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Albany, Georgia has a long road ahead to heal from the devastating effects of COVID-19, but we do have hope. #AlbanyStro...
12/24/2020
In a community devastated by covid-19, vaccine brings hope but not healing

Albany, Georgia has a long road ahead to heal from the devastating effects of COVID-19, but we do have hope. #AlbanyStrong #LetsRiseTogether https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/topics/coronavirus/in-a-community-devastated-by-covid-19-vaccine-brings-hope-but-not-healing/2020/12/21/d9998ea1-669c-46df-ba0f-fff9be084724_video.html

One of the first coronavirus hotspots was Albany, Ga., a majority-Black city that has struggled for decades against social and economic inequities. There is mistrust of medicine here, and getting people to believe in the vaccine will be a challenge.

SOWEGA Rising teaming up with Black Voters Matter for a tour through South Georgia! We kicked off in Albany, Georgia wit...
12/23/2020

SOWEGA Rising teaming up with Black Voters Matter for a tour through South Georgia! We kicked off in Albany, Georgia with the Winter Wonderland event. Over 500 families received Christmas dinner, toys and free ice cream from Ben and Jerry's! Special guest Tamika Mallory came through to help out! #LetsRiseTogether #letsdoitagain #VoteVoteVoteVote

Recap of our time in Albany, Georgia spreading love and building power ahead of the holidays with a FREE food and toy distribution. Our partners and volunteers also handed out early voting information. If you haven't already, be sure to get out and vote! #LetsDoItAgain ✊🏾

12/22/2020

Fort Gaines, let's do it again!
#LetsRiseTogether #letsdoitagain

Runoff early vote turnout is at 93% of general election turnout at this same point. WE HAVE ALMOST MATCHED GENERAL ELECT...
12/22/2020

Runoff early vote turnout is at 93% of general election turnout at this same point.

WE HAVE ALMOST MATCHED GENERAL ELECTION TURNOUT IN A RUNOFF ELECTION!! 3 WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION DAY!!

Black turnout is at 97.3% of general election turnout at this same point in the cycle!!!

"Where is the biggest surge in Black turnout happening in GA right now? Rural communities, where more Black voters have cast a ballot than had at this same point in the general election."

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#LetsRiseTogether #letsdoitagain #DOTHEWORK #✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿

12/21/2020

Showing love to Early County, Blakely, Georgia! #LetsRise #letsdoitagain

Are you ready to talk about the utilities crisis and what you can do about your high light bills? Let's Chat! Join us li...
12/17/2020

Are you ready to talk about the utilities crisis and what you can do about your high light bills? Let's Chat! Join us live at 7 PM!

Announcing Wheelchair Accessible Van Rides to the Polls December 14 through January 5! RideShare 2 Vote is offering FREE...
12/17/2020

Announcing Wheelchair Accessible Van Rides to the Polls December 14 through January 5!

RideShare 2 Vote is offering FREE Wheelchair Accessible rides to the polls for Georgia voters for the runoff election between December 14, 2020, and January 5, 2021!

Go to https://rideshare2vote.com/request-a-ride/#webrequest or call (888) 977-2250 today if you need a ride, or if you can volunteer to drive!

Let's talk tea about high utility bills with Georgia Convservation Voters.  It is ridiculous how high utility bills are ...
12/17/2020

Let's talk tea about high utility bills with Georgia Convservation Voters. It is ridiculous how high utility bills are in South Georgia and Sherrell Byrd, chair of SOWEGA Rising, has something to say about it! Why you need to vote in this general election and what are other cities doing to keep their bills low. Join the conversation tonight at 7 pm!

A Better Way Grocers
12/17/2020

A Better Way Grocers

Are you between the ages 15-18 interested in volunteering while earning a $500 stipend for your knowledge of nutrition to help others make healthy food choices and plan meals that support the overall health of teens send resume to [email protected]. We’ll talk you through everything and support you throughout your journey. Don’t let your age stand between you and the world!

12/16/2020

Live at the Winter Wonderful Food and Toy Drive!

Georgia Justice Project
12/16/2020

Georgia Justice Project

Serving a lengthy probation sentence in Georgia? GJP may be able to help.
To learn more, e-mail [email protected] or call 404-827-0027 ext. 231.

Have you signed up for the Veggie and Soul Project yet? Free food, stipends and a path to a healthier life can be yours!...
12/16/2020
Veggie & Soul create healthy eating program, that comes with incentives

Have you signed up for the Veggie and Soul Project yet? Free food, stipends and a path to a healthier life can be yours! Hurry, there are only a few slots left!

Just in time for the New Year, Veggie and Soul, Phoebe Health System, as well as the Department of Public Health have partnered to create healthy living opportunities for locals. Veggie & Soul created a 12- week nutrition and lifestyle intervention program to tend to food insecure areas, and create....

Join us from your phone this evening at 7 PM! Call 571-620-0368 to listen in!
12/15/2020
Vote Early! Tele-Town Hall for Southwest Georgia · Fair Count

Join us from your phone this evening at 7 PM! Call 571-620-0368 to listen in!

Join Fair Count for a conversation about the importance of voting early in the upcoming run-off election. Let's engage our community and get them ready for the polls! **Please be sure to register with your phone number! We will give you a call on Tuesday, December 15th around 7PM ET to add you to th...

Georgia Justice Project
12/15/2020

Georgia Justice Project

Join us Jan. 6th, 2021 at 12PM for a virtual information session on Georgia's new criminal record clearing laws, GJP's 2021 policy agenda, and how you can get involved.

Register here: https://buff.ly/3gNO9lA

We are teaming up with Black Voters Matter to spread some Christmas cheer! Spread the word! I hear there may be an appea...
12/15/2020

We are teaming up with Black Voters Matter to spread some Christmas cheer! Spread the word! I hear there may be an appearance by Santa and the Black Voters Matter Big Bus!

Join SOWEGA Rising chair Sherrell Byrd and Stacey Abrams' crew from Fair Fight tomorrow night at 7 pm for a Tele-townhal...
12/15/2020
Vote Early! Tele-Town Hall for Southwest Georgia · Fair Count

Join SOWEGA Rising chair Sherrell Byrd and Stacey Abrams' crew from Fair Fight tomorrow night at 7 pm for a Tele-townhall about why this runoff election is so important. Click the link below to participate!
https://www.mobilize.us/faircount/event/366633/

Join Fair Count for a conversation about the importance of voting early in the upcoming run-off election. Let's engage our community and get them ready for the polls! **Please be sure to register with your phone number! We will give you a call on Tuesday, December 15th around 7PM ET to add you to th...

12/14/2020
Live from Georgia

Join us on Instagram LIVE tonight at 6:30 PM to talk about early voting and why this runoff is so critical for South Georgians! See you soon! #ThankYouGeorgia #LivefromGA

Did you know that waiting more than 30 minutes in line to vote is a form of voter suppression? On the first day of early...
12/14/2020

Did you know that waiting more than 30 minutes in line to vote is a form of voter suppression? On the first day of early voting in Albany and Camilla, people are standing in the rain waiting to vote. This is unacceptable! Please share pictures of your voting experience with us!

Sherrell Byrd, chair of SOWEGA Rising, will have an opportunity to be interviewd tomorrow by Tina Lifford, Aunt Violet B...
12/13/2020

Sherrell Byrd, chair of SOWEGA Rising, will have an opportunity to be interviewd tomorrow by Tina Lifford, Aunt Violet Bordelon herself from Queen Sugar! These awesome ladies will be chatting about our work here in South Georgia! Will you tune in tomorrow at 6:30 pm? This will be on Instagram, LIVE @tinalifford and later on our new Instagram page, @sowegarising! #ThankYouGeorgia #LivefromGeorgia

The City of Albany
12/09/2020

The City of Albany

#MaskUpAlbany

Camilla, Georgia, you need to be at the meeting! #FundingforCamilla #CDGBFunds
12/04/2020

Camilla, Georgia, you need to be at the meeting! #FundingforCamilla #CDGBFunds

Southwest Georgia, the numbers are spiking. Please be safe and mask up. The mask mandate in Albany, GA has been reinstat...
12/04/2020

Southwest Georgia, the numbers are spiking. Please be safe and mask up. The mask mandate in Albany, GA has been reinstated. Keep yourselves and your family safe as you navigate this holiday season. #MaskUpAlbany #MaskUpSouthwestGeorgia

Today!
12/03/2020

Today!

Our wonderful Food Justice Coalition partners, The Veggie and Soul Project, have launched a 12 week progam that will sta...
12/02/2020

Our wonderful Food Justice Coalition partners, The Veggie and Soul Project, have launched a 12 week progam that will start in January to change your eating habits and live a healthier life! If you are interested in participating in this study, email Dr. Samara Sterling at [email protected]. You will receive a stipend and free meals for participating!

It's Giving Tuesday! Why should you donate to #GAGivesDay for SOWEGA Rising?Because food insecurity, a fancy word for fa...
12/01/2020

It's Giving Tuesday! Why should you donate to #GAGivesDay for SOWEGA Rising?

Because food insecurity, a fancy word for famine, should not exist in South Georgia in 2020! So we are doing something about it!

Help us fight! Donate here! >>https://www.gagives.org/organization/Sowega-Rising

It's Giving Tuesday! Why should you donate to #GAGivesDay for SOWEGA Rising?Because we want to continue amplifying the v...
12/01/2020

It's Giving Tuesday! Why should you donate to #GAGivesDay for SOWEGA Rising?

Because we want to continue amplifying the voices of Southwest Georgians to all policymakers! 🗣

Help us fight! Donate here! >>https://www.gagives.org/organization/Sowega-Rising

t's Giving Tuesday! Why should you donate to #GAGivesDay for SOWEGA Rising?Because we believe that essential businesses ...
12/01/2020

t's Giving Tuesday! Why should you donate to #GAGivesDay for SOWEGA Rising?

Because we believe that essential businesses should be treated as essential businesses! Small businesses are the backbone of rural Southwest Georgia!

Help us fight! Donate here! >>https://www.gagives.org/organization/Sowega-Rising

It's Giving Tuesday! Why should you donate to #GAGivesDay for SOWEGA Rising?Because we will march, protest and organize ...
12/01/2020

It's Giving Tuesday! Why should you donate to #GAGivesDay for SOWEGA Rising?

Because we will march, protest and organize anywhere to stop racism everywhere! ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏿

Help us fight! Donate here! >>https://www.gagives.org/organization/Sowega-Rising
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Southwest Georgia, we are thankful for you! Because of your generous donations, gifts and activism, together in 2020 we:...
11/26/2020

Southwest Georgia, we are thankful for you! Because of your generous donations, gifts and activism, together in 2020 we:
-Saved the Ritz Cultural Center from demolition,
- Celebrated amazing African Americans at the Albany African American Honors
- Donated much needed PPE to over 125 businesses all over South Georgia
- Held food distributions for families stuggling during the COVID-19 pandemic in over 75 counties in South Georgia
-Launched the Election Protection that advocated for new dropboxes in Dougherty County and helped increase the number of voters to the polls in this recordbreaking historic election,
- Told the story of how resilient South Georgians are to media outlets all over the nation and the world
-Held our first ever Food Fight Field Day to raise awareness about food insecurity,
AND SO MUCH MORE!
We owe it all to you and all of our incredible partners, the grassroots organizations that do the work everyday to make Southwest Georgia a great place to live for everyone. There is so much more to come! If you wish to be a part of the incredible work and you love Southwest Georgia as much as we do, join us by completing this form https://forms.gle/XQ1M26mhm26nwrm4A and make a donation to us through GAgives on our donation page at https://www.gagives.org/organization/Sowega-Rising/welcome

Today! FREE winter coats, farmers market, yoga in the park, strength exercise, BBQ, register to vote and more! A Better ...
11/21/2020

Today! FREE winter coats, farmers market, yoga in the park, strength exercise, BBQ, register to vote and more! A Better Way grocery is here for your Thanksgiving holiday dinner needs! See you soon!

11/19/2020
A Better Way Grocers

Coming to Mary Young Cummings Park this Saturday at noon! Get all of your Thanksgiving dinner items at the Fiid Fight Field Day! FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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Who we are

SOWEGA RISING COALITION is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Southwest Georgia, comprised of member citizens and organizations which support the our mission.

Our goal is to facilitate Southwest Georgia’s rise from the bottom of the state to the top of the list of quality of life metrics by empowering individuals and revitalizing communities through rural revitalization, community organizing, education, coalition-building and advocacy in the areas of human and civil rights and social justice, and by increasing citizen engagement in the democratic processes of our state.

Simply put, we are natives and outsiders in Southwest Georgia who want to make our communities better, more just, and more peaceful.

We activate activism, organize organizations and move movements forward! Join us! To learn more, email us at [email protected].

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