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File #: RS2021-777    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/4/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 2/16/2021 Final action: 2/16/2021
Title: A Resolution recognizing Charlane Oliver and Tequila Johnson, co-founders and directors of The Equity Alliance, for being named The Tennessean's 2020 People of the Year.
Sponsors: Sharon Hurt, Russ Bradford, Ginny Welsch, Freddie OConnell, Burkley Allen, Zulfat Suara, Antoinette Lee, Kyonzte Toombs, Delishia Porterfield
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A Resolution recognizing Charlane Oliver and Tequila Johnson, co-founders and directors of The Equity Alliance, for being named The Tennessean's 2020 People of the Year.


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WHEREAS, on December 27, 2020, The Tennessean Editorial Board named The Equity Alliance co-directors Charlane Oliver and Tequila Johnson as the 2020 People of the Year; and
WHEREAS, The Equity Alliance is a Nashville nonprofit organization that works to build independent political power among the Black electorate and end voter suppression in a state with one of the lowest voter participation rates in the nation; and
WHEREAS, Charlene Oliver is a well-respected community organizer who has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named a 2019 Woman of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal, a member of Nashville's 2020 Power 100 list, the 2020 Luminary Award, the 2019 Nashville Young Leaders Council Leader of the Year Award, and as a member of the 2016 Nashville Black 40 Under 40; and
WHEREAS, as a trusted voice on voting rights issues, Ms. Oliver's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, National Journal, Pew Charitable Trust's Stateline, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, Think Progress, NPR's Weekend Edition, MSNBC, and CNN; and
WHEREAS, Tequila Johnson is community organizer and strategist whose work focuses on creating equity and increasing civic engagement among Black Americans and other communities of color. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and on CNN and MSNBC; and
WHEREAS, in 2018, Ms. Johnson served as the statewide manager for the Tennessee Black Voter Project, which is a statewide coalition of nearly two dozen local nonprofits that submitted 91,000 completed voter registration forms; and
WHEREAS, Ms. Johnson's work in the community has earned her widespread recognition and awards, including: the 2020 Roddenberry Civil Rights Fellow; the 2019 Human Rights Coalition...

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