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  • Friday, September 19, 2008

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

    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.


    BLOGGING GEORGIA:

    For Local Georgia News and Events, go to Lefty Blogs Georgia for the latest.

    GEORGIA WOMEN VOTE: Georgia politics from a woman's perspective

    Tondee's Tavern: "A Practical and Useful Blog for the benefit of PROGRESSIVES in GEORGIA."


    Here are some stories of interest:

    US in 'once-in-a-century' financial crisis : Greenspan (Gee...THANKS Republicans. Remember how great the Clinton economy was?)

    Right wing racism rears it's ugly head yet again. The ill-named American Values and Focus on the Family Action Forum (a group which seems unAmerican and displays terrible values) sells "Obama Waffles" with racial stereotype. What is with Republicans? How can they think this kind of adolescent racism is okay?

    And speaking of Republican Racism, here's an article from an Arizona blog that is apropos: McCain and the Race Card - The Corporate Media's Role. And let's remember McCain opposed the Martin Luther King, jr. holiday. For those who want to read more about Republican racism, I've discussed it here (from before Obama won the primary), and it is covered in Drew Westin's book The Political Brain with some pretty nasty examples.

    Freeman Fails to Protect Veterans

    Max Cleland Featured in New Jim Martin Ad. Funds Needed to Support Ongoing TV Presence.

    Women Wake Up

    Republican Senator Chambliss Votes Against Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act. And this comes soon after Saxby Chambliss voted against Child Predator Legislation

    Hall County GOP corruption


    Here are some Obama groups in Georgia:

    Georgia Students for Barack Obama: Statewide, click on link to find the contact at your university

    Georgians for Obama: Atlanta

    GeorgiansforObama.com: Lithonia

    Professional Black Women for Change: Atlanta

    ATL BLACK PROFESSIONALS FOR OBAMA!: Atlanta

    Emory for Obama: Emory University

    University of Georgia for Obama: Athens

    Women for Obama-Atlanta: Atlanta

    Decatur Georgia for Obama: Dacatur

    East Cobb/N.Fulton/N. Georgia Obama '08: Marietta

    Southeast Georgia for Obama: Southeastern Georgia/Kings Bay

    Brunswick, GA Citizens for Obama: Brunswick

    To find Obama events in Georgia, click here.


    ALTERNATIVE ENERGY IN GEORGIA:

    Saving the Economy and Environment with Clean Energy!
    Solar, Wind, Energy Efficiency, and Energy Conservation all have the power to meet our current and projected energy demand more cheaply then fossil fuels (read: Fools), all while providing more local jobs then traditional coal, nuclear, or natural gas plants! Join here for more details. Or go here: www.cleanpower4georgians.com

    Atlanta Beyond Oil
    We are interested in peak oil, global warming, relocalization,
    sustainable communities, alternative energy, permaculture, and more. We are beginning to network with other Metro Atlanta groups and to have events that educate people about our concerns. We offer support, information, and opportunities to contribute to the solution. We'd love to have you join us! Go here for more details.

    The Atlanta Green Living Meetup Group
    We will meet to share ideas, listen to speakers, review new products, and organize in the community to promote the preservation of Atlanta's natural environment. The group focuses on easy, accessible options that everyone can take to reduce their footprint. Join here for more info.

    2009 BIO International Convention
    May 18, 2009 - May 21, 2009

    Atlanta, Georgia - The BIO International Convention is the largest biotechnology event in the world. The Convention helps BIO fulfill its mission to help grow the global biotech industry. The BIO International Convention features keynotes and sessions from key policymakers, scientists, CEOs, and celebrities. Past speakers include President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Michael J. Fox, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, among many others. The convention also includes hundreds of sessions covering biotech trends, policy issues and technological innovations, and the world's largest biotechnology exhibition - the BIO Exhibition. Go here for more information and registration.


    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:

    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.

    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 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: Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM, sign up here to find out where and more details.

    You can also sign up here to help organize a Georgia for Democracy group in your area.


    Here are more groups and events in Georgia:

    Atlanta area stop the PATRIOT Act advocates!: An issue that unites progressives and libertarians against the Republican agenda. Meet other local advocates interested in defending civil liberties and opposing the USA PATRIOT Act. This Meetup is an opportunity to better understand the PATRIOT Act and other threats to our liberties.

    This is an Atlanta-area based group. While the founder resides in Marietta, we will hold our meetings throughout the Atlanta area. Join here for more info.

    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.


    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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