Leadership Shifting to Ordinary Americans and the States
The week of May 30 will go down as one of the most embarrassing in the history of the United States, given our exit from the Paris Accord, but it could also go down as one of the most resilient for the resistance and most Americans.
Rather than simply bemoan the forced exit, Americans of all stripes said NO. If the federal government won’t lead, then we will. We care about Mother Earth and realize there is no discernible Planet B. Within hours of the announcement, the U.S. Climate Alliance was formed with major cities and state governments taking the lead, in addition to Fortune 500 companies.
In Georgia, things are heating up with the Sixth District. Republicans are getting nervous given the number of Ossoff signs being defaced or disappearing from neighborhoods. And, the polls show the race is tightening. Don’t get lulled into complacency. Every vote counts. Develop a plan and invite your friends to go vote together if you live in the Sixth.
On the 159 side of things, we held our first meet and greets to view the Resistance Summer live stream on Saturday, June 3, at Manuel’s on Highland Avenue, with more than 40 people in attendance.
“It was good to get people together,” said Anne Isenhower, 159 board member, who organized the event.
“The range of folks who were there was impressive,” said Theodore Blumoff, 159 co-chair. “There were at least as many folks from outside the Sixth District as from within. I think we're on the cusp of a major movement in Georgia; so let's hope and push for success.”
Allison Leach, 159 co-chair, commented on the fact that many in attendance drove in from other areas of the state just to hang out with other progressives.
“Many of the attendees are willing to come from outside of the metro area to attend and are simply looking for other Democrats and progressives to interact with because they feel isolated where they live,” Leach said, adding, “this is why 159 Georgia Together is so vital as a statewide organization.”
Many in attendance expressed a feeling of loneliness, by virtue of being islands in their communities, Leach said.
“People are ready to mobilize, and are simply looking for direction beyond marches and protests, Leach said.
One attendee from Coweta County, shared her experience with working with Women in the Halls, a training program that teaches women how to lobby at the Dome, Leach said. The woman talked about the importance of showing up and speaking out in a civil and intelligent manner enabled her to build a relationship with some of the leaders and has even had some success with stopping some bills this past legislative session.
“These are the kinds of stories, we all can learn from one another, simply by gathering together in the spirit of resisting, to exchange ideas and information, on what we are doing and how we intend to bring change to Georgia one county at a time,” Leach said.
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