Thursday, August 31, 2006


Taking Initiative

This morning's post is a shout out to Harry Simpson! If folks have been involved with Nashville TCASK, they probably already know Harry and his wife Karan. They've been some of our most consistent volunteers over the past year. They've done speakers training and lobby training, they joined us for vigils and our memorial service for Sedley Alley, and they came to Justice Day on the Hill. Harry also volunteered to work on our Nashville Resolution Team, and gather those all important moratorium resolutions from small businesses in the area (We need resolutions, people, so start asking your mechanic).

But Harry recently had foot surgery and therefore hasn't been able to hoof it around the streets of Nashville soliciting resolutions from business owners. Now, if he'd called me and just said that, I probably would have said something like, "Wow, Harry. I'm so sorry to hear that. Please get well soon and let me know if there is anything that I can do for you," and left it at that. But not Harry!

Nope, instead Harry drafted a letter on his own company's letter head basically laying out the moratorium pitch and is going to send it, along with a blank moratorium resolution, a TME fact sheet, and a return envelope, to businesses that he's been in contact with. Then he'll follow up with phone calls a week or so later. The man is down, but he certainly isn't out!

So, a shout out to Harry Simpson, and to all the Harry Simpsons out there! It's volunteers like you, taking initiative, that move us toward abolition! From your mouths, all across Tennessee, we hear our rallying cry:


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