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Latinos for Obama: A full house at MCDP for the 2nd Presidential Debate


A concerned face among the gatheringPre-presidential debate event is well attended with diverse community population. Hispanic/Latino community activists speak out on election, progress, and issues facing all voters.

The Montgomery County Democratic Party Headquarters, 534 Madison Street, served as the host site for the Latinos For Obama House Party. As a prelude to the 2nd presidential debate, the gathering was a well attended affair that drew participants from beyond just the Latino/Hispanic community.

Fabian Bedne answers a question

Fabian Bedne, making a point...

Fabian Bedne, an architectural engineer, was the guest speaker for the event. Bedne is a founding member and President of the Middle Tennessee Hispanic Democrats, founding member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, the Tennessee Hispanic Voters Coalition PAC, and member of the Executive Committee of the Davidson County Democratic Party.

Bedne has been featured various times in news print, television and recently spoke to Latino Democrats from around the country as an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Fabian Bedne address the gathering

Fabian Bedne addresses voters at MCDP headquarters

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Community “Get out the vote” rally planned


A get Out the Vote rally will be held Saturday October 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot  near 2nd street on Kraft street (next to the old Burger King building). The event will include music, entertainment, candidates and special guest speakers who will address issues concerning all Americans.

For information contact Pastor Jerkins at 931-552-6480 or Terry McMoore at  931-378-1999

Your vote is your voice; attend this rally and be heard. Listen as the candidates address the issues.

Master Gardeners plant sale


Montgomery County Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be held Saturday, October 11 at 9:00 a.m. and continue until  until sold out. The event will be held at Veterans Plaza, 350 Pageant Lane.

A wide variety of locally grown perennials, priced to sell, will be available along with advice and growing tips from Tennessee Master Gardeners.

For more information, contact  931-647-4328 or

Breast cancer: Walk for the Cure


I’m not a crier. However, my emotions ran the gamut from elation to tears as I participated in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk for the Cure in Nashville on Oct 4th.  As I walked the 5K race with my daughter and thousands of others, I read memorials on t-shirts such as “In memory of Mom” but also many happier phrases such as “In celebration of my sister”. I felt overwhelmed by so many who’d been affected by breast cancer. My sister, Pam Thompson, is a survivor and is doing well.  She completed her surgery, chemo, and radiation about 2 years ago. «Read the rest of this article»

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Presidential debate: All the action was outside the town hall meeting…


SDS: "Youth are not Cannon fodder"

As a global audience tuned in on the second presidential debate, held at Belmont University in Nashville, all the action was happening on the streets surrounding the campus. Political commentators and pundits agreed that the town hall debate format simply didn’t work, that the hoped for verbal battles failed to detonate any real excitement. Outside, it was another story.

I opted out of specific local debate coverage, and with CO writer Debbie Boen instead headed to Nashville to make our own voices heard. Debbie, founder of the FreeThinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, and I (a devout member) headed for 21st and Blakemore, two blocks from the Debate Hall, center of the Nashville Peace Coalition et al rally and press conference. The Coalition the night before sponsored “an alternative debate” featuring the other candidates in the running for the US presidency. The ones without the political machine and the super-sized budgets.

Nearing Nashville on I-24 we were greeted with traffic signs directing debate trackers to the proper exits, so naturally, we made a wrong turn, got slightly misdirected and ended up exactly where we needed to be. Serendipity can be wonderful. «Read the rest of this article»

Native Cultural Circle hosts Inter-Tribal Powwow is this weekend, October 11-12!


The Native Cultural Circle’s 11th annual PowWow will showcase traditions, culture and customs in a truthful reflection of Tennessee native people. Songs, dance, drums, regalia, arts and crafts are all part of this Native Culture celebration.

The public is invited to attend the Native American Cultural Circle’s 11th annual Inter-Tribal Powwow on October 11-12. The powwow will be held at the campgrounds outside Port Royal State Park, Hwy 238 Port Royal Road. The gate opens Saturday at 9 a.m. and the powwow will continue until 6 p.m.  On Sunday, the PowWow runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when the “The Retiring of the Colors” ends the event.

The Trail of Tears March Commemorative Re-Enactment will kick-off the powwow opening. Activities will then focus on the powwow grounds site starting with “The Posting of The Colors.” «Read the rest of this article»

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