Tami Sawyer

From KeyWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Tami Sawyer

Tami Sawyer is a Memphis Tennessee activist.


Ballotpedia: Who do you look up to? Whose example would you like to follow and why?

“Politically, I admire President Barack Obama and the former Mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington. I also admire Stacey Abrams, Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia and Mayor of Jackson, Chokwe Lumumba. The thread that connects them all is the ability to build grassroots support around the need for equity and change".


Tami Sawyer was born in Evanston, Illinois.

I was raised pretty comfortably. The majority of my upbringing was focused on family and school. My mom is from Memphis and my dad was born in Chattanooga, so we moved here when I was 12, where I went to St. Mary’s. Memphis has had my heart ever since.
Why did you choose to leave Memphis for your education and early career and what brought you back? I left because, in the end of the last century, Memphis wasn’t necessarily steeped with opportunities for black youth. D.C. was progressive, it was refreshing, it was the time of Obama. I feel like I became my own person in D.C.

When I decided to return home, I was approaching 32, and I was just thinking about what my life legacy would be and what I wanted that story to be. It was also around the time a lot of things were happening in the country: mass gun violence, Sandy Hook, a mass shooting at the Navy Yard while I was there. Trayvon Martin was killed, and that’s when I said, “I’ve got work to do, and I don’t know if D.C. is where I should do it, so let me try home.”
After studying law and working in the defense industry, how did you apply your background to education and community policy? I took the skills of my job and ended up at Shelby County Schools. At the same time, Mike Brown and Eric Garner’s deaths happened. I’d gone to St. Mary’s, so I didn’t know the depths of educational inequity until I returned home. That’s also when my work in activism and organizing really started as well. Part of it was what was happening in the world, and part of it was what was happening in my career.[1]

A native Memphian and alumna of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Tami spent ten years in Washington DC, studying at Howard University School of Law, exploring various entrepreneurial endeavors and working as a human capital analyst with a focus on diversity for the United States Navy. Upon her return to Memphis in 2013, Tami began to organize get out the vote initiatives and became recognized as a leader in the local Black Lives Matter movement. Tami’s leadership has been acknowledged as a featured speaker at Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Justice or Else Memphis Rally and a recipient of the Team USA Women’s Boxing Elite 11 award. Tami is currently the Director, Diversity & Cultural Competence with Teach For America Memphis. She is also the founder of Power Box, a digital black business directory designed to route the 1.7 trillion dollar African American buying power into black communities. Tami serves on the board of Planned Parenthood, Greater Memphis Region and the Hattiloo Young Professionals Experience Committee. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated.[2]

She currently serves District 7 in Memphis as their Shelby County Commissioner, where she isthe chair of the Law Enforcement & Corrections committee and vice-chair of the Education committee. In addition, Tami organizes, speaks, and writes about the continued movement for social justice and racial equity in the South and has been featured on major outlets such as CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and Huffington Post.

Prior to being elected to serve on the Shelby County Commission in 2018, she led efforts in Memphis and the mid-south region to protest the wrongful deaths of black male youth and advocate against systemic oppression. Perhaps most known for her role as founder and leader of the ‘Take ‘Em Down 901’ movement that led to the removal of statues honoring confederacy leaders and white supremacists, Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest from two Memphis parks, Sawyer garnered national and global support for the commendable feat.

In recognition of this and other social justice activism and advocacy, Tami was named to the 2018 Ebony Magazine Power 100 list as a Community Crusader. In 2019, she was selected as the first Speaker in Residence of Clayborn Temple, the meeting site of the sanitation workers who organized the historic strike and “I Am A Man” march of 1968.

As a democratic nominee for the Shelby County Commission, Tami defeated republican opponent Samuel D. Goff in a landslide victory on August 2, 2018, capturing 81 percent of the voting total. Throughout the election cycle, she spoke of a need for bold and courageous leadership to confront inequities prevalent in Memphis and Shelby County and focused specifically on education, economic opportunity, reproductive rights, and criminal justice reform. Sawyer’s candidacy for Shelby County Commission was supported by a cross-section of voters, grassroots activists, and political leaders and received various endorsements including: Moveon.org, the Collective PAC, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Leadership for Educational Equity, Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council, Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway, and United States Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09).

In her first term as Shelby County Commissioner, she’s used her voice to challenge educational inequity, transportation insecurity, and the lack of investment in minority & women owned businesses, and she’s delivered reform of juvenile court and detention to include local oversight, resources to students in underserved communities, and open & transparent communications with her constituents.

In addition to serving on the Shelby County Commission, Tami also currently serves as the Education Co-Chair of the NAACP Memphis Branch and as a board member of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis and attended Howard University School of Law.[3]

Medicare 4 All Tennessee


With Stephanie Kang, Tami Sawyer, Carol Paris, Wendell Potter.

Take ’Em Down 901

For 113 years, a bronze statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest—a man who rose above his station thanks to the slave trade, a Confederate general who orchestrated the massacre of black soldiers at Fort Pillow, and the Ku Klux Klan’s first grand wizard—loomed over downtown Memphis, Tenn.

At 9:01 p.m. Wednesday, a time the New York Times notes coincides with the city’s area code, Forrest finally came down off his pedestal to the cheers and chants of the surrounding crowd. Earlier that night, the Memphis City Council had voted unanimously to take down the monument.

But the city of Memphis wasn’t done. By 10:40 p.m., a smaller statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis had also been removed from another park in the city.

Tami Sawyer, one of the leaders of Take ’Em Down 901, a group that had actively petitioned to remove the statues, told the Times that to “finally get to this moment is overwhelming.”

“I looked Nathan Bedford in the eyes and shed a tear for my ancestors,” she said.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Memphis, also commended the historic decision. According to Time magazine, Cohen commended Mayor Jim Strickland and the City Council “for finding a way to legally remove statues from an era that is not representative of Memphis today and have remained an affront to most of the citizens of Memphis.”

“As we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, it’s important that these relics of the Confederacy and defenders of slavery don’t continue to be displayed in prominent places in our city,” Cohen added.[4]

Mayoral campaign

DSA endorsement

Tami Sawyer May 2, 2019:


I am proud to have earned the Memphis-Midsouth DSA endorsement. It is a testament to the work we have done to support and listen to workers and unions as we shape our policy agenda. As mayor, I commit to listening to workers and unions as they continue advocating for labor equity in our city. #WeCantWait

Memmphis For All endorsement


Memphis For All March 22 2019:

Memphis For All votes a resounding YES to endorse Tami Sawyer for Mayor!

Tami's call to action is "We Can't Wait" and it resonates with all of us. Memphis can't wait another four years for racial and economic justice. We can't wait through more dashed hopes and unfulfilled dreams.

In this historic moment when a progressive Black woman is disrupting the status quo, we truly need all hands on deck. Expect a call from us, and let's make our move together! #WeCantWait

Walker connection

Tami Sawyer April 22 ·


With Thomas Wayne Walker and Rebekah Gorbea.

Female comrades and friends


Thomas Wayne Walker March 8, 2018 · Memphis, TN · Lisa Yopp, Bonnie Berrong, Charlene Walker, Katie Haworth, Karly Safar, Anne Barnett, Melanie Barron, Jean Padgett, Jessica Carmichael, Jessica Walker Kim Yopp, Kelly Yopp, Becky Dunlap, Jessica Hruz, Becky Hruz, Alex Hruz, Heather Dockins Lamonya Davis, Larissa Hunt, Jasmine Wallace, Bingham Graves, Aimee Boer, Sandy Hicks, Earnestine Jenkins, Diana Moyer, Jayanni Webster, Cassie Watters, Janet Miles, Thelma Jean Rimmer, KB Brower, Kim Hinchey, Doris Conley Brooks, Jessica Buttermore, Lindsey Smith, Ruba Nuwayhid, Angie Navratil, Jennifer Hayes, Ash-Lee Henderson, Juliet Ucelli, Ashley Underwood, Dana Asbury, Victoria Ledbetter, Amanda Robertson, Ashley Susong, Elly Leary, Mary Jo Connelly, Kim Diehl, Andrea Morales, Emilie Bowman, Tami Sawyer, Anne Smith, Rachel Knox, Anjie Ash, Elizabeth Owen, Dana Smith, Amira Al-Dasouqui, Whitney Maxey, Mischa Nyberg, Lindsey Hill / a personal history with women who held me hold me down held me hold me up taught me teach me loved me love me & a lot more too but like a pig i left you off the list - women hold up half the sky, and i'm confident, cause the sky's in your hands

Henderson connection


In 2019 Ash-Lee Henderson supported Tami Sawyer for Mayor.

A Force for Freedom & a Voice for Equality: Meet Tami Sawyer by Andria K. Brown

When Tami Sawyer worked as a Congressional intern, she saw the masses of people who navigate and filter floods of information and work together to get things done. This background proved useful as she became an activist and organizer and coordinated community members to broach large problems by focusing on the points where they could have an impact, including the effort to remove Confederate statues from Memphis parks. She also brings this focus on education and collaboration to inform her work as the Managing Director of Diversity & Community Partnerships at Teach For America – Memphis and applies it to her new role as a Shelby County Commissioner. Meet this week’s empowered FACE of Memphis, Commissioner Tami Sawyer!

Power sharing

Jayanni Elizabeth August 3 2018.

i don't plan to simply hold our folks accountable once they take office because i expect them to bring us with them when they take their oaths. i expect shared governance! i expect us to be consistently engaged in the process of governing, of creating and passing policies & laws that protect, free and support us. heck, i expect a people's assembly from time to time :)
we posture to hold our enemies and opponents accountable. but we request and expect our people - those that have showed up time and time again, who have led our movements, who have a record of compassion and sacrifice - to practice radical power-sharing!
governing is difficult work, especially when we don't have total influence. power is still concentrated with corporations and the neo-confederate state and we are a blue city in hostile territory. the assaults will continue to come, but now we have different and added tools to work with. this does not negate the strategic movement work we must do outside of elections. so join your union, join the official Black Lives Matter chapter, give to the candidates who are going on to the general election, be prepared to show up to Fight for $15 protests and defend immigrant communities and reproductive choice. elections are only one piece of our strategy. our movements deserve our energy now more than ever too.
Tami Sawyer, London Lamar, Lee Harris, Katrina Robinson, Raumesh Akbari we thank you in advance and hope you need our ideas, our call-ins, our support in these conditions. because we want to give that to you as an act of radical power-sharing and as an act of love.


Tami Sawyer Medium On Cuba May 15, 2017:

I have long held a fascination with Cuba. For me it represented an oasis of hope bathed in the spirit of revolution. When I thought of Cuba, I thought of Assata and Angela and Che. I thought of the legacy of Afro Cubans and the willingness of Castro to end the persecution of blackness. I thought a place where a black girl could go and just be. My friend Vickie says I’ve romanticized Cuba and this is a prescription with which I cannot disagree.
It was this fascination and romanticizing that led me to select Cuba as the destination for my 35th birthday celebration. After meeting Angela Davis and hearing her speak of revolution and Cuba, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I jokingly told my friends that we were going to find Assata and if I am honest with myself, it was only a half-joke. I believed the embargo to Cuba to be over as I’d seen President Obama and Beyonce & Jay-Z walk the streets of Havana. Once I dug into travel planning, I realized the embargo has not been lifted, but just relaxed. Considering the current administration, I knew we could not wait to go.
Cuba was many things for me: enlightening, empowering, educational, entertaining, enriching, all those good e’s. I loved seeing Afro Cubans move throughout the city with a self assured air that I do not readily see in African Americans. There are definite class differences that impact Afro Cubans disparately and those were obvious. As we walked through old Havana and saw the children working the crowd, I was reminded that nowhere is perfect for descendants of the Diaspora. But still on the faces of Afro Cubans, I saw a less encumbered look, maybe it’s being on a tropical island or not living under Trump, whatever it was, I envied it.
The American media has not done any favors for the Black American. Anyone who met us assumed we were rich, because a black person who could afford to travel, must be so. I will admit that the wealthy class still has aristocratic leanings and there were times when we weren’t so welcome. Upon entering a restaurant one evening, we were turned away at first. Then a second waiter saw how many people were in our group and offered us a beautiful table. Race and class, like in America, are definitely heavily intertwined.
One of the most entertaining interactions we had with Cubans was with a group of twenty-somethings on Playa de Santa Maria. They were as enamored with our Americaness as we were their Cubaness. It was a good time for a bit with them. Playa de Santa Maria is gorgeous by the way. It’s a smooth and expansive beach, where we paid 2 CUCs per chair and where I got the worst sunburn of my life. It’s also where we had an amazing time drinking Rum, eating whole fish and shrimp and swimming in the ocean. It was the most free I’ve felt in a long time.
Travel Purpose (OFAC declaration): When we booked the flight, we had to select the reason for our visit. Tourism is prohibited under the trade embargo. We selected People to People as our purpose was to learn about the Cuban people and culture. There are 12 choices and you should pick the one that relates closest to your trip. If you select education, make sure you visit a school and take supplies for the students. If you select People to People, do more than bar hop, actually spend time ingesting the culture and learning from Cubans. Airbnb offers cultural expeditions hosted by Cubans that will meet these criteria. I highly recommend the services of my friend, Kasara Davidson, who runs a travel company, Diaspora Exchange Solutions, which will assist with itinerary building to ensure you are meeting the travel requirements. She helped us build our travel itinerary and her recommendations were perfect for our travel goals.
Lodging: We decided to stay in an Airbnb instead of a hotel. The price for comparable amenities ended up being a better fit for us. We chose Villa Malimbo, a seven bedroom home in the Vedado part of Havana. The photos of Villa Malimbo online showed a pleasant casa and we were excited that the price was only $150/person for 7 of us. The owners of Villa Malimbo, Belkys y Fausto, were exceptional. They sent taxis to pick us up from the airport and greeted us with their house staff. They even bought a cake for my birthday and threw me a fiesta before we headed to the beach. The house is staffed 24/7 with kitchen and security personnel. We were able to purchase water, snacks, soda and rum all day, which was helpful as there aren’t convenience stores that you can just hop into on every corner. Villa Malimbo also provides breakfast for 5 CUCS/person. Breakfast was good and enough to sustain us as we headed out each morning on our excursions. The home has bathrooms in each room, with toilet paper and roomy showers. Linens and towels are changed by the house staff and there is air conditioning in each room. The hosts gave great recommendations on where to eat and they ordered taxis for us to reach our daily destinations.
A lot of people have asked me, “Why Cuba?”. All I can say is take a trip down there and experience it. For me, Cuba was an opportunity to ¡Vive libre!. I hope you get a chance to go and live free too.[5]

BLM Memphis


From Gale Jones Carson October 27, 2015;

The Commercial Appeal October 26, 2015 - (From left to right) Moderator Dr. Charles L. Hughes, director, The Memphis Center at Rhodes College, and panelists: Dr. Chris Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, University of Memphis; Dr. Andre Johnson, Assistant Professor of Communications, University of Memphis; Tami Sawyer, organizer, The Movement for Black Lives; and Iris Mercado, health educator, Planned Parenthood, have a discussion during a #BlackLivesMatter panel at Rhodes College. The forum touched on a wide range of topics, including the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as how it has worked in Memphis.

Mid-South Peace & Justice Center’s 35th anniversary

Angela Davis stood before a crowd of hundreds at First Congregational Church in Midtown on SaturdayJanuary 14, 2017. She attacked capitalism, praised communism and criticized Donald Trump.

"Our goal is to guarantee that Donald Trump will not be able to govern comfortably. ... If you think you've been to a lot of demonstrations in the past, well, multiply that by a hundred. Or a thousand over the next period," she said, and the audience cheered.

Earlier, she said Trump embodied the worst elements of oppression and capitalism. "He represents precisely those forces of capitalism that have impoverished so many of the people who decided to vote for him, because they feared for their future."

"Sometimes I feel really nostalgic about that era because it meant we were connected with people all over the world, because there were communist parties all over the world," she said. "And so we felt as if we were a part of a global struggle. The Cuban revolution was our victory. And we don't have that now."

The organizer of the event, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, billed the annual fundraising banquet as a kickoff to long years of struggle against Trump's policies. In an email before the event, the staff wrote, "We will, with every resource at our disposal, stand against an agenda that denies the dignity and humanity of people of color, undocumented families, women, people with disabilities, and those of the Muslim faith. These values are non-negotiable."

Banquet attendees filled not just the seats at the round dinner tables but the church balcony, and some stood in the back. The event was attended by some Memphis elected officials including Shelby County Commissioner Eddie Jones as well as state Sen. Lee Harris and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.[6]

Speakers included Brad Watkins and Tami Sawyer. Panelists were Iris Mercado, Jayanni Webster, Allison Donald and Dr. Andre Johnson.[7]

Black Millennial Political Convention

Tami Sawyer June 20 2018.


Can’t wait to be in conversation at the opening plenary of Black Millennial Political Convention tomorrow with my brother Wes Bellamy & the incomparable Alicia Garza.

Teach For America - Memphis Social Justice Fellowship

Tami Sawyer May 20 2018·


Congratulations to the 2018 Cohort of The Teach For America - Memphis Social Justice Fellowship. I am so proud of your cohort and the journey you took to deeply know each other and your community. Your capstone projects yesterday touched my heart with their urgent response to the oppression, disconnection and inequity our kids face daily. Thank you for committing to your cultural competence development and social justice growth. I look forward to your continued work as disrupters. — with Julie Anne, Emmalee Windle, Elaina Ross, Mollie Clark, Saranya Subramanian, Mo Kelly, Anslie Dobbs, DaLisa Barnes, Kayleigh Bondor, Peter Rosenberger, Chanelle Boatswain and Doc Solo Dillard.

Next Up Victory Fund

Tami Sawyer July 18 2018.


Excited about our newest endorsement from PFAW Next Up Victory Fund which supports young progressive candidates and mobilizes voters across the country. With board members such as Dolores Huerta, Stacey Abrams, Julian Castro, Keith Ellison & Symone Sanders, this recognition at the local level is an honor and a privilege. There are 15 days until Election Day. Please continue to support our progressive campaign for equity and equality in Shelby County. #TeamTami

Memphis DSA 2018 endorsements


Memphis-Midsouth DSA, April 19 2018;

Last night, our chapter voted to endorse 5 candidates in the Shelby County primary:

These folks are all dedicated fighters for social, racial, and economic justice, and we're proud to support them!

(We also have some upcoming endorsements for Shelby County School Board and TN State House/Senate . . .)[8]

Memphis For All endorsements


Memphis For All 2018 endorsements:

  • Lee Harris for Shelby County Mayor
  • Tami Sawyer for County Commission, District 7
  • Racquel Collins for Shelby County Commission District 1
  • Dr. Roz Nichols for Shelby County Commission District 9

Memphis For All Victories

Memphis For All May 2 at 4:08pm

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.

20 new endorsements

29695365 10101917436463840 2260787601575901118 n.jpg

The Collective PAC endorsement.

"An Evening of Storytelling"

The Collective PAC joined the commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination with An Evening of Storytelling.

The evening heard testimonies from Civil Rights icons on their fight for justice and the legacy of Dr. King.

Crosstown Concourse was filled circa April 3, 2018 with a diverse group people listening to some amazing stories of history, courage, inspiration, and the struggle of the people in the Civil Rights Movement.

"Great freedom fighters we have here today,” said moderator Michael Eric Dyson. “Diane Nash, Marian Wright Edelman, Jesse Jackson."

Also on that panel was Memphian Tami Sawyer, who started the movement to take down the Confederate statues.

"When I think about this day and why it's so important and why I am honored to be on this stage is that I've learned so much from Dr. King," Sawyer said.

Memphis attorney Mike Cody was part of Dr. King's team of attorneys. He was in his 30s when he met his pro bono client Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man Cody said was controversial.

"He was against the Vietnam War. I'm assuming he'd be very stringent against Iraq and Afghanistan,” Cody said. “So he would still be a controversial person.”

All attendees listened to hear the stories of how the Civil Rights Movement was done. One tactic was staying calm.

"You had to stay in control of your emotions because the tense situations, somebody was going to attack you or say something that would upset you,” said Bernard LaFayette, co-founder of SNCC. “You realize that's their purpose."

Some of the people said the stories they listened to brought a kind of enlightenment for them concerning the Civil Rights Movement, reinforcing for them just how important the movement was and still is.[9]

Woke United

Tami Sawyer founded “Woke United,” a movement of young Black political activists from cities across the country dedicated to removing at least 5% of all Confederate statues in the country. It is a movement with growing support from historians, mayors, and city officials in many states.[10]

Nathan Bedford Forrest statue protest

Nour Hantouli August 12, 2017 ·

Happening now in front of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue. We are gathering in the wake of the Charlottesville attack.

  1. HateCantStand
  1. TakeEmDown — with Tami Sawyer, Earle J. Fisher, Andre Johnson, Keedran Franklin, Sydney Melissa and Seema Rasoul at Health Sciences Park.

Shelby A. White As always, I'm proud of all my Memphis comrades


Tami Sawyer March 18 2018.


With J. Dylan Sandifer, Lesley Brown, Steph Butera and Iris Ayelen Mercado.

Radical supporters

Tami Sawyer April 28 near Memphis, TN


With R. Jason Rawlings, Jamal Whitlow, Jeffrey Lichtenstein, Emily Cupples, Darren Kusmirek, Reggie White and Lesley Brown.

Tami Sawyer May 5 2018.


With Raumesh Akbari and Danielle Inez.

Tami Sawyer May 7 2018.


With Allen Walker and Shaughnessy Elaine Carr.

Tami Sawyer May 7 2018.


With Ronald Payne and LeAndre Gibson.

Tami Sawyer May 7 2018.


With Emily Cupples, Lydia Crivens and Lesley Brown.

Tami Sawyer May 7 2018.


With Jeffrey Lichtenstein, Shahidah Jones, Andre Johnson, NaKeesha Davis, Ashley Caldwell, Andrea Kukoff, R-Chee M Moss, Jr., Reggie White and Fred Thomas.

Tami Sawyer May 7 2018.


With Aisha Raison, Shahidah Jones and Andre Johnson.

Tami Sawyer May 7 2018.


With Em Bow, Tony de Velasco, Haley Greenwell and Jeffrey Lichtenstein.

Team Tami

Tami Sawyer April 29 near Memphis, TN ·

  1. TeamTami has put their heart into our campaign since August 2017. We have been in every nook of District 7 spreading our message for Equity & equality, listening to voters’ concerns and taking care of the business of running a campaign. We broke bread as a family tonight in honor of all of their hard work. We’ve got Election Day in less than 48 hours and my whole team is ready to go! I’m so blessed to have this incredible, committed campaign family!!! — with Haley Greenwell, Lydia Crivens, Elaina Ross, W.D. Brack and Emily Cupples.

And Thomas Wayne Walker.

Tami Sawyer July 13 2018.


With Reggie White, Thomas Wayne Walker and Haley Greenwell.

Tami Sawyer, July 29 2018.


Enjoying some down time with #TeamTami at our pre-election day family meal. Hard work. Good people. Lots of love! We’ll see you at the polls on Thursday! — with Lydia Crivens, Carl Schneider, Thomas Wayne Walker, Reggie White and Emily Cupples.

Tami Sawyer supporters

Tami Sawyer July 28 2018.


With Torrey Harris, Whitney Hardy, Tony de Velasco, Theryn C. Bond, Carl Schneider, Thomas Wayne Walker, Jolie Grace Wareham and Emily Cupples.

Tami Sawyer poll captains

Tami Sawyer, August 2 2018.


My friends are amazing and their belief in our mission to bring progressive leadership to Shelby County is empowering. Thanks to these four for being our Poll Captains today and running errands, dropping food and lit to our poll workers. #TeamTami is a family. ❤️❤️❤️ — with Jasmine Bolton, Aaron Alan Youngblood, Amani Thomas and Carl Schneider.

Franklin/Fisher support


Tami Sawyer with Earle J. Fisher and Keedran Franklin.

Lichtenstein connection


Union voters


State Representative G.A. Hardaway, Sr. October 27, 2018 ·

For immediate release.

LABOR UNIONS HOST HUGE EARLY VOTING EVENT over 40 unions plan to get their members to the polls in historic day of early voting

Memphis, TN -- this Saturday, October 27 at 10am at Mississippi Blvd Church (70 N Bellevue Blvd, 38104), over forty unions associated with the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council of Memphis and West Tennessee will host a big early voting event called #VoteTogether #UnionStrong. With more than 40 local unions in Memphis, union leaders are mobilizing their members to the polls in order to make an impact in key political races.

"The are over 50,000 union members in the city of Memphis. We're coming together to show our power not just in the workplace, but at the ballot box," said Margaret Cook, Vice President of the Memphis Chapter of United Campus Workers Local 3865. She went on to say "We know through sheer numbers alone we can make an impact and even flip some districts, and that's our goal."

Elected officials such as G.A. Hardaway plan to greet union members and thank them for their effort to increase voter turn-out. A long-time proponent of workers' rights, State Representative Hardaway, has co-sponsored bills to change the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour.

"We know that labor has the people. We know that Tennessee hasn't been a very friendly place to unions. That's going to change because we are proud to be union members who vote" said Jeffrey Lichtenstein, Secretary of the Memphis Central Labor Council.

Wearing red, labor leaders expect a big crowd and a line outside the door for this special early voting event. For inquires or interviews please contact Jayanni Webster at 901-864-9507 or jayanniewebster@gmail.com

Representative G. A. Hardaway Sr., Larry J. Miller, Keedran Franklin, Tami Sawyer, Earle J. Fisher, Patrice Robinson, Van Turner, Reginald Milton, Elaine Blanchard, Rep. Raumesh Akbari for Senate District 29 Susanne Jackson, Martavius Jones, Commissioner Eddie Jones, Al Hardaway, Florence Howard, Ester Mitchell Patrick, Yvonne Osborne, David L. Acey, Sr. Javier Bailey.

Hosting Warren

Democratic 2020 presidential contender Elizabeth Warren kicked off a three-state tour with a stop Sunday March 17 in Memphis, highlighting her policy plans for a universal child care system funded with a tax on "ultra-millionaires," and a recently-rolled out housing plan.


Warren waved to supporters as Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer looked on during a campaign stop at Douglass High.

"This is a 50-state campaign strategy. I’m running to be president of all the people," said Warren, the Massachusetts senator, of her tour through the three Southern states. "And it’s important to go around the country and have a chance to talk with people face to face."

Honoring Angela Davis

Tami Sawyer January 7 2018.


Dr. Davis, I will honor and be grateful for you forever.

Memphis Can't Wait rally

53607287 10102271369459280 4076930717123084288 n.jpg

Memphis Can't Wait rally for Tami Sawyer and Peppa Williams, March 9 2019.

Aimee Lewis, Andre Gibson, Pastor Andre Johnson, Barry Myers, Bobby White, Carl Schneider, Pastor Charlie Caswell, Dr. Charles McKinney, Cherisse Scott, Corey Strong, Danny Song, Emily Fulmer, Gabby Salinas, Rev. Gregory Stokes, Iris Mercado, Jamal Whitmer, Jayanni Webster, Josh Spickler, Kat McRitchie, Keedran Franklin, Kenya Bradshaw, Kevyanna Rawls, Kirstin Cheers, Latasha Gentry Holmes, Lee Rankin, Lori Spicer-Robertson, Lydia Crivens, Mahal Burr, Meggan Kiehl, Mendell Grinter, Miska Clay Bibbs, Molly Quinn, Imam Nabil Bayakly, Paul Garner, Reggie White, Dr. Roz Nichols, Shahidah Jones, Suzanne Jackson, TaJuan Stout-Mitchell, Tarrin McGhee, Thomas Wayne Walker, Tim Ware, Tony de Velasco, Vanisha Hasan, Victoria Jones.