Women. Power. Peace.

Join Us Feb 9, 2016! 14th Annual Real State of the Union

Tuesday, February 9, 2016  

6:30pm Reception, refreshments provided; 7:00-8:30pm Event
Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30331 Wheelchair accessible

Please Join us for Georgia WAND's 14th Annual Real State of the Union!

We have a great line up this year, featuring the critical perspectives, wisdom, and humor of three outstanding individuals: Perennial REAL State front man Jay Bookman, the investigative journalist who started it all; newly tapped President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Janice Mathis, will be flying down from DC; and co-director of Rise Up Georgia, Nelini Stamp, a community organizer at the intersection of activism and voting, especially with labor, youth, and the anti-violence and criminalization movements.

This year we're changing up the format slightly. The event will begin with the speakers each delivering a short speech.  Immediately following,  our speakers will answer audience questions  as prompts in a moderated, salon-style dialogue. Audience questions should focus on this year's theme: Building Solidarity:  How can we work together across dynamics of age, power, culture, and race to create the changes we wish to see in the southeast?

Please submit your questions to our speakers by Monday, February 1st to johnna@georgiawand.org.

RSVP by emailing johnna@georgiawand.org with the subject "REAL State RSVP."

Suggested Donation: $10

View the Facebook Event Page.

Georgia WAND thanks our speakers and Ben Hill United Methodist for donating their time and services for this important dialogue.

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 plan, "The Project for the New American Century"--better known as the Blackwater Scandal. 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 was invited to give the response 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:

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southern partners fund