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Atlanta public high school Students were invited to attend democracy classes organized by the New Georgia Project, a voice rights group founded by Stacy Abrams with the help of George Soros which aims to overthrow the state of Georgia blue by registering young and minority voters.
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teamed up with the New Georgia and Rock the Vote project earlier in the school year last August to launch a voting plan for approximately 2,000 high school students called the Atlanta Democracy Class.
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The lesson plan, obtained by Parents Defending Education through a request for open records and summarized by Fox News, taught students that voter identification laws are “restrictive” and make voting “more difficult,” and that policies that restrict flexible voting options ”, For example, by mail. in voting restrict the “freedom of vote” of the people.
The lesson plan also advocated policies that “increase accessibility and eligibility” for voting, for example, allowing people with “past convictions who have paid their debt to society” to vote.
Announcing its partnership with the Atlanta School District last year, New Georgia The project said it prides itself on “educating and informing” the state’s youngest voters.
“Inviting our younger generation to take an active part in the civil process is a necessary step to not only ensure that we train the next generation of progressive state champions, but also reaffirms our commitment to raising the voice of all Georgians,” he said. . , Kendra Coton, said at the time.
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APS superintendent Lisa Herring said at the time that she was “delighted” with the partnership.
“Teaching high school students the importance of voting and participating in civic and democratic processes are invaluable steps in preparing them for college, career and life, which is at the heart of our APS mission,” Herring said.
APS completed the Democracy Class Atlanta training program by giving students a concert hosted by AMB Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Atlanta Falcons, near the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This was reported on September 28 by FOX 5 Atlanta.
New Georgia Project CEO Nse Ufot has made it clear that the group is trying to turn young voters into activists. In August last year, she said the group targeted Georgians “who are the most cunning voters in our country”, such as the frustrated “Black Lives Matter activist”, and “turns them into super-voters”. This was reported by Fast Company.
“How can we turn these people into members, activists and organizers who are with us in our companies,” Ufot said at the time.
In an interview with Politico In January, Ufot said she was “not engaged in electing Democrats,” but said the Republican Party was “a criminal enterprise intending to attack our democracy.”
The New Georgia project was founded in 2013 by Abrams, Georgia’s candidate for governor of Georgia from the Democratic Party when she was still a minority leader in the House of Representatives. Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock has served as chairman of the group since 2017, until he was sworn in in the Senate in January 2020. The political part of the group, the New Georgia Project Action Fund, held events for several progressive lawmakers, including Sen. Corey Booker, DN J., and Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In March 2018, Abrams revealed that progressive billionaire financier George Soros and his son Alexander were the first investors in the New Georgia project.
“George Soros and the Soros family have demonstrated nothing but deep investment and a commitment to social justice,” Abrams said. Atlanta Jewish Times.
According to Atlanta Magazinethe New Georgia project has been criticized by other state Democrats for its lack of transparency over where it gets funding from and where the money goes.
Former Sen. Kelly Loefler, Georgia, who founded the Greater Georgia Voter Registration Group last year, to counter Abrams ’efforts, criticized the APS for merging with the New Georgia project.
“The Civil Law curriculum is an important part of education that prepares students for leadership and ministry life,” Löfler said in a statement to Fox News on Thursday. “But allowing guerrilla groups like The New Georgia Project to uphold liberal policies in the classroom is wrong. Schools do not meet the interests of their students when they promote the political agenda and push them to guerrilla activity, not to succeed in their studies.
Parents Defending Education founder and president Nicole Neely also spoke to Fox News.
“Students are still working to eliminate the learning loss associated with the pandemic, which means every minute in schools counts,” Niley said. “Parents deserve to know that a clear political organization is using the public school system for voter rallies.”
APS did not respond to a Fox News request about whether it would continue its partnership with the New Georgia Project.