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Cause coalitions for advocacy and support

Use this list of coalitions, local and national, to find advocacy partners already championing your cause under the Gold Dome and on Capitol Hill.

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Health

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia is Keeping Current with State legislation on their blog, and also convene and support a number of working groups. Organizations aiming “to make Georgia the gold standard in maternal and infant health access and care” are invited to become members.

Georgians for a Healthy Future posts weekly updates from the Gold Dome, and maintains a health legislation tracker recording the status of more than two dozen bills. They also head the Cover Georgia Coalition and the Preventing Youth Substance Use Disorders Coalition.

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence published a legislative report for 2020; they also invite any agency working on behalf of domestic violence survivors to become a member.

The Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression has contact information for two advocacy coalition partners, the Georgia Coalition on Older Adults & Behavioral Health, and the Aging and Behavior Health Care Collaborative.

The Georgia Coalition for Safe Communities, aiming to solve the “public health crisis” of gun violence in Georgia, maintains a list of legislation they support in the current State and Federal sessions.

Child Welfare

GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students) is active in policy: You can sign up for action alerts, read their policy priorities, and join their networks: the Georgia Infant-Toddler Coalition and the First 2000 Days campaign.

Voices for Georgia’s Children sends out regular legislative updates, including action alerts and “2-Minute Take” videos from Advocacy Director Polly McKinney. They also run the Georgia Child Advocacy Leadership Lab, a community of organizations contributing to policy development. 

Georgia CASA is active in shaping policy through research, education, and direct advocacy, working on behalf of 46 affiliates throughout the state (and the 21,000 children in foster care they serve), and reflecting the legislative priorities of their national parent organization.

Environment

The Georgia Conservancy has long been active at the Gold Dome, and posts weekly legislative updates on developments related to the state’s natural resources. They also lead the advocacy-oriented Association of Georgia Land Trusts

Human Services

Georgia Equality is focused on improving policy in support of LGBT Georgians, providing expertise in relevant issues and of-the-moment action alerts. Metro-area organizations can join their Atlanta Coalition for LGBT Youth, a “consortium of youth-serving nonprofits.”

The Georgia Food Bank Association works with Feeding America to support legislation and funding that helps end hunger in the U.S.; you can check out their priorities, and sign up to join the national Campaign to End Hunger. The Atlanta Community Food Bank is also a part of these efforts; sign up for their action alerts here.

Georgia Advancing Communities Together aims to provide housing for all; they’ve published a 2020 Policy and Advocacy Agenda and provide updates, including calls to action, in their monthly newsletter.

The Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly has a 2020 legislative priorities primer with ready-to-share resources, and posts weekly legislative updates through their organizing nonprofit, the Georgia Council on Aging.

Georgia Watch maintains the Georgia Financial Protection Coalition to advocate for the interests of consumers; they also keep a watch-list for legislation in their priority areas: civil justice, consumer energy, healthcare access, and financial protection.

Economic Development

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute maintains several advocacy coalitions you can join, including:

PROSPER Georgia is “a coalition of workforce advocates who champion an inclusive economy.”

People-Powered Prosperity “details a vision for how state lawmakers can pursue strategies help all Georgians thrive, as well as how the state can responsibly pay for it.”

Georgia Work Credit is a campaign supporting the establishment of a state Earned Income Tax Credit.