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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

$1 Billion to Close the Wi-Fi Gap

When I stepped to the podium at the Library of Congress on Digital Learning Day earlier this year, I made one point very clear: E-Rate modernization is a BIG deal. The challenge has been clear to everybody: we needed to move from a program that was designed for the 20th century, towards a program that is gives our educators the ability to take advantage of 21st century technologies and learning strategies, and allows our libraries to better serve their patrons and communities.

Abismal ignorancia del ACA en Georgia



AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - Se estima que un 77% de los hispanohablantes residentes en Georgia no sabe de la existencia de ayuda financiera para cobertura médica y un 65% de estos desconoce dónde acudir. Get Covered America, la organización nacional que promueve el Affordable Care Act (ACA) se reunió con representantes latinos y autoridades de la comunidad para tratar de reducir el abismo desinformativo.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Meet the Augusta Commission for 2015



Exposición "Mi casa, Your Casa"


ATLANTA, GA (PR) - El pasado 18 de julio el Cónsul General de México en Atlanta, Ricardo Cámara, participó en la ceremonia de inauguración de la exposición “Mi Casa, Your Casa” llevada a cabo en la explanada central del High Museum of Art.

National Day of Action for Gaza


WASHINGTON, D.C. (PR) - More than 35 local, regional, and national groups are calling for a National Day of Action for Gaza this Thursday, July 24, by US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. There have been so many demonstrations in support of Palestinians worldwide already, and the hope is that getting people to all do something on one day will highlight the breadth of the movement for Palestinians rights and send a clear message that there needs to be an end to Israel's impunity. Activities are planned in Augusta, Georgia, also.

Detroit: Distorted Reality

Week 67 of the Occupation, by Shea Howell - One year ago Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy. It has been a brutal year for the people of Detroit. Step by step we have seen long cherished rights and values trampled on in the name of financial necessity.

Public lands have been given away. Generous tax breaks have been handed to developers, while elders have seen their pensions taxed and slashed. People have been threatened. Many have lost livelihood, home, and health care. Schools have been closed. Classrooms are packed. Political cronies line their pockets while abusing our children in academies designed to deaden imagination, connection, and creativity.

Georgia Primary Run-off Elections Today

U.S. Senate (R)

Total Votes: 476,375 Reporting: 147 out of 159 counties reporting
Jack Kingston (R) 234,238 49%
David Perdue (R) 242,137 51%    Winner

GA State Senate: District 22 (D)

Total Votes: 10,025 Reporting: 57 of 57 precincts reporting
Corey Johnson 3,911 39%
Harold Jones II 6,114 61%    Winner

Augusta Commission: District 6

Total Votes: 2,371 Reporting: 7 percents of 7
Bob Finnegan 1,128 48%
Ben Hasan 1,243 52%    Winner

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fight For Open Internet Is Not Over

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering rules that will change the internet, enabling Comcast and other owners of the internet backbone to charge those who originate or receive content whatever the market will bear, dividing the internet into so-called "fast" and "slow" lanes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gobernador Deal: Georgia está contigo, Israel

ATLANTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - “Orando por la protección y la paz de Israel. Georgia está contigo, Israel”. El mensaje puesto por el gobernador Nathan Deal en su Facebook ha superado los 10 mil simpatizantes y al mismo tiempo ha generado un encendido debate sobre la división existente entre residentes en el estado entre quienes apoyan la causa israelita contra el pueblo palestino y aquellos quienes consideran un abierto genocidio, con la complicidad de Estados Unidos, de la población árabe.

30 Years of the Green Party in the U.S.


St. PAUL, MN (PR) - The party of sustainability, justice, peace and democracy -- the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) -- will hold its 2014 National Committee Meeting in St. Paul, MN, from July 24-27, 2014. The 2014 meeting marks the 30th anniversary of the first national get-together of Greens, which took place at Macalester College.

Man’s Efforts to Save Child Applauded


AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – Safe Kids Greater Augusta presented Nick Ortalaza with a Badge of Courage Award for saving a child left alone in a hot vehicle on July 12 near Woodcrest Apartments in Hephzibah. Ortalaza noticed the boy, found a way into the vehicle, and quickly removed him from danger while his wife called 911.

“He stayed fairly calm during the situation,” said Christine Ortalaza. “We’re just glad we were there and that the little boy is OK.”

Ortalaza, who has two children of his own, said he’d do anything to help keep a child safe.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Minority Mental Health Awareness

In 2008 the month of July was proclaimed National Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by the House of Representatives of the Congress of United States.  Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in ten children in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care. The Office of the Census U.S. estimates that minorities will be the majority in the United States by the year 2042.