Give Back on Wednesday, May 3 On May 3, all of your donations to AWAKE through the Big Payback earn us more money! If you've never donated before, May 3 is your day. If you have donated before, thank you and please consider making an additional donation on Wednesday.
Join us for our 2017 Spring fundraiser, Tapas & Toasts at Casa Azafran! This year we are already on the ground working to bring more safety to domestic violence survivors and educating students around Middle TN about healthy relationships and finances. Help support our work on March 30th from 6pm - 8pm and learn more about how you can get involved this year.
Thank you to everyone who supported our Stalking Prevention Bill which has now been signed by the Governor. This amendment updates our stalking law for the 21st Century, especially as it relates to social media and third party communication. Special thanks to Jennifer Gillett, Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, You Have the Power, YWCA of Nashville & Middle TN, and the Nashville Sexual Assault Center for their support.
Our CMV Awareness Bill passed and was signed into law by the governor on March 22, 2016. Thank you to everyone who supported this groundbreaking legislation that will improve the health of Tennessee's women and kids. Learn more about the law's journey in this interview: Continue reading
Check out this excellent coverage of our CMV bill, which would allow medical providers who care for pregnant women to inform them about a preventable, devastating disease that affects between 600-800 newborns every year in Tennessee. This bill was sent to summer study and will return in 2016, along with our CMV families from across the state. We're fighting for the health of our women and kids! Continue reading
Women's Day on the Hill last Wednesday was a huge success. Women and men from all over the state came out to help lobby AWAKE's bills and several excellent bills from other women's organizations. We also received great press. Check out this video from Channel 4 featuring our President, Sara Beth Myers. WSMV Channel 4 Continue reading
AWAKE supports Insure Tennessee. This plan will save and improve nearly 300,000 Tennesseans' lives. Please review this information and then email or call your state representative and tell him/her that you support insurance for our working poor. For more information about Insure Tennessee, please visit: insuretennesseenow.com
Sara Beth Myers has been busy. Her organization, Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality, or AWAKE, has existed officially only since November 2013 but already passed a bill with bipartisan support through the Tennessee state legislature. The call that the Missouri-born Myers felt to start AWAKE grew out of her work on domestic violence cases as an assistant district attorney. Myers joined the Nashville District Attorney’s office in August 2012 after almost three years in private practice. She discovered that “there wasn’t a progressive issues-based organization in Tennessee that advocates specifically for women’s and children’s issues,” she said. “There are a lot of great organizations that already exist; they just don’t do exactly what we do.” Myers started AWAKE to fill that gap by fostering public policy to “improve the wellness, safety, opportunity and equality for women and children in Tennessee.” After building a base in Nashville, she and AWAKE members she has recruited plan to establish a statewide presence. Continue reading