Sunday, December 30, 2012

WWJD With Christianity in the USA?


At Christmas time we focus on the birth of Jesus Christ, and our nation claims to be influenced primarily by the words and example of Christ--WWJD (not too long ago the slogan “what would Jesus do” was popular among Christians in America), so I would like to ask our people and especially our leaders who claim Christianity as their inspiration, to consider once again, “What would Jesus do or have us do”:

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sales Tax Up in 46 Counties


AUGUSTA, GA – Effective January 1, 2013, the tax rate for Richmond County will increase by 1 cent from 7% to 8% due to the passage of the Special District Transportation Sales and Use Tax 2013 (TSPLOST).The voters in our district passed the tax on July 31, 2012.  

CCA and Georgia Power: People of the Year

Who’s the most important person of the year? Time magazine says Barack Obama, but it is the American corporation. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reminded us of the legal fiction of corporate personhood during the past summer’s presidential campaign—“corporations are people, my friend!”— and the winners in 2012 are Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) and Georgia Power.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sheriff Roundtree Historic Sworn In


AUGUSTA, GA - On the steps of the Judge John Ruffin Courthouse, in front of dozens of people, Chief Judge Calisle Overstreet administered the Oath of Office to Richard Roundtree. As the transition of law enforcement power changes in Augusta, history is being made in the city. Roundtree is now the city's first African-American Sheriff. But he, along with other city leaders, say that color has nothing to do with this.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Augusta DDA Loses CADI and Confidence

AUGUSTA, GA - In the last marathon session of the Richmond County Commission the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) not only was defunded to keep the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative (CADI), but at the same time open the pandora box on how the DDA operates, and probably the other more of a dozen entities known as authorities and boards. The lack of six votes to pass the extension of the program certainly was a vote of no confidence to the DDA. (VIDEO)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Immigration Reform in 2013: Keep Dreaming


WASHINGTON, D.C. (By Seth Freed Wessler) - The federal government conducted more than 200,000 deportations of parents who said their children are U.S. citizens in a timespan of just over two years, according to new data obtained by Colorlines.com. The figures represent the longest view to date of the scale of parental deportation.

School Employees Should Be Armed


NEWTOWN, CONN. (By Steve Gunn) – Former U.S. Education Secretary Bill Bennett thinks American schools might be wise to train and arm certain employees, so they can react quickly in the event of an attack like the one that claimed the lives of 26 people Friday at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Show me your paper" in Georgia


ATLANTA, GA (Rich Pellegrino) - The interviews below with the Cobb and Marietta Police Chiefs show that some progress has been made In their positions and actions in regards to immigrants and the laws targeting them. This is due in no small part to your persistent exertions, support and prayers in this regard. Though there is still much work to do, especially in relation to racial profiling of all people of color, and the disparities in the overall justice system, thank you for working together for this success and progress.

Centro de servicios en Augusta

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

GPB Hiring Chip Rogers Criticized


"One of the most anti-immigrant Senators is purportedly resigning from his Georgia State Senate position. Once a man who was 'inline' for a possible US Senate position is now quitting. This could effectively shut him out of future possible leadership as quitting is never a good approach for future office. Yet another blow for the hardliners of extreme intolerant right in Georgia loosing a very powerful and influential supporter."- Erik Voss posted in GIRRC - Georgia Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.

Regime Change in Full Swing in Augusta



Monday, December 3, 2012

Will Voters Stop Being Thrown Under the Bus?

The Voter ID Act as a way of suppressing minorities votes, fighting vote fraud and keeping "illegals" out of the polls. None of the above. In Augusta, Georgia, the way of perpetuating poverty, the power of a few and keeping a majority of voters out of the polling stations is through a public transportation operating under intensive care.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2012 NCAA Division II Soccer Championship


AUGUSTA, GA ( Karyn C. Nixon) – More than 275 soccer players, coaches, school administrators and NCAA officials, from New York,  California, Canada, Florida and parts in-between will travel to the CSRA this week to compete in the 2012 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Soccer Championships. The championships will be played at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Georgia on November 29 (semifinals) and December 1 (finals).  

  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Fitch Affirms AA Bond Rating for Augusta


AUGUSTA, GA – Augusta, Georgia is pleased to announce that Fitch affirms our AA rating on the consolidated government’s $42.5 million in outstanding general obligation bonds and $20.6 million in outstanding tax-backed debt issued through the Solid Waste Management Authority of Augusta.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Gov. Deal Identity Crisis

Governor Nathan Deal not implementing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is opening Georgia state controlled Medicaid to the federal government to do whatever its pleases. That inaction of the state government will allow intrusion of the Feds so hard fought by Republicans governments in more than twenty states. It is seems Gov. Deal wants independence from the Feds but not so. Republican obstructionists blame the Obama administration for almost everything is wrong in the country, then leave open to his administration to intervene on those things they want to repeal. Crisis of identity or just plain foolishness. Why not repealing SB 31?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Outsourcing Augusta Government to the DDA?

"The Mission of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) of Augusta is to improve the economy of Augusta-Richmond County by coordinating an aggressive public/private program to promote the re-development and growth of downtown Augusta". According to Margaret Woodard, the Executive Director, the DDA is the "ears and eyes" of Augusta-Richmond County, almost a mega government inside the government, including law enforcement. Some merchants in downtown start firing back against this monster.

More Lawsuits Coming to Town

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Solving Immigration In Secessionist States

In the 50 states the movement of leaving the Union could bring solution to the undocumented population. They could earn residency from all those citizens who decide the USA is no longer good for them. The federal government could deport them and give residency to the 12 millions people believed without proper documentation but love this country.

Calling U.S. President to End Militarization of the Americas


From November 16-18, 2012, thousands of human rights activists, torture survivors, anti-war veterans, students, families, union workers, nuns, artists, and others will converge at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, to call on the Obama administration to end the U.S. militarization of the Americas, and to close the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC)

"The SOA Watch November weekends since 1997 have become for me a kind of spiritual homecoming. The November event renews my spirit of hope that a better world is possible. What could be more enlivening to one's spirit than enriching educational workshops, riveting political insights, and enlivening music at the stage in front of the gates all Saturday afternoon.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Will Georgia Catch Up With The Future?

1) A diverse swath and coalition of Americans came together to re-elect President Obama...a great example of unity in diversity...representing the true "exceptionalism" of America. (As the President said in his victory speech: "our true wealth is our incredible diversity".)  And Georgia is not far behind with the slimmest margin of loss, only 4%, of the states the President didn’t win, except for NC.

Warriors Honored by Intertribal Ceremony


AUGUSTA, GA - During the First Oka'Chaffa Indian Festival native Americans freedom fighters and fellow veterans were honored with dance and ceremony by the intertribal gathering.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Expensive "Nannies" for Migra in South Carolina


The 10 members of the special unit created to enforce immigration in South Carolina are acting as baby-sitters of ICE agents. Only four counties have 287g agreement with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and the unit is not trained to do immigration activities. The unit will cost taxpayers in South Carolina $1.3 millions per year. A hearing about blocked key provisions of the law will take place Tuesday in Charleston. It is not expected a final ruling.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Multimillion Contamination Site in Augusta



China bashing and US Elections 2012


SAN FRANCISCO (Peter Schurmann, NAM) – Barack Obama’s victory, the numbers show, is in large measure thanks to the support he received from, among others, Hispanics, Blacks, and women voters.

Less credited, however, are Asian Americans, who voted 72 percent in favor of the president. While their numbers remain small, at just 5.8 percent of the population, they are one of the fastest growing segments of American society, according to a recent Pew study, having surpassed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants. They are also highly educated, with nealry 50 percent of those 25 and older holding at least a bachelor's degree.

Obama Should 'rethink' K-12 policies for second term


CHICAGO (EAGnews) – Among the well-wishers for President Obama’s triumphant re-election is Chicago pal and domestic terrorist-turned-professor Bill Ayers.
     On the good.is website, Ayers writes:
     “Dear President Obama: Congratulations!
     “I’m sure this is a moment you want to savor, a time to take a deep breath, get some rest, hydrate, regain your balance, and take a long walk in the sunshine. It might be as well a good time to reflect, rethink, recharge, and perhaps reignite. I sincerely hope that it is, and I urge you to put education on your reflective agenda.”

Thank You For Making Democracy Work


Voters, like you, around the country recognized the importance of this election. And on Election Day you took control and waited in long lines to have your votes recorded and to have a say on the issues that are most important to you. And with narrow margins in many races, we see just how valuable our one vote can be.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Latino Vote Will Hit High Watermark in Georgia

Latinos in Georgia are motivated to go vote this year.  GALEO and many Georgia Latino Vote 2012 volunteers across the entire state took the pledge to register new voters, volunteered countless hours at festivals, canvassing events and phone banking to drive Latino voter participation in Georgia further.  The Latino vote will likely hit a high watermark in Georgia.

Vision for 15th Street and Beyond

AUGUSTA, GA (Karyn Nixon) - The City of Augusta is hosting a Week of Visioning for the Sustainable Development Implementation Program, November 13th – 17th 2012. This week will enable residents, business owners, property owners, organizations and stakeholders to articulate their vision for the 15th Street road widening project and desires for new affordable housing, retail services, recreation space and job creation along the 15th Street, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and Deans Bridge Road corridor.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Elections 2012 Predictions

The following are the elections 2012 results predictions for November 6, with focus on races mostly in Augusta Richmond County. If we receive more results predictions by email 24 hours before elections we will add here from other races. As noticed those races with no challenges are not posted.
President: Barack Obama
   Congressional District 12th: John Barrow
      Richmond County Board of Education
         District 1: Marion Barnes
            District 8: Jimmy Atkins

Voter ID, Immigration, E-Verify and Identity Theft in SC


Gov. Nikki Haley has signed an executive order directing all of her Cabinet agencies to designate someone to cooperate with state Inspector General Patrick Maley on a new effort to improve the state's cyber-security. She's stated, "State government's fragmented approach to IT security makes South Carolina vulnerable to serious cyber and information breaches."

Friday, November 2, 2012

No Chance for Voter Fraud in SC

Officials in South Carolina are confident that the few voting fraud in the past will remain the same, thanks to the tough Voter ID law in place for the November 6 elections. The more of 3 millions Social Security numbers hacked presumably in August probably will not have any impact in the results. SC also have the tougher immigration law in the land with a especial unit going after workers with no permit to work. No "illegals" will have access to the polls.

Friday, October 26, 2012

MCG GHSU AC ASU equal GRUA




AUGUSTA, GA - Georgia Regents University Augusta will be the brand name used in the official logo and in marketing efforts of Augusta’s new consolidated university.

Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz and Save the A campaign members Nick Evans and Barry Storey announced today that an agreement has been reached regarding the name that would be included in the official logo and all branding materials used for the new university moving forward. The announcement follows discussions between the parties. The new university is being created through the consolidation of GHSU and Augusta State University.

Green Light for the TEE Center Bridge



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Panel to Discuss Economics and Policies at ASU

AUGUSTA, GA (Danielle Harris) - The Political Science Club of Augusta State University and the Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta have teamed up to present the Economics, Public Policy, and The Common Good panel discussion. The forum will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in ASU’s Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom.

Monday, October 22, 2012

More Americans Renouncing Their Citizenship


American citizens who live outside the United States are increasingly considering renouncing their US citizenship as Washington prepares to roll out FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) on January 1, 2013, says the boss of the world’s largest independent financial advisory firm.

Stein Suing the Commission on Presidential Debates


Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein filed a lawsuit today against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), claiming that the CPD, Democratic National Committee, and Republican National Committee, together with the Federal Election Commission and Lynn University, had deprived her of her constitutional rights to due process, equal protection, and free speech, as well as her statutorily protected civil rights.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Merge of School Busses and Augusta Public Transit



Reverend Lowery: Go to the Poll or Go to Hell


AUGUSTA, GA - Reverend Joseph Lowery speaks at the Augusta Interfaith Coalition: Too many died for the right to vote that you have no right to not vote. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Obama and Romney Unanswered Questions


As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in the second presidential debate, New America Media editors posed 10 questions that have largely gone unasked -- and unanswered – in their campaigns.

Obama and Romney Care For Women

Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan focused on how the struggling economy is impacting female voters. "This president has failed America's women," Romney said at an outdoor rally at Tidewater Community College in eastern Virginia that drew over 3,000 people. "They've suffered in terms of getting jobs, they've suffered in terms of falling into poverty."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Overwhelming Support to ASU


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AUGUSTA, GA (Tunisia Williams) - The campus and community have rallied together to prove We have been. We are. We will be… a Jaguar Nation as the A Day for Augusta State University (ASU) campaign exceeds its goal by more than $31,000.


Sanders for Sheriff Will Reduce Jail Population

AUGUSTA, GA - Responding to criticism that he just wants people in jail, attorney Freddie Sanders clarified his position during a forum stating that those people who should be out of prison will be. Sanders, a republican, is facing Richard Roundtree, a democrat, in the November 6 elections for Richmond County Sheriff Office.

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Roundtree approach will be more proactive preventing crimes while Sanders was vocal letting voters to know that he will luck up everybody having trouble with the law and order. At a recent forum he said that he will let go those offenders with chance to improve in their lives. There will be no third chance though, he pointed out.

The biggest doubt is if either Roundtree or Sanders could do much to keep independence from the federal government influence and the privatization of the prison system. Also in Georgia the General Assembly has given unelected citizens panels power over immigration and utilizing local law enforcement as immigration agents.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Christ Like Leaders of the Future


Will Roundtree Deliver COPS in Richmond?

AUGUSTA, GA - On November 6 the Richmond County Sheriff Office will have a new leader. Richard Roundtree is running for that position and promising to put back on the neighborhoods the community oriented policing program. His opponent Freddie Sanders thinks that the Sheriff job is to put people in jail and that the courts have to decide what to do with them. It can't be a race more black and white than that.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Presidential Debate High Tech, Media Lynching


Let me state my premise clearly: Aside from what the mob of media commentators and pundits,  opposition spinners, comedians ,talk show hosts and sympathetic apologists spew,  there is no standard-based evidence that President Barak Obama blew or lost the first presidential debate with challenger Mitt Romney, any more than there is evidence that the thousands of black men lynched in the not too distant past suffered that fate because  they  accosted white women or did something wrong.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Romney Fired the US Presidential Debate Moderator


ATLANTA, GA – Democratic Party of Georgia Chairman Mike Berlon releases the following statement regarding the first Presidential debate:

“Tonight’s Presidential debate illustrated the incredible chasm and stark differences that exists between the policies of President Obama and those of Mitt Romney.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Real US Presidential Debate


For weeks we’ve been demanding free and equal debates. But, despite historic public pressure on the Commission on Presidential Debates to open the event and let all qualified candidates speak, the doors remain closed.

Good thing there are windows.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Georgia Latino Film Festival


In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Georgia Latino Film Festival (GLFF) Kick’s off on October 4th and 5th 2012 at the Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th Street NW Atlanta, Ga 30318. It was announced by Jose Marquez-Leon President and CEO of OVNLatino and Lance Robertson CEO Robertson Media Group co Founders of the Festival. The highly acclaimed event supporting the independent Latino filmmaking community is a first for the Georgia Community.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Black Lawyers Demand Diversity in Courts


AUGUSTA, GA - Black lawyers running for District Attorney and Probate Judge are not happy for the latest appointed judges in the Juvenile Court. The disproportional number of white judges do not reflect the community and especially the majority of the community incarcerated. They are demanding diversity in the Augusta Judicial Circuit. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Charter Schools Ok, HR 1162 No


The Richmond County Board of Education supports charter schools but rejects HR 1162.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11


12th Congressional District candidate Lee Anderson released the following statement: "It is difficult to believe that it has been more than a decade since the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Anderson Ready to Run John Barrow Home

Grovetown, GA – Lee Anderson was declared the winner today of the August 21 Republican Primary run-off election. Following the certification of votes by the Secretary of State’s office, Anderson’s opponent, Rick Allen, requested a recount. After today’s recount, Anderson was officially declared the Republican nominee, winning by 159 votes.

“Now is the time for common sense conservatives in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District to work together to stop the Obama-Barrow agenda that’s saddling our children and grandchildren with debt and threatening the future of our country,” said Anderson.

National debt reaches coincidently 16 trillion dollars.

“I congratulate Rick Allen, Wright McLeod, and Maria Sheffield for running tough races and we welcome them on board the unified Republican team devoted to holding Washington politicians like John Barrow to task for gutting Medicare, stifling job creation, and bankrupting America.

Together, we can send Barack Obama and John Barrow packing and make sure that America’s brightest days are still ahead.”

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Healthy Georgians Not Desirable for Deal


Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision not to expand Medicaid, as outlined under the Affordable Care Act. was quoted as saying he supported the idea of a ‘’block grant’’ approach to Medicaid. That proposal would result in the federal government giving a fixed amount of Medicaid dollars to the state, which would then gain more flexibility on how to spend that money.

Lets Put People to Work

This Labor Day AnibalShow salutes the invisible workers helping people and businesses to accomplish their goals. They are in the fields or in the houses of those who can afford to have everything. The US government instead of trying to put a man or a woman in Mars should be putting them to work. Some people are traveling to space for adventure, meanwhile in Earth millions can't get a bus to work. Happy Labor Day! 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Caravan to Stop US "War on Drugs"



On Friday, August 31, the Mexico Caravan for Peace and Justice with Dignity will stop at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, at 11:00 am to highlight the connection between SOA/WHINSEC and the thousands murdered during the past 6 years in the so-called “War on Drugs” in Mexico.

Declaration of War at RNC

The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, looks like more a declaration of war against Americans who dare to think different than the power behind the GOP. The first casualty is Ron Paul, who was banned from the convention and candidates like him won't even have chance to run in the future.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

US Must Keep Tax Money Home


Chapel Hill – Last Friday, a coalition of local peace groups, including the Church of Reconciliation (PCUSA), theCoalition for Peace with Justice, the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace, and Jews for a Just Peace NC, launched a year-long ad campaign calling on the United States to end military aid to Israel. The ads, which say, “Join us. Build peace with justice and equality. End US military aid to Israel,” will appear in the interior of the entire 98-bus fleet in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sustainable Program Kick-Off


AUGUSTA, GA – (By Karyn Nixon) – Wednesday, August 29 from 6:30-8pm, at the T.W. Josey High School, citizens and stakeholders who live, work and attend school in the Priority Development District (centered on 15th Street, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Dean Bridge Road and includes the vacant Regency Mall) will have an opportunity to learn about the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program, its process, objectives, and schedule.

Parking Deck Contract Rushed

AUGUSTA, GA - The contract to manage the Parking Deck between Augusta Riverfront, LLC and the City of Augusta passed Monday during a special meeting of the Richmond County Commission. Uncovered months ago the very profitable contract, written by Augusta Riverfront, LLC and almost agreed by the Richmond County Commission citizens learned that without oversight by taxpayers themselves Commissioners and the Mayor are not to be trusted. What was the rush to agree?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

US Congressional District 12th Nightmare

When redistricting took place and several districts, such as the US Congressional District 12th, held by democratic John Barrow, and the geographical lines changed, many in the ruling parties, Democratic and Republican, probably overlooked the influential electorate formed by non traditional electorate. I am talking about the different backgrounds of citizenry that involve those lines changed and with that the new voters added or subtracted.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Regime Change in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA - The victory today of Richard Roundtree in the runoff for Sheriff of Richmond County could be seen as the most significant defeat of the Augusta leadership. Most influential politicians, conservative and liberal business man and woman, and public officials from Mayor Deke Copenhaver to the retiring Sheriff Ronald Strength supported and campaigned for Cap. Scott Peebles. The same conclusion could be made with the defeat of Rick W. Allen by Lee Anderson. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dr. Azziz Bigest Accomplishments

Augusta, GA - Bringing the community together, the reborn pride in its residents and the shaking power of the owner of The Augusta Chronicle might be the greatest accomplisments of the obstetrician Dr. Ricardo Azziz.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Voto por Peebles, victoria de Sanders

AUGUSTA, GA - El republicano E. Frederick "Freddie" Sanders seguramente espera con ansias que la edición dominical del matutino conservador, The Augusta Chronicle, sea leída por demócratas incautos y sigan su consejo editorial: Voten por el capitán Scott Peebles para Sheriff (comisario) del condado de Richmond.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mexicans Urge Americans for Peace


"My son was one of the more than 60,000 Mexicans killed in a drug war that has done nothing for us," Javier Sicilia, leader of the Caravan for Peace, told Presente.org. "Most of the people killed in Mexico were killed with guns sold to the murderers by US gun merchants." The group will be in Atlanta, GA, at the end of August.

Stein: Obama Cleared Path for Ryan

In elevating deficit reduction to his highest priority and setting up the deficit reduction supercommittee in 2011, President Obama made it clear that benefits programs were on the chopping block and that he would negotiate with Republicans on how to curtail them. Now, Representative Paul Ryan’s budget is in the spotlight, which also threatens services that millions of Americans depend on, according to the Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Service Honoring Sikhs Killed

AUGUSTA, GA - A memorial service in light of recent tragedy, including a time of interfaith community expression, will be held Friday evening, 8-10-12, at 7 P.M. at the Sikh Temple, 4301 Evans to Lock Road. This service--variously translated as vigil, memorial, prayer meeting, worshipful gathering--has evolved as one in memory of survivors and deceased from recent violent episodes and as a witness against the targeting of religious groups, including the August 5 massacre in the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikh temple and alleged arson August 6 of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri.  

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rick W. Allen Should Thank Anderson

AUGUSTA, GA - The following is a press release sent by Lee Anderson campaign, who is running for the seat hold by democratic John Barrow in the 12th Congressional District.  Allen and Anderson are the republicans opponents in the Aug. 21 runoff. Barrow probably will have a lot of manure to throw without any effort since both opponents are giving him all the information to attack the winner starting Labor Day. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Denice Traina: "In It to Win It!"

AUGUSTA, GA - Augusta resident, Denice Traina  qualified today to compete for the District One Commission seat in a non partisan challenge against incumbent Matt Aitken, Bill Fennoy and Stan Hawes.
www.denicetraina.com

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tampering With My Vote in GA

Remember the fiasco created when Karl Rove’s IT guru routed Ohio’s 2008 election results through a partisan (GOP) company’s servers in Tennessee before being sent to Ohio SoS Kenneth Blackwell’s office?  Ohio secured Bush’s re-election and we all know what a disaster that was.  Mysteriously, Karl Rove’s IT guy, Mike Connell, died in a private plane crash days before he was to testify about the program he wrote for SoS Blackwell at Mr. Rove’s instruction.  If there is even a remote possibility that a presidential election could be hacked, it should create enough alarm requiring a thorough investigation.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Hartos de guerra contra droga


ATLANTA, GA - La Caravana por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad tiene su origen en México, idea del célebre poeta, escritor y periodista Javier Sicilia luego que su hijo fuera asesinado por miembros de un cartel. Esta iniciativa ciudadana tiene como objetivo el de concientisar al público sobre los efectos que la guerra contra las drogas ha tenido en México y en los Estados Unidos, así mismo busca establecer un diálogo sobre las alternativas a una política bilateral reconocida como un fracaso en alcanzar sus propósitos y contrariamente ha causado consecuencias desastrosas en ambos lados de la frontera. 

US Presidential Candidate Out of Jail

PHILADELPHIA - Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala have been released from jail. Both were arrested yesterday during a protest at the offices of mortgage company Fannie Mae on Banker's Row in Philadelphia.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Who Protect People?



Rally to Stop Deportations


On August 6th will take place a gathering of youth, families and allies from across the region to call for a facility wide review of the Broward Detention Center, and to ask that all low-priority deportations there be deferred just like that of Enrique.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Presidential Candidate to Visit Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA - Dr. Jill Stein will be in Georgia next week, most likely  arriving the evening of August 2 and staying through most of August 3. The Georgia Green Party (GGP) has a viable local Green candidate in Atlanta for the state legislature who has been petitioning for ballot access. The Green Party presidential candidate will be an incentive for the needed verified signatures of almost 1600 registered voters that will put Kwabena Nkromo on the ballot in November.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Latino Lobbyist Support Tax Increase in GA

"On July 31st, Georgia voters will be deciding on a transportation referendum, or 1% sales tax to fund crucial transportation projects across metro Atlanta. Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) supports the passage of this transportation referendum."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

287g Must Go

ATLANTA, GA – Georgia civil liberties and community-based organizations yesterday joined organizations from around the country to renew their calls on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to end 287(g) in Georgia.  In late May, the ACLU Foundation of Georgia, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Coalicion de Lideres Latinos (CLILA), and Georgia Detention Watch submitted specific cases to ICE in each of the four counties currently with a 287(g) Agreement illustrating the harmful impact of the program.

First Friday Prevails

AUGUSTA, GA - From 5pm to 10pm the event will be privately managed. After that period the Richmond County Sheriff Office will take over. On the First Friday of each month, a family-friendly celebration is held in downtown Augusta on Artists' Row; from Seventh Street to Twelfth Street. Galleries and studios remain open on those evenings to debut new works. Arts and craft vendors set up to sell their wares, and music is performed in various outdoor locations. The last First Friday shootings near midnight won't end the festival. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Augusta is Not Bankrupt



AUGUSTA, GA - The Augusta City government probably is ethically bankrupt, according to some citizen critics, but financially is "clean" with a surplus of more than a million dollars. The city administrator Fred Russell said that people are entitled to their five minutes of fame, that they are crazy and that they have no clue how the government works.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cashing In On U.S. Congress District 12 Race

GROVETOWN, GA – Conservative farmer and State Representative Lee Anderson, candidate for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, announced on July 16 that he has raised more than $500,000, with over $255,000 cash on hand. UPDATE: Anderson - a farmer politician - will compete in the run-off of August 22 with Rick W. Allen, a self-declared "businessman not a politician."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Green Presidential Candidate Stein Challenges the "duopoly"


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BALTIMORE, MD - The Green Party 2012 National Convention will nominate their presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, tomorrow. She is running on a platform called "the Green New Deal" which emphasizes economic justice, tough financial regulation, the repeal of Citizens United "corporate personhood" and a transition to a "green economy." The Green Party expects to be on the 2012 ballot in at least 45 states and plans to spend approximately $1 million on its campaign. Stein is the party’s first candidate to independently qualify for federal matching funds, a milestone for this 11-year-old third party.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Forced Evictions in Haiti


This week we joined with an international coalition, including grassroots groups in Haiti, in calling on the government of Haiti to stop evictions from camps housing people who were displaced by the January 2010 earthquake, until there is a comprehensive national housing plan in place.  There are still 400,000 people living in camps, and over one-fifth (82,000) of whom are facing eviction.  In the absence of a housing plan there is no place for people to go. 

Honorably Discharged for Rape?


I served as a Lance Corporal in the Marines for over three years. During that time, I was raped twice and sexually assaulted twice more. It happened so often that I assumed it must be normal.

Execution Scheduled in Georgia


ATLANTA, GA - Warren Hill, a 52-year-old African American man, is due to be executed in the US state of Georgia on July 23 for the 1990 murder of a fellow prisoner. The parole board has denied clemency despite the prisoner having a mental disability serious enough to leave the constitutionality of his execution in real doubt.

Obama 'Stealing' Election in Florida


Last week a federal judge denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for an emergency restraining order to halt Florida’s non-citizen voter purge and said the controversial scrub does not violate federal law. We have managed to keep pressure on each of Florida's 67 County Supervisors of Elections.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hazard Mitigation Plan Approved


AUGUSTA, GA (Karyn C. Nixon) – The Augusta-Richmond County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan has been approved by both the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as of June 28, 2012.  The Plan is effective for five years through June 28, 2017.  Both the cities of Augusta and Blythe have previously formally adopted the approved Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Independent Voters Under Siege

The two-party system, Democratic/Republican parties, is trying to end the nonpartisan elections of the few elections still free from their allmighty control. On July 31 the electorate will decide if those elections will be taken away from independent voters. Be aware of the referendums on the ballots. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Law and Order in Richmond County

www.anibalshow.comTo Be or Not to Be Endorsed 

AUGUSTA, GA - Waynesboro Police Chief Alphonso Williams is among those Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) law enforcement executives who believes Capt. Scott Peebles is the "best candidate" to run the Richmond County Sheriff Office (RCSO). Chief Williams announced the endorsement to Peebles campaign for Sheriff representing the Georgia Chapter Region 7 of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) which did not have the backing of the national office.

Guangcheng's Family in Danger


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Two months after a Houdini-like escape from house arrest in China, human rights activist Chen Guangcheng walks the sidewalks of New York a free man — thanks to sustained pressure from you and tens of thousands of other Amnesty activists worldwide. Now he urgently needs your help to protect his family back home, which is under threat from Chinese authorities.

STAND-UP for Transit Survey


ATLANTA, GA - On July 31, 2012 residents of the 10-county Atlanta region will vote on a one-cent sales tax to fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements.  The Atlanta region considered in this vote includes Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb, Fayette, Douglas, Gwinnett, Henry, Cherokee and Rockdale Counties. 

Cirugía a corazón inerme


LIMA, PERU (Diego Martínez) - Por primera vez en nuestro país se efectuó  una operación cardiopediátrica altamente compleja donde se logró  el intercambio  en las aurículas del corazón para conseguir conectarlas con sus arterias correspondientes, obteniendo de esta manera una corrección fisiológica y la consiguiente recuperación de un paciente de sólo 7 meses de edad.

Presbyterian Divestment


NEW YORK (JVP) - Jewish Voice for Peace is heartened by the strong show of opposition to the Israeli Occupation by the Presbyterian Church (USA). On July 6, the General Assembly passed a resolution to boycott settlement goods with 71% of the vote, while the evening before divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli Occupation was defeated by a razor thin margin of two votes.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Voters, candidates, media intimidation

What is next? Shutting down independent bloggers sites without SOPA? Who needs SOPA when  families can be used against free thinkers? Happy independence...Public meetings now are considered policy meetings and subjected to closed doors policies. If you experience some broken links or videos gone, you know why.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The U.S. Transition to Democracy

In the 2000 elections the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the President of the country was George W. Bush. In spite of all the procedures put in place to have a President elected by a significant amount of people through the Electoral College, nine Americans decided for 300 million people. It was George W. Bush who appointed Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who later became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

With Roberts came Citizens United and the ruling opening the elections to big packets, even of foreign money to "invest" in our electoral process and putting for sale America politics and the elections.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Constitution Aborted in Mississipi

UPDATE: A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked Mississippi from enforcing the "abortion-free state" law. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Jordan entered a temporary restraining order and set a hearing for July 11 to determine whether it should be extended.


"In this case, plaintiffs have offered evidence - including quotes from significant legislative and executive officers - that the act's purpose is to eliminate abortions in Mississippi," Jordan found.

"They likewise submitted evidence that no safety or health concerns motivated its passage. This evidence has not yet been rebutted."

The Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade (1973) established that the right to have an abortion is protected by the U.S. Constitution, which means that states are prohibited from banning abortions performed prior to the point of viability. Roe originally established viability at 24 weeks; Casey v. Planned Parenthood (1992) shortened it to 22 weeks.

In Mississippi there is only one abortion clinic that services the entire state, and it only performs abortions up to 16 weeks. One strategy used by the anti-abortion movement involves driving abortion clinics out of business, which arguably serves the same function as a state-level ban.

The state’s only abortion clinic filed suit in federal court on Wednesday to stop a law from taking effect that it says will effectively ban the practice in Mississippi. The clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, said the law, which is to go into effect on today Sunday, is unconstitutional and imposes “medically unjustified requirements on physicians who perform abortions.”

The law says anyone doing an abortion at a clinic must be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. A clinic spokeswoman says the three physicians who work there are OB-GYNs but do not have admitting privileges, which can be difficult to obtain.

Gov. Phil Bryant, who made a sworn to protect and obey the Constitution, says he hopes the law will make Mississippi "abortion-free" state.

The Mississippi Department of Health says it will inspect the clinic on Monday for compliance. If the clinic cannot meet the new state law requirements, then it will have the right to appeal and begin an administrative process that could take several months. But, clinic president Diane Derzis says, employees would be subject to arrest and fines of up to $2,000 a day if the clinic stays open. So, it would essentially be forced to close.

"It's an absolute tragedy," Derzis said. "No one wants to talk about abortion. No one wants to think about abortion until they're there," she said.
Updated. Judge Jordan extended his previous order July 11. The clinic still will be open until final decision is made.
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Obamacare Could Save Augusta's Taxpayers

AUGUSTA, GA - About $20 million per year cost to keep insured 2,200 employees, about $9,000 per employee annually, just to cover medical plan. An on-site clinic could save around $1million annually on taxpayer money, according to a Wells Fargo Insurance Services consultant who recommended to the Richmond County Commission to approve HealthStat as the on-site clinic provider for city employees. The Affordable Care Act once implemented could eventually provide savings to taxpayers, was said.

Oldest Black Church Recognized by the White House

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AUGUSTA, GA - Augusta had five black churches before the end of Civil War, in an era when formalized assembly of African Americans was frowned upon, if not illegal, in most parts of the South.  In addition to Springfield, Thankful Baptist, Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal, Central Baptist, and Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Churches all had their own buildings.

Lake Aumond Dredging Delay: Blame the Feds

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AUGUSTA, GA - Phil Lee voice concerns about delay in the dredging of Lake Aumond and Hiers Pond.  The Augusta Richmond County Commission answers: Blame the feds, call your senators, we don't have an answer. 

Greens Call on Deal to End Torture

Call on Georgians to Join One Day Solidarity Fast
ATLANTA, GA - Eighteen months after Georgia Department of Corrections employees brutally suppressed a non-violent work stoppage led by inmates in as many as eleven of the state's 34 prisons, it is believed that the "Hidden-37" have been in solitary confinement ever since. The Georgia Green Party today called on Governor Nathan Deal to end the torture; and on Georgians to join hunger striking Georgia inmates in a one day solidarity fast.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fast, Furious and Curious

The same day that the Department of Justice went after some of the responsible of the world economy turmoil, Eric Holder was declared in revolt with Congress for the Fast and Furious program. Four more global banks are being investigated for the alleged financial market manipulation that led to fines of $453 million against Barclays Bank, British Treasury chief George Osborne said Thursday, causing stocks in those groups to plummet. For many the action of Congress is trying to stop Holder of digging so deep in the investigation that might hurt several legislators.

Obamacare on Life Support

www.anibalshow.com"Nothing in our opinion precludes Congress from offering funds under the ACA to expand the availability of health care, and requiring that states accepting such funds comply with the conditions on their use. What Congress is not free to do is to penalize States that choose not to participate in that new program by taking away their existing Medicaid funding." US Supreme Court, 5 to 4, ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Parking Deck: Double Taxation for Richmond


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AUGUSTA, GA - UPDATE - The Richmond County Commission did not consider City Administrator Fred Russell’s "Motion to approve the Reynolds Street Parking Deck Construction, Operating and Reciprocal Easement Agreement, Reynolds Street Parking Deck Management Agreement, Conference Center Parking Lease and Assignment of Parking Deck Management Agreement, and to authorize the Mayor and Clerk of Commission to execute same." Russell pulled off the motion from the agenda at the last minute.

US Congress and Supreme Court as Death Panels

While Congress is preparing to take a long vacation until November 6, leaving the business of the country in limbo, 5 justices of the US Supreme Court could kill the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - in a ruling expected tommorrow. The inaction of Congress on the jobs bill and students loans and the decitions taken by the Supreme Court place both government institutions in contempt with the American people.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Supreme Chaos on Immigration

"The Court may have decided today, but we decide in November"
WASHINGTON, DC (Amy Hinojosa) - The Supreme Court of the United States today struck down 3 of 4 major provisions of the Arizona SB 1070 law that criminalized immigrants. Unfortunately, one major provision was upheld requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone stopped, detained or arrested. Of most concern with the mixed ruling is the potential for abuse of American citizens and immigrants through racial profiling.  Questions remain regarding the definition of what constitute reasonable suspicion and how law enforcement officials in Arizona will react.

Single-Payer Now More Than Ever


As many of you know, I have been a national advocate for decades for single-payer health care for all. In that capacity, I have been working side-by-side with groups like Progressive Democrats of America, the National Nurses United (NNU), and many other committed activists on behalf of single-payer health care. So, on the eve of what could be an important U.S. Supreme Court decision -Thursday- on health care, I have happily agreed to become a member of PDA's National Advisory Board.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Parliamentary Coup in Paraguay


ASUNCION, PARAGUAY - Ousted Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo branded the country's new government illegitimate on Sunday and called for a return to democratic rule following his sudden impeachment two days ago, reported Reuters. 

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9 Things To Do while is being awaited the USCIS implementation of Deferred Status for Dreamers

1. Sign up for updates on the new program.
2. Read and spread the word about what this ‘new’ Obama immigration policy means and who is eligible: English | Spanish 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

¡Es la clase media, estúpido!


Stanley Greenberg ha trabajado para Clinton y Mandela entre otros políticos de relieve y es el fundador de una de las firmas encuestadoras. En un análisis sobre las próximas elecciones de Estados Unidos, basado en el comportamiento de la economía en distintos países y su impacto en la reelección, concluyó que para que un presidente se reelija la economía de su país debe crecer por lo menos un 4%. 

Augusta Pride 2012

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AUGUSTA, GA - City officials estimated 10,500 for attendance. This was the third year in a row that has surpassed what people thought it could be the event. "It is a great day to be out", one said.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Charter School in GA as Power Grabbing Strategy

Georgia’s legislature voted to add the Georgia Charter Schools Amendment on the voting ballot in November. If passed, the referendum would create a state constitutional amendment that would clear the way for the outlawed Georgia Charter Schools Commission, giving it the power to create charter schools—even those rejected by local school boards. The renewed John Milledge Elementary School could become a charter institution.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Obama Tsunami


ATLANTA, GA (GALEO) - Certainly, the month of June has been very active on immigration and election matters. The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials  applauds the welcome move by the Obama Administration to provide temporary relief for potentially tens of thousands of Georgia DREAM'ers.

Divestment From Caterpillar


The Asian Americans Report


A century ago, most Asian Americans were low-skilled, low-wage laborers crowded into ethnic enclaves and targets of official discrimination. Today they are the most likely of any major racial or ethnic group in America to live in mixed neighborhoods and to marry across racial lines. When newly minted medical school graduate Priscilla Chan married Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg last month, she joined the 37% of all recent Asian-American brides who wed a non-Asian groom.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Denying Economic Development in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA - A west Augusta neighborhood association lobbied to stop a new luxury apartment complex from being built and the Augusta Richmond County Commission unanimously denied to approve a rezoning request. The question is: Develop or not develop? Another question is: Don't we want jobs, more tax revenues and the likes?

Health Care Law Expands Community Health Centers


Obama Administration awards grants to support 219 communities, serve an additional 1.25 million additional patients, create over 5,000 jobs

DETROIT, MICHIGAN (By Sherice Perry Dillard) - At Covenant Community Care today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced awards of new grants made possible by the health care law to expand community health centers. The grants awarded to 219 health centers will help expand access to care for more than 1.25 million additional patients and create approximately 5,640 jobs by establishing new health center service delivery sites. 

Hispanic Coalition in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA - The Hispanic Advisory Council was formed to represent Hispanic serving organizations and meet once a month to collaborate for the purpose of sharing information, networking, and creating opportunities to better serve the Hispanic community across all sectors within the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). Paul Balducci is the chair and Doris Gonzalez and Maria del Valle the secretaries. The coalition meetings take place at the Enterprise Mill, downtown.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Finally: Districts Lines for Augusta


In an order issued today, U.S. District Judge J. Randal Hall declined to incorporate the changes requested by parties in the federal lawsuit filed after local officials failed to agree on a district plan. He also set qualifying to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 and end at noon Aug. 8 for candidates running for commissioners and Board of Education seats.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Alivio para estudiantes indocumentados en EE.UU


WASHINGTON— La Secretaria de Seguridad Nacional, Janet Napolitano, anunció hoy que con vigencia inmediata, ciertos jóvenes que entraron en los Estados Unidos siendo niños, que no presentan un riesgo para la seguridad nacional ni para la seguridad pública y que cumplen con varios criterios claves serán considerados para recibir alivio contra la deportación o contra el inicio del proceso de deportación.  Podrán ser elegibles a recibir la acción diferida durante un período de dos años, sujeto a renovación, y serán elegibles para solicitar la autorización de empleo.

Relief Provided to Immigrant Students

Washington, D.C. June 15, 2012- A new policy initiative will aid immigrant students who want to live and work in the United States without fear of immediate deportation. The Deferred Action Process being implemented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow students under the age of 30, who were brought to this country as minors and have been here for more than 5 years, to have the opportunity to apply for a Deferred Action Process and work authorization that could allow them to stay in the United States.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

TSPLOST: Penny-lty for Georgians

On July 31, 2012, Georgians registered voters will say no or yes to the tax increase for all purchases made in the state. The TSPLOST referendum (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sale Tax) — is one of the most important economic development opportunities in our state’s history, according to the official propaganda. If passed in all regions, it would pump up to $19 billion in direct investment into the state’s economy over the next 10 years while connecting communities, reducing congestion and improving road safety. Do not be fooled by the name. This transportation tax nothing have to do with mass transportation or public transportation services at all.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DREAM Activists to Obama: Change What?




ATLANTA, GA - DreamActivist Georgia along with community members and supporters will rally outside the Obama for America campaign office demanding that his administration stop the deportation of DREAM Act eligible youth by signing an Executive Order.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Roundtree 'OK' to Run for Sheriff


AUGUSTA, GA - The Richmond County Board of Elections dismissed a challenge filed against the qualification of Richard Roundtree to run as a candidate for Sheriff of the Richmond County Sheriff Office.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

First Southeast Summit on Immigration


ATLANTA, GA (GALEO) - As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on Arizona's immigration law and as more states in the Southeast debate passing their own immigration laws, prominent figures in the region will convene June 11 at a downtown hotel in Atlanta to discuss the importance of immigrants and immigration to the region's economic and cultural vitality. Key stakeholders from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will begin to develop a common understanding of the value of immigrants and immigration to the Southeast and to the country as a whole, and to renew calls for federal action.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Israeli Occupation and Apartheid are Numbered

45 years ago this week, Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. For more than two generations, the now four million Palestinians there have lived under Israel’s brutal military rule.

Cuban-Americans on "Sexual Tourism"(?)


It must be "Kick the Weak Week" in the U.S. Congress. How else could one explain why Representative David Rivera's bill, to rescind the residency status of Cubans living in the U.S. if they visit the island, could receive the dignity of a hearing in the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Enforcement Policy? This is a uniquely bad piece of legislation.

XXI Century Civil War Started in Wisconsin


Scott Walker survived historic outrage in this state to become the first governor in the nation’s history to survive a recall election. Bursting turnout by unionized workers angry over the loss of collective bargaining rights under Walker and by urban residents who felt abandoned by Walker’s funding priorities, was in the end smothered by support for Walker from suburbs, small towns, and rural areas.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Always Rising Up


The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, also known as the June Fourth Incident in Chinese, were a series of popular demonstrations in and near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China beginning on 15 April 1989. The protests ended with military suppression on 4 June.

Columbia Co. School Board on Trial


 MARTINEZ, GA - David Dekle, a republican trial attorney with over 21 years of experience, is running for the District 1 seat of the Columbia County Board of Education.  The seat is presently held by Wayne Bridges who is not seeking re-election.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Family Unity Waivers


On April 2, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a Proposed Rule that would make an important change in the process for applying for a waiver to a bar to re-entering the U.S. Under current law, undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. without status for six months or more are barred from re-entering for three years once they leave. If they have been here without status for a year or more, the bar to re-entry goes up to ten years.