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 […]

Sandra Sepulveda, who represents Nashville's District 30 on Metro Council, throws a peace sign to a neighbor outside her home in South Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Sepulveda navigates politics as Nashville’s only Latina council member

BY: - April 7, 2021

When Sandra Sepulveda started her campaign for Metro Nashville Council as a young Latina woman, she was told she needed to be a “white woman’s pet” to get elected into office, or else the political world would eat her alive.  She remembers those words vividly, but they only intensified her conviction to be the first […]

Maria Hernandez at Davidson County General Sessions Court in November, waiting to see if she can work out a deal with her landlord to stay in her apartment. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Immigrants face unique challenges in staving off evictions

BY: - December 2, 2020

For Maria Hernandez, 36, this has been a stressful year. Her husband was deported in February due to domestic abuse and although it was for the best, she hasn’t recovered financially. After months of trying to find work in a pandemic, Hernandez and her six children were about to be evicted, despite a national moratorium […]