ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A top Georgia Democrat believes was in Albany on Thursday, discussing several important issues.
Protecting GA military bases
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams spoke in Albany on Thursday. She said Georgia is in a good place and is meeting Base Realignment and Closure guidelines.
The state is home to thousands of military families.
Abrams said Georgia needs to continue to show that it's a state that is good for military bases and their families.
"That means improving our education, providing jobs but also providing the quality of life resources that they need," said Abrams.
She said South Carolina has focused on catering to military families and Georgia needs to remain competitive.
Diversity in the state
Abrams also said that the demographic in Georgia has changed radically in terms of economic and academic background.
She said that this has led to growing cooperation among democrats.
It's something she said republicans should work to accomplish.
Abrams said that she's hopeful that democrats will continue this in the future.
"The republican party has refused on a national level to embrace the need for diversity," explained Abrams. "And as Georgia continues to reflect the diversity of our nation, it becomes the first state in the deep south to become a majority minority state. I think that's what benefits democrats because that's what we are and that's what we do."
The community and the police
Abrams went on to discuss the police unrest happening in North Carolina and Tulsa.
She spoke about how residents need to change their perception of how the community sees officers.
She believes that officers need better training in order to bond with community members.
"Part of the challenge we see is that police are too disconnected from the community, and when you're disconnected from the people you protect sometimes you don't make the right decisions about how to save their lives," said Abrams.
Abrams will also speak at Community Night at the Albany Civil Right Institute.