"It’s not only heresy, but it’s also hypocritical to make the Bible the state book while passing policy that doesn’t care for the least of these."@ElizabethforTN of @FaithAdvocates joined @Whataboutuspod1 to talk about Christianity and TN politics.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) April 9, 2021
We need more diversity and inclusion in our national and state discussions. Tullahoma City Alderman Rupa Blackwell joins the show to discuss how she is helping to elevate these issues in her rural community.
"That's the beauty of diversity – we have so much to learn from each other."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) March 26, 2021
“A lot of The New York Times and Washington Post articles are using language like ‘The authorities are still determining if this was racially motivated.’ To me, that’s just as hurtful” as Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s racist tweets.
Dr. Stephanie Kang of API Middle Tennessee on the subtle racism of how the media has framed the Atlanta hate crime against Asian-Americans.
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Organizer Justin Jones joins to talk with Representative Johnson about his years-long struggle in leading the charge to remove the bust of former KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest from the State Capitol. Jones puts it best in his reason for focusing so heavily on the bust: if we can’t remove such a blatant symbol of racism from our Capitol, how will we ever be able to find the strength to build a true, multi-racial democracy?
"TN is being manipulated and held hostage by WHITE SUPREMACY — that has a class argument to it."@brotherjones_ joins @VoteGloriaJ on #StandingTall to talk about the KKK bust and how @TNGOP maintains the status quo through divide and conquer.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) March 16, 2021
Aftyn and Anna are joined by April Jarocki, the coordinator with the Southern Connected Communities Project, who along with members of the Clearfork Valley, built their own internet by establishing a wireless internet system at the Highlander Research and Education Center in Jefferson County, Tennessee. April highlights the role of the pandemic in exacerbating the digital divide and discusses what broadband justice looks like to her community.
"What would internet justice look like to you?"
April Jarocki of the Southern Connected Communities Project joins @gritspodcast to talk about internet justice in rural TN and how SCCP built their own rural internet in the middle of Clearfork Valley.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) March 13, 2021
“Good leadership tends to be people who have lived the hurt and the pain of terrible legislation.” Ruby Powell-Dennis of Elect Black Women PAC on #ACaseOfTheMundays talking about why it’s crucial to elect Black women for competent leadership.
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“Voter protection is not sexy, but if anyone made it sexier that’s Stacey Abrams.” Kayla Parker joined #HollerHour to talk about Organize Tennessee’s goal of empowering, educating and registering voters across Tennessee to push us toward progress.
For Black History Month and in honor of Rosa Parks’ birthday (February 4th!), we take a look at her life, including the importance the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee had on her life and activism. Another connection Parks had to Tennessee were the words spoken by then-Senator Frist as she was lying in state in the US Capitol Rotunda.
"Rosa Parks thought about her grandfather at the door with a shotgun protecting her family from the KKK."
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) February 26, 2021
“The GOP is not a Party I can align with.”
“These are the same legislators who are proposing bills that allow people to have FULL CONTROL over the FIREARMS they own.” Tory Mills of Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood on the hypocrisy of Sen Mark Pody and Jerry Sexton’s bill that allows men to sue women for having an abortion.