Oct 30, 2016


"The People's Platform: Our City, Our Time"Oct_30_Picture_-_Crowd_from_Back_of_Sanctuary.jpg

On October 30, over 1700 people met with Mayor Megan Barry to hear about progress on NOAH’s key issues.  

Mayor Barry answered specific questions from NOAH Task Forces and outlined the progress made by her administration.  
She also made commitments to NOAH about next steps on these issues.

Tennessean article – NOAH Group Seeks New Commitments from Megan Barry  October 29, 2016

Tennessean article – Mayor Addresses NOAH’s Call for Bold Action  October 31, 2016

Tennessean article – Mayor Barry Commits to Fund Body Cameras for Nashville Police  November 1, 2016

Slides from October 30 Meeting, showing analysis of Metro Police Traffic Stops

YouTube video of the meeting is HERE.


0:00              Music before the program

10:00            Beginning of meeting

19:30            The NOAH Story – Rev. Antoni Sinkfield

25:40            Vice-Mayor Briley on Gun Violence

34:55            Call to Action – Dr. Judy Cummings

38:35            Affordable Housing Presentation

53:45            Mayor Barry on Affordable Housing

58:05            Criminal Justice Presentation

1:08:53         Mayor Barry on Mental Health Diversion

1:14:10         Mayor Barry on Racial Profiling

1:17:45         Economic Equity Task Force Presentation

1:27:20         Mayor Barry on Economic Equity

1:32:00         Closing – Benny Overton and Tanya Debro

1:41:30         End


Who Is NOAH?

NOAH is a multi-racial, interfaith coalition made up of 56 local congregations, labor unions and community groups, building the Panoramic_view_of_Aug_16_Crowd.JPGpower to create a better, more just city for everyone.  

We live in a great and growing city but, as we all know, the benefits of growth are not spread evenly across the population.  

Commitments from Candidates for Mayor

  1. In 2015, NOAH had a series of major meetings with the Mayoral and Council candidates in the run-up to their elections.  On February 22, almost 2000 people met with the eight candidates for Mayor and secured commitments from all of them to work with NOAH on our issues.  

  2. On August 16, 1500 people met with candidates Megan Barry and David Fox to hear more specifics on what they would do on these issues. By raising such issues as affordable housing, jobs and economic development, and incarceration, NOAH shaped the campaign debate.

NOAH Task Forces engaging the new Council and Administration at every level.

We have:

  1. Won ordinances for inclusionary housing;

  2. Developed a process with the School Board to make suspension and expulsion rates more racially fair; held Candidate Meetings for School Board Candidates, gaining their commitments on school discipline issues;

  3. Participated with the Administration in shaping a plan to divert mentally ill people from the criminal justice system to treatment;

  4. Fought for a local-hire policy;

  5. Encouraged the Mayor and her staff to implement a jobs training program that reaches those who have so far been left out of Nashville’s development.

  6. Held a Public Meeting with 130 people and the Mayor’s Office on Jobs, unemployment, and poverty.

We held our Public Meeting on October 30, 2016 to review the progress made in this first year of the new Mayor and Metro Council.