Nashville Jewish Social Justice Roundtable January Membership Meeting    

NJSJR January Membership Meeting    

January 19, 2017 – West End Synagogue – 7:00pm

The Inside Scoop:  What to Expect in the 2017 Legislative Sessions

Please join us for our January NJSJR Membership Meeting to learn about what to expect in the upcoming national and state legislative season.  To help us plan for our work ahead in the New Year, we invited three well-known Nashville political stalwarts to share with us what they expect will be the social justice issues and legislation we will want to raise our collective voice around.  Each has been asked to speak specifically about issues they believe will be on the upcoming legislative agenda and strategize with us about how best we can use our influence to influence them.

Lisa Quigley, Congressman Jim Cooper’s Chief of Staff (the Congressman will also join us if he is not in D.C.):  For the past ten years, Lisa has served Congressman Cooper as his top policy and political advisor.  Commuting weekly to Washington, D.C., she manages a staff of 20.  A 25-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Lisa has worked with other Members of Congress under five Presidents, including former California Congressman Cal Dooley and Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the current Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.  Lisa is recognized as the Dean of Capital Hill Chiefs of Staffs.  She is an expert on both national and state legislative issues.

State Senator Jeff Yarbro:  A native-born Tennessean and Harvard Law graduate, Jeff has long served the Nashville Community.  As head of Bass, Barry, and Sims’ pro-bono program, Jeff devotes a large portion of his law practice to clients who otherwise could not afford legal representation.  An advocate of public education, he served as Mayor Karl Dean’s Education policy adviser.  Jeff has also served such organizations as The Red Cross, PENCIL, Metropolitan Transit Authority, and Conexion Americas.  Jeff currently serves as District #21 State Senator.  He has fearlessly led the fight for a variety of important social issues including tuition equality, health reform, affordable housing, education funding, and women’s rights.

State Representative John Ray Clemmons:  John Ray was elected to represent District 55 in the 109th Session of the Tennessee General Assembly and was reelected to serve in the 110th Session.  Outside of the Capitol and his law office, John Ray actively serves our community as chairman of the advisory board for Nashville RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities), as a steering committee member of the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbors, Inc., and on the board of directors of Friends of Sevier Park, Inc., a non-profit he co-founded.  Previously, John Ray served on the Metro Board of Fair Commissioners as an appointee of Mayor Karl Dean, and the Tennessee Civil Service Commission, as an appointee of Governor Phil Bredesen.  John Ray has built a reputation for his relentless, courageous progressive platform aimed at helping those most in need, championing healthcare and women’s and children’s rights in particular.

In addition to hearing from our guests, members of our NJSJR leadership will help frame the action steps that we hope to adopt.  Please join us and bring others you know in the Jewish community who share your concerns.  Feel free to share this invite with others and encourage them to attend.                                                                             

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