Education reform takes hard work to produce real change, so we're committed to an action month around school support staffing, funding, and restorative practices. As a launch to this month and in efforts to continue to fight to end the school to prison pipeline, we will be hosting a day of action alongside our sister organizations MICAH (Memphis) and NOAH (Nashville). This is a statewide call to action, bringing together all walks of faith and persons.
The Day of Power and Prayer holds large significance for us as an organization, and we are expecting participation and attendance as we can not only ask our state legislators to action, but our members to action to fight for our children and the funding they deserve to have access school nurses, social workers, and counselors in their schools.
The state of Tennessee only spends 2.9% of all taxable resources on public education. That’s the lowest rate of any state in the nation, and only 19 percent of districts report meeting the goal of one certified social worker for every 1,500 students. Yet we have a state reserve of 2 billion dollars, and continue to fund the presence of police in our schools. We must show up and act. This event will be a show of solidarity and accountability to our state legislature, because WE HAVE FAILED OUR CHILDREN and we have to step up.
The Day of Power and Prayer (DOPP) will take place on Sunday, August 15 from 3-5 pm ET with access to join online. Fill out the Save the Date Form, where we can continue to share information and next steps. PLEASE HAVE YOUR ATTENDEES FILL OUT FORM.
ORGANIZATIONAL ASK: We are asking as per your membership commitment to show up virtually in numbers (5-10 people for in person attendance) to the DOPP, to share this event on your social media/organizations (Flyers, fact sheets, etc, will be attached) and to participate in the day of programming if you so desire.
If you need further clarification on the event, or would like to discuss anything further on the DOPP, please feel free to reach out to Angelica Acevedo (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we can schedule a phone call/meeting!
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CALEB is an institutional coalition of faith-based, labor, and community groups working to build power to affect change in Chattanooga, TN.