Updated: Sep 28, 2019
After receiving a utility disconnect notice, South Fulton, GA city council member Khalid Kamau took to social media to raise awareness on economic disparities across the country.
South Fulton itself deserves a shout out for being an example of how municipal law can be used by people at a grassroots level to gain greater control of their local communities. The 90% black city just south of ATL was just fully incorporated in 2017 and its court system is run by 8 black women. On an an editorial note, we'd hope to see cities like South Fulton pop up across the country! The potential benefits are countless but we'll just remind everyone that community policing has been shown to be effective at reducing inequality in law enforcement. Still, councilman Kamau wants us to know that this new level of independence comes with some growing pains.
As part of a wave of what he describes as "elected activists"; Kamau and other working class politicians don't automatically have the same family fortunes or corporate connections as their predecessors. This can be a problem when some municipalities (cities and towns) are unable to provide living wages.
Despite the financial hardships; it doesn't appear like Khalid Kamau plans on stopping anytime soon and we're glad. We had an opportunity to link up with him at last year's Gentlemen's Ball which got us thinking about about compiling a list of LGBT, minority and women voter's called the #FunnyMoneyVote Top 20. We'd love to get your input on who you think should be included. Comment below.