For over 28 years, “Able” Mable Thomas has been at the forefront fighting for freedom, justice, and equality for all Georgians and disenfranchised people around the world. Whether as a community organizer, civil and human rights activist or elected official, she has been a consistent force for good.
Her emergence onto the political stage began in 1984 when she was chosen as a presidential delegate for candidate Jesse Jackson at the Democratic National Convention held in San Francisco, California. While there, she formally announced her candidacy for the Georgia House of Representatives where she eventually won a highly contested battle with a long standing incumbent. During her 18 years in office, Mable was the youngest member of the House, but mature beyond her years from the experience she gained as a community leader and civil rights activist.
In 1997, she again sought public office winning the Atlanta City Council, Post 1 At-Large seat which allowed her to focus on quality of life issues most impacting people throughout Atlanta.
She is a veteran leader with proven results, who has historically represented the people with respect and vigor. As a member of the Atlanta City Council she was responsible for passing the Affordable Housing Policy Bill, obtaining $4.9 million for Atlanta Green Space Conservation and was a major stakeholder in community efforts to secure the Historic Westside Revitalization Project. As a state legislator, Mable consistently voted in favor of public policy that improved the lives of people.
Whether it was educational reform, women’s reproductive health, living wages, racial profiling, economic development, access to health care or senior issues, Mable was always willing and ABLE to stand up and speak out. An example of her dynamism was the passage of landmark legislation requiring mammograms, pap smears and prostate exams to be covered under medical expenses thus saving many Georgians thousands of dollars in doctor bills. The following is additional legislative and career milestones:
Authored the 1st acupuncture (complementary medical bill) in the State of Georgia;
Mandated that insurance companies pay for mammograms, pap smears, and prostate cancer tests as a regular part of the medical benefit plan;
Authored Rape shield legislation that makes it harder for a woman's past sexual history to be included in rape trials - unless there was a past relationship between the two. Giving the case a chance to be tried on its merit;
Passed legislation providing fire trucks first responders license that allows fire persons to administer IV's without being sued;
A key leader in the fight for Medicaid expansion in the State of Georgia;
Chaired the Housing Needs, Midwifery, and the Feminization of Poverty study committees.
Successful sponsor of House Resolution 1577, which creates a Statewide Study Committee that deals with Diversity in the $6 Billion Movie and Film Industry.
Professionally, Mable has been extremely successful as executive director of the Greater Vine City Opportunities Program, Inc., which provides youth and family enrichment and educational opportunities for high-risk urban youth. Recently, she was able to purchase the Historic English Avenue Elementary School in the English Avenue community which will be converted into a multi-million dollar state of the art, environmentally friendly, high-tech, global community center. This project reflects trends, nuances and the tangible output of national thought leaders as it brings the most current ideas and innovations for neighborhood revitalization to inner city, Black, marginalized communities. This is yet another example of her passion to change the world, one person at a time, one block at a time, one community at a time.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.