MAJOR CAMPAIGN ISSUES FOR MAYORAL CANDIDATES as DEFINED BY COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS IN THE HEART OF KNOXVILLE
Community Voices Coalition is a grassroots coalition that is making sure Gun Violence, Youth Opportunities, and Unaffordable Utilities continue to be major election issues in the mayoral race. These are the top issues of concern expressed in a historic survey of 699 inner-city residents.
On September 5th the CVC invites inner-city residents to attend a follow-up Community Conversation to express their key issues. The purpose of the event is to have residents translate their top concerns into specific, workable policies and programs they want to implement in partnership with the next mayor.
The product that comes out of Thursday’s event will be the policy framework that the Coalition will bring to their next Mayoral Candidate Forum on September 28th.
the top issues identified in the survey were discussed in a Coalition-sponsored mayoral candidate forum in July. In addition to asking how they would address Knoxville’s dubious distinction of having the highest African-American poverty rate in the South, candidates were asked how they would address the issues of Gun Violence, Youth Opportunities, and Unaffordable Utilities.
In this important election year in the city of Knoxville, the series of Community Conversations and forums is an effort for inner-city residents concerns to be heard and to hold elected representatives accountable.
The Community Voices Coalition is a partnership of 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 to be of the deepest concern in their communities.
Community Conversations 2: Our Solutions will be on Thursday, September 5, 6 – 8 pm, Logan Temple AME Zion Church, located at 2744 Selma Ave.
About Community Voices Coalition
The Community Voices Coalition is a partnership of non-profit, non-government agencies and individuals based in the Heart of Knoxville who are working to empower inner-city residents to understand and collectively address issues they self-identify to be of the deepest concern in their communities. Community Voices Coalition partners are:
5 Points Up Five Points Up has a mission to unify and beautify East Knoxville.
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.
Great Schools Partnership serves as a catalyst, think tank, incubator, start-up funder and operational partner for making Knox County Schools globally competitive.
One Knox Legacy Coalition, to enhance and empower the social justice voice of a rising generation of leaders in Knoxville.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP, is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Montgomery Village Residents Association MVRA, is a resident elected group to support and represent the interests of tenants of Montgomery Village, which is managed by Knoxville’s Community Development Organization.
Men On A Mission – MOAM, empowers people with guidance, information and the tools necessary to become peacemakers, problem solvers, good leaders, and entrepreneurs in their communities.
Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1807 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville. Pastor Leroy Franklin.
Logan Temple AME Zion Church, 2744 Selma Ave, Knoxville; Pastor Rev. L. Samuel Brown.