On Feb. 20 over 40 people crowded into the meeting space at the Open Door Community to exchange information about a wide range of current issues and struggles. To name a few: attorney Chaka Washington's fight against the death penalty for Kenny Fults; Adam Cardo on the Young Democratic Socialists' winter conference; Becky Rafter's report on Ga. WAND's fight against radioactive pollution and other dangers from the Savannah River Plant and Plant Vogtle (with the low-income, mostly African American community of Shell Bluff on the front lines); Daniel Hanley on the Bernie campaign; and guest speaker Larry Pellegrini's wry and insightful report on the Georgia legislative session, complicated this year by the members' re-election campaigns. . . .
We started by honoring new member Johnnie Martinez for offering his Joystick Game Bar on Edgewood as a Bernie and DSA base. After the activity reports Steve Gill announced that the MADSA LGBT and Allies Committee will meet soon and invites new members (see calendar on this website). And, we were addressed by Georgia House candidates Janine Brown (District 59) and Renitta Shannon (District 84). The MADSA membership meetings continue to bring together people with a common interest in social, racial and economic justice that bridges our different approaches and areas of expertise.
(L: Chaka Washington; R:Johnnie Martinez with his gift MADSA T-shirt. Photos by Reid Freeman Jenkins.)