Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mayor Davis Strategic Investments

Augustans want their Mayor to have an ambitious agenda to do the hard work and make an impact on Augusta that is lasting and transformative.  They aren’t expecting it to happen overnight, but they are expecting me to make decisions to invest in Augusta’s future, in their future, in their children’s future

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Conjoined Twins Born in Augusta Died

AUGUSTA, GA (11/12) (PR) — The conjoined twins receiving treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Georgia died last night due to multiple complex medical complications. The boys—who shared a heart and liver—were delivered by C-section on Monday at the Georgia Regents Medical Center and remained in critical condition in the NICU in the adjoining children’s hospital for two days.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Referendum on SPLOST 7

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Information about the referendum vote (Yes - No) on November 3 to extend local sales tax in Richmond County will be provided October 24, from 1 to 3 PM at the Richmond County Library, 823 Telfair St. 30901. The forum is organized by the League of Women Voters local chapter.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Georgia Latino Film Festival Announces 2014 Award Winners

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - The Georgia Latino Film Festival  announced today 2014’s awardees of the film, fiction, documentaries and shorts categories. The Award for Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Script honors goes to Argentina's submission "GATO NEGRO".

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Movers and Shakers at Presente

It is with tremendous excitement that we announce new leadership at Oscar Chacon and Favianna Rodriguez will be taking over as interim co-directors, and they will be working closely with Matt Nelson,'s new Managing Director. This powerful team of groundbreaking leaders for Latin@ equality bring several decades of combined experience working to advance the rights of Latin@s. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Immigration Agents in Fulton County Jails

ATLANTA, GA (PR) – The Georgia Not1More Deportation Coalition, a statewide coalition of immigrant rights advocates and organizers, today released the details of a proposed agreement between Fulton County and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to place immigration agents in Fulton County jails. The proposal is an expansion of ICE’s “Priority Enforcement Program,” also known as PEP.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Saturday Mammograms

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Finding the time for a mammogram can be challenging for busy women. However, a weekend mammogram might be your answer. October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Breast Health Center at Georgia Regents Medical Center is offering patients a chance to schedule a mammogram for any Saturday in October between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. by calling 706-721-9729 (XRAY).

Modern Pirates Attack Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is in the middle of a debt crisis that is destroying its economy, and this crisis didn’t just appear from nowhere. Huge investment banks and hedge fund vultures saw a big opportunity to profit from abusive lending to Puerto Rico, and pushed its government institutions to take on more debt that they would never be able to repay. Now, they want Puerto Rico’s people to foot the bill and guarantee their profits. It’s predatory lending at its worst, and on an international scale.

Friday, September 18, 2015

National Voter Registration Day

The Richmond County Board of Elections would like to remind the public that Tuesday, September 22, 2015 is National Voter Registration Day and encourages all citizens to take this opportunity to register to vote or to update their voter registration information, if needed.

Refugees Shouldn’t Be in Detention Centers

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) – The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today released its annual report to the President and Congress examining the civil rights and due process conditions at immigration detention facilities, as well as the conditions of family detainees. In the Statutory Enforcement Report: The State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities, the Commission found that some detention centers and contracted facilities are not fully complying with detention standards regarding medical care, legal information and other basic standards of treatment. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Information About Assisted “Suicide”

There is legislation being considered in several states
regarding the legality of assisted suicide.

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Central Savannah River Area Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is scheduled to meet on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 3 pm at the Columbia County Library at 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd, Evans, GA. The meeting room is on the basement floor, and it is accessible by wheelchair. Admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Arrested at Gynecologist's Office

Arrest raises troubling questions about privacy and human rights

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) — Today, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) responded to news of the arrest of Blanca Borrego, a Latina mom and undocumented woman, in Northeast Women's Healthcare clinic in Atascocita, Texas. Borrego had been sitting in the waiting room for nearly two hours when staff called her into an exam room, where she was met by Harris County Sheriff’s deputies, who arrested her for allegedly using a false ID and handcuffed her in front of her daughters who now fear their mother's deportation and their family torn apart.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Revuelo por Condena de López en Venezuela

Por ABM - El cuadro histórico de este expaís hasta hoy no ha sido ni medianamente comprendido. Esto lo vemos, una vez más, cuando se nos habla de la posible absolutoria de Leopoldo López y del seguro triunfo de “las oposiciones” el 06D.  Sus defensores y Voluntad Popular esperan la libertad del dirigente el 04/09/15  para que “pase la prueba el Estado de derecho”.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Combate a Delitos de "Cuello Blanco"

Por Anibal Ibarra - El Departamento de Justicia estadounidense (DOJ) ha emitido nuevas directivas para combatir los crímenes de “cuello blanco” y las compañías podrían empezar a temblar, sobretodo aquellas empresas que se consideran por encima de la ley o con “padrinos” políticos. El arma judicial del gobierno no esperará que se cometan los abusos financieros, ni ofrecerá inmunidad a ciegas, conforme a las nuevas directrices. Se recurrirá al máximo peso de la ley para ir contra estafadores y ladrones de la fe pública y privada, aseguran oficiales de Justicia.

Bribery Scheme at Georgia Military Base

The Defendants Received 22 Years, 10 Years and Five Years in Prison Respectively

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - A former civilian employee and a former contractor of the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Georgia, as well as one outside contractor were sentenced today to prison terms for bribery and fraud arising from their handling of military trucking contracts and theft of surplus military equipment.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

West Nile Virus Cases in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – As the Georgia Public Health Laboratory confirmed three cases of West Nile virus infections in Augusta, local people may wonder what they can do to protect themselves and their families.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Labor Day Memory

By Shea Howell - This Labor Day marks the passage of twenty years since striking Detroit News and Free Press workers strode down Woodward Avenue in the Parade. It was the beginning of a long, bitter, and brutal battle.  Much of the mainstream media has ignored this anniversary and evaded the lessons learned and questions still before us.

Friday, September 4, 2015

GALEO's Twelve Year History

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - Members of GALEO's Board of Directors are often tapped for Presidential and Gubernatorial Appointments and former member, Judge Dax Lopez, is just the latest person to have served on GALEO's Board of Directors to be one of them. On July 30, 2015, President Obama nominated Judge Lopez to fill a judicial vacancy on the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

New Precinct Information Cards for Voters

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Richmond County Board of Elections is mailing out new Precinct Information Cards to voters in Richmond County whose polling location has changed. The polling location changes will affect all voters who formerly voted at the VFW Post 649 located at 2430 Windsor Spring Road and all voters who formerly voted at the Crossroad Fellowship Church located at 3875 Wrightsboro Road. All changes will take effect immediately and for the upcoming November 3, 2015 Special Election in Augusta-Richmond County.

Free Enrollment Assistance for Health Insurance

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - Enroll America Georgia State Director Danté McKay released the following statement in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) that five Georgia organizations will receive nearly $4 million over the next three years to provide free, in-person Affordable Care Act enrollment assistance across the state:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Preventing Labor Day Fatalities

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Richmond County Sheriff's Office along with many Sheriffs and Police agencies throughout Georgia will be participating in Hand Across the Border again this year during labor day weekend.  Agencies from Georgia and South Carolina will be teaming up and working together to help ensure the safety of the motoring public and those using our waterways.  Locally, in conjunction with the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Department of Natural Recourses the Richmond County Sheriff's Office will have increased officer presence during this holiday period.

Latino American History, Culture

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – Georgia Regents University students and the greater Augusta community will get a glimpse into the history and culture of Latinos in America during a series of free events organized by the GRU Libraries during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Annual Day of Service

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – People in the CSRA will have a chance to give back to the community during Georgia Regents University’s Day of Service on Sept. 12. Community members are invited to join GRU employees, students and their families to help organizations in our area through volunteer service.

Perdón Extraordinario del Aborto

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO (ACI) - Esta mañana se publicó en el Vaticano una Carta del Papa Francisco ante la cercanía del Año de la Misericordia. La misiva está dirigida a Mons. Rino Fisichella, Presidente del Consejo Pontificio para la Promoción de la Nueva Evangelización y contiene indicaciones específicas sobre el perdón de pecados graves como el aborto, las indulgencias plenarias y otros temas de interés para todos los católicos.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Semana de Derechos del Trabajor

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ATLANTA, GA (PR) - Del 31 de agosto al 4 de setiembre se llevará a cabo en la amplia red de Consulados de México en Estados Unidos, la Semana de Derechos Laborales (SDL). El Consulado General de México en Atlanta lo albergará en sus instalaciones en esta ciudad y en el Consulado Sobre Ruedas en Gainsville, Georgia.

Private Ambulance Service on Target

Ad at Comm. Ben Hasan's UPW 

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - The contract with Gold Cross will remain for now without modification. The Commission decided not to end it. Commissioner Ben Hasan - in an apparent conflict of interest - abstained of voting. His publication Urban Pro Weekly (UPW) keeps an account with the embattled EMS company.

Friday, August 28, 2015

ADA Self Evaluation

Click to Play: Augusta Compliance with ADA 

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self  Evaluation and Transition Plan (SETP) for the City of Augusta is a focused effort to address the City’s transportation related policies, rules and regulations as they relate to the guidelines set forth in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Leadership at Confucius Institute

AUGUSTA, GA (PR)Dr. Cindi Chance has been named director of the Georgia Regents University Confucius Institute. Chance previously served as the dean of the GRU College of Education for three years. “I’m honored to represent this cultural centerpiece that brings GRU and the local Chinese community together,” Chance said. “Chinese heritage in the Augusta area is so rich, dating back to the late 1800s. I’m looking forward to continue honoring this heritage through the Confucius Institute and working side-by-side with the Chinese government to promote Chinese language and culture on our campus and in the CSRA.”

Is’t Time to Recognize Feminists in America?

NEW YORK (PR) On Women’s Equality Day, the national holiday commemorating passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Ms. Foundation for women released the results of a new poll on the state of women’s equality, new findings on adopting the “feminist” label, and a fresh understanding of how the public feels about community problems and solutions. This is the first survey of its kind that examines whether the public believes specific issues have different impacts on women versus men.

Latin Jazz Performer in Augusta

Click to Play: Layla in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Second Year of the Four Seasons Chamber Jazz Series kicks off on Friday, August 28th with Latin jazz performer Layla Angulo. The opening set will feature a favorite of the CSRA music scene, Edwin G. Hamilton. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Court Orders Prompt Release of Immigrant Children

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (Council) welcome a decision released Friday evening by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Flores v. Lynch, No. 85-04544 (C.D.Ca.), which ruled that children should generally be released from detention within five days—preferably to a parent, including a parent with whom they were apprehended. The government must implement the Court’s ruling by October 23, 2015.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

45th Anniversary of Augusta Riots at Diversity Summit

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) -  CNN commentator and HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill will be the keynote speaker for Georgia Regents University’s 2015 Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.

Doss, Protector of the Electoral Process

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Travis Doss, Jr., Assistant Director for Richmond County Board of Elections will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator   (CERA)  the   highest   professional achievement, in ceremonies conducted by the Election Center at The Westin Galleria,  at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015.

Monday, August 17, 2015

To Be or Not To Be in SPLOST

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - UPDATE - The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 7 will be on the ballot November 3 to be approved by the voters of Richmond County. The final list of projects to be covered by the sales tax collection, in the amount of $215.5 million, is Non Governmental Organization (NGO) free. A last minute attempt to include $10 million to help 6 of over 2,000 non-profits entities in Augusta failed for lack of second to the motion.

Library to Host 2015 Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - Author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh will be honored for his book “Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation,” (Abrams Books, 2014). Tonatiuh, whose roots are both Mexican and American, has won both the Pura Belpre Illustrator Award and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American children's book award for previous works.  

Friday, August 14, 2015

Happy 80th Anniversary, Social Security!

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - Today, the Social Security Administration proudly celebrates its 80th anniversary. On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, landmark legislation that continues to provide hope and protection to some of the most vulnerable members of society. Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin marked Social Security’s historic birthday by reaffirming the agency’s commitment to the public.

¿Sermonear o castigar a tus hijos?

Justo antes de que comience el nuevo año escolar, tenemos un examen sorpresa para los padres: ¿Qué haces cuando tu hijo/a trae malos grados a casa? A) Lo sermoneas B) Lo castigas sin actividades como deportes o clubes C) Creas en casa un ambiente que estimule el aprendizaje.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Public Hearing on Disparity Study by GDOT

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Are minority and women-owned business owners fully aware of what’s at stake for them when a “Disparity Study” is being done in their area?  Do they grasp how important it is to their financial future to participate in the process? GSPC is conducting ​a ​public ​​hearing​ on August 19, 6:00 PM to 08:00 at the Augusta Public Library Headquarters, 823 Telfair Street, Augusta GA 30901.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Embajada en Cuba Sin Embajador

Por Anibal Ibarra - El próximo Viernes 14 de Agosto, John Kerry visitará La Habana para izar la bandera en la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Cuba, y será el primer secretario de Estado en visitar la isla en más de 50 años. Sin embargo, el Congreso estadounidense ha insistido que bloqueará la confirmación del embajador y que no levantará el embargo económico que pesa sobre la isla por décadas.

Families "United" in Detention Centers

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) — The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is disappointed by the Obama administration’s response to a July 24 ruling to release asylum-seeking mothers and children from immigration detention. President Obama has decided to appeal the ruling and will not comply with Judge Gee’s accurate determination that family detention is unlawful, as it violates a 20-year-old landmark case governing the treatment of immigrant children.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Dating Longer Before Marriage

In her recent bestselling book titled "Hellen Chen’s Love Seminar," author and relationship expert Hellen Chen revealed that 85 percent of dating end in breakups and a longer dating time does not always mean a more stable and happier marriage.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sheriff Roundtree Wants Your Opinion

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a meeting to gain public comments about the RCSO in its efforts to achieve national accreditation. It will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Richmond County Court House Rm 2E located at 745 James Brown Blvd. Augusta, GA  30901.

Stronger Standards for People Applying Pesticides

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides.  These pesticides are not available for purchase by the general public, require special handling, and may only be applied by a certified applicator or someone working under his or her direct supervision.

Minimizing Fatalities During After-School Hours

ATLANTA, GA (PR) — As 55 million children across the country head back to school, AAA urges motorists to slow down and stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones, and to be especially vigilant for pedestrians during before- and after-school hours. In 2013, more than 17 child pedestrians died in Georgia, 13 occurred during School Transport hours.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Georgia 5th Worst State for Student Debt

With 11.1 percent of all student loans in delinquency or default and student loans continuing to be the largest non-housing debt for Americans, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst States for Student Debt.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Poverty and Educational Achievement

ANN ARBOR (PR) —The gap between income and achievement in school has been well documented over the years but new research from the University of Michigan finds physiological differences in the brains of the poorest children.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The State of City Boards Members

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - The selection, replacement and removal of city boards members are going to be discussed by the Richmond County Commission during the first session in August. Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young is a Republican candidate for Georgia State House District 123. He is the Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Agency (URA) but his potencial removal is not included in the agenda. For some residents Young should resign to his current position, but in Augusta politics “conflict of interest” usually is not taken seriously. Two sitting Commissioners censured by ethics violations were reelected

Saturday, August 1, 2015

SPLOST 7 Public Information Session

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) UPDATE: The proposed costs for the SPLOST 7 package was reduced to $210,500,000. The recommendation made by the city Administrator - with cero money for outside agencies - will be voted on by the Commission by August 18. The current proposal might survive or some changes could be made to include Paine College request and others.

Esclavitud Incesante

Foto de Aurelia Ventura y reportaje de Yurina Melara
La Opinión

Los Ángeles es una de las tres metrópolis en Estados Unidos con más alto nivel de esclavitud, según el FBI. Inmigrantes como Flor Molina, originaria de México, a quien su “empleador” le ofreció trabajo en una fábrica en Pasadena o como Rotchana Sussman, quien llegó de Tailandia con visa de trabajo, para trabajar en una fábrica en El Monte, son algunas de las víctimas de tráfico humano y esclavitud moderna.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Serenade to End Family Detention Centers

Left to Right: Leng Leng Chancey (NAPAWF Communications and Development Director),  Sameera Hafiz (We Belong Together Campaign Policy Director), Meghna Damani (Immigrant rights activist and maker of “HeartSuspended”), Miriam Yeung (NAPAWF Executive Director and Co-Chair of We Belong Together Campaign), and Representative Judy Chu (D-CA).

By Miriam Yeung (We Belong Together)  - There is a crisis of conscience in our country regarding our immigration system right now and I’m dropping a note to let you know how proud I am of the fierce Asian American and Pacific Islander women who are standing up to injustice.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"DC is Proud To Be a Sanctuary City"

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - City officials and immigrant rights groups joined in a unity press conference at the front steps of City Hall to denounce efforts in the US Congress to scapegoat immigrants and undermine local Trust or sanctuary cities like Washington, DC.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Church Security Conference

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - The shooting deaths of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina has raised questions about safety in places of worship around the globe. Although there is no way to entirely protect a church from violence, leaders can increase safety precautions in order to be proactive rather than reactive. A conference on the matter will take place at Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry, August 3 at 7 p.m. in North Augusta.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Law Enforcement Funding at Risk

Under various legislative proposals, funding for critical law enforcement grants to cities and counties that have community trust policies are in danger. These policies include a wide range of practices and laws that specify how state and local law enforcement officials should interact with federal immigration officials. Georgia could lose around $770.000.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Elected Latino Prosecutors Only 1.7%

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (PR) - An analysis by the Women Donors Network’s Reflective Democracy Campaign entitled Justice for All? shows that 95% of elected prosecutors in the U.S. are white and 79% are white men, revealing a stark imbalance between those with enormous power in the criminal justice system and the people they are elected to represent.

Augusta Honored by Georgia Corrections

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA recently was honored as the only non-law enforcement agency named by the Georgia Department of Corrections as a Partner Agency of the Year. The Richmond County Correctional Institution as County Facility of the Year.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Asians and Hispanics Could Achieve #Health4All

California can succeed in providing health care for all of its undocumented immigrants if the Asian and Pacific Islander communities band together with the Hispanic community and push for it, said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta, D-Oakland. Both men are spearheading the effort in their respective chambers through Health for All bills authored by Lara. The bills are currently making their way through the legislative process.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Preventing Car Hacking

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (PR) - FCA US LLC is conducting a voluntary safety recall to update software in approximately 1,400,000 U.S. vehicles equipped with certain radios. The recall aligns with an ongoing software distribution that insulates connected vehicles from remote manipulation, which, if unauthorized, constitutes criminal action.

Billionaire Setting National Agenda

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted to pass HR 3009, despite a very clear statement from President Obama that he would veto it. "While the vote did not surprise anyone, it reminded many of the need for more, rather than less, protective policies at the municipal and state level to shield communities from the dangerous combination of a broken congress, a rogue law enforcement (ICE), and a bigot billionaire who somehow has managed to set the national agenda."

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sunburn Tattoo Not Good to Beat the Heat

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – There were 123 heat-related deaths across the nation in 2014, according to the National Weather Service. “People suffer heat-related illnesses when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves,” said Dr. Richard Schwartz, chair of emergency medicine at Georgia Regents University. “No matter if you’re in the garden, on the playing field, at the beach or at the construction site, summer activity should be balanced with measures that aid the body’s cooling mechanisms and prevent heat-related illness.”

Hispanic Life Expectancy and Social Security

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one year later than projected last year, with 79 percent of benefits payable at that time.  The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016, unchanged from last year’s estimate, with 81 percent of benefits still payable.

When Older Adults Give Up the Keys

ATLANTA, GA (PR) - Older adults who have stopped driving are almost two times more likely to suffer from depression and nearly five times as likely to enter a long-term care facility than those who remain behind the wheel, according to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Columbia University.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Augustans Responded First Telephone Town Hall

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. hosted his first Telephone Town Hall Meeting last evening with nearly 2,000 Augustans.  Mayor Davis gave a brief update about the work he is doing as Mayor of the City and informed residents about what to expect in the days ahead. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stormwater Fee or SPLOST 7?

Stormwater Fee Prevails
AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - UPDATE: The stormwater fee ordinance was approved by 6 votes, with some modifications, after several time failing to pass. On the other hand, the Commission is running out of time to send to the Board of Elections the SPLOST 7 request to be on the ballots November 3, which deadline is middle September.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tras 54 Años Flamea Bandera de Cuba en EE.UU

WASHINGTON, DC (Sergio Alejandro Gómez) - Por primera vez en más de medio siglo se escucharon hoy en esta capital las notas del Himno de Bayamo y se izó la bandera de la estrella solitaria para dejar oficialmente reinaugurada la embajada de Cuba en los Estados Unidos.

Friday, July 17, 2015

10 Aniversario de Feria de Salud

Click to Play - Pulse para ver el Vídeo

TRENTON, SC (Anibal Ibarra) - Costa Layman, el invernadero donde se realiza la feria de salud para sus empleados, celebró el décimo año de la actividad. Numerosos de sus aproximadamente cuatrocientos operarios participaron nuevamente de la misma y también de un estudio que Georgia Regents University está llevando a cabo. No solo se intenta mejorar la salud de los trabajadores sino que además se busca hallar soluciones a largo plazo de ciertas deficiencias sanitarias, apuntaron sus organizadores.

Casa Blanca y EPA Honran a Estudiantes Ambientalistas

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) — El Consejo de la Casa Blanca para la Calidad Ambiental, en conjunto con la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de EE.UU. (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés), reconocieron a los ganadores del Premio Presidencial Ambiental Juvenil (PEYA, por sus siglas en inglés) y al Premio Presidencial de Innovación para Educadores Ambientales (PIAEE, por sus siglas en inglés) que se otorgan anualmente. Fueron honrados 44 estudiantes y 27 maestros de todo el país en una ceremonia por sus contribuciones sobresalientes en educación ambiental y protección ambiental.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The “Video Case” Against Planned Parenthood

New York, NY (PR) – “The Ms. Foundation for Women stands in support of Planned Parenthood and the women, men and teens they serve. We are disappointed in lawmakers who are rushing to call hearings based on a video created by anti-abortion extremists. We urge lawmakers to join us in supporting women’s health by standing with Planned Parenthood.”

Iran Deal: Tell Your Opinion to Senator Perdue

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - “If this requires walking away from such a deal and strengthening sanctions, I will encourage President Obama to consider this course of action. To be clear, rejecting this agreement is not condoning war, it is standing firm for peace and against Iranian aggression." U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement regarding the announcement of a nuclear agreement with Iran:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Broadband Access in Public Housing

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) – Building on the Obama Administration’s goal to expand high speed broadband to all Americans, today, President Obama and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced, ConnectHome, an initiative to extend affordable broadband access to families living in HUD-assisted housing. Through ConnectHome, Internet Service Providers, non-profits and the private sector will offer broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices for residents in assisted housing units in 28 communities across the nation. 

Community Meetings for Transportation

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - The Augusta Planning and Development Department (APDD) invites the public to participate in a second round of community meetings throughout the region during the months of July and August 2015. More than 1,100 persons provided input during the first round of community meetings and outreach from February through May 2015.

750 Mil Mexicanos Favorecidos por DACA
ATLANTA, GA (PR) - El consulado general de México en la capital de Georgia cuenta entre sus funcionarios jóvenes quienes son beneficiarios de la acción ejecutiva de la administración Obama, DACA. En la serie titulada “La historia de un mexicano”, la sede diplomática narra las experiencias de quienes accedieron al permiso de trabajo temporal que les permite trabajar. La medida administrativa favorece a 750 mil jóvenes mexicanos residentes en Estados Unidos, mientras se espera una eventual legalización permanente de las personas indocumentadas en el país.

Back-to-School Vaccinations

ATLANTA, GA (PR)As students return to school in August, it’s important that all children are up-to-date on all of their vaccinations for vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps and pertussis. What better time for parents to ensure that their children’s – and their own – immunizations are up to date, before children and germs gather in the classroom.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Georgia is 2015’s 10th Most Energy Expensive State

With July tending to be the month with the highest energy consumption and summer being the season that most Americans relocate to start a new family or career, the personal finance website WalletHub followed up on its analysis of the Best & Worst Cities for Families with an in-depth look at 2015's Most & Least Energy-Expensive States.

Monday, July 13, 2015

One Year of Cherry Tree Crossing Demolition

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - First their homes were demolished and today they were evicted from the list of registered voters. The Richmond County Board of Elections (RCBOE) voted to take 496 names from the official list of electors. None of them took part of the last attempt made by the board to avoid the action during a public hearing. They must register to vote again with their new addresses. CLICK HERE TO CHECK YOUR VOTING STATUS

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Maintaining the Legacy

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - Once considered a park that celebrates the legacy and aspirations of the oldest Black church in the United States, honoring the historic Springfield Baptist Church, the landscaped setting for two important sculptures by Richard Hunt is near an eyesore. The highlight of the park, the "Tower of Aspiration," a 45-foot stainless steel sculpture, due to the lack of maintenance in the 2.5-acre park looks more like a place of desperation.

Confederate Flag Down, MLK Statue Up?

Andy Davis
UPDATE: Weeks after being tapped to sculpt a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. at Georgia State Capitol, Andy Davis was pronounced dead July 12 around 10 p.m. Governor Nathan Deal signed an order in 2013 to remove a statue of Tom Watson, a segregationist U.S. Senator known for his racist attacks on blacks. Several Democratic leaders pushed him to replace it with a statue of King. The Confederate Flag was removed from South Carolina State Capitol grounds Friday morning. Davis was struck from behind by a pickup truck while stopping at a red light on his motorcycle later that night in Atlanta.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Machinery of Detention and Deportation

Immigrants are (still) less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born
WASHINGTON, DC (PR) -  The new report released is a sequel to a 2007 report and confirms that anecdotes are simply no substitute for hard data. For years, the quantitative data has established two key facts with respect to the relationship between immigrants and crime: immigration is associated with lower crime rates and immigrants are less likely than the native-born to be serious criminals.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Desegregating Housing

WASHINGTON, DC (PR) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a final rule to equip communities that receive HUD funding with data and tools to help them meet long-standing fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds. HUD will also provide additional guidance and technical assistance to facilitate local decision-making on fair housing priorities and goals for affordable housing and community development.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Would Cooks Keep in Order Housing?

AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - UPDATE 7/21/2015: Hawthorne Welcher, Jr, was selected as Director of the Augusta Richmond County Housing and Community Development with a salary of $100.000. 

We Are Not Erasing Southern Past

“We continue to heal, as one people and one state”

UPDATE: COLUMBIA, SC (PR) – 7/9/2015 - Governor Nikki Haley today issued the following statement: “Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people with great dignity. I'm grateful for their service‎ and their compassion. It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vaccine Overdose to Detained Children

Family Detention Must End
WASHINGTON, DC (PR) - This weekend, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (Council) learned that, recently, medical personnel at the detention center in Dilley, Texas that holds nearly 2,000 children and their mothers mistakenly gave adult-strength Hepatitis A vaccinations to approximately 250 children.