“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.