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APSU senior Sierra Salandy to represent Tennessee at Miss Black U.S. Ambassador pageant

 

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Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Sierra Salandy’s last year in college typifies her entire time at Austin Peay State University (APSU).

Busy. And amazing.

She started off the semester as a legislative intern in the Tennessee General Assembly (one of a record 11 from APSU this year). And during her first week on Capitol Hill, she found out she’d won the crown of Miss Black Tennessee U.S. Ambassador.

Austin Peay State University senior Sierra Salandy is serving as legislative intern in state Sen. Brenda Gilmore’s office at the Tennessee General Assembly. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University senior Sierra Salandy is serving as legislative intern in state Sen. Brenda Gilmore’s office at the Tennessee General Assembly. (APSU)

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Tennessee Black Caucus announces opposition to De-Annexation Bill

 

Tennessee Black Caucus of State LegislatorsNashville, TN – The members of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State legislators are joining with the Mayors of Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga in opposition to HB0779/SB0749.  The bill would allow areas that have been annexed into those cities to vote on de-annexing or withdrawing from the city that annexed them.

The mayors say the bill could potentially be disastrous for the cities resulting in major population loss and torpedoing efforts to attract new businesses.

Caucus Chair Brenda Gilmore said that the majority of the Caucus represents areas that would be adversely affected by the bill and added, “The economic issues that these cities could be facing because of this legislation could be catastrophic.  The Black Caucus cannot stand idly by while these cities and some of the majority-minority communities around them face the possibility of extreme economic hardship.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Senator Sara Kyle’s “Ban the Box” Bill Passes Senate Vote

 

Legislation would eliminate felony question from initial state job applications

Tennessee Senate Democratic CaucusNashville, TN – Tennessee State Senator Sara Kyle’s legislation to eliminate the check box that asks about prior felonies from state job applications passed the state Senate with a 25-7 vote.

“We want ex-offenders who have paid their debt to society to find a job and get back to work,” state Senator Sara Kyle said. “But too often, the stain of a prior felony conviction is an automatic rejection, and many don’t bother to apply. This legislation gives everyone a fair chance to make an impression and land the job that could support a family.”

Tennessee State Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol

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Tennessee “Ban the Box” Bill Passes Committee Vote

 

Tennessee Senate Democratic CaucusNashville, TN – Tennessee Senator Sara Kyle’s legislation to eliminate the check box that asks about prior felonies from state job applications passed out of the Senate State and Local committee today with bipartisan support.

Legislation would eliminate felony question from initial state job applications

Legislation would eliminate felony question from initial state job applications

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Tennessee Black Caucus unveils Criminal Justice Reform Package

 

Tennessee Senate Democratic CaucusNashville, TN – The Joint House and Senate Black Caucus today unveiled its 2016 package for criminal justice reform in Tennessee.

“We have too many Tennesseans wasting away in jail for non-violent, minor crimes that involve either drugs or simply an inability to pay fines,” said Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris.

Reform legislation would eliminate unnecessary fines and crimes of poverty.

Reform legislation would eliminate unnecessary fines and crimes of poverty.

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APSU to host 5th Annual Young Women’s Leadership Symposium April 10th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – During a presidential election year, names like Hillary and Sarah often stand out because all the other candidates stumping for votes are usually men.

The question of why women often shy away from politics has troubled Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, chair of the Austin Peay State University Department of Political Science, since she was a doctoral student, and in 2010 she decided to host an event to encourage a new generation of women to get involved in the political process.

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American Heart Association announces National Wear Red Day this Friday, February 7th

 

Go Red for Women - American Red CrossNashville, TN – If you’re “seeing red” this week, it’s a good thing! Red is the color of the week and beyond, marking American Heart Month and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.

National Wear Red Day is this Friday, February 7th, a day when everyone wears red to support women’s fight against heart disease, their No. 1 killer. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.  In Tennessee, about 9000 women die each year from cardiovascular disease. Yet up to 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable through healthy living choices we make every day.

National Wear Red Day is this Friday

National Wear Red Day is this Friday

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House Democrats form Jobs Task Force

 

Jobs for Tennesseans is Number One Priority

The Tennessee Democratic Party LogoNashville, TN –House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) announced Thursday that he has appointed a task force solely dedicated to bringing more jobs to Tennessee.  The nine-member task force represents both urban and rural areas of the state.

Fitzhugh’s announcement follows Wednesday’s announcement that House Republicans have formed a task force to study how more guns can be put in bars, schools, and workplaces.

“We have more than 300,000 Tennesseans who are looking for jobs and cannot find one.  Until these numbers improve, our lawmakers should be working tirelessly to attract jobs that come from both within and outside our state,” Fitzhugh said. «Read the rest of this article»

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