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Memphis City Council approves $708 million budget; no tax hike

The Memphis City Council unanimously approved a $708 million budget on Tuesday that includes pay raises for all city workers, additional investment into disenfranchised communities, and more money for Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA). The changes, set to go into effect July 1, come with...

People’s Convention organizers pitch event, stand by process

After five months of planning, organizers of Up the Vote 901 are gearing up for what they’re expecting to be an eventful display of democracy at the upcoming People’s Convention. So far, 18 candidates in the upcoming October 3 election, including two mayoral contenders, have...

The making of restorative justice public policy gumbo

“Don’t be afraid to disrupt the system,” Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer said to a crowd of advocates, parents, and educators gathered at the inaugural Public Policy and Restorative Justice Symposium, Saturday.  This charge came after Sawyer gave a personal account of her experiences with...

FOLLOW-UP: Shelby County Dems sticking with Michael Harris as chair

After months of controversy, Michael Harris will remain the chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party. The decision was made during a closed meeting held by the party’s executive committee at Solid Rock Christian Church on Tuesday evening. Harris retained the chairman’s post with an...

Strickland uses executive order to propel Memphis 3.0

With the stroke of a pen, Mayor Jim Strickland signed Memphis 3.0 into motion via an executive order, Tuesday. The signing occurred despite the handful of protestors outside of the South Memphis development center where the ceremony took place. They chanted, “Just say no...

Clock ticking as local Democrats re-think chairman’s election

The Shelby County Democratic Party has called a special meeting to determine the fate of its recently elected chairman. The decision was made Thursday during the executive committee’s first meeting since Michael Harris was elected chairman in April. Party member Sanjeev Memula motioned for a meeting...

People’s Convention shaping up as survey push continues

The survey results are in and nearly 2,000 Memphians have vocalized the issues that matter to them in the upcoming October 3 election. It’s a part of an online survey distributed by organizers of the People’s Convention, a non-partisan grassroots initiative that is seeking to...

All in one – Terri Carmichael Jackson

“Empowered women, empower women” --  the theme of this year’s annual Tribute Luncheon, hosted by the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis -- is also one of the mottos of the luncheon's keynote speaker, Terri Carmichael Jackson, the executive director of the Women’s National...

Bill governing voter registration groups keeps watchdogs on alert

Local organizers are calling a new bill moving through the Tennessee General Assembly a direct attack on minority voters. “It’s preposterous and intended to disenfranchise minorities from voting,” said Ian Randolph, a local organizer who also serves as a committee member for the Shelby County...

Herenton eyes those ‘left out of this economy’ as he launches mayoral run

The Staple Singers’ “Let’s Do It Again” resounded from a speaker before Dr. Willie W. Herenton emerged from the back of the room. He shook hands with people in the crowd as he made his way to the stage to address hundreds of attendees...