Antonio Lewis For Atlanta City Council District 12
Antonio Lewis For Atlanta City Council District 12
Antonio Lewis is a fifth-generation Atlanta resident raised on Cleveland Avenue by his grandmother, Jackie Brown. His mother was murdered when he was just three years old. Antonio went to Cleveland Avenue Elementary School, Crawford Long Middle School, and South Atlanta High School. As a youth, he worked part-time at Brown’s Mill Golf Course, was the captain of his youth basketball team and served as class president, graduating with honors, after which he was awarded a full college scholarship.
Growing up, Antonio was truly raised by his community and the City of Atlanta. He embodies those values with him everywhere he goes. The people of Atlanta have made Antonio who he is today – from the librarian who made Antonio read every day before he could use the internet, to the barbershop owner who allowed Antonio to sweep the shop floor in exchange for haircuts because Antonio’s grandmother could not afford to pay for weekly haircuts, to a South Atlanta High School basketball coach who saw leadership qualities in Antonio and brought them out. After Antonio graduated from high school, he took an internship in Mayor Shirley Franklin's office where he saw the impact an elected city official can have on one's life. Antonio subsequently received the Mayor’s Youth Program Scholarship and went to Lincoln University of Missouri, a historically black university in Jefferson City from which he graduated with honors and served as the Student Government Association president. Antonio’s work on social justice with a Republican district attorney made such an impact on Jefferson City that the local paper, the News Tribune, wrote about Antonio’s life and named him the person of the week. This led to Antonio becoming the first student in 30 years to speak at the commencement ceremonies.
Following graduation, Antonio took a job in Washington, D.C., working for U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay Jr. from Missouri’s 5th Congressional District. Antonio worked closely with the Congressional Black Caucus – including with Atlanta’s own Rep. John Lewis and Baltimore’s Rep. Elijah Cummings – on an initiative to get a state of emergency declared in Ferguson, MO, to avert the violence that followed after the police killing of Michael Brown. Antonio played a prominent role in drawing national attention to the issue of police brutality against African Americans and the situation on the ground in Ferguson. Though the initiative was unsuccessful given the political realities on Capitol Hill at the time, the experience gave Antonio valuable insight into and experience in legislative advocacy for an urgent national cause.
In 2012, Antonio joined the Barack Obama reelection campaign and worked hard for the president’s success out of Denver, CO. Once the election was over, Antonio returned to his alma mater as an admission recruiter to share his story and passion for Lincoln University. After a short time in Jefferson City, he returned to Atlanta to work for Organizing For America, where he helped sign up over 6,000 people for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. After two years with OFA, Antonio transitioned to the labor movement and currently works for The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, (AFSCME). Antonio advocates for retirees and working Americans on a range of issues, including protecting Social Security, strengthening and expanding Medicare, protecting pensions for all public service employees, fighting for fair pay and worker-friendly laws, and working hard to unrig the economy so it helps working people and their families. He worked on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., and through the South as an organizer, a legislative and congressional lobbyist, a campaign leader and an advocate for the voiceless everywhere.
In addition to his work in the labor movement, Antonio has maintained his commitment to Atlanta by speaking at local schools, coaching at the local community center, and organizing protests against injustices in his community such as the death of his close friend, Rayshard Brooks, at the hands of the police. For his efforts, Antonio has received state and national acclaim. The State of Georgia awarded Antonio a proclamation for “Outstanding Georgia Citizen,” and The New York Times recently profiled Antonio and described how he is a true son of Atlanta.
Antonio is married to Attorney, Ashlee Fogle Lewis and is a lifelong resident and recent business owner in the South River Gardens Community.
“Promises without action won’t solve the problems of our community. After seventeen years of failed Leadership, it’s time for new voices. It’s time for elected officials with the energy, drive, and fresh ideas to make real change happen.“ -Antonio Lewis
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WE CAN RISE TOGETHER!
Stand With Antonio! I believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. I believe that if we organized the people to mobilize against the system, WE CAN RISE TOGETHER." Antonio Lewis.
Stand with Antonio. Antonio will represent you on Council because he doesn’t answer to corporate lobbyists, or big donors. He answers to you.
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