Amelia grew up in Knoxville, first living in North Knox on Cecil and Chicamauga Avenues while attending Belle Morris elementary and then moving to Sherrod Road in South Knox near Baptist hospital where her mother worked for close to 25 years before the hospital closed. While in high school at South-Doyle, Amelia worked part-time at the downtown Lawson McGhee Library where she worked for the next 7 years. After graduating from South-Doyle High, Amelia attended the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) where she received a B.A. in Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity, a degree she was able to design through the College Scholars Program. Amelia earned both her law degree (J.D.) and her master of laws (LL.M.) from American University Washington College of Law, with a dual concentration in International Human Rights Law and Gender.
Amelia currently lives in north Knox on Fairway in the Whittle Springs community and works as the Executive Director of Peace Brigades International-USA. PBI is an international organization known for pioneering the practice of protective accompaniment, a strategy of nonviolent intervention in conflict zones. Amelia has worked in the field of human rights for close to two decades, working both at home and abroad. In 2000, she traveled to Ghana to work for the Legal Resources Centre, where she researched the right to work of Sierra Leonean refugees, as well as the human rights implication of water privatization in Ghana. Also during the early part of the 2000s, she served as a Legislative Coordinator for Amnesty International - USA for the state of Tennessee. In summer 2004, Amelia served as a judicial extern in the Superior Court of George under Judge Louisa Abbot. In fall 2004, she joined the staff of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Washington, DC as program coordinator where she worked for five years, designing and implementing human rights programming such as the Genocide Teaching Project, which trained law students to teach the lessons of genocide in area high schools, as well as organized conferences and workshops. In 2006, Amelia worked for a short time at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, researching and drafting memoranda on issues relating to minority contractors
and government procurement programs for the Committee’s Minority Business Project. Continuing her focus on the domestic implementation of human rights laws in the U.S., in 2007, she published an article concerning racial inequalities in the U.S. public education system and U.S. non-compliance with international treaty norms, which led to her being a contributing author to the U.S. Human Rights Network’s shadow report on U.S. compliance to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 2008.
Amelia went on to lead one of the oldest grassroots organizations in Tennessee, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) for over three years from 2009-2013, where she helped lead the organization through theory of social change and visioning workshops as well as anti-racism trainings, exploring what it means to be an anti-racist organization. Following her time at SOCM, Amelia became executive director of PBI-USA in 2014 where she currently works. Amelia is also on the Board of Directors of the Birdhouse Community Center and an active member of the Coalition to Stop School Pushout, as well as a founding member of Black Lives Matter Knoxville
and the 2017 City Council Movement, which propelled Amelia towards deciding to run for office and advocate for her community and all of scruffy city Knoxville as the 4th District City Council representative.
Rights-based approach to economic development
Safe and healthy neighborhoods
Executive Director, Peace Brigades International USA
Treasurer, Birdhouse Community Center in 4th & Gill
Founding member, 2017 City Council Movement
Founding member, Black Lives Matter Knoxville
Member, Stop School Pushout
Member, Knox County School Discipline Committee
Member, Knox County Committee to review proposals for a Cultural Competency Training for Knox County Schools
University of Tennessee Knoxville alumna
South-Doyle High School grad
Early voting in the August 2017 Primary will be open from August 9 - 24, 2017. Click on the link below for a PDF flyer provided by the Knox County Election Commission with all early voting times and locations.
If you're not able to vote during early voting, August 29th will be your final opportunity to vote in the primary election. On election day, all voters must go to their designated voting location. Click on the links below to find your precinct number and designated voting location for August 29th.
The polls are open from 8am - 8pm on Election Day.
If you are not registered to vote, there is still time to register to ensure your vote is counted in the general election in November. Click on the link below for information on how to register to vote. If you want to double check and make sure you are registered to vote, https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/
The top two vote getters from each district will move on to the general election in November, where the entire city is able to vote on the top two vote getters in each district to determine the next slate of city council representatives.
Amelia needs your vote in August to ensure you'll be able to vote for her in November. Below is the full schedule for the 2017 Knoxville City Council election.
2017 CITY PRIMARY ELECTION SCHEDULE
2017 CITY GENERAL ELECTION SCHEDULE
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