Tuesday, March 31, 2015

From Miscarriage to Prison

Purvi Patel will serve 20 years in an Indiana prison for the apparent crime of having suffered a miscarriage and then seeking medical care. The only two women ever charged under Indiana's feticide law were both AAPI women--in 2011, the same charges were brought against Bei Bei Shuai, a woman suffering from depression who lost her pregnancy after she tried to commit suicide. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

14 GRU Physicians Ranked Top 1 Percent

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – In celebration of National Doctors’ Day – March 30, 2015 – Georgia Regents University and GRHealth salutes all our physicians for their hard work and dedication to patient care. In addition, we want to recognize 14 physicians who are ranked in the top 1 percent of doctors nationwide in their field this year. These specialists have been included in the 14th edition of “America’s Top Doctors,” a national patient reference guide published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. For more than a decade, Georgia Regents Medical Center, which specializes in tertiary and quaternary health care, has been the only hospital in the Augusta-Aiken area with physicians included in this prestigious list.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Encuesta Sobre Servicio de "Guaguas"

Click to watch the Transit Survey explanation to the Transit Citizens Advisory Board.

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - La municipalidad de Augusta, condado de Richmond, está pidiendo la opinión de la ciudadanía respecto a las necesidades de transporte público de pasajeros dentro y fuera de la ciudad. La encuesta está disponible en castellano y en algunas lenguas asiáticas y pueden ser reclamadas en el palacio comunal.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015, the Year of Taxes and Costly Elections

Maybe isn't a bad idea to elect/select two
people for each post, in case somebody
have to resign.
AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Voters in Augusta Commission District 7 have many options available to them for casting their ballot in the upcoming April 14, 2015 Special Election Runoff between Sean Frantom and Louis Harris. 

Advance Voting will begin Monday, March 30, 2015 in the Board of Elections Office at the Municipal Building located at 535 Telfair Street only. Advance Voting will be available from 8:30 AM until 5:00 daily and will close Friday, April 10, 2015. There will be no Saturday Voting for the runoff. All voters voting in person during Advance Voting must provide one of the six acceptable forms of photo identification and do not have to provide a reason for voting early.

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

Compromise is Not a Four Letter Word

UPDATE 3/27/2015 - The Georgia Religious Liberty Restoration Act (“RFRA”) now sits motionless in the General Assembly’s House Judiciary Committee. Neither dead nor alive. Tabled by its proponents after an amendment they considered a poison pill was added to the bill.