Campaign of the Poor mobilizes low-income voters in Georgia ahead of Senate runoff

Economic justice advocates in Georgia are mobilizing ahead of next month’s US Senate runoff in the state, working to persuade low-income residents who don’t have access to health care and a living wage to support Democratic Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock .

The Georgia Poor People’s Campaign announced late Wednesday that it will launch a nationwide election advertising, text banking and social media campaign to reach millions of low-income Georgia voters, calling the push its “If We Ever Have to Vote.” , We absolutely have to vote for the tour now.”

“It’s not over yet, and every vote has to be cast to count,” the group said.

On Sunday November 27 Rev. Dr. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, will begin the campaign with a service at St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church in Columbus, Georgia, followed by a rally Monday at the Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

The campaign kicks off more than a week before Georgia voters are scheduled to go to the polls on December 6 in the runoff between Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, a former professional footballer who has helped spread conspiracy theories and lies about the results of the elections 2020 and supports a nationwide abortion ban – although he has allegedly pressured at least two women into abortions in the past.

“Individuals affected by low wages, voter suppression and denial of health care,” will join Barber to make a “call to action” at the rally, appealing to people across the state who are being supported by Republican proposals Party like Social Security and Medicare would be particularly hurt by their cutback plan.

Georgia has the fourth highest number of people who are uninsured, with more than 1.2 million residents without health insurance. Nearly two million people — 47% of the workforce — make less than $15 an hour. A Georgia resident would have to work an average of 93 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom apartment if they worked for the state minimum wage.

On Wednesday, consumer advocate Ralph Nader wrote shared dreams that Warnock must appeal to the wealthy residents of his state to retain his Senate seat.

“Warnock spent $20 million on a television ad claiming Walker had neither the competence nor the character to be a US Senator,” Nader wrote. “Reaching saturation, spending more on what people heard and saw ad infinitum leads to diminishing returns and increases voter irritation. ,What else is new?’ many will wonder.”

Instead, he wrote, the state’s Democrats should educate voters about the economic interests of the runoff:

1. For the hundreds of thousands of low-income workers in Georgia: “Vote for a $15 federal minimum wage, it’s long overdue and you’ve earned it.”

2. For many low-income workers: “Vote to get Medicaid from available federal funds blocked by Republican politicians.”

3. Vote to preserve and expand Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Washington’s Republicans, led by Walker supporter super-rich former corporate con man Senator Rick Scott, who has long sought to suppress this and other important human rights laws on the books.

At next week’s Georgia Poor People’s Campaign events, “speakers will emphasize to all Georgians — especially poor and wealthy voters — that their voices will make a difference.”

The runoff follows the Nov. 8 midterm election in which neither Warnock nor Walker received more than 50% of the vote.

Earlier this week also the national campaign of the poor started a text banking push targeting Georgia voters.