The stakes can’t be compared with those, say, in north Africa, but supporters of Sunday package sales of alcohol are attempting to foment their own Facebook revolution.
They’re attempting fill the front steps of the state Capitol at noon Wednesday, to voice their disappointment in a decision by Senate Republicans to deep-six SB 10 on a private vote of their caucus.
The effort is being coordinated on the Georgians for Sunday Sales fan page on Facebook.
Jamie Dempsey, one of the organizers, said no groups – i.e., grocery retailers or business groups – are behind the rally. But Dempsey does bring some expertise to the issue.
He is the owner of a small Gwinnett County public relations firm and president of the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce. Dempsey organized turnout for last summer’s passage of the Snellville referendum that allowed restaurants in that city to serve alcohol on Sunday.
“The issue in and of itself is not alcohol. The issue is more who is calling the shots when it comes to business,” Dempsey said.
State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, D-Decatur, is another one of the organizers, as evidenced by the press release:
Moreover, shopping patterns have changed in Georgia. Sunday is now the highest volume shopping day in many areas throughout Georgia.
Yet customers who enter a retail store on Sunday are prohibited from purchasing alcohol. “As a busy mom, Sundays are the best days for me to do my family’s grocery shopping since our Saturdays are filled with soccer games, birthday parties, and other family activities.
Yet, I have to make a separate trip to buy a bottle of wine,” says Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, a state representative from Decatur and mother of two.
The Capitol steps will be a busy place Wednesday. Union workers are to assemble at the same location at 4 p.m., in a show of solidarity for public employees in Wisconsin.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider