Mark Gilliland

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Mark Gilliland

Mark Gilliland is a Tennessee activist. He is an organizer with Concerned Citizens for Justice. In a relationship with Bailey Ayanna Allen.

He is the brother of Joey Gilliland and Michael Gilliland.


2012 Progressive Student Alliance president was Mark Gilliland, a Chattanooga junior.[1]

PSA meeting Fall, 2012

Monday 10 September 2012, Progressive Student Alliance UTC held its first Fall meeting, at the UC Fortwood Room.

The PSA at UT Chattanooga is a Feminist, anti-Racist student organization committed to fighting for Social and Economic Justice in our campus community and beyond. Join us this Monday to see what we're about, what we're doing, and how you can plug into the movement for justice in Chattanooga and in the South!

Those signalling their intention to attend, on the Wherevent meeting site included Mark Gilliland, Sally Buice, Gayle Tyree, Jason Burford, Danny Freeman, Dominique Pennington, Blake Wood, Michael Frazzitta, Jonathan Rousseau, Spencer Cantrell, .[2]

USAS conference


Mark Gilliland February , 2013 with Petro On, Jared Story, Ash-Lee Henderson, Mark Ortiz, Francisco Rios, Melissa Godfrizzle, Keavy McFadden, Stephen Agwu, Bianca Hinz Foley, Jan Van Tol, Vee Ramesses, Claire Lewis, Billy Yates, AK Kulkarni, Terasia Carin Bradford, Maria Antonia Rodriguez, Lingran Kong, Leewana Thomas, Sol Gonz, Javier Figueroa, Alli Sehon, Brock Meade, Benji Ng, Jeffrey Lichtenstein, Melissa Horsfall, John Gieryn, Rigoberto Campos, Martin Xavi Macias, Carmen Armen, Kayla Frye, Kathleen Brower, Casey Sweeney and Sara Neumann at United Students Against Sweatshops 16th Annual National Conference in Miami!

Appalachian Transition Fellowship


Highlander Research and Education Center, and Rural Support Partners, organized an Appalachian Transition Fellowship event in Chattanooga, November 12, 2013.

Ash-Lee Henderson November 11, 2013 ·

TOMORROW! Be there! #spreadtheword — with Dominique Pennington, Miles Dougherty, Napoleon Williams, Karl Epperson, Patrick Kellogg, Baris Gursakal, Patricia Bazemore, Michael L. Feely, Shelley L. King, Jr., Michael Kelly, Dennis Milton Clark, Tenesha M. Irvin, Madeleine Dougherty, Angela Sweet, Brett Pike, Jason Hurd, Dwight Harrison, Rachel Rudi, Laurie Perry Vaughen, Willie McClendon, Rushelle Frazier, Terry Davis, Ann Law, Marcus Patrick Ellsworth, Beth Foster, Fr. Michael Cummins, Mark Gilliland, Jared Story, Cazembe Jackson, Valerie Radu, Landon Willaim Howard, Patricia Combs, Rebekah Mawuko, Taurus Hinton and Annika Hampton.

"Living wage"


March 15, 2013, members of the United Campus Workers and the Progressive Student Alliance delivered a letter to University administrators in Chattanooga and asked for living wages for all campus employees.

Jared Story, an administrative assistant with the College of Nursing and a United Campus Workers member, said many employees on college campuses across the state are unable to maintain adequate health care, housing and transportation due to low compensation.

“There are hundreds of workers on this campus and across the state that make less than living wages,” Story said. “Some of them have two or three jobs to support their families, and some are on government assistance. Our state institutions should be paying living wages.”

Story said United Campus Workers members also oppose contracting services to private companies, as some may not offer the same benefits that are received by state employees.

Members of these organizations also emphasized inadequate adjunct faculty pay as a main concern, as many must maintain additional employment in order to get by.

“There are a lot of departments that use adjunct faculty, and that is one way of cutting down on pay,” Dr. Parthasarati Dileepan, professor of management and vice president of the UTC chapter of United Campus Workers said. “The number of adjuncts has increased and at the same time, compensation has remained very low.

Dr. Grady Bogue, interim chancellor, personally received the letter and said he would discuss the issue with members of the University executive council.

Danny Freeman, a Chattanooga junior and Progressive Student Alliance member, said students are directly affected by inadequate faculty and employee wages.

“Students have a special kind of leverage in the University, and that is because we pay tuition,” Freeman said. “So basically the University is here to serve us, and we are directly affected by living wage issues because their [University employees] working conditions are our learning conditions.”[3]

Other delegates included Michael Frazzitta, Harriet Cotter, Sara Neumann, Gayle Tyree, Mark Gilliland.

FRSO/Chokwe Lumumba

FRSO delegation members Cazembe Jackson, Mark Gilliland, Josh Smyser, Jared Story, Ash-Lee Henderson

Ash-Lee Henderson, Cazembe Jackson, Mark Gilliland, Josh Smyser, Jared Story participated in a Freedom Road Socialist Organization delegation to Jackson, Mississippi to support the Chokwe Lumumba campaign during the Democratic Primary in May 2013. Both members and friends of Freedom Road participated in canvassing, poll-watching, sign holding and other activities to support Chokwe Lumumba and Joyce Hardwick, the two candidates recruited to run on the People’s Assemblies platform.[4]

Concerned Citizens for Justice


Concerned Citizens for Justice in Chattanooga stand with farmworkers! — with Rachel Rudi, Ash-Lee Henderson, Ali Mae, Mark Gilliland, Marie Campbell, Shanita Toney, Jared Story.

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those indicating they would attend, on Facebook included Mark Gilliland.[5]

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward


Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those saying they would attend, on Facebook included Mark Gilliland.[6]

DSA Chattanooga Closed Facebook Group

Chattanooga Democratic Socialists of America Closed Facebook Group members, as of June 2 2017 included Mark Gilliland .[7]