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Just returned from a whirlwind three-day road trip encompassing Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The first thing on the agenda upon my return was to drop by the Howard School to cast my early vote in the Metro Runoff Election.

We have a full slate of goings on Tuesday and Wednesday in Music City, everything from awareness raising for immigration issues to discussing sustainability. In addition, Early Voting for the runoff election for mayor and Metro Council continues. Dive in, get informed, and then, get busy, progressives.

Serious stuff is on the calendar this weekend. Make sure to get out this Saturday, Sunday, or Monday to do something to make the world better, to show compassion to others, to care for our planet, to remember we are all in this together. It’s the progressive way.

Watching reruns or reality television on the tube? Catch Project Runway on Hulu (no criticism, we love it and Tim Gunn too) and get out to build progressive community or involve yourself in activities to do some good. There are some choice options — including the start of Early Voting for the mayoral and Metro Council runoff election — on tap for Thursday and Friday. Make a difference! Make it work!

Here we vote again: Runoff Election Day, in which Nashvillians will decide between the two top candidates for mayor chosen Aug. 6, is Sept. 10. But Early Voting from Aug. 21 through Sept. 5 gives an opportunity to get a jump start in casting ballots for this race as well as for the five At-Large Metro Council seats and Council seats in Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 17, 20, and 23.

For 12 straight years, West End United Methodist Church has helped to sponsor and build a Habitat for Humanity home, and that time of year is here again. The church’s fundraising effort for the worthy cause in underway. The goal is to raise $30,000 to cover half of the cost to construct a home for a deserving family in need of affordable housing. The church also recruits volunteers to help with building. Which means YOUR help is needed.

We are into a new week, which means new opportunities for Progressive Nashvillians to organize, work, learn, and build community in such a way that helps make Music City and the world a better place. Let’s take a look at the happenings for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Among the most vulnerable members of our society are LGBTQ teens and young adults, particularly those who have no place to call home. Launch Pad is a savior for these kids: The program, operated by members of the LGBT and allied community, calls itself a “street free sleep” initiative. And you have the opportunity to step up and help.

Wow, the weekend is upon us, and it could not come at a better time! On tap we have a cheap just for fun Friday happening, socializing with socialists, an opportunity for transgender and queer folk to express themselves, and more. Let’s get to it!

Bernie Sanders fever continues to rise in Music City. The next organizing meeting for the Democratic socialist presidential hopeful takes place Monday, Aug. 17 at Rogers Warehouse in North Nashville.

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