State Representative Roger Bruce

 Georgia House of  Representatives
District 61
                                                     February 24, 2017
This Issue - Newsletter #6

Letter From Representative Bruce

Legislative News

Representative Bruce & FACAA

Girl Scouts Visit 

Haitian Day at the Capitol

Moms Demand Action

A Moment in Black History

Representative Bruce & FACAA

On Tuesday, Representative Bruce met with the  Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA)
The mission of the Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority is just as relevant today as it was when we started and we passionately continue our work to make a positive impact in the community.
  • Mobilize resources through a network of programs and services: Emergency Financial Assistance (LIHEAP, Food and Housing Assistance, Employment Readiness Support, Transportation and Education) which is facilitated through applications and classes.
  • The provision of  access to public policy, economic and social institutions that serve low-income citizens (Convening Community Action Councils to become empowered to challenge problems that affect their quality of life in their homes and community). This feature involves community education and motivating  citizens to exercise their voice in all matters that affect them.
  • Educate the community at large to the needs, interests and aspirations of low-income people. Whether it involves attending meetings or issuing newsletters, brochures or speaking engagements, FACAA seeks to inform community groups, legislators and social policy makers about the current needs, problems or accomplishments of low-income citizens. Our ultimate aim is to demonstrate that all citizens are important and can play a role in making a community active and viable.
  • Provide affordable, safe, decent housing and supportive services to citizens of Fulton County and Atlanta. Along with home-building or rehabilitation, FACAA is a housing counseling agency which also trains youth to become future home builders. The agency seeks projects that enhance the quality of living for low-income citizens and also helps citizens become homeowners or aids them in saving their homes.



Moms Demand Action

This week, Moms Demand Action of Atlanta stopped by to lobby Representatives to oppose gun legislation that is being proposed. A group of advocates sat with Rep. Bruce to express their concerns with the new Campus Carry bill that is being proposed. 



A Moment In Black History
Inoculation was introduced to America by a slave.  Few details are known about the birth of Onesimus, but it is assumed he was born in Africa in the late seventeenth century before eventually landing in Boston. One of a thousand people of African descent living in the Massachusetts colony, Onesimus was a gift to the Puritan church minister Cotton Mather from his congregation in 1706.  Onesimus told Mather about the centuries old tradition of inoculation practiced in Africa. By extracting the material from an infected person and scratching it into the skin of an uninfected person, you could deliberately introduce smallpox to the healthy individual making them immune. Considered extremely dangerous at the time, Cotton Mather convinced Dr. Zabdiel Boylston to experiment with the procedure when a smallpox epidemic hit Boston in 1721 and over 240 people were inoculated. Opposed politically, religiously and medically in the United States and abroad, public reaction to the experiment put Mather and Boylston's lives in danger despite records indicating that only 2% of patients requesting inoculation died compared to the 15% of people not inoculated who contracted smallpox.

Onesimus' traditional African practice was used to inoculate American soldiers during the Revolutionary War and introduced the concept of inoculation to the United States. 

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I would like to focus my message this week around two major themes: the present and the future. This week, the new city of South Fulton will begin early voting in its inaugural mayoral and city council elections; and I am truly excited for all those who have made this city a reality.  I would implore all of you, whether you voted for or against cityhood to cast your ballot for the most responsible men and women because this first group of citizens will ultimately set the direction in which our new city moves. As a member of the transition team, I can definitively say that there will be challenges for a new group of mostly political neophytes. However, I remain confident that we will be in the best of hands. Furthermore, I would be remiss in my duty as a public servant if I did not remind you all that the most important role is that of citizen. It will be your job to challenge and hold accountable the leaders that you ultimately choose; because as we all know there is nothing more powerful than that timeless creed, "We The People..." I am challenging you all to believe not in the ability of others but in that of yourselves to bring about change.
It is with that thought that I look to the future. This past week I had the opportunity to meet some extraordinary young women, whom I believe will one day occupy seats such as the one I now hold. Their passion, and commitment to service are laudable and give me hope,  despite the current uncertainty in certain parts of our nation, which I believe will not last too long.  These Girl Scouts who were celebrating 100 years of service sat with me and spoke about selling cookies and what it meant to them to be apart of such an illustrious organization. I was quite happy to see how entrepreneurial,  engaged and informed these young women were. They gave some pretty blunt opinions about our 45th President, much to my delight. It is because of them that I fight each and every day under the gold dome to ensure that we protect their futures because they deserve nothing less.
The decisions we make now will have consequences for the future we wish to protect. I take no greater pleasure than serving the citizens of the 61st house district, and hopefully you all have taken pride in how hard I have and will continue to fight for you.


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Legislative News

 for more information on weekly events for the 
2017 Legislative Session. 

Haitian Day at the Capitol

On Wednesday, State Rep. Erica Thomas hosted Haitian Day at the Capitol. It was a time to celebrate the culture and honor the commitments of our Haitian citizens here in the State of Georgia. Rep. Bruce was able to meet with citizens and here the stories of the amazing work that is being done. 

Girl Scouts Visit Rep. Bruce 

This Friday, Rep. Bruce hosted  some special guest to visit. The Girl Scouts stopped by as they celebrate 100 years of service to our communities. What made this visit even more special was that the young ladies and their moms were able to sit and speak with Rep Bruce on this week's edition of "Under The Gold Dome" (video will be available in next week's issue). The ladies spoke about service, politics and what they love to do in their free time. 

Representative Roger Bruce's Staff

A.D. Fields - Legislative/Policy/Communications Aide
Jason Gathing - Legislative/Policy Aide.
Tiffani Palmer - Communications & Media .
Sharon Matthews - Legislative/Policy Aide 
John L. Sanders- Photographer/Aide

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