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Will Commission District 2 Voters Pass on Parker?

April 25, 2018
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Dan Jackson

"Parker radiates the passion of a fierce activist taking on issues of race, poverty and education... “All these struggles are connected,” Parker says. “When I look at equality in Athens, I’m looking at all marginalized people. They are put [into the margins] by the same systems, and all these people are hurting for different reasons.”

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Mariah Parker announces candidacy for Athens commission

February 27, 2018
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Amy Scott

“My platform centers around economic and racial justice,” Parker said. “The policies of this town have been structured, deliberately, to ensure that a certain class of people will continue to thrive... I know that the people of district 2 work incredibly hard everyday to provide for themselves and their families and that they deserve $15 an hour at minimum for those incredible efforts."

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Mariah 'Linqua Franqa' Parker Is Running for ACC Commission

February 25, 2018
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Blake Aued

"Parker said she has already raised $1,400, including contributions from Valentine, District 9 commissioner and mayoral candidate Kelly Girtz and Frances Berry, who is running Patrick Davenport's campaign against incumbent Sharyn Dickerson in District 1."

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Athens Women Reflect on Women’s March of 2017

January 25, 2018
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Kayla Renie

On why she marched, she said, “When people are together in a group they are able to feel their collective power. There are times when we all feel powerless, but when we’re together, we remember how much of a commotion we can make when we all raise our voices in unison.”

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Meet Lingua Franca: A Classic City Triple Threat

November 27, 2017
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Jaleia Johnson

Hot Corner Hip Hop is a hip hop movement in Downtown Athens that “pushes back against racism and classism by building a creative multicultural community," according to Parker. Its aim is to celebrate the Athens hip hop community, support its presence downtown, and facilitate collaborations between performers, patrons, and everybody who loves hip hop.

“I started thinking about policy and how it created these conditions where people didn’t feel welcome and that was a transition for me,” Parker said. “I then became really involved in electoral politics by using the skills I learned from hip hop organizing to help organize political campaigns. Its interesting to see how the two work together,” says Parker.

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Residents March Against Discrimination in Downtown Bars

November 18, 2017
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Amy Scott

“Discrimination downtown takes many forms. They might target you based on the color of your skin, but they might target you because of who you love,” Parker said. “We have to see across those lines and work together to create a community that is truly inclusive for all of those groups.”

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Music Features: Five Athfest Club Crawl Shows to See

June 21, 2017
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Nathan Kerce and Music Staff

Mariah Parker has called out and crossed over the invisible and unspoken line between Athens’ hip-hop and indie-rock scenes—a divide steeped in racism, classism and a general lack of imagination. Parker has made great strides in bridging that divide to build a better community.

Lingua Franca Uses Music and Language to Unite

February 15, 2017
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Kat Khoury

"Parker’s passion for hip hop extends past her studies and her music...She is also working with middle and high-schoolers to inspire the next generation of Athens hip-hop artists, and is involved with the first Girls Rock Athens hip-hop camp. If Parker has bridged a divide in her own life between academia and music, she’s attempting to bridge a larger one in the community, as she works to integrate hip hop into the larger scene."