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  • Wednesday, June 04, 2008

    GEORGIA FOCUS: Obama, Veterans For Peace, NAACP, Groups and Events

    With Bob Barr in the race for President as a Libertarian, Georgia could actually be in play for Obama. As part of the Dean/Obama 50 state strategy, I urge a strong effort in Georgia this year. With that in mind I give you the Georgia for Obama Group. Join and participate! Register voters, give your time, make the effort.

    In particular, here are some upcoming events: (more events here)

    Keep Our Focus!
    Friday, June 13 at 7:00 PM
    No Mas Cantina (Atlanta, GA)
    180 Walker Street
    Atlanta, GA 30318

    We welcome all Democrats and those want to learn more about Obama. This is history in progress! We are a grassroots group. Come see why grassroots enthusiasm and dedication built this campaign! "We'll be in front to greet you!" Meeting fee USD5.00 per person The fee covers the non-alcoholic beverages and the dip. Additional food purchase is not required but would be appreciated by the restaurant who so graciously is allowing us to meet there for free. http://barackobama.meetup.com/135/calendar/8045400/

    Voter Registration Drive
    Friday, June 13 at 8:00 PM
    Jonita' Supper Club (Macon, GA)
    3361 Eisenhower Parkway
    Macon Mall
    Macon, GA 31201

    We will be registering first time voters who must be 18 years of age by the Geneneral Election. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the drive which will take place from 08:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    Cherokee Dems Spring Fling
    Saturday, June 14 at 11:00 AM
    South Cherokee Govt Annex (Woodstock, GA)
    7545 North Main Street Annex
    Woodstock, GA 30188

    Come join Democrats in Woodstock and Cherokee County introduce other local candidates working for change! Yes We Can!

    Kennesaw & Acworth Vote for Change
    Saturday, June 14 at 12:00 PM
    TWISTED TACO (Kennesaw, GA)
    2606 George Busbee Parkway
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Obama supporters in Kennesaw and Acworth are visiting several locations this weekend to register voters. Got a great voter registration location in mind? Come on out! No previous experience required. Training and Voter Registration Forms Provided. GROUPS WELCOME!

    Henry County Democratic Party Election Kick-off picnic
    Saturday, June 14 at 12:00 PM
    Sandy Ridge Park (Stockbridge, GA)
    1200 Keys Ferry Road
    Stockbridge, GA 30252

    The Henry County Democratic Party is kicking off this election year with a picnic at Sandy Ridge Park. We are inviting candidates up and down the ballot, will have free food and drink, and lots of Democratic friends and neighbors to meet. We will discuss our election year campaign plans and sign up volunteers to help go door to door from the top of the ticket all the way to the bottom. We need change. We need books in our schools, afforable health care, and a strong economy. For more info go to www.henrydems.org

    Nurses for Obama
    Saturday, June 14 at 12:00 PM
    3985 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349 (Atlanta, GA)
    Corner of Stonewall Tell & Butner Road
    Atlanta, GA 30349

    Registered Nurses to meet and plan how to use community resources and events to promote OBAMA's message for changes in the healthcare system participation in our political system OBAMA"S MESSAGE.....OBAMA'S MISSION....OBAMA NATION....equals ...CHANGE FOR AMERICA AND HONOR FOR ITS PEOPLE.

    Smyrna/Vinings VR Drive/Concert
    Saturday, June 14 at 6:15 PM
    Market Village-VR Drive/Concert (Smyrna, GA)
    Directions: Off of 285, Exit and go right on Atlanta Road approx. 5 miles. Smyrna Market Village is just past intersection with Concord/SpringStreet. We will be across the street.

    Local summer concert provided by City of Smyrna with a local band, The Mustangs. We may not be able to do voter signup onsite, so come prepared to stage our event across the street from the Market Village on Atlanta Road. Please bring clipboards, pens, and Voter Registration forms. If anyone has a fold-up table and fold-up chair, please bring that for added visibility.

    Fathers For Obama
    Sunday, June 15 at 11:00 AM
    Olympia Prime (Atlanta, GA)
    133 Peachtree Street
    GA Pacific Building
    Atlanta, GA 30303

    Come join Georgia For Obama in a Father's Day celebration of grand proportions! Meet us on Mt. Olympus - well, okay...it's Olympia Prime Restaurant but the feeling is just as heavenly! We are hosting a special brunch just for our menfolk - that means YOU! Even if you aren't a dad yet, come celebrate with those who are. The cost: $40.00 individual, $60.00 couple, includes one complimentary Obama t-shirt, buffet and first drink. Don't miss our special guests! RSVP: http://barackobama.meetup.com/135/calendar/8084131/

    Food & Vendor Extravaganza - Block Party
    Saturday, June 21 at 10:00 AM
    Providence Point Sub-Division (Lithonia, GA)
    7853 Mohansic Park Lane
    Lithonia, GA 30058

    The Mohansic Park Lane Block Pary Committee will have it's 5th annual Block Party. We are having a pre-block pary fundraiser selling/serving food and providing various small business vendors to sell their products and services.

    We are planning to do a Voter's Registration and will provide Barack Obama T-shirts, Buttons, Bumper stickers, Hats, etc.


    Here are some other groups and events in Georgia:

    Veterans for Peace, Atlanta has several vigils and rallies around Atlanta. Here is their weekly schedule. I urge you to join them if you can to show your support:

    Tuesdays 12:45-1 pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at Emory University , in front of Woodruff Library. For more information e-mail: thee.smith@emory. edu.

    Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at CNN, Marietta and Centennial Olympic Park. For more information e-mail John.Zientowski@ turner.com

    Fridays 12:00-1:00 pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at Colony Square , corner of Peachtree and 14th Street . For more information, e-mail bobbiepaul@rp.cbeyond.com

    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at Marietta Square ( Cobb Court House). For more information e-mail cobbpeace@comcast.net

    Saturdays
    12:00-1:00
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at Dekalb Farmers Market At 3000 Ponce de Leon Avenue , Decatur For more information, Fro more information e-mail John.Zientowski@ turner.com

    Sundays
    12:15-1:00 pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at the corner of MLK Drive and Washington Street (across from the state capitol). For more information, e-mail elogan@gsu.edu or peggyhendrix2000@yahoo.com.

    12:00-12:30 pm
    Weekly "Stand for Peace" vigil at 910 Ponce De Leon Ave NE ,Open Door Community. For more information contact Lauren Cogswell at lauren_cogswell@yahoo.com, 404-874-9652


    Next let me highlight some NAACP groups and events:

    COBB COUNTY NAACP Juneteenth Celebration
    Downtown Marietta Square
    Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Click Here for Vendor Application (PDF)

    The Cobb County NAACP monthly meetings are the first Monday of the month at the branch office at 6:30 p.m.

    General membership meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, mostly at the office location but varies based on programs. Members are encouraged to attend these meetings. Join a committee today. Elections of officers are held in even years.

    For more info contact the branch office: 605 B. Roswell St Marietta, GA 30061 770.425.5757 info_at_cobbnaacp.org

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, is the oldest, largest and strongest civil rights organization in the United States. The principal objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States.

    The NAACP is committed to achievement through non-violence and relies upon the press, the petition, the ballot and the courts, and is persistent in the use of legal and moral persuasion even in the face of overt and violent racial hostility.

    I also want to highlight a another NAACP chapter in Georgia:

    Fayette County NAACP Branch General Membership Meeting:
    2nd Saturday Each Month - 4:00 PM, Flat Rock AME Church

    And if you want contact info for other NAACP branches in Georgia (mainly addresses), please go here.


    Here are more groups and events in Georgia:

    Lowndes County Democratic Party Annual BBQ
    Start Time:
    Jul 7 2008 - 6:00pm
    Knights of Columbus Hall
    306 N. St. Augustine Road
    Valdosta, GA, 31601
    United States

    Lowndes County Democratic Party Annual Barbecue draws hundreds of Democratic activists from across south Georgia. Lowndes County Democratic Party headquarters is located at 1008 Slater Street, Valdosta, GA 31601. For more information, call LCDP HQ at 229-241-1694 or email lowndesdems_at_bellsouth.net or visit our website at http://campaignwindow.com/lowndescountydemocraticcommittee

    Cobb County Young Democrats
    Monthly Happy Hours on the first Fridays of every month and monthly Business Meetings on the third Tuesdays of every month. Both are great opportunities to meet fellow Cobb County Young Democrats and learn about the 2008 heated races taking place in Cobb County.

    Happy Hours: BLACKBIRD, 114 W Hancock St, Milledgeville, GA, 31061 US
    Contact: Christin Ivey, Christin_ivey@ecats.gcsu.edu,

    Business Mettings: Little Azio Pizza and Pasta 1675 Cumberland Pkwy, Ivywalk Unit #415, Smyrna, GA, 30080 US
    Contact: Alexandra O'Callaghan, alli@georgiayds.org,

    Cherokee County Democratic Party Meeting
    Third Monday of Every Month, 7 PM
    Hot Springs Community Center
    100 Hickory Circle
    Holly Springs, GA
    More info here.


    Here are a couple of Democracy for America meetings in Georgia:

    Decatur Meeting: First Wed. of every month, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM, Location: ChocoLate Coffee, 2094 North Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA, 30033 US Contact: Susan Keith susan_at_georgiafordemocracy.org

    The North Fulton/East Cobb Democracy for America March Meeting: Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM, sign up here to find out where and more details.


    Drinking Liberally is a grassroots social organizations for people who like to meet fellow liberals over a good beer. Here are the Drinking Liberally chapters in Georgia:

    Atlanta, Georgia
    * Every Thursday, 8:00 pm onward
    * Thinking Man's Tavern, 537 W Howard Ave, Decatur
    * Hosted by Erin Abrahams, atlanta (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Dunwoody
    * First and third Wednesday of each month (next meeting January 2), 7:00 pm onward
    * Ye Olde Dunwoody Tavern, 5488 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd (map)
    * Hosted by Hillary Meister, dunwoody (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Augusta, Georgia
    * Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Helga's Lounge, 2015 Central Ave
    * Hosted by Margie Hobbins, augusta (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Savannah, Georgia
    * First and third Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Crystal Beer Parlor, 301 W Jones St (corner of west jones and jefferson)
    * lots of parking
    * Hosted by John Mattingly, Victor Fishman and McKay Schwalbach, savannah (at) drinkingliberally.org

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