Remember earlier this year when we told you about Tennessee's raggedy redistricting? Well, it gets worse. 

Not only did state legislators pass remapped districts that chopped and screwed Nashville in order to dilute the power of the city's voters, we're now learning that they likely put the August election in jeopardy, and definitely impacted early voting for the November 8 election. 

Bottom line: Gerrymandered maps were entered into the Election Commission's system wrong and caused thousands of Tennessee voters to be placed into the wrong districts. As voters showed up to the polls in split precincts, they were directed to cast ballots into the wrong congressional districts because of the incorrectly entered maps. Wrong districts lead to wrong candidates, which leads to voters being unable to vote for their candidates of choice. 

It would be too much like right for the people responsible to take accountability, rectify the problem, and ensure election accuracy and transparency at all costs. Nah, instead Jeff Roberts of the Davidson County Election Commission said, “Mistakes happen.” 

Oh it's like that?!

This is voter suppression. It is a clear example of the strategic, racist, oppressive, and anti-democracy tactics being played with our tax paying dollars and time. Everyone needs to be accountable, from the elected to the appointed, including Secretary of State Tre "DUI" Hargett who was aware of the problem and in typical Tre fashion, did not make the right decision.

We're pissed AF and we'll still vote, show up, show out, and defend democracy. Every ballot impacts our lives. Make them hear your voice and see your vote.  

Election Day is Tuesday:

  •  Download our free, nonpartisan TN Voter Guides to vote with confidence. They're specific to Nashville, Memphis, and Clarksville, but if you're not in those areas you can still download the guide for election dates, tips to identify voter suppression, and more. The TN Voter Guides are also available in Arabic and Spanish.
  • Read up on the proposed constitutional amendments.
  • Want to know which candidates our sister organization, The Equity Alliance Fund, has endorsed? Visit the TEAF website. 
The LiberTEA Collective application won't complete itself. 

They say seven is the number of completion and we're accepting application for Cohort 7. If previous cohorts didn't work out for you, now is the time to apply.
  • Interested in stepping up your community engagement?
  • Do you have a strong political background?
  • Ready to do more than sign petitions?
  • Want to know the 411 on Civics 101?
  • Can you name the governor?
Regardless of your answers, we have room for you to learn, grow, and activate with the next powerful group of Black Tennesseans to become Liberators. 

Application schedule:
  • Applications due: Wednesday, November 30 at 11:59 PM CT
  • Applicant interviews: Monday, December 5 - Friday, December 9
  • Acceptance notification: Saturday, December 10
  • Applicant acceptance & payment deadline: Friday, December 16
Cohort schedule:
  • Session 1: Self-Love is Community Love 
    Friday, January 20 - Saturday, January 21, 2023

  • Session 2: Freedom Ain’t Free: The Fight for Black Freedom 
    Thursday, January 26, 2023

  • Session 3: Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: Civics 101 
    Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • Session 4 & 5: Can’t Create Change From the Sideline: Running for Office and Working on a Campaign and This Ain’t a Spectator Sport: Movement Building and Disruption
    Friday, February 10 - Saturday, February 11, 2023

  • Session 6: Movers, Shakers and Gatekeepers in Government: Boards, Commissions and Civil Service Roles
    Thursday, February 16, 2023

  • Session 7: Yo Seat Ain’t Safe: Advocacy and Lobbying 
    Thursday, February 23, 2023

  • Graduation: We Are Liberators!
    Saturday, March 4, 2023
Memphis, thanks for showing up and having a great time at Costumes & Cocktails this past Sunday. 
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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