Monday, July 6, 2015

Would Cooks Keep in Order Housing?

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - Among the four finalists to lead Housing and Community Development, Robert Cooks, perhaps is the most controversial one. The former/still President & CEO of Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (ANIC), Cooks, has being for decades with ANIC a not very successful enterprise for Richmond County taxpayers. He also was chair at the Planning Commission and apparently very close to former director Chester Wheeler. The Commission could finalize the hiring of his replacement this month. 

We Are Not Erasing Southern Past

AUGUSTA, GA (PR)  – The South Carolina legislature convenes today to debate proposals to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds. Dr. John Hayes, an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Regents University, teaches courses on the American South. He discusses history’s role in the current controversy.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vaccine Overdose to Detained Children

Family Detention Must End
WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - This weekend, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (Council) learned that, recently, medical personnel at the detention center in Dilley, Texas that holds nearly 2,000 children and their mothers mistakenly gave adult-strength Hepatitis A vaccinations to approximately 250 children. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Repudian Expresiones de Donald Trump

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - Que los mexicanos son drogadictos, violadores y que quizá algunos sean buena gente, comentarios formulados por Donald Trump, precandidato republicano a Presidente de los Estados Unidos, fue repudiado por la Asociación Cultural Hispanoamericana (ACHA). La organizadora del certámen de belleza Señorita Latina, sostiene que las expresiones racistas del co-dueño de Miss USA solo buscan adeptos a través de la difamación y la discriminación.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Salvataje a la Deuda de Puerto Rico

Una petición a la administración de Barack Obama para que ayude a paliar la deuda financiera que afecta a Puerto Rico lleva 6 de 100 mil firmas. El reclamo que empezó ayer obedece al fracaso del gobierno local en impulsar medidas económicas que logren el desarrollo de la isla, propiedad estadounidense, según la petición. Puerto Rico ayudó a Estados Unidos en guerras, argumenta la solicitud.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Americans to Strengthen Democracy

SEATTLE (PR) Today, on its fourth anniversary, the New Americans Campaign launches a new site in Seattle. It joins the growing list of campaign sites across the country that promote naturalization for the 8.8 million lawful permanent residents in the U.S. who are eligible. 

Seattle is the 17th site to join the New Americans Campaign, an innovative partnership with legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders that helps aspiring Americans overcome barriers and achieve citizenship. OneAmerica and Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) will lead the Seattle site.

Building Local Food Systems

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) — The Obama Administration invited communities to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing direct technical support to build strong local food systems as part of a community's emerging economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, public health, environmental, and regional economic experts will work directly with local communities to spur local economic growth and improve the quality of life for all residents. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Project Jackson: Should Augusta be Worried?

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC - The Hammond’s Ferry Planned Development, approved by ordinance in 2002 as the North Augusta Riverfront Planned Development and revised by ordinance in 2010, is the subject of an application for a major modification to the Planned Development General Development Plan (GDP). The intent of the current General Development Plan modification is to outline proposed development of the Riverfront Center (Phase B) to include the proposed GreenJackets Ballpark and other commercial and residential uses.

Overtime Pay Changes Welcomed

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) — The American Federation of Teachers welcomes the Department of Labor’s long-overdue proposal to change the overtime rule to include millions more American workers. Overtime pay is a basic workplace right that should be afforded to all employees. By raising the threshold beyond the current cutoff of $455 a week, millions of Americans will once again have their time above and beyond their regular work hours recognized. At the same time, the new rule provides a disincentive to squeezing current employees to work more or to work inhospitable hours.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fayette County Under Scrutiny

Immigrant Residents Unable to Get Licenses Punished with 120 Days in Jail

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) will rally at the Fayette County Sheriff’s office and march to the County Court to protest what they describe as unjust targeting of immigrants who are blocked from obtaining drivers’ licenses in the state of Georgia and call upon local authorities to use their discretion in how such cases are addressed.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Random Search of Guest Registries Unconstitutional

By Sunita Sohrabji, India-West - In a landmark decision, in which the concerns of Indian American motel owners were addressed for the first time at the highest level of the U.S. justice system, the Supreme Court determined June 22 that the Los Angeles Police Department’s random inspection of motel guest registries constituted unwarranted search and seizure, violating Fourth Amendment constitutional rights.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Recognition of the Confederacy in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - Georgia WAND joins Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) and civil rights organizations, woman's groups, the faith community, LGBTQ groups, and the labor movement to address the concerns regarding Georgia's need to eliminate recognition of the Confederacy. The state of Georgia currently celebrates Confederate Memorial Day and allows drivers to opt-in for a license plate displaying the Confederate flag.