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Vote for a welcoming Nashville on August 4

It is time once again to make your voices heard in support of a welcoming and inclusive Nashville!  Early voting is now taking place in the races for Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and Metro Council, and Election Day — August 4 — will be here soon.  These elections will help chart the course for our city’s future.  Use your votes in all of the races and keep Nashville a city in which every voice is heard!
Nashville For All of Us recently asked all of the candidates in Metro elections to join us in our commitment to ensure Nashville is a productive, just, and welcominig city where all residents are valued. We asked the candidates to affirm the following pledge:
As a candidate for the Nashville Metro Council, I pledge that I will support a Nashville that is built on shared values and aspirations; is committed to inclusivity, equality, and the ethical and moral treatment of all residents; encourages and values the contributions of all citizens; makes its services and benefits accessible to all; embraces every resident’s inherent worth and dignity; and encourages civil and respectful public discourse among its residents and their representatives.
 
We are pleased that these candidates have committed to supporting this vision for our city:
Candidate Office Incumbent (I) Candidate Office Incumbent (I)
Karl Dean Mayor I David Glasgow District 18
Diane Neighbors Vice Mayor I Erica Gilmore District 19 I
Megan Barry At-Large I Curt Wallen District 19
Renard Francois At-Large Buddy Baker District 20 I
Jerry Maynard At-Large I J. Gower Mills District 20
Donald Ray McFolin At-Large Mary Carolyn Roberts District 20
Don O’Donniley At-Large Seanna Brandmeir District 22
Ronnie Steine At-Large I Emily Evans District 23 I
Sajid W. Usmani At-Large Jason Holleman District 24 I
Lonnell Matthews, Jr. District 1 I Sarah Lodge Tally District 24
Frank Harrison District 2 I James Michael Kaminski District 25
DeCosta Hastings District 2 Sean McGuire District 25 I
Brady Banks District 4 Chris Harmon District 26
Eugene Batsuk District 4 Greg Dooley District 27
Scott Davis District 5 Travis Danker District 28
Priscilla Eaton District 5 Tanaka Vercher District 28
Dave Rich District 6 Arnett H. Bodenhamer District 29
Hans Schmidt District 6 Karen Y. Johnson District 29
Peter Westerholm District 6 Vicky Tataryn District 29
Anthony Davis District 7 Isaac Okoreeh-Baah District 29
Nancy VanReece District 8 Vivian Wilhoite District 29
Darren Jernigan District 11 I
Jason Potts
District 30
Steve Glover District 12 Fabian Bedne District 31
Anna Page District 16  I James Widrig District 31
Sandra Moore District 17 I Markeith Braden District 32
Burkley Allen District 18 Jacobia C. Dowell District 32
Carter Todd District 34 I
A “Nashville for All of Us” is not just a place to live, but a way of life for our city.  It is built on shared values and aspirations.  It is committed to inclusivity, equality, and the ethical and moral treatment of all Nashvillians.  It encourages and values the contributions of all residents to their community and makes its services and benefits accessible to all.  It embraces and defends all persons’ inherent dignity.  It is a vision that will be a reality when we all speak up.
Speak up for Nashville; speak up for all of us.  Get out and vote!
For more information on early voting and the August 4 election, please visit Nashville.gov.
Sincerely,
Nashville For All of Us Steering Committee Members:
Alistair Newbern, Chair
Stephen Fotopulos
Renata Soto
Krissa Barclay
Lisa Pote, Secretary
David Taylor
Kenny Byrd
Kathleen Murphy
Hedy Weinberg
Sonnye Dixon
Tom Negri
Anderson Williams
Mark Eatherly
Avi Poster
Stephen Zralek

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Silent march April 19 to mark 50-year anniversary of Looby bombing, march

Aprilteenth Silent March

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Stand Up against SB63

The Steering Committee of Nashville for All of Us (“N4AOU”) issues this statement to urge Tennesseans to stand up against Tennessee Senate Bill 63 and Tennessee House Bill 262 and any other efforts reminiscent of the English-Only Charter Amendment that was defeated last year in Nashville. Nashville voters made their voices heard that such “English-only” efforts undermine tourism and economic development and send the wrong message to and about our community.

We urge all members of the Tennessee General Assembly to vote no against these measures and other “English-only” efforts. We encourage N4AOU members, supporters and friends to voice their opposition to their representatives in the Tennessee legislature. Those interested can learn more about the SB63 and HB262 drivers test measures here.

Further information about N4AOU and its mission can be found at
http://www.nashvilleforallofus.org

Sincerely,

David Briley
Kenny Byrd
Sonnye Dixon
Mark Eatherly
Stephen Fotopulos
Dan Haskell
Tricia Hersfeld
John Lamb
Debby Dale Mason
Kathleen Murphy
Tom Negri
Alistair Newbern
Tom Oreck
Avi Poster
Lisa Pote
Floyd Shechter
Renata Soto
John Tighe
Hedy Weinberg
Stephen Zralek

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The new mission

Happy anniversary of the historic vote to end the battle over English Only!

On the heels of that victory in January 2009, many of us asked the question, “What’s next for Nashville for All of Us?

Quite simply, our work is not done! As a city with so much promise, Nashville must continue to “fight the good fight” to remain a welcoming community for all of its residents. Our work last year called us to instant action, which we took with great success. Now, we are in the unique position of remaining a collaboration of diverse voices that can continue the important conversations of our time.

To that end, the steering committee for Nashville for All of Us (N4AOU) has been working to establish a more formal structure through which to engage in our work on an ongoing basis. We are writing to inform you that N4AOU is transitioning to an organization with the following mission:

We are an independent, diverse community coalition that challenges each other’s perspectives and informs and shapes public policy to promote a productive, just and welcoming Nashville for all.

Please consider this letter an invitation to continue on as part of that community coalition. We hope that, with the continued input of the diverse voices that made our initial effort a victory, N4AOU can serve as a table to host the conversations necessary to identify and address new issues relating to prejudice and exclusion in our community.

First and foremost, however, we hope that you will bring your voice, your ideas, and your energy to these critical conversations and to continuing the work of Nashville for All of Us. If you are interested in being a part of the discussion of N4AOU’s next steps, please click here to complete the attached brief survey to let us know what issues currently faced by our community are important to you. Completing the survey should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes of your time.

If you prefer not to move forward with our new direction, simply click the “opt out” link at the bottom of any e-mail we send you, and we will remove you from our mailing list.

We hope you will join us in the discussion of N4AOU’s next steps and the continued conversations about the future of our shared community. We look forward to your participation as our work progresses.

Many thanks,

Stephen Zralek
Chair, Nashville for All of Us

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Tears of joy at inauguration viewing, with support for Nashville for All of Us

buttonThis photo (4/16 in a Tennessean slideshow of local viewings of Tuesday’s inauguration) captures Nashvillian Thenita Jones in tears of joy at the Belcourt at the moment of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Jones is wearing two inauguration buttons and also a Nashville for All of Us button.

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Tennessean of the Year Bob Fisher on record against English Only

Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher, president of Belmont University, was named Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessean newspaper.  Here is an excerpt from the story:

Largely, thanks to his leadership in bringing the state’s first-ever presidential debate to Belmont, Fisher now has another accolade to add to the walls — or the floor, as will probably happen: the 2008 Tennessean of the Year, as determined by readers and The Tennessean’s editorial board.

Fisher is one of nine local university presidents who signed a joint statement in opposition to the English Only charter amendment.

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WPLN asks, Is English Only worth it?

wpln1Nashville Public Radio WPLN digs deeper into the practical impact of English Only in this story.  Here is an excerpt:

A proposal to amend Metro Government’s founding document and make English the sole language for city business could cause sweeping changes in nearly every department. Or, it could not. No one really knows, which has made the campaign for and against the charter amendment difficult. There are no lists of what would change if the English-only measure passes a referendum vote. WPLN’s Blake Farmer explains.

Audio for this feature is available here.

REPORTER: “Is it worth it?”

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