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Announcing the Tennessee New Majority Fund - Apply Today!

For the past sixteen years, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) has worked to strengthen and expand our multicultural democracy in Tennessee by making it easier for immigrants and refugees to be powerfully engaged in the civic life of our community.

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We believe our communities and democracy work best when we’re all able to fully participate and contribute. But Tennessee is the third-hardest state to cast your ballot in and we have among the lowest rates of voter registration and voter turnout in the country. Communities of color in Tennessee are disproportionately impacted by the state’s voter suppression laws and are traditionally under resourced.

That’s why we’ve created the Tennessee New Majority Fund -  to invest in non-profit organizations who will work to boost voter participation among communities of color in Tennessee.

We’re accepting applications from organizations working in communities across Tennessee who will work to expand the electorate and boost voter turnout in immigrant, refugee, African American, Native American, and other communities of color in our state.

If you’d like to be considered for funding, please submit this initial application with basic details about your organization by May 1st. Select organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal later in May.

Join us in strengthening our democracy. Apply to the Tennessee New Majority Fund today!

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ACTION TODAY - Protect Voter Registration in Tennessee!

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Today, a bill that would chill voter registration is headed to the House floor, and it is expected to go to the Senate floor any day this week.  SB0971(Jackson)/HB1079 (Rudd) seeks to impose burdensome regulations on organizations doing voter registration drives. If passed, this would create the country's most aggressive penalties for turning in incomplete forms.

USE THE FORM BELOW TO TAKE 1 MINUTE TO CALL YOUR SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE.

This bill puts organizations and volunteers between a rock and a hard place - if you toss out any deficient forms, you could be suppressing someone’s right to vote, but if you turn in a deficient form, you could face criminal penalties.  While an amendment introduced to the bill exempts volunteer voter registration drives, the state elections coordinator, Mark Goins, testified in committee last week that it would still apply to organizations who receive grants to coordinate volunteer drives.

This legislation would have a chilling effect on any organization trying to register community members. Tennessee already has one the lowest voter registration levels in the country, we should be looking for ways to encourage voter engagement - not suppress it.

If you’re in Nashville, please join a rally at 4:30 pm TODAY outside the state capitol to make your voice heard and urge legislators to vote NO on this dangerous legislation. More information about the rally is available here.

Read more about SB0971/HB1079

Tennessee should improve voter registration drives not criminalize them. Kill bill that would do that.
- Marion Ott, The Tennessean

Punitive registration drive reform bill is voter suppression
Charlane Oliver, The Tennessean

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14,000 Nashvillians Can Take This Step

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There are currently more than 14,000 residents in Davidson County who are eligible to apply for citizenship today.

It’s more important than ever for all in Nashville who are eligible, to take this important step and become a US citizen. As a citizen, you can play a powerful role in shaping the future of our city and our country with your voice, your vote, and your participation. Together we can ensure our government represents the incredible diversity of its residents

Mayor David Briley agrees.

 
 

Ready to get started? Join TIRRC for a citizenship information session with USCIS on March 28th at 6:00 PM to learn about benefits, eligibility requirements and the process of applying for citizenship. You may qualify for special benefits such as fee waivers and language exception. Click here for more information.

Do you want to help your neighbors complete their citizenship applications? Click here to volunteer with our citizenship programs.

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