Schedule & Rally Info


Photo Credit: Tennessee Photographs

9:30 am: Gather at Public Square

9:45 am: Practice chants and listen to safety guidelines

10:00 am: Speeches and musical performers

~11:00 am: Peaceful walk and demonstration to Legislative Plaza (estimated to be 2/3 mile)

Rally Speakers

Eli Motycka

A Nashville native, Eli helped start the city’s hub of the Sunrise Movement (a national organization) in January along with Télyse Masaoay, Henry Utset, and Rick Herron. Sunrise is a youth-focused organization working for large-scale solutions to address climate change at the local, state, and national levels.  Our organization is focused on advocating for the Green New Deal legislation at the national level and for community solutions at the local level.

Patrick Abbot

Patrick was born and raised in rural Georgia, received his PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, and has been Professor of Biology at Vanderbilt for 15 years.  Research interests include insect behavior, ecology, biodiversity and evolution.

Jason Carney

Rick Herron

Freddie O’Connell

Musical Performers

Judy Klass

Judy Klass is a Truman Scholar and teaches at Vanderbilt University, for the English Department and Jewish Studies Program. Sometimes she also teaches at Nossi College of Art. She is an unlikely person to write country music, but she has loved it since she was a kid. Judy’s first CD, Brooklyn Cowgirl, came out in 2005. She has now released, at last, the follow-up CD: The Brooklyn Cowgirl Rides Again.

Shelby Bottom Duo

 Michael August and Nell Levin write songs that tell a story, and engage us with issues of the environment, and economic and social justice. Follow them and like their page on Facebook.

Susan Shann

Susan Shann is an accomplished singer / songwriter and a long-time participant and activist within the vibrant progressive community of Nashville. Through her music, this “Earth Mama” gives voice to numerous social and environmental issues, and offers a reminder of our deep connection to each other, and to all of life. Visit her website to learn more!

 Brant Miller


Brant has also been invited to perform twice at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter’s Showcase at the organization’s annual convention. He currently performs solo mainly in the Nashville area, but is setting his sights to touring a larger part of the Southeast.