Georgia Coalition for The People’s Agenda, Women Engaged and the New Georgia Project Convene Social Justice Advocates, Elected Officials and Academics to Address the Intersection of Gender, Race and Voting

On the 95th anniversary of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, local nonprofits collaborate to have a multi-generational conversation about Black women and the democratic process.

ATLANTA, GA – This Wednesday, several nonprofit organizations, elected officials, and academics will gather to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, when some American women won the right to vote.  Though great strides have been made towards full equality for women, particularly Black women, there is still a long way to go; participating groups will use this public event as an opportunity to shed light on some of the largest, most pressing issues faced by Georgia women as voters and as advocates.

At this commemorative event, women will recognize a hard-fought victory and also issue a call-to-action to women in Georgia who have the power to make meaningful change in their communities, across the state, and in this country. 

Immediately following the press avail, a group of panelists will convene to conduct a short, live-streamed, multi-generational discussion that highlights the role that women of color have played in shaping policy and elections, in the past, present, and future.  In honor of the thousands of women who worked for seventy-two years to guarantee women’s right to vote, the goal is to remind people that the suffrage movement is still important today, and to publicly encourage others to pick up the torch and continue walking the path towards full, unbounded, dynamic equality.

*** To RSVP and request interviews, please call Alex Dombronovitchevskovinsky at 470.955.9214 or e-mailing alex@newgeorgiaproject.org***

What:          Press Conference and Live-Stream Panel Discussion

Where:        GA State Capitol– 206 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30334 
                   Press Conference: Capitol Building - South Wing 
                   Panel Discussion: Capitol Building – Room 341

When:         Wednesday, August 26
                   Press Conference, 11:00am
                   Panel Discussion, 12:30pm

Who:           Press Conference
                   Nse Ufot, Executive Director, New Georgia Project
                   Malika Redmond, Executive Director, Women Engaged
                   Helen Butler, Executive Director, GA Coalition for The People’s Agenda
                   Rep. Simone Bell, GA House of Representatives, District 58
                   Angela Saxton, Community & Civic Engagement Organizer, Women Engaged

                   Panel Discussion
                   Malika Redmond, Executive Director, Women Engaged
                   Helen Butler, Executive Director, GA Coalition for The People’s Agenda
                   Nse Ufot, Executive Director, New Georgia Project
                   Rep. Simone Bell, GA House of Representatives, District 58
                   Amoni Thompson, Women’s Human Rights Intern, Women Engaged

How:           RSVP to alex@newgeorgiaproject.org or call 404.989.4873

Additional Featured Guests to be Announced

About Women Engaged

Women Engaged is a social justice nonprofit that takes an innovative, hands-on learning approach to advancing women’s human rights, youth empowerment and civic engagement efforts in Georgia. Using a human rights framework, Women Engaged develops policy recommendations, conducts research and organizing initiatives paired with leadership development, savvy communications outreach strategies and civic engagement opportunities for women and youth of color. Women Engaged empowers women, youth of color and LGBTQ individuals to become impactful leaders, key decision-makers and effective agents of social change. To learn more, please visit www.facebook.com/WomenEngaged

About GA Coalition for The People’s Agenda

and works to support and establish state coalitions in the Southeast states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. Led by Helen Butler, the Georgia Unity ’08 effort registered 25,000 people, largely due to their presence in Atlanta and the out-lying areas of Savannah, Columbus and Augusta.  To learn more, please visit http://ncbcp.org/who/affiliates/georgia_coalition/

About The New Georgia Project 

The New Georgia Project launched in 2014 to address the growing inequality in Georgia as evidenced, in part, by the lack of voter registration and civic participation of hundreds of thousands of African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans. The New Georgia Project is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on the civic engagement of underrepresented communities of color. To learn more, please visit http://newgeorgiaproject.org

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August 24, 2015
Contact: Alex Dombronovitchevskovinsky
404.989.4873|alex@newgeorgiaproject.org

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