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Atlanta Launches Inaugural LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office rolled out a new effort to ensure cases involving LGBTQ+ persons are handled properly. Today, twenty-eight advisors were publicly introduced to fulfill the committee’s mission; community safety for all.

The City of Atlanta already has an LGBTQ+ Advisory Board that makes recommendations to the Mayor that assist with policies to enhance engagement with the LGBTQ+ community. However, the DA’s effort will solely concentrate on crime and safety.

Deputy District Attorney Will Wooten, who spearheaded this initiative, found an opportunity to reduce crime in the community because of his own fear of retaliation for being gay.

“We wanted to make sure we intentionally included from every letter in LGBTQ+ and include people form communities of color because the dynamics are different,” said Wooten.

To learn more about the Fulton County DA’s initiative, visit them online or follow them on social media.

New Andrew Young Exhibit and Book Release in Celebration of Icon’s Ninetieth Birthday

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



Yesterday, The Millennium Gate Museum premiered a special exhibit and book release in honor of Civil Rights icon, Andrew Young’s ninetieth birthday.

The exhibit, as well as the book, “The Many Lives of Andrew Young”, written by Ernie Suggs, tells the inspirationally dramatic story of Ambassador Young as tribute to and chronicle of the life of a man whose service and activism helped mold the face of modern American society.

“When at the close of my Administration in January 1981, I awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Andrew Young and I cited his lifetime of dedication to human rights. Andy is a great man and a national treasure.”

President Jimmy Carter
Ernie Suggs, Author The Many Lives of Andrew Young

The book features hundreds of full-color photos that capture the life and times of Andrew Young as he journeyed across the political spectrum. Additionally, the exhibit itself provides viewers an in-person experience of Ambassador Young’s life by displaying personal items, memorabilia, and study material.

Although Power The Vote started its efforts in Georgia, a battle ground state that flipped blue in the 2020 Presidential Election, the team has taken what they’ve learned and is applying it to other states that have experienced voter suppression in their communities.


The Millennium Gate Museum will display Ambassador young’s exhibit until June 11th, 2022 and The Many Lives of Andrew Young is now available for purchase at local retailers and online.

The Seriousness of Voter Suppression & Its Solutions

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion



Within the last decade, the U.S. has seen increased efforts by politicians and other organizers to suppress a citizen’s right to vote during election time. Resolution outcries roared.

Voter suppression is defined as a strategy used to influence the outcome of an election by deterring or discouraging certain groups of people from voting. Cheating, in simpler terms. Examples of this form of political swindling include restricted voting times, inaccessible ballot box locations, restricted registration, imposing strict voter ID laws, and improper purging.

As the nation observed these unfair situations take place, many organizations and politicians have gotten behind efforts to ensure every American can safely exercise their right to vote, obstacle-free.

Organizations like Power The Vote have emerged to help correct the corruption by creating a multilingual voter protection hotline, providing poll-watchers for onsite support, expanding early voting locations, absentee ballot assistance, and more.

Kimberly Allen, Co-Founder, Power The Vote

“In states like Georgia, the landscape is really difficult for voters. The barriers for voting, for some, are difficult to overcome. It’s systemic, not just a single voter not having a single problem,” said Kimberly Allen, Co-Founder of Power The Vote.

Voter protection efforts, however, seemed to cease once election season concluded. All organizations disappeared after the hype was over, all except a hand full. This is where the founders of Power The Vote found a window of opportunity to best serve their communities around the clock.

“We understood that voter protection is, not only a critical part of the infrastructure during elections, but it should be a critical part of the infrastructure year around,” said Jamil Favors, Co-Founder of Power The Vote.

Jamil Favors, Co-Founder, Power The Vote

Although Power The Vote started its efforts in Georgia, a battle ground state that flipped blue in the 2020 Presidential Election, the team has taken what they’ve learned and is applying it to other states that have experienced voter suppression in their communities.

Organizations like Power The Vote exist to resolve a single problem. Once that problem is solved, there shouldn’t be a need for voter protection efforts like these in the future.

“It’s crazy that we need an elaborate architecture to help voters exercise their fundamental right to vote. I hope, that at some point, we will overcome these voting barriers, shift the voter suppression landscape, and then, we can start to solve other problems as well,” said Allen.

To learn more about Power The Vote, please visit their website and follow them on social media to put boots-on-the-ground and get involved.