Black Lives Matter

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 19, 2016: Congressman/Civil Rights Icon John Lewis views for the first time images and his arrest record for leading a nonviolent sit-in at Nashville's segregated lunch counters, March 5, 1963. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Column: They shall not pass this way again

BY: - July 20, 2020

Words are hardly sufficient to describe the pain and loss of Friday. First came the news that the Rev. C.T. Vivian had died at the age of 95. Less than 12 hours later, the news that U.S. Rep. John Lewis had died was a gut-punch of an exclamation point to what has become a surreal […]

A November 2019 photo of members of the Clarksville Police Department from the retirement ceremony of Sgt. Ramon Ferrer-Ramos after 18 years on the force. (Photo: Clarksville Police Department Facebook page)

Clarksville cops pursue culture change

BY: - July 6, 2020

In the days after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, the Clarksville Police Department was “disgusted,” but proud of the policies it has in place against such incidents. Now, as cities across the United States are reducing funding to their police agencies and […]

Nashville, Tenn., June 28 - Back the Back demonstrators face off with Black Lives Matter protesters. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Back the Badge, Black Lives Matter groups meet in Nashville

BY: - June 29, 2020

A group of law enforcement advocates held a Back the Badge demonstration in Nashville Sunday, coming face to face with Black Lives Matter protesters who have occupied War Memorial Plaza for over two weeks. Cars, many of which apparently supported the BLM group, circled the block, blowing horns and holding signs that read “Blue Lives […]

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Commentary: Islamaphobia in Tennessee is nothing new

BY: - June 25, 2020

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tennessee ranks second in the nation for largest number of hate groups with 38 based here, four of which are dedicated anti-Muslim groups.  The Anti-Defamation League, an organization that exposes extremism and delivers anti-bias education, says that from 2018 on, Tennessee has experienced more white supremacist incidents than […]

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Johnson City, Tenn., June 12 - Black Lives Matter protest. (Photo: Misty Blue Scott)

Commentary: Rural Organizers Understand Sweat Equity

BY: - June 15, 2020

People across the nation seem surprised that Black Lives Matter demonstrations and protests are happening in rural areas and I just can’t seem to figure out why.  I live in Northeast Tennessee, surrounded by rural areas consumed by poverty, good ole boy clubs, and a medical monopoly. Trust me when I say people are organizing.  […]

Screenshot of April Kirby's Instagram post about Project 615. (Instagram)

Updated: Nashville apparel store draws charges of racism from former employees

BY: - June 5, 2020

After Nashville apparel company Project 615 released a t-shirt design supporting the Black Lives Matter movement,  ex-employees weighed in on social media alleging the company fired them for supporting the black community. April Kirby, who worked for Project 615 for 11 months in 2017-2018, spoke out against the company in a heated Instagram post.  “I […]

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Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement stage a "die in" outside the National Civil Rights Museum following the annual Martin Luther King Day march on January 16, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Hundreds marched from the north end of downtown Memphis in honor of the civil rights leader to the site where King was assassinated in 1968, which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum. (Photo by Mike Brown/Getty Images)

Commentary: Party loyalty shouldn’t keep you from speaking up for black lives

BY: - May 29, 2020

“Please, I can’t breathe.  My stomach hurts.  My neck hurts.  Everything hurts.  They’re going to kill me.” George Floyd is dead because four police officers made the unanimous decision that his life did not matter.  With these actions came an unspoken pact that they would defend this use of force at all costs, with full […]