Memphis For All

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Memphis For All is a Memphis Tennessee electoral front for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Memphis For All is the official local chapter of Our Revolution, a national organization that seeks to reclaim democracy for the working people of our country through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change.[1]

Memphis Solidarity Brigade

The Memphis district of Freedom Road brought together cadre from around the nation to support a local organizing effort, Memphis For All, to apply our line and strategy to local elections. The Path to Power Memphis for all Solidarity Brigade took place in mid-July 2018 to culminate with an early voting canvassing effort.

The program of the Brigade featured:

  • Mass Line training
  • Three forms of power (political, governing, and state) workshop
  • Black organizer breakouts on intersections of labor and Black folks and building Black political and governing power
  • Praxis, praxis, praxis![2]
Boston comrades
Thomas Wayne Walker May 29 2018:

yo!!! i'm excited to invite y'all to sign up for a program focused on learning, on-the-ground, about building political power as leftists, revolutionaries and radicals in working class communities of color that are left out & shut out of politics. the path to power memphis solidarity brigade will combine training & actual field work in support of justice organizations engaging in electoral work to build power, like memphis for all, labor unions, and more. you can sign up at this link https://goo.gl/forms/wemUNfG4SxbusyHo1

it's listed as wednesday 7/18-sunday 7/22, but the real programming is focused on thursday 7/19-saturday 7/21. housing and food are supported, and other support is available. i'm hoping especially to get folks from tennessee to do it, so we can start really thinking about building a #tennesseeforall. hit me up if you're interested, apply now to get in on this.

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Thomas Wayne Walker, Jyoti Gupta, Lindsey Glenn Krinks, Whitney Washington, Briana Perry, Anna Carella, Ramon J. Ryan, David Alex Hayes, Elizabeth Stanfield, Dana Smith, Anne Barnett Josh Adams, Ashley Caldwell, Erica Renee, Deja Foster Justin A. Davis Justin Jones, Sj Payne, Salma Mirza, Jasmine Wallace, Nancy Dung Nguyen, Chris Brooks, Haley Greenwell, Odessa Kelly. Aaron Gamal, Cazembe Jackson, Eliott Geary. Frank W. Johnson, John Emery, Allie Cohn, Calvin Cheung-Miaw.

Thomas Wayne Walker here's the ***draft*** agenda:

The Path to Power Solidarity Brigade: Memphis is a way to learn about and build political power in the South through training and on-the-ground practice in the poorest big city and largest African-American majority city in the country. Critical local and state elections will happen on August 2, and early voting will be in full swing during the Solidarity Brigade. The Brigade will include on-the-ground strategic engagement: we’ll be helping build independent political organization in Memphis for All, helping organize union members around political action and power as a way of exploring how social movements can connect to political power, and tactically engaging electoral work in the demographically changing Memphis suburbs by direct support for progressives running for office. We’ll be building turnout for a Saturday early voting block party. We’ll train on core strategic and analytical questions about a revolutionary take on political power & organization. We’’ll get a flavor for Memphis, with its deep history of civil rights and labor struggle and rich cultural legacy. And all of it with a bunch of badass organizers from across movements who are learning from and teaching one another.

Here’s what you expect:

Wednesday, 7/18

Afternoon only:

  • Memphis then & now - visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel and Clayborn Temple, where the 1968 Sanitation Strike was organized
  • The New Confederacy & the political moment - learning about the current political context, how white supremacy shapes political & economic power in the South, and the enemy we face
  • Orientation to Memphis - where we’re organizing & why

Thursday 7/19

Morning:

  • Organizing for political power - training on organizing methods that deeply engage people on the need for political power and mobilize them in political organization, and the mass line

Afternoon:

  • Canvassing training & orientation - what we’re talking about and why, goal setting
  • In the field: Community track: strategic canvassing, political leadership assessment and mobilization in core working class communities of color in Memphis to mobilize them in elections to build Memphis for All neighborhood clubs

Labor track: canvass members of a statewide public sector social justice union on-the-job about local elections & the fight for political power in Memphis and the South. Candidate track: voter mobilization in the multiracial, multiclass suburbs of Memphis doing direct volunteering for progressive candidates of color supported by Memphis for All and labor organizations - a way to learn about taking progressive messaging to frontline electoral conflicts

Friday 7/20

Morning:

  • Political power & movement building - case studies of struggles for political power, a strategy to win by building a united front, and developing analysis of critical forces
  • Political power & socialism - where we’re headed & what sets our struggle apart, what’s socialism anyway

Afternoon & evening:

  • In the field:Community, labor and candidate tracks, part 2

Saturday 7/21

Morning:

  • In the field

Afternoon:

  • Early Voting Block Party with Memphis for All, local musicians and artists

Evening:

  • BBQ kickback & taking in Memphis music scene

Sunday 7/22

Morning:

  • Debrief and sum-up[3]

Memphis For All comrades

Memphis For All April 21, 2018.

John Gilmore (back row third from left), Le'Trice Akashi (back row fourth from left), Thomas Wayne Walker (back row third from right), Jayanni Webster(back row second from right), Gabby Salinas (bottom right)
  1. MemphisForAll and United Campus Workers joining together to support Dr. Roz Nichols for County Commission District 9 today!

Memphis For All supports Lee Harris

Memphis For All, the local chapter of Our Revolution, has announced its official endorsement of Tennessee Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris for Shelby County’s next Mayor.

Said Lee Harris: “I am grateful for this endorsement, particularly at this juncture. It’s the latest sign that we have a chance to do something monumental in 2018. When we all come together, we can bend government to the will of the people.”

From knocking on doors to sending text messages and making calls, Our Revolution and local affiliates have been instrumental in the recent elections of Southern progressive mayoral candidates. Our Revolution endorsed Randall Woodfin, recently elected mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.

Said Thomas Wayne Walker, Memphis For All Steering Committee Member, “Lee Harris has a long history of leading on a variety of issues that our members care deeply about. When he was on the City Council, he pushed for a non-discrimination ordinance that included protections for LGBTQ citizens. As a state senator, he has been a consistent leader for fairer criminal justice reform. And Lee is someone we can count on to speak out against the privatization of our college campuses. We’re ready to get to work to make sure we bring this leadership to the office of Shelby County Mayor.”[4]

Memphis For All endorsements

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Memphis For All 2018 endorsements:

Memphis For All victories

Memphis For All May 2 at 2018:

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Huge wins in primaries last night for a slate of progressives, including #MemphisForAll endorsed candidates Lee Harris for Shelby County Mayor (in a LANDSLIDE), Tami Sawyer for County Commission, District 7 and Racquel Collins for Shelby County Commission District 1! And much appreciation and love for Dr. Roz Nichols who had the audacity to run against the status quo of an entrenched political dynasty in District 9 - and came in second. We look forward to seeing more of her! Now let's keep building.

Memphis For All endorses Creasey

Memphis For All shared a photo. November 3 2018:

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Allan Creasy supports equitable public education that serves all Memphians--just one reason that his campaign in endorsed by Memphis for All!

November 1 at 2:30 PM ·

"As a public school teacher, I support Allan Creasy because he is invested in the roots of our community, and he is passionate about fostering growth and equity for the benefit of all Memphians." Becky Taylor, Shelby County Schools teacher. Thank you for your support, Becky! Let's #ServeThe901 y'all!

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