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They See Blue Georgia: 2020 ELECTION KICKOFF

2/8/2020 3:00 PM

They See Blue Georgia: 2020 ELECTION KICKOFF

They See Blue Georgia: 2020 ELECTION KICKOFF

Date: Sat Feb 8, 2020

Time: 3pm-5pm

Venue: Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Sandy Springs

Tickets: very few available, contact now

Contact: tsb.georgia@gmail.com

Contact: Anjali Enjeti, tsb.georgia@gmail.com, 770-329-0057

Stacey Abrams to meet with South Asian Media at They See Blue Event

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, the Georgia chapter of They See Blue (Desi Blue), an organization for South Asian American Democrats, will host a 2020 Election Kickoff Event featuring keynote speaker Stacey Abrams, Founder and Chair of Fair Fight Action, U.S. Senate Democratic candidates Sarah Riggs Amico, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Jon Ossoff, and closing speaker State Senator Sheikh Rahman, the first South Asian American, first Muslim, and first immigrant to serve in the Georgia senate. The event will take place from 3 to 5 PM at the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1025 Mt. Vernon Highway NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327.

Interested South Asian media may arrange a time to interview Leader Abrams prior to her keynote address from 2:45 to 3:20 through They See Blue Georgia.

The 2017 sixth district special congressional election in Georgia, where Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff challenged Republican candidate Karen Handel, as well as Leader Abrams’ 2018 candidacy for governor, galvanized the progressive South Asian community. South Asian Democrats’ engagement during these two elections planted the seed for what would become They See Blue Georgia.

“We felt the need for a Democratic organization for South Asians to come together to provide a structure to our political activism,” says They See Blue Georgia co-founder Suresh Kolichala, who immigrated to the U.S. from India 15 years ago. “We also wanted to provide a platform to contribute positively to preserve the American strengths of diversity and inclusion.”

They See Blue was originally started in the Bay Area in August 2018 by a group of South Asian Democrats working to flip congressional seats in California. The Georgia chapter was born a year later, in August 2019. It is a diverse, inclusive chapter that now has over a hundred members, including Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Indo-Caribbeans, who hold multiple faiths, including Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikh, and Jain, as well as nonbelievers. Many members are either immigrants, like Kolichala, or the first generation born in the U.S. – groups without a long voting history.

Past Georgia chapter meetings have focused on voting rights, municipal elections, and the state legislative session. For 2020, the group will concentrate on registering voters in the South Asian community, and work to elect Democratic candidates at the state and federal level. Kolichala feels that South Asian Democratic engagement is the key to flipping Georgia blue. “This isn’t the country I once admired and fell in love with,” says Kolichala. “We need to do something.”

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