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"What Happened" - Book Review

First, here’s why I even wanted to read this book. Prior to the 2016 election, I felt that voting was enough. After November 8, I realized that voting wasn’t nearly enough, nor was complaining to like-minded individuals on Facebook. I needed to do something. While I looked around for how to help the Democratic Party, I discovered Future901. Here was a grassroots organization where I could contribute my time and talent locally to elect progressive public officials.

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Robert Donati
Racquel Collins - Endorsed Candidate Bio

A military child, Racquel Collins was born in the Philippines and raised in d’Iberville, MS. To follow in her father’s footsteps, she also joined the Air Force, where she learned critical teamwork and leadership skills while trainingfighter pilots in electronic enemy warfare. Passionate about pediatric cancer research since childhood, Racquel returned to college after

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Robert Donati
Michael Whaley - Endorsed Candidate Bio

Michael Whaley is the founding Director of Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) in Memphis where he works with current and former teachers to build their civic engagement and leadership. Prior to joining LEE, Michael served as the Founder and Executive Director of Memphis College Prep, a kindergarten through fifth grade public elementary school. Michael is active in several local community and civic boards, including the Downtown Memphis Commission, and Let’s Innovate Through Education (LITE).

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Robert Donati
Tami Sawyer - Endorsed Candidate Bio

Tami Sawyer is the Director, Diversity & Cultural Competence with Teach For America Memphis and a writer, speaker and social justice & education advocate. Tami was named by The Tennessean and Commercial Appeal as one of 18 Tennesseans to watch in 2018 and was included in the Commercial Appeal’s 2017 Person of the Year recognition. She is an alumna of the University of Memphis and attended Howard University School of Law.

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Robert Donati
Redistricting - Why does it matter?

Your vote should count, but in 2010 the Nashville legislature made changes to our voting districts which basically gave Republicans more say in government. Why? Nashville doesn't want Democrats to have a voice in state government which in fact limits what we can do locally. So, it is important to get progressive leaders elected so we can redistrict the state in 2020.

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Robert Donati
Money Changes Everything

Money in politics is nothing new.  William McKinley’s political fixer, Mark Hanna, famously said, “There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is.” Hanna spoke at the end of the first Gilded Age of staggering inequality and government corruption. In this modern political age defined by Supreme Court cases like Citizens United, this is truer now than ever.  It even impacts our state and local races here in Tennessee.

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Robert Donati
Legislative Victory

For a progressive living in a gerrymandered red state, it’s sometimes impossible to see any light at the end of the tunnel. But once in a while, we score a victory for Team Blue. Last fall I found myself managing Dwayne Thompson’s campaign for Tennessee House District 96.  On November 8, as Democrats across the nation were taking a beating in the presidential race, Dwayne Thompson eked out a victory against Republican Steve McManus.

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Robert Donati