Women. Power. Peace.

Join us Feb 7th! 15th Annual Real State of the Union

15th Annual REAL State Poster_FINALWHEN:
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:00pm, Reception
6:30-8:30pm, Program starts promptly at 6:30

Ben Hill United Methodist Church
2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta GA 30331

Please join the Georgia WAND community for a very special REAL State of the Union Address by Jay Bookman, followed by a panel of courageous thinkers, leaders, and activists to guide and inspire us into collective action.

Jay Bookman, Investigative Journalist
Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, Pastor Emeritus Providence Missionary Baptist
Chanel Haley, Georgia Equality
Lindsay Harper, Moderator, Georgia WAND
Mary Hooks, Southerners on New Ground
Avery Jackson, #ATLisReady
Janis Mathis, National Council of Negro Women
Tracee McDaniel, Atlanta Citizen Review Board
Adelina Nicholls, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
Molly McGinnis, Central Presbyterian Church
K. Renee' Roberston, SCLC W.O.M.E.N. Inc


The recent elections, cabinet appointments, shootings, and civil unrest have left many people in deep fear for their lives, community safety, and the virulence of our democracy. There is a widespread desire to respond to these challenges, and Georgia WAND is in the thick of the action!

This year's REAL State includes a special thank you to Jay for 15 years of dedication to this event, which launched after he uncovered the U.S.'s imperial interests behind the 2002 invasion of Iraq.


RSVP on the EventBrite page -or- email johnna@georgiawand.org -or- call 404-524-5999

Donations Accepted: $10 suggested; no one will be turned away for lack of funds
Everyone is welcome! Wheelchair Accessible.

Event History

This original Georgia WAND event began in February of 2003 as the U.S. was threatening an attack on the people of Iraq. Atlanta's peace and justice community was frustrated, and few journalists were challenging the Bush's administration's march to war. Jay Bookman, in his groundbreaking AJC article, "Bush's Real Goal in Iraq," revealed the neo-conservative think-tank, Project for the New American Century's long-game plan to expand U.S. empire building by occupying and securing oil sources in Iraq and the Middle East.

Georgia WAND invited Jay to speak and engage the public at Horizon Theater in Little 5 Points where a standing room only crowd listened and responded to this first REAL State of the Union. The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery gave a responseREAL State for many years, followed by Andisheh Nouraee, and Janice Mathis.

Contact Us

Georgia WAND Education Fund, Inc.

250 Georgia Avenue SE
Suite 202
Atlanta, GA 30312

404-524-5999 - phone


Georgia WAND is funded by

Sevenanda Natural Foods Market

AJ-Muste Memorial Institute

New Mexico Community Foundation

Colombe Foundation

The Sapelo Foundation

Southern Partners Fund

US Climate Action Network