Speak Up for SNAP

April 9, 2019

State and federal policymakers are considering, or have already imposed, work requirements that would take away SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits or Medicaid coverage from people who are not working or engaged in work-related activities for a required number of hours each month. A large share of the people who would face work requirements are employed, but they also experience high levels of job displacement and unemployment, and their wages have grown little, as our analysis of the low-wage labor market shows.

Keep Voter Registration Legal

April 8, 2019

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is proposing new restrictive regulations and the nations’s most aggressive penalties* for voter registration drives that don’t precisely follow their new regulations — up to a $10,000 fine and a criminal misdemeanor.

This kind of law would have a chilling effect on any group trying to engage Tennesseans to vote at a time when Tennessee has been in the bottom five states for voter participation in the last three presidential elections.

10 Things Every American Should Know

April 7, 2019

What are the top 10 things every American should know? 

Thirty years ago, E.D. Hirsch activated civic conversations throughout America with his book Cultural Literacy. He argued that every American should have a grasp of fundamental information about our country in order to be culturally literate. Hirsch listed 5,000 names, facts, phrases, dates and cultural references that he believed represented a reasonable core of knowledge that all Americans should possess.

#GetCivic at Unrig Summit

March 28, 2019

#GetCivic — get smart and learn how to exercise your democratic rights March 29 – 31 at Music City Center in Nashville! 3 days. 2 nights. Top speakers, trainers and leaders united to unrig the system. An event unlike any other: we’re convening the brightest minds from the right and left to fix American politics.

Do Justice Love Mercy

March 12, 2019
Last January Governor Bill Haslam granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown. “Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” Mr. Haslam said. “Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms.

Artivists Unite! March 6 is Arts Advocacy Day

March 4, 2019

One thing we might all agree upon is the universal human need to be seen, heard and understood. ARTivism, the convergence of arts and activism, is where we center ourselves, expressed by a vibrant millennial vision rooted in basic democratic principles. Art is a powerful communicator, compelling compassionate action, healing division and building community.

Protect the Vote

March 4, 2019
Voting is foundational to the health of our democracy.

The clock is ticking for the 2020 elections. Take action to ensure that every citizen can vote and that every vote is counted.

▢ Action 1: Advocate for bipartisan cooperation and voting rights. [h/t Brookings]

Call: Your one House rep (look up).

Get the Story Straight

January 31, 2019

Nashville is a city of stories, often misrepresented and misunderstood. What is the real history of Music City? There are many ways to look for answers, but one we especially love is United Street Tours, because you can literally walk through the past. This weekend they’re running the Civil Rights Movement Tour and you can book a time on Facebook or on unitedstreetours.com 

In the words of Bob Marley: If you know your history, then you would know where you’re coming from.

Get Moving

January 20, 2019

Roll call! 2019 is in full motion and with it, the legislative season. We wanna hear your greatest hopes and dreams for our country this year (and your own resolutions too ;)! Tweet us @briteheartnow or find us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you don’t quite know where to begin, try these steps from Americans of Conscience — making it easy as 1-2-3.