‘A hu­man com­mu­nity’

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for Jody Hice. Rep. Hice has been in­vited, his staff has been no­ti­fied and we al­ready have 500 peo­ple,” Or­ga­ni­za­tional Co­or­di­na­tor Tim Den­son said.

Protests go­ing postal

There are also po­lit­i­cal ac­tions that don’t re­quire in-per­son ral­lies, or even the abil­ity to walk: groups na­tion­wide started or­ga­niz­ing post­card par­ties.

“It is some­thing that al­lows peo­ple who may be home­bound, who can’t march, to send a mes­sage,” said Louis Gary, a gay ac­tivist who heads up the Post­card Pink Slips project. “We get feed­back from housewives who are not phys­i­cally fit or mo­bile at this time and have other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that don’t al­low them to par­tic­i­pate. They say this is such a won­der­ful idea.”

Even if they don’t make it to the Oval Of­fice, Gary said the Na­tional Archives col­lects a sam­ple of ac­tivists’ mail to elected of­fi­cials

March 3, 2017

for pos­ter­ity’s sake.

Pink slip post­cards are be­ing sent to the White House and Steve Ban­non, the pres­i­dent’s chief strate­gist. They will be mailed on the Ides of March, also a sym­bolic ges­ture. His­tor­i­cally, March 15 is revered as the day Julius Cae­sar was mur­dered.

“We all know that a pink slip is a ter­mi­na­tion slip and it’s a type of mes­sag­ing, so that we can send them a pink slip and put them on no­tice that we think they are not suit­able for the job de­scrip­tion,” Gary said. “The mes­sag­ing has to do with a lot of things we saw dur­ing the cam­paign: sex­ism, in­ap­pro­pri­ate and il­le­gal touch­ing of women, war­mon­ger­ing, sep­a­ratists, xeno­pho­bia, ho­mo­pho­bia, the whole de­bate about what is go­ing on with il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and how we are deal­ing with it as a na­tion.”

An­other At­lanta group, Post­cards from the Edge, sends mail to the White House, to Congress, to Speaker Paul Ryan, to Mitch McCon­nell and to Ge­or­gia’s Con­gress­men. On Su­per Bowl Sun­day, nearly 40 peo­ple came to Noni’s restau­rant on Edge­wood Av­enue and wrote about 500 post­cards. The event was so suc­cess­ful that or­ga­nizer Alli Royce Soble de­cided to make it a monthly event. Soble, who iden­ti­fies as gen­der queer and non­bi­nary, said af­ter the elec­tion she felt her rights were be­ing “tam­pered with.”

“For the first time in a while I felt like I had to put my ac­tivist hat on,” Soble said. “When I feel like there’s an anti-Semite run­ning the coun­try who has a cab­i­net who is anti-this, anti-that, and I kind of fall un­der sev­eral of the an­tis as a woman, as a gay per­son, as a non­bi­nary per­son, as a Jew. I’m kind of like, what can I do to help?”

She said to be ef­fec­tive, ac­tivists must “flood them at their front doors.”

“It’s clear that peo­ple are clearly un­happy with what’s go­ing on,” she said. “Even if they don’t read one of them, and take it and toss it in the trash, it’s worth the ef­fort to drop a huge stack of pa­per on some­one’s desk and say, this is all from At­lanta. These peo­ple are pissed.”

“So­cial is­sues are re­ally civil and hu­man rights is­sues and those should be fed­er­ally man­dated. I don’t think a ‘so­cial is­sue’ that has to do with trans­gen­der stu­dents should be de­ter­mined on the state level,” Stover said. “We have to re­mem­ber we’re a hu­man com­mu­nity.”

That sen­ti­ment is a driv­ing force be­hind Athens 4 Ev­ery­one, a com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion that be­gan sev­eral years ago but be­came more in­volved with pol­i­tics af­ter the 2016 elec­tion.

“We still try to fo­cus on is­sues that im­pact the lives of Athe­ni­ans some­how. Since Novem­ber, we have ex­panded that out a lit­tle more just be­cause there are so many things com­ing down from the fed­eral level,” Den­son said. “The or­ga­niz­ing ef­forts have had to re­ally kick up for us and peo­ple are just com-

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