“Justice is not done here in this case. I pray for the family and friends of Ms. Taylor. I pray for the people of Kentucky to come together, and I pray for our entire community and the country who find too many instances where wrongful death occurs and justice is not served. If that situation was handled differently, it would have been safer for the police involved, and Breonna Taylor, who was innocent, would still have her life today. We are in dire need of criminal justice reform, and the best way to change laws is to change the lawmakers.”
As we’ve seen far too many times, the officers involved with the murder of Breonna Taylor will not be held accountable. Justice demands that we do more. That starts with electing leaders that will do away with no-knock warrants, ban chokeholds, and work towards true reform of our justice system. When you go to vote, say their names – Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Mike Brown – and elect representatives that will deliver the change we desperately need.
“I know so many of the people who live in District 49, Black Tennesseans and the people who love them, are feeling this pain. They felt it when Breonna Taylor was killed, and they felt it again last night when no officers were charged for her death. I cannot say this enough – we need people in office who know what this pain feels like. We need people who have felt this pain to be at the table when decisions are being made. We need more Black voices in these legislative discussions so that we can begin to create change, by doing things like ending no-knock raids and qualified immunity. Together as a community we have to fight for an equitable justice system”
In 1963, Reverend Martin Luther King wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Nearly 60 years later, that statement stings when we realize just how much work we still have to do when it comes to racial injustice. The inaction on the part of the judicial system we witnessed on Wednesday is an absolute miscarriage of justice and a stain on the fabric of our nation.
The sooner we come to terms with the fact that the letter of the law reads differently for many folks based on lines of race and socioeconomic status, the sooner we can address the problems plaguing the United States criminal justice system.
My heart and thoughts are with the family of Breonna Taylor as well as with those who continue to fight for justice and equality in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Anne Ferrell Quillen is the President of the recently formed and awesome TNDP rural caucus. Although rural areas are represented by elected officials, they don’t seem to have us in mind when they vote with the GOP supermajority. Expanding Medicaid for rural hospitals, funding for public schools and infrastructure, and developing economic opportunities for our businesses, communities and way of life are all essential issues for rural Tennessee. We do make up 93% of the state. Let’s elect some homegrown candidates to make some change.
President of TNDP's Rural Caucus, Anne Quillen, joins to talk about how we should elevate the needs of rural TN instead of maligning the people who live there.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) September 11, 2020
Carol Abney, candidate for TN House District 38, knows about distressed counties and closed rural hospitals. Fentress and 3 other TN counties were removed from the bottom 10% of economic performers across the country but 2 more in this district remain on the list. A licensed CPA, Carol discusses the tax burdens, limited resources, inaccessible medical care, and lack of job opportunities that keep rural residents distressed. The TN Rural Initiative provides” window dressing” when real financial support from the state government is needed.
LISTEN ? "What About Us?" a podcast about how policies affect rural TN, has a new episode!@sandrafrice55 talks to @ElectCarolAbney, candidate for HD38, about the immorality of TNLeg not properly funding rural hospitals and schools.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 20, 2020
State Senator Raumesh Akbari chats with Wade Munday about the Democratic National Convention happening this week. Senator Akbari will be speaking at the Convention as a Rising Star of the party, you won’t want to miss it! Watch the Convention here.
CLIP ? "The power seat for our state is in Memphis – what's important to Memphis right now?" – @WadeLMunday asks on #ACaseOfTheMundays.@SenAkbari: "Criminal justice reform and COVID19, but also getting Trump out of the White House."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 19, 2020