For Immediate Release: January 6, 2021
Contact: Lee Morrow, email@example.com, 202-601-7871
Catholic Lobby Applauds Faithful Georgia Voters
Sr. Simone: “Today is the victory of Black and Brown voters of faith who firmly rejected the bigotry and racism that was passing as Republican campaigning.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, faith called Georgia voters to reject the politics of racism, hatred, and division by voting for Senators-elect Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
After months of racist and anti-Semitic attacks by Republicans, the faithful voters of Georgia elected the state’s first Black and first Jewish Senators. Black and Brown voters in particular overcame years of systemic voter suppression to make their voices heard in record-breaking numbers.
In December, NETWORK announced the release of the Georgia Equally Sacred Scorecard for English, Spanish, and Vietnamese speaking Catholic voters. This scorecard compares the Georgia Senate candidates’ positions on the issues that Pope Francis names as “equally sacred” to the defense of the unborn, including access to health care and ending economic inequality.
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice said:
“Today is the victory of Black and Brown voters of faith who firmly rejected the bigotry and racism that was passing as Republican campaigning. Because of tireless mobilizing and the enormous response of Georgians, the voters chose a new vision that will have a positive impact for our country. Now, we have a real chance to pass legislation for We the People.
“In our secular democracy, voting is an American sacrament. In this election, Georgians made clear they will not have it stolen by voter suppression, racist campaigns, and attacks on their faith. Corrupt candidates lost, and vile Republican attacks on a Democratic candidate’s Black Church were rejected.
“Congratulations to Senators-elect Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on their historic victories, and thank you to the faithful voters of Georgia. With a new Senate, we will finally have the opportunity to mend the economic and social gaps that have grown ever wider during this pandemic. Together, we will build anew.”
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice – advocates for justice inspired by Catholic Sisters – educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a nearly 47-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good. www.networklobby.org