More Justice and Peace!

Executive Director of the Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace Lisa Rung talks about her organization’s activism and outreach.  They sponsor a variety of activities in rural communities that think globally and act locally…  Maybe your group could use some fresh ideas: [email protected]gmail.com

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UPDATE: Sullivan Co. Teacher Got Termination Letter Hours After TN House Passed School Censorship Bill

Coach Hawn

Coach Hawn

We recently posted a link from March about Sullivan County Central High School social studies teacher Matthew Hawn, who was reprimanded officially for having his social studies class read “The First White President” – an article by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic.

The Board of Education voted 6-0 to uphold the written reprimand of the 16-year tenured teacher & assistant baseball coach.

The article also says Hawn was verbally warned last fall about a video he made about white privilege, the existence of which conservatives generally hate to acknowledge, especially in a school that’s almost entirely white.

We’ve now spoken with a source who tells us the story does not end there, and that in fact Hawn has been hit with a letter recommending his termination in the wake of another incident brought to the attention of school brass by the same student and their parent, who took exception to a lesson taught by Hawn involving a female poet Kyla Janae Lacey who used language the source says was almost entirely censored.

The source says Hawn received the letter within hours of Tennessee Republicans passing their bill to censor what Tennessee teachers can teach about race and systemic racism – because if anyone should be deciding what can and can’t be said about those topics, it’s the group of almost entirely white legislators who refuse to remove the KKK GRAND WIZARD bust from our capitol, and the Governor who was found to have dressed up in a Confederate solider outfit in college.

Republicans love to complain about “Censorship!” and “Overreach!”, yet here they are over-reaching into our classrooms to censor our teachers, paying lip service to banning Critical Race Theory when very few of them can even describe what exactly it is. (Definitely don’t ask Justin Lafferty of Knoxville, who made national news painting the 3/5ths compromise as some sort of heroism during discussion of this very bill)

The letter Hawn received was a recommendation for termination, which means the final decision once again lands with the Sullivan County School Board, which meets June 8th. They should expect company, as Coach Hawn clearly has supporters.

If you believe this sort of censorship and overreach in our classrooms has gone too far, show up at the school board meeting to support him, and HOLLER AT the board HERE. 

Schwinn’s Conflict of Interest

Why Did TN Education Commish Schwinn’s Husband’s Company Land A Huge State Contract? Senator Heidi Campbell grilled her about exactly that.

This isn’t the first time Schwinn has been embroiled in conflict of interest scandals. It’s kind of her thing.

OJEDA: “They Think They People Of Tennessee Are That Damn Stupid”

Ex-Paratrooper/wv sen/Prez candidate Richard Ojeda torches (All 7 TN GOP) reps who voted to cover-up the insurrection.

FULL VIDEO & PODCAST

TENNESSEE HOLLER FEST 2021

Highlights from our first ever TENNESSEE HOLLER FEST, featuring inspiring voices from across the state lifting up the issues we face – including STELLA PARTON, JUSTIN JONES, REP. JIM COOPER, REP. STEVE COHEN, THE EQUITY ALLIANCE and much more.

Here’s a quick highlight reel.

Watch the FULL VIDEO HERE and LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

A Trip to Montgomery

Sandy summarizes her trip to the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and “lynching memorial” and searches for signs of its mission in our state.

FULL PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts here, and wherever else you like to listen here.

REP. JOHN RAY CLEMMONS: “Governor Lee is out of Touch.”

Rep. John Ray Clemmons lashes out at Lee & The GOP over their attacks on the unemployed, who they clearly think are lazy: “GOVERNOR LEE IS OUT OF TOUCH”

FULL INTERVIEW & PODCAST

Tennessee Is Going Backwards

“This session should’ve been a wake-up call for moderates, independents, sensible Republicans…TENNESSEE IS GOING BACKWARDS.”

Sen. Yarbro on the extremism of Gov. Bill Lee and the Republican Party supermajority, focusing on imaginary issues rather than helping folks who need it.

 

NYT’s “THE DAILY” Podcast On GREENEVILLE, TN’s Vaccine Hesitancy

Today’s episode of the New York Times “The Daily” podcast is called “Rural Tennessee’s Vaccine Hesitators”, and it’s all about vaccine hesitancy in GREENEVILLE, Tennessee – a community hard-hit by COVID where vaccine intake is exceptionally low compared to nationwide standards.

In general, Tennessee is at the bottom when it comes to vaccine intake, in large part thanks to a lack of leadership by Governor Lee, who made little fanfare of getting the vaccine himself, and has promised a marketing campaign to encourage folks to get the vaccine that has never materialized.

The Daily episode talks to doctor Daniel Lewis, a much-respected Greeneville doctor who nearly died of COVID, and has been doing his best to encourage folks in the area to get the shots.

The Battle Against the Byhalia Pipeline

Hale and Cassie are joined by Justin Pearson, one of the co-founders of the grassroots movement Memphis Community Against The Pipeline (MCAP). They dig into the movement’s fight against the Byhalia Connection Pipeline and the ongoing environmental injustices happening right now in Memphis, Tennessee.

Check out Memphis Community Against the Pipeline

Sign the petition to tell city council members to vote to protect Memphis’ drinking water on Tuesday

Volunteer with MCAP

Sunrise Tennessee Interest Form

Find out what Native Land you are living on

Follow Sunrise Tennessee on Twitter and Facebook.

FULL PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts and wherever else you like to listen.