SIERRA CLUB - Harvey Broome Chapter
The Tennessee state executive committee of the Sierra Club has voted to endorse human rights advocate and community organizer Amelia Parker for Knoxville City Council At-Large Seat C.
"Amelia came very close to winning a City Council seat in 2017, running as a write-in candidate. She’s upping her chances this year with a well-organized campaign as part of the City Council Movement. She holds two law degrees and has a background in community organizing with over 4 years as Executive Director of SOCM. She believes in public investments directed by the community to achieve sustainability goals. Her human rights advocacy is focused on reducing the gap between the haves and the have nots. She wants to empower the residents of Knoxville to build a prosperous city with robust public services, living wage jobs, and affordable housing. To quickly lower our carbon emissions, she’ll undertake to build a clean energy economy with locally sourced jobs and healthy neighborhoods. Knoxville would be well served by Amelia. She exemplifies the Sierra Club values of equity, inclusiveness, and environmental justice."
Amelia Parker commented, “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Sierra Club for Knoxville City Council At-Large Seat C.
My work on the environment began in college as a member of Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville - SPEAK. Twenty years ago, we were pushing for a university-wide recycling program but education on how to recycle was still limited. The university told us at the time that recycling bins would be a waste because students would not use them properly and so the entire bin would go to the dump anyhow. In response, we agreed to monitor the recycling bins on an almost 24-hour schedule. Many nights I stood out on campus, by the recycling bins, to ensure no waste would be dumped in them. Now today - I’m proud to see the multi-colored, properly labeled recycling bins that can be found throughout the college campus.
My work on the environment continued after college, from leading one of the oldest environmental justice organizations in the state (SOCM) to my current work with Peace Brigades International of supporting threatened environmental activists around the world. Once elected, I look forward to bringing to city council my commitment to a clean and healthy environment for all, my commitment to helping grow a green economy with good paying green jobs, and my commitment to building an energy democracy as we work to chart a collective path forward for lowering our carbon emissions and footprint as a city.
KNOXVILLE CITY COUNCILWOMAN SEEMA SINGH
Knoxville City Councilwoman Seema Singh has publicly endorsed Amelia Parker for City Council At-Large Seat C. Many thanks to Seema for her continued support. Seema has served Knoxville well over the past almost 2 years - speaking up when it's not comfortable and providing the only Nay vote when she feels led to do so. It is an honor to receive Seema's public support in the final weeks of the campaign!
THE KNOXVILLE SOUL
One of Knoxville newest sources for news and information, The Knoxville Soul, which reports particularly on matters of concern to the Black community in Knoxville, has endorsed Amelia's candidacy for City Council At-Large Seat C.
Amelia Parker commented, “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Knoxville Soul for Knoxville City Council At-Large Seat C. The conversation regarding the needs of the Black community in Knoxville has been elevated by the reporting of the Knoxville Soul. Thank you to the community members who dedicate themselves, often without compensation, to the task of ensuring our residents are informed so that they can be empowered to act on the matters of most concern to them."
UNITED CAMPUS WORKERS
United Campus Workers- Communications Workers of America 3865, Tennessee’s Higher Education Union, has voted to endorse human rights advocate and community organizer Amelia Parker for Knoxville City Council At-Large Seat C.
"As a university worker for nearly 20 years and a Knoxville resident for almost that long, I'm familiar with the challenge of pushing for real democracy and transparency against institutional inertia. That's why I'm excited that my union, United Campus Workers, has endorsed Amelia Parker for the Knoxville City Council. She has the commitment and the knowledge to truly build towards a Knoxville for All, and that matters to all of our members who are Knoxville residents"
-Tom Anderson, Chair, UCW Legislative and Political Action Committee
Amelia Parker commented, “The University of Tennessee is one of the largest employers in our city and a valuable asset to our community. Knoxville is a stronger, more vibrant city when our residents are happily employed in jobs that pay living wages with employers who treat them with dignity and respect. I am proud to receive the support of a group like the UCW that works tirelessly everyday to ensure that the university employees in our state, and region, receive the treatment and compensation that they deserve.”
The Vote Amelia Parker Campaign is a proud advocate of unions, and a strong, local, democratic economy.
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Democratic Socialists of America - Knoxville
Amelia is honored to receive the endorsement of the Democratic Socialists of America - Knoxville chapter, along with her fellow City Council Movement-endorsed candidates, Charles Al-Bawi and David Hayes. Our local DSA chapter has fully embraced our Knoxville for All platform and I am grateful for their support in this campaign as well as all of the work they do as a chapter to move Knoxville and our country towards one that works for all.
Amelia is honored to receive the endorsement of #VOTEPROCHOICE, a radically inclusive nationwide political engagement project dedicated to identifying and supporting prochoice champion candidates up and down the ballot.
"I’ve been endorsed by #VOTEPROCHOICE because I’m a prochoice champion! I believe that all people should have access to essential healthcare services like birth control, and safe, legal, and affordable abortion. Reproductive rights and freedoms must be protected, especially as a woman's right to control her own body comes under attack in state legislatures across the country, including here in Tennessee." - Amelia Parker