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Michalyn for Memphis
COMMUNITY ADVOCATE, DISTRICT 7 BORN & BRED
Meet Michalyn Easter-Thomas
Her upbringing in District 7 helped Michalyn see Memphis through a new lens - one that shed light on the immense challenges and disparities that faced her community, but also magnified the potential and greatness that long existed there. She founded Our Grass Our Roots (OGOR), a collaborative non-profit interested in pushing back against gentrification and promoting progressive partnerships in North Memphis. She also became involved in many other community organizations: the board of Vollintine-Evergreen Community Association (joined in 2015), and the boards of the BLOOM partnership for Memphis parks and Memphis Greater Greenline (joined in 2016).
Michalyn was elected Councilwoman for Memphis City Council District 7 because she understands that community comes first, bringing integrity and transparency to this City Council seat. It is the time for engagement over apathy and action over complacency. All of Memphis deserves investment and support to strengthen our community’s economy, safety, and livability. Michalyn will fight to make sure District 7 gets the support it deserves.
A lifetime of community involvement taught Michalyn that involvement with neighbors and community groups is about listening first, and must be followed up by passionate advocacy on their behalf. She is already well experienced in winning resources and community funding through grants and initiatives, and looks forward to using an elevated platform to amplify the voice of the community. She recognizes a better future comes only through action in the present, and we can together build the communities our children deserve through action and advocacy.