Getting my feet wet in the political and social justice arena; I guess I could conisder myself a community organizer or activist at this point…
Just imagine what Summerhill and the surrounding neighborhoods would look like now if the Braves and developers had done the same with Turner Field. Looks like they only wanted a ballpark, period. Community be damned.
If gentrification history maintains its record, I think it's safe to say that these neighborhoods will disappear and most of the residents and renters will be forced out by the high taxes and rents. Where people will end up is hard to say, as there are no longer any affordable housing options left.
To wonder what will happen now is a bit late. This whole deal was long in the making. Try superimposing a map of the highest foreclosure areas over a map of the proposed Beltline sometime. The developers have been in it for a long time and they aren't about to back away from the profits that this project promises to reap for them.
I guess I'll have to take pictures to remind my children and grandchildren what the neighborhood used to be or wait for an art exhibit.
Oh, BOTH sides use fear and loathing to drive out their base to vote. For the GOP, their boogeymen are Obama, Ebola, immigrants, all things Muslim and the dependable ace card, terrorism. Sadly, it's still effective as a get-out-the-vote tactic and why we still see it being used, as this election is about power, period. That can cause a bit of confusion as the people are looking to connect candidates with the issues of impact and concern to them.
However, as an African-American and progressive who has voted Democratic most of my life, I don't really have a problem with this if the Democratic Party of Georgia was actually practicing what they preach and putting their full support behind the African-American candidates who are running for local and state office as much as they are for the two marquee races, the Governor and U.S. Senate seats. They aren't and isn't the wisest messaging to use to get out the black vote that they ran races ignoring the issues and trying to appeal to rural and suburban white voters until they once again realized, this is the voting bloc they need to save their behinds... again.
With Ferguson, one of the lessons being learned is that a lot of the laws that impact the African-American community most directly and where relief can be most easily gained isn't going to come from the executive or congressional branches of government, who are currently mired in partisan politics to the point of dysfunction that has paralyzed it, but remains possible on the state and local level and the lack of equal and diversity of government representation at the political table, as that's where change has always resonated from - the bottom and rises upwards. If you're going to highlight that as part of the problem, you better to be able to look within and see what you, yourself are doing. Blacks are being asked to unify behind and support Carter and Nunn, but how much has anyone heard the DPG mention Connie Stokes, Doreen Carter, Liz Johnson, Valerie Wilson, Robbin Shipp or Daniel Blackman in the same breath?
If the DPG is going to mail something like this out, in order to actually have merit and not be viewed as simply political election year pandering, perhaps they should put more into practicing what they preach. There are a notable few Georgia Democrats who have done work in speaking out and fighting against Stand Your Ground, police brutality, gun control reforms, militarization of our local police forces, unjust incarceration and the unequal application of our criminal and judicial systems on communities of color, but most of the party has been overall pretty quiet and has only been raised by non-profit or local activists/community organizers.
As for the GOP's reaction, what's so surprising and considering they offer nothing and are often the proponents and backers of public policy that has done the harm, their outrage along with their actions, have also been duly noted. They've got no dog in that hunt and just need to go sit down somewhere. They've made it perfectly clear what they think of communities of color already and trust me, we got the memo. We'll respond in this election, while we still can.
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Even still, after Democrats statewide are begging Nunn to tell us why they should elect her, she's sticking with her mime impression. Also, with all the crowing about how much money she's got in the bank and her 'name recognition', clearly that's working.
I say, bring it on and let's hope Biden can vote for Nunn in the May primaries; she's going to need his vote in May as well as some more visits. I just happen to be with Branko Radulovacki's campaign (Dr. Rad) and we're out to prove that some money just don't spend.
Y'all keep an eye on this race, as it's not just Dr. Rad who is fighting for democracy as well as the heart and soul of Georgia Democrats, but the OTHER three Democratic senatorial candidates: Steen Miles, Todd Robinson and Gerald Beckum.
No more Sophie's Choice elections; we want to see Georgia blue, but we insist we have real Democrats, first and foremost. As The Who sang, we won't be fooled again.
Big ups to Commissioner Cupid for remembering whom she truly serves at the leisure of, but it'll be hard to go against the cognitive dissonance on the Sovereign State of Cobb County. Yeah, the GOP definitely built that, too.
Good luck with that new stadium.
We show up with plastic shopping bags and Tupperware containers to get all the leftovers.
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