50 in 50: Fifty Reasons to Vote for Reverend Warnock in Fifty Days

Rev. Raphael Warnock
12 min readSep 15, 2020

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With only 50 days remaining until the most important election in a generation and across the state, Georgians are fired up and ready to cast ballots for Reverend Raphael Warnock to represent us in the U.S. Senate. Over the next 50 days, Team Warnock will work with voters in every community in our state to share Reverend Warnock’s bold, inclusive vision for all Georgians. To kick off our 50-day sprint to the finish line in November, Yasmine, one of our stellar interns, put together this list of reasons why she supports Raphael Warnock. Scroll through her reasons below — and click here to share why you’re with the Rev. too!

  1. He is just like every Georgian.

Reverend Warnock went from public housing in Savannah to the pulpit of Atlanta’s most sacred landmark. He knows what it means to struggle and what it means to thrive. Just as he has served a congregation made up of those from all walks of life, he will faithfully serve every Georgian.

2. He is the guardian of one of America’s greatest legacies.

Sixty years ago, historic Ebenezer Baptist Church was led by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From that famed wooden pulpit at Ebenezer, Dr. King preached the ideas that would inform and challenge our nation’s moral compass. In 2005, Reverend Warnock was chosen to continue Dr. King’s immeasurable legacy of leadership as senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church — a legacy of courage, compassion, integrity and justice he intends to uphold from the pulpit to the Capitol.

3. He wants us to survive this pandemic.

The Walking Dead may have been filmed in Georgia, but let’s say that doesn’t mean we want to live a state-wide re-enactment. Nearly 200,000 deaths with 6,300 in Georgia and counting. When will our leaders start listening to the experts and stop blindly following a president who admittingly downplayed the pandemic? Georgians deserve a leader who puts the well-being of Georgians over profits, pandemic or not. Reverend Warnock is the only candidate in this race who can live up to that promise.

4. He believes affordable health care is a right, not a privilege.

The pandemic may have further decimated Georgia’s health care system, but make no mistake, we were struggling long before the first COVID-19 cases. Georgia has the third highest uninsured population in the country, and if Republicans and the Trump Administration are successful in their efforts to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act, even more people will be without insurance. Reverend Warnock has advocated against just that sort of thing. Speaking of…

5. He has a record of putting himself on the line in the struggle for good trouble.

In 2014, Reverend Warnock peacefully demonstrated alongside other faith leaders in Georgia’s capitol to protest then-Governor Nathan Deal’s refusal to expand Medicaid. As the Reverend sang and prayed to protect our right to affordable health care in that famed rotunda, he was arrested following in the footsteps of other civil rights leaders, because he knew the true crime would be to stand idly by as millions of Americans suffered.

6. He will fight for our constitutional right to vote.

Reverend Warnock’s late mentor and parishioner John Lewis fought to protect our right to vote until his very last breath. Warnock will not allow his work to be in vain. Recent elections including the 2018 gubernatorial election here in Georgia have proven that despite decades of progress for our nation, voter suppression is not merely a stain of the past. Not only has Georgia become ground zero for voter suppression, but our state’s leaders have bet their power and electability on it. Not under Reverend Warnock’s watch.

7. He believes in liberty and justice for all.

Rich or poor, black or white, Muslim or Christian, Reverend Warnock believes we are all one nation under God. Those in power may talk of what divides us, but he will fight to ensure we remain indivisible.

8. He believes in rehabilitation, not just incarceration.

The U.S. locks up more people per capita than any other country in the world, only serving to increase the cycle of poverty and violence in America. Reverend Warnock believes redemption doesn’t lie behind steel bars, and research has shown that rehabilitative justice is not only the humane choice, but also reduces recidivism rates and saves billions of dollars in government spending. Who’d have thought human dignity saves lives and saves money?

9. He believes a second chance should be a fighting chance.

Recidivism data proves that for many, if not most, incarceration is as much a sentence outside of prison as it is inside. Reverend Warnock believes that people who have paid their debt to society in prison should be given a real opportunity to rejoin and contribute to their communities.

10. He believes putting people in cages should not be a business.

An industry that thrives off of mass incarceration and placing checks in the pockets of government officials is not one Reverend Warnock wants to see stick around. It’s time to put away the real criminals.

11. He believes poverty should not be criminalized.

Too many sit behind a jail cell, not because they’ve been convicted of a crime or are a danger to society, but because they cannot afford bail. Freedom should not come with a price tag. Reverend Warnock has long fought for bail reform, and he intends on taking that fight all the way to Washington.

12. He believes in a woman’s right to choose.

It took the U.S. government too long to realize that they had no say to a woman’s body. And he understands that a doctor’s office is awfully cramped to fit a woman, her physician, her support system AND the federal government. Reverend Warnock will fight to uphold Roe v. Wade and only support judicial nominees who support a woman’s right to choose.

13. He believes in ensuring all women have access to quality, affordable reproductive health care.

Reverend Warnock believes a woman’s right to choose should not be leveraged against her reproductive health. He will fight calls to defund Planned Parenthood and ensure every woman has access to quality, affordable reproductive health care.

14. He believes in the dignity of work.

Reverend Warnock knows the value of a dollar and that of a hard day’s work. Workers are the backbone of our nation, but they shouldn’t have to break their backs or their banks to provide for their families. Reverend Warnock vows to honor the American worker through a livable wage.

15. He believes economic opportunity is a fundamental American principle.

Reverend Warnock believes the American Dream should be attainable by all. Too often, state and national leaders have looked out for large corporate interests while failing to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. But Reverend Warnock always roots for the underdog.

16. He wants your favorite superheroes to stay in Georgia.

Reverend Warnock already had to watch once in theaters as Thanos, a tyrannical extremist snapped away half of the Avengers. When it’s his turn to fight to save Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Georgia film industry from attacks, he won’t sit idly by and watch either disappear again.

17. He wants to train the next generation of Americans for an evolving economy.

The international economy has shifted to accommodate innovation, globalization, climate change and changing demographics. Georgia’s economy must continue modernizing to keep pace with a rapidly evolving world, but our workforce has been lagging behind. Reverend Warnock believes that it’s time to train and equip our workers with the skills they need to not only survive but to thrive.

18. He will invest in our children’s future.

Reverend Warnock knows better than anyone that education is the most powerful investment we can make in our children’s future. For many, education is their only hope. For students across our state, education is their best hope. Our students deserve representation in Washington that will invest in public education, especially in our rural and urban communities. Reverend Warnock will prioritize public education protections in the U.S. Senate.

19. He believes the meek shall inherit the earth (or at least the rich should not scourge it).

“Love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,” and too many of our nation’s leaders have fallen victim to its influence. The top 1% may have cast their votes, but that bottom 99% did too. When did our votes start being measured by our net worth? When did being a public servant become a privatized business? No matter when it started, we know exactly when it’ll stop. Hint: R.W.

20. He won’t use the U.S. Senate for insider trading tips.

Reverend Warnock isn’t just a man of faith, he’s a man of principle. So, unlike the incumbent, you will never see stories of him leveraging his power and position for personal gain. Instead, Warnock will lead with integrity, looking out for everyday Georgians, the people he’s actually meant to serve.

21. Your favorite athletes want to elect him.

No big deal, just whole WNBA teams and a pink-haired World Cup champion or two.

22. He believes gender should not be a limitation.

James Brown said it. Beyoncé said it. And countless women have proven it. Must we repeat it?

23. He is a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community.

The LGBTQ+ community has been left vulnerable by our nation’s leaders for too long. Reverend Warnock will be an ally and advocate for them in Washington.

24. He believes 417 mass shootings in 2019 alone are 417 too many.

How many of our nation’s children must we see fall prey to gun violence before #NeverAgain truly means never again?

25. Unlike some of our leaders, he believes in climate change and plans to do something about it.

26. He won’t abandon Georgia’s rural heartland.

Georgia’s rural communities have been left devastated by an unimaginable cycle of poverty, ranking among the nation’s highest mortality and illiteracy rates. Reverend Warnock will not look away and leave them to suffer as so many of our state leaders have.

27. He knows low unemployment rates aren’t worth much if jobs barely pay.

Reverend Warnock believes a mother shouldn’t have to work two jobs just to be able to put food on the table. It’s time dignified work, a living wage and a decent life outside of poverty became the standard for all working Georgians.

28. . . . And those unemployment rates aren’t even low.

Tens of millions of Americans are struggling to find and keep work because our representatives failed to do their jobs. Our nation’s leaders might hide behind statistics, but Reverend Warnock will fight until every Georgian has access to a stable source of income.

29. He honors those who fight and die for our country, and will not stand by a President who disparages them.

The president may have no qualms about the impact of his rhetoric, but Reverend Warnock will remind him as many times as he must that disrespecting our Veterans is not only deplorable but it’s intolerable. He will echo those words over the silence of those who blindly follow the president as well.

30. He leads with faith, not fear.

Reverend Warnock said it best, “There are some who want to sow the seeds of division because they had no vision. They cannot lead us, so they seek to divide us.” Reverend Warnock will lead us.

31. He doesn’t want to see more families added to Georgia’s homeless population.

As with many other protections, state leaders have failed to protect Georgians from evictions during the pandemic, stripping vulnerable communities further bare. Reverend Warnock will fight until every Georgia family is safe and sound under their own roof.

32. He can’t be bought, and he won’t even let anyone try.

While Senator Loeffler and Congressman Collins’s corporate friends are writing checks and collecting favors, Reverend Warnock refuses to accept a cent of corporate PAC money.

33. He is a fierce advocate of the United States Postal Service.

He will fight for your ballot and your prescription medication to make it to your mailbox on time.

34. He believes you shouldn’t have to drive across the Canadian border to be able to afford your prescriptions.

American citizens should not have to turn to a foreign government for life-saving medication. Reverend Warnock will fight to negotiate with big pharma and lower the costs of prescription drugs.

35. He doesn’t believe insurance companies should make loopholes out of your health.

Reverend Warnocks believes age and pre-existing conditions should not be something you have to watch out for in the fine print.

36. He fights for people, not partisanship.

While Kelly Loeffler and Doug Collins are busy fighting over who Trump loves more, Reverend Warnock is looking to the people whose lives actually depend on his service for guidance and approval.

37. He is a defender of all faiths and peoples.

Reverend Warnock isn’t just a faith leader, he is an interfaith leader. Unity will always be his doctrine.

38. He believes American workers, not companies, should catch a break.

39. He — and an entire professional sports league — are on the right side of history.

40. He has already been welcomed by many in the Senate.

Reverend Warnock has 31 friends in the Senate he’s ready to lead this country with.

41. His taste in music.

Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill. Need we say more?

42. The Senate could use a pastor.

Amid an unprecedented global pandemic, his pastoral experience and moral leadership is a long-awaited relief.

43. He believes your race shouldn’t dictate the quality of your health care.

Reverend Warnock believes childbirth should be a miracle, not a death sentence. Yet for an alarming number of black women, the latter is the case. Reverend Warnock is determined to heal the health care system from within.

44. He will work across the aisle with anyone looking to better the lives of Georgians everywhere.

45. And he will fight for Georgians’ livelihoods, even when that means standing up to elected officials in Georgia (and the White House too).

Reverend Warnock stands next to progress, not parties. No matter who sits in the governor’s mansion or the Oval Office, he will hold them accountable to Georgians.

46. He knows who Cardi B is.

You might not catch Bodak Yellow at the top of his playlist anytime soon, but hey, at least they have someone in common:

47. He won’t take vacation days when lives and livelihoods are on the line.

48. He believes America deserves better from our president.

Since Trump’s election, our great nation has seen nothing more than violence, division, and struggle. We deserve better. And Reverend Warnock will never stop demanding better from whoever calls themself our Commander-in-Chief.

49. He says their names.

And will fight to make sure that more names are not added to this list.

50. Georgia is his home.

This campaign is not something new for Reverend Raphael Warnock. It’s a continuation of a life of service to Georgians. In the U.S. Senate, he’ll fight for all of us.

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