8:30 PM20:30

Graduates Rise supports the Middle TN DSA Annual Fundraiser

Music for the Masses: Middle TN DSA Annual Fundrasier.

Facebook event:

Come join Middle TN DSA chapter as we hold our first ever fundraising concert at Drkmttr. Mid TN DSA is having this concert to raise money for our new upcoming campaigns for the next year.

All people are welcome to attend this event!

MC - Mina Shedd
8:30 - Doors open
8:45 - Simba Slam Poet
9:00 - Dylan Lancaster Country
9:45 - Graduates Rise Punk
10:30 - Gambit Hip-Hop
11:15 - Frances & The Foundation Rock
11:45 - Mina Shedd



WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Drkmttr offers wheelchair accessible restrooms, entry ramps, and handicap accessible parking spaces. Wheelchair accessibility is available off the parking lot in the front. Call 720-984-8230 if you need assistance.

PARKING: There is a small parking lot in front of the building which is for general use. Handicap parking is in this lot. There is a Dollar General across the street that has open parking all night.

GENDER NEUTRAL RESTROOMS: Gender neutral restrooms are available in the building.

LANGUAGE: No Spanish or ASL translation provided at this time. All hand-outs will be sent out ahead of time or made freely available in the meeting notes.

SCENT: We cannot guarantee the space will be scent-free; we ask that attendees do not wear perfumes, colognes or essential oils so that chemically injured community members can attend.

FLASH: Please do not take flash photography so that folks with epilepsy and other conditions are safe and empowered.

FEE: This event will be 10$ at the door.

CHILDREN: Drkmttr is an all ages venue, however childcare will not be provided at this event.

If you have any questions or require any assistance, please feel free to message us at 720-984-8230 and we will be happy to assist.

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1:00 PM13:00

Graduates Rise performs @ alt Tomato Fest

Graduates Rise performs at the #altTomatoFest! #RESISTomato


 Sat Aug 10, Noon-8 pm, Holly St. at S. 14th, Nashville, TN 37206 (private home)

#RESISTomato invites you attend our annual #altTomatoFest event celebrating the diversity of Nashville’s art and activist communities, both important aspects of our city that frankly could not be celebrated with authenticity through the main festival of tomatoes. #RESISTomato chooses to enhance the main festival by providing a free platform to artists and performers from under-represented groups to share their work. This year, #RESISTomato showcases various intersectional artists including people of color, gender non-conformers, people with disabilities, first generation Americans, survivors of childhood poverty and trauma, and survivors of sexual assault. #RESISTomato also provides free table space for some of the most progressive advocacy groups working hard to improve the quality of life for all Nashvillians. Attendees are encouraged to come and find out more so they can get involved.

There will be musical performances by Graduates Rise, a punk band fronted by a Professor of Social Work from Tennessee State University; local favorite and artistic powerhouse Fauna Halo; Estina and the Black Sheep, a local indie rock band fronted by a first-generation American; singer songwriter and Empower TN Board Member Sarah Cait Rayman; Cybelle Elena, one of the hardest working women in Nashville and co-creator of the HonkyTonkBadonkadonk zine; Islamic singer, songwriter, musician, and actress Iman Nadeem; Sarah Eitel, who can usually be seen playing guitar with Hurts to Laugh and the Dead Deads performs her solo material; Nashville newcomer DJ Theresa Shultz; all lady punk band Hungry Mother; and the always unique psychedelic sludge rockers Flummox fronted by Alyson (Blake) Dellinger.

Other performances include stand-up comedy from Courtney Warner; Britt Beer, and Dawn Merrow; storytelling from Kristen Chapman-Gibbons; and poetry readings from award-winning poets TJ Jarrett and Sir-Reyna Lucio; our fearless trans organizer Samantha Rae MacAlpine; the gifted and talented Kat Marsh; and April Meredith, who works year round to empower people with disabilities across the state.

Representatives from various community organizations will also be onsite to provide information about the services and supports they offer to Nashvillians and about how you can get involved including: Fair Funding for TSU, United Campus Workers, Enough is Enough, Silent No Longer, Nashville Justice League, Central Labor Council, Worker’s Dignity, Launch Pad, The TN Holler, Souls United, Neon Guard Nashville, Poverty and the Arts, Dangerous Ideas Collective, TN Anti-Racist Network, Nashville Peace & Justice Center, Music City Rider’s United, Our Revolution, Gideon’s Army, The Women’s March – Power Together TN, Black Lives Matter Nashville, Showing Up for Racial Justice Nashville, and Jessi Zazu, Inc.

Other activities include face painting by the Makeup Ninja Jaiya Wendell; an art-making station hosted by Poverty and the Arts; a zine-making station hosted by Nashville’s HonkyTonkBadonkadonk zine, and a kid’s activity zone hosted by Beth Fox.

Finally, this event will celebrate the release of “You Might be a Riot Grrrl if…” a new zine created by our event hostess Sarah Walton to feature Dr. Cyn’s “Riot Grrrl Manifesto: An Update for the Digital Age.”

There will be a rolling potluck, meaning guests are invited to bring various dishes or any other picnic related supplies they choose throughout the day. We will also have two charcoal grills set up, one for herbivores and one for carnivores. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs/blankets, snacks, beverages, coolers, food for the grill, and/or items for the rolling potluck. Trash and recycling containers will be provided on site.

Also, you may want to bring cash should you want to buy merch from our artists and/or to make donations to the organizations present. Some of our artists may also take credit cards.

This event is free, for all ages, and open to the public. The home is located at the corner of Holly St. and S. 14th. You may enter, drop people off, or unload via the back alley off Holly St. It is expected to be tight so we suggest carpooling. Parking is available along the streets in the neighborhood as posted by the city.

If you need information about ADA accommodations or other aspects of accessibility, please contact

Check our Facebook event and/or our Instagram for more details and updates.

For more information about #RESISTomato, check out our facebook page:


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6:00 PM18:00

Graduates Rise at Art for Equality

RIP Terry DeMars, passed August 5, 2019. So honored to be part of the group to surround him with love on this evening.

Art For Equality Nashville: A Benefit and Retrospective for Terry DeMars

 Sat Aug 3, 6-9 pm, Shenanigoats Yoga, 1046 Westchester Dr, Madison, TN 37115

Art for Equality Nashville, a DIY collective of queer and non-binary artists and their allies, invites you to attend their annual art show. This year the event serves as a benefit and retrospective for Terry DeMars. Terry is the founder of Gay and Lesbian Nashville and a co-founder of LGBTQIA Nashville, both of which have played critical roles in building the queer and non-binary community in Nashville. Terry is also a prolific artist who has had to hang up his brushes as he deals with progressive blindness and ongoing treatment. Our goal for this show is to wrap Terry in the love of the community that he has helped to establish as we share the work from some of Nashville’s best queer and non-binary artists and performers.

§  Artists will display their work including paintings from our featured artist Terry DeMars, visual art from Kristen Crist at The Quirky Lamb, jewelry and mobiles from Niki Albertson at White Crane Gifts, punk feminist cross stitch from Cassie Wade, Tory Chang’s stoneware from PawTory Works, One girl’s creations from Warrick Melissa, visual art from Anna Rogers of Iron Hag Studios, paintings and live caricature from Gregory Lannom’s World  of Woohoo, acrylic paintings from Melody Lee, accessories by Capi Ortiz of AdventureKid Designs, visual art from Finn Levi Basil, and various pieces from Poverty and the Arts.

§  There will be performances by local powerhouse DJ Jane Dupree, poet Gregory Lannom, singer songwriter Sarah Cait Rayman, feuer hexe Ava Satanas, punk band Graduates Rise, and cabaret from the Countess of Cachtice-Hrad Gia Bathory and the Goddess Divine herself Misty Mystique.

§  Representatives from Tennessee Equality Project and Fair Funding for TSU will also be onsite to talk about ways you can get involved in helping to advance equality for Nashville’s LGBTQ and African American communities.  

§  There will be a silent auction and a raffle. Many of our artists will have items for sale. Please bring cash to purchase art, to tip our performers, and to support our Terry DeMars fund. Many of our vendors will also accept credit cards.  

 §  This event is free, for all ages, and open to the public. Wine and light refreshments will be provided while it lasts.

§  Parking is available at Shenanigoats (1046 Westchester Dr., Madison, TN, 37115). Parking is also available along the street according to city regulations. Overflow parking is available at Extreme Electric located across the street.

§  The venue is wheelchair accessible via the side entrance. If you need information about ADA accommodations or other aspects of accessibility, please contact us at

 Check our Facebook event for more details and updates.

Dr. Cyn performing at Art for Equality. Picture taken by Terry DeMars.

Dr. Cyn performing at Art for Equality. Picture taken by Terry DeMars.

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9:00 PM21:00

#SaveTheRockBlock on 102.9 the Buzz with Andy Herrin

Join Dr. Cyn from Graduates Rise as she speaks about #SaveTheRockBlock #SaveMusicCity on 102.9 the Buzz, The Local Buzz with Andy Herrin.

Sign the #SaveTheRockBlock petition!!

Vote on August 1, 2019!!

Join the #SaveTheRockBlock #SaveJeffersonStreet #SaveMusic City facebook planning group here:

About #SaveTheRockBlock:

Nashville Scene article about #SaveTheRockBlock

Link to Metro Clerk: About Bill BL2019-1568

Nashville Post article about this proposed change

Nashville Business Journal article about the proposed changes and land ownership

Comments on Urban Planet about Triumph Hospitality

Tennessean article about the history of the Rock Block and Jefferson Street scenes

Nashville Post article about the Music Row Hilton (Sai Ram 009, LLC)

Tennessean article about District 21 Council Rep Ed Kindall not responding to constituent emails

Voting on August 1 resources:

Metro Election commission (poll locations, find out what you need to bring, etc.)

Sample Ballot (you vote for 5 At-large council, 1 District council, 1 mayor, 1 vice mayor, 2 amendments)

Main Metro Council page (look up your district reps using the tool on the right of the page)

Go Vote TN app (check your registration status, use the app to help your friends check theirs)

Tennessean article about all endorsements given to Nashville Mayor candidates

John Ray Clemmons’ Plan for Creatives (see image for Rides to the Polls info)

Nashville Justice League facebook page (see image for At-large & district Council endorsements)


Roots radio article about the resurgence of Jefferson Street

Tennessean article about the resurgence of Jefferson Street

National Museum of African American Music (slated to open soon at 5th & Broadway)

About home recording studios, etc:

Metro Code 17.16.250(D)(1) Residential Accessory Uses: Link to section of within full code; PDF of Metro Code 17.16.250(D)(1) Residential Accessory Uses only

Article about recent enforcement on a recording studio

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[Image 2 Description: #SaveTheRockBlock flyer. This is a picture of a flyer that was posted in the Rock Block area. It has a deep red background and centered from the top reads: #SAVETHEROCKBLOCK, We need your help to save Nashville’s Rock Block, Tell Metro Council NO, BL2019-1568, Please email and let them know you want them to save Nashville’s Rock Block from demolition by voting no on BL2019-1568.]

[Image 3 Description: Nashville Justice League Endorsements. Features images of each person’s face with their name and the district they are endorsed for. Including: Council At-Large: Bob Mendes, Sharon Hurt, Zulfat Suara, Fabian Bedne, Gicola Lane, and Burkley Allen; District 2: Kyonzte Toombs; District 13: Russ Bradford; District 16: Ginny Welsch; District 17: Colby Sledge; District 19: Freddie O’Connell; District 29: Delishia Porterfield; District 30: Sandra Sepulveda; District 31: John Rutherford; District 33: Antoinette Lee.]


[Image 4 Description: Rides to the Polls info graphic: This is a dark blue rectangle featuring green and white lettering that reads from top to bottom: Need to get to the polls? Let #TeamJRC help! RIDES TO THE POLLS, Election Day: Thursday, August 1. Call your area’s number for a ride: Joelton/North Nashville/Bordeaux, 615-720-9647; Old Hickory/Madison/East Nashville/Downtown, 615-686-1899; South Nashville/West Nashville/Bellevue, 615-727-2683; Southeast Nashville/Antioch/Donelson/Hermitage, 615-727-2571.]

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Unfair & Underfunded: The History of Land Grant Funding in Tennessee and its Impact on TSU
6:00 PM18:00

Unfair & Underfunded: The History of Land Grant Funding in Tennessee and its Impact on TSU

  • Tennessee State University - Avon Williams Campus 354 (map)
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Representative Harold Love, Jr. speaks to students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Tennessee State University for the Unfair & Underfunded event on April 16, 2019.

Representative Harold Love, Jr. speaks to students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Tennessee State University for the Unfair & Underfunded event on April 16, 2019.

NOTE: This page serves as an archive of information gathered on this issue. #FairFundingForTSU

Tennessee State University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members are invited to attend the upcoming discussion:  

Unfair & Underfunded: The History of Land Grant Funding in Tennessee and its Impact on TSU

April 16 at 6 pm

Avon Williams Campus Room 354

Tennessee State University (TSU) and the University of Tennessee (UT) are Tennessee’s two land grant institutions, established under the 1862 and 1890 federal land grant acts to provide federal funds for agricultural colleges. Under law, land grant institutions are supposed to receive matching federal and state funds, i.e. for each dollar of federal funding, the state is supposed to contribute one dollar of state appropriations. Since the 1950s, TSU, Tennessee’s only public Historically Black College and University (HBCU), has not received the full land grant match to which it is entitled. While some progress has been made, the impact of this unfair distribution to TSU is felt to this day. Representative Harold Love, Jr., Ph.D., has introduced HB0823 to require the state to begin providing a detailed report of appropriations made to Tennessee’s land grant institutions annually.

Join TSU Alumnus Representative Harold M. Love Jr., Ph.D.; TSU’s Associate Professor of History Learotha Williams, Jr., PhD., and student advocates from TSU’s Social Work Program and History & Africana Studies Programs who will present information about this issue and discuss the impact of this historical unfair funding scheme on Tennessee’s only public HBCU. Students will present ways you can help to promote Fair Funding for TSU.

Facebook event page:

The event will be live streamed from the facebook page of United Campus Workers.

While the TSU family is working to rectify this situation, the university needs your help.


You can text TSU10 to 50155 and you will be prompted to enter card information to donate directly to the TSU Foundation, which allows TSU officials to determine the best way to utilize funds given.

If you would like to designate that your donation go to a specific program, unit, or scholarship fund at TSU, you can access the TSU Foundation Give Now platform ( and browse the various options available. If you would like to provide direct support to the student leaders who coordinated this event, go to “Other Fund Not Listed” and then when your cart prompts you, enter “Social Work Club.”

To discuss other ways to Support TSU, contact TSU directly here:

You can read an excellent write up about the event from the Tennessee Tribune here:

You can view a Channel 5 news report on this event here:

You can view the live stream of this event here:

You can download the Advocacy Toolkit from the event by clicking here.

Note: This bill did pass in 2019 and the formal report on land grant funding to TSU will be generated moving forward. Here is an article from the TN Tribune that discusses other reparations that were made this session.

The current Advocacy Message should you speak to anyone on this topic, is to thank the current legislators for approving HB0823/SB0668 to create the report, and for making other budgetary strides towards reparations. You can let them know that you support #FairFundingForTSU and that you will be watching this situation as it continues to resolve moving forward.

You can sign up to participate in the Fair Funding for TSU Advocacy Group by clicking here:

You can download the Agenda from this event here.

You can download the PowerPoint Slides from this event here.

Review a report on this issue here.

Lee, J. & Keys, S. (2013). Land-grant but unequal: State one-to-one match funding for 1890 land-grant universities. Retrieved from The Office for Access & Success, 4/16/2019:

This event is sponsored by TSU’s College of Public Service, TSU’s History, Political Science, Geography, and Africana Studies Department; United Campus Workers; and the Central labor Council of Nashville & Middle Tennessee.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking at the Avon Williams Campus (330 10th Ave N, Nashville, TN) is free in the evenings. Overflow parking is also free in the evenings at the state employees lot across the street.

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6:00 PM18:00

Graduates Rise performs at the Hiram Van Gordon Gallery for Nashville Visionaries

More information about the March 13 event featuring Graduates Rise is coming soon.

Nashville Visionaries
Concept and Curation by Carl Pope
Hiram Van Gordon Gallery
Residency Jan 22 to Jan 31
Open Jan 28
Event Jan 31 4-6 / Artist Talk 6:30
Close March 25

Artist Carl Pope is looking for text based work from Nashville citizens, that is imaginative and visionary in some unusual or radical way. He is looking to identify writers, musicians, poets, visual artists, professors, students and visionaries in Nashville to contribute to Nashville Visionaries. Work accumulated will be designed and curated by Pope during his residency at TSU into Nashville Visionaries, to be on display in the Hiram Van Gordon Gallery from January 28th to March 25th, 2019.

"I wish to investigate and uncover unknown creative voices in Nashville who use writing to articulate their unique experience of life. As a socially engaged artist who explores the frontier of American literature, this kind of exploration is regenerative to the creative community in Nashville for artists in every discipline and at every level of achievement. I regard this project as a celebration to appreciate the very creative impulse that makes the Nashville music scene what it is today as a major contributor to the American artistic tradition.” Carl Pope

Live performances will be scheduled for the opening and through the run of the show. The gallery will be used as a venue for various kinds of speeches, lectures, concerts, psychic readings, comedy standup, poetry slams, sermons and performances during the run of the show, looking for the visionary.

For more information contact Gallery Director / Courtney Adair Johnson
at or 615-445-0935

Tennessee State University / Art Department / 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville TN 37208 / Hiram Van Gordon Gallery Elliott Hall / HOURS M-TH 10-4PM

This project is funded in part by Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, Tennessee Craft, Plaza Artist Materials, Jerry’s Artarama

See the full Nashville Visionaries facebook event information here:

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6:30 PM18:30

Graduates Rise with Savage Authority @ Radio Cafe

Come see Savage Authority's debut show, supported by Graduates Rise. 

Savage Authority is:
Jerry Campbell -vocals/guitar
Matt Mueller - guitar
Jeff “BIG TACO” Collett- bass/vocals
Carl Roberts III - drums

You don't wanna miss this one folks... 

Radio Cafe

4150 Gallatin Pike

Nashville, TN 37216

This event also serves as the official after party of the United Campus Workers 2018 Statewide Convention

Doors @ 6:30 pm

Music @ 7 pm

$5 cover, 21+

Facebook event page:

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6:00 PM18:00

Graduates Rise and The Grey A at Media Rerun

Come join Graduates Rise and The Grey A at Media Rerun in Murfreesboro, TN, August 2, 2018, music starts at 6 pm.  With local faves Casual Sects and Commander Keen

Grey Jacks is a Washington, DC based recording artist known for his past work on lead guitar with Nashville rock band Glossary. Grey's 2014 debut full length My Country was recorded in Tennessee by De Novo Dahl front man Joel McAnulty and features local talents such as Larissa Maestro (Poly) and William Tyler. 2019 will see the release of Grey's follow up album titled Date Ur Elders, which includes a punched up cover of Elliot Smith's Needle In the Hay and nine original songs on themes of love, surveillance, addiction, and breakups. The Grey A’s latest single Palladium will be released later this year.

Since he left Nashville and moved to DC, Grey Jacks has also been hard at work composing the music for Graduates Rise, a punk band that he helped to form in 2016 based in Richmond, Virginia. Graduates Rise uses punk rock, confessional poetry, and explicit criticism in an attempt to demystify politics and systems of higher education. Graduates Rise's debut album Math is Hard! confronts some of the issues facing higher education and seeks to shift the focus from blaming individuals to instead recognizing how systems perpetuate aggressions. Specifically, the record tells the story of Dr. Cyn Corrigible and her experiences as a low income student with disabilities in a PhD program. This record has received academic peer review from the Working Class Studies Association in 2017. Gradautes Rise’s new single The Ballad of Pellagra will be released later this year.


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Performance & Panel Session: Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. 83rd Annual Conference

Graduates Rise performs their album Math is Hard! for the 83rd Annual Conference of the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. themed Promoting Social Change through Building Resilience

Graduates Rise Performs Thursday, March 8, 2018, during the Opening Reception @ 7:00 pm, Centennial Ballroom. 

Dr. Cyn speaks in the Social Welfare & Social Change Panel Session Friday, March 9 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm, Vanderbilt A room. 

Dr. Cyn participates with her colleagues for a panel session on Social Welfare and Social Change, presenting content titled Promoting Social Change through Community-Engaged Research. Download the session content here: 

PowerPoint Slides

Printable - Participant Workbook with References

Printable - PPT Slides


Registration required to attend events. 

Holiday Inn-Vanderbilt Downtown, Nashville, Tennessee. 

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8:00 AM08:00

Workshop: Engaging Young People in Research

Society for Social Work and Research Conference Workshop

Saturday, January 13, 2018: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

Marquis BR Salon 17 (ML 2) (Marriott Marquis Washington DC)

Cluster: Communities and Neighborhoods


Cynthia George, PhD, Tennessee State University 

Engaging community members in research for evidence-based practice (EBP) is essential if we are to meet the grand challenge of our conference theme in Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. A central question for EBP is “whose evidence” determines a program's effectiveness. Community-engaged research (CEnR) seeks to answer this question by facilitating the engagement of community stakeholders in as many stages of the research design as is feasible. There are many challenges related to community engagement in research and especially so when attempting to engage young people. This workshop is conducted by a former teen leader with a lifetime of involvement in community coalition work and over a decade of professional experience working directly with young people and community leaders for engaged program planning and evaluation. The presenter serves as the evaluation specialist for several of the nation's top teen driver safety programs including ThinkFast Interactive, Impact Teen Drivers, and Reduce TN Crashes. She also supports the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) with teen leadership development and evaluation research. This workshop is designed to engage the audience in thinking through their own CEnR projects. While the workshop is focused on partnering with young people, anyone interested in CEnR with any age group should find it useful. During the ninety minute workshop information will be presented including: 1) the basics of CEnR and an overview of its various forms (such as community-based participatory research, action research, and participatory action research); 2) the basics of research design for studies occurring in positivist, interpretive, and critical paradigms (including ontology, epistemology, methodology, and measures of rigor); 3) an overview of the evolution of theories guiding adult roles in working with young leaders (moving from tokenism to full partnership empowerment); and 4) best practices for research ethics unique to CEnR with young people (for studies occurring in school-based and community locations). This session is designed to employ andragogical techniques with pictures, taxonomies, and frameworks being presented for discussion throughout the first half. A group activity will be facilitated for the second half of this session. Participants will select a youth-centered issue to use as an example and then talk through the steps a researcher could take in order to maximize youth engagement during all phases of the research process. The key concepts presented serve to create a common language for participants to use in examining how engagement may look different for studies designed within positivist, interpretive, and critical paradigms. Decision-making will be grounded in the three ethical principles of research, respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Challenges that may arise in CEnR will be discussed, along with group solution planning. Participants will also be connected to resources that can help them to continue their development as community-engaged researchers.

Workshop PowerPoint Slides

Printable - Participant Workbook

Printable - PPT Slide Handouts

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Working Class Studies Association conference
5:00 PM17:00

Working Class Studies Association conference

Graduates Rise has a peer-reviewed punk record!!!

We will perform our record Math is Hard! at this year's Working Class Studies Association Academic Conference!!!

“Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution” The Working Class Studies Association annual conference for 2017 is dedicated to investigating the myriad ways in which the working classes can fight for emancipation. We seek proposals that offer creative interrogations of the very concepts of “working class” and “class struggle” in today’s moment of global capitalism and the consequent disarticulation of traditional notions of the working class. What does working class mean in an era of deindustrialization, precarious work, and predatory capital mobility? What new sites of working-class struggle can come to the fore with the weakening of trade unions and the erosion of the shop-floor and public space as places of working-class organization and contestation? 

Graduates Rise is slated to perform on June 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm in the Wright Auditorium Building.  

Essential conference attendance information can be found here:

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Premieres of Foibles & Favors and Pussygrabber at Riot Grrrl event
to Apr 22

Premieres of Foibles & Favors and Pussygrabber at Riot Grrrl event

She is Me. I Am Her. Community Arts Event.


The night's title takes its name from a Bikini Kill song, fitting because there will be tons of Riot Grrl spirit at Sauvage Galerie on the 21st. Come support some of Nashville's fiercest female writers, musicians, and artists. 

Abby Coppage
Ashley Boyd Jones
Chloe Stillwell
Kat Marsh
Dr. Cyn Corrigible of Graduates Rise
One Beggar Sun
Simone Kross
Ashley N. Roth
Heather Brothers McDole
The Swanies
and more.....

Graduates Rise will share their music video for Pussygrabber which was released online in January 2017 on the day that President Obama gave his concession speech and 45 delivered his speech. This Riot Grrl event will feature the in-person premiere of this video (which totally has a cat fight in space at the end); and Dr. Cyn Corrigible, Songstress for Graduates Rise will read some poems about love, sex, and hypocrisy from her newly released poetry zine Foibles and Favors

Sauvage Galerie is an art & gathering gallery in the Wedgewood-Houston community in Nashville, TN. Support Sauvage

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