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Greetings from Mid-South Peace and Justice Center’s new executive director

bradwatkins 600We at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center stand poised on the precipice of a great transition. I want to first and foremost thank Jacob (Flowers) for ten years of outstanding service and leadership to this organization and to our entire community here in Memphis.

Under Jacob's stewardship, the MSPJC has grown and evolved, producing an incredible body of work rooted in our most deeply-held principles. His work has connected global oppression to local injustice, asking us to focus not only on those that suffer overseas, but also those that suffer right next door. Beyond this, Jacob's leadership allowed us to build a "people's organization" with an amazing and diverse staff aided by one of the strongest board of directors this organization has ever had.

Over the past six years it has been my pleasure and honor to serve alongside Jacob as Organizing Director and with your help, we have made great strides towards a more equitable community. Local issues like environmental justice, homelessness, and public transit have become cornerstones of the MSPJC, as evidenced by grassroots movements like GrowMemphis, H.O.P.E., and the Memphis Bus Riders Union. The Gandhi-King conference has developed into a major event and our training department has provided resources and mentoring to foster leadership and build our base of local activists winning real victories for their communities.

We stand on the shoulders of giants and we all have a deep commitment to protect hard-won victories. Change can be scary, but it can also provide a space to envision new directions. Moving forward, we will continue to push on issues like criminal justice reform, housing justice, and tenant advocacy.

I personally feel that it is past time that our community begins to have the deep conversations necessary for real solidarity and understanding between African American and Latino communities. In this time of transition, we will need your continued support and guidance to thrive and continue our most important work of building communities of liberation.

Executive Director is a temporary job in a permanent struggle. My goal is to constantly build a movement bigger than myself, my time, or any individual or era. Please feel welcome to approach me or my staff at any time. As Executive Director, I will need your counsel and ideas. This is your organization and that's one thing that will never change.

(Brad Watkins
 can reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
. Call him at 901-725-4990.)

NOTE: In the next few days, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center will announce a farewell Roast and Toast event to honor outgoing Executive Director Jacob Flowers and his work. A donation of any amount to the Ten for Ten Fund will provide free access to the Roast and Toast event. Donors can give securely online through this link (http://midsouthpeace.org/tenforten) or by mailing contributions to the MSPJC office at 3573 Southern Ave. Memphis, TN 38111.

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