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Briley's Decisive Win Means He Can Start Uniting Nashville

Briley's Decisive Win Means He Can Start Uniting Nashville

May 25, 2018

By securing 54 percent of the vote with his civil and optimistic campaign, Mayor David Briley can now begin the process of engaging with Nashville's differing factions and work together with them to come up with effective solutions to the city's problems.

Via: The Tennessean

The Simple Voting Reform That Raises Turnout Wherever It Is Tried

The Simple Voting Reform That Raises Turnout Wherever It Is Tried

May 24, 2018

Vote-at-Home (VAH) systems, using old fashioned postal mail and paper ballots, are just better. They increase turnout and make voting a more positive experience. If you're looking for a simple, powerful way to reform voting and boost democracy, well, there's one sitting right in front of you.

Via: VOX 

“Tomorrow Is The Beginning Of Democracy”

“Tomorrow Is The Beginning Of Democracy”

May 22, 2018

The Parkland generation has a plan to solve our gun violence crisis. But that’s just the beginning. They also recognize that they cannot resolve America’s gun emergency without fixing its democracy, as well. On Saturday, they spoke about the vital importance of the right to vote, to demand access to the ballot and fair representation.

Via: Slate

Parkland Survivors Challenged The Media To Pay Attention And It Worked

Parkland Survivors Challenged The Media To Pay Attention And It Worked

May 18, 2018

Two high-profile events sparked by the attack — a student walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives on March 24 — attracted significant media attention and demonstrated that when large numbers of citizens are activated to protest for a cause seen by many as just, like gun reform, the media will follow.

Via: The Trace

Activists Renew 'Poor People's Campaign' In Nashville

Activists Renew 'Poor People's Campaign' In Nashville

May 15, 2018

Diverse group of demonstrators block downtown streets, joining actions across the country to revive Martin Luther King's movement to address the life and death issues of poor and marginalized Americans.

Via: Nashville Scene

Dear Mom, The War's Going Great

Dear Mom, The War's Going Great

May 13, 2018

Gen. John J. Pershing, known as Black Jack, hardly seemed the type of soldier to harbor a sentimental streak. But it was Pershing who, on May 8, 1918, issued a general order strongly suggesting that American soldiers write Mother's Day letters.

Via: The New York Times

Jesse Jackson: Why I'm Marching Again

Jesse Jackson: Why I'm Marching Again

May 12, 2018

On May 14, the new Poor People's Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival will begin 40 days of protests and demonstrations in Washington and at least 30 states, seeking, in the spirit of Martin Luther King, an end to systemic poverty, racism and war.

Via: CNN 

Why This North Carolina Teacher Is Taking To The Streets

Why This North Carolina Teacher Is Taking To The Streets

May 11, 2018

On May 16, thousands of teachers and their allies are expected to converge on the General Assembly in Raleigh for a March for Students and Rally for Respect. The advocacy day will center the need for more funding and resources for students and also call for better pay and working conditions for teachers.

Via: Facing South

Connecticut OKs Bill Pledging Electoral Votes To National Popular Vote Winner

Connecticut OKs Bill Pledging Electoral Votes To National Popular Vote Winner

May 09, 2018

Ten states and the District of Columbia are already in a compact to pool their electoral votes and pledge them to the popular vote winner. With Connecticut added, the compact's voting power would rise to 172 - fewer than 100 electoral votes away from the 270-vote majority that decides the presidential contest.

Via: NPR 

John McCain's Warning About Dark Money Is Real. Stop Campaign Finance Corruption.

John McCain's Warning About Dark Money Is Real. Stop Campaign Finance Corruption.

May 08, 2018

A Republican from Tennessee and a Democrat from Indiana combine forces to warn that "the longer we allow deep-pocketed donors to tilt the electoral playing field and take little action against hostile foreign powers attacking our political discourse, the more tribal division you will see in our United States."

Via: USA Today

The Reinvention Of America

The Reinvention Of America

May 07, 2018

The constant noise and swirling controversies surrounding our national politics obscures the many civic success stories that are being written every day.

Via: The Atlantic