Nashville, Vote Hopefully, Not Fearfully, But Please Vote

Nashville, Vote Hopefully, Not Fearfully, But Please Vote

May 24, 2018

"Voters benefit when they coalesce around a candidate who will raise their hopes, not prey on their fears … So, are you voting? And, when you vote, are you voting for your hopes or your fears? Fellow citizens, cast your ballot with strength, courage and hope." - David Plazas

Via: The Tennessean

It's Your Call, Nashville. Vote For Mayor On Thursday.

It's Your Call, Nashville. Vote For Mayor On Thursday.

May 23, 2018

Early voting ended on Saturday, with 34,567 people voting after a surge that saw nearly 20,000 people vote over the final three days. Davidson County Elections Administrator Jeff Roberts is now predicting overall turnout to reach around 75,000 voters in the race to replace former Mayor Megan Barry.

Via: The Tennessean

Good News

Wins, Good Works, Heroines and Heroes

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 

Off the Cuff

Op-Ed from our Managing Editor

We Must Keep Marching

March 30, 2018
No question about it. Women’s March 2.0 brought the kind of fierce energy, joyful civic participation and positive activism to the forefront that we...

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The Innocents Abroad – Mark Twain

The Innocents Abroad – Mark Twain

March 17, 2018

‘The Innocents Abroad’ is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land.

Via: Goodreads

The Woman’s Hour: The Last Furious Fight To Win The Vote – Elaine F. Weiss

The Woman’s Hour: The Last Furious Fight To Win The Vote – Elaine F. Weiss

March 17, 2018

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The Woman’s Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

Via: Goodreads

Thunder In The Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, And The Nez Perce War – Daniel J. Sharfstein

Thunder In The Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, And The Nez Perce War – Daniel J. Sharfstein

March 17, 2018

Recreating the Nez Perce War through the voices of its survivors, Daniel J. Sharfstein’s visionary history of the West casts General Oliver Otis Howard’s turn away from civil rights alongside the nation’s rejection of racial equality and embrace of empire. The conflict becomes a pivotal struggle over who gets to claim the American dream: a battle of ideas about the meaning of freedom and equality, the mechanics of American power, and the limits of what the government can and should do for its people.

Via: Goodreads

Handmaking America: A Back-to-Basics Pathway To A Revitalized American Democracy – Bill Ivey

Handmaking America: A Back-to-Basics Pathway To A Revitalized American Democracy – Bill Ivey

March 17, 2018

This handbook for restoring fundamental American values reaches back to the Arts-and-Crafts roots of progressive thought, confronting the way right-wing ideology and the power of post-industrial capitalism have undermined work, government; our very way of life, advancing a practical, achievable vision for a good society that can use the capacity of government to recover the essential strength of the American idea.

Via: Goodreads

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What we’re watching.

RBG

May 14, 2018
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture ...

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Providence Canyon - Brent Cobb

May 14, 2018
For a day at the local swimming hole [1]  or a nice Sunday drive to see grandma, we suggest Brent Cobb's brand new /Providence Canyon/. "A fitting t...