WTF: Young Leaders—A Busy Year Ahead

It has been a great year so far. We celebrated our first anniversary at Craft Brewed, raising about a fifth of our goal for the year while learning about Transit for Nashville from Nora Kern, and Safe TN Project from Beth Joslin Roth. Council Member Kathleen Murphy inspired us by telling her story about running for office as a young woman, and blogger Leigh Lovett enouraged women to collaborate with one another, not compete. A lot of great candidates came to the event to talk to our members and answer questions.

Council Member Kathleen Murphy speaking at WTF:YL's First Anniversary Party

Members from across the state joined in the March for Our Lives on March 24 for gun violence prevention and reform. We also participated in community events statewide, like Nashville’s first Civic Saturday and Women’s Day on the Hill.

Marching towards the State Capitol in support of gun reform

Coming up:

May 1, 2018 is an important election day across Tennessee. More than 40 counties are hosting Democratic Primaries. Make sure you are ready by checking your registration, and contacting your local election commission to find out early voting dates and your polling place.

Women for Tennessee’s Future, our parent organization, posts a list of endorsed candidates for each election.

Counties with Democratic Primaries May 1, 2018: ANDERSON BEDFORD BENTON BLEDSOE BLOUNT BRADLEY CARTER COCKE COFFEE CUMBERLAND DAVIDSON DEKALB FRANKLIN GIBSON GREENE GRUNDY HAMBLEN HAMILTON HARDEMAN HAWKINS HENDERSON JEFFERSON KNOX LAWRENCE LOUDON MACON MADISON MARION MCMINN MEIGS MONROE MONTGOMERY OVERTON POLK PUTNAM RHEA RUTHERFORD SEVIER SHELBY SULLIVAN SUMNER TIPTON UNICOI VAN BUREN WARREN WASHINGTON WEAKLEY WHITE WILLIAMSON

WTF: Young Leaders’ Council meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30PM. Send us an email if you’d like to join us – we are always looking to engage excited, energetic young women who want to make a difference in our community.

Celebrating One Year of YL

Our first year has gone by so fast, and we are grateful to have engaged so many wonderful young leaders in progressive politics. We raised thousands of dollars, but also recognized the significant political power of young people outside of donations and started a volunteer committee late in the year. Volunteers put in nearly 200 hours in this short period of time, and about 1/3 of them had never volunteered. We are very excited about this growing this for our endorsed candidates in 2018 – let us know if you’re interested in helping out.

We kicked off 2018 with our first YLC strategic planning retreat to jump start our work for this important election year, identifying key goals for diversity and membership increases. Along with our parent organization, Power Together TN, and Emerge America, we brought together women from all around the state for Women’s March 2.0 in late January. Sarah McCall, Expansion Director for WTF, led conference classes on using political power and running for office, and she inspired both us and everyone else in the room.

We are planning a birthday party and hope you’ll join us on March 22 to celebrate! Speakers to be announced.

Filing Deadline Thursday: More Women Expected on TN Ballots This Year

Public News Service, February 15, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thursday is the deadline for Tennesseans to file as candidates with a board of election in order to appear on the May primary ballot.

While the exact numbers are not quantified, anecdotal evidence points to a record number of women pursuing leadership positions at the local, state and national level.

Currently women hold 16 percent of elected offices in the Volunteer State, compared with a national rate of 25 percent.

Sarah McCall, expansion director with the group Women for Tennessee’s Future, expects that to change this year, based on the interest her group’s political action committee is seeing.

Read moreFiling Deadline Thursday: More Women Expected on TN Ballots This Year

WTF’s Women’s March 2.0 Guide

HERE IS YOUR WTF GUIDE TO THE WOMEN’S MARCH 2.0 ACTIVITIES

Ready. Set. March! The Women’s March 2.0 Conference and Rally in Nashville is just a few days away and we hope you have plans to make your voice heard by participating in the conference or the rally/march, or better yet… both! We’ve been getting some questions about the schedule of events, so here is everything you need to know.


Time – 8:00am – 1:30pm
Location – TSU Avon Williams Campus Atrium, 330 10 th Ave N, Nashville
Register – Online using this link: [http://bit.ly/wm2point0]

(There is a registration fee for the conference, but the organizers do not want the fee to be a barrier to participation. If you need the fee waived, please email: support@tnpowertogether.org )

WTF TRAINING AT THE CONFERENCE
WTF’s Expansion Director, Sarah McCall, is co-leading a session called “Building your Political Power and Running for Office in the age of Trump” with Emerge Tennessee Executive Director, Kristal Knight, and Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Director, Jason Freeman. We hope you will consider attending this powerful training.

To see a full list of scheduled workshop sessions at the conference, please visit: https://tnpowertogether.org/programming/

WTF SWAG TABLE AT THE CONFERENCE
During the conference, WTF will have a Swag Table. Stop by to pick up a free WTF button, sticker or rally sign.

*Please Note : If you reserved a WTF Swag Pack and Beanie, you may pick it up from our Swag Table during the Conference, even if you are not registered to attend the conference. For those who reserved a Swag Pack, you will be receiving an email with more instructions on picking up your Swag Pack. All Swag Packs have been reserved at this point.

 


The March and Rally are free to attend

SCHEDULE
1:50pm – 1:55pm – WTF Group Picture (info below) – Public Square Park – 1 Public Square (WTF supporters are meeting near the stairs down to 3rd Ave N)

2:00pm – 3:00pm – MARCH – Meet at Public Square Park – 1 Public Square
There will be entertainment beginning at 2pm. The Women’s March on Tennessee will leave from Public Square Park around 2:30pm and march to Bicentennial Mall – 600 James Robertson Parkway

3:00pm- 5:00pm – RALLY – Speakers and closing ceremonies at Bicentennial Mall

*Please Note : If you would like to join WTF for our group photo, please arrive a few minutes before 1:50pm. We will take the photo at 1:45pm sharp. We will be meeting near the stairs that lead down to 3rd Ave North at Public Square Park.

**Chattanooga Women’s March : Are you marching in the Chattanooga Women’s March? If you’d like to get connected to the WTF supporters in Chattanooga, please email Sarah at: sarah@womenfortnfuture.org, and she will connect you.


PRE-PARTY
The Official Pre-Party is Friday, January 19 th from 6:00 – 9:00pm at The Blue Room at Third Man Records. The event is free and details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2115033582049784/

AFTER-PARTY
The Official After-Party is Saturday, January 20th from 6:00 – 9:00pm at Acme Feed & Seed. The event is $20 and the proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. Musical performers include Michelle Branch, Divinity Roxx, Alanna Royale and Kate Tucker. Details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/330089747478615/
Purchase your After-Party ticket here: bit.ly/WMAfterParty

Alright! We hope that clarifies this weekend’s activities.

Don’t forget to post pictures on social media and tag WTF!

Use WTF hashtags:
#ElectWTFwomen
#WTFYL

Use Women’s March hashtags:
#PowerToThePolls
#PowerTogetherTN
#WMNPWRTN

Questions? Email Sarah at: sarah@womenfortnfuture.org

Tennessee women can change the course of politics next year

The Tennessean. December 13, 2017.

They came out in the pouring rain last month. They stood in line, and they didn’t leave until they had their say.

Voters in Virginia – especially progressive women, minority voters, and younger people – had a lot on their minds.

Democrats didn’t really have to work that hard to lure voters. When Nazis and unhooded Klansmen showed up in Charlottesville this summer, and the President blamed “many sides,” Virginians didn’t forget in November.

Read moreTennessee women can change the course of politics next year

WTF Seeks Fall 2017 Intern

2017 Fall Internship Opportunity: Fundraising and Communications Intern

Women for Tennessee’s Future (WTF) is a political action committee (PAC) dedicated to mobilization, advocacy, and fundraising for the election of progressive women across the state. WTF offers education about the political process, information on crucial political issues, and support for progressive women candidates for public office. If you are enthusiastic about the advancement of progressive women in politics in TN, then this is the internship for you.

Read moreWTF Seeks Fall 2017 Intern

WTF’s Up with Tennessee Ballots (It’s Not the Acronym You’re Expecting)

Michael Edward Miller. WUTC, November 9, 2016.

Governor Bill Haslam created Insure Tennessee to help 280,000 low-income residents in the state get health insurance. But a small group of Republican lawmakers in the state Senate Health Committee killed the plan before it got off the ground, which inspired the creation of Women for Tennessee’s Future, an organization opposing Republicans by grooming female Democratic candidates to run for office.

Read moreWTF’s Up with Tennessee Ballots (It’s Not the Acronym You’re Expecting)