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Tennessee community and gun safety groups organize special

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Sunday, Aug. 20

Rise and Shine TN in partnership with Together Collective 

2 p.m., Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave., N., Nashville, TN 37243

  • Led by Nashville-based recording artist and Grammy nominee Ruby Amanfu and producer and songwriter Sam Ashworth, the event will feature children singing “This Little Light of Mine,” a performance by the Together Collective — a group of musical artists working to bring about positive change — and a non-partisan call from Amanfu and community activist Maryam Abolfazli to Tennessee lawmakers to protect children  from gun violence. 

Monday, Aug. 21

Southern Christian Coalition 

8:30 a.m., Legislative Plaza, 301 6th Ave., N., Nashville, TN 37243

  • Faith leaders, including Rev. Rev. Ingrid McIntyre, Pastor of Glencliffe United Methodist Church, Chaplain Dahron Johnson, United Church of Christ, and Rev. Francisco Garcia, Priest at St. Augustine Chapel in Nashville will lead a prayer session. Participants plan to form a human chain around the Tennessee Capitol.

Moms Demand Action/Everytown for Gun Safety/Students Demand Action

11 a.m., Media Room, ground floor of the Cordell Hull Legislative Building ,425 Rep. John Lewis Way, Nashville TN, 37243

  • A group of mothers and students will hold a press conference to discuss what they term lawmakers’ inaction leading up to the special session.

Voices for a Safer Tennessee

Noon – 1:30 p.m., Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

  • The  nonpartisan organization dedicated to prioritizing firearm safety and promoting responsible firearm ownership through bipartisan legislation, is hosting an informational briefing on Monday, August 21, ahead of the Tennessee General Assembly convening for its special session on public safety later that day. Safer TN’s 20,000 coalition members have been invited to register to attend either in person or online to learn more about what to expect during the special session and how to get involved. 

The Equity Alliance

Noon-2 p.m., First Baptist Church Capitol, 625 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203

  • As the last day of The Equity Alliance’s Freedom Summer Tour, the group will convene at First Baptist Church Capitol Hill — a center of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement — at noon before marching to the Legislative Plaza at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., there will be rally with music and speakers on Legislative Plaza.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

African American Clergy Collective of Tennessee and the Interdenomination Ministers Fellowship 

1 p.m.,  Press Conference Room, ground floor of the Cordell Hull Legislative Building ,425 Rep. John Lewis Way, Nashville TN, 37243

  • The groups will hold a press conference to amplify the need to address gun violence as a public health crisis.
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