Just joined @andersoncooper for an important discussion about the insidious nature of modern voter suppression — and the myth of voter fraud. #gapol Help protect the vote — join #FairFight2020 at fairfight2020.org.
I am excited to announce the launch of #FairFight2020, a comprehensive initiative to staff, fund, and train voter protection teams on-the-ground in battleground states across the country. Join our fight to protect the vote at fairfight2020.org.
Repost• @voguemagazine: @staceyabrams's run for governor in 2018 ended in a loss of just 54,723 votes—a stunning, public blow. And yet she emerged from it as a kind of bellwether Democrat, a vision of her party’s future. She tripled Latino, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander voter turnout and doubled youth participation in her state. She inspired 1.2 million black Democrats in Georgia to vote for her (more than the total number of Democratic gubernatorial voters in 2014). And she gained the highest percentage of the state’s white Democratic voters in a generation. All of this despite widespread reports of voter suppression and a Republican opponent, Brian Kemp—Georgia’s then secretary of state—who oversaw the purging of about 670,000 registered voters in 2017 alone. Some 53,000 voter registrations were still pending a month ahead of the election. Abrams refused to concede at first. “I sat shiva for 10 days,” she tells me. “Then I started plotting.” Tap the link in our bio to read what her next mission is. Photographed by @ethanjamesgreen, styled by @mr_carlos_nazario, written by @aokeowo, Vogue, September 2019
Georgia’s college students faced numerous challenges while attempting to exercise their right to vote in the 2018 midterm elections. Many of the challenges students endured, including long lines, lack of access to polling locations near campuses, and failing to receive an absentee ballot, were barriers intentionally placed to silence the voices of young people. That is why Fair Fight, the organization I founded to fight for voting rights, is looking for current college students to help promote voting rights on college campuses. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In our country, due process belongs to all - an important reminder as #ICERaids commence on Sunday. Please share these tools widely: Nationally: The deportation defense hotline from @UNITEDWEDREAM is 1-844-363-1423. Georgia: Know your rights!
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Tomorrow, I will be in Hollywood to advocate for Georgia women and Georgia film industry jobs, and I will encourage folks to #StayAndFight. #HB481 #StopTheBans
Happy Pride Month!🏳️🌈
I am grateful for all the encouragement I received to run for U.S. Senate, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to help elect a Democrat to that seat next year.
Repost @fairfightaction: 3-hour long lines to vote. Malfunctioning voting machines. Tens of thousands of purged voter registrations. Missing vote-by-mail ballot applications. Last minute polling place changes. Instead of taking action to reform this broken system, Gov* Kemp and the Sec of State ignored GA voters. On Monday, we’re taking the fight to the courtroom. (Link in story) #gapol
On Wednesday, I was on the @colbertlateshow – and learned that my book, #LeadFromTheOutside, is #3 on the New York Times bestselling nonfiction paperback list! Watch the full conversation: (link in story)
On behalf of Fair Fight Action, I want to thank every organizer, ally and supporter for your hard work during the legislative session. But our fight is not over. With #SineDie behind us, we must fight every day to fix our electoral system and push forward legislation that will make Georgia a safe and welcoming place for all. Let's get it done.
So this is me with the thoughtful, funny and talented actor/activist @jameelajamilofficial at the #BloombergEquality Summit. Known best for one of my favorite shows @nbcthegoodplace,she leverages her access to create space for so many more. So forking awesome!
Southwest Atlanta, thank you for your support during the campaign and for welcoming me back on Tuesday. When we launched our campaign for progress in 2017, we had a mission of lifting up voices that had not been heard, talking about issues that often are not discussed, and turning out voters who some believed would never show up to the ballot box. We achieved these goals and many more, but our work is not done. We know we can change our leadership. Sometimes it is changed after one election. More often, leadership is changed through sustained efforts – holding our elected officials accountable every day, challenging the status quo, and continuing to champion the values we share. Thank you for demanding that we have fair fights in our elections going forward. Maybe you knocked on doors, made phone calls, donated to our campaign, or voted for progress last November – thank you! And whether you did all or none of those things, I am here to challenge you to join me in our fair fight. To join our demand for free and fair elections in Georgia that are the best democracy has to offer. To join our fair fight for access to health care, Medicaid expansion, and reproductive justice. To join our fight for public transit and more opportunities for our neighbors across this great state. Because when we stand together, there’s no fight that’s too big, no challenge that’s insurmountable. We fill fight, and together, we will win.
As an entrepreneur and small businesswoman, I know firsthand that success is nearly impossible without early support and access to capital. Today, I enjoyed meeting tech entrepreneurs from @wayraUK, an innovation hub that helps start-ups grow. Thank you for having me!
It is our responsibility to make politics accessible to all. @theoxfordunion, I was honored to discuss @fairfightaction’s efforts to ensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted. Special shoutout to all of the UGA students and Oxford Dems I met yesterday! #gapol
Thanks to @sethmeyers for having me on the show again last night! I always enjoy your wit and your substance when talking about the critical issues we face today.
At a moment when our nation needs to hear from leaders who can unite for a common purpose, I am honored to be delivering the Democratic State of the Union response. I plan to deliver a vision for prosperity and equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice and where each of those voices is heard. #Repost @fairfightaction with @get_repost ・・・ BREAKING: Fair Fight Founder and Chair @staceyabrams is delivering the State of the Union response. Text FAIR to 70700 to get the latest updates from Stacey and the Fair Fight team!
I was honored to join Families USA today to discuss the importance of expanding health care access. Health care is a human right, and access is an issue of social and economic justice. Lack of access disproportionately affects people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and low-income communities. Access intersects with our education system, criminal justice reform, economic mobility, and more. It is the crux of so much of our society. We cannot abdicate our responsibility to help as many people as possible receive the care they need. It is a moral and economic imperative.
Albany, thank you for your support during my 2018 campaign and for welcoming me back yesterday. We kicked off in Albany because I knew that southwest Georgia would play a central role in the election, and I was right. Your work transformed your community and you lifted me up every time I visited.
Today I was inspired by the work of the Delta Sigma Thetas of Albany and others from southwest Georgia who gathered for a clothing drive and to pass out soup. You lift up your community with full hearts, and I thank you for letting me serve alongside you.
Today I joined the Atlanta Community Food Bank to pass out food to Atlanta’s TSA agents. These hardworking Georgians - who keep us safe - are currently struggling because our government is being held hostage. It is time we all raise our voices - please call Senators Perdue and Isakson today and demand that the Senate work to end the shutdown. Senator Perdue: (202) 224-3521 Senator Isakson: (202) 224-3643
Honored to keynote the Labor Council’s annual breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. A bonus - seeing my friend and freshman Congresswoman @lucymcbath.
Chairman DuBose Porter has led the Democratic Party of Georgia boldly and with joy. Yesterday I was able to celebrate his contributions to our state at his retirement party. I cherish the work we have done together and know his tenure will be remembered as one of great progress for Democrats in our state.
I was honored to meet with Speaker of the House @speakerpelosi today to discuss the fight for free and fair elections in Georgia and across the nation. Her leadership serves as a guiding light in critical moments.
My friend Representative @ayannapressley has been a changemaker long before she was elected to serve in the halls of Congress. And as a freshman, she is already speaking out against the gross injustices currently being wrought on our nation. Today I was able to sit with her - in the office that once belonged to Shirley Chisholm - and hear about her plans to chart a new path forward for our country.
Today I saw American Son, an insightful play starring the extraordinary @kerrywashington. She gives a searing performance as a mother desperate to discover her missing son’s whereabouts. American Son explores the relationship between race, class, and law enforcement thoughtfully and powerfully.
It is a challenge that we still live in a world of so many firsts. But part of my internal ethos is that I see these history-making moments as an opportunity - but not just for myself. Because when you are first you get to open that door. And if you do it right, you prop it open. That is my mission. Yesterday, I joined @sistercircletv to talk about voting rights, my book “Minority Leader,” and why leaders must swing the doors of opportunity wide open for everyone.
Earlier this month, I shared insights about my campaign at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen summit. Although the final result is not what I would have hoped, we built a blueprint for the South. Energized voters turned out in historic numbers, and we transformed the electorate to look like the state we are in. To those of you who stepped up to volunteer, donate, or cast your ballot for me, I thank you. I am proud of the work we did together to create lasting change in our state. 📸: Stuart Isett for @fortunemag
From the bottom of my heart: Thank you. I am so proud of the movement we built together. We redefined the politics of possible in the Deep South – but our fight is far from over. When we kicked off our campaign in Albany almost a year and a half ago, we were told we’d never win the Democratic primary. That a candidate like me in a state like Georgia would not stand a chance. But we believe in Georgia. We believed in a new kind of campaign that respects every person and fights to earn, keep, and count every vote. And at every step of this journey, instead of falling prey to fear, instead of being blown off course by the winds of doubt, we forged on. We reached out to communities across this state that very rarely see a candidate for governor. We activated and energized voters at a scale never before seen in Georgia Democratic politics. We won state House races, Senate races and a new seat in Congress. And we put America on notice that change is not coming – it has arrived. And you made it so. This is only the beginning. We must keep fighting for the people who have always felt left behind, for the communities whose security and status are now in question. We must continue to stand united, to use the networks we’ve built and with the Georgians we’ve energized, to continue the fight for progress, for free and fair elections, and for equality. Today, I announce the launch of Fair Fight Georgia, an operation that will pursue accountability in Georgia’s elections and integrity in the process of maintaining our voting rolls. We will channel the work of the past several weeks into a strong legal demand for reform of our election system in Georgia. And I will not waver in my commitment to work across party lines and across divisions to find a common purpose in protecting our democracy. Our state has been at the forefront of speaking truth to whatever power may lay claim to leadership – if only for the moment. We will win because we are Georgia. And we WILL get it done. Stacey Abrams
"Judge: More ballots must be counted." We will not stop fighting until every eligible vote cast is a vote counted. In one week, we have fought and won for Dougherty County voters, particularly those affected by Hurricane Michael. We fought and won for Georgia voters who were forced to cast "provisional" ballots. And last night, we fought and won for Georgia voters who cast absentee ballots. Today, the fight continues – and it will continue until Georgia election officials #CountEveryVote.
Waiting four and a half hours to vote. Broken voting machines. An unprecedented amount of "provisional" ballots. Students, Georgians with disabilities, and seniors never receiving the absentee ballots they requested. Our democracy should not look like this. Georgians deserve better, and every eligible Georgian who cast a ballot deserves to be heard. We will continue to fight to #CountEveryVote. (Artwork by Lily Williams @LWbean)
"On Election Day, I went to my polling place in Atlanta to vote for the very first time. I was a resident of Massachusetts, but I registered to vote in Georgia, where I go to school and where I will live for the next 4 years. The poll worker I handed my information to looked at it for a bit too long, typed something into her computer, and then muttered something I couldn’t hear to the [poll worker] next to her. The woman looked up at me and said, 'I am sorry, it says here that you might not be a citizen of the United States, so at this time we cannot let you into the polls. I can’t give you any further information at the moment.' I was born in New York, and have lived in Boston almost my entire life until I moved to Georgia two months ago. My parents were both born in the United States, and so were all of my grandparents. So at this point you can probably imagine my confusion. I was introduced to an older man who said I could either wait for him to make some phone calls and figure this out, or I could vote provisionally. I provided him with my drivers license and offered to show him my passport card, which he declined. He told me that I was not currently registered to vote because I provided a Massachusetts drivers license number, and since it was out of state, it showed up as a foreign number, and therefore I was not eligible. THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE. The man then proceeded to tell me that the only way I could vote today is if I voted provisionally. Hesitantly, I agreed, filled in my bubbles, and took an 'I Voted' sticker half-heartedly on my way out. On November 6th, I was supposed to have my first voting experience. But instead I walked out of that booth with tears in my eyes and a new understanding of what it is like to be a woman of color in this country. The thing that infuriates me the most about voter suppression is not that it happened to me, but that it happened, and is continuing to happen to thousands of people all over the country. Most of the time, nothing is done to stop people from being turned away at the voting polls." - Phoebe Einzig-Roth, DeKalb County.
#CountEveryVote #Repost @nowthisnews This Black grandmother was one of the 500,000+ names purged from Georgia voter rolls
"I am 89 years old and nearly blind. I had to fill out two mail-in ballot applications because the first was rejected. When I finally received my ballot, filled it out and mailed it back, I was told that my ballot was also rejected. I didn't give up. I applied for a ballot again, and received it on the Saturday before the election, so a family member physically had to deliver it to get it in on time." - Dawn Elizabeth Crawford, Gwinnett County.
"I mailed in my absentee ballot request form on October 22, but my ballot never arrived. The Secretary of State's website records that my application was received and my ballot was issued on October 25. At first, I assumed there had been some sort of mistake. But since Election Day, I've heard from several friends who never received their ballots. My experience and this election as a whole has brought back difficult memories from 2014, when my father ran for U.S. House of Representatives. I experienced firsthand how corruption and dirty tactics can obstruct voting and leave would-be voters disillusioned with the political process. But Stacey Abrams' campaign had given me so much hope that my state could change – I'm so sad and frustrated that I didn't get to vote." - Emily Johnson, Chatham County.
"I re-registered to vote in the spring. Despite that fact, when I went to vote I was told I was no longer registered because I didn't vote in the last two election cycles. At my polling location in Fulton, I was also told that I wasn't eligible for a provisional ballot. That didn't sound right to me, so I drove to my county registrar's office. After a long wait, I was told that I COULD vote provisionally, and that my vote would be counted. I never experienced any trouble voting in Georgia until Brian Kemp took office. No one should have to go through what I did to exercise their right to vote." - Eugenia Willingham, Fulton County.
Abrams Campaign Manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo: "Almost a week after Election Day, we find ourselves in the not unfamiliar place of place of having to advocate for the representation and rights of Georgia voters who were not seen or heard in this election — an election overseen by #GAGov candidate and recent Secretary of State Brian Kemp. So here’s what we know: Georgia voters were confronted at the voting booth by widespread irregularities, which were reported by multiple media outlets. Insufficient machines, long lines, confused poll workers, conflicting and arbitrary guidance that varied widely by county — none of it designed to make voting easy or simple for millions of eligible Georgia voters. But we’ve come to expect — although not to accept — such activity from Brian Kemp, who is the architect of some of the greatest voter suppression tactics this country has seen in recent years." READ: "How we found 30,823 additional Georgia votes…and why we’re still counting" bit.ly/Count-Every-Vote (link in bio) #CountEveryVote