Statement from Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis:
The Georgia Senate runoff is yet another confirmation of the power of poor and low-income, Black, brown, native and white voters voting for an agenda of living wages, health care, racial and economic justice.
The victories of Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff will be historic — Warnock will be the first African American Senator from Georgia, the 11th from the nation, including just three from the South; Ossoff, the first Jewish senator from Georgia and the South and the youngest since Joe Biden. Both campaigned on just stimulus, expanding healthcare and housing.
Their election is a repudiation of voter suppression and attempts to degrade and divide voters by race and geography. It shows what is possible when a fusion movement of people comes together and exercises democracy, upholds the principles of the rights of all to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and resists the lies of scarcity and austerity.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival reached out to hundreds of thousands of poor and low-income Georgia voters before the run off. Leaders from Georgia connected with voters across the state, especially in small towns and rural areas, who need and demand change. We will continue to organize around an agenda that raises wages, expands health care, and champions the human rights of all throughout Georgia, the South, and the entire nation.
Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Union Theological Seminary alum and friend of the Kairos Center, on his victory in the Georgia Senate runoff! Back in November 2013, Rev. Dr. Warnock gave the keynote speech at the launch of the Kairos Center at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Watch the video below. (Video by Sleeping Giant Films.)