Reflection on Juneteenth

by Sonya Bhatia CW: Slavery and Racial Violence Yesterday marked the celebration of Juneteenth, the symbolic mark of the emancipation of enslaved peoples. In fact, Juneteenth is the oldest holiday that celebrates the end of slavery.   Even after the Emancipation Proclamation, the legal words of freedom had not reached its …

In Times Like These…..Responsing to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic by Phyllis Richardson

These are uncertain times: information on COVID-19 is rapidly changing; employers are laying off employees;grocery stores’ shelves are low and in some cases empty; and we are told in some places to “shelter in place” and other places we are just being asked to practice “social distancing”.  One thing is clear, we must …

A Message In Uncertain Times

In the words of our community elder, Annie Laura Howard Stephens, “Be encouraged. Be encouraged. Be encouraged.” It’s uncertain times like these that remind us to be steadfast in our trust in ourselves and each other. The multiple stories of acts of kindness such as pop-up food pantries, young people running …

The Women of Georgia WAND at Capitol Conservation Day by Phyllis Richardson

The Georgia WAND squad lobbied under the Gold Dome on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, focusing on HB 545, The Right to Farm and SB 123 which helps to offset the burden of having a landfill accept coal ash within their jurisdiction.  Coal ash, the waste leftover from burning coal, has …

US Climate Action Network (USCAN) Building Power From The Grassroots Up Action Team Report Back

Georgia WAND hosted the US Climate Action Network (USCAN) in-person Building Power from the Grassroots Up meeting at our Georgia Hill Office Building for two days in January.  USCAN is one of our strongest coalitions and supporter of our work towards Nuclear Harm Reduction and Climate Justice and Equitable and Sustainable Community …

2nd Annual Legislative Tea & Sweets at the Georgia State Capitol Report Back

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 …