UPDATE on the Lawsuit to Repeal the ACA

May 24, 2019

The Fifth Circuit of Appeals will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on July 9, 2019. We remain on the front lines of protecting the ACA that millions of our brothers and sisters depend on for health care and even their lives. We continue to call on Tennessee Attorney General...

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Speaker Casada Must Resign: A public servant’s moral character matters

May 17, 2019

Last week, we called on Speaker Glen Casada to resign. Speaker Casada has abused his role as public servant. We lamented that instead of serving Tennesseans, he was serving the false gods of greed and power.  Today, we learned that Speaker Casada has continued to abuse his position of power by attempting to manipulate the...

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Speaker Casada’s Abuses of Power Disqualify Him as a Leader and He Must Step Down

May 7, 2019

The Gospel Warns Us that Abuse of Power Leaves a Trail of Destruction: Tennesseans Must Reckon with Casada’s Pattern of Behavior In response to House Speaker Glen Casada’s pattern of behavior, Lenda Sherrell, state director of the Southern Christian Coalition, released the following statement: “The Gospel is clear that abuse of power leaves a trail...

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Vouchers Would Hurt the Poorest of the Poor

April 29, 2019

Public Education is Key to Human Well-Being and Must Be Protected Against Vouchers Rev. John Gill, Pastor  of Church of the Savior and Rev. Marcia C. Free, M. Div. Associate Pastor in Knoxville, issued the following statement on behalf of the Southern Christian Coalition calling on Rep. Jason Zachary (House District 14, Knoxville) to change...

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The Voucher Bill Is Morally Irresponsible And Fails Our Children

April 23, 2019

Senate and Gov. Lee Must Not Abandon Our Public Schools In response to the Tennessee State House of Representatives passing legislation (HB 0939) to abandon the needs of our public schools by expanding a private school voucher system, Rev. Laura Becker, Pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga and member of the Southern Christian Coalition,...

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Faith Leaders Mark 9th Anniversary of ACA

March 21, 2019

Call on AG Slatery to Withdraw From ACA Lawsuit that Would Hurt Millions of Tennesseans Days before the 9th anniversary of the Affordable Care (ACA), local faith leaders and health care advocates held a press conference at Legislative Plaza calling on Attorney General Herbert Slatery to withdraw Tennessee from a lawsuit (Texas v. United States)...

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Another Rural Hospital Closes Its Doors

January 31, 2019

This time tragedy strikes Celina, a small town of 1,495 Tennesseans in Clay County. Not only will this community lose a hospital, but over 140 of our brothers and sisters will also lose their jobs. Even though most Tennesseans probably couldn’t find Celina on a map, their health care is no less important. This community,...

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Celebrating MLK

January 21, 2019

As we celebrate MLK Day, we remember to see the world with an open heart rather than through darkness and hate.

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Gov. Lee's Medicaid Stance is not Aligned with MLK's Legacy

January 21, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today at Tennessee State University, Dr. William Barber spoke to an audience about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Governor Bill Lee was in the audience and did not answer Dr. Barber’s invitation to stand in support of healthcare for all Tennesseans.  Lenda Sherrell, state director of the Southern Christian...

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