Community Member

Sowing Justice

Memphis, Tennessee

The mission of Sowing Justice is to increase civic engagement beyond voting with organizing tools and resources to create and maintain healthy and safe communities. Headquartered in Memphis, TN, Sowing Justice works to connect communities with resources and tools that empower engagement in local, state and federal policies that affect where people live, learn, work, worship and recreate. Believing that improving civic engagement among residents in disenfranchised communities increases participation in the democratic political process, Sowing Justice seeks to reinforce the coalition of environmental justice communities by providing engagement strategies and tools for implementing policies. Using citizen science – public participation in data collection and analysis to solve real-world problems – and voter registration to increase civic engagement to address environmental racism and injustice, Sowing Justice aims to increase advocacy for policies that support clean air, water, and soil now and in the future. 

Marquita Bradshaw (center), founder of Sowing Justice (Photo courtesy of Marquita Bradshaw)

Marquita Bradshaw founded Sowing Justice after making history in the 2020 United States Senate election in Tennessee, becoming the first African American woman to win a major political party nomination in any statewide race. She comes from an activist family that worked during her childhood to raise awareness of pollution leaking from the Memphis Defense Depot, a contaminated military base in a largely African American neighborhood that became a Superfund site in 1992. Bradshaw is carrying on the family tradition. With a team of volunteers, Sowing Justice goes into communities impacted by environmental injustices to register voters and recruit and train residents as activists willing to take on climate-polluting corporations and push elected officials to make policy changes.

Photo courtesy of Marquita Bradshaw

For more information:

Environmental groups rally against TVA’s plans to build more gas power plants – Chattanooga Times Free Press, November 2023 

Former Nominee Marquita Bradshaw Running for Senate Again – Nashville Scene, July 2023

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry is a journalist by profession, having worked as a daily newspaper reporter on both coasts and a contributing writer for several national magazines. She is a former Congressional press secretary and has worked as a communications manager and consultant for corporations and nonprofits.


Marquita Bradshaw, Founder


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Climate Impacts

Flooding, Heat, Tornadoes

Environmental Justice Concerns

Air Pollution, Fracking/Oil and Gas Development/Pipelines, Groundwater Contamination, Hazardous/Toxic Sites, Incinerator/Dumping/Landfill, Lead Contamination, Nuclear Power Plants, PFAS/PFOS, Sewage/Sewage Treatment, Superfund Sites


Art Activism, Community Land Trusts/Land Conservation, Community Organizing and Education, Policy Reform, Political activism, including protests, petitions, and lobbying, Renewable Energy

501c3 Tax Deductible


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