Mayoral Candidates to Hear Inner City Voices Speak Out on Gun Violence, Youth and Utilities

MAYORAL CANDIDATES TO HEAR INNER CITY VOICES SPEAK OUT ON GUN VIOLENCE, YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES, AND UNAFFORDABLE UTILITIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (10/1/19)

It won’t be your typical candidate forum.

On Wednesday, October 9, the two candidates for Knoxville mayor will hear the personal stories of inner city residents directly affected by gun violence, lack of youth opportunities, and unaffordable utilities.

As the culmination of 9 months of door-to-door canvassing and three public forums, the Community Voices Coalition will present those stories and a set of program and policy proposals to the two mayoral candidates and ask to partner with the next mayor on making those proposals happen. Both candidates for Mayor of the City of Knoxville have confirmed their attendance.

Last spring’s historic Community Voices Survey of 699 inner city residents has become the basis for the Community Voices Equity Framework – a set of program and policy proposals developed by the residents most directly affected by and working on the issues raised in the survey. 

“During an election year, the voices of many inner-city residents are not often heard from in an organized, unified way. This forum intends to change that.” said Tanisha Baker, a member of Five Points Up, one of the prominent East Knoxville community groups collaborating on the development and distribution of the surveys and organizing of the candidate forum. 

The Community Voices Coalition is a partnership of non-profit, non-government agencies, churches, and individuals based in the Heart of Knoxville, who are working together to empower inner city residents to understand and collectively address issues they self-identify to be priority concerns in their communities.

The Community Voices Mayoral Candidate Forum will be held Wednesday, October 9, 6 – 7:30 pm, at Honey Rock Victorious Church, located at 4101 Holston Drive.

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Contact: Rick Held                                                                                                            

Tel. 865.936.4492

Email: rickyheldmail@gmail.com

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