Mid-South Peace and Justice Center

3573 Southern Avenue
901-725-4990

Mission & History

The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center's mission is to engage, organize and mobilize communities to realize social justice through nonviolent action.

This mission has developed since 1982 when the MSPJC formally opened on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday January 15th. Inspired by the International Peace Center in Antwerp, Belgium, as well as similar peace centers elsewhere, members of Pax Christi's "Swords and Plowshares" discussion group began to seriously consider developing a local peace center. In June 1981, a group met to discuss the initial proposal. A small task force began to work full-time on building the structure for what would become the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. A subcommittee chose Prescott Memorial Baptist Church as the location for Memphis' new peace center.

The date of the MSPJC's opening was no coincidence. The Center was founded on the legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi, meaning it is grounded in the spirit of nonviolence. The Center was also faith-based, but not to any particular religious group. The original mission statement supports these two founding principles:

As people of faith, we are inspired by hope for a just society within a just global order. We are actively implementing a vision for our community and the world marked by enduring peace that results from economic, political and social justice. The Center works by utilizing a variety of personal gifts and collective means to help individuals and groups to educate and empower themselves for participatory change in national, state and local policies in a common spirit of nonviolence.

The Center then settled on four priorities to begin its work: disarmament, Central America, South Africa and local issues. The task force dedicated to disarmament advocated banning the testing, and eventually the use, of nuclear weapons. This task force emphasized the need for military spending to be diverted toward satisfying human needs. In 1984, as part of an ongoing effort to halt trains and trucks carrying nuclear weapons, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center stopped the passage of the "white train" through Memphis, successfully derailing nuclear shipments throughout the U.S.

A second task force opposed U.S. military involvement in the Central American countries of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Most of the work focused on El Salvador and Nicaragua. In El Salvador, the goal was to stop the funding and death squads committing human rights abuses. Around 75,000 people were killed, the majority by the Salvadorian military and the death squads. In Nicaragua, the civil war between the U.S.-backed contras and the Sandinistas resulted in the deaths of thousands. The Center advocated ending U.S. funding of the contras, sent delegations to Central America and partnered with local churches as part of the underground railroad for those fleeing the human rights abuses in Central America.

The Center also actively opposed the apartheid in South Africa. The South Africa task force supported the economic boycott of companies backing the South African government and established a sister-community relationship between Memphis and a black township outside of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Multiple workshops and speakers including three South Africans were arranged to educate Memphians about the apartheid and the movement against it. MSPJC staff visited non-profit organizations working against the apartheid in South Africa.

The Center also worked on issues closer to home. The local issues task force became famous for 'Toxic Tours' that highlighted the class inequity present in the locations of the biggest industrial polluters. Interested community groups that wanted to see industrial facilities, chemical plants and dump sites were taken on tours of these areas, which were largely located near low-income communities of color.  Two staff members worked on environmental issues conducting "Toxic Tours," public hearings, an Earth Day event and community workshops to raise awareness of environmental issues in neighborhoods. This local issues task force also concentrated on forcing banks to meet the credit needs of low-to-middle-income communities. Beginning in the mid-1980's and under the leadership of Executive Director Hubert Van Tol the MSPJC systematically challenged the red-lining practices of banking institutions in low-income communities throughout Memphis.

As a "peace center" the MSPJC has always drawn the connections between the violence of war that our government sponsors abroad and the violence of poverty that grips our communities here at home. As millions of dollars are spent on death and destruction abroad we have been a consistent voice for a restructuring of our priorities towards rebuilding our communities at home and where we have destroyed them abroad. This work began in earnest during the first Gulf War that began in 1991, continued through the Iraq sanctions over the next decade that killed hundreds of thousands, and has been active through to todays wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. MSPJC members have protested by the hundreds, held vigils that lasted for years, and sent delegations to witness the first hand effects of war on the ground in war zones.

Now, the Center is primarily concentrating on the needs of communities within Memphis and the rest of the Mid-South. We seek to build a movement, led by people directly affected by injustice, that can fundamentally shift power from corporate boardrooms and government committees to our communities. Our work is currently focused on economic equality, housing, criminal justice reform, homelessness, protection of civil liberties, food justice and international solidarity with people of war-torn and occupied states. We work with and are led by grassroots leaders from the low-income communities of color most impacted by these issues. Coalition partnerships range from other grassroots organizing groups to advocacy organizations, labor organizations, local governments, neighborhood groups, churches and intergovernmental organizations and committees.

Who We Are

The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center is a membership-based organization dedicated to organizing, strategizing and acting to educate and train new community leaders to drive campaigns of their own for racial, economic, environmental and social justice. We work to build the capacity of disenfranchised communities to organize movements that shift power and dismantle oppression.

Founded in 1982, we have always sought to build a  movement, led by people directly affected by injustice, that can fundamentally shift power from corporate board rooms and government committees to our communities. We work with and are led by grassroots leaders from the low-income communities of color most impacted by these issues. Coalition partnerships range from other grassroots organizing groups to advocacy organizations, labor organizations, local governments, neighborhood groups, churches and intergovernmental organizations and committees.

Our Values

The inherent power of the individual: We know the people we work with hold the power to initiate and advance positive change in their communities, and it's these people who must be the leaders in campaigns to improve their lives.

Communities of liberation: We work to create a world without oppression. We recognize that the roots of oppression run deep systemically and within ourselves. We implement strategies of anti-oppression within every facet of our organizing and within our organization itself.

Achieving nonviolent solutions using nonviolent strategy: The MSPJC was founded on the nonviolent principles of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. We know that the most powerful change can only be brought about using nonviolent means, and we are dedicated to practicing and teaching nonviolent action.

Our Objectives

Engage Communities in Building Power: Grassroots leadership development and organizer training to rebuild the capacity of low income and marginalized communities to organize for peace, justice and power

Organize for Grassroots Change: Consistent, coordinated and supported organizing that lifts up and brings together the grassroots voices of our communities to work toward a vision of liberation and social justice

Mobilize Our Power for Justice: Mobilizing our community to create positive change and win victories that are based upon the collective, organized power of those most affected by injustice


Recent News

Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - September 11, 2019

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Remembering William Hudson. MATA Ride Alongs ContinueMBRU sends our condolences to the Hudson family and the entire Memphis Area Transit Authority team. From bus driver to GM, Will Hudson contributed so much to our system over his long career, and…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 21, 2019

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 15, 2019

Soul Train Dance Off This Saturday!!Join us for a groovy time this Saturday, August 17 at Midtown Crossing Grill. The party starts at 9pm and there will be a cover charge of $5 that goes directly to Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Participants…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - July 25, 2019

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - July 17, 2019

July Meeting Recap! Ride Alongs with Mayoral Candidates! Boxtown Workshop!Greetings, transit warriors! MBRU had a great July meeting! Our members talked about the county zone fare, our approach to the upcoming City election, and heard a guest…

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Police Accountability! MBRU On TV! H.O.P.E. Salute! Lights For Liberty

MBRU on Local Memphis This Week! Meeting This Saturday! County Wants MATA Board Seats! Greetings, transit warriors! MBRU's lead organizer Justin Davis spoke to Richard Ransom on Local 24 This Week! The two got to talk about City…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - June 26, 2019

Budget Victory: County Funding for MATA! Meeting in 2 Weeks!This week, MBRU leadership went to the Shelby County Commission meeting to witness a historic victory: for the first time, Shelby County is investing in public transit! In a budget…

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Questions Remain About the Shooting of Brandon Webber

In the days that have followed since US Marshals killed Frayser resident, Brandon Webber in the process of serving a warrant for his arrest on allegations of Mr. Webber being involved in car theft and a shooting in Southaven, Mississippi, many…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - June 12, 2019

MBRU Meeting Recap! WDIA Radio Spot! Driver Shields UpdateGreetings, transit warriors! MBRU had a great time at our June meeting! Our members got to talk service changes, updates on security at the North End Terminal, and we celebrated our recent…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center's News - May 29, 2019

#FundMATA Rally and MBRU Meeting Next Week! MATA Security Update!Remember: MBRU will attend the June 4th City Council meeting at 3:30 PM to tell our officials to #FundMATA! If MATA doesn't get significant new funding this year, riders are worried…

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MSPJC Mainstreams The Progressive 2019

A Message From Our Executive Director, Brad WatkinsI would like to thank Smart City Memphis for their kind write up of the work of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.Over the past 12 years that I have been here, I have had the honor of working…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - May 22, 2019

MATA Announces Service Changes! #FundMATA Rally! Nashville Riders Fight Cuts!Greetings, transit warriors! MATA has announced a new suite of service changes as part of their "non-major service change" policy. The changes go into effect June 9th, and…

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MSPJC Joins Federal Lawsuit to Fight New Anti-Voter Registration Law

Our Friends As you may have read, sadly the Tennessee Legislature has recently passed into law what is perhaps the most draconian of new hurdles designed and crafted to produce a chilling effect on voter registration across the state…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - May 8, 2019

The Roast of the City of Memphis This Saturday!When: May 11th, 2019, 8PM Where: Midtown Crossing GrillThe issues that MSPJC has tackled for close to 40 years are no laughing matter - except for this one time! Come on out to Midtown Crossing Grill to…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - May 1, 2019

H.O.P.E. Warns “Shelter” Plan Is Not What It Seems, Hosts Tent City Protest!Members of H.O.P.E. & MSPJC are calling on the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission to think twice about the proposed $1.2 million in joint…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - Help Us Reach Our Goal

Help Us Reach Our Goal by Monday, April 1, 2019An anonymous donor has offered to match donations on our website through April 1st, up to $2500!Help us reach our fundraising goal…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - February 6, 2019

MBRU Meeting is on Saturday, February 9, 2019! MATA Board Recap! Free Buss Passes for Students!This month, we’ll talk MATA funding, security practices at the North End Terminal and plan for our 7th anniversary celebration. On Saturday,…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - January 30, 2019

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - January 9, 2019

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - Check Out Our 2018 Annual Report!

On behalf of all our staff, board and volunteers here at the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, have a happy and safe holiday season!For 37 years, this organization—your organization—has been a consistent force for good in Memphis…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News: December 17, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News: December 12, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News: December 7, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News: December 5, 2018

MBRU Meeting THIS Saturday! North End Terminal Updates! Ad Hoc Committee Next Tuesday!Greetings, transit warriors! MBRU's final meeting of 2018 is THIS Saturday, and we can't wait to see you! We'll look back on some of our victories this year, and…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News: November 28, 2018

Safety Concerns at the NET! Take Our Transit Rider Survey! MBRU Meeting Next Saturday!Greetings, transit warriors! This week, MBRU wants to highlight two incidents that took place Thanksgiving weekend at the North End Terminal. First, a private…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Need You Now, More Than Ever!

We’re writing to one more time this giving season, because we need your help.For 36 years, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center has been a people-powered organization. We believe—as strongly today as the day we were founded—in…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - November 14, 2018

Ad Hoc Committee RESCHEDULED! November Meeting Recap! Rhodes College Panel!Greetings, transit warriors! The City-County Ad Hoc Committee for transit has been CANCELED this week. It will be rescheduled to a later date, and MBRU will spread the word…

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MSPJC Says Farewell To Training Director, Gio Lopez

As Gio Lopez Prepares For Her Next Chapter, She Remembers Her Time With MSPJCTransitions can be exciting and a little sad as well, but in my opinion it is always a sign that we keep on rolling.After eight and a half years, it's now my time to…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - November 7, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News: October 31, 2018

MATA Board Update! MBRU Wants Dedicated Funding! Meeting in 2 Weeks!Greetings, transit warriors! The MATA Board has approved their new service changes, that will go into effect December 9th! This revised list has far fewer cuts, and saves important…

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New Initiative Reduces Court Dates for Misdemeanor Citations

Under the strategy, people issued misdemeanor citations go to records to be identified and processed and then they go to court all in one day. In the past, they had to be booked one day and then return a second day for their initial court…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - October 24, 2018

MATA Board Meets Thursday! MBRU Wants Dedicated Funding! Orange Mound Recap!Greetings, transit warriors! MATA has announced their new list of service changes for this month! This revised list has much fewer cuts, and this is a big win for bus…

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Otha Thurmond, 93 Year-Old Man, Brutally Slammed and Arrested By MPD

MSPJC fought long and hard to re-establish Memphis' Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) in 2015, to review cases when complainants aren’t satisfied with the investigation handled by MPD's Internal Affairs. Prior to this, the only…

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Judicial Appointment to Turn Our Attention to Post Kauvanaugh: Trump's Sixth Circuit Nominee Chad Readler

We Cannot Overlook Ultra-Conservative Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominee Chad ReadlerWe must continue to fight the Trump Administration’s efforts to pack our lower courts with dangerously ideological nominees. In a few days, the Judiciary…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - October 10, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - October 4, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - September 26, 2018

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New Process for Misdemeanor Citations Coming to a Precinct Near You!

MSPJC's Misdemeanor Citation Success!Hey Memphis and Shelby County!If you've been issued a misdemeanor citation, the process just got easier! As of September 1st, 2018 in the Mt. Moriah Precinct has joined the South Main Precinct, in rolling out a…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - September 19, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - September 12, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - September 5, 2018

Give $10 Towards 10K for 10 Years!10 for 10:We are raising 10K for G.O.T. Power, Grassroots Organizers Training for Power’s 10 anniversary!10 Years: G.O.T. Power started in 2008 with a commitment to growing our community’s capacity…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 22, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 15, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 8, 2018

$10 Towards 10K for 10 Years:10 for 10:We are raising 10K for G.O.T. Power, Grassroots Organizers Training for Power’s 10 anniversary!10 Years: G.O.T. Power started in 2008 with a commitment to growing our community’s capacity through…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 1, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - July 25, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - July 18, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - July 12, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - June 27, 2018

Meeting in 2 Weeks! MBRU at Juneteenth! MATA: On-Demand Service??Greetings, transit warriors! MBRU's next meeting is coming up in two weeks! Join us Saturday, July 14th from 12-2 PM. We'll be talking about new developments in mobility, MATA's…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - June 6, 2018

Marshal Skills Training WorkshopJune 21, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pmDemonstrations play a crucial role in our movements. Rallies and marches display the power and discipline of a campaign which can increase the pressure for change. Organizers often…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - May 30, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - May 23, 2018

Facillitation Skills WorkshopMay 24, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pmHolding an effective meeting that meets the needs of your participants can be a tough job! In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to go through the characteristics of a…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - May 2, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - March 7, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - January 18, 2018

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - December 9, 2017

Everyone please take a moment to watch the video, Puerto Rico Rising, sent to us by Rosa Clemente about the current state of the families in Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria. As of Dec. 4th, the death toll has been reported that over 1,000 women,…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - November 22, 2017

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - October 19, 2017

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center General Meeting- Action Item: Tell Joe Brown You Want The Full 31!

MBRU is proud that bus service has returned to New Chicago, Klondyke, & Smokey City through the new 31 Firestone route. But recent complaints from riders have us concerned. The small shuttle bus assigned to the route doesn't display MATA's…

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Register for Mid-South Peace and Justice Center’s Training Program

Grassroots Organizer Training for Power, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center’s training program, is committed to building our community’s capacity through building skills in grassroots organizing, providing support to people doing…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 10, 2017

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - July 12, 2017

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - June 29, 2017

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Juvenile Justice Project Update - June 22, 2017

This has been an exciting week for the Juvenile Justice Project. We attended the Juvenile Justice Summit to discuss the school to prison pipeline as well as ways to reduce the amount of young people that are taken to jail. We also had some exciting…

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Rise Up Against Jeff Sessions

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is coming to Memphis this Thursday and we are asking the entire community to come out and join us as we call on our local elected and appointed leaders in our criminal justice system to stay at work and not attend.…

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Memphis Bus Riders Union Celebrates 5th Anniversary!

Come celebrate our victories over the past year, including the largest funding increase for new buses from the city in years, and our win with the drivers against Ron Garrison's privatization scheme. Learn about the fight ahead and join the campaign…

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Living The Legacy of Nonviolence 2017

Last night on Jan 15th was incredible! We are still amazed Dr. Angela Davis was here to share her wisdom with us. We hope those of you who were guests had a wonderful evening and feel inspired to join MSPJC in 2017 as we engage, organize and…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center - Grassroots Community Organizing Skills Training

Community Organizing Skills Training explores with the participants the foundational skills to be organizers and create systematic change in a group or community, keeping nonviolence as a foundation.This training is fully interactive and has direct…

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A Mother's Day to Remember + Nonviolent Communications Training + Community Organizer Training - April 22, 2016

Give a Mother's Day Gift that Gives Back!Honor the Mother in your life by reclaiming Mother's Day and helping the people reclaim our community. Give a small gift to the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, and we will mail them a unique card…

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MSPJC Launches Renters' Rights Project + Double Your Donation by March 15, 2016

Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Launches: Renters' Rights Project New Housing Justice Project Launched on the Heels of Victory Against Section-8 Landlord, Rev. Richard Hamlet of the Global Ministries FoundationDonate now to support housing…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - February 3, 2016

MBRU Charges Up for 2016!This will be a decisive year for the future of MATA. As MBRU prepares for city budget season, riders & drivers are thinking about route cuts, broken-down buses, privatization and the prioritization of trolleys and…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - January 9, 2016

2015: The Year in Review:Please take a moment to celebrate the victories and strides we made (together with you!) in 2015 on issues such as law enforcement reform and police accountability, public transit, housing rights, homelessness, and through…

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The Days of Injustice Are Numbered...

For the majority of Memphians, the daily fight to take care of themselves and their families is all too real. Police are waging a war against crime, but many are left feeling that their neighborhoods are under occupation. Politicians and CEOs…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - November 18, 2015

#MyMSPJC Sustain the Funk!House Party Benefit & BazaarFriday, November 20th @ 8:00pm15 S. Auburndale. $5 Suggested DonationMid-South Peace & Justice Center invites you to a night of art, funk, and film, as we ramp up our #MyMSPJC Sustainers…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - November 2, 2015

Hello Stingray!Is the Memphis Police Department using spy technology on unwitting civilians?The Memphis Police Department (MPD), like many other police departments around the country that have made recent news, won't say whether or not they are…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - October 21, 2015

It's a busy week around the Peace and Justice Center and across the community. Make time to see what's happening and how you can get involved! New! P&J Podcast A Conversation with Aaron Hughes, Pt 1. Aaron is an organizer with Iraq Veterans…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - October 15, 2015

MEDIA 201In this advanced media workshop we will focus on Media Planning, Framing Your Message, Pitching Your Story, Talking Points, and Practicing Advanced Interviewing Techniques.Date: Thursday, October 22 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please, be…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - October 7, 2015

Cha-Cha Your Way Over to Tapas & Tamales for a Fiesta Fundraiser!Taste great Latin themed appetizers from organizations across Memphis and beer from Wiseacre Brewery! Vote for the best! All proceeds to benefit five local non-profits. Fun for the…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 27, 2015

Emergency Housing Hotline Remains Disconnected: Day 25And H.O.P.E. Deserves Answers!H.O.P.E. (Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality) has been investigating the sudden disconnection of the Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Housing Hotline…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 21, 2015

MPD officers fatally shoot 24 in five years; all closed cases ruled justified.Read the Commercial Appeal investigation HERE. This article, accompanying videos and maps are available for viewing free of charge. No subscription necessary.Off the…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - August 14, 2015

Facilitation Skills WorkshopIn this workshop, participants will explore characteristics of a good facilitator, learn practical tools for facilitation, and gain experience by practicing using these skills to effectively address disruptions, by…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - July 29, 2015

Another 'Special Meeting' to Decide the Fate of CLERB On Monday, July 27th, a 'special' meeting about the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board was called, where it was intended that "impacted parties" offer any final proposals and input on the…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - May 13, 2015

In Memory of Deborah Cunningham The MSPJC joins MCIL in inviting you to celebrate Deborah's life this Friday, May 15th at 2:00pm. To honor Deborah's transit advocacy (among many other issues she fought for), her memorial service will be held at…

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Film: A Kind of Order

THIS Wednesday Night :: Indie Memphis Special for MSPJC Members!As part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, Indie Memphis is screening A Kind of Order.Film Info:A Kind of Order follows a warden, a white separatist and a black…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - April 15, 2015

IRP: Volunteers Needed This WeekendMany thanks to the volunteers that came out last weekend to the Mexican Consulate! We saw approximately 400 people and expect to see 500 - 700 people at the presentations this weekend! We desperately need…

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Gandhi-King Conference

Overcoming Systems of Violence with the Power of Active NonviolenceJoin us for two days of participatory workshops, movement planning, skills-building workshops, and opportunities for action. The Gandhi-King Conference is bringing in folks from all…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - April 6, 2015

THIS WEEKEND:Gandhi-King ConferenceThe 2015 Gandhi-King Conference is just around the corner (April 10th - 11th). Click here for the full schedule or click here to register April 6, 2015! Youth registration open here!  Memphis United: We Need YOU…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - March 27, 2015

Memphis United Needs YOU!  We've reached a critical moment in our campaign for stronger Civilian Oversight of law enforcement. On Tuesday April 7th, Memphis United's amended ordinance for a stronger, more effective Civilian Law Enforcement…

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People's Conference on Juvenile Justice

Memphis United, in partnership with BRIDGES, USA and LeMoyne Owen College, presents a one day conference on our juvenile justice system, for youth and by youth! This FREE event is for youth ages 13-18 to share their knowledge and opinions around the…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - March 04, 2015

Training for Change :: Register Today! Next weekend (March 13-15th), join the MSPJC in welcoming Training for Change to Memphis for the Training for Social Action Trainers (TSAT) program. TSAT is an intensive training designed for experienced…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - February 25, 2015

Shadow of Liberty Comes to Memphis!The Shadows of Liberty Coast to Coast Screening & Media Reform Action Tour is coming to Memphis and the MSPJC is hosting! Join us this Sunday (March 1) at First Congregational Church, 4pm - 7pm, for a screening…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - February 19, 2015

Help the Memphis Bus Riders Union Celebrate 3 Years of Transit Justice! MBRU are closing in on their 3rd year of fighting for better public transportation in the Mid-South! With your help, bus riders are putting these issues in the spotlight.You are…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - February 13, 2015

Action Alert: Support the CLERB!For over a year, Memphis United has been working to to strengthen our Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB), a body of community leaders tasked with reviewing complaints filed against MPD officers. On…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - February 6, 2015

Immigrant Rights Project Goes After Notarios Together with Memphis Immigration Advocates, TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, and Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz, Memphis United's Immigrant Rights Project will work to expose and seek justice…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - January 28, 2015

Call for Proposals for the 2015 Gandhi-King ConferenceThe Gandhi-King Conference is an annual two-day conference bringing together modern visionaries of nonviolence and social change with community leaders, activists, academics and organizers to…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - January 23, 2015

Register Now :: Privilege & Oppression AwarenessTwo scholarships are available! Email gio@midsouthpeace.org to inquire about scholarships or click the image below for more info! Sign Up for the 2015 Point in Time Count! This annual survey of…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - December 3, 2014

Happy Holidays from the MSPJC! Please join the Staff and Board of the MSPJC for our annual holiday party on December 18th, 6pm to 9pm, at our offices (3573 Southern Ave).  This is a night when we celebrate our membership with food, fellowship,…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - November 13, 2014

Please join us in welcoming Tamara Hendrix to our Staff! Tamara will be working alongside Jim and Paul as a full-time Organizing Coordinator with H.O.P.E. Tamara has served H.O.P.E. in many capacities. In addition to being a member of the H.O.P.E.…

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Campaign Non-Violence and Gandhi-King Youth Conference

Registration is OPEN for Gandhi-King Youth ConferenceFriday, Oct. 17th at Bridges, 8am - 4pm If you are interested in your student(s) attending the Gandhi-King Youth Conference, click here for the registration form. This annual conference brings…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Newsletter - July 2014

MSPJC Welcomes New Associate Director!This month we welcome Ace F. Madjlesi as the Associate Director of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.Ace joins us from the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis, where her work focused…

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Roast and Toast: Jacob Flowers

This amazing evening will feature:The music of Sibella and Knowledge Nick.Drinks from Roaring TIger Vodka and High Cotton Brewing.Food from Central BBQ, Just for Lunch and Mrs. Beverly Kate Bradshaw.And a host of community leaders, friends and…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Newsletter - June 2014

Jacob Flowers: Roast and Toast Join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, the fabulous company of family and friends and a good time in honor of our former Executive Director.Roast and Toast: Jacob FlowersThursday June 26 ::…

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Announcing Brad Watkins as Our New Executive Director

As we prepare for the transition of our long-time Executive Director, Jacob Flowers, from the organization we are pleased to announce that Brad Watkins will be stepping into the role. Brad has served our community through this organization for…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center News - Transitions: A New Chapter

This month our long-time Executive Director, Jacob Flowers, will be transitioning off of the staff of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. In ten years he has transformed this organization from a small and underfunded group to a cornerstone…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center 2013 Annual Report

Click here to view the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center 2013…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Newsletter - April 2014

H.O.P.E. Grows H.O.P.E. is pleased to welcome Jim V. Brown as our new AmeriCorps VISTA organizer. Jim is​ a Tennessee native, from Chattanooga. He moved to Nashville where he worked with Nashville Homeless Power Project, an organization that…

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First Community Organizer Training

Passionate About Learning and Developing Skills to Create Change in Your Group or Community?The Core Organizer Training explores with participants the foundational skills to be effective organizers and create systematic change in a group or…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Newsletter - February 2014

One Billion Rising MemphisSunday, February 9th - Sunday, February 16thMid-South Peace and Justice Center is a proud organizational sponsor of the second annual One Billion Rising Memphis. This year's theme is "Rising for Justice," and since Memphis…

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Happy Birthday, Memphis Bus Riders Union!

Since our founding meeting in the winter of 2012, the transit dependent-led, grassroots organization Memphis Bus Rider’s Union (MBRU) has been at the helm of many efforts to bring attention to the need for improved public transportation in our…

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Living the Legacy of Nonviolence Feat. Hubert Van Tol

A grassroots gala and banquet benefitting the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. An evening of local music, local food, and local people building local movements. Featuring former MSPJC Executive Director Hubert Van Tol & an engaging program…

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Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Annual Member Meeting

We know that when we come together, change happens! Because of you some amazing change has happened in our community this year. This Saturday we are coming together to celebrate it and talk about how we do more next year! Your membership is current,…

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