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States Seeking To Preempt Minimum Wage Increases By Cities

Celebrate Medicare's Anniversary: Join Call For Single Payer

Newsletter: When Empires Fall

It’s Not Only Necessary To Develop An Alternative To Globalization — It’s Entirely Possible

Some Americans Do Love Their Health Care (They’re Expats)

A Tale of Two Governors

‘Ain’t I A Woman’ March Highlights The Need For Black Women’s Voices Now

The Latest Challenges To The South’s Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

Building A Mass Movement To Stop Mass Killing

Eugene Debs And The Kingdom Of Evil

Mississippi Autoworkers Mobilize

IWW Miners Of Jerome & Bisbee Loaded Into Cattle Cars & Deported From State Of Arizona

Toxic Industrial Chemicals Found In 10 Types Of Macaroni And Cheese Powders

Just 100 Companies Responsible For 71% Of Global Emissions, Study Says

U.S. Blocking Food Shipments To Venezuela, Says Minister

Democratic 'Resistance Summer' Becomes Protest Against Democrats

D.C. Judge Tossed Out Conviction Of Woman Arrested After Laughing During Sessions’ Senate Confirmation Hearing

Naomi Klein And Jeremy Corbyn Discuss How To Get The World We Want

Seattle Makes History – Passes ‘Tax The Rich’ Income Tax

The Attitude Of Solutions

Antarctic Ice Shelf Larsen C Breaks Off Giant Iceberg

The Last Liberal

New Study Undercuts Trump FCC Chair's Justification For Rolling Back Net Neutrality

The FCC Must Protect The Open Internet — Millions Of Americans Agree

The Zapatista Indigenous Presidential Candidate’s Vision To Transform Mexico From Below

The United Nations Prohibits Nuclear Weapons

Black America Is “Pro-Peace,” But Its Politicians Work For The War Party

Making Employee-Owned Enterprises Part Of The Income Inequality Solution

On International Day, UN Promotes Cooperative Solutions For Social Inclusion

Rise Up: The Game Of People & Power

There’s No Good Reason For Your Boss To Make 347 Times What You Do

Political Myth-Making And State Legitimacy

Reclaiming Public Services

Minimum Wage Of $15 An Hour Passed In Minneapolis

Neighborhood Medics Saving Lives In Chicago

Nevada Becomes Fifth State Where You Can Buy Legal Marijuana

US Independence Won By Nonviolent Resistance Before The War

Student Debt Means Fewer Public Servants — And More Bankers

The Theft Of A Nation

By 2100, Refugees Would Be The Most Populous Country On Earth

What Happened To America’s Wealth? The Rich Hid It

Atlanta Fought For $15 And Won

Traditional Welfare And Taxes Can Be Reformed To Support Universal Basic Income

With Less Crime, Closed Dutch Prisons Are Instead Being Used To House Refugees

Maine's Food Sovereignty Law Touted As Nationwide First

Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Involve Everyone In Production: Basic Principle Of The Economy In Rojava

In Red Pairs: Handmaids Are Resisting

Seattle Mayor, 2 City Council Members Propose City Income Tax On The Rich

Is Canada Planning Extreme Military Escalation?

Miami Conference Signals Further Militarization Of US Policy In Central America

Statement Of Cuba In Reaction To Trump’s New Cuba Policy

Veteran Organizer Gives Inside Look At The First $15 Minimum Wage Campaign

Are You Unable To Afford Decent Housing? Welcome To The Club

Hawaii May Become First State With Guaranteed Income

Massachusetts To Vote On Taxing The Wealthy

TN Counties Sue Opioid Makers Using Local “Crack Tax” Law

Repressing Radicalism

Regulators Should Block Amazon’s Acquisition Of Whole Foods

Unsung Black Heroines Launched Modern Domestic Workers Movement

Yale Graduate Teachers Launch Hunger Strike Over Bid To Unionize

Cheap, Clean Energy Pushes California Electricity Prices Below Zero

2017 Voter's Guide

Knoxville's Election Districts


Left Open's 2017 Voter's Guide is based on which candidates fit closest to Green Party values, have the energy and intelligence to do the job right, and, most importantly, are committed to serve the people and not just the real estate developers of Knoxville. The good news is that quite a few progressive candidates qualify and in some cases - like Districts 3 & 6 - it was hard to pick one candidate.

Below are our picks by district. Early voting begins August 9th. Check our complete voter's guide for instructions on how and where to vote, absentee voting, and polling place rules.

Note: Left Open does not confer official Green Party endorsement. That comes from the party itself. Official endorsement is noted below.

District 1 - Rebecca Parr

Rebecca Parr

Ms Parr wants the city to pay more attention to the unheard voices of South Knoxville, and Knoxville in general. She has official Green Party endorsement. More about Rebecca Parr.



District 2 - Andrew Roberto

Andrew Roberto

Mr Roberto is an attorney and partner at Brown & Roberto. More about Andrew Roberto.



District 3 - Seema Singh Perez


Ms Perez has been a progressive activist in Knoxville for decades. Her commitment to the people of the 3rd District is unquestioned. She has official Green Party endorsement. More about Seema Singh Perez.



District 4 - Amelia (Amy) Parker


Ms Parker is a well educated, disciplined founder of Knoxville's Black Lives Matter movement. She is also involved in many other progressive activities. She has official Green Party endorsement. More about Amelia Parker.



District 6 - David Gillette

David Gillette

Mr Gillette gets it and knows the issues facing Knoxville's 6th District and Black Community. He is uniquely able to bring these issues to the City Council's table. More about David Gillette.






Elder Wisdom

The first day I ever was in Kinzu, I arrived in a wheel chair, with my triceps burnt in half and my right arm grown to my chest, so I couldn't use it at all. I had two pair of pants, one shirt, shoes too small and two sets of underwear. That day I only met two neighbors that day and was very upset that I had to come there instead of going home. The next morning i learned about the giveaway. Uncle Bob and Kathy (age 11) had to spend a hour bringing in clothes for me. the front porch was covered with clothing. When it was all sorted out I had sixteen pairs of pants, five pair of shoes, twenty seven shirts, eighteen sets of underwear, and six slings to keep my arm immobile. None of them were new, but all of them were clean, in bags or boxes and either fit me or I grew into in the next few months. this from a community of about 92 people at the time including children. Kathy who had volunteered to be my wheel chair person, received three sets of sneakers and two loose skirts plus a nurses uniform which fit in about six months. Grandmother received various herbs to treat me with, a bed for me to sleep in, enough sheets to take care of me for a week and enough food to feed a growing boy for a month. This is community is action, this is working together to solve problems. this is acting without being asked. If a small village can accomplish this what can we accomplish with a larger community?

Big Tree 7/26/2014


Listen To "Echoes Of Wounded Knee" concerning the current DAPL struggle here.