December closed off a year that brought numerous surprises and reminders of support. We’re glad to have been able to end the year how we wanted to remember it – by engaging with you, our neighbors, our colleagues, our allies, and our loved ones.
As the year came to a close, we kept up our momentum by meeting with our neighbors, important stakeholders, and fellow legislators. We began the month in New Orleans at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Conference, where we were proud to represent Georgia and the largest state congressional black caucus in the country! Coming back to our home state, we drove up to Athens for the 30th Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, where we discussed education funding, entrepreneurship, our state’s military bases, and health care technology.
After coming back home to Atlanta, we hosted a series of Health Conversations at the Georgia State Capitol, where we invited community members and organizers to discuss the implications and concerns regarding the Zika virus outbreak. We also visited the IBEW building to attend the host committee meeting of the United State of Women, a national activist organization dedicated to gender equality and progress in the US!
We were excited to get back out into the community, and so mid-December was spent celebrating, discussing, and organizing with our friends and neighbors. On December 10th, we went to the Benteen Elementary School 5K, which we broadcast live on Facebook! Kudos to all the dedicated runners, and thank you to everyone who walked and talked with us!
Later that day, we went to Ponce City Market to present our Pecha Kucha project for Pecha Kucha Atlanta! Pecha Kucha is an art project consisting of 20 images presented for 20 seconds each. Our project, titled “It’s a Beautiful Day of District 58,” took the audience on a photographic trip throughout our amazing district. Check out the presentation here!
On December 14th, we attended the Atlanta Taskforce for the Homeless press conference at the Peachtree-Pine Homeless Shelter, where we heard from homeless individuals and volunteers about the struggles facing these populations. As these stories show us, we need better police protection of homeless individuals in District 58, and consistent media coverage to keep our officials accountable. Check out videos from the press release here.
Throughout the month, we worked at gearing up for the upcoming legislative session and continuing our ongoing actions! We met with our friends at Georgia Equality to attend the Georgia Democratic LGBT Caucus meeting in preparation for the legislative session, and discussed strategies for pushing inclusive policies in the wake of the election. We also met with the Fort McPherson LRA to give an interview on the promise and potential of Fort Mac’s redevelopment. Sustained community input is vital to good development, so be sure to check out their committee meetings every second Wednesday of the month!
After a long, tumultuous, but incredibly gratifying year, we ended December with much to celebrate. I joined the League of Women Voters, a national citizen’s organization focused on equitable civic participation. On Christmas Day, we joined County Commissioner Scarborough and Director of Worship and the Arts Tony McNeill at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church to hand out presents to children and families in need!
Lastly, we completed our fundraising deadline of $580, so a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated! Your support is so vital for pushing our project forward, and we couldn’t do it without the continued love and support of all of our friends in District 58. Whether it’s a phone call or an email, a donation or a friendly message, an invitation to talk or a plan for action, we are fueled by your constant outpouring of passion, courage, and determination.
From us to you, Happy New Year, and we can’t wait to see you soon!