Meet Kiana Harrison! Our Digital Organizer!

What inspired you to get involved with civic engagement? It’s important that individuals who look like me are represented, advocated for, and simply respected. The lack of this in everyday life is what has pushed me to get involved in civc engagement. Despite the differences, our voices deserved to be heard, especially when it comes to things that affect our well-being. Civic engagement gives me the opportunity to stand up for what’s right, the unheard and ignored, and myself. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? Hands down, I would want to meet Eartha Kitt. I do not need to say anything else. How do you recharge? Honestly, just some quiet, alone time is the perfect way for me to recharge, especially after a hectic day. What are three things still left on your bucket list? Visit all 7 continentsVisit all 50 statesFinish learning Spanish and French If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? To be able to do any and everything at the snap of my finger. Snapshot Bio I’m a Georgia native, where I attended Davidson Fine Arts and fully submerged myself into the arts. After my high school graduation, I pursued a bachelor’s degree in business marketing at USC Aiken. My passion for the arts, travel, and diversity has led me to do digital work at Georgia Shift. Currently, I have my own interests in women’s prison reform and women facing homelessness. Truthfully, I believe that Georgia Shift is the next huge step in my career and giving back to my... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #11

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  April 6, 2019Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our eleventh and final edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We brought the tea all session long so we hope you brought your cups, as we will be giving you the inside scoop of all the most juicy things that happened this last week under the Gold Dome! 👀 In this week’s issue of Gold Dome Tea we will tackle:🔹Piping Hot Issues – Quick rundown of the piping hot issues that surely stirred the pot.    🔹Do or Die: Young People’s Last 2019 Lobby Day Recap– Pictures and quick rundown of our event on Sine Die!  Piping Hot IssuesThis past Tuesday was Sine Die and as always it was a day full of running around from one chamber to the other under the Gold Dome. The day started early and finished late with last minute committee meetings and of course the eventful floor votes, but we got you covered. Here are the bills that made the most buzz 🐝: SB 15 (Policing Public School Students) had an amendment in the House and at the end passed the Senate (Yea 42 – Nay 11) and it is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The “Keeping Georgia’s Schools Safe Act” will require require schools to designate a school safety coordinator who works with local law enforcement to report suspected “violent criminal activity.” We will say that it was cleaned up to remove student profiles, but it is still problematic for surveillance and reporting reasons. Like we previously mentioned, the bill takes into account all security measures for the building, but does nothing to actually help students.  SB 92 (End to revoking professional licenses for loan... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #10

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  March 30, 2019Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our tenth edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We brought the tea so we hope you brought your cups, as we will be giving you the inside scoop of all the most juicy things that happened in this week under the Gold Dome! 👀 In this week’s issue of Gold Dome Tea we will tackle:🔹Piping Hot Issues – Quick rundown of the piping hot issues that will surely stir the pot.    🔹Call to Action –Call your legislators and let them know it’s urgent and important to stop this bill!🔹Next Event – Do or Die: Young People’s Last 2019 Lobby Day: Come lobby with us the last day of this session!  Piping Hot IssuesThis past week was the last full week of the 2019 legislative session and with Sine Die next Tuesday, it was a busy one under the Gold Dome. The committees were long and the floor votes even longer but we got you covered. Here are the bills making the most buzz 🐝: HB 213 (Hemp farming) passed the Senate this week (45 Yes – 6 No) and it is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature. This is another step forward in finally legalizing issuing permits to grow and sell Hemp in the state of Georgia.  HB 218 (Extend eligibility for HOPE) passed the Senate this week (47 Yes – 5 No) and it is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The eligibility of students receiving HOPE will now be extended from 7 to 10 years after graduating from high school. HB 324 (Medical marijuana manufacturing) passed the passed the Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs committee this week. Hopes to make it legal for you to possess, manufacture and distribute low THC oil as long as... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #9

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  March 23, 2019Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our ninth edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We brought the tea so we hope you brought your cups, as we will be giving you the inside scoop of all the most juicy things that happened in this week under the Gold Dome! 👀 In this week’s issue of Gold Dome Tea we will tackle:🔹Piping Hot Issues – Quick rundown of the piping hot issues that will surely stir the pot.    🔹Call to Action –Call your legislators and let them know it’s urgent and important to pass this bill!🔹Next Event – Do or Die: Young People’s Last 2019 Lobby Day: Come lobby with us the last day of this session!  Piping Hot Issues The week after Crossover Day is always a little slower pace than the rest. However, that did not stop this week from having its share of action under the Gold Dome. To keep you up to date, we have provided below a quick recap of the status of the bills making the most buzz 🐝: SB 92 (End to revoking professional licenses for loan defaults) was referred to the House Appropriations Committee. Currently in it’s Second Reading. This bill prevents the state from suspending your state-issued professional licenses if you default on government-backed student loans.SB 15 (Policing Public School Students) was referred to the House Education Committee. Currently in it’s Second Reading. This bill aims to increase student safety in schools by establishing new positions called “school safety coaches,” volunteers who are defined in the bill as “former members of the armed forces, a law-enforcement agency or a fire department.” The bill takes into account all security measures for the building, but does nothing... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #8

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  March 16, 2019Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our eighth edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We brought the tea so we hope you brought your cups, as we will be giving you the inside scoop of all the most juicy things that happened in this week under the Gold Dome! 👀 In this week’s issue of Gold Dome Tea we will tackle:🔹Piping Hot Issues – Quick rundown of the piping hot issues that will surely stir the pot.    🔹Mujeres at the Capitol Recap– Pictures and quick rundown of our event on Crossover Day! 🔹The MARTA Referendum– The vote to expand MARTA into Gwinnett County is happening now until March 19.   🔹Call to Action –Raise The Age Bill:  Call the House Juvenile Justice Committee and let them know it’s urgent and important to pass this bill! Piping Hot IssuesThe week after Crossover Day is always a little slower pace than the rest. However, that did not stop this week from having its share of action under the Gold Dome. To keep you up to date, we have provided below a quick recap of the status of the bills making the most buzz 🐝:  SB 92 passed the Senate. This bill prevents the state from suspending your state-issued professional licenses if you default on government-backed student loans. SB 15 passed the Senate. This bill aims to increase student safety in schools by establishing new positions called “school safety coaches,” volunteers who are defined in the bill as “former members of the armed forces, a law-enforcement agency or a fire department.” The bill takes into account all security measures for the building, but does nothing to actually help students. SB 161 passed the Senate. Grades given to a student by... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #7

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  March 9, 2019Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our seventh edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We brought the tea so we hope you brought your cups, as we will be giving you the inside scoop of all the most juicy things that happened in this week under the Gold Dome! 👀 In this week’s issue of Gold Dome Tea we will tackle:🔹Piping Hot Issues – Quick rundown of the piping hot issues that will surely stir the pot.    🔹The MARTA Referendum– The vote to expand MARTA into Gwinnett County is happening now until March 19.   🔹Annual Young People’s Day of Change Recap– Pictures and quick rundown of our event on Crossover Day! 🔹Call to Action –Raise The Age Bill:  Call the House Juvenile Justice Committee and let them know it’s urgent and important to pass this bill! Piping Hot IssuesThe madness that Crossover Day brings to the Gold Dome was felt this whole week, taking the peak this past Thursday with an almost all day session. More citizens are coming to committees meetings, which makes them longer and most of them are booked at the same time, so we kept our eyes and ears open this week to keep you up to date. We are now at 581 bills in the House and 236 bills in the Senate. Here are some of the bills making the most buzz 🐝: Update on SB 92: Professional licenses and Defaulting on your student loans This bill would prevent the state from suspending your state-issued professional licenses if you default on government-backed student loans. The great news is that SB 92 passed the Senate yesterday with a vote of (51-0)! This is exciting because we did not... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #6

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  March 2, 2019 Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our sixth edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We brought the tea so we hope you brought your cups, as we will be giving you the inside scoop of all the most juicy things that happened in this week under the Gold Dome! 👀 In this week’s issue of Gold Dome Tea we will tackle:🔹Piping Hot Issues – Quick rundown of the piping hot issues that will surely stir the pot.    🔹The MARTA Referendum– The vote to expand MARTA into Gwinnett County is happening now until March 19.   🔹Call to Action –Annual Young People’s Day of Change: Come lobby with us this coming Thursday!  Piping Hot IssuesThe excitement continues under the Gold Dome as Crossover Day is next week on Thursday! The committees meetings are longer and most of them are booked at the same time, so we have our eyes and ears open to keep you up to date. We are now at 531 bills in the House and 221 bills in the Senate. Here are some of the bills making the most buzz 🐝: Update on HB 42/SB 92: Professional licenses and Defaulting on your student loans This is the set of bills that would prevent the state from suspending your state-issued professional licenses if you default on government-backed student loans. HB 42 passed the House Higher Education committee last week and has a moderate high probability of passing. SB 92 passed the Senate Higher Education committee unanimously this Thursday and has a moderate high probability of passing. This exciting because we did not expect it to move in the Senate! Call your representatives and tell them to vote YES on HB 42/ SB 92!🔗Read more here: http://bit.ly/2tN99Bu HB 36: HOPE Career... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #5

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  February 23, 2019 Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our fifth edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We brought the tea so we hope you brought your cups, as we will be giving you the inside scoop of all the most juicy things that happened in this week under the Gold Dome! 👀 In this week’s issue of Gold Dome Tea we will tackle:🔹Piping Hot Issues – Quick rundown of the piping hot issues that will surely stir the pot.    🔹The MARTA Referendum– The vote to expand MARTA into Gwinnett County is starting on Monday.   🔹Call to Action –Annual Young People’s Day of Change: Mark your calendars and come lobby with us!  Piping Hot IssuesThe madness under the Gold Dome continues this week as we are getting closer and closer to the halfway point of the session a.k.a Crossover day. The committees meetings are getting longer and many bills are being rushed through by legislators. But fear not, as we will make sure to keep you updated. We are now at 433 bills in the House and 159 bills in the Senate. Here are some of the bills making the most buzz 🐝: HB 316: Elections & Voting Machines 🗳This bill is a comprehensive voting rights bill and one of its focuses is to replace Georgia’s existing voting machines with new ones that print out machine-marked paper ballots. The problem with this is that it has been proven time and time again that human-marked paper ballots are safer and more cost efficient. The proposed change to machines will cost 150 million dollars of our tax money, and that is astronomical compared to the 30 million for... read more

🙌 Say hello, to our new policy advisor, BRIAN NÚÑEZ!

What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement? Making sure that young voices were heard through the election process is what inspired me to get involved in civic engagement during my sophomore year of college. My fraternity ΛΘΦ (Lambda Theta Phi) was founded on the principle of giving a voice to the voiceless and the best way to do that is by making sure our communities are voting. The 2012 presidential election was my first big civic engagement push and I was able to register about 250 students on my college campus. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? If I could meet any historical figure, I would love to meet Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She made history as the first Latina in the highest court of the land and overcame many extremely hard obstacles in her life, but nevertheless she persevered. Her drive, as well as her humility are things that inspire me to strive for the stars and it is definitely a goal of mine to meet her one day. What are three things still left on your bucket list? Three things that are still left in my bucket list are: 1.Going skydiving. 2.Create my own political nonprofit in the future. 3.Travel to Morocco and Thailand. If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? If I could have any superpower, I would choose teleportation because I would love to instantly travel from one place to another. Snapshot Bio:I was born and raised until the age of 12 in Santiago, Dominican Republic by two loving parents, alongside... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #4

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  February 16, 2019 Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our fourth edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We brought the tea so we hope you brought your cups, as we will be giving you the inside scoop of all the most juicy things that happened in this week under the Gold Dome! 👀 In this week’s issue of Gold Dome Tea we will tackle:🔹Piping Hot Issues – Quick rundown of the piping hot issues that will surely stir the pot.🔹Medicaid Expansion in Georgia – The shift that is finally reaching the Peach State.    🔹The MARTA Referendum– The vote to expand MARTA into Gwinnett County is around the corner.   🔹Call to Action – Mujeres at the Capitol: Mark your calendars and come lobby with us!  Piping Hot IssuesThe flood gates have opened and the legislators are releasing bills after bills to make sure they are dropped before Crossover Day, the day that a bill must pass their chamber of origin to be considered by the other chamber. One of the craziest days under the Gold Dome, this eventful day will be Thursday, March 7th. We are now at 324 bills in the House and 110 bills in the Senate. Here are some of the bills making the most buzz 🐝: HB 234: Anti-Human Trafficking Act 🚫As we all may know, Atlanta and the state are unfortunately a hub for human trafficking. This bill is the most comprehensive effort to tackle this grave problem that is plaguing our city. The bill will not only give more power to DFCS to protect the kids at risk, but it also modifies the definition of prostitution. Currently our law does not provide an age as to... read more