2020 Letter from the Executive Director & First Quarter Event Calendar

Welcome to tomorrow, folks! Georgia WAND is poised to improve the lives of people here in Georgia, across the nation, and around the globe. Our perspective as a southern, black-woman lead, grassroots organization serving frontline communities has been missing from past solutions. Not any more! 

At national decision-making tables with leaders across sectors and interests, we are advocating boldly for a Just Transition from destructive, profit-driven industries towards a people-centered economy built on equity and sustainability. In 2020 and the next decade, with your support, we are focusing our efforts in three areas: 

  • Nuclear Harm Reduction & Climate Justice
  • WeCount! Civic Engagement
  • Equitable & Sustainable Community Development 

From our civic engagement and issues education work on the ground in impacted communities to meetings at the Capitol with the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Georgia WAND is there — and sharing our message has yielded tangible results. Going forward, we will build on our gains from 2019 and continue pushing our issues at decision making tables and making sure we’ve made maximum impact on local, state, and national policy to ensure a Just Transition to a new economy. We will do this by deepening our relationships and engagement in Burke County and along the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and Neighborhood Planning Unit-V through educational and base building events. We will do more to facilitate the participation of frontline communities in civic engagement opportunities and holding elected officials accountable. We are committed to moving Georgia to a place where elected representation and policy more reflects the needs of Georgians most impacted by the intersections of  inequitable public spending, an extractive energy economy, white supremacy, systemic racism, gendered violence, the rural/urban divide, and climate change. 

We face a reckless, profit-driven nuclear industry, elected leaders undermining our political voices, and pressing issues nationally and locally that make this work extremely challenging — and ever more necessary. The environmental impacts have the potential to get much worse, and soon. It is critical that we speak up, together, now. Please make a donation to support the next generation of Georgia WAND as we take on what lies ahead.

Georgia WAND envisions a world without militarism or systemic violence. A world with just, healthy, secure, and sustainable communities. We will continue to stand up for these values, together with you, in coalition, and with elected officials and agency heads. 

This is our year to shine brighter than we ever have before and make it plain! People are looking for an entryway into the social change movement happening in this country.  Folks want to understand the inequities they see around them and find a way to intervene on behalf of themselves, their families, and communities. We need your help to give people what they need to succeed so we can scale the change at the needed pace to address the challenges before us adequately. 

A huge thank you to our end of year donors who pushed us over the edge and ensured a strong start to the next decade! And another huge thank you all for the support and strong shoulders you have provided over the last 35 years, through much-needed donations and by showing up. Every event is an opportunity to build relationships and the critical power we need to educate and hold decision makers accountable for a better future. We have a full calendar ahead — please save the date!

Lindsay Harper, Executive Director

First Quarter Calendar of Events:

  •  February 3 from 3-5pm we’ll be at the Georgia State Capital for our 2nd Annual “Legislative Tea & Sweets” where we’ll share information about Georgia WAND and the need to protect Georgia’s waterways, especially along the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) from toxic chemicals– we’re looking for volunteers!  For more information about our 1st Annual Legislative Tea & Sweets, please visit our website.
  • February 26 from 7:30am-12pm at the Georgia State Capitol for Capitol Conservation Day with the Georgia Water Coalition  — mark your calendars and join our Georgia WAND delegation!
  • March 7 from 3-6pm at Project South, 9 Gammon St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315, for the 18th Annual REAL State Of The Union. Please RSVP for a special screening and then discussion of the documentary film Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, that features experts, poll watchers and everyday Georgians speaking to the reality of voter suppression and the threat it poses in 2020. Courtesy of Brave New Films.
  • March 15-17 in Washington, DC, join us for the “2020: Year One of Peace in Korea” – National Action to End the Korean War (tentative schedule)Sunday, March 15: March/rally outside the White House and Korea peace assembly (organized by the Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network and Peace Treaty Now)   Monday, March 16: Public forum on Korea peace (stay tuned for a fabulous line-up of speakers) and Korea peace advocacy training (Organized by the Korea Peace Network)   Tuesday, March 17: Full day of Korea peace advocacy on the Hill
  • March 23-24 Savannah River Site (SRS) Citizens Advisory Board quarterly meeting at Snelling Conference Center 3165 Washington Rd, Suite D, Augusta, GA. Are you interested in coming with us?

Stay tuned! Many more events to be announced, including:

  • Burke County Organizing Project events
  • DC Days with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
  • Mother’s Day for Peace – please SAVE the DATE for May 30-31
  • CAB Quarterly Meetings