Anna Williams Wins!
Anna was originally called the winner on Nov. 3, but A LOT of votes from conservative Clackamas County had not yet been counted (a counting machine there broke down). When those votes were counted, her lead decreased to double digits and booth sides had 4 days to contact voters with rejected ballots (signature problems) to “cure” their rejections. Anna won by about 90 votes, just enough to avoid a recount, and was announced the winner last week.
Anna thanked ICG's many devoted activists who helped make the win happen, doing postcards, phonebanking, yard signs, sign-waving, fundraising, and vote "curing.” Soooo proud of our team, and so proud to have Anna Williams as our State Rep. Well done, all!
GA Runoffs: Build/Support the Infrastructure
You might want to consider supporting and/or working with these local organizations working on voter enfranchisement in Georgia, all of which will continue their work beyond the January Senate election.
Fair Fight – Founded by Stacy Abrams. The group is working on getting Warnock and Ossoff elected while fighting voter suppression through mobilizing voters and legal action. They are running a texting effort for GOTV.
New Georgia Project - Founded by Stacy Abrams. CEO is Nse Ufot. Nonpartisan effort to register and civically engage Georgians, particularly people of color and young people. Fights voting obstacles, like precinct closures and attempts to reduce the time period for early voting. Their strategy is on meeting people where they are, including faith-based institutions, college campuses, and neighborhoods. They have a texting program focused on young voters to GOTV.
Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda - Black-founded and -led. Mission includes voter empowerment, education, criminal justice, and environmental justice reform.
NAACP Georgia is partnering with Lyft to get voters to the polls.
Voter Participation Center - Using site-based (as in tables in front of grocery stores), on-the-ground volunteers to get people to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot and register to vote until the December 7 cut-off.
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A Time to Renew, Reflect, Reconfirm
In this time of transition, we are savoring what we’ve accomplished over the past four years, and thinking ahead to upcoming challenges and opportunities. Join us in renewing and reflecting, and in reconfirming our commitment to progressive activism.
Do you have thoughts on or suggestions for ICG’s work in the coming year? Are you interested in getting more involved, or in a particular topic? Please reach out, and let’s talk!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!