Sally Joyner

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Sally Joyner

Template:TOCnestleft Sally Joyner is a Tennessee activist. She is married to Bennett Foster.

In 2019 Sally Joyner was interim executive director of the Mid-South Immigration Advocates.

Socialist party of Tennessee

In 2009, Socialist Party of Tennessee officials were;

Memphis Socialist Party - Members Only Facebook group

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Members of the Memphis Socialist Party - Members Only Facebook Closed Group, as of August 10 2017 included Sally Joyner.[1]

"Nashville 7"

March 2011, U of M students Justin Sledge, philosophy graduate student, and Sally Joyner, U of M law student, were among the seven protesters released from jail on bond Tuesday night following their arrests at a Nashville protest at the state capitol.

The two students, as well as Paul Garner and Leah Shoaf, students at Memphis College of Art, Jeffrey Lichtenstein and Bennett Foster, Memphians, and Ash-Lee Henderson of Chattanooga, were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The incident has drawn polarized reactions from across the state, with some applauding the efforts of the protesters and others condemning their behavior, including elected officials.

Thursday, state senator Randy McNally said he was "dismayed" when he learned that some of the arrestees were members of The U of M's registered student organization Progressive Student Alliance, calling for disciplinary action from The University.

Sledge is the vice president of The U of M chapter of Progressive Student Alliance, which helped organize the rally with unions and labor groups from across Tennessee.

Lichtenstein, though not a U of M student, is also a member of the group.

PSA issued a statement Thursday night addressing its role in the protest and the seven "unjustly" arrested Tennesseans, lauding the "scores of people who stood against empty rhetoric and for real democracy" during the protest.

The group said the actions of protestors during Tuesday's Senate committee meeting, for which Tennessee state troopers forcibly removed them, were not organized or planned in advance.

Of their criticism from elected officials, PSA said:

"If Nashville politicians spent as much time listening to the demands of workers and students as they do slandering PSA in the press, our democracy would be in better shape, and we could find more productive things to be doing on a Thursday night than writing press releases."

Lichtenstein and Sledge declined to comment individually on the incident.

Matthew Meiner, state treasurer of Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature and student at Vanderbilt University, was at the hearing when the protesters began shouting down legislators and refusing to leave.

"I understand their position, and I respect the right to protest, but it was kind of disappointing to see them disrupt the system," he said. "They made their points, but there are more orderly ways to do it."[2]

Progressive Student Alliance arrests

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In 2011, six of the people arrested in a protest James Sledge, 30, Jeffrey Lichtenstein, 25, Paul Garner, 22, Bennett Foster, 25, Leah Shoaf, 19 and Sally Joyner, 26 were with the Progressive Student Alliance at The University of Memphis.

Ash-Lee Henderson, 25, is from Chattanooga and an organization called Chattanooga Organized for Action.[3]

PSA members

Jeffrey Lichtenstein, Dana Asbury, Chelsea Mobbs, Emily Oppenheimer, Ray Berthiaume, Sally Joyner, John Reed, Anna Pederson, Rena Armour were all involved in the Progressive Student Alliance, in Memphis Tennessee.[4]

Memphis Socialist Party

Sally Joyner, Bennett Foster, and Paul Garner, were all members of the Memphis Socialist Party.[5]

Socialist Party USA - Members Only Closed FB Group

Members of the Socialist Party USA - Members Only Closed Faceook Group, accessed October 19, 2017, included Sally Joyner.[6]

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