, environmental and mental health issues. William is part of Occupy Chattanooga, Spectrum and the Idle No More movement.


Chuck Mehan of Chattanooga was part of the city’s Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Chuck has worked in several election campaigns, is a member of several civic organizations and is part of the Progressive Student Alliance at UTC.


Harriet Cotter of Chattanooga have been involved with MoveOn and several political campaigns. Involved in her neighborhood association, Harriet is also part of the Progressive Student Alliance at UTC.


Pam Thompson of Chattanooga is a teacher who has a long history of being involved in work on various issues through letter writing, telephoning, petitioning, canvassing, lobbying and talking with legislators. Pam is also active in her church and is an advocate for children and the elderly.


Katie Carpenter of Ooltewah is a volunteer at the Community Kitchen, active in her church, and mom to five children. Katie has been involved in some environmental activism and has a passion for food justice issues.


Matt Patrick of Scottsboro, Ala., has worked in political campaigns and directed a documentary film about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Matt has also worked on issues surrounding homelessness and works with people who are recovering from addiction.


Timothy “Tab” Alan Brown Jr. of Chattanooga is part of the carpenters’ union and was involved in the Occupy movement. Tab has been active in campaigns for change through leafleting, canvassing and letter writing.  


Rebecca Howard of Cleveland has worked on issues of housing justice and animal rights. Rebecca is a veterinary technician at a non-profit spay/neuter clinic, is part of Cleveland for a No Kill City and is part of Occupy Chattanooga’s foreclosure defense working group.


John Michael Carrico of Cleveland has been involved in the Occupy Movement and the March Against Monsanto. John has worked with CrimethInc and is involved in permaculture and gardening work.


Felipe Lara of Chattanooga has been involved with Chattanooga Organized for Action and helped to organize parents against the closing of the North Chattanooga Head Start Center. Felipe has also volunteered at La Paz as a translator.


The goal of Justice School, which is centered in an anti-racist, feminist-thought framework, is to see participants complete the series of workshops with a functioning campaign working toward social justice advances in their communities. Students will collaborate together on campaigns of their own choosing that could range from addressing environmental issues, to reforming the criminal justice system, to women’s health rights.


The series of workshops will provide students with an understanding about the systems of oppression that keep society from creating a better world. Students will learn how to create campaigns for change, including setting goals, planning tactics and strategies, working with media and engaging with the political system. Students will also be able to articulate their own stories, values and reasons for working toward social justice.

Justice School will end with a community event during which participants will present their campaigns to the community. 


Drivers Education Program Offers Spring Break Course

The Spring 2016 Drivers Education course will be offered March 28, 29, 30 and 31 at the Public Library Downtown, 1001 Broad St., not at Northgate Mall.  The class will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. each of those four days.  In Spring of 2015, the Tennessee State Legislature made legislative changes to restrict the use of traffic ... (click for more)

Saturation Patrols Scheduled For Super Bowl Weekend

Law enforcement agencies across the Cumberland Plateau Region and Eastern Tennessee, including the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting saturation patrols on Saturday and Sunday. The saturations will take place from 3 p.m. on Saturday until 11 p.m. on Sunday. Patrols will take place where alcohol-related crashes and DUI arrests have occurred in the past. Officers ... (click for more)

Cleveland School Board Votes 5-2 To Terminate School Director Ringstaff Over Twitter Messages

The Cleveland School Board on Friday fired Dr. Martin Ringstaff, director of schools, for sending sexually explicit messages to an anonymous woman a year ago.  His termination is effective immediately and does not include severance pay.  The school board called an emergency meeting after Dr. Ringstaff, who is married, admitted to sending explicit messages to ... (click for more)

History Center Not Giving Out Any More Information On Past Spending Details, Current Status, At This Time

The president of the Chattanooga History Center, which has halted plans for a world class history museum near the Aquarium after raising over $10 million, said no other information will be provided at this time. Chattanoogan.com had sought details about prior spending and the salary of former executive director Daryl Black as well as the center's current status. Jo Coke said, ... (click for more)

A Missing Link In Chattanooga's Crime Prevention Program

I would like to begin by introducing myself. I grew up in Chattanooga and I love this city. As a child, the space program and lunar landings were in full swing. I dreamed of a progressive city. I grew up reading books about space, travel, and superheroes at the Bicentennial Library.  I am the only son of a local pastor and businessman. When I graduated from East Ridge High ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The School’s Search Begins

Jonathan Welch, the chairman of the Hamilton County School Board, had no idea he would be giving himself a well-deserved treat some months ago when he promised his son they would go on a mission trip together. This week has to be the first time his phone hasn’t blinked overload since a December tragedy triggered a tsunami and repeated shock waves that crashed the Hamilton County ... (click for more)