It is said that in small towns, everyone knows everyone's business. So we made sure residents weren't left in the dark about their town's business.

This weekend The Equity Alliance and other groups united in Mason to not just talk the talk, but actually walk the walk by going door-to-door meeting residents, explaining the charter and financial takeover situation, and listening to their thoughts about what's going on. 

What's the update?
  • Since Mason officials voted to maintain the town's 153-year-old charter, it will not be relinquished. 👏🏽
  • The TN Comptroller's office will continue its pursuit of financial oversight of Mason and is expected to provide an update April 4 regarding when the oversight will begin and how long it will last. 
    • The oversight is concerning because:
      • It will require comptroller approval for expenses over $100. This appears to be a stipulation that hasn't been previously applied to towns in the same position as Mason.
      • It could negatively impact the town's good financial standing with vendors due to not being able to promptly pay its bills.
      • The comptroller can block Mason from applying for grants that could strengthen its financial standing and lead to necessary infrastructure improvements and economic development.
If you're thinking that this could've all been worked out without the comptroller's chaos, you're right. One way this could and should have been handled, is that TN Comptroller Jason Mumpower could have approached the town's leadership with a genuine offer to provide guidance and partnership, instead of disrespectful demands clothed as recommendations. But that's too much like right.

How you can help.
When asked how fellow Tennesseans and others can support Mason, Vice Mayor Virginia Rivers shared, "Spread the word! Let people know what we're up against and what we're fighting for." And for residents and neighbors, "It affects you no matter if you're in the city or the county."

We appreciate Mayor Emmit Gooden, Vice Mayor Rivers and residents of Mason for welcoming us and the following groups into their community this weekend:
  • Service Employees International Union
  • The Climate Reality Project: Memphis & Mid-South Regional Chapter
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Alumnae Chapters of Dyersburg and Memphis
  • Residents of nearby communities and volunteers from Nashville and Memphis
This fight is far from over. Sign-up to stand in solidarity and take action with the people of Mason. 
Volunteer with #SaveMasonTN
Left: The Equity Alliance Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director Charlane Oliver and Mason Mayor Emmit Gooden. Right: Mason Vice Mayor Virginia Rivers and The Equity Alliance Communications Manager Tereva Parham. 
You can't help but to see the candidate's signs in yards and along major streets. But who are these people and what do they stand for?

Voters in Davidson County will get the chance to hear from candidates in the District Attorney race on Wednesday, April 6 at 6-8pm CT at Yay Yay's on Jefferson, 1821 Jefferson St., Nashville, TN 37208. 

Harriet Vaughn-Wallace will moderate our Cocktails with the Candidates:
  • Glenn Funk, Davidson County District Attorney
  • Danielle Nellis, Assistant District Attorney
  • Sara Beth Myers, former prosecutor 
The event will include complimentary food, cocktails, good vibes and valuable information to help you vote with confidence.
Two days left to secure your $35 special-TEA all black license plate by March 31, 2022!
After the cutoff, all pre-order information will be sent to the State of Tennessee for a 3-4 month blackout period for processing, production and distribution. After that time, anyone with a vehicle registered in Tennessee will be able to purchase the TEA plate from the State of Tennessee directly. 

We appreciate your support and can't wait to see you ridin' clean and reppin' TEA. 
Ladies, let's get ready for The Equity Alliance's 3rd annual Black Women's Empowerment Weekend on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10.

We've leveled up and expanded the event to a dope 2-day encounter full of laughter, inspiration, knowledge drops, vendors, entertainment, a delicious brunch and celebration!

Tell your sistagirls, sorors, church friends, neighbors and 'nem to head to to purchase early bird tickets through April 15! 

Ticket options:
  • VIP Package - $300
  • Early Bird Weekend Pass - $135
  • Early Bird Brunch Ticket - $85
  • Early Bird Summit Ticket - $60
  • Pay It Forward Ticket - $100
There's a place for you on the volunteer TEAm. 

Would you like to volunteer with The Equity Alliance, but are unsure of where or how? No worries, we've got you covered.

Save the date to join us for an upcoming Tuesday, 7pm CT volunteer orientation:
  • April 5
  • April 19
How to get involved: 
  1. Sign up to join our volunteer TEAm
  2. Registration links will be provided soon
The Equity Alliance unapologetically builds independent Black political and economic power. We educate, empower, and mobilize people to take action and keep our government in check.

Based in Nashville, TN, we are a statewide 501(c)(3) nonpartisan and non-profit organization and unrelenting force that advocates for equitable opportunities and systems that improve the quality of life for Black people. Authenticity and innovation fuel our approach to equip citizens with tools and strategies to fully participate in civic processes and champion solutions to issues that affect their daily lives.

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