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Metro Police at a recent protest. (Photo: Alex Kent)

Weekend protests, riots rock state

BY: - June 1, 2020

  Peaceful protests over the weekend in Tennessee cities, including Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Murfreesboro turned violent in several instances, with police dispersing tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowds and public and private property suffering damage. The Knoxville event remained calm, while both Memphis and Nashville had peaceful organized protests that […]

Nashville, Tenn., May 30 -"I can't breath" rally at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. (Photo: Odessa Kelly)

Nashville courthouse burns as peaceful protest turns into violent riot

BY: - May 30, 2020

What began on Saturday as a peaceful protest assembled by social justice reformers, activists, politicians and faith leaders in response to the death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis devolved into a violent riot that left Nashville in a state of emergency. Before the day was over, Gov. Bill Lee called in the National […]

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Fires in Minneapolis during protests, May 28. (Photo: Minnesota Reformer)

Commentary: The more things change, the more they stay the same

BY: - May 29, 2020

1968 was a hell of a year.  My memories of the year are few, but powerful, as they are some of the earliest ones I have.  I turned four that year, and that may have been the year I got a pink birthday cake but I only know that from old photos. I don’t need […]

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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 […]