‘We can create the change we want to see’: Atlanta Dream players continue push for voting in Georgia Senate runoff

Members of the Atlanta Dream have continued their push for voting in Georgia's Senate runoff election in More Than A Vote's latest social media campaign. 

Narrated by players Tiffany Hayes, Renee Montgomery, Elizabeth Williams and Courtney Williams, More Than A Vote published a video Monday that illustrated moments of activism throughout the WNBA season and encouraged Georgians to vote in the Jan. 5 election that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. 

"There are moments that make or break us," said Hayes.

"There are moments that challenge us," continued Williams.

"And there are moments that make history," said Montgomery.

"And this moment chose us," an unidentified Dream player continued. "It was not of our choosing but we answered. We answered with our voice, we answered with our hearts, we answered with our actions and strength."

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Republican Sen. and Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler faces Democrat Raphael Warnock, while Republican Sen. David Purdue is running for re-election against Democrat Jon Ossoff. The video did not mention any candidate by name.

In July, the WNBA Players' Association called on commissioner Cathy Engelbert to remove Loefller as co-owner of the Dream after she urged the league to place American flags on jerseys at the league's season restart rather than anti-racism messages of "Black Live Matter" and "Say Her Name" patches as planned by the league and the players association. The "Say Her Name" patch was in reference to the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.

In response to Loeffler's plea, the player association tweeted "E-N-O-U-G-H O-U-T!" 

Many players took to social media to share their thoughts and concerns with Loeffler's position of ownership. And in August, many players from the Dream and the Pheonix Mercury arrived to their game wearing "VOTE WARNOCK" shirts. 

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"We organized and showed up in our communities," said a Dream player in the video. "We assembled by the numbers."

Georgia set an all-time record in November's general election with more than four million votes counted. According to Georgia Votes, more three million people have already voted in the runoff.

"We've already made history, and this runoff is an opportunity to do it again," the video continued. … 

"The past year has shown us a lot. It's shown us who we are as a people. But mainly, it has shown us our strength. Our resilience and our power. We're just getting started.

"When we all vote on January 5th, here in Georgia, Let's show them we did this. And we're a force to be reckoned with. We can create the change we want to see."

Contact Analis Bailey at [email protected] or on Twitter @analisbailey.

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