Run for Office

So you’ve thought about running for office, but you have no idea where to start or what to do. Join BCDP vice-chair Nathan Higdon for an informal discussion group on realistic expectations, needs, and offices that will be on the ballot for 2020. Share the event and/or invite friends you know who are/might be interested in serving this community. Sign up here: or email us:

Lights for Liberty

July 12, 7:00-9:30pm

at The Bird and The Book

Join us for Lights for Liberty

On Friday July 12th, 2019, BCDP joins Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps and protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. Beginning at 7 p.m. on July 12th, advocates, activists and impacted persons will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9 p.m., around the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in US detention camps to bring light to the darkness of the Trump administration’s horrific policies. “We shine a light on the inhumane treatment of migrants and refugees by the current administration. To be silent is to be complicit. To sit this out is to be complacent. Now is a time to stand for what is best in all of us, to stop the worst of us. We must stand for one another. At New Sanctuary Coalition, we hold in our hearts a vision of a world worth fighting for,” said Ravi Ragbir, Executive Director of New Sanctuary Coalition.

Exciting news on Groundhog Day! We’re so grateful for her leadership, friendship…


Exciting news on Groundhog Day! We’re so grateful for her leadership, friendship and persistence.

From Gloria Johnson:

Hello Friends-

I want to let you all know that I am running for State House 13 in 2018!

I chose today because it is Groundhog Day and today Tennesseans woke up just like they did yesterday and the day before. Like Bill Murray in that classic movie, Tennesseans know that their futures will not change because the Republican led legislature is focusing this day just like they did the last, on the wrong priorities for Tennessee.

That paragraph might sound familiar to you, and it should. I wrote those words on Groundhog Day in 2016 when I announced my last campaign, and Tennesseans are still without affordable healthcare, public education is still not fully funded, and though many states increased their wage on January 1, 2018, Tennessee was not one of them.

We must work together to improve this state for Tennessee’s working families. We must expand Medicaid in our state: for the 300,000 without healthcare, to keep our hospitals open, and to help fight the opioid crisis. We must fully fund and support public education and find ways to ensure every child has equal opportunity for a world-class education. We must raise wages so Tennessee families don’t have to decide between buying groceries and paying rent.

I know that together we can make this happen, especially with all the amazing new energy that has powered us through the last year together. It’s going to take all of us, and I can’t wait to work with you all to move Tennessee forward. This is why I am waking up determined to spend my day today, just as I will the next-committed to fighting for a future that is in the best interest of all Tennesseans. It’s time to stop reliving the same day over and over, that’s why I am running for HD13.

See you on the trail!