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) - Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and one of the heaviest traveled holiday periods of the year. “Troopers will be out actively looking for impaired and unsafe drivers this holiday weekend,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

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.

Customers Can Shop Securely at UPS

SAN DIEGO, CA (PR) - The UPS Store, Inc., among many other U.S. retailers, recently received a government bulletin regarding a broad-based malware intrusion not identified by current anti-virus software. Upon receiving the bulletin, The UPS Store retained an IT security firm and conducted a review of its systems and the systems of its franchised center locations. The UPS Store discovered malware identified in the bulletin on systems at 51 locations in 24 states (about 1%) of 4,470 franchised center locations throughout the United States.

Migrants Deported from the U.S. in Limbo

Migrants deported from the United States sleep under a bridge on the stretch of the Tijuana River known as El Bordo, at the northwestern tip of Mexico, next to the border. Credit: Daniela Pastrana/IPS

TIJUANA, MEXICO (Inter Press Service, Daniela Pastrana) - The areas under the low bridges over a section of the canalized channel of the Tijuana River that runs along the border between Mexico and the United States have become enormous open-air toilets.

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Incident Report" on Michael Brown Death

FERGUSON, MO (PR) - On Aug. 12, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri asked the Ferguson Police Department to release the incident report for the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown. After the request was denied, the ACLU filed a Missouri Sunshine Law suit on Aug. 15. Late Thursday afternoon, the ACLU received a heavily redacted copy of the incident report. The St. Louis County Police Department had released their redacted incident report on Wednesday.