Our Core Values:
The Urban EpiCenter was founded in August of 2007 with the support of Keith Caldwell and Sekou Franklin, Ph.D. It is a multi-racial, grassroots organization in Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee. The term, EpiCenter, describes the focal point of a disturbance or activity. The Urban EpiCenter is grounded in the belief that community organizing and direct action for racial and economic justice should be the focal points of social and political activity in the underserved, underrepresented and/or under empowered communities in Nashville. Further, the Urban EpiCenter is deeply rooted in the belief of a radical vision of democracy, which situates indigenous activists, the poor and working-class people at the center, or EpiCenter, of critical, vital and necessary grassroots initiatives.
- We are dedicated to using community organizing toward radical and direct action for racial and economic justice
- We are dedicated to cultivating a grassroots contingent of indigenous organizers, mainly drawn from Nashville’s socially and economically marginal communities and communities of color.
- We are dedicated to serving as a resource for the underserved, underrepresented and/or under empowered that seek to develop their leadership capacity, as well as acquire the requisite skills that are essential to civic engagement and living a healthy life.
It is critical for national organizations and allies to invest financially in social justice groups in the South. This is particularly urgent considering the South’s continuing conservative and paternalistic traditions, its At-Will Work laws and anti-labor culture, its entrenched poverty, its legacy of racism, and the prevalence of electoral disenfranchisement schemes that target black and poor voters.
- Living wage campaign.
- Recruitment and leadership development of indigenous activists.
- Voter education to complement living wage campaign.
- Voter mobilization/registration during each local and national election cycle.