One step further than buying American? Supporting a homemade industrial infrastructure.

The country music capital of the world could become the capital of something much different:

Jobs. Local ones. Good ones.

At a time when even the reconstruction of bridges in America is being outsourced to China...



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...the folks at the Nashville Fashion Alliance, a group of real American job makers, are singing a very different song.

Instead of outsourcing to overseas workers, they're establishing new infrastructure to create local jobs. In America.

And in a state that ranks 39th in unemployment in America.

From the NFA's Kickstarter:

"Over the last few years, Nashville's Fashion scene has absolutely exploded with talent. We are now home to over 150 growing fashion brands.

[The Nashville Fashion Alliance's] mission is to provide these creative companies with infrastructure, resources and support while at the same time creating needed jobs in our community."

Great mission. Good. But here's what all that mission-statement-wording means in real life.

The Nashville Fashion Alliance means a real-life, growing local industry.And that industry needs skilled workers.

They're ready to train 'em, too.

In addition to providing the infrastructure for growth, the Nashville Fashion Alliance is setting out to create a job training and placement program to sustain the job growth!

via NFA Kickstarter

I don't know about you, but that's a song I wanna hear. Over and over again.

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If you're with me, you've got two days to give to their Kickstarter!


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This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline β€” year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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