“We need more women in office.” It was a cold January day in 2017 when I sat in a corner of the old Booksellers café (now Libro in Novel) and heard this call to action at our first Pantsuit Mid-South (now Together We Will West Tennessee) meeting. So I stood up and said, “My name is Racquel Collins, and I’m going to run for office!” Forced out of my comfort zone, I spent the year learning how to run for office with newly formed Emerge Tennessee. In November, I announced my candidacy for Shelby County Commission District 1 and two months later, I received my first official endorsement…from Future901.Read More
Future901 is excited to announce our endorsement of Dr. Jeff Warren as he runs for City Council Super District 9-3.
Dr. Jeff Warren is a family doc who came to Memphis in 1989 to finish his medical training at the University of Tennessee. Jeff was won-over by the friendly folks and smoky barbeque, but most of all he was impressed by the determination of a diverse population tackling big issues. He and his wife, KC, a native Memphian, decided to make Memphis their home.Read More
As a friend of mine said, this book is a “must have” for your non-fiction library and she has bought over a dozen copies and gives them out to interested parties. I initially heard about this book, when the author, Jane Mayer, was interviewed on NPR. I ran to find a pencil, so I could order this interesting book. And, the book turns out to be a well researched accounting of over 50 years of conservatives efforts to control our government and what we, as progressive Democrats need to know, to reverse this control for the future.Read More
After an exhausting 2018 election cycle, we now take stock in where we are in Tennessee and Shelby County. Given the results of our top ticket races, it is easy to focus on the negative. Bredesen and Dean ran well-funded, “moderate” races. They did everything that the political class tells us that Democrats are supposed to do to prevail in Tennessee. Then they both lost. Soundly.Read More
Three up, three down, as they say in baseball. The City Council tried three referendums on Memphis voters in November, and struck out on all three. As we change innings, it’s a good time to reflect on what the results tell us, and who’s up next.Read More
These past few weeks leading to Election Day have felt like a feeding frenzy on what we all feel to be good about our country, our state, and our city. Victims of sexual assault across the country – myself included – are still reeling from the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice who does not possess the character or temperament to be a fair and impartial judge. Closer to home, Tennessee progressives are also reeling from Phil Bredesen’s statement in support of Brett Kavanaugh. And right in our back yard…Read More
Allan Creasy was born and raised in Shelby County. He grew up in Bartlett and graduated from Bolton High School. “Being able to ride my bike to W. J. Freeman park, where I broke my arm on playground equipment as a child, playing t-ball, baseball, and soccer, was part of a suburban upbringing that shaped me. Seeing how the neighborhood has grown and evolved has been amazing.” He went on to study History at the University of Memphis on full academic scholarship.Read More
When I was barely two years old, my father made the decision to move his family to the United States from India. A move that would fundamentally change my life, and lead to the cherished career I have today. Like so many immigrants before him, my father was drawn to these shores because of the beacons of hope and freedom that echoed from the lighted torch from that most iconic symbol of freedom and democracy - the Statue of Liberty. He saw in this beacon the promise of a new life, a measure of freedom, a measure of compassion; he saw “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.”Read More
Dwayne Thompson was born and raised in Memphis. His parents came from West Tennessee and North Mississippi, both of them came to Memphis to escape poverty and find decent work. Dwayne attended public schools in Memphis and Shelby County and was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Political Science and Economics and later did graduate work in Business Administration. Dwayne served his country for 6 years in the U. S. Army Reserves.Read More
Gabby is a healthcare advocate whose personal journey led her to run for office. 22 years ago her family immigrated from Bolivia to Memphis so that she could receive treatment at St. Jude. Thanks to the treatment she received at St. Jude, Gabby was able to beat cancer three times.