Week 7 (February 13)
Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux returned to the district for a busy week in GA-07, meeting with community leaders such as the Snellville City Council and Mayor Tim Dunn of Lilburn to discuss priorities like local infrastructure investments.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux also held several district events including a Veterans Forum with Director of the Atlanta VA Healthcare System, Ann Brown, and Network Director of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), Dr. David Walker, to hear the concerns of GA-07’s veterans. On Friday, Congresswoman Bourdeaux held a Remembrance Day for the 1912 Forsyth County Racial Cleansing and hosted descendants of families victimized in 1912 so they could share their families’ stories.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux also introduced the Workforce Opportunity for Returning Citizens (WORC) Act, bipartisan legislation that would create a competitive grant program through the Department of Labor to help recently incarcerated individuals find employment.
The Weekly Rundown
On their 113th anniversary, Congresswoman Bourdeaux celebrated the work of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NCAAP) in their fight for civil rights and highlighted the need to remain active in the mission to end civil injustice in the United States.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux gave a special shout out to CJ Uzomah, a North Gwinnett Alumnus who starred on the Bengals Super Bowl team and made all of Gwinnett County proud with his game performance.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux continued her celebration of Black History Month by honoring Stacey Abrams, State Representative Dewey McClain, and Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson, groundbreaking Georgians committed to public service.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States of America Mahinda Samarasinghe. Ambassador Samarasinghe briefed Rep. Bourdeaux on the status of current affairs in Sri Lanka and emphasized the importance of its relationship to the United States.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux met with Project Ally, Latin American Association, Friends of Refugees, and Inspiritus to discuss their Afghanistan evacuation efforts and potential legislation regarding the situation for Afghanistan. Project Ally was created by the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) to create a unified response to the crisis in Afghanistan.
On Valentines Day, Congresswoman Bourdeaux wished folks a day filled with joy and spread awareness for National Donor Day.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux honored the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims and in honor of the 17 lives lost and their families, promised to continue fighting for gun reform legislation in Congress.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux attended a Snellville City Council Meeting with Mayor Barbara Bender, and City Manager Butch Sanders to discuss infrastructure projects currently underway in Snellville.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux supported community reconciliation efforts for those harmed by the 1912 Forsyth County racial cleansing, uplifting an amazing scholarship opportunity sponsored by a local church and available to descendants of Black families who were driven out of Forsyth County.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux visited Lilburn City Hall and met with Lilburn City Officials, including City Manager Bill Johnsa and Mayor Tim Dunn to discuss the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and their vision for redeveloping downtown Lilburn.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux emphasized her commitment to expanding Medicaid through her fight to pass the Medicaid Saves Lives Act into law.
Congresswoman Bourdeaux had a meeting with the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship to discuss ways to advance Afghanistan evacuation efforts and possible legislative solutions or administrative action that needs to be taken.
Staying true to her commitment to supporting veterans in the district, Congresswoman Bourdeaux hosted a Veterans Forum in Lawrenceville with Director of the Atlanta VA Healthcare System, Ann Brown, and Network Director of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), Dr. David Walker. Congresswoman Bourdeaux heard from many veterans and is hard at work in partnership with local VA leaders to improve the quality of care given at the VA.
Following the introduction of her resolution condemning the 1912 racial cleansing of Forsyth County, Congresswoman Bourdeaux held a Forsyth County Remembrance Day at Poplar Hill Baptist Church in Buford to remember the victims and honor the descendants who remain in the area. Multiple descendants shared their families stories’ and spoke to the terror and lasting effects caused by the white mob who drove Black families from their land, destroying their homes, churches, and businesses too.
Georgia to Washington, DC
Congresswoman Bourdeaux and her staff are hard at work for the community. Here’s what her team is getting done for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District!
Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s District Office staff has brought in over $28 million dollars in funding for small businesses in the district!
This Week’s Votes
There were no votes in Congress this week.
Catch Us In The News
- AJC | Congresswoman Bourdeaux led 5 of her Georgia Democratic colleagues in introducing legislation last week which would condemn the 1912 racial cleansing of Forsyth County.
What We’re Reading
- Gwinnett Daily Post | Lilburn City Manager Bill Johnsa announces his retirement, while Assistant City Manager Jenny Payne-Simpkins is set to become his successor.
- CNN | The United States reacts to Russia’s possible soon invasion into Ukraine.
- 11 Alive | Gov. Kemp moves to remove mask mandates from schools in Georgia.
- Gwinnett Daily Post | Congresswoman Bourdeaux reacts to Republican overhaul of local redistricting maps.
During next week’s District Work Week, Congresswoman Bourdeaux will be hard at work in GA-07 meeting with constituents about incoming transit improvements and EV charging funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as well as addressing other issues in the community.
More next week. Stay tuned!