Barksdale Campaign Launches Black & Brown Listening Tour

Announces travel across Georgia to listen and learn from diverse communities

Earlier this week the Barksdale for Senate campaign announced a Black & Brown Listening Tour that will see the Democratic candidate travel to all corners of Georgia. From meetings with institutions like the NAACP and Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials to sit-downs with religious and union leaders, Jim will be gathering knowledge to better understand concerns and policy priorities of these communities that are not being represented in the United States Senate.

“We need leadership in Washington that represents the new Georgia, not the Georgia of yesterday. Despite increasing diversity in our state, the priorities and concerns of Georgia’s communities of color do not have a committed advocate in the U.S. Senate,” said Jim Barksdale. “Whether economic and social justice initiatives, support of HBCUs, or addressing the divide between communities of color and law enforcement, I’m looking forward to learning more and identifying solutions that bring Georgians together.”

Planned stops in our Black & Brown Listening Tour will cover topics such as voting rights,

  • Voting Rights: Roundtables with elected officials, ministers, and community leaders on the importance of voting rights and the need to extend today’s voter registration deadline due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew on the Georgia Coast, Albany and Americus
  • Immigration Reform: Meeting with immigration attorneys and young people affected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), Norcross
  • Criminal Justice: Roundtable with community leaders in Coweta County to discuss prison reform and reducing recidivism during re-entry to society, Newnan
  • Economic Justice: Visiting Minority and Women Owned Businesses (MWOBs) including Barbershops and Beauty Shops to discuss improving infrastructure, investments, and economic opportunity for small businesses, Atlanta
  • Educational Equity: Panel discussion hosted by the local NAACP, in which Jim will discuss investing in urban school districts and under-performing schools rather than letting schools fall into the Opportunity School Districts, Decatur
  • Community Organizing and Civic Participation: Meeting with African American and Latino faith leaders to discuss the Salem Initiative, a civic partnership between an African-American and Latino church, at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Liliburn
  • Supporting HBCUs: Touring Albany State and visits with HBCU students displaced by Hurricane Matthew to discuss the infrastructure and finance needs of their campuses at Fort Valley State, Albany and Fort Valley

“Georgia is one of the most diverse states in America, and our current representative in the US Senate has a long history of not listening or advocating for communities of color,” said former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. “It is refreshing to see a candidate like Jim Barksdale who is willing to listen, learn and generally engage in an effort to understand our community’s perspective.”


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