VivianJohnsonLewisScottPoythressIn searching for something, anything, to write to help make some sense of this national nightmare, I found the words of our own John Lewis to be particularly uplifting.

I know many of you are feeling hurt, angry, frustrated and so much more at the result of the election. Just know that’s okay and that you’re not alone.

It’s clear that the divisions in our country were deeper than any of us thought.

But we must not give up. It’s not time to run for the hills. Today is the day that we pick ourselves up off the floor and get back to work.

It’s up to us now, not as Democrats or Republicans — but as Americans — to begin the process of healing.

We cannot be complacent, but we cannot be vengeful. We must speak truth to power and fiercely defend those who are the most vulnerable.

No one can take away our right to hurt or our right to heal. We all love this country and we must all be responsible as we work to forge a better future.

It’s not going to be easy. We will have good and bad days moving forward, but we will always have tomorrow. The sun will always shine brightly on the United States of America.

Thank you all and God bless America,

John Lewis

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Join the Fulton County Democratic Party
Thursday, September 8, 2016
7:00 pm, 6:30 refreshments & socializing

IBEW Auditorium
501 Pulliam Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30312

Meet and mingle with fellow Democrats at monthly meetings of the Fulton County Democratic Party, held on the 2nd Thursday of every month.
On September 8, we welcome as our special guest Richard McDaniel, State Director for Hillary for America in Georgia.

Richard McDaniel, a Graduate of Morehouse College and a proud product of Atlanta Public Schools, is currently the State Director for Hillary for America in Georgia.  Previously, he served as Primary States Regional Director for Hillary for America, and, prior to joining the Hillary campaign, as Political Director for the Democratic Party of Georgia and for the Michelle Nunn U.S Senate campaign.  Richard also served as as Georgia’s State Director for Organizing for Action, which is the nation’s largest volunteer run grassroots organization that advocates for the legislative agenda.

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pantsuits Sign up and find out how to engage here.

Make some calls, stuff some envelopes, knock on doors. Whatever floats your boat. Even small actions can make a big difference in a tossup state.

Yes, Georgia is in play people! As is apparently South Carolina.

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bernieAKA Democracy for America 2.0 Day:

[Bernie Sanders’] group, dubbed Our Revolution, is set to debut Wednesday evening. But eight of the group’s 13 or so staffers resigned over the weekend after former campaign manager Jeff Weaver was brought in to run the group. The remaining staffers, some of whom stayed for personal reasons, all sent letters to Sanders expressing concerns with Weaver and solidarity with those who quit.

It would seem that Sanders supporters can’t even get along with each other, never mind other Democrats.

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loudly-crying-faceYou can either listen up or not, Bernie or Bust people, but here’s the scoop from someone who at one time was sympathetic to your cause. I’ve been a supporter of Bernie Sanders for years. Not just some Johnny Come Lately who jumped on the bandwagon last year. I’ve been a proponent of his ideals because they are mine too. So naturally when he threw his hat in the ring, I was thrilled. Bumper sticker on car? Check. Donations to his campaign? Check. Phone calls for him? Check. etc… I watched him win some. I watched him lose some. When it was all said and done, he came up short. Do I think the DNC made it that much harder for him. Yes. Do I think that was the only reason he didn’t prevail? No.

Now here is the difference between you and me. I’ve been at this game for years. YEARS. You got involved last fall. Am I glad that someone finally spoke to you in terms that made you want to become a part of something? Absolutely. Do I think that because he lost that gives you the right to act like fucking children and try to disrupt a national convention to engage in your collective hissyfit? Absolutely not.

I’m beyond sick and tired of your whining about “I’m not voting for Hillary. She’s evil. Blah blah blah.” Or “I’m voting for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or (fuck you if you do) Trump.” Any vote for anyone other than Hillary is allowing facism – real, honest to god facism, to waltz in and have it’s way with this country – and don’t you dare try to make the strawman’s argument with me that electing Hillary is the same thing. If you actually believe that for one second, you’re too damn dumb to vote, so don’t.

Now about your relationship with the Democratic Party. Again, this is the first time you’ve bothered to check us out. Things didn’t go your way? Tough shit. That’s life. You don’t like it? You have two options: 1. Take your ball and go home or 2. Do like Bernie and everyone else has said and you become the party. The way it’s structured, you can’t change it from the outside. Infiltrate. Take over. That’s how its going to happen. If you choose to take your ball and go home, well…all I can say is stay the fuck out of my way since we will now have to work that much harder to compensate for your tantrum.

If you choose to stay and fix it from the inside, good. I could use the help. I’ll see you at the next state committee meeting, which are always open to the public and absolutely free. In the meantime, turn your energy towards your local county committee. They could definitely use the help. Don’t have one in your county, well you’re in luck because I know just the people who can start you down that path to fix that…

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