In 2010, Georgia WAND launched our We Count! campaign, a grassroots voter empowerment movement to expand the electorate in Georgia by engaging with diverse communities and building alliances across race, class, and gender lines. During election years, we focus on voter registration, education and mobilization efforts. These efforts include voter drives and neighborhood canvassing, voter volunteer events, educational forums with local respected speakers, and candidate forums in key districts with local media coverage. Georgia WAND utilizes phone banking to educate voters on early voting locations and dates, to direct voters to information about the candidates, and to offer rides to the polls. On off-election years we focus our planning and project work to strengthen the voting electorate by engaging strong and/or emerging community leaders. We teach and inspire these community leaders to work in collaboration, building capacity and enthusiasm, to sustain momentum for a progressive movement in Georgia that will inspire state-wide increases in civic engagement up through the 2012 election cycle and beyond.
The WeCount! Campaign also involves a young voter engagement project. We are partnering with state-wide universities as well as student-led organizations such as Southern Energy Network, Go-Green Alliance, and other environmental justice groups. We are co-designing several issue-oriented educational programs to encourage students to get more active in local politics and to register to vote. Georgia WAND will facilitate relationships between new, emerging young women leaders dedicated to change in Georgia and established progressive legislators (WiLL members) and community leaders to demystify the political process and encourage engagement in the decision-making processes that will affect their lives.
Interested in joining the campaign? Contact Courtney Hanson, email@example.com today!