Fired Up for Democracy - NOAH’s 2nd Annual Banquet in May

The 2nd annual NOAH fundraising banquet on May 11 was a great success. The Cal Turner Family Center’s Grand Ballroom at Meharry Medical College was filled to capacity for the banquet.

The keynote address was given by Stefanie Brown James, a civic engagement expert and Founding Partner, Vestige Strategies, LLC. As the National African American Vote Director for the Obama for America Campaign, Stefanie organized the national strategy to engage black leaders and voters to register and re-elect President Barack Obama - contributing to the historic turnout of the black community which voted at a higher rate than white voters for the first time in history.

Community Oversight Board

NOAH’s Criminal Justice Task Force is advocating for the creation of a community oversight board to investigate civilian complaints of misconduct by the police. NOAH, Gideon’s Army, the NAACP, the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship, and other community organizations support the board being implemented. Mayor Megan Barry and Police Chief Steve Anderson do not support implementing such a board. The Metro Council is undecided on this. Please help NOAH to engage the Metro Council on this.

The Mayor and Police Chief support use of body cameras and body armor, and the hiring of more police officers. NOAH advocacy was a major influence in Nashville’s decision to use body cameras. These measures though do not provide direct solutions for addressing community complaints of police misconduct nor do they address the need for community involvement in policy review. Statistics indicate that police disproportionately stop and search people of color. The Police Chief notes that the reasons for this disproportionality “can be revealed, or at least hypothesized, only with exhaustive research and analysis,” which has not been done.

NOAH’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at Historic 15th Avenue Baptist Church, 1203 9th Ave. North, 37208. NOAH has over 60 faith and values based member organizations, including the Greater Nashville UU. Please contact Doug L. or Nancy C. if you have any questions.


Gordon Memorial UMC, 2334 Herman St., 37208

9:00am -3:00pm (please arrive between 8:30am & 8:45am to park, register)

This a free of charge complete introduction to Community Organizing Training. If you haven't gone through it yet, or would like a good refresher, please attend. Let us know who is planning to come. Also, let Doug or Nancy know if you submitted the signup form, or if would like us to sign you up - so there is enough space and materials available for those attending.

Info and Sign Up: Community Organizing Training-Workshop

This training is for everyone interested in community organizing:

  • Moving from personal feelings about racism to attacking institutional racism;
  • Moving from maintaining an institution to creating a community.
  • Understanding the concept of "Power"– what it takes to get it done.
  • Reclaiming self-interest as a necessary tool to motivate one’s self and others.
  • Creating relationships -the prerequisite to effective organizing.
  • Distinguishing between public and private relationships – or how to move from co-dependent to healthy, accountable, productive relationships.
  • Building organizations that can be effective vehicles for social change