"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.”Continue reading »
“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."Continue reading »
"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."Continue reading »
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.”Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
“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.”Continue reading »
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.
"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."