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Between shooting for Nashville and newly driving for Uber (gotta buy groceries!), had almost no time last week; apologies. Hoping this week will be less stressful and more forgiving. We’ll see. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening through Thursday in Music City, and one happening is huge: Thursday is Runoff Election Day. TUESDAY, SEPT. 8 […]

Let’s take a look at what’s up in Blue Nashville this Thursday and Friday. The weather has been dandy this week! Get out and enjoy it while doing activities to better our city, our state, and our nation. And do not forget: Early Voting continues in the quest to elect a new mayor and Metro Council, and satellite polling locations open their doors on Thursday. Get details here. If you haven’t voted yet, do it! (If you can’t do early voting, make sure you cast your ballot on Runoff Election Day, Sept. 10.) If you have, encourage your progressive friends to do their part.

OK, on to the events!

Now is the time to take action against war and for peace. The specific instrument MoveOn wants to defend is the proposed Iran arms deal, which could be nixed by our representatives in the US Congress. Is the deal flawed? Of course. But it would reduce dramatically the likelihood that Iran will build an atomic bomb anytime soon. That’s why we need pro-peace advocates to contact their legislators right away.

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.

Former President Jimmy Carter announced yesterday that he has an advanced form of cancer that was discovered during recent liver surgery. Even worse, the cancer apparently has spread throughout the humanitarian’s body.

I’m just going to say it, however rude it sounds (and it’s ruder in the full article): Screw cancer.

Dan Fogelberg has been my favorite singer-songwriter since I was 10 years old. It’s still hard to fathom he’s gone, and it’s been nearly eight years since his voice was stilled by advanced pancreatic cancer. Aug. 13 is his birthday — let’s celebrate with good works and, of course, music.

Ah, Wesley Clark. The retired US Army general — who voted for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and vocally supported George W. Bush until he didn’t, fought in the Vietnam War, and led military actions in Kosovo that almost led to war with Russia — turned many liberal heads, including Michael Moore’s, when he opposed war in Iran and ran for president as a Democrat in 2004. Now, Clark has a solution to dealing with “disloyal Americans” — locking them up in new-millennium internment camps.

Early this week, the focus is on education and organizing for peace among lefty groups in Music City. Take some time to get involved with one or more of these activities. It’s your opportunity do your part to promote progressive values and help make Nashville and the world a better place.

Some of you know that I am a Deadhead. As you probably can imagine, on this, the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s passing, my head and heart are filled with thoughts of the late Grateful Dead guitarist.

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