Upcoming Events in Knoxville and Nashville

Knoxville Teach-In on Mass Incarceration

and the Death Penalty

Wednesday, September 10, 7-9pm

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

McClung Tower, Room 1210


Join us for a public event dedicated to a dialogue with university and community members on issues of mass incarceration and capital punishment, regionally and nationally. Speakers will include Stacy Rector, the Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Andre Canty of Highlander Center and 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville.  This event is part of a series of statewide events by Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice as Tennessee, in stark contrast to its abolitionist history, moves forward with a schedule to execute 11 people in the next 16 months, beginning in October.

Nashville Teach-In on Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty

Saturday, September 13, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Nashville Public Library, Conference Center

615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

Directions and Parking Information

Sept 13 Teach-in Poster

This teach-in will cover a range of issues, including private prisons, the school-to-prison pipeline, capital punishment, post-incarceration re-entry, and the criminalization of race, poverty, immigration status, pregnancy outcomes, and non-normative gender and sexuality.  The day-long event will feature workshops from Nashville community organizations, such as Project Return, ACLU of Tennessee, Open Table Nashville, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Brown Justice Chasers, Magdalene on the Inside, Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the Children’s Defense Fund.  Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Prison Project and Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice.  Lunch will be provided (RSVP on our facebook event page, or at tnsocialjustice@gmail.com).  Preview a draft program here.

Rally to Stop Executions

Monday, Sept 15, 12 noon – 1pm

Legislative Plaza (corner of 6th and Charlotte)

Nashville, TN

Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice will send a delegation to deliver our Open Letter to Governor Haslam, asking him to stop currently-scheduled executions and to conduct a full and transparent review of Tennessee’s death penalty system. If you have not already signed our letter, click here to add your signature.

Come out and support our delegation!  Bring signs to express your views and banners to represent your school, college, community group, or congregation!


Save the Dates! Sept. 13: Teach-In on Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty — Sept. 15: Delivery of Open Letter to Gov. Haslam

Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice is teaming up with the Vanderbilt Prison Project to co-host a Teach-In on Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 am to 4:30 pm, at the Nashville Public Library (615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219).  The purpose of this event is to connect death penalty abolition with broader issues of mass incarceration, such as the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminalization of poverty and homelessness, and private prisons.  There will be a mix of issue-based workshops led by local activists, and first-person stories told by people who have been directly affected by these issues.  This event is free and open to the public.

After gathering a last round of signatures at the teach-in, we will deliver our Open Letter to Stop Executions in TN to Governor Haslam on Monday, Sept. 15, at 12 noon.  A delegation of representatives from Tennessee colleges, universities, and schools will meet at Legislative Plaza (at the corner of Charlotte and 6th) at 12 noon, then walk over to the State Capitol Building at 12:15 to deliver the letter to the Governor’s office at 12:30.

Please join our delegation, or rally with us to show your support!  Bring signs and banners representing your educational institution, student group, fraternity or sorority, and/or academic disciplines.  This is our chance to make a strong public statement as students and educators who are committed to social justice and to critical thinking about the death penalty and mass incarceration.  Members of the wider community, including faith groups, activists, and community organizers are welcome to join our rally and delegation.

If you have any questions, please contact us at tnsocialjustice@gmail.com.