Who we are
Athens for Everyone is a left-progressive political organization with over 1000 members fighting for transformational change and oriented toward action at the local and state level. We do this work through community organizing, issue advocacy, and participating in elections. A4E’s victories so far include Sunday bus service, Living Wages for part-time county government employees, bus service along US-29, helping to defeat the State School Takeover Amendment in November 2016, and helping to elect Deborah Gonzalez and Jonathan Wallace to the state house.
A4E works to ensure that our community’s policies, ordinances, and laws work for the common good, combating historical and present inequalities along lines of class, race, sex, gender, ability, and religion. We rely on donations and volunteer work to make this change. Join us, and together we will build an Athens that works for Everyone!
What are we fighting for
We want to create a city where no one goes bankrupt to pay for medically necessary treatments, no one is severely limited by not having adequate transportation, and rape culture is a thing of the past. We want to build a community that strives for equality and inclusion, that abhors violence against women and minorities, that stands for the marginalized and disenfranchised, that seeks to realize safe streets everywhere, and that respects our natural environment.
Why our task is urgent
Athens, Georgia has a poverty rate of 38%, a graduation rate of 69%, and one of the highest levels of income inequality in the country. Yet Athens is home to one of the most prestigious universities in the South, gives out enormous corporate tax-breaks, and routinely sees its infrastructure and development projects tailored to the most well off. The social and economic disparities in Athens are simply unacceptable. We can do much better.
How we are fighting
Through face-to-face interactions, government lobbying, candidate development, social and traditional media and direct action, we hope to get more people involved in the community and engaged in the political process.
Why we will succeed
We are made up of dedicated volunteers who believe in the necessity of economic and social justice. We are concerned people like you. We are your co-workers, your neighbors, and your friends. With your help we will make an Athens that is truly for everyone.
We are a member-driven organization. If you would like to become a member of A4E, you can register here.
After registering, members must qualify by one of two methods before they can vote at our annual meeting:
- Membership by Participation (requires 3 volunteer hours per year)
- Membership by Dues (requires $60 per year)