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Election of Warnock and Ossoff in GA Runoffs Offers Opportunity to Advance Human Rights Across the Nation, Says the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2021

Media Contact
Michael Givens
Associate Director of Strategic Communications
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Phone: +1-857-540-0617
Email: mgivens@uusc.org

Cambridge, MA—Today, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock were announced as the winners of Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff elections. UUSC partner, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and tireless organizing by Black and Latinx leaders and other people of color to get out the vote in Georgia has cemented a change in leadership for our country.

Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, CEO and president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, released the following statement:

This is a momentous, historic occasion. Defying the odds, Georgians just elected their first-ever Black and Jewish senators. The impact of this election will reverberate well beyond Georgia, opening new possibilities for progressive change across the nation. Their wins will allow for a fresh set of faces to serve in the Senate—offering the potential for the Biden administration to move its agenda forward.

The outgoing Senate leadership consistently stonewalled vital measures like robust pandemic relief, meaningful action against climate change, improved protections for immigrants, policing reform, and help for humanitarian crises beyond our borders. Now, we call upon this new slate of leaders to ensure people receive the help they need to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask that they guarantee immigrants their due protections. We demand that they work to dismantle the racist structures that have plagued our nation since its inception. We can do all of this and more.

Georgia’s election also offers hope for the future of our democracy and delivers a clear rebuke to a president who is making brazen and lawless attempts to subvert the democratic process and disenfranchise millions of voters, particularly people of color. Despite blatant, racist attempts to suppress the votes of communities of color, diverse constituents across Georgia refused to be silent, and turned out to vote in droves.

Black, Latinx, Asian Americans, and immigrant communities delivered for Senators-elect Ossoff and Warnock. Now, the senators must deliver for Georgia and the communities they represent.”

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The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.

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