It’s Time to Thank Stacey Abrams Again by Carol P. Christ

The insurrection in the Capitol on January 6 has dominated the news ever since. Coverage of the Democrats’ victories in the two Senate runoffs in Georgia has been virtually nil. Now that it seems that at least as long as the National Guard is deployed to defend the national and state capitols, the insurrectionists have been stopped, it is time to thank Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff–and most of all to Stacey Abrams–for returning control of the Senate to the Democrats.

As is well-known to most readers of FAR, Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the election for Governor of Georgia in 2018 due to voter suppression.

Voter suppression of voters of color and young voters is a scourge our country faces in states across the nation.  Georgia’s 2018 elections shone a bright light on the issue with elections that were rife with mismanagement, irregularities, unbelievably long lines and more, exposing both recent and also decades-long actions and inactions by the state to thwart the right to vote. 

In response to widespread nation-wide efforts of Republican dominated states to suppress the vote, Stacey Abrams founded Fair Fight.

Georgians and Americans are fighting back. Fair Fight Action engages in voter mobilization and education activities and advocates for progressive issues; in addition Fair Fight Action has mounted significant programs to combat voter suppression in Georgia and nationally. 

Fair Fight PAC has initiated programs to support voter protection programs at state parties around the country and is engaging in partnerships to support and elect pro voting rights, progressive leaders.

Voter suppression continued in Georgia during the recent elections. According to Salon:

Voting rights groups are warning that early voting site closures in Georgia are limiting Black and Latino turnout in the state’s two highly-anticipated Senate runoff elections even as a federal judge on Monday ordered two counties to reverse a decision purging more than 4,000 voters from the rolls.

It nearly certain that it was the efforts of Fair Fight and related organizations to mobilize voters of color and young voters that was responsible not only for Biden’s win in the November elections, but also for the wins of Warnock and Ossoff in January in Georgia. Without this work, the Democrats would not control the Senate, and Trump would probably have won Georgia.

For this I say thank you to Stacey Abrams and to all of those who worked for or financially supported Fair Fight. Stacey Abrams is a model for us all. She shows us that one person, inspiring and working with others, can make a difference. We are not all Stacey Abrams, but we can all take a page from her book. Despair will get us nowhere. Action can change the world, even when it seems that the odds are against us.

I also have a two questions for the Biden-Harris administration. Why was Stacey Abrams not given a position in your cabinet? And, do you plan to create a special position for her to work within your administration to combat the voter suppression that is occurring in all or nearly all Republican-dominated states in the United States?

Carol P. Christ is an internationally known feminist and ecofeminist writer, activist, and educator who lives in Heraklion, Crete. Carol’s recent book is Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology. Carol has been leading Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete for over twenty years: join her in Crete. Carol’s photo by Michael Honneger.

Listen to Carol’s a-mazing interview with Mary Hynes on CBC’s Tapestry recorded in conjunction with her keynote address to the Parliament of World’s Religions.

Author: Carol P. Christ

Carol P. Christ is a leading feminist historian of religion and theologian who leads the Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete, a life transforming tour for women.

7 thoughts on “It’s Time to Thank Stacey Abrams Again by Carol P. Christ”

  1. Amen, Carol, Stacy Abram is a force of nature and deserves our great gratitude. In the mode of Barbara Ardinger’s Kamaladurga, I was thinking of Stacishiva.

    I thought I had grown up fairly aware of issues of racism and white privilege but I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that it wasn’t until the Trump administration that I have seen it in such stark reality and learned specifically what an ally does. Working to stop voter suppression is one of those actions.

    I don’t know if media reports are trustworthy but I did read that it was Stacey Abram’s choice to stay in Georgia and work there. I understand she is contemplating another run for governor, Kemp’s term is up in 2 years. I love your idea of her heading a national special voting rights program. May it be so!

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  2. Carol, I agree with you that Stacy no doubt helped Biden-Harris win and no doubt helped both of Georgia’s new Democratic senators win. I sign on-line petitions nearly every day to thank her for her good work.

    I sure hope Trump is off the planet by Wednesday and never comes back. And I hope his mobs get some education.

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  3. Thank you for this inspiring post! I’m hopeful that when the two new Senators are sworn in Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight will get the attention they deserve. She has really showed that the key to winning elections is calling out injustice and organizing, organizing, organizing. She is a model for us all.

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  4. Thank you, Stacey Abrams! And thank you Carol for honoring her here. I second your questions to the Biden-Harris administration. I hope they are in communication with her. She deserves to write her own ticket to wherever she wants to go next!

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  5. One more hooray for Stacey! I wrote postcards and contributed what I could to the Warnock and Ossoff campaigns, and Stacey Abrams made it all work. Thank you, Carol, for reminding us we can’t quit now!

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