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“Previously, citizen lobbying had felt impossible to me; but after making a hundred phone calls and speaking up at rallies and commission meetings, it didn’t seem like such a big deal. I realized that just because people who disagree with me might tell me I am wrong or confused, it doesn’t actually mean I am wrong or confused. I realized I don’t think it’s wrong to irritate people or waste their time when they are actively trying to dismantle or deport everything I love about my country. I realized that whenever I wasn’t busy fighting for what I believed in, I was busy feeling very, very bad.”
500 Georgians gathered in Greensboro, GA at the Open House held by staff of Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator David Perdue, and Congressman Jody Hice. Constituents were there to raise concerns but, out of the 9 staffers who attended, only a lone Hice staffer returned to hear out the overflowing room after the others left abruptly to the shouts of “Shame!” While the majority of the attendees joined in on an impromptu town hall, residents with specific concerns and needs did manage to meet in small groups with Senate and Congressional staff.