Connecting through

Cultural Diversity, creating a

Spirit of Education and Non-violence


October 1, 2013 through January 1, 2014


Join Us!

Please join the Citizens’ Commission on Unity, Mayor Jerry Gist, and the city of Jackson,

during the 93-day Season of Unity.  The Citizens’ Commission on Unity connects through

diversity to create a spirit of education and non-violence.  The mission of the Season of Unity

is to care, thank, and believe in the worth of all people and within each culture to raise

awareness of non-violence.


The idea for a Season of Unity and Non-Violence grew out of a series of meetings that were convened to look at the Jackson community and make suggestions for making it a better, more unified place for all of the diverse citizens to live.


Mayor Jerry Gist voiced the importance of this Season of Unity, “Violence has many faces…emotional, physical, psychological, and mental…and reaches every realm of society within the city. It is my hope that drawing from the strength of each culture, we come to value our children, youth, elderly and families, choose the way of non-violence, and live united.”


How can you help during the Season of Unity?

Plan school, religious or business programs and activities guided by four core tenets:


Compassion Driven, Others Centered, Respectfully Connected, and Everyone Valued.  


Programs and activities are intended to reach people who sometimes seem unreachable, to share the message that each person is of value, and recognize that activities will be unique to each community; yet, the common aim of non-violence is the same.


The 93-day period began on October 1, 2013, and will continue through January 1, 2014.  The Season of Unity will focus on:

Care in October, Thank in November, and Believe in December.

For information or to let us know about your programs and activities, please contact Ms. Tammy Buchanan, the City of Jackson, Tennessee, Office of Mayor Jerry Gist, (731) 927-8786, Photos, stories, and activities may be submitted for publication on social media outlets may be sent to


Please note, by submitting photos, stories and/or activities, it is understood that all content is subject for posting on

Social Media Outlets, primarily FB, Twitter, YouTube and will be used to promote the Season of Unity Project only and is being submitted with the permission of anyone in the photos, stories and activities . 
We reserve the right to use
discretion on postings and will decline any content deemed inappropriate or questionable.