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  • 2017 Bill Signing

It’s time to wake up.

Of the more than 6 million people who call Tennessee home, 52 percent are female and 23 percent are children under the age of 18—but they’re often underrepresented or not represented at all in today’s political and policy decisions. Women and children in Tennessee need a voice.

AWAKE advocates for the advancement of women and kids by effecting local and state policy through education, outreach, and research.  Our strategic approach fosters unique partnerships with organizations, communities & elected officials to ensure that the interests of the women and children in Tennessee are heard.

We are doers. Since 2014, we have educated 100s of Middle Tennessee students on healthy relationships and aspects of personal finance. We have also passed six pieces of legislation that directly help women and kids in Tennessee become healthier and safer.

Want to join us? Sign up for a committee. Donate. Get trained to teach & work with our students. Learn how to lobby with us & make appointments with your state legislators. Attend our events to learn what we've been up to. If you want to be involved, we always have an opportunity for you. 

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    2018 Kickoff Meeting

    Join us for our 2018 kickoff meeting where we will discuss our legislative and educational plans, how we plan to create change in Tennessee, and you can help us achieve those goals! All are welcome- new and old volunteers, members and non members! With your ticket purchase of $25, you are officially a voting member of AWAKE! This is the best time to hear about all our mission, events, lobbying efforts, community partners, and volunteer opportunities.

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    WHEN
    January 28, 2018 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Greenhouse Bar
    2211 Bandywood Dr
    Nashville, TN 37215
    United States
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    $25.00 USD · 27 rsvps
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    Women's March 2.0 Power Together TN

    AWAKE is proud to be involved again with the Women's March in Nashville on January 20th. In the year since the incredible Women's March and its sisters marches that became the largest organized protest ever, Power Together & the Women's March organizers are upping the expectations with an entire day's worth of activities.  From the organizers: On January 20, 2018, the anniversary of the Women’s March,we are calling on you to join us in the Women’s March 2.0: Power Together TN in Nashville, TN. This morning conference and march to an afternoon rally is the follow-up action we all promised -- that we would unite and persist! What is the 2.0 part of Women's March 2.0? We knew that marching would be not enough to kick us off for 2018, which is midterm election year and a time to transform our anger into something more powerful, transcendent and sustainable. Thousands will choose to attend the conference for an entire day of activism, and thousands more will join us for the march and rally for free. TICKETS ARE FOR THE CONFERENCE AND CAUCUS LUNCHEONS. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. We never want finances to be a barrier for participation, so if you cannot afford one of the registration levels below, contact us at support@tnpowertogether.org to let us know and we will make sure you can attend. Conference topics will include: Artivism - The role of creativity in social justice; artistic voice = activist voice; using music, dance, theater, film, visual and performance arts for civic engagement Faith and Spirituality- Dealing with trauma; spiritual and moral life of progressives; self-care to stave off burnout; people of faith; values and politics Grassroots Organizing - Skills-building; understanding and managing power; direct action; ensuring safety and security at demonstrations Youth - Leadership development; connecting campuses throughout the state Legislative Skills and Issues - How bills become law; how to lobby; dealing with legislators; specific issues impacting women, communities of color, youth LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, indigenous communities, the earth and our environment etc... Understanding Elections - Voter registration; how to become a candidate; Get Out The Vote From Resistance to Persistence! Last January, during inaugural weekend, over 20,000 people marched in our state’s capital, with an estimated 15,000 Tennesseans marching in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Jonesborough and DC. This was an important moment of unity, but we know that uniting is just the beginning. There is great work to be done and we must organize our efforts to effect change. Most importantly, Tennesseans from all walks of life will gather to connect and support one another, to demonstrate that we are not alone as we face a barrage of political assaults on our communities. We aim to foster a sense of belonging, create a space for learning, and kickoff 2018 with sustained meaningful action.   To purchase conference tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-20-power-together-tn-tickets-39532803680 RSVP & say you'll march with us! https://www.facebook.com/events/141601549799013 Power Together's Facebook with information on the Sign Making parties, day of events, and after party! https://www.facebook.com/PowerTogetherTN See you in the streets!
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    Lobbying 101- 2018 session 2

    Missed our first Lobbying 101? We've got another one coming up, so make plans to attend. 

    Start off the new year by learning how to positively influence the state legislative process for women and kids!

    We demystify the basics of citizen lobbying and give you all the tools you need to become an effective advocate in our Lobbying 101 training. Learn from our team that has a 100% track record for passing legislation that helps women and kids. 

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    You will learn about our state government, how bills become laws in Tennessee, how to communicate effectively with legislators, and the do's and don'ts of advocating for your issue. You'll also learn about how you can volunteer to lobby for AWAKE's 2018 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention legislation & our domestic violence offender notification revision. 

    WHEN
    January 17, 2018 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Vanderbilt Law School
    131 21st Ave S
    Moore Room
    Nashville, TN 37203
    United States
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    A busy November

    November recap: New partnerships, our largest fundraiser, a new board, & looking ahead to 2018!
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