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Long-time racer Ronnie Campbell takes his car for a drive on the Fairgrounds Speedway. Photo: John Partipilo)

Survey from Nashville community group details concerns about Fairgrounds track

BY: - July 14, 2021

A community engagement group figured people living near the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway had something to say about NASCAR racing returning to the track, and they were correct.  On Tuesday, Stand Up Nashville (SUN) representatives presented results from a recent survey to the Board of Fair Commissioners meeting, detailing local resident’s concerns.  In March, Metro Nashville […]

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Save Nashville Now, a coalition opposing Metro charter amendment referendum, unveiled

BY: - May 18, 2021

A coalition of business groups, labor groups, faith-based groups and grassroots activist groups announced on Tuesday the formation of a new coalition to oppose the July 27 charter referendum to consider major changes to Metro charter. In total, 19 groups representing dozens of businesses and organizations expressed their opposition to the charter amendment proposal. The […]

A 2018 photo from a TIRRC demonstration. (Photo: Jon Dragonette/TIRRC Facebook)

Tennessee immigrant groups, union organizers push back on preemptive laws

BY: - April 30, 2021

Immigrant rights advocates and community organizers are urging legislators to restore critical decision making to local governments, adding that if COVID-19 has proven anything, it’s that local officials know what’s best for their residents.  Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) and Stand Up Nashville (SUN), a coalition of community leaders and union organizers, joined […]

Conceptual rendering of the Oracle campus in Nashville courtesy of Mayor John Cooper's office.

Oracle deal advances after approval by IDB

BY: - April 27, 2021

The Metro Nashville Industrial Development Board approved the $175 million economic development plan for tech giant Oracle to build a corporate campus on the east bank of the Cumberland River despite 11th hour objections from the city’s political left flank. The vote was 7-2 after over four hours of consideration including more than two hours […]

Conceptual rendering of the Oracle campus in Nashville courtesy of Mayor John Cooper's office.

Community activists push back on Oracle deal

BY: - April 27, 2021

Community organizers are asking Metro Nashville to postpone an agreement with the technology giant Oracle, saying there are too many questions about how the company’s relocation here will affect local residents already suffering from rising living costs.   Stand Up Nashville and The Equity Alliance held a rally Monday to protest what they see as a […]

Odessa Kelly works on the porch of her East Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Odessa Kelly enters race for Congress after a decade of African-American candidates winning more countywide races

BY: - April 20, 2021

Before Odessa Kelly ever entered the race for Congress to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, Nashville politics had been in the midst of a transformation. Over the previous decade, more Black politicians won notable countywide elections for desirable posts that had long been occupied by mostly older, white men. Since 2012, 13 African-American candidates […]

A construction worker walks past a sign the reads "Please wash your hands for at least 25 seconds" at a construction site. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nashville leaders and organizers call for changes to construction safety

BY: - March 3, 2021

Workers-rights advocates will file a bill to hold contractors accountable for incidents that have resulted in Nashville being named one of the most dangerous cities in the South for construction workers. On Tuesday, several Metro council members and community leaders held a press conference to address allegations of unsafe and unhygienic construction sites that have […]

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After a testy debate in Nashville, vice-mayor commits to equity on boards

BY: - February 18, 2021

Nashville Metro Vice-Mayor Jim Shulman committed to selecting a “person of diversity” to sit on the Metro Fair Board following a heated Metro City Council meeting February 16th. During Monday night’s meeting councilmembers considered two appointees to the Hospital Authority board, including Pastor Frank Stevenson and St. Thomas COO Michelle Robertson. Robertson was initially selected […]