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Nashville Mayor John Cooper, front, and advisor Fabian Bedne, speak to a group of people at Hadley Park Community Center about participatory budgeting. (Photo: Ian Round)

North Nashville residents will get to decide how to spend $2 million through participatory budgeting

BY: - July 8, 2021

Residents of North Nashville and Bordeaux will be able to direct some public money to community gardens, potholes, reparations or whatever else they choose over the next year, through a process called “participatory budgeting.” Metro named a group of local leaders to a committee on Thursday night, in a dance studio at the Hadley Park […]

Sandra Sepulveda outside Haywood Elementary School in South Nashville, which she attended and still lives near. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee Hispanic leaders create PAC and set sights on electoral wins

BY: - May 5, 2021

On Wednesday, Tennessee Latino political leaders announced the creation of a PAC with the sole purpose of getting Latinos elected across the state. Fuerza, meaning “strength,” will represent the interests of the state’s growing Latino populations by identifying suitable Democratic candidates and providing the essential support to navigate a political sphere not familiar to Latino […]

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Tax expert gives guidance on 2021 returns for small businesses with pandemic support

BY: - December 4, 2020

Citizens that haven’t received their federal stimulus check or missed the November deadline to apply can still declare it on their taxes for next year, tax expert Amy Paz said today. Paz spoke at a weekly press conference held by Fabian Bedne, who works on the staff of Nashville Mayor John Cooper. Bedne targets his […]

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Nashville mayor’s representative urges early voting

BY: - October 23, 2020

Although the lines continue to be long at many early-voting locations right now, waiting until Election Day is a risky plan, said a staff member for Nashville Mayor John Cooper.  Rising COVID-19 cases and long lines for early voting may be turning away some potential voters, said Fabian Bedne in his weekly Spanish language press […]

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COVID-19 vaccine trials need immigrant and minority participants

BY: - October 2, 2020

In preparation for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine trials, officials from Meharry Medical College (MMC) are urging participation from Middle Tennessee’s immigrant and minority communities.  In his Thursday press conference, Metro spokesperson Fabian Bedne urged minority groups to participate in the vaccine trials expected to start in October. For maximum efficiency, testing requires a diverse group […]

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Nashville prepares for Hispanic Heritage Month

BY: - September 11, 2020

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, Nashville will conduct a series of ceremonies in collaboration with local immigrant-advocate groups and conclude with a limited festival Sunday.  Typically, Nashville celebrates Hispanic heritage festively, Nashville mayoral staff member Fabian Bedne said Thursday. Although the pandemic has disrupted many  annual large-scale celebrations, the city still plans on […]

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Nashville increases event capacity Sept. 1

BY: - August 28, 2020

Starting next month, citizens will be allowed to host parties again, albeit at limited capacity and as long as people continue to socially distance, said Nashville Mayor’s staff member Fabian Bedne in his weekly Spanish-language press conference. Weddings, funerals and similar events will be permitted in event centers starting Sept. 1 at a maximum of […]

Fabian Bedne with Nashville Mayor John Cooper's office provides a Spanish language update on the city's COVID-19 response Aug. 18. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Nashville to offer hotel vouchers to immigrant families with COVID-19 cases

BY: - August 21, 2020

Clarification: Metro is still working on the details of distributing hotel vouchers and will base distributing on the need to provide someone a place to isolate, according to Metro Health Department spokesperson Brian Todd. A previous version of this story said the vouchers were currently being distributed. Hispanics continue to make up more than 19% […]

Bedne urges Hispanic residents, immigrants to continue COVID-19 tests

BY: - August 13, 2020

In spite of efforts to reach Davidson County’s Hispanic residents, who make up 19.3% of the county’s current 2,776 COVID-19 cases, testing has decreased this week, said Fabian Bedne in his two weekly Spanish language press conferences.  Bedne, a former Metro Councilmember who serves as planner in Mayor John Cooper’s office, provides the conferences as […]

Veronica Salcedo, a journalist with Nashville Noticias, distributes personal protective gear at a drive up event. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman/Tennessee Lookout)

Bedne provides Spanish-language COVID updates in Nashville

BY: - August 4, 2020

Hispanic residents make up 19.2 % of Nashville’s current 4,218 COVID-19 cases, Fabian Bedne, a staff member in Mayor John Cooper’s office, reported Tuesday morning.  Nashville has had 21,770 total confirmed cases and 195 fatalities attributed to the novel coronavirus, with 17,357 total counted as recovered. There are 176 active hospitalizations which put hospital capacity […]

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Nashville targets outreach efforts to Hispanic community

BY: - July 31, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Nashville, Hispanics still make up 19.9% of positive cases.   As of July 28, Nashville had 20,928 confirmed cases, with 189 active hospitalizations that have left ICU centers at a caution level. Recovered cases are at 15,956 while deaths are 190. Although positive cases in the Hispanic community have […]

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 […]