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

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #3

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  February 9, 2019 Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our third 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.🔹State of The Union and the Response – President Trump addresses the nation and Stacey Abrams claps back. 🔹Rest of Session Calendar  – We finally got the dates of Crossover and End of Session.   🔹Call to Action – #2BrokeTuesdays at the Capitol: Mark your calendars and come lobby with us!  Piping Hot IssuesAfter all the hype and hecticness the Super Bowl brought, the city is finally back to it’s normal crazy traffic. As we told you in the last issue, the legislators were on their best behavior in order to not bring any controversies while all this attention was on the city. However, that quickly changed this week with the high amount of bills introduced and we have now passed the 200 mark on the House side. Here are some of the bills making the most buzz 🐝: SB 10: Marijuana Decriminalization 🍃Those found to be in possession of less half an ounce of marijuana would receive a citation, similar to a traffic ticket, if the bill passes. Right now it is a felony to possess more than an ounce of marijuana. This bill wants to make it a misdemeanor to possess less than two ounces and it would decriminalize a half ounce or less... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #2

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  February 2, 2019  Welcome back Tea Sippers! This is our second 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 the last two weeks 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.🔹Budget Committee Hearings – Money 💰 and how it’s going to be used. 🔹Things To Celebrate – Some of the feel good tea we all need after the messiness. 🔹Call to Action – #2BrokeTuesdays at the Capitol: Mark your calendars and come lobby with us!  Piping Hot Issues ▪️In the last issue we told you how the #MeToo movement came to the state Senate and that a bipartisan women coalition was formed. Well this coalition is not slowing down as State Sens. Renee Unterman (R) and Nan Orrock (D) have filed legislation in the Senate that would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment that was approved by Congress in the 1970s. You would think that having an amendment that guarantees equal rights to all Americans regardless of sex would be a pretty easy thing to pass right? Welp let me tell you that for years Democratic senators have tried and tried, but it has failed to gain any traction in Georgia. However this year it might be different because 6 Republican male Senators are actually co-sponsoring Unterman’s resolution. As Senator Chuck Hufstetler (R of Rome) mentioned “passing the amendment is the best way to ensure equal treatment,” so it seems like it would be gain more traction than ever before and Georgia can make history by being... read more

Gold Dome Tea Newsletter #1

Your weekly source of fresh tea poured out of the Gold Dome!  January 19th, 2019  Welcome!Bienvenidos! This is the first edition of the 2019 Gold Dome Tea newsletter. We will bring the tea and you bring the cups as we will be giving you the inside scoop of everything that happens at the State Capitol and especially how it affects our generation of Georgians & the next 👏🏼So why are we doing this? We want to make it easier for your voice to be heard and for you to be involved, simple as that! We aim to do that by helping you understand in and outs of the issues happening inside the Gold Dome and by mobilizing our powers to stop any legislation that targets our communities or restricts our rights ✊🏼 So first week you probably think that the legislators are just settling into their offices and not much happens?Well let me tell you that if you had bet yes on that, then you would have lost because that is not the case. A lot of legislators actually introduce legislation before the session even starts! 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.🔹Commitee Assignments – Might sound boring but it’s where a lot of the power is at.🔹#2BrokeTuesdays at the Capitol – Mark your calendars and come lobby with us!  Piping Hot Issues The #MeToo movement came to the state Senate this week. The mess started when there was a change in the rules of the chamber that pretty much limited the time that you can file a sexual harassment complaint against senators or senate staff to only a two-year window!  When Senator Renee Unterman (she’s one of only two... read more

Georgia Shift Increases Augusta Millennial Voter Turnout by 379%

November 1, 2018 Contact: Ian Bridgeforth Phone: 706-414-8519 Email: ibridgeforth@georgiashift.com Website: georgiashift.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Georgia Shift Increases Augusta Millennial Voter Turnout by 379% Augusta, GA — Georgia Shift, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Augusta, is excited to announce that their Get Out the Vote (GOTV) operations has led to a 379% increase in 18 – 34 year old (youth voter) turnout, compared to the same period in 2014. Over 1,600 young voters in the area have cast their ballots compared to 335 young voters in 2014, according data from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office as of October 29. Georgia Shift’s grassroots efforts are focused on mobilizing young voters in Augusta who typically have been left out of the political process. The organization has knocked on 10,000 doors, distributed over 10,000 voter guides, and sent over 25,000 text messages. It has deliberately targeted the youngest voters, ages 18 – 24, resulting in an 800% increase in turnout compared to 2014. Ian Bridgeforth, Founder and Executive Director of Georgia Shift, stated “It is incredible to see the impact our work has had during the early voting period. The 800% increase in 18 to 24 year old turnout is the largest increase in voter turnout among all age groups. These facts are evidence that young people will turn out to vote when you actually make an effort to talk to them and the issues they care about. This information should dispel any notions that young people do not care about this election. They are fired up and ready to vote.” Georgia Shift will continue to turn out youth voters through... read more

🙌Meet Tiffany Jackson! Our Digital Organizer

What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement? Observing and having conversations about the different views, perspectives, and situations of civic life made me realize that there is a difference that need to be made; not only in my community but communities in the surrounding area…….and because of that I wanted to be part of developing change. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? Amina, the Queen of Zaria; she was a Nubian leader and an awesome warrior from Africa, need I say more? How do you recharge?  Peaceful meditation and prayer, a journal, and maybe a light jog to clear space for new things. What are three things still left on your bucket list? Three things still left on my bucket list are to visit my original birth place (Spain), have a sit down with Oprah, and travel to one of the Greek Islands! If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? If I had to choose a superpower, it would be the power to be superhuman. Snapshot Bio: Born on a Naval Base of Rota, Spain and raised mainly between the states of South Carolina (Charleston) and Georgia (Augusta); I have always loved to travel and spend valuable time with my family. Also, Graduating cum laude at Paine College and earning my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing has helped me gain incredible experience and expectations as a professional. Following this journey of diversity, love, creativity, and professionalism, it has made me the mother, sister, daughter, and wife that I am... read more

🙌 Meet Chamarra Wooten! Our Administrative & Development Coordinator

What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement? After graduating I was looking for a way to actually make a difference and I believe that civic engagement will give me the opportunity to be more involved with the community as well as make a difference. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? I would like to meet Martin Luther King Jr. because he was proof that you can solve problems without violence and I really admire what he was able to accomplish in his short time here. How do you recharge? I really enjoy doing new art projects to recharge and relax. Whether it be doing a portrait, painting, or something completely new, I find art to be very calming and a way to clear my mind. What are three things still left on your bucket list? Three things still on my bucket list are to visit Australia, fly in a hot air balloon and see a show on Broadway. If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? I wish I had the power to teleport so that I could be anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye. Snapshot Bio: I was born in San Bernadino, California. My family was military so we moved around a lot growing up. I spent my first two years of college at Kennesaw State University then I transferred to the University of South Carolina Aiken to finish my bachelor’s degree in Marketing. I’m just starting my career and I look forward to all of the things I will accomplish in the years to... read more