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Dulce Torres Guzman

Dulce Torres Guzman

Dulce has written for the Nashville Scene and Crucero News. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, she received the John Seigenthaler Award for Outstanding Graduate in Print Journalism in 2016. Torres Guzman is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She enjoys the outdoors and is passionate about preserving the environment and environmental issues.

A walkway at Hillwood High School in Nashville Schools District 9. (Photo: Metro Nashville Public Schools)

Nashville District 9 schools forum focuses on racial equity

By: - July 8, 2020

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) hosted the third of four virtual forums Tuesday for school board candidates to address issues facing Metro Nashville Schools.  Russelle Ann Bradbury and Abigail Tylor are running to replace board vice chair Amy Frogge for school board representative in District 9. Bradbury has children that attend district schools […]

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Childhood experts work to minimize trauma to Tennessee kids

By: - July 7, 2020

The pandemic and ongoing protests have put tremendous stress on families across Tennessee, and as schools begin plans to reopen, budget cuts could harm efforts to mitigate childhood trauma.  Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, is a way to measure abuse and neglect and its lasting effects from childhood into adulthood. Recent studies have shown that […]

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NOAH hosts round two of school board interviews in Nashville

By: - July 6, 2020

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) hosted the second of four virtual forums Thursday for school board candidates to address questions and issues facing Metro Nashville Schools, with Metro Councilmember Kyonzte Toombs (District 2) serving as moderator. Incumbents Christiane Buggs, District 5, and Freda Player-Peters, District 7, are both running without opposition.  Buggs has […]

A mural on the wall outside Workers' Dignity's community center. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman/Tennessee Lookout)

Tennessee: Los rostras de DACA

By: - July 3, 2020

La semana pasada, la Corte Suprema anunció su decisión en contra de la administración de Trump y por ahora mantiene la Acción Diferida o DACA, pero, los recipientes del programa todavía enfrentan muchas barreras en Tennessee. Katherine Díaz García, de 21 años, tenía siete años cuando llegó por primera vez a los Estados Unidos desde […]

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NOAH holds first of four Nashville school board forums

By: - July 1, 2020

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) hosted the first of four virtual forums Tuesday for school board candidates to address questions and issues facing Metro Nashville Schools.  Candidates Brian Hubert and Emily Masters are running to replace District 3 incumbent Jill Speering, who will not seek reelection, and discussed a variety of issues. Hubert, […]

Veronica Salcedo, a journalist with Nashville Noticias, and a volunteer distribute personal protective gear at a drive through community event. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman/Tennessee Lookout)

Hispanic community leaders: More outreach needed for COVID education

By: - July 1, 2020

With COVID-19 disproportionately affecting members of Tennessee’s Hispanic community, leaders say there’s a need for greater education on preventing the spread of the virus. Hispanic organizations have been central in helping government officials reach local Hispanic communities.  Journalist Veronica Salcedo is often contacted through Facebook and asked to visit impacted areas to hand out personal […]

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Nashville leaders urge minority census participation

By: - June 26, 2020

In a Thursday press conference organized by Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) Davidson County community leaders emphasized the need for census participation from Nashville’s minority population. The census deadline, originally July 31, has been pushed back  to Oct. 31. The typical door-to-door approach is too risky, given the COVID-19 threat, but leaders hope […]

A mural on the wall outside Workers' Dignity's community center. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman/Tennessee Lookout)

Tennessee: The faces of DACA

By: - June 24, 2020

Last week the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration and upheld Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but program recipients still face many barriers in Tennessee.  Katherine Diaz Garcia, 21, was seven years old when she first came to the U.S. from El Salvador and still remembers her home country and the violence her […]

Car decorated for AFL-CIO Protect Our Workers caravan. (Photo: AFL-CIO Facebook)

Labor leaders and workers address inequality in workforce

By: - June 18, 2020

Essential workers held a press conference Wednesday following events in several Tennessee cities in an effort to draw the attention of lawmakers to systemic racism and inequality in the workforce. The Tennessee American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) organized a car-caravan rally before labor leaders and workers held a press conference […]

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Middle Tennessee’s art community on hiatus

By: - June 17, 2020

Tennesseans who rely on performing arts for relaxation will have fewer options in the coming year, as many organizations suspend programming and many performers face unemployment.  Nashville will be having a quiet summer this year as arts communities scramble for ways to survive the pandemic and the suspension of most live performances.  The Nashville Symphony […]

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Food assistance now available to families

By: - June 16, 2020

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) announced on Monday that Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is now available for families needing financial support to meet their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. TDHS in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) began providing P-EBT to families on Friday through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

Hispanic Tennesseans, many of whom work in essential fields, are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tennessee’s Hispanic community absorbs a third of COVID cases

By: and - June 15, 2020

Manuel Caló, a 56-year-old Nashville construction worker from Guatemala, fell so ill so quickly that, although he took the test for COVID-19, he couldn’t wait for the results. Friends took him to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was placed on oxygen and hospitalized for four days. Even feeling so sick, Caló had to overcome […]