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Atlanta to bid to host 2024 Democratic National Convention

On Friday night, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and Georgia Democratic Party Chairwoman Nikema Williams announced that the city of Atlanta would offer to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention. State, Dickens and Williams have both invoked the phrase “Atlanta influences everything,” a term used to describe the city’s supremacy in pop culture and now in politics.

“You know, they say Atlanta influences everything,” Williams told the downtown Atlanta crowd.

The candidacy signifies Georgia’s growing stature in American politics. After the 2018 gubernatorial race that saw Brian Kemp declare victory over Stacey Abrams and then Democrats Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock each winning their U.S. Senate races, Peach State is poised to become America’s newest flagship state.

U.S. Senator Raphael G. Warnock delivers remarks at the Georgia Democratic Party State Dinner Friday, May 13, 2022 in Atlanta. (Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Voice of Atlanta)

“We’re going to do everything in our power to bring the 2024 Democratic National Convention to Atlanta, Georgia,” Dickens said.

The last time Atlanta hosted a Democratic National Convention was July 18–21, 1988, at the old Omni Arena in downtown Atlanta. Democrats would then nominate Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis. Dukakis would lose to George HW Bush in the general election.

Abrams gives a speech at the end of the primary season

The dinner also included speeches by Senators Ossoff, Warnock and an opening address by Senator Amy Klobuchar. However, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams stole the show. During a podcast, Abrams said a man in his twenties asked him, “What’s the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?”

Stacey Abrams delivers a speech at the Georgia Democratic Party State Dinner on Friday, May 13, 2022 in Atlanta. (Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Voice of Atlanta)

“We see a future as diverse as our dreams can be,” Abrams said. “So instead of lying to our children about our past, we intend to tell our children the truth about our future. Instead of dividing our children and telling them that they are not enough at the time when they are the most desperate. And the most concerned about belonging. We’re not going to spend our time passing laws telling them they’re not enough that they don’t belong.

Abrams, who has no primary opponent, also used parts of his speech to denounce the banning of divisive concepts, the turn of phrase adopted by Republicans inside the state legislature of Georgia as they refused to name their idea “critical race theory”. to forbid.’

“The difference is that we can own up to our mistakes,” Abrams continued. “We can see when we’ve got it wrong and we can try to fix things. We don’t tell our teachers to lie to our children about the mistakes we’ve made. We are not saying “instead of acknowledging our past, we are going to erase it”. We’re going to tear these pages out of the books. We are going to ban the books.’

Finally, Abrams, who is currently the Georgia Democratic Party torchbearer, said of the Republicans’ decision to reopen the state for business during the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, “they were ready to watch people die.” and “were willing to watch people suffer”.

“They passed laws to send people back to public spaces, but without protective gear,” Abrams said. “They passed laws to protect businesses, but not a single law to protect people. That’s the difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Conversely, Republicans are debating between Milwaukee and Nashville, Tennessee, as the site of their 2024 convention.