Get Involved: Civic Engagement Opportunities in Knoxville

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From government forums to town-hall meetings, there are more ways than ever to become engaged in Knoxville’s civic and social discourse. Each week, we’ll round up noteworthy public events that come to our attention.

Friday, Feb. 24

Workshop/Conference on Refugees
all day
: Haslam Business Building in the Stokely Hospitality Suite, and Rooms 305 and 306, UT.
Several panels will be held throughout the day as part of “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Refugees, Displacement, and Resettlement: A UT Conference and Workshop.” De Ann Pendry, member of AKIN, is scheduled to talk about Central Americans in a panel called Xenophobia and Integration, from 1 – 2:15 p.m..

“Town Hall for All” Rally
Time: 4:30 p.m.
: 800 Market Street (Federal Courthouse)
Constituents in favor of the Affordable Care Act will be gathering to deliver their reasons why it’s important to retain to Congressman Duncan and Senators Alexander and Corker. Info on Facebook.

Monday, Feb. 27

Knox County Schools Superintendent Search Committee Report
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Andrew Johnson Building (912 S. Gay Street)
At the school board work session, the board’s Superintendent Search Committee will give an update on the process of choosing a superintendent to replace Jim McIntyre, who left the job in July. The field of finalists is expected to be narrowed from six to two this week (of Feb. 27).

ALSO: Meet the superintendent finalists at West High School (3300 Sutherland Ave.) on Tuesday, March 7, 5 p.m. You can also see the event streamed live:

Metropolitan Planning and Zoning Commission West and Northwest sector meeting
Time: 6 p.m.
Middlebrook Pike United Methodist fellowship hall (7234 Middlebrook Pike)
MPC will address changes to the one-year plan that governs land use in these sectors of the county, and receive public feedback.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Mardi Gras, Standing Rock, Kooks, and Nevertheless She Persisted
: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Architectural Antics (820 N Broadway St.)
A meetup hosted by County Commissioner Evelyn Gill: “Mojo Tweed and some special guests will be playing some down-home blues at this community gathering to support progressive causes. Pot luck dinner & BYOB. Fellowship with your brothers and sisters of the earth, and explore the wonders of Architectural Antics.”

March 2

Meeting: Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cumberland Baptist Church (5600 Western Ave
Mayor Burchett, Mayor Rogero, Sheriff Jones and other officials want to make sure that questions concerning the proposed Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center are answered at a public meeting before the March 9 MPC meeting.

March 6

Women’s March Coalition Conclave
Time: 6 p.m.
: Cox Auditorium, University of Tennessee
Goal: “To have people from all different ideologies, race, gender, walks of life etc. speak up about what their challenges and fears are in regards to the current state of our government (local, state and federal.)” Ticket info here.

March 9

Bridge Refugee Services quarterly public meeting
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: St. Luke UMC, 3839 Buffat Mill Road
Bridge Refugee Services, which helps refugees resettle in the Knoxville area, will hold its “quarterly consultation meeting” to report its activities and needs to the public and its partners. Topics will include 2017 arrivals, the impact of President Trump’s executive order on the refugee resettlement program and the role of the community in refugee integration.

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