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TAP House Party Celebrating The Next Generation!

Sat. Oct. 11, 7 to 11 pm

Home of Nell Levin & Michael August

1611 Forrest, East Nashville 37206

DJ Hudson - Speaker, Grace Adele - Music

Food, wine & beer. Post Party Hang & Jam. 

TAP is excited to be working with a new generation of organizers around the state to put together our CompassTN 2015 Conference on January 30-31, 2015.  DJ Hudson. co-chair of the Conference, will be our speaker at the Party.  She is a dynamite organizer and the recipient of the 2014 TAP Young Leader Award. Themes of CompassTN Conference will include emerging strategies in organizing, collaboration and coalition building, the new economy, and healing justice.

DJ Hudson and former TAP Board Chair Mark Burnett at 2014 Long Haul Celebration


At the Party, we will also give an update on TAP's ground breaking work on gentrification and affordable housing in East Nashville District 5 and with Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH). 


Music by Grace Adele. "Imagine a blend of Nashville and Vaudeville, Music City with Radio City, and you get the charming Grace Adele.  Grace sets her stage with traditional American roots drawn from classical country, western swing, bluegrass, folk and contemporary indie rock.  Her husband, the talented and equally charming Keenan Wade, will be joining her."


Post-party hang and jam.  Firepit in the backyard.  Bring your instruments. 

If you can't make the Party, please make a donation to support the important work TAP is doing by clicking on our DONATE button to the right. Thanks!

Tickets: General Admission: $25.  Students/limited Income: $15.  Includes food, wine & beer. Register here.

Envision District 5 Meeting on September 20


Mike Hodge talks about neighborhood revitalization


Envision District 5 Meeting on Sept. 20 was an excellent meeting.  Good turnout, informative speakers including Mike Hodge of Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), Cindy Wood of Metro Planning Department, Dr. Jim Fraser of Vandberbilt plus District 5 Councilman Scott Davis.  Topics included planning, affordable housing and gentrification/revitalization. TAP is helping District 5 move forward with a visioning and long-term strategy planning process. For more info or to get involved, contact More photos below.


Here is a link to videos of the speakers and the Q&A and discussion. Please take a look.


Envision District 5 meeting


Cindy Wood of Metro Planning Department


Nell Levin and Jackie Sims of TAP


District 5 Councilman Scott Davis


Dr. Jim Fraser of Peabody/Vanderbilt


East Nashville District 5 Visioning Project


TAP is working to bring together neighborhood leaders to have an open, inclusive, diverse and respectful conversation about the changes sweeping through this historically black, low to moderate income neighborhood. TAP’s ultimate goal is to help facilitate a long-term community visioning process that will bring together neighborhood stakeholders to create a vision and a strategy plan for the future of the district. We hope this Project can be a model for other neighborhoods in transition in Nashville and around the state of Tennessee. For more info contact Nell at 615-579-0451 or

NOAH Issue Convention


Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) held its Issue Convention on August 10th, attend by around 300 people.  After a democratic vote by member organizations, the collective group decided that the top three issue NOAH will be focusing on in the coming year are Jobs/Workers Rights, Affordable Housing/Gentrification, and Criminal Justice/Mass Incarceration. All very worthy issues. NOAH is gearing up for the 2015 Nashville Mayoral Election. TAP is on the Executive Committee for NOAH, which now has 35 faith, labor and community groups as members.


TAP is especially happy that Affordable Housing was chosen because of the work we are doing with District 5 residents around this issue.  See more information on our District 5 Project below.

John Seigenthaler, 1927-2014. A Nashville Treasure. We will miss him.

Here is the speech that John gave at TAP's 2012 Long Haul Awards Celebration.


2014 Long Haul Awards Celebration


Long Haul Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings


TAP's Long Haul Awards Celebration on May 15, 2014 at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Nashville was awesome!  Fabulous evening of music, speechifying, great food and wine, fun Silent Auction and the uplifting awards presentations to all of our hard working awardees, listed below.


Here is a link to a YouTube video of the entire evening. Links to Lifetime Achievement Awardees follow.  Link to the speeches by Drs. Charles Kimbrough and Blondell Strong Kimbrough. Link to the speech by Stewart Clifton. Link to speech by Jane HussainLink to the speech by June Rostan.


Awardees Lauren Plummer and Ingrid McIntyre and MC Lindsey Krinks



Michael August and Lifetime Achievement Awardee Jane Hussain


Marcus Hummon


Justin Jones and Lifetime Achievement Awardee Dr. Charles Kimbrough


Sekou Franklin and Young Leader Awardee Brenda Perez

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings, first woman President of Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship
Music: Grammy Awarding Winning Songwriter/Playwright Marcus Hummon
Gourmet Dinner: The Silver Chafer Catering
Wine: Awarding Winning California Wine from LeVin Cellars Estate Winery
Silent Auction

2014 TAP Long Haul Awardees
Sheryl Allen - United Campus Workers & NAACP, Nashville
Scott Banbury - Sierra Club, Memphis
Bleu Copas - Tennessee Equality Project, Knoxville
Alex Friedman - Human Rights Defense Center, Nashville
Ingrid McIntyre - Open Table, Nashville

2014 TAP Lifetime Achievement Long Haul Awardees
Stewart Clifton, TN Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters, Nashville
Jane Hussain, Nashville Peace and Justice Center, Nashville
Dr. Charles Kimbrough & Blondell Strong Kimbrough, NAACP, Nashville
June Rostan, AFL-CIO, Greenback, TN

2014 TAP Young Leader Awardees
Tristan Call, Workers Dignity, Our Vanderbilt, Nashville
Darria "D.J." Hudson, Urban EpiCenter/Pilgrimage Group/Nashville Organizing Institute, Nashville
Brenda Perez, Workers Dignity, Nashville
Lauren Plummer, Open Table, Nashville
Charles White, Sierra Club, Jackson, TN

The two Scotts: District 5 Councilman Scott Davis and Long Haul Awardee Scott Banbury



with Chris Lunghino, Sierra Club, "A Clean Energy Future"

Music by Jeff & Vida, Beer by Little Harpeth Brewing


You can help TAP by making a tax-deductible donation. Just click on the DONATE TO TAP button to your right. We are $130 short of reaching our goal of raising $1,500   Please help us meet this goal!  Thanks! See more House Party photos below.

Our hostess & TAP Board member Emily Richardson and Bennett


TAP Board chair Mark Burnett, Lana Pierce and Jamie Woodruff


Jeff and Vida - They got people up and dancing!


SAT. March 29, 6 to 8 pm

Village Church, 211 North 11th Street, East Nashville

Movie will be followed by a discussion. All invited!

Sponsored by: Tennessee Alliance for Progress, Workers Dignity, SEIU Local 205, A Voice, League of Women Voters of Tennessee, Tennesseans for Fair Taxation and Village Church. 

Watch the YouTube trailer here.


The film aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality. Reich, who Time magazine called one of the best cabinet secretaries of the 20th century, stars in this dynamic, witty and entertaining documentary. Don't miss it!

TAP's FunRaiser and Annual Meeting on December 15

50 people attended this fun event. The homemade food was delicious, the wine flowed, the music by The Cantrells and Shelby Bottom String Band members was delightful and Rev. Ed Sanders provided a heartfelt homage to author and TAP Advisory Board member John Egerton.  Executive Directors Dan Joranko and Nell Levin and Chair Mark Burnett gave an update on TAP's plans for 2014.  And we raised some money!  Thanks to all who attended and to those of you who could not attend but made a donation. 


If you missed this event, you can still make a year-end donation to TAP. We are deeply grateful for every donation --large or small. Click on the DONATE TO TAP button on your right.  Thanks!


Rev. Ed Sanders


Dane Forlines, President of McFerrin Park Neighborhood Association


TAP Secretary/Treasurer Gene TeSelle


District 5 Councilman Scott Davis and TAP Vice Chair Jackie Sims


Shelby Bottom String Band


All photos by TAP Board member Ita Hardesty Mason.  Thanks, Ita!





Nathan from E3 Innovate at Community Meeting

Presentations by:

* The Housing Fund Home Weatherization Loan Program

* Rebuilding Together: Healthy Neighborhood Project in District 5

* E3 Innovate Home Energy Company

Sponsored by Tennessee Alliance for Progress with grants from the Frist Foundation and the Village Fund.

TAPROOTS COFFEE at the Roxy Revival Event, Sat. Nov. 9



TAP operated our pop-up TAPROOTS COFFEE shop at the Roxy Revival event on Nov. 9, 2013.  If restored, the Roxy Theater could become a venue for film and music in East Nashville, like the Belcourt Theater is for Hillsboro Village.  TAPROOTS COFFEE served gourmet coffee and tea, delicious pastries, soft drinks and water at a store front on the corner of Wilburn and Meridian, right across the street from the theater. We had a steady flow of customers all day long. Would you like TAP to open a coffee shop?  Please take our survey at   Thanks!

Overflow Crowd at NOAH's Just GROWTH or JUST Growth Summit


The Summit on September 28 attracted an enthusiastic overflow crowd to First Baptist Capitol Hill Church. Keynote speaker was Dr. Chris Brenner, author of Just Growth, and Rev. Forrest Harris of American Baptist College. Breakout sessions were held on Housing, Incarceration, Economic Development, Healthcare and Education. Below, TAP Executive Co-Director Dan Joranko at the microphone.


The Summit was presented by Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), building a powerful, metro-wide social justice organization to address issues determined by its members to be impacting their communities. NOAH is interfaith and multi-racial. It will engage ordinary people in the political and economic decisions affecting their lives, acting as a unified voice for the faith and justice community to act on its values in the public arena. It is open to any value-based congregations or organizations that are interested in this work (whether they are faith-based or not). Go to for more information. Tennessee Alliance for Progress is a member of NOAH.


Here is a link to an op-ed on the Summit that was published by the Tennessean on Sept. 26, 2013.



Concession stand: Jackie Hansom and Brian Schafer


Hogslop String Band


Square dancers


Great event on the lawn of historic McGavock House, Sat. Aug. 24, 4 to 8 pm,

East Nashville with Hogslop String Band and Shelby Bottom String Band!




Johnny Warren, Tim O'Brien, Shawn Camp and Barry Bales gather around the microphone


The Earls of Leicester (pronounced Less-ter) played a Bluegrass Benefit for TAP on June 28 at Nashville's Historic Station Inn.  The Earls re-created the sound of the seminal bluegrass band Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. The musicianship of this all star group (Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Johnny Warren) was mind blowing! This was an evening of bluegrass played by the masters to an enthsiastic standing room only crowd. TAP is deeply grateful to all the musicians for this gift.  If you missed the show, you can still support TAP by making a donation here.  See Benefit photos below.


Thanks to our sponsors Gruhn Guitars, international dealer of fine instruments, and Chadwick Folding Bass, "the only upright bass you need to own."


The band. L-R: Kurt Storey (soundman), Jerry Douglas, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales, Shawn Camp, TAP's Nell Levin, Tim O'Brien, Johnny Warren and TAP's Dan Joranko.


Charlie Cushman tears it up on the banjo.


Jerry Douglas and Nell Levin


Tim O'Brien at the microphone.




Workshop funded by a grant through the USDA. Presented by Tennessee State University
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Tennessee Alliance for Progress. 


Green is Alive in District 5 Launch!



The Green is Alive in District 5 Energy Efficiency Demonstration Project Launch on April 6 was a great success. Great turnout, enthusiastic support from neighborhood residents, uplifting speakers, beautiful day.  We had it all. Tell us what you think! Click here to take our Green is Alive in District 5 survey.  Find out how you can participate in Green is Alive below.  Here are some Launch photos.


Neighborhood activist Ben Jordan


Neighborhood member J. Crawford speaks.  Erik Daughtrey of E3 Innovate listens.


Luke Gebhard, Director of Nashville Energy Works program


TAP's Nell Levin and District 5 Councilman Scott Davis


Scott Wallace of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods and New Livingstone Baptist Church


Do you live in Metro Nashville Council District 5? (See map below.) Do you own your home? 

Find out how you can make your home more comfortable, save money on your utility bills, iincrease the value of your home AND help create jobs for District 5 residents!  Contact Dan Joranko at 888-903-9576.  If you live in another part of Davidson County, go to for more information on weatherizing your home. Click here for information about The Housing Fund's low-interest rate, long term home retrofit loan program.


TAP volunteers & board members at Cleveland Park East Egg Hunt. L-R: Sam McCullough, Barbara Harper, Megan Lynch, Emily Richardson and Brenda Ross.

Nell's Blog: It's not sexy but it could solve our two biggest problems

"Retrofitting old buildings to make them more energy efficient may not sound sexy. But taking retrofits to scale could create hundreds of thousands of career-path jobs in America for the people who need them most, while addressing climate change and slashing utility bills." (PolicyLink newsletter, 12/4/12).

For the last three years, Tennessee Alliance for Progress has been linking retrofit/weatherization work to career-path jobs.  We are a key outreach partner for Mayor Dean's Nashville Energy Works (NEW) home weatherization program which has, thus far, reached only a small percentage of the 143,000 homes in Davidson County.  3,200 homes have had energy audits, 1,200 homeowners have done some work on their homes and 450 homes have reached the 15% threshold that allows homeowners to get the full $1,000 in NEW rebates.  And yet, Nashville is considered one of the top performing cities out of the 12 Southeastern cities that received Dept. of Energy funding to do weatherization work, largely because of the community outreach of TAP.  

Our vision of addressing climate change, slashing utility bills and creating good green jobs persists. We see the tremendous number of jobs that retrofitting old homes and buildings could create and so we continue to move this vision forward, despite the recession, despite living in a red state, despite the anti-environmentalists in our state legislature.

We gave up on the state legislature after the 2010 election. We have taken our work to the hood -- East Nashville's District 5, to be exact.  The goals of our Green is Alive in District 5 Energy Efficiency Demonstration Project are to weatherize 100 homes and 10 businesses in this majority-black, low- to moderate-income neighborhood and create green jobs for neighborhood residents.



TAP's Green is Alive in District 5 Project has two goals: 1) Weatherize 100 homes and 10 businesses via the Mayor's Nashville Energy Works program in this majority-black, low-to-moderate income East Nashville neighborhood; and 2 Create green jobs for District 5 residents.

We need volunteers! If you want to volunteer to help with this Project, please contact Dan Joranko at 888-903-9576.   Check back here for updates on the Project.

3rd Nashville Women's Empowerment Workshop held on Saturday, March 16, 2013


Thanks to a grant from the Women's Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, TAP was a sponsor of this well-attended Workshop. Go here for more information on the next Women's Empowerment Workshop, to be held in a few months. Below is Trazana Staples, TAP's former Women in Green Jobs Project Coordinator.  Trazana has a new book out, Ecopreneurship: 10 Steps in Creating Your Green Business.  Order your copy here.



Ensuring women are prepared to succeed in a 21st century changing economy is critical to the financial stability of women, their families, and our country. Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career is a comprehensive manual designed to assist women with job training and career development as they enter into innovative and nontraditional jobs. The guide also provides vulnerable women a pathway to higher paying jobs, and serves as a tool to help fight job segregation.




MUST READ!  Brilliant new article by Naomi Klein: Capitalism

vs. the Climate.

Here's a bio of Naomi Klein, best-selling author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

"Denialists are dead wrong about the science. But they understand something the left still doesn’t get about the revolutionary meaning of climate change."



TAP's 10th Anniversary Celebration


Please support TAP's ground breaking work.  Make your donation here!

TAP's 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on Oct. 9, 2011 was a resounding success.  Here is a link to We're All In This Together, the new video on TAP's history.  Check it out! 

Here is a link to Vision and Values: The History of Tennessee Alliance for Progress by Gene TeSelle, TAP Secretary/Treasurer.


Nashville Women and Green Jobs Focus Group Report

Nashville Wormen and Green jobs Focus Group


TAP's Women in Green Jobs Project is designed to organize, inform and educate women about the issues of green jobs and the environment, as well as build their leadership and advocacy skills. A specific emphasis is on women from economically disadvantaged communities.  This report comes from a recent focus group with a diverse group of women who want to start their own green businesses.

Here is a link to the report.




TAP Executive Director Nell Levin and TAP Board Member Susan Shann with Van Jones

Members of the Tennessee Green Jobs Network and the Green-Collar Jobs Task Force of Nashville/Davidson County met face to face on January 15 with Van Jones, author of The Green-Collar Economy and former White House "green jobs czar. Here is a video statement from Van about the work of the Network.



Connecting Low-Income Youth to Green Jobs

A report has just been released by the Corps Network on connecting low-income youth to the growing green jobs economy. You can access it by clicking here