Georgia WAND Education Fund held its 2ndAnnual Legislative Tea & Sweets on Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Georgia State Capitol.
We were able to connect across the aisles this year and have diverse attendance. The event was open to the public as well with approximately 62 people in attendance, twenty-four of them being State Legislators.
We want to give a special thanks to our co-hosts:
Senator Gloria S. Butler, Senator Nan Grogan Orrock, (Former WiLL Chair), Senator Zahra Karinshak, Senator P.K. Martin, Rep. Becky E. Evans, Rep. Sam Park, Rep. Kim Schofield; Rep. Rhonda Burnough; Rep. Mary Frances Williams; and Rep. Gloria Frazier. In addition, to are sponsors Andrew Long, A.R. Long Company and Trip Martin, GeorgiaLink, Chef Cry, Distinguished Personal Chefs for the amazing hors d’oeuvre and sweets, and to LaTonia Long, Floral Soleil, Inc. for the beautiful decorations and floral arrangements.
Georgia WAND staff had an opportunity to sit and begin building relationships with legislators, coliation partners and supporters about the great work we are doing in the area of Nuclear Harm Reduction, Climate and Economic Justice both in Atlanta as well as in Burke County and along the Central Savannah Area (CSRA) in GA. We are committed to working to improve energy equity problems in areas were women, children and people of color are impacted the most. In Georgia and the Southeast, communities of color and low-wealth communities too often bear the heaviest energy burdens as they struggle to pay high energy bills while being disproportionately exposed to pollution stemming from fossil-fuel based and nuclear energy production a consumption.
We are working hard with our coalition partners to:
1) create policy to mandate that Georgia power excavate the toxic coal ash, currently leaking harmful chemicals and heavy metals into our water and place it in properly lined landfills.
2) push for state funded radiological environmental monitoring for air, water, and soil.
3) develop policy that addresses Tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that behaves like water, in our waterways.
Tritium, after bonding with water, basically becomes radioactive water. It is a byproduct of nuclear waste that can be ingested in food or water, inhaled, and absorbed through the skin.
If you’re interested in learning more about Georgia WAND, the communities we serve, our mission or about volunteer and intern opportunities, please send an email to Phyllis Richardson, Government Affairs at Phyllis@GeorgiaWAND.org.