Science, Equity, & Advocacy
Science, Equity, & Advocacy
We’re locking arms with Imani Barnes!
Like any other scientist, I love the joy of discovery and quest for solutions. I cannot ignore that in my quest, I may have to move myself from behind the scenes to front and center. As a result, I am making the announcement to run for the future of Tucker City Council District 2. I’m running to be the change that we need to see in Tucker and to boldly lock arms with our community to celebrate its unity.
“Imani” means faith. I have strong faith in the people of Tucker – especially its youth. My local business, I Can Become Anything LLC, was born in an effort to inspire and develop the youth in my community. With teen crime and violence in Atlanta at an all-time high, I found a way to curtail it before it starts by engaging youth and providing them with tools and resources to help them become more confident and successful. I teach them communication and life skills such as conflict management, how to deal with bullying, and financial literacy.
My son and I have loved living in Tucker. We treasure the parks, the beautiful downtown, and know this city to be welcoming and affirming all. We want to be a part of moving us forward with representation that reflects our unified diversity.
I’ve largely been focused on my career in research and family as a single mother and now, I feel the importance of turning my attention and efforts to our community. The unheard voices of our Black and Brown neighbors at the city council meetings have motivated me to take this empirical evidence to formulate better approaches to our city’s policies. I know I can bring this approach to city council as well. Our council does not currently reflect the beauty of our city, and we can change that! Representation matters and I would like to make a more concerted effort to demonstrate that our Black and Brown residents have a seat at the table, even if I have to bring my own chair.
My career as a research specialist has given me the skills to know how to find patterns and form a hypothesis for analysis. I am a proud South Carolina State University graduate, where I earned my BS in Biology and Chemistry, leading me to pursue a career in biomedical research where I have been for the last 17 years. For 12.5 years, I have worked as a research specialist at Emory University. I earned a Master’s degree in Public Health and am currently a PhD candidate in Public Health with a focus on Community Minority Health.
There has never been a more crucial need for public health experts in America. I am running for Tucker City Council to provide the council with my expertise in science, public health, and a desperately needed point of view as a person of color. In fact, when I win, I will become the first African American to ever have a seat on the Tucker City Council.
My competitiveness as an avid soccer player and coach has given me the tenacity to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat more times than I can count.
On or off the soccer field, I’ve demonstrated to the youth that no one achieves success single-handedly. I will need your assists to enable us to score the goals necessary for this win.
This is more than a dream and everyone knows that effective campaigns unfortunately cost real money. We know that with your help though, we can go for the goal. We will need your prayers, and if you are willing to lock arms with us, will you make a foundational contribution to the campaign? Contributions will buy the push cards we need for the campaign to reach people at their doors in this pandemic. Alternatively, $500 can fund 150 yard signs that we can put in yards in the district to show district 2 neighbors we are locking arms. Every little bit helps, and every dollar is needed. There are no amounts that are too small.
Please make a contribution to Imani Barnes’ campaign at the following links: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/joinarmswithbarnes
paypal.me/joinarmswithbarnes or Cashapp to $JoinArmswithBarnes.
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