UTK Progressive Student Alliance

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UTK Progressive Student Alliance is based on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is close to the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.


In 2008 Anne Barnett was chairperson the UTK Progressive Student Alliance.[1]

Endorsing CCM candidates

UTK Progressive Student Alliance is with Charles Al-Bawi. October 2 2019 ·


Hey everybody!! Are you registered to vote for the upcoming election?? The deadline to register for the upcoming local election is OCTOBER 7! That’s ONLY 5 DAYS away!!This election is an important one because some wonderful folks from 2019 City Council Movement - Knoxville are running. PSA proudly endorses Vote David Alex Hayes, Vote Amelia Parker & Vote Charles Al-Bawi!! Let’s build a Knoxville for All together!!

To register, go to ovr.govote.tn.gov or grab a paper form from us in Hodges! We’ll be here all week

Amazon Vigil

The UTK Progressive Student Alliance held a vigil to support the Amazon rainforest at the Rock September 2019. About fifteen people showed up to raise visibility about the current status of the rainforest and raise funds for the preservation of the Amazon.

Students painted the Rock with the message, “Get your power to the resistance,” followed by the hashtag “ACT 4 AMAZONIA.” They also painted the name of an organization that works to preserve the rainforest, AmazonWatch.org.

One of the students gave a brief speech dedicated to the Amazon rainforest and those who lost their homes during the area’s deforestation, and a moment of silence followed.

One of the organizers, Evora Kreis, a sociology and Spanish double major, addressed the issues in the Amazon.

According to Anna Helms, an alumnus of UT, Amazon Watch in particular is working to keep the Amazon intact by connecting 400 groups of different Amazonian, indigenous peoples to indigenous activist groups and social justice groups fighting against the destruction of the rainforest. Amazon Watch then grants the groups financial aid. The raised fund from UT’s vigil will be sent to the organization.

One of the participants of the vigil, Marium Hussain, an environmental sociology major, discussed the role that students should have in addressing this problem.

Sarra Ghezzaz, another participant and a neuroscience major, explained that Amazon deforestation should concern the entire world.

“I’m just here to support. I’m helping any way that I can because honestly, it’s affecting all of us. Not just us in Knoxville and not just the people in the rainforest but the entire world right now,” Ghezzaz said. “It’s affecting everybody. So, I think everybody should be doing something to help those in need in any way they can.”[2]

Union Summer Project


In 2008 Josh Smyser, Karen Principe and Leslie Principe participated in the the Progressive Student Alliance’s Union Summer Project. [3]

"A Frightening Fundraiser for PSA"

"A Frightening Fundraiser for PSA" 3912 Sullivan Rd NW, Knoxville, Saturday 27 October 2012. Organized by : UTK Progressive Student Alliance.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Charlie Waddle, Shelby Elizabeth Ellis, Lizzie Gallagher, Emily Elizabeth Williams, Jordan Welsh, William Shows, Alex Gilbert, Dalton Manning, Andrew Emitt, Tonya Ernst, Kaitlin Malick, Demi Demirkol.[4]

Anti-privatization meeting

Event in Knoxville 1800 Melrose Ave, Tuesday 6 October 2015

State lawmakers will join the United Campus Workers, UT College Democrats, Progressive Student Alliance and Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment during a fact-finding trip to learn more about the potential impact of the Governor's plan to possibly bring privatization to the campus of UT Knoxville.

Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris and state Rep. John Ray Clemmons will hear from campus employees, students and faculty about the potential impacts that layoffs and outsourcing will have on their families and campus life. Organized by JT Taylor.

Those indicating their intention to attend, on Wherevent, included Matt Roach, Elizabeth Stanfield, Savannah Lucas, Ann League, Jamie Greig, Melanie Barron, Madeleine Lewis, Adam Hughes, Matt Anderson, Jack Petschulat, Coy Kindred, Carter Hall, Jordan Welsh, Gloria Johnson, Eric Dixon, Anna Gardner, Caroline Cranford, Alex Fields, Will Gabelman, Josh Smyser, Courtney Anderson, Colleen Ryan, Katie Myers, Karly Safar, Hayley Brundige, William Dirmeyer, Feroza Freeland, Ciara Malaugh, Bonnie Swinford, Cassie Watters, Phyliss Dubinsky Shey, Meghan Martin, Prestyr John .[5]

"Say Zir Name"

Dunford Hall room 2326 Thursday 12 November 2015, organized by UTK Progressive Student Alliance "Say Zir Name".

Special guest Cazembe Jackson, our trans brother and bad ass organizer for South will share his story as a transman in the movement and how he held his comrades accountable for his pronouns. He will also make awareness for pronouns and elevating trans existance more intersectional mentioning policy brutality and mass incarceration of black transwomen.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Melanie Barron, Kristin Moretz, Lucy Greer, LaSabra LeeAnn Williams, Emily Gregg, Donna Bra-kay, Morgan Smith, Rachel West, Allison Joslin, Kristen Godfrey, Amira Sakalla, Caroline Rogers, Meghan Martin, Elizabeth Stanfield, Alina Clay, Jocelyn B. White, Gwen Schablik, Jamie Greig, Breann Cooper, Mary Geiser, Lindsay Jai, Cris Dark, Hanna Cat Wilkinson, Becca Payton, Genevieve Jeter, Priyam Madhukar, Leigh Belmont, Nicky Frazier, Courtney Anderson, Chelsey Verzosa, Charlotte Lee, Maggie Marsh, Erica Davis, Catherine Boggan, Alyssa Loveday, Hayley Brundige, Anna Masson, Karly Safar, Danielle Sapore, Sara Hitson, Emily Hoffman, Madeleine Lewis, Amanda Eleanor Pitts, Kennedy Childress, Deanna Nagle, Rachel Pilkinton, Ciara Louise Naomi, Evie Briley, Elizabeth Wright, Bailey Ayanna Allen, Katie Myers, Charice Starr, Colleen Ryan, Kelsey Theodore, Kamilya Gosmanova, Emily Robinson, Rae Jones, Kate Stamper, Carlie Nicole, Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin, Kaleb Emmert, Klay Ra Willyn, Travis Daniel Wilson, Brandon Shaw, Johnathan DeWitt Clayton, David Alex Hayes, Mitch Thompson, David Collins, Will Clifft, Ariel Tesla Farley, Joshua Brown, Don Black, Kumail Ibraheem, Andy Renison, William Dirmeyer, Benjamin D. Young, Adam Hughes, Ben McClendon, John Pena, Robert Cremins, Noah King, Mark McKee, Jack Petschulat, Jordan Welsh, Brandon Ray Darr, Jenishea Lewis, Alex Fields, Rodolfo Urquieta, Will Gabelman, JT Taylor, Dhruv Majumdar, Tyler Kibbey, Devin Earhart, Thomas Tran, Geoffrey M. Bennett Hervey, Harlan Mitchell, Wesley Shaun Malik Williams, Kendrick Young. [6]

Knoxville comrades


UTK Progressive Student Alliance January 18, 2016; ·

With Tyler Hounshell, Geoffrey M. Bennett Hervey, Elizabeth Stanfield, Colleen Ryan, Thomas Tran and Kristen Godfrey.

"Spring Kickoff" UTK PSA launch, January 2017


JAN 25, Spring Kick-Off Meeting Public Meetup Event by UTK Progressive Student Alliance.[7]

Invited Kumail Ibraheem, Andrea Richardson, Harlan Mitchell, Evie Briley,Victoria Long, Melanie Slappey, George Habeib, Feroza Freeland, Abdalla Husain, Anna Greer, Mia Rochelle Kirby, Jonathan Shoemaker, Andy Renison, Thomas Tran, Robin Christine, Gene Jeter, Travis Daniel Wilson, Sawyer Smith, Caroline Cranford, Grace Belt, Brynn Yeager Sydney Buckner, Beth Borromeo, Haley Elizabeth Boles, Brandon Cartagena, Cassie Grace, Elizabeth Stanfield Sally Buice, Klay Ra Willyn, Conny Zhao, Dana McLemore, Meganne Love, Austin Williams, Leala Holcomb, Melanie Barron.

Intested Sabiha Mohyuddin, Ryne Tipton, Amanda Nicole Alarcon, Brandon Ross, Anna Masson.

Attending Darcy Ayers, Maria Amalla, Jordan Welsh, Katie Myers.

Eat Out (with) PSA


Hosted by UTK Progressive Student Alliance, Monday, March 6, 2017, at 11 AM - 9 PM. Moe's Original Bar B Que- Knoxville, 4405 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919.

Percentage night at local restaurant Moe's! Support UTK's oldest progressive student organization, the Progressive Student Alliance, and learn all about what we do![8]




PSA Fall Kickoff Meeting


PSA Fall Kickoff Meeting Public · Hosted by UTK Progressive Student Alliance

Monday, September 11 2017 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Humanities & Social Sciences Building, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916[9]

Invited on Facebook