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Apr 03 2019
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By: Amanda Haggard

The Contributor responds to Metro Council proposal

Bill 2019-1543, a measure that effectively bans panhandling on certain downtown Nashville streets, was proposed by District 19’s Freddie O’Connell at Wednesday evening’s Metro Council meeting. The Contributor does not believe it would be negatively impacted by the legislation.  

“Our vendors are micro-business owners who sell a newspaper, which is protected by the First Amendment,” says Cathy Jennings, executive director of The Contributor. “They are not panhandlers. The Contributor is the alternative to panhandling and a step in the right direction to housing and a better quality of life. Panhandling might help you get dinner, or a hotel for the night. The Contributor helps you build a verifiable income stream, which you can use to apply for housing and other programs. We have a clear code of conduct our vendors agree to, and we support them in building their micro-business with training and community.”  


HireLive to host job fair

On April 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., HireLive will host a job fair at the Nashville Airport Marriott. According to a release from HireLive, many companies at the job fair will be offering flexible work schedules and full benefits. 

Job seekers should bring 10-15 resumes and dress in business casual attire. Job opportunities include: sales, account executives, retail managers, account managers, insurance sales, customer service, human resources, financial planning and more. 


Arts & Business Council honors Ronald L. Corbin

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville has chosen to honor Ronald L. Corbin, a long-time Nashville business leader and arts supporter, with its Martha Rivers Ingram Arts Visionary Award. Corbin will be formally honored at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center War Memorial Auditorium on April 24 during a lunch reception to celebrate his significant volunteer and community support work.

“As someone who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to advance Greater Nashville’s arts and culture, we are thrilled to spotlight Mr. Corbin with this prestigious award,” said Jill McMillan, Arts & Business Council Executive Director. “He is an ardent patron of the arts as well as an instrumental business leader in the region, making him the perfect choice for this year’s Ingram Arts Visionary Award.”

SEC rules against private prison shareholder resolutions

According to a release from Prison Legal News, the Securities and Exchange Commission upheld objections filed by the nation’s two largest for-profit prison companies (CoreCivic and The GEO Group), which challenged shareholder resolutions to prohibit the firms from housing children or parents who have been separated during immigration proceedings.

Alex Friedmann, associate director of the non-profit Human Rights Defense Center and a former prisoner who served time at a CoreCivic-operated prison in the 1990s, introduced the resolutions. Friedmann owns a small amount of stock in both companies as an activist shareholder.

“CoreCivic and GEO both claimed they had no intention of housing children who have been separated from their parents due to U.S. immigration policy, but they both took action to ensure these resolutions would not proceed to a shareholder vote,” Friedmann said in the release. “Their actions speak louder than their words; they have clearly indicated that should they house separated children in their detention facilities in the future, that would simply be part of their ‘ordinary business operations.’ But it is certainly not ‘ordinary’ for the affected families.” 

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