Memphis Soapbox Dinner: An Evening of Political Conversations

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Crescent Club

6075 Poplar Avenue

Suite 909

Memphis, TN 38119

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Join in the fun around the tables to share various points of view. 17 tables will be facilitated by local dignitaries.

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This event will be held Tuesday, March 26th, from 6PM to 8PM, at The Crescent Club. Networking and cash bar begin at 5:30PM. We will host 17 tables of 8 people each to discuss current issues with local dignitaries. Our Emcee for the evening is Marybeth Conley, with WREG-TV and KWAM -The Voice. This will be a fun non-partisan event, open to the public.

Gold sponsors ($500) include Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Straughn.

Silver sponsors ($250) include National Coalition of 100 Black Women (, Peg Watkins, Adrienne Pakis-Gillon, and

Bronze sponsors ($100) include Democratic Women of Shelby County (, Future 901 (, Germantown Democratic Club (, Ranked Choice Tennessee (, Shelby County Republican Women's Club (, Society of Women Engineers and Smith & Nephew, and Richard & Marilyn Klenz.

The Program for the evening includes the following dignitaries and topics:

Table 1. Dr. Earl Fisher, Senior Pastor - Abyssian Baptist Church & Olliette Murry-Drobot, Executive Director - Family Safety Centerof Memphis and Shelby County

Topic: Social Justice System and Criminal Justice Reform. How Do We Address Social Justice Issues Locally? More Than Just Homelessness

Table 2. Van Turner, Chair - Shelby County TN Commission & Betty Boone, Past President - National Coalition of 100 Black Women

Topic: Confederate Statue Removal. Is Segregation Over?

Table 3. Greg Phillips, News Director - WMC Action News 5, & Eric Barnes, President and Executive Director - The Daily Memphian

Topic: Is the National News Media Failing Us?

Table 4. Katy Spurlock, Deputy Director – Urban Child Institute & Rhonnie Brewer, President & Board Chair – Guild (part of Memphis Urban League)

Topic: Sensible Gun Control, Protecting Our Children

Table 5. John Zeanah, Director - Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, Jamal Boddie – Hyde Fellow in Community Engagement, Memphis River Parks & George Abbott – Director of External Affairs, Memphis River Parks

Topic: Memphis 3.0 and Why Downtown Riverfront Development Matters

Table 6. Bill Dries, Journalist - The Daily Memphian & Joe Birch, Co-Anchor - WMC Action News 5

Topic: How to Discern the Truth in Media

Table 7. Amy Weirich, District Attorney General - Shelby County TN & Heidi Kuhn, Criminal Court Clerk – Shelby County TN

Topic: Judicial Reform, Bail System, Phone Tapping, Legislative Changes

Table 8. Anne Mathes, Executive Director - Community Legal Center & Gabby Salinas, Healthcare & Policy Advocate – Shelby County TN

Topic: Immigration, Healthcare, Legal Aid

Table 9. Cheyenne Johnson, Super District 8 City Council Member – Memphis City Council & Amber Mills, District 1 County Commissioner - Shelby County Commission

Topic: Who do the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission serve?

Table 10. Aaron Fowles, Executive Director – Ranked Choice Tennessee & Joia Erin Thornton, Program Community Outreach Coordinator - Just City

Topic: Would a 3-party System Provide Better Options for the People? How Would that impact Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV)? Implementation of IRV?

Table 11. John Lawrence, Senior Economic Development Specialist – EDGE & Gwendolyn Tucker, President - NAWBO Memphis

Topic: How does the City/County PILOT Policy Help or Not Help Local Workforce, Particularly Minorities and Women? Where is the Accountability?

Table 12. Linda Phillips, Administrator of Elections - Shelby County Election Commission & Jackson Baker, Senior Editor – The Memphis Flyer

Topic: Alternative Voting Processes, Same-Day Voter Registration, Online, Mail-in, Potential Legislation That’s Good for Memphis

Table 13. Myron Lowery, Memphis City Council Chairman, Emeritus - Memphis City Council & Sherman Greer, District 1 City Council Member – Memphis City Council

Topic: Challenges of Representing Constituents, What Makes Memphis Unique

Table 14. Brad Watkins, Executive Director - Mid-South Peace and Justice & Felecia Bean Barnes, Board Chair - Memphis Urban League

Topic: State of Poverty and Housing in the Memphis area

Table 15. Deborah Clubb, Executive Director – Memphis Area Women’s Council & Wanda Halbert, Clerk – Shelby County TN

Topic: Memphis Approach to Women’s Issues – Housing, Trafficking, Sexual Harassment, Abuse, Pay Equity

Table 16. Dennis Lynch, West Tennessee Chair – Sierra Club/Chickasaw Group & Susan Hutson, Hydrologist – Hutson Environmental Consulting

Topic: Aquifer, Recycling, Landfill, Renewable Energy, Climate Change

Table 17. Carla Kirkland, President - District One of the Tennessee Nurses Association & Lisa Beasley, President-elect - District One of the Tennessee Nurses Association

Topic: Healthcare in Tennessee. Successes & Challenges

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Net proceeds will fund expenses related to voter education and voter registration events facilitated by the League of Women Voters Memphis/Shelby County, a non-partisan organization.

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