The future of democracy as we know it hinges on the outcome of two Senate races in a state that shocked the nation by turning blue for the first time in nearly three decades.
Georgia is the center of the political universe after organizers from John Lewis to Stacey Abrams spent years battling some of the country’s most brutal voter suppression with a young, diverse coalition that’s finally ready to take power.
Visit the frontlines of the most pivotal Senate contest of our time as two of Atlanta’s own – journalists Rembert Browne and Jewel Wicker detail what made this historic moment possible and talk to the key organizers, strategists, and voters who are hoping to see years of hard work change the South forever.
“Gaining Ground: The New Georgia” is a co-production of Tenderfoot TV and Crooked Media.
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This is Donald Albright, president of tenderfoot tv politics,
you, but our newest fog cast in partnership with crooked media, is called gaining ground. The new Georgia, with our home state of Georgia,
at the centre of the political universe. With dismay
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where she lay our vision. This idea that we were going to add a million people to the vote arose out of it.
Thirty, three reasons why this would never work. She like thirty four
reasons why it absolutely would work, and she was right as usual,.
this is insane who fought zero of the New Georgia project talking about a chance and counter, and twenty fourteen
mutual friend. Daddy. Are you coming home for the holidays and I was like yes, of course, she said I would love for you to meet this state Rep. Her name is
Abrams. She so some incredible things and I think you guys needs it can act, and I was
it has added,
I'm really have an home to hang with my family and I really maybe may move like there's a lot. You now imagine
I know you guys are really have brought us. I well should lead with them
Of course, I have friends with this random
that is the national pastime in Atlanta
had brunch on New year's day and twenty fourteen. I have passed
my truck by August, drove the twenty four hours for Ottawa in Canada, where I was living at the time back home to Atlanta, and now we are here where we are today today
Georgia looks very different than a dead on New year's day and twenty fourteen surrounded
five states that went Red Georgia's a blue state and for the first time since ninety ninety two too,
stand. This shift. Journalists, pundits and everyday Americans have rightfully reflected
Georgia's twenty eighteen gubernatorial election, hello,
On September, eighteen, thousands of Georgians began casting absentee ballots
determined to lift their voices in the democratic process of
acting our leaders for the next two years, the next four years.
A few weeks later, more than two million Georgians declared their choices heading to Poland. Places for early votes,
and then on November. Sixth, more than a million folks arrived and precincts around our beloved state, anxious
excited to express their patriotism through the fundamental act of Voting
on November. Sixteen twenty eighteen
former minority leader of the Georgia House. A representative Stacy Abrams, was set to end her bed for governor
she had just narrowly lost the bed to become the first black woman to be elected governor in the? U S,
Publican brain Camp
also the Secretary of State at the time overseeing.
Very election and wish he was also a candidate had one
for these millions of Georgians, the act. We have proven tedious and hard, but they had no
else. Their votes would be counted. However, this year
more than two hundred years in Georgia's democratic experiment. The state failed its voters. You see this
a record high population in Georgia, more than a million citizens found their names stripped from the rules by the Secretary of State, Abrams admitted defeat, but she refused to concede instead
She used her speech to criticise the man she previously referred to as the architect of voter suppression. This speech this race,
and his candidacy would shift Georgia and IMPACT American,
Politics for years to come, parents didn't the fitful reign in
they were our lines watching is less
fortunate. Voters had to abandon democracy in favour of keeping their jobs and collecting a page.
under the watch of the now former secretary of State democracy fails
Georgia, Georgians of every political party every
race every region. Again,
from tenderfoot, tv and cricket.
media. This is gaining ground. The new Georgia in this limited series, podcast we'll tell the story of this historic moment from how Georgia went Blue and what took so long to the upcoming Senate run off and what's next once we know the results, I'm your host member Brown.
Where was I the last time Georgia wind blew? It was twenty eight years ago
how to count to a hundred. That's right. Four hundred and sixteen Mathewson Place Southwest Atlanta. It's a brick house.
Less than two miles away from where my mother went to high school, where first one, the tennis racket, only
turns away from streets. They make. You feel something every from black Atlanta been hell, cascade, Beecher M, O K, Abernathy Benjamin emails
I took the local politics early. I wrote a letter.
Then Mare Bill Campbell when I was ten intact it on a bulletin board, hoping he walked by and see it six years later. When then,
Surely Franklin came to my high school, the idea school. She ass, a student body who is interested in public service I raised,
hand- and she actually called on me- ask you a job I'd like to pursue yours. I said
that dream didn't exactly pan out, but I stayed close becoming a journalist. I went to Ferguson and twenty fourteen salmon twenty fifteen
when is sixteen, was covering the presidential election growing
I'd always heard the phrase there's Atlanta and the nurse Georgia
I listen to adults, talk about the prospect of Georgia, flipping every state and national election, my entire life, for when it came
onto it. I was used to
it would being called for Republicans by dinner time, but this year,
only as Georgia fled Blue, but the two Georgia Senate races are headed to run off and will do so
the balance of power in Washington in peace.
Estimated that about a hundred and fifty eight million Americans voted in this year's general election, twenty million more than in twenty sixteen.
sixty six point. Five percent of eligible voters, mailing and valets, are turning out at the polls.
Return out was the highest it's been since nineteen hundred
outside of Georgia. Disease
was historic in many ways. Turning
now to our election coverage over the past three weeks. We have seen referred earlier voting here in Georgia, and it is not expected to slow down today provider to life.
I just want to underline something here. I have lived in this state for more than twenty years and if Joe Biden,
is able to win this state. He will have accomplished something that we rarely see here. Its official Georgia has certified Joe Biden as the states. Twenty twenty winner after hand
finding nearly five million ballads drunk campaign has, until Tuesday.
When we started asking people why they thought Georgia flipped Blue more often than not
answer was Daisy Abrams, who has become a patron saint of voting rights since twenty eighteen loss, but they are.
Two things that Stacy Abrams has continuously reminded us of. Since this year's general election, the first is that flipping Georgia, Blue is
something that happens overnight over months
or even over a year,
years of collective effort fighting on many fronts, the second
is that this wasn't her fight alone. I think that the work of
is organizing people
organizing resources too.
Address an issue
and I say issue, not necessarily in the negative way by what is of importance. What are your hopes for yourself for your family?
your community. What are your fears and concerns for yourself for your family, your community again
His insight outta from that story about Thinking Stacy, was crazy and never turning down branch,
I am the c of the new George are projects and that Georgia Project Action fund and
the founder of the New South Super back. These are,
project is a non partisan, civic engagement organization, we're probably
now having registered half a million young people and people of color to vote in all one hundred and fifty nine of Georgia's counties
the work of the New Georgia project is year round. Three sixty five, we
our party to dozens of lawsuits
thousands of means
part of our organise and to build a better Georgia to build a better country.
But elections are only opportunities for us to test the power that were building that were constantly building power and so leader Abrams Election was a big opportunity to test our
but it was also an opportunity to stress tests. Georgia's election system, and they
the matter is that of outer suppression is very much alive and well, and we ve been
talking about it for quite some time.
physically active the national press, ignored it like no one cares. I spent the better part of twenty seventeen and twenty eighteen.
Talking about all of the weaknesses in Georgia's elections, infrastructure and talking about
all of the ways that white Republicans steel votes, and
mutes or neutralize this sort of voter
Susie as them, and no one wanted to cover these
covering around Halloween of twenty eighteen
couple of days before the general election, and even then it was only covered in the context of
brain gonna account. Every vote and by Brian
she means then Secretary of State Brand camp, the person- that's
chief elections officer who is supposed to ensure the integrity of the election was also a candidate at the top of the ticket
People were questioning, whether now that was gonna have an impact. Of course it was.
allowed people to see in a real time what modern day voter suppression looked like
two erratic, alas, a whole new generation of young voters who are like democracy, defenders and democracy crusaders. We,
to register eighteen thousand eighteen euros and, in twenty eighteen
It was a boom with explosion. Muscle
wanted to voters? Stacy aprons
and then they saw their votes basically being invalidated and they have the calm. Some of our most vocal
aggressive boy, volunteers,
So now the folks our born in two thousand and one two thousand to and they're for the first time and these presidential elections they see themselves flip. A state
are on their way to fly,
thing, control of the United States Senate
connecting the dialogue between the vote and the change that they want to see like there's, no amount of focus group messaging that way
he could have done that.
Max the dots in the minds of a new voter, the way flipping estate
as in the way the entire country is talking about Georgia,
they know. Their vote is powerful and that's gonna have
locations for elections to come?
Even though she didn't become Georgia's governor and twenty eighteen Stacy
still wanted to make an impact.
Frustrated by the results of an election. She believed was largely impacted by voters. Suppression tactics, she launch
The voting rights organization, fair fight, too
the stand, how we got here, we have to go back beyond
the recent past and look at the larger history of voter suppression in the south
I grew up in the south
was born and nineteen forty nine, I presume to do them.
ass. He realized an idea
did you forward Brown versus board came down, which was all about school desegregation. He was just about it
you're the first Grady I was
now a Burma and Alabama resistance. It wasn t until I was a junior in high school, we desegregated
by the time I have landed my first job in journalism. Voting rights was just the most pervasive topic could bear a reporter in Mississippi.
Thou covering voting rights anymore than you could be a reporter, and I were not cover agriculture minimised
Hank glib enough and
I teach at every university in the
in writing programme
here, I'm sure, because I teach this course called the jury.
the civil rights cold cases. Project Hank is here
that reason and about twenty, more he's one of Pulitzer, a p body and its
former managing editor of the Atlantic Journal Constitution,
An examination of unpaid
racially motivated killings in Georgia, history,
The efforts were legion. First of all, they were constantly wrong going why
people who were satisfied with the status quo, did not want after
it is to have the vote in committee.
yet community in the South County. After
County after county was heavily predominant.
you had counties Poems County, Mississippi is seventy six percent black
and there are twelve registered vote sewer black, that's
Why? Why me wouldn't want to give it up, because
would lose and
Uncle Charlie Wooden, been sheriff
thirty two years would be shared very boring. Uncle Billy
he wasn't gonna be a cannon commissioner, any more
Mobility is not a candy commissioner. There will be no.
Aunt, Rachel, gonna work and, of course,
It's an unduly overlay. I think it's an all round, lay a fear that was
demagogic, fear that was fear. It was whipped up
the politicians who wanted to win
action at a cold going to their office and that's what they learn to do. You need to have somebody. You could only
the early years. I mean there are some really offensive things under the fifth is not registered team for
shall purposes, isn't offensive. But you know you ve heard the stories of the canyon
discharge would sit
the table on the other side of black people, trying to restore to vote, may be ajar jar jelly being there and say: ok, can you guess how many jellybean
during this. That was the technique
or to recite sections of the constitution backwards from memory,
we just lands, Lancelot
and I think about how windy newest
commission civil rights was created by the nineteen. Sixty four civil rights act.
And they go into the sound they're holding a bunch of hearings and there
as one and I think this was in Jackson and which they had some candy ray.
The strong from a rural can it he's just talk about.
here's, how we do it. You know they can't read than we can have registered
you know. Somebody else arise. Commission, I think handed over peace paper to settle
Would you mind read the following good: he couldn't.
so we shouldn't be shocked now when people say things that we think are so obvious.
You're gonna, be viewed by everyone, as you
Dissembling or just an outright fabrication or a real twisting of Think Juno, because
I'm sure they registrar was able to go back to the accounting get usually reelected. After that there was no shame in those techniques and lets
may the pole, taxes almost my
compared to those sorts of things that were designed to humiliate people
when I'm coming of age is young reporter. It would be
things like moving certain.
officers from being left to be an appointed shutting pulling places without notice.
The election day, maybe people.
stand outside in the rain when there
yeah, oh Jim, that they could go seek shelter in I mean anything to discourage black voting. I can't
I emphasise in love how purposeful it was. Ok, these weren't just oh,
what a coincidence we happen to think of a strategy come up with a strange, because we now have an upper workers released at the other. This was craftiness and there was a toolbox. There was a toolbox of techniques to use very different.
The people who would do that arose
Barbara than they used to be their more media savvy. When our governor Brian Camp
then running for governor unease, the sector's stayed, there was a cat
down near the scanners and our do my pride guest,
invest arise, call cases on Randolph, counting the last
They close all these only places
and every one of them with my memory most or all of them
after american neighborhoods you know it was so late.
and it's not or another statement we have. You know we're trying to consolidate
they reverse himself numbers.
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I'm really been politically active, since I was a teenager and loved I've always loved politics,
no. I was waiting for the other team,
Firstly in vain- I actually I remember volunteering or was New English, it's kind of police
but I saw Obama on Oprah and I went in purchased both of his books and read them. It was like hum
I can feel they really. This guy knows I cannot agree with a lot of stuff and he sang, but he was so
thing that I had never like really consider
this terrorist Stevens Arouse while Georgia she's been
I'll interior and organizer for decades
in recent years, she's
mobilise thousands of women and the Metro Atlanta area
so, I did a line. Two thousand eight, I
I am being asked the surrogate or the amendment,
campaign, they would send me to go and speak countries of the South Men's,
groups than that kind of stuff, because I said
So you haven't well. I did a little bit more,
and ways. Sixteen for Hilary nothing nothing
I'm embarrassed to say that I think
I myself like a lot of other women and men.
If a greener, that there is no way. That is,
this is going to be the most qualified
to the right of residence.
With it was shocking, and so when I was up in New York on election, nine, twenty sixteen jackets centre- and we saw the returns going at its devastating
when I got back to Atlanta the day after
the election that night the kind of problem.
Neither feed opposition cried and worry
and then all of a sudden, we
special election year, Georgia exit from nominating Tom Price
It was a place to focus our energy
agreement on price had been nominated to lead the Department of Health and Human services running to rip.
Some an especial election was a candidate named John US off some.
all eyes were turned to yet again and twenty twenty.
A jungle election, so there was
eight or nine candidates.
He came very very close to getting over that thirty percent threshold
in the initial election.
And I was actually the first time that we noticed there might be some irregularities that Georgia's birdie
but he's going to run off with care and handle
Karen handle Buzz. You know a republic itself like she had been around forever. She had been staggered here,
very well. Now we were just
writers the fire. It was an amazing experience, but it was exhausted and John came close. So close
I like your and had all wine
grew so much during the campaign in it.
an amazing to watch the transformation and him from two thousand seventeen. Now too
celebration, twenty twenty just to wash
how he has matured and is just a great great candidate and they killed the untasted senator
during that time allowed us to build
an infrastructure that prepared us in twenty eighteen next person to run for that scene, challenged at sea which one
are now congressmen be seen again
so Lucy is now in that seat, which is amazing concern. It is to see that was once out by new language.
As terror mentions, lose him bad, a former flight attendant managed,
leaped Georgia's six district following Alsace defeat our victory sing,
that Democrats were gaining ground in Georgia's historically republican suburbs cricket me
interviewed Macbeth and twenty eighteen. As she was beginning her campaign
I say that my neighborhood is one of those
old fashioned neighborhoods, where you know all the.
For that I live among. We know their names, George
in a really light living and Mary. Had, I t really
He was a leader among his friends. We would have discussions.
who he was going to be, and I always say Jordan, I see was an activist. I see you some money
the community. I see you someone standing up for cars.
But bad Son Jordan was killed on the data
for Thanksgiving and twenty twelve, when a forty five
You're a white man fired ten shots into his car at a gas station after complain,
that Jordan and his friends were playing loud. Doug music
Davis was seventeen years old
I just remember, screaming crumbling on the floor, everything
black and I just started scurry mean
Number here in this way will come out of me, something so ugly that I didn't really think
was coming from me, but
The fact that everything I tried to protect Jordan from every fear thy had
that one day he would be hit by a car
being an accident or get in a fight or all those things. Every
and came down on me that one very moment Jordan's death
and the subsequent response help motivate MC bad to run for office.
It just began to dawn on me that everything that my feet
there my mother worked for. All those experiences had problem
we without my knowing prepared
me for what I
If God was calling me to do now,
and that's the reason why I started speaking out about the gun culture
Why were our legislators not talking about these tragedies
Were they not working to protect the people they put them in office? Why was the clergy, silent
in order to change the culture, people need to hear me because
I'm not a number, I'm not a statistic, but I'm a
no human being. That can tell you earnestly and honestly what
devastating culture, looks and feels like
says me carrying on the mantle of my father and my mother all the work they didn't do so
Rights movement to make sure that people had equality in access to everything that you know, democracies.
most afford us in this nation that I know
to carry on their mantle and I kept thinking how proud they
b of me how proud Jordan would be. I think that sometimes people have felt like they didn't have a voice or people have failed
disengaged for whatever their reasons they believe
That may be the politics didn't speak to them. People are anxious, they're afraid their concern about their futures.
I think that the people that are standing up now are willing to fight on behalf of their communities, we're not career politicians
of us have been trying to figure out for all of our lives. How to how to be in you know in office, but we ve decided to stand up and fight for a community lose him,
It wasn't the only person to be inspired to run for public office for the first time in twenty eighteen.
this is my gaining ground. Co host, your wicker.
Atlanta neighbours and has reported on
in politics for teen folk
one of the things that really stood out about Lucy Macbeth story, and I think the twenty eighteen
terms in general was that she was a part of an election during which women played a historic role. Time reported
a record number of one hundred and seventeen women were sworn into Congress in twenty nineteen in this issue.
Paris into the eighty, nine women who were elected in twenty sixteen
Alexandria, Cassio Cortez, became one of the youngest women ever to be elected to Congress
to leave and ill Hon Omar also became the first muslim women elected the Congress that year now, of course, this group,
Women varies when it comes to political leanings, even amongst the progressive congresswoman. But it's worth content
realising the moment during which my bed in,
Abrams campaigns were taking place. Women were at the forefront, organizing running in winning
It's a trained that would continue through this year
When calmly hearings with elected at the first woman and the first five agencies in black woman to the role of vice president gaining ground, the new Georgia is brought to you by audible, audible as the leading provider of spoken word, entertainment and audio books, ranging from best sellers in new releases to celebrity memoirs, languages, business motivation and, more and now audible is giving members even more with the all new plus catalogue. All members have access to the growing plus catalogue with thousands of select audio books, podcast, audible, originals, guided fitness in meditation programmes, sleet tracks for better rest and more all included with membership. Audible, has plenty of content to entertain, inspire and inform its easy to find just the right. Listen, whether its comedy romance suspense true crime, science fiction or fitness and wellness does a lesson for every moment and every mood and so much to discover with everything all in one place. Audible can truly become your playlist for life. In the same day, I can listen to a promised land by Morocco Bomber and a long time audible favoured a mine Harry Potter in the goblet, a fire. You can start exploring audible with a free thirty day. Trial now want to let a friend a relative know, you're thinking about them share the gift of audible with others, so they can be inspired, informed and entertained, visit, audible, dot com, slash New Georgia or text New Georgia to five zero, zero. Five, zero, zero gaining ground. The new Georgia is brought to you by policies the holiday season. Sheer knows how to lighten your wallet for many families December is one of the most expensive months of the year, not to mention the busiest, if you're, looking for a fast and easy way to put some money back in your pocket, why not reshape your home an auto insurance rights policies? Policy genius combines a cutting edge insurance market place with help from licence experts to save their home and ATO customers and average of a thousand dollars per year better. Yet it's really simple to use first had to policy genius, dot com and answer a few quick questions about yourself and your property. Then policy genius does the rest. They compare rates from over thirty top ensures from progressive to nationwide to find the lowest quotes their licence. Experts will look at all the ways to maximize your savings, including bundling
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The state representative for House District, eighty in Georgian, covering the
North Atlantic suburbs of Brookhaven Sandy Springs and Shambley, being it
And out and proud gay georgian when we would have
these nasty bills that popped up at the legislature. I would go
down- and I would testify I'd- go talk to my legislators. They would soon needed
two other legislators try to share my story with them and I was watching
and disorder lobbying as a citizen password to twenty sixteen trunk itself
did anyone in my world is devastated, including me I'd state on the couch for three days trying to figure out what does this mean
and one of the things that I couldn't get over was that the house
District, where I lived at flipped from Blue back to read, we had just slipped it in a special election. The year before and fell
demographics were destiny and we were gonna, keep it blew for the foreseeable future. And lo and behold it flew back to read,
by only two hundred and eighty six votes at twenty four thousand votes cast in two hundred eighty six votes for de back Red:
and I had to be realised with myself and I worked on campaigns before
and I had done a single thing to help my house candidate, who I knew personally
other then I wrote him a check and I voted for it
so my friends, sort of had a similar story. Alive voted
that wasn't enough, and that was the
take away from me and twenty sixteen is voting is not enough. You ve got to do more so fast forward a year,
and we're looking at twenty eighteen. Looking at this particular house rays,
might we gotta, find somebody to run so I jumped in the race
We went from two hundred eighty six, though deficit.
To me winning bye, bye percentage points
password two more years, I just one reelection by eighteen points
In addition to me, for being my, how see in twenty eighteen
the northern Atlanta suburbs, were really ground zero for the blue wave in Georgia. That's when using the bath won her congressional see we food miles
but we also flirt ten other house races, mostly in
Northern Atlanta arc, as you go from one end of the citizen, the other
to the extent that there are things in and take a ways.
that we all
when door to door and spoke to voters in person,
That was a major part of what we did was canvassing
and having real conversations at people's doors with them about
why they need to vote, and what in particular is at stake. It's not just talking the Democrats.
He's talking to democratic vote every election. If you do the math
there's not enough of them to win in Georgia in particular, statewide races. We
I'll talk to people who don't about all the time, find out whether not voting
sure that word tailoring a message that speaks to them. We ve got a tartar her.
As we see, Biden was able to successfully
pull away enough traditionally were
Hoboken voters gonna build this new coalition, for I think that's
who's that we gotta continue talking to them and not being afraid.
Engage with them on the issues
Publican leaders in Georgia made national NEWS this year for their handling or mishandling of the cover
nineteen pandemic, but does
certainly isn't the first time all eyes have been on the Giorgio p last year,
Republicans passed a law that would ban most abortions. At six weeks, a federal judge,
lock the law earlier this year. Issues like these
we played a major role in galvanizing voters ahead of the general election and helping to flip the state
for a lot of modern history. Georgia has or have had an outsize impact
on the dialogue and the conversation, and I think that does have something to do with how people voted in this particular election in twenty two
for sure I know people came out and and voted blue because they were
upset about some the laws the legislature passed over the last two years. I know that for a fact, because I've talked to voters, and they have told me that
If you want to talk to, you said you know: well, a grub Republican
the more and more. I see these social issues put in the middle. This end
portion bill or whatever the particular social
issue it is to have one party you just
organs on those time,
meantime, again, every election cycle, I really
when people go back to governing, I heard
that a lot of course
Democrats fighting against the anti abortion, so called heartbeat bill are also good.
and on social issues, just in the eye
the direction this is.
Representative Chalet Hutchinson, who was elected in time,
Eighteen to Georgia's a hundred and seven House District sermon
parts of now bill learns fill in low Berne in the North Atlantic suburbs Obama
doors Hutchinson identifying the area. A conservative stronghold as flexible in the election
my husband, we got married ninety six unethical
moved seal, the district that I represent. Now we had
childs and two thousand my graduated at it wanted a ninety five and it wants to put her and day care all day long. So
start in business only intended to be enough to keep me busy
So after that I sort of tea
you J got more active, civically asking. Why are so many
These uncontested there was at least ten or twelve, see someone never arrogantly
every time I go out like Wendy ominous.
He's gonna write my name exact soon, that's how you ran right, namely because I never saw
signs are people even working in this district because it was unlocked,
even ran against them
I thought it would be very easy
Of course, was not. It was
huge, huge undertaking very, very expensive in Georgia, supposed to be a citizen. Whether
later, but when you only pay seventeen thousand
here the only citizens they can do. This are people who are independently well be or how
the most flexible schedules.
I was just lucky that I have a business.
So I looked into the person who represent us for sixteen years, and he,
the year. My district voted for Hilary by double digit by eleven percent
sounds like well at the very least, I can give them competition
though I signed up
as soon as I signed up, he retired
He convinced as neighbours around and snakes czar
against his neighbour, and I won by eighteen percentage points
pay attention to who is representing, because in this case the parson represent us for sixteen years was not at all representative of what this district was. Looking for
Preventative Hutchinson was elected in both twenty eighteen and twenty twenty, but she still
can't shake the fact that this job simply is inaccessible for most Georgians.
when we were in the last session. They voted to reduce our salaries.
And no one is really in this for the money. No, no, no one can be in this for the money, but the purse
did it said this was his
way of helping our budget lines
But why not logic is when you take it
way. Ten percent from nothing you get nothing
reduction in our day did not even touched the budget
What it did, though, is
further reduce the salary which further restricted
actual average citizens from running or for any kind of arms.
Is that production came in the house in the Senate,
Interesting, been here and in in this feat to see Canada.
but those behind some of the shenanigans able
I heard the same ones that
the fall in love like they have to be in love with the person there supporting
and Republicans just fallen. Why the opening
and say that would help really
is that everyone, boats and of knows who they are voting for and what
getting when they vote with this particular person.
Just thinks in history tells us if everyone boats
Everyone's voice heard
one has to learn and talk about it. You don't we
about how to generally but talk to your neighbour, is your children,
everyone about. How
It is true about some communities,
not if I went about. But what time are you going about it?
our communities is like me about
That really matter does not count.
if we're having was diagnosed conversation, that's the problem,
We need all the help we have to change the culture around boating because it there
a loophole. Are there is a anyplace, bad?
light they will
if we impose them
can any powerless.
This story of shifting the culture around vote in an flipping republican stronghold, sound simple in hindsight, clean, even
but organizers like and say who fought Stacy Abrams and they
countless others who mobilise voters have been doing this work for years.
He started long before mailboxes were flooded with flyers and our phones were inundated with tax asking us about our voting plan still before November. Third, it was unclear
Any of these mobilization tactics will guarantee a victory for Democrats,
especially when you consider the election that had occurred in Georgia just two years earlier again
Stacy Abrams after twenty eighteen loss.
I acknowledge that former secretary
State Brien Camp we'll be certified as the victor.
in the twenty eighteen gubernatorial election, but two,
such an elected official, who claim
is to represent the people in this state baldly
and his hopes for election on the suppression of the people's demands,
the right to vote has been truly appalling. So, let's be clear
This is not a speech of concession. We deserve a state that elects leaders who will not tolerate the erosion of our values.
there might George these votes are our voices and we
entitled to our choices. Each of us- and we have always been Georgia at the forefront of speaking truth to what ever power may lay claim to leadership, if only for a moment, and we will win because we are Georgia, this season on gaining ground. The new Georgian. There are states history where
the paradigm shifts
we are living in that right now.
as Georgia, flips blue? We follow the count and their recount
and the other recount these secretary.
if state said, I we're gonna, move forward with the audit
it was essentially a hand recount and man
after that was done. Tromp was allowed to request a full recount.
a second recount because the margin was so close. We take it
the front lines of the political fight for two keys.
And it raises
as such they place. The preacher by my group will
and we hear from voters like you who have mobilize to create change. We
They are due process to everyone. We want everyone to have an opportunity to have good health care. You know too
able to have good
jobs. I am asked me border because a man,
and down. If I had the wrong person I'll do that too
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