Legislative Team


Athens For Everyone took a group of nine members to the State Capitol to lobby for progressive causes at the Gold Dome last Monday. We advocated with our legislators about issues like Medicaid Expansion, $15/hr minimum wage, an Independent Redistricting Commission and Marijuana Legalization with the goal of ending mass […]

A4E Lobbies at the State Capitol


It’s time to tell our legislators we don’t want anti-immigrant legislation. The Georgia legislature is currently considering three pieces of legislation that would directly affect our immigrant communities here. Two of them are co-sponsored or co-authored by our local senators! Feel free to call Reps. Deborah Gonzalez, Spencer Frye or […]

Oppose Anti-Immigrant Legislation


Adam Newland is a husband, father, Athenian, high school teacher and coach who wants Athens to be a city known for and celebrated for its diversity and inclusivity. 2018 is an important year in Georgia politics. The highest offices in the state will be contested, and many swing districts are […]

GA State Legislative Session: 2018



There have been 277 mass shootings so far in 2017, more than one per day, but Republican-controlled legislatures continue to try to loosen existing gun laws. Contact: US Senator Johnny Isakson:    (202) 224-3643 Senator Isakson doesn’t believe in waiting periods or gun registration, but he does have some concerns about […]

Take Action for Reasonable Gun Control


To row, Left to Right, Sen. Bill Cowsert, Sen. Frank Ginn. Bottom row, Rep. Spencer Frye, Rep. Regina Quick, Rep. Chuck Williams
Athens’ state legislators came before their constituents at a Federation of Neighborhoods forum Monday night at Ciné downtown. After showing up late, the legislators– minus Rep. Spencer Frye, who was unable to attend– meandered their way through the first 45 minutes, before questions from the crowd forced them to confront […]

Athens’ state legislators struggle with questions from constituents at forum


For Immediate Release April 20, 2017 Victory Delivered With All Year-Round ACC County Workers to be Paid a Living Wage! As of July 1, all Athens-Clarke County year-round workers will be paid a minimum hourly rate of $11.60/hour as a result of the County compensation study findings and tireless work […]

Victory Delivered – All Year-Round ACC County Workers to be ...




Leandra Nessel is a Georgia native and UGA alumna who prior to November 2016 wouldn’t have been caught dead talking about politics. A wife and mother of two, Leandra works in academic fundraising. So you want to lobby your senator or your state representative but have no idea where to […]

So you want to be a Citizen Lobbyist?


The first “religious freedom” bill this year in Georgia has arrived at the legislature. This bill, SB 233, is brief, proposing to apply the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993 to the state of Georgia. This law prohibits the government from interfering with a person’s exercise of religion even […]

RFRA Again Rears its Ugly Head