Grassroots Progressive Group Makes First Nashville Endorsement
NASHVILLE — The Working Families Party has endorsed Gicola Lane for Metro Council at Large. This is the first endorsement the grassroots, progressive organization has made in Nashville. The election is August 1.
“Gicola Lane is an inspiring leader in our movement,” said Nelini Stamp, Director of Strategy and Partnerships of the Working Families Party. “She has been a clear-eyed and effective organizer to bring justice and true public safety to Nashville. Gicola truly embodies the values of the Working Families Party, and we are energized to endorse her campaign for Metro Council at Large.”
Lane is running on a platform of restoring trust and transparency in the Metro Council; bringing equitable housing, education, and employment opportunities in the city of Nashville; and reforming the criminal justice system to avoid criminalizing poverty.
Born and raised in East Nashville, Gicola Lane is a lifelong community organizer dedicated to challenging racist criminal justice policies. She helps run Free Hearts, a local organization providing support, education, and advocacy to primary caregivers and families affected by incarceration. In 2018, Lane led the successful Amendment 1 charter referendum campaign to create Nashville’s first Community Oversight Board to review allegations of police misconduct. And in recent years, she helped found Participatory Defense Nashville, the Justice for Jocques Coalition ,and Community Oversight Now-Nashville.
In April, Lane attended the Working Families Academy Spring School alongside leaders and members of the Working Families Party.
“I am proud and grateful to have the support of the Working Families Party,” said Gicola Lane. “We share a vision of a just and equitable Nashville where families can afford to live here, get paid a decent wage, and raise our children in quality public schools.”
The Working Families Party is a national grassroots progressive political party that fights to make our country work for the many, not just the few. WFP recruits, trains, and elects the next generation of progressive leaders to office. Working Families Party has notched significant winsaround the country in electoral races from school boards to gubernatorial victories. Recent victories include Tiffany Cabán for the Democratic nomination for Queens (NY) County District Attorney; a slate of progressives ousting incumbent corporate Democrats on the Denver City Council; and electing WFP member and immigrant rights activist Carlos Garcia to the Phoenix City Council.
The Working Families Party is a grassroots progressive political party that fights to make our country work for the many, not just the few. WFP recruits, trains and elects the next generation of progressive leaders to office — and then works with those leaders to win meaningful policy changes that make a difference in the lives of working families.