“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”    – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Georgia WAND turned out along with thousands of others for the annual Commemorative King Holiday March and Rally. The march began at Peachtree Street and ended at the Dr. King National Park (which was closed due to the federal shutdown but opened in time for the MLK Day, thanks to a grant from Delta). Several guest speakers spoke once the march reached King National Park, including Senator Nan Orrock. 

We Count! Coordinator Jewel Howard recently attended the Reason, Reform & Redistricting Conference at Durham, North Carolina hosted by Common Cause NC in collaboration with Duke University. The conference included a panel discussions of topics from national and state leaders on how gerrymandering affects our democracy and the work that’s need to end this political strategy. One of the panelists included ProGeorgia’s Executive Director, Tamieka Atkins, who discussed the importance of shaping the 2020 Census in making sure people of color and in rural communities are accurately counted.  

2019 is expected to be an exciting year as we prepare for the 2020 Presidential Election. I want to thank all the canvassers and volunteers who helped We Count! have a successful Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign in 2018. We were able to expand our message to more directly affected communities, including residents living downwind and downstream of nuclear facilities.

If you are interested in volunteering with Georgia WAND, please email me at WeCount@georgiawand.org and put “Volunteer for WAND” in the subject line. Please include include your name, number, and area of interest in your message at wecount@georgiawand.org.  I look forwarding to building a better democracy!