2018 Ebon Dooley Honoree - Bridge Builder
Bobbie Paul served as the first Executive Director of Georgia WAND (Women's Action for New Directions) from 2002-2013. Prior to coming to Atlanta in 1981 she worked as a professional theatre director in Washington DC and St. Petersburg, Florida where she co-founded what is now American Stage Company.
Bobbie's political and environmental activism began in Atlanta in 1982 fighting the Georgia Dept, of Transportation's plans to build the Stone Mountain Freeway. She organized hundreds of neighborhood volunteers and designing theatrical events try to halt the construction a major 6-lane highway that would cut through eight historic Intown neighborhoods and parks. This marked the beginning of Bobbie's long association with Congressman John Lewis, an ally in the fight. fortifying her commitment to 'getting in the way', risking emotional pain to build partnerships in order to advance Dr King's vision of the beloved community.
Bobbie spent 25 years watch dogging the Savannah River Site (a major US nuclear weapons Superfund complex located in South Carolina across from Waynesboro, Ga) and fighting to protect vulnerable Georgia communities from nuclear contamination.
In 2010, Bobbie led Georgia WAND efforts to win Senator Johnny Isakson's leadership and support for Senate passage of a nuclear non-proliferation treaty with Russia called NEW START. Bobbie has served on the boards of Arbor Montessori and Paideia Schools, Theatrical Outfit, Dad's Garage Theatre, GreenLaw, the Advisory Committee of the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda. She's been recognized for her grassroots activism by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, Eckerd Alumni Association, Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, the Atlanta City Council and the State of Georgia for her service to the community.
She was honored to be chosen to receive the Ebon Dooley Bridge Builder Award by the ArtsXchange in 2018. Bobbie is a founding member of Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace and is still active with that group. She is currently working on Run With Her, a creative fundraising campaign to help elect seven Metro Atlanta women to the the Georgia House of Representatives in November.
She is married to filmmaker Rod Paul. They have two adults sons and two grandchildren – also of Atlanta. Bobbie is a longtime member of Central Presbyterian Church. In addition to Georgia WAND, Bobbie is a supporter Georgians for Gun Safety, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Planned Parenthood, the Equal Justice Initiative, Abuelas Responden, Nuclear Watch South, and several environmental organizations.
* Barbara Seifer Paul – born July 11, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pa.