Leaders from MoveOn.Org plan to tell U.S. Rep. John Linder he should support President Barack Obama's stimulus plan during town hall sessions this weekend.
Anthony Grady, a Lawrenceville man, said the organization wanted politicians to work for solutions to the economic crisis, which has left so many people out of work.
Linder, a Republican, voted against the stimulus proposal last week, but Grady said he wanted the congressman to reach out to Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss to encourage them to vote yes.
"People are out of jobs and out of money," Grady said.
Linder plans to attend town hall meetings in Loganville and Sugar Hill Saturday.
"Communicating with my constituents is a priority for me, and the most efficient means of doing that is through Town Hall meetings," he said in a press release. "Opportunities to meet with constituents are often restricted by the voting schedule in Washington, but fortunately this weekend presents an excellent opportunity for constituents to come out and talk about their issues and ideas and become a part of the policy process."
The events will include a brief introduction and an open question-and-answer period.
The first session will begin at 9 a.m. at the Loganville Municipal Complex on Tom Brewer Road. Then, Linder will hold another event at 11 a.m. at the Sugar Hill Community Center on Church Street.
"It is important that constituents have an opportunity to tell me where they stand," Linder said. "The Seventh Congressional District stretches across five counties and has hundreds of thousands of families in it. But even as large as the district is, it is important to create opportunities for constituents to speak one-on-one. I hope that many will participate so we can share ideas about solutions to the challenges facing this great country."
Breast cancer awareness
Pink was the color of the day Tuesday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
Commissioners and county department leaders adorned pink ribbon lapel pins in support of Susan Lee, a deputy county administrator battling breast cancer.
Support Services Director Steve North, a cancer survivor himself, got the pins together so the leaders could present a united front in support of Lee and cancer research. He pointed out that February is National Cancer Prevention Month.
Lee had surgery last month and has not yet returned to work. Interim Finance Director Maria Woods lifted Lee's fight up to God during the opening prayer to Tuesday's business session.
"We support her, and we support all the organizations that are trying to fight cancer," Commissioner Bert Nasuti said. "When you have someone you work with every day, it brings it that much closer to home. But she's a fighter."
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