TENNESSEE HOLLER FEST 2021

Highlights from our first ever TENNESSEE HOLLER FEST, featuring inspiring voices from across the state lifting up the issues we face – including STELLA PARTON, JUSTIN JONES, REP. JIM COOPER, REP. STEVE COHEN, THE EQUITY ALLIANCE and much more.

Here’s a quick highlight reel.

Watch the FULL VIDEO HERE and LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

NYT’s “THE DAILY” Podcast On GREENEVILLE, TN’s Vaccine Hesitancy

Today’s episode of the New York Times “The Daily” podcast is called “Rural Tennessee’s Vaccine Hesitators”, and it’s all about vaccine hesitancy in GREENEVILLE, Tennessee – a community hard-hit by COVID where vaccine intake is exceptionally low compared to nationwide standards.

In general, Tennessee is at the bottom when it comes to vaccine intake, in large part thanks to a lack of leadership by Governor Lee, who made little fanfare of getting the vaccine himself, and has promised a marketing campaign to encourage folks to get the vaccine that has never materialized.

The Daily episode talks to doctor Daniel Lewis, a much-respected Greeneville doctor who nearly died of COVID, and has been doing his best to encourage folks in the area to get the shots.

TNGOP Blocks Medicaid Expansion AGAIN

“Why do you keep blocking MEDICAID EXPANSION when the deal is this good even with 300,000 uninsured? I’ve never heard 1 good reason.”

Reps Hawk, Cepicky, Smith, Terry, Hicks, Kumar, Lafferty, and Rudder just blocked Medicaid expansion AGAIN.

 

Testimony Against Rep Ragan’s Anti-Trans Healthcare Bill

Reps Jerry Sexton, William Lamberth, and Bruce Griffey have the AUDACITY to accuse Dr. Kristin Rager of testifying against Rep Ragan’s anti-trans youth healthcare bill for FINANCIAL INCENTIVES.
Interesting that they’d attack a DR for that but not business executives & developers.

Dental Care for the Uninsured

Bruce Baird DDS joins to talk about the patients he volunteers to care for twice a month in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee. Dental care is a basic need that all people have a right to – this is yet another area where Tennessee could do a better job for its citizens.

Check out and support the Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic

FULL PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts here, and wherever else you like to listen here.

TennCare Wasn’t Created to Save Money, It Was Created to Save Lives

Rep Bo Mitchell on the TennCare presentation boasting mostly of “SAVINGS” in our Medicaid program (very little about care) — meanwhile not expanding it leaves 350,000 Tennesseans uncovered.

 

Pody and Sexton’s Abortion Hypocrisy

“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.

PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you like to listen.

 

More Transparency in Healthcare

“If I go to Walmart and buy an apple I know if I’m getting a good deal because the price is posted, so let’s do the same with healthcare.”

Jason Hodges on his legislation to add more price transparency into our healthcare system.

PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts, and wherever else you like to listen.

The Intersectionality Between Climate and Reproductive Justice

Hosts Isabella and Hale speak with Osub Ahmed, a senior analyst at the Center for American Progress, on the intersection between the climate crisis and reproductive rights. This is often an overlooked subject both in media and day-to-day conversations. That’s why we decided to dig deep and dissect the important relationship between the two.

Read the Environmental Reproductive Justice research

Check out In Your Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

Sunrise Tennessee Interest Form

Find out what Native Land you are living on

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FULL PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts and wherever else you like to listen.

South Africa and the US: Similarities in Epidemic Response

How are the responses to AIDS in South Africa and COVID in the US similar and how do we stop denialism before it kills us? Renee Schatteman, Associate Professor of Postcolonial and World Literature at Georgia State University, joins the show to talk about what we can learn from South Africa’s mistakes during the AIDS epidemic and their successes in their response to COVID. Cultural considerations come to the podcast! We apologize for a few audio issues in this episode but hope you enjoy the substantive content.

Read Renee’s article here

FULL PODCAST available on Apple Podcasts here, and wherever else you like to listen here.