Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Turning Water Into a Commodity

DETROIT, MI (Shea Howell) - This week an international for-profit corporation was hired to evaluate the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. All 4 million customers should be concerned about this move by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to employ the services of Veolia Water. Once again EM Orr is making a decision against the interests of the people and laying the groundwork for turning water into a commodity. He has selected a company with a questionable reputation, whose interest is in turning water into private profits, not in protecting it as precious public trust, essential to all people.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Winner to Speak in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - U.S. Army veteran, ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars season 13” winner, and best-selling author J.R. Martinez will be the keynote speaker for Georgia Regents University’s 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Summit.

Many More "Zimmermans"

(PR) 7/18/2013 - George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watchman, acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, is not alone. In 2012, police officers, security guards and self-appointed keepers of the peace killed 313 Black men, women and children.  Like the killing of Trayvon Martin, 288 of these 313 extrajudicial killings involved unnecessary, excessive force. Yet, only  26 of the killers were ever charged with a crime—that is the judicial system ruled 91% were justified.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Is Worker Ownership a Way Forward?

By Gar Alperovittz - The Market Basket situation is indeed, as many commentators have remarked, nearly unprecedented in the annals of American labor relations: When have we ever seen so many workers protest so vigorously for, rather than against, their boss! (For those new to the story, the New England supermarket chain has been wracked by massive employee protests, organized without any union involvement, after a faction of the family that owns the chain took control and ousted extremely popular CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. The mobilization in support of the former chief executive has resulted in nearly empty shelves and the mobilization of angry communities of formerly happy customers.)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Victory for Government Transparency

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - On August 21, 2014, Judge Robert Adamson ruled in favor of Attorney General Sam Olens in a lawsuit filed in June 2012 against the City of Cumming and Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt for violations of the Open Meetings Act. Judge Adamson ordered the defendants to pay $12,000 in penalties, the highest amount possible under the law. Defendants have also been ordered to pay attorney’s fees in an amount to be determined at a later hearing.

“This ruling is a major victory for government transparency,” said Olens. “Georgians deserve a government that operates openly and honestly. The essence of our democracy is that elected officials are held accountable to the citizens and that citizens are allowed to exercise their rights granted by the First Amendment.”

Making a Safe Labor Day Weekend

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - UPDATE: Total fatalities reported for Labor’s Day Weekend: 10.

Senate Run-off Election in Mississippi Isn’t Over

Pay offs? Bribes? Back-room deals? Steak dinners? Thad Cochran's (Left) hoping you have forgotten how he sold-out to steal the Mississippi primary out from under the tea party hero Chris McDaniel (Right).

NOW, the lawsuit to overturn Thad's bought-and-paid-for June primary has been filed and DISMISSED!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Transit Advisory Board Kick-off

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - It has been over a year since Mayor Deke Copenhaver signed off on and Augusta Commissioners approved the proposal to form a citizens advisory committee for public transit. Known as the Transit Citizens Advisory Committee, the TCAC held its first official meeting this week.

It has formally begun its work by electing its first Chair, Terence Dicks a public transit consumer for more than 20 years (District 2) and Vice Chair, Denice Traina, a public transit advocate and 2012 candidate for Commissioner in District 1.

Few Asian Students Apply for DACA

NEW YORK, NY (PR) - U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens), joined by local elected officials and immigration advocacy groups urged young undocumented immigrants in the New York area to enroll and reapply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an initiative implemented in June 2012 that provides temporary protection against deportation.

The program, put into place by President Obama, allows qualified immigrants – under age 31 – who were brought to the country illegally as children to receive work permits and stay in the United States for period of two years.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Neighbors TIRED of Tires

ATLANTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - During the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, House Bill 226 was passed which included changes related to tire carrier responsibilities and tire storage requirements. These changes went into effect April 30, 2013. The City of Atlanta has updated its scrap tire ordinance to comply with state law changes. The Initiative to Reduce and Eliminate Dumping (TIRED) has being working on the issue for several years educating and cleaning dumping areas.

Ban for "Illegal" Students Can't Be Lifted

ATHENS, GA (Special Report) - Four University of Georgia students asked Gov. Nathan Deal during a speech on campus Tuesday night over the state Board of Regents policy prohibiting undocumented immigrants from attending UGA and other public universities and colleges in the state. Deal said the ban can’t be overturned.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sube impuesto a la propiedad en Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - Los propietarios de inmuebles en el condado de Richmond deberán pagar más por sus casas o terrenos. La comisión municipal aprobó el aumento del impuesto a la propiedad en 1.75 por milla y con ello una vivienda evaluada en 100 mil dólares ($100.000) por ejemplo, tendrá que abonar la suma superior a los 70 dólares más por el total de la cuenta anual. Es posible que la nueva tarifa esté llegando a su puerta a fines de setiembre. El pago total debe realizarse para noviembre.