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About brothermartin

i am an unrepentant hippie a born-again Buddhist an activist whose concerns span social justice, economic justice,ecology, climate change, peak oil, and how to break open America's fatally flawed two-party system an ecstatic musician a good listener a slow talker a great-grandfather deeply concerned about the fate of the world

THE RESULTS ARE IN

The election results are in, and I’d like to thank the 2,239 Nashville voters who got my message. I came in second to last, which did not surprise me. I had no campaign committee and no money to spend. My … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

I will be participating in a public forum on Thursday, July 23rd, from 6 to 8 PM, at Temple Baptist Church on King’s Lane.  The subject of the forum is “criminal justice,” and I will have 2 minutes to share … Continue reading

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Q&A WITH SOUTHEAST NASHVILLE UNITED

SENU’s questionnaire was pretty thorough, so I’m sharing their questions, and my answers, as probably the closest thing I’m going to get to an interview in this campaign.  Come see and hear us if you can! Southeast Nashville United (SENU) … Continue reading

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RE-INDUSTRIALIZING NASHVILLE

I drive through Germantown from time to time, and my route takes me past a small, warehouse-type building that bears the legend, “Southern Broom and Mop Co.”  There is never any sign of activity there when I drive past. It … Continue reading

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WORKING ON A BUILDING

The Nashville Scene recently published the map above, along with a short article about the persistence, and spread, of poverty in Nashville. The map comes from the 114-page “executive summary” of Metro’s Social Services Department’s annual report, and has a … Continue reading

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CAMPAIGN DONATIONS?

Money has poisoned our political system. Recently, I was talking a woman who is active in Metro politics, and suggested that she run for Mayor. “Got a million dollars?” she replied.  “It takes a million dollars to run for Mayor … Continue reading

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT THE ONLY “INCONVENIENT TRUTH”

Al Gore called his landmark presentation on climate change “An Inconvenient Truth.”  I think he chose the word “an” very purposefully,  He’s a smart guy, and he knows that climate change is not the only “inconvenient truth.”  There are many … Continue reading

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