Georgia legislators attend Public Leadership Institute’s National Conference

July 22, 20194min2872
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State Representatives Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia), Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) Debra Bazemore (D-Riverdale), and Sam Park (D-Lawrenceville), along with Senators Tonya Anderson (D-Lithonia) and Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) recently attended the 2019 Public Leadership Institute’s (PLI) State Strategy Forum National Conference. This conference invites about 120 state legislators from over 40 different states to participate in policy and leadership sessions, which are designed as practical and real-world as possible.

During the three-day conference, which was held in Washington, D.C., July 12-14, local  legislators led some of the policy and leadership sessions. Kendrick spoke on “All In for Women’s Health: Protecting and Expanding Abortion Rights;” Mitchell spoke on “Keep Black Families and Communities Strong;” Bazemore spoke on “Skills Session: Preparing to Win Advocacy Training and Orrock moderated a panel on “A Path to Prosperity: Policies that Support Working Families.”

Kendrick, who was attending the conference for the first time, said she was happy to participate as a panel on protecting abortion rights, a subject that she is passionate about.

“There were legislators from all over the nation that I was able to connect with and share ideas,” Kendrick said.

Mitchell said the conference gave him an opportunity to share his perspectives on issues with colleagues and peers from across the nation.

“My time at the conference was all about making policy to the benefit of all of our constituents,” Mitchell said.

Bazemore said the information at the conference was relevant and helpful.

“This Public Leadership Conference was packed full of great speakers and relevant information,” said Bazemore. “We came away equipped with helpful strategies regarding current situations that all of us face in various parts of the country. I believe these strategies will enable us to effectively move towards a more positive outcome for our constituents.”

Park said, he too, found the conference was very informative.

“We learned a great deal during the sessions and by exchanging ideas with other legislators, which will help shape our policy discussions next session in Georgia,” said Park.

Anderson said she was rejuvenated by attending the conference.

“’This was my first time attending PLI, and the experience of having holistic, productive conversation on a larger scale was a ‘winning moment,’” said Anderson.

Orrock said she planned to share information with the Senate Schools Study Committee.

“The State Strategy Forum provided a wealth of information on policies that can move Georgia forward,” said Orrock said. “Investing in community schools, for example, is already getting positive results in many states. I ‘ll share those models in our Senate Community Schools Study Committee.”

The Public Leadership Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy and leadership center organized to raise public awareness on key issues of equity and justice and to develop public leaders who will improve the economic and social conditions of all Americans.


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  • Angela Tyson

    April 3, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Who is the young lady that has the Coro-19 virus that was announced, said she had it, on my news flash, iphone, state Dsr ate senator, that area, name is Nimk???cold not find her, said a month later she went to St. Virgins Island. Wanted to know how she is?? Can’t locate any thing else on my phone about her. Computer bogged down. Been too sick just unable to do anything. But I live in Deep South ga.


  • Angela Tyson

    April 3, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Democrat state senator up for re election or not I don’t know or ? Shoes her picture but can’t her location, think it was from Alphretta. Went back and looked but could still could only see same pictur that was first posted when all this stuff started. Just rembered seeing name was Nimiki?? . Something like that. Can’t find her in Georgia state assembly. Curious as how she is doing? Since it was reported she had virus 19 but went to st Mary’s island when the news flashed across I phone then I’ve tried to find something else again and haven’t been able too. Wondering about it. I may be old lady but I don’t like dirty politics in any party by no party I don’t can’t what party is in office. I vote with my own mind no body tells me or nobody tells me. I’m not in no district up there I’m way down south. I stay away from that northern area. Too much bad stuff happened too many good memories even though saved my life up there.


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