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Nashville Mayor on Making the City Livable, Schools Chief Search

barryNashville Mayor Megan Barry — let’s call her Music  City’s progressive hope — sends a periodic newsletter paid for by Friends of Megan Barry that talks local events and issues. We share it here in the hope that it helps you stay informed on Nashville matters and that it motivates you to get involved!

This edition of Megan’s newsletter covers her new Livable Nashville Committee, the search for a new schools director, this week’s Metro Night Out, and the recently held Stand Against Racism.

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Nashville Peace & Justice E-Blast May 3

The Nashville Peace & Justice Center regularly shares a listing of area peace-progressive events. We share it here, and the group encourages people to share the information widely. Please attend and support the events — do your part to help us all turn Tennessee purple!

Among the happenings in Music City this week, the local Showing Up for Racial Justice group meets tonight, a documentary on urban gardening screens, a lecture addresses the mixing of religion and politics, and NPJC hosts a discussion on welcoming the differently abled into the social justice activist sphere. There is lots more, so read on!

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Nashville Mayor Barry Highlights ‘Bold’ Progressive Plan for 2016-17

barry first metro“This plan must be big and bold, and it has to start now.”

So said Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, as she delivered her first State of the Metro address last Friday at Ascend Amphitheater before a huge
crowd. Her speech addressed issues including snarled traffic, affordable housing, mass transit, new sidewalks, pay raises for city employees, and more. And she shared some details of her first municipal budget: The big and bold $2.1 billion plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year is 6.1 percent higher than last year’s but does not include a tax hike. (We must wait until May to hear specifics of the mayor’s capital spending plan.)

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Can the US Be Saved? Stream of Consciousness After Seeing ‘Where to Invade Next’

where-to-invade-next-poster_240_311_81_s_c1We are the world, we are the children… and Job One is to love our neighbor.

Finally saw Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Where to Invade Next. Let’s just say it hit me with a wallop: My immediate thoughts poured out of me, and I feel compelled to share them. Some of it is pretty harsh, and it may cost me friends or leave people assuming I am insane or unpatriotic or naive. I do not care. My care is for people, for the world, for our kids and grandchildren and for theirs. This rant is unvarnished, unedited, and absolutely honest. I pray you will leave your political shit at the door, read the following, see the film — and join the effort to make a better day. 

I’m telling you: Where to Invade Next is a must-see film. Seriously, see it. I am begging you, SEE IT; it’s on Netflix and iTunes now. Watch it with an open mind. If you’re Republican or Third Way Dem, try to put aside your feelings about exceptionalism and capitalism, just for a short space of time, and absorb what you see and hear. And try to forget that it’s Mike Moore; this is not about him. Please, please watch it: If you harbor the delusion that this is “the greatest country in the world,” prepare to have your eyes opened.

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Nashville Peace & Justice Center E-Blast April 26

The Nashville Peace & Justice Center regularly shares a listing of area peace-progressive events. We share it here, and the group encourages people to share the information widely. Please attend and support the events — do your part to help us all turn Tennessee purple!

Among the happenings in Music City this week, the local Showing Up for Racial Justice group meets tonight, a documentary on urban gardening screens, a lecture addresses the mixing of religion and politics, and NPJC hosts a discussion on welcoming the differently abled into the social justice activist sphere. There is lots more, so read on!

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