March for Our Lives

Saturday, March 24 at 11 AM (new time)
Georgia State Capitol
206 Washington St SW, Atlanta GA

Not one more. We can not allow one more child to be shot at school. We can not allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We can not allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Atlanta GA to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.

School safety is not a political issue. There can not be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.

Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.

Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.


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Dr. Justin L Barrett at UNG

On 2018 APR 06 and 07, Mountain Top Lectures & the University of North Georgia will host a lecture series by Dr. Justin L Barrett, chief project developer for the Office for Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives (STAR).   An experimental psychologist, Dr. Barrett taught for five years in Oxford University’s School of Anthropology, and is best known for his research on religion.

The first lecture is on Friday evening, beginning at 5:30 PM.  Lectures two and three are on Saturday morning from 8 AM until 1 PM:

  • Lecture 1: Naturally Explaining the Supernatural: What is Cognitive Science of Religion?
  • Lecture 2: Do Explanations of Religion Explain It Away? Philosophical Implications of Cognitive Science of Religion
  • Lecture 3: How Cognitive Science of Religion Presents New Resources for Christian Theology

Pricing for non-members is $60 advance / $70 at door.  For more information, please visit the Mountain Top Lectures webpage (click here).

Florida Shooting

  • The victims of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting not only need our thoughts and prayers, they deserve action and change.
    • This can’t continue to happen.  It’s time for Congress to act on common-sense gun reform.
    • Americans are sick of this charade. How many more people need to lose their lives violently and needlessly before our nation comes to its senses?
  • Republicans have repeatedly refused to come to the table and discuss common sense gun reforms.
    • Republicans claims they can’t talk gun reform because they don’t want to politicize tragedies, but it’s disrespectful to these children that so many of our country’s lawmakers refuse to take action and change the gun laws that allow these killings to happen.
  • Months have gone by since the Las Vegas killings, and Republicans have done nothing to advance common-sense solutions, including regulating the “bump stocks” that allowed the murderer to cause hundreds of casualties.
  • Democrats understand that responsible gun ownership is part of the fabric of many American communities, but also realize that current laws are not enough to curtail the epidemic of gun violence.

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Democratic National Committee
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MAR 05: FCDP Meeting Time Change

Hello All,
This is a notice to inform you the FCDP meeting for March 5th WILL BEGIN AT 6:00 P.M. RATHER THAN 6:30 P.M.

The reason is our speaker John Noel, a candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC),  has a later engagement elsewhere and has asked if we could meet at 6:00 P.M. rather than 6:30p.m.

We have  a MAY 22ND PRIMARY and this may be the only opportunity we have to meet John Noel in person.

Next, our APRIL 2ND MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 6:30 P.M. as usual. The guest speaker will be DAVID COOPER WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR THE 9TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL SEAT. Come meet David Cooper before the MAY 22ND PRIMARY.

Also, mark your calendars for the MAY 22ND PRIMARY date.

Thank you all for your participation and I hope you will attend both meetings ……… and, yes, bring a friend.

Think Blue,
Hart Baker

FEB 20: Pickens County Democrats

We are invited to dine with the Pickens County Democrats on Tuesday, February 20.

The program will be “Can Georgia Democrats Win in 2018?” We’ll look at Georgia’s recent political history — what’s happening and what needs to happen — and what we can do.

Tuesday, 2018 February 20, 6:00 PM.  Pickens County  Democrats. Dinner at Fuego Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar, 260 Foothills Pkwy, Marble Hill, Georgia 30148. Fajita bar, $13 (does not include drinks, tax, tip).

Please RSVP to David Robinson.

Hope we will have a good group there!

Melba Gandy, Gilmer County Democrats Chair


Update from Our Chair

2018 February 09

Hello, Democratic Friend!

Thursday, February 15, 6:00 p.m., El Rey Restaurant

Gilmer Democrats’ regular meeting.  Sarah Riggs Amico, candidate for Georgia Lieutenant Governor, will be the speaker.  For information about her positions on issues, check out her website.  I was impressed particularly by her comments on education (strongly favors public education).  Have your questions ready!

Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 p.m., Fuego Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar, 260 Foothills Parkway, Marble Hill, GA

Pickens County Democrats’ Social Event.  Details on the program to come later.  RSVP to David Robinson.

Wednesday, February 21

Interested in working for better gun safety?  Join the “Georgia Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day” at the Capitol in Atlanta.  Go to this site for more information:  We hope to have a representative from the Every Town for Gun Safety organization as a speaker in the near future.

Tuesday, March 6, 6:00 p.m., Democrats’ Office, Ellijay

Regular meeting of the Gilmer County Democratic Committee.  Observers are welcome!

Thursday, March 15, 6:00 p.m., El Rey Restaurant

Gilmer Democrats regular meeting.  Triana Arnold James, candidate for Georgia Lieutenant Governor, will be our speaker.  Check out triana4Georgia to browse her website.

March 23, 24, and 25.  John Pavlovitz will be in Ellijay

Friday, March 23, 7:00 p.m., Cherry Log Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

– speaking, Q&A, and Book Signing (“A Bigger Table)

Sunday, March 25, 10:30 a.m., Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church, Ellijay


National Democratic Training Committee

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Live Training

We’re coming to you! 2018 is off to great start. This month we are hosting free in-person trainings in Michigan, Idaho, Ohio, and Wyoming on our way to training 50,000 Democrats this year.

Check out to see where we’ll be this year and when we are coming to your state.


Trip Includes:

Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation

Full Day in DC to attend the Women in Blue “Day on the Hill” Lobby Day

**Departing Atlanta at 7 PM & Departing DC at 8PM**

Refreshments & Snacks

Games, Movies & Music on the Bus

Travel Information:

Pickup will be in Atlanta at 6 PM (exact location TBA). Departure time 7 PM. We plan to depart on time and refunds will not be given if you are late and miss departure. The expected arrival time in DC is 7 AM. You are welcome to bring a small cooler with your favorite drinks and snacks. When departing DC, boarding will begin at 7 PM in the exact location as we are dropped off on arrival. We plan to depart DC at 8 PM.

Travel Policy:

Parking at the pickup locations is at your own risk. Platinum Elite Travel Services will not be held responsible for any vehicles left at pickup location.

Payment Policy:

Payments are non-refundable but can be transferred upon approval.

Contact Information:

For questions please call Carlotta Harrell @ 770-597-7544

Meet Sid Chapman

Meet Sid Chapman on March 4th, reception from 3 – 5 PM, at the Big Canoe Swim Club. Sid Chapman, President of the Georgia Association of Educators, has filed paperwork to run as a Democrat for State School Superintendent. Chapman was a strong opponent against last year’s Opportunity School District Amendment. He also pushed for a change in this year’s First Priority Act which would have a Chief Turnaround Officer report to the State Board of Education.