The July 25th Mayoral forum will be focused exclusively on the concerns of residents who live in the heart of Knoxville – gun violence, youth opportunities, and unaffordable utilities.
The results are in from 699 inner-city residents: the top issues they want the next mayor to address are Gun Violence, Youth Opportunities, and Unaffordable Utilities.
“During an election year, the voices of many inner-city residents are not often heard in an organized, unified way. This survey intends to change that.” said Tanisha Baker, a member of Five Points Up, an East Knoxville community group that is part of the coalition.
The Community Voices Coalition will be getting that message across in its July 25th Mayoral Candidate Forum at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church on Dandridge Ave. in East Knoxville.
A 2019 survey of 699 inner-city residents revealed top issues that were discussed in a Community Conversations Forum last month, where residents formulated questions for mayoral candidates, based on the issues of Gun Violence, Youth Opportunities, and Unaffordable Utilities.
Thus far 4 of the 5 candidates for Mayor of the City of Knoxville have confirmed their attendance.
The first Community Voices Candidate Forum will be held Thursday, July 25, 6 – 8 pm, at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, located at 1807 Dandridge Ave. Attorneys from the Knox County Public Defender’s Office will also be on hand at the Forum to assist with residents’ legal questions and referrals.
The Community Voices Coalition is a partnership of 8 non-profit, non-government agencies based in the Heart of Knoxville who are working to empower inner-city residents to understand and collectively address issues they self-identify as of the deepest concern in their communities.
Community Voices Coalition partners are: 5 Points Up, NAACP Knoxville Chapter, SEEED, OneKnox Legacy, Montgomery Village Residents Association, Great Schools Partnership, Logan Temple AME Church, Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
SEEED, Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, creates pathways out of poverty for young adults through career readiness training, while equipping communities with environmental literacy skills. Learn more at seeedknox.com or call 865-222-2222.
About 5 Points Up: Five Points Up has a mission to unify and beautify East Knoxville.