Yesterday, I spent the day hanging out with my sons in Atlanta enjoying a beautiful unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon and I couldn’t help but share how I see Atlanta by sharing this tweet:
— Kendra Pierson (@spelken) January 14, 2017
But the thing is that that small snippet in time doesn’t really describe all of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District.
Generically, Atlanta is an international city and consistently appears on the best lists. We welcome you to visit and learn more about it anytime. Whether for its colleges, its legacy as a city of human rights (it is the only city in the Nation with two Nobel Peace Prize and Medal of Freedom winners!), or the research centers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta and Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District is an area that we should be proud to be from.
Personally, Atlanta is my second home; it’s where I moved in 1996 and started Spelman College. Little known fact, my husband actually proposed to me in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport and it’s been the site of tons of happy memories for my family in the years since then.
My children were born at a hospital right in the middle of the Fifth Congressional district. For my family, the Fifth Congressional District is not a horrible ‘crime infested’ place but a wonderful place we love like many of the families who live here.
I have to be honest though and say there are some areas of the Fifth Congressional District that need some work. In the shadow of the Ponce City Market where my family was playing, there are some streets that need to be developed. The families who live there need to have investment into their schools; they need to have affordable housing and a living wage for their parents.
The Best of the Fifth Congressional District
That’s where the best of the Fifth Congressional District is. There are people and organizations on the ground doing the work. I’ve always been a proud member of Atlanta Mocha Moms because we’re doing the work. We recently hosted a community service project to support those families who need a little assistance. I’m also proud to be a member of Junior League of Atlanta. This year, we’re celebrating our 100th Year of Service to the Atlanta area and making significant contributions to the Atlanta community. We want to make sure that Atlanta is a leading place to live for ALL families for the next 100 years.
It’s interesting to me that the President Elect isn’t making it a point to tell me how he’s going to build up these areas but instead he’s tearing them down? If he’s really going to be the President of the United States of America, doesn’t it seem like he should come down to the Fifth Congressional District and partner with our elected officials, the families who live here and the organizations already doing the work so we can all figure out how to fix it?