Making Physicians Felons and Taking Over Public Schools: A Week in TN GOP Politics
This past week in Tennessee politics demonstrated that the state’s supermajority is advancing an agenda at odds with democracy.
Here are a few stories from the week on issues ranging from reproductive rights to education policy.
First, a look at the impact of Tennessee’s near-total abortion ban:
Tennessee Physicians Speak Out on Abortion Rights as Anniversary of Dobbs Decision Approaches |…
Doctors say Tennessee abortion ban harms patients, reduces healthcare options. One day before the anniversary of the…
Next, a plea for policymakers to enact commonsense gun reform:
Clergy Group Issues Call for Gun Reform | Advocate Andy | NewsBreak Original
Pastors across the state call on policymakers to enact commonsense gun reforms. Pastors affiliated with the African…
Chattanooga Pastors Push for Policy Change on Guns | Advocate Andy | NewsBreak Original
Group calls on legislators to take action to protect citizens. A group of pastors and other advocates from Chattanooga…
Knoxville Advocates Call for Action on Gun Violence | Advocate Andy | NewsBreak Original
Pastors and political leaders say legislature must act to preserve public safety. A group of advocates came together in…
Rev. Michael McNair Pastor of First A.M.E. Zion Church in Knoxville addressed the urgency of the issue, saying, “The special session in August must address the crisis of gun violence in Tennessee, and pass common sense reforms. So we’ve come together collectively to try to make a difference in our state in the state of Tennessee. As you know, there’s a supermajority and they pretty much do what they want to do. So we want to hold those persons who are in position of authority accountable for that.”
In Nashville, a candidate for Mayor suggested she’d takeover the city’s schools if the elected School Board didn’t bend to her will and become more friendly to school privatization by way of charter schools: