September was an extremely busy month for us. We had so many events, it was hard to keep up!
On September 26, in the morning, the Gwinnett Democrats participated in the Duluth Fall Festival Parade. Chuck Johnson and Mitch Lavender led the effort and decorated a FABULOUS float.
the Gwinnett Democrats went to the Georgia Democratic Party State Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was the featured speaker and she gave an inspiring speech!
At the very end of the month, actually, October 1, we had a very successful fund raiser entitled “Why Not a Woman” with 4 panelists who discussed the difficulties in getting women elected to office in Georgia.
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WHY NOT A WOMAN?
The challenges facing women running for office and strategies for mobilizing more women to become candidates and community leaders.
Stacy Abrams – Georgia’s House Minority Leader, elected in 2006 and the first African-American to lead in the Georgia House of Representatives
Erica Thomas – Georgia’s youngest Representative in the Georgia House and advocate for children in foster care
Melinda Ennis-Roughton – Past Executive Director of Georgia WIN List, a political action committee to promote electing progressive Democratic women
Helen Ho – Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a non-partisan group promoting civil rights and participation of Asian Americans in the political process
Why is this so important?
We tell our girls that they can grow up to do or be anything they want. But the reality is that Georgia is ranked 49th in the country for women in elective office. A woman has not represented Georgia in Washington DC since 1922. Women make only 81 cents for every dollar a man makes and for African-American women it is only 47 cents!
WHEN: October 1, 2015
TIME: Reception with wine and hors d’oeurves at 6:15 pm
Panel at 7:15 pm
WHERE: Cornerstone Coworking 279 West Crogan Street in Lawrenceville GA map
Tickets are $30 or $5 for students
Donor and sponsor level tickets for $100 and $200 are also available
We can change America for the better by electing people who represent the true diversity of this state and country!
Sponsored by the Gwinnett County Democratic Party.
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Possibly the most important piece of civil rights legislation, the Voting Rights Act was enacted to provide protections and challenge discriminatory elections systems—particularly in the South—that harm voters’ ability to cast their ballot.
Because of the Voting Rights Act, America has made great progress toward achieving social justice. But we still have work to do. In Georgia, Republican leaders have passed legislation to reduce early voting and established discriminatory voter ID laws that disproportionately harm seniors, people of color, and low-income voters.
Laws that make voting harder damage our democracy. Rather than create barriers, leaders from both parties should work together to expand access to the polls. Congress needs to act on new proposals to strengthen the Voting Rights Act, and our state legislature needs to eliminate unnecessary hurdles that discourage civic engagement.
Voting is a right, not a privilege. And we are better off as a nation when more voices are heard.