Name: Mariah Parker

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Running For: Commission District 2

Are you a Democrat? Yes

If elected, will you work to enact the ACCDC platform? (Attached in the email we sent you.) Yes

Have you ever been a member of the ACCDC? If you have, please indicate your years of service and describe your work with the ACCDC.

I have not held an active role in the ACCDC.

Please list all campaigns you have worked on, regardless of party affiliation, in either a volunteer or staff member capacity, on either the federal, state, or local level, and briefly describe your work on each.

I was a canvasser for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, when I was 17 years of age. For the past year I have been field director and, eight months ago, became campaign manager to Tommy Valentine for County Commissioner. During that time, I have also canvassed for Ted Terry’s mayoral re-election campaign in Clarkston, Georgia, and for Johnathan Wallace’s campaign for state house representative.

Please describe any work you have done in your community, either in Athens-Clarke County or elsewhere, in support of progressive causes.

I have spearheaded efforts to desegregate our city and raise awareness of ongoing issues of discrimination in Athens as a vocal supporter of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement and in my organization of integrated, culturally inclusive music and activist events such as the Hot Corner Hip Hop music series. Through an event series called the People’s Power Happy Hour, my work empowered citizens to hold their representatives accountable by providing material and informational resources and social support for contacting their legislators. In these sessions, I coached friends and neighbors on writing to their legislators about issues of immigration/deportation, environmental justice, reproductive justice, gun control, and others. Hundreds of postcards, letters and phone calls were directed to our state and federal legislators through these events. Other events I have coordinated have raised hundreds of dollars for Girls Rock Athens and Chess & Community, organizations which empower minority youth, and for the Magnolia Fund, a reproductive justice and healthcare access network. On UGA campus in the fall and spring of 2015-2016, I organized a series of lectures, workshops and roundtables in coordination with the Willson Center for the Humanities aimed at increasing cross-cultural dialogue on issues of race. As well, as a policy manager of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, I have researched policy solutions to meet the group’s justice claims, including economic empowerment zones for minority business owners, crowd-funded bail-outs for impoverished arrestees awaiting trial, Payment in Lieu of Taxes to Athens-Clarke County from the University of Georgia, among others. Further, I have been an invited speaker at a number of anti-deportation and anti-discrimination rallies and have helped organize a number of direct actions related to racial discrimination. In my work as a literacy scholar, I have led workshops on social justice and the arts at Coile Middle School and for undergraduates at the University of Georgia. I am currently in the process of writing a grant to start a civic literacy program for high school students interested in learning about activist practices and taking direct actions in their communities on issues such as criminal justice, housing discrimination, education equity, and gang violence.

Please list organizations and/or causes you have been involved with in any kind of substantial way.

The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Girls Rock Athens, Hot Corner Hip Hop, Our Revolution Georgia

If elected, what will be your policy priorities? Please describe 3 – 5 priorities

My every focus as commissioner– fare-free, sustainable public transportation, affordable housing, criminal justice reform including marijuana decriminalization and bail reform, a $15/hour minimum wage, and expansion of lifelong educational opportunity– is oriented toward the alleviation of poverty and the end of discrimination in Athens.

Does your campaign have a platform? If so, please include a link here.

Do you support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour? Yes

Do you support making it easier for workers to organize and join unions? Yes

Will you support policies aimed at increasing the stock of affordable housing in in-town neighborhoods and making home-ownership more possible for ACC’s low-income residents? Yes

Would you support initiatives to help keep longtime Athens residents in their homes — people who are in danger of being pushed out of their neighborhoods by gentrification and rising taxes? Yes

Do you support equal pay for equal work for women? Yes

Should marijuana should be removed from the list of “Schedule 1” federal controlled substances? Yes

Should local law enforcement agencies be required to assist federal immigration law enforcement agencies with deportations?No

Should military-style weapons be accessible to civilians? No

Do you support repealing the Campus Carry law? Yes

Do you support incentivizing investments in clean energy and ending tax breaks and other perks for fossil fuel companies? Yes

Do you support increasing protections for wetlands buffers to help keep our waterways uncontaminated? Yes

Do you support comprehensive non-discrimination legislation in ACC? Yes

Should it be illegal for public businesses and institutions to discriminate against LBGTQ people? Yes

Do you support the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia? Yes

Do you support the goal of Universal healthcare – healthcare as a fundamental human right for every American? Yes

Should all state education funds should be directed to public schools? Yes

What are your thoughts about how to secure safe schools for all students?

I think increased funding in schools but particularly for school counseling, teacher salaries and teacher professional development, reforming our disciplinary system to help connect troubled students with counselors and other transformative resources, and far stricter laws on gun ownership are three critical means of ensuring the safety of our schools.

Do you support the current Teacher Retirement System of Georgia? Yes

Should legislation requiring electoral districts be drawn by an independent, nonpartisan redistricting commission? Yes

Do you support restoring the full protections of the Voters Rights Act? Yes