Carrie L. Williams

“Make America Love Again” Theme For 21st Century Movement
Launch During Black History Month
Secretary of State William Seward during Abraham Lincoln's presidency
U.S. Senate Candidate Al Bartell
President Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation
Having spoken publicly to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the media during this past week’s Jan. 8th meeting, U.S. Senate Candidate Al Bartell will be making his way through Georgia’s 159 counties over the next ten months. His pledge: to publicly read the Emancipation Proclamation in every county before the Nov. 3 special election, with a launch set for February’s Black History Month.

In partnership with Advocacy America, Bartell will be unfolding an initiative that introduces the role of the U.S. Senate and Georgia’s U.S. senator to county stakeholders within each regional commission and metropolitan planning organization. As he visits, Bartell plans to also include reading the Emancipation Proclamation in each county locale.

It’s all part of a nonpartisan 21st century movement in a politically polarized nation, says Bartell. And Wednesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting in Fulton County was just one demonstration of the kind of nonpartisan approach Bartell intends to use both in the public eye as well as in meetings and gatherings.

“They[Fulton County] abdicated their responsibility to build the capacity of the organizations that could apply for, sustain, and build upon these[Community Block Development Program] grants,” Bartell told the media. “I’m willing to give my life -- to whom much is given, much is required -- to ensure that the critical stakeholders of Fulton County have the resources necessary to improve the quality of life in Fulton County, the state of Georgia, and the Southeast region of our nation.”
When asked how the County -- specifically, the three Commissioners who voted to relinquish Fulton County’s Entitlement Community status -- could turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the compelling, documented needs of the various communities as communicated in the public speeches by several County mayors, judicial officials, law enforcement, social organizations, and senior citizens themselves -- Bartell replied:

“What’s at play is a business model for governance. If the business of government is not making a profit, then it’s not being of service to the community. This business model is now replacing the long-standing strategy of resource allocation by the County, based on the needs of the county. Political marketing stakeholders are using this business model of governance, along with media management, to stir up biases that turn out the vote against disadvantaged communities.”

Bartell communicated to the Commissioners and a standing room only audience that the Board’s management decision warrants the oversight of a Congressional hearing, and that he would be requesting such action in a communication to U.S. House Rep. Maxine Waters, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee.
“One score and 59 years ago, our ancestors caused an independent movement that our country recalls through the Emancipation Proclamation,” shares Bartell. “In 1861, when Abraham Lincoln became our President, and appointed William Seward, a known abolitionist, as his Secretary of State, it then became feasible for an opportunity to arise. It surfaced as Proclamation 95 -- known as the Emancipation Proclamation, which was an Executive Order issued by President Lincoln. When it became established nearly two years later, on Jan. 1, 1863, it would impact the lives of 3.5 million enslaved Americans.

“We have to ask ourselves, ‘The people who stood for that coming into existence in 1861, and before 1861 -- what kind of people were they? Who were they?’ I would assert they were no different than you -- or me.

“We’re a part of an emerging independent movement in the 21st century that will create the tipping point for nonpartisanship and bipartisanship public policy in America.  

“That’s why we want to ‘Make America Love Again’ -- so it can be great again... great as it was meant to be great.”

Bartell reflects for a moment. “You know the song Whitney Houston sang -- the one that just gave her a posthumous hit on the America Billboard music charts -- ‘A Higher Love’? Let’s see if we can have the people of Georgia, and our nation sing and play along on that note sheet, here in the dawn of the 21st century….”

Advocacy America will be announcing the details of the affordable housing initiative to study the impact of Fulton County returning the HUD CDBG funds, and the initiative on the U.S. Senate as they become available.