Annually, since 2018, our organization, along with other activists and partners, have convened Black Women and Girls Advocacy Day (BWAGA) at the State Capitol to raise awareness about the very distinct needs and socio-economic disparities affecting more than 1.5 million GA citizens. Our primary ask each year has been to establish a separate commission, or to add a division housed within the GCW, to intentionally center and work to address the needs of Black women and girls in our state.
We were pleasantly surprised to learn of the introduction of SB16, and wanted to share with you that with your help, all of our hard work over the last three years has finally paid off! Our organization and partners wish to express our gratitude to each of you for supporting for this important cause that has been at the core of our work for many years.
As a matter of fact, April 30th will mark the 4th anniversary of Black Women & Girls Awareness Day in Georgia. We were already in the planning stages for a virtual convening, along with long time supporters, No More Martyrs and Carter Strategies. Now that SB16 has been introduced, we have more than a call to action to celebrate! A Save the Date will be sent in the coming weeks with more details. Until then, please contact your State Senator and urge their support, and if your lawmaker is one of the sponsors, please thank them for this important and necessary legislation.
Tonya Anderson (D), Gloria Butler (D), Gail Davenport (D), Sonya Halpern (D), Kim Jackson (D), Donzella James (D), Emanuel Jones (D), Harold Jones II (D), David Lucas (D), Nikki Merritt (D), Nan Orrock (D), Elena Parent (D), Chad Rahman (D), Doc Rhett (D), Valencia Seay (D)