2016 Is Underway

2016 is finally here! To start the year off right, the members of AWAKE met at Mad Platter to discuss our ideas and issues for the year. Thanks to everyone who came out. We're looking forward to all that 2016 has to bring.   Continue reading

See Our Latest Headlines!

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

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

Insure Tennessee: Statement of Support

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

Female Feature: Sara Beth Myers

  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