Thursday, March 26, 2015

People with Disabilities: Victories and Struggles

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Goodwill has been named the Disability Nonprofit Brand of the Year as part of the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study, an annual brand equity study released this week. The study ranked consumer awareness and perception of charitable nonprofit brands based on three factors — familiarity, quality and purchase consideration — that result in a brand equity rating for each brand. The study, in its 27th year, surveyed more than 38,000 Americans who assessed brands across 148 categories.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Caravana Ayotzinapa 43 in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA (GLAHR) - Parents, family members, classmates and attorneys of the 43 Ayotzinapa students who disappeared at the hands of police last September in Mexico have set out on a United States speaking tour, called Caravana 43, during which they will visit more than 40 cities, including Atlanta.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Unprecedented Actions by Minorities in Augusta

"Kangaroo Court" and Impeachment for the Mayor 

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - UPDATE 3/25/2015: The Asian American woman entrepreneur after the third request finally was allowed the coveted permit to open her business. Six commissioners gave the OK to Mrs. Kartye while Commissioner Sammie Saias called "Kangaroo Court" the vote procedure and some in the audience yelled "impeach the Mayor". A request to comply with federal laws regarding interpreters for non-native speakers residents was taken as "information."

Monday, March 23, 2015

National Farmworker Awareness Week

WASHINGTON, DC (PR)The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs’ (AFOP) Health & Safety Programs is sponsoring the Second Annual National Long Sleeve Shirt Drive as part of its recognition of National Farmworker Awareness Week, March 22-28, 2015.

The goal is to collect over 1,000 long sleeve shirts to help farmworkers protect themselves from harmful chemicals and heat stress. (During last year’s event, 6,044 new and gently used shirts were donated.)  This year, 21 states, including Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. are participating in the campaign.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

“Thank you. Yes. Amen”

Sarah Saldaña and Mick Mulvaney

LOS ANGELES, CA (PR) — ICE Director Sarah Saldaña issued a press release attempting to clarify her position on ICE’s unconstitutional practice that compelled police to detain immigrants. During a House Oversight hearing, Rep. Mick Mulvaney asked Saldaña if she would support legislation to mandate that “local communities cooperate” with ICE. Saldaña reponded, “Thank you. Yes. Amen.” The bizarre series of statements leaves uncertainty about the agency head’s position on DHS Secretary Johnson’s November 20, 2014 memo ending ICE's controversial and discredited Secure Communities deportation policy.  

Hispanic Caucus Silence on Net Neutrality

Republicans in Congress are already working overtime to overthrow one of the biggest progressive victories in recent memory — the new net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed last month. The Republican majority, spurred on by their donors in the telecom industry, is using committee hearings to air wild conspiracy theories and levy baseless accusations at the FCC.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Más Opciones Médicas para Hispanos

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - La comunidad hispanoparlante tiene más opciones para el cuidado de la salud personal y familiar. Durante una mesa redonda, patrocinada por la Asociación Cultural Hispanoamericana (ACHA), líderes comunitarios recibieron información sobre el centro clínico a cargo de Medical Associates Plus. Pacientes sin seguro médico o asegurados pueden acudir a la clínica y los precios por servicios son reducidos. 

Religious Freedom: Exceptions Needed

In reading the printed words in the proposed Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 129), it is difficult to see on its face how it should alarm anyone. It simply says that religious freedom – a freedom enshrined in the First Amendment to our U.S. Constitution and Article I, Paragraph IV of the Georgia Constitution – shall require the Georgia courts to insure that any infringement of religion by the government takes place only when there is “a compelling governmental interest,” and the government utilizes the “least restrictive means of achieving that compelling governmental interest.”

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Traffic Incarceration May Change in Georgia

ATLANTA, GA (PR) – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and DeKalb County, Georgia, announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit that alleged that practices resulted in the jailing of people unable to pay court-ordered fines in traffic cases. The agreement includes policy changes that could serve as a model in Georgia and across the country.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Prison and Fine for Drone Owners

AUGUSTA, GA - An ordinance to regulate the operation of drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems passed unanimously in one session of the Augusta Richmond County Commission. There was no input from the public and the second reading was waved also. Violators to the new local law could face a misdemeanor, prison up to sixty days and subject to a fine of not more than $1000.

Monday, March 16, 2015

ACA 5 Years Later: 16.4 Million Uninsured Less

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - One week out from the five-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, Human Health Service is announcing that about 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health coverage since the law’s passage – the largest change in the uninsured in four decades.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Will Commission OK License for Asian American Woman?

Related post: One Augusta getting some heat.

The Augusta Richmond County Commission once more time failed (5-4) to approve (item 31) on the business license requested by Ok Pun Kartye for a retail package liquor, beer and wine. Last session before this one the Commission voted to approve alcohol license for Fine Pines Lounge, Inc. on probation for violating the controlled substance law, but couldn't manage to have 6 votes to OK the authorization for the Asian American woman entrepreneur.