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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday June 07, 2020 ( 21 items )  

2020 ICCFA University in Atlanta, Georgia Cancelled Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
STERLING, Virginia, June 6 -- The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association issued the following news release: After much deliberation, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) has come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ICCFA University, set for July 17 - 22 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The decision comes as a result of ongoing public health and safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and input from the ICCFA lead  more

ACDI/VOCA: Webinar Examines How Rural Tourism Can Fuel Development in the COVID-19 Era
ARMENIA, Georgia, June 6 -- ACDI/VOCA, an economic development organization that fosters broad-based economic growth, raises living standards, and creates vibrant communities, issued the following news: ACDI/VOCA celebrated World Environment Day on June 5, 2020, by hosting the webinar "What Is Rural Tourism Opportunities for Development." The live event featured agritourism experts David Visher and Penny Leff. It was moderated by Thelonious Trimmell, ACDI/VOCA Senior Agribusiness Advisor and fo  more

American Angus Association: Tennessee Farm Recognized as Historic Angus Herd
ST. JOSEPH, Missouri, June 4 -- The American Angus Association issued the following news release: In 1966, W.H. "Pete" Shelby along with his son, Bill Shelby, established Rivermont Angus Farm on the banks of the Tennessee River with two Angus cows purchased from Diplomat Angus Farm in Saltillo, Tennessee. In the beginning, they used natural service sires purchased from Graham Angus in Albany, Georgia, and later, purchased a son of PineDriveBigSky from Beamon Angus in Franklin, Tennessee. Addit  more

American Cancer Society: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity in America
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 2 -- The American Cancer Society issued the following news release: The American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network are saddened and distressed by the circumstances leading to the unrest in our nation in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and other recent events. It bears underscoring that the external climate and the issues of systemic injustice have a direct impact on our organization and our work. Diversity is a core value for the  more

American Cancer Society: Study Puts Price Tag on Lost Earnings From Racial Disparities in Cancer Mortality
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 4 -- The American Cancer Society issued the following news release: A new American Cancer Society study puts a price tag on racial disparities in cancer mortality, finding that $3.2 billion in lost earnings would have been avoided in 2015 if non-Hispanic (NH) blacks had equal years of life lost from cancer deaths and earning rates as NH whites. The study appears in JNCI Cancer Spectrum. Little is known about disparities in economic burden due to premature cancer deaths b  more

Atlanta Regional Commission Allocates $1.9 Million From Families First Coronavirus Response Act to Provide Meals to Older Atlantans
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 2 -- The Atlanta Regional Commission issued the following news release: The Atlanta Regional Commission announced that the agency has provided $1.9 million in federal pandemic relief funds to expand the number of older adults across metro Atlanta receiving meal deliveries from ARC partner providers. The funding will enable ARC and its partner organizations to provide home-delivered nutrition to approximately 1,500 new clients at risk for food insecurity. The $1.9 millio  more

CARE International and U.N. Women Advocate for Rapid Gender Analysis in Crisis Response to Reduce Inequality in LAC
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 4 -- CARE issued the following news release: Women and girls across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are facing a terrifying mix of, increased domestic violence, increased care burden, lower access to income and jobs, and potential social unrest as a result of the coronavirus outbreaks finds a new CARE International and UN Women joint report. The LAC region has the highest levels of inequality in the world, with wide gaps in living standards across countries, region  more

Center for Public Representation Denounces the Murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis
NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts, June 2 -- The Center for Public Representation issued the following statement: The Center for Public Representation denounces the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis - the latest in a series of Black deaths, including Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Louisville. We condemn the structural racism that has allowed this to take place. We stand with protesters in the Twin Cities, Atlanta, Louisville, Columbus, New York City, Washington, Philadelphia, D.C.  more

Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials: Georgia Secretary of State, Election Board Must Safeguard June 9 Primary
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 4 -- The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials issued the following news release: All Voting is Local Georgia and more than 10 civil rights organizations, including The Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Campaign Legal Center, the Coalition for the People's Agenda, and Black Voters Matter, called on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and State Election Board members to establish uniform standards and provide funding to counties to fix widespread b  more

Georgia Chamber of Commerce Issues Joint Statement on Economic Mobility
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 4 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following joint statement with the Atlanta Black Chambers and Georgia Greater Black Chamber of Commerce: The Georgia Chamber, the Atlanta Black Chambers and the Georgia Greater Black Chamber of Commerce fiercely advocate for quality jobs, free enterprise, economic mobility, and for over a century, we have stood against discrimination. As a business community, we understand the deep hurt and grave concern for race relations   more

Georgia Moms Demand Action, Others Applaud Lawmakers for Launching Push to Repeal Stand Your Ground, Citizens Arrest Laws
MANHATTAN, New York, June 6 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, part of Everytown for Gun Safety's volunteer networks, applauded the announcement of efforts (https://t.e2ma.net/click/xppdnd/5zi5icc/96a3mk) to repeal Georgia's Stand Your Ground and citizens arrest laws: "Our country is facing a reckoning as we address decades of systemic racism in  more

Georgia School Boards Association Statement on Protests
LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia, June 4 -- Georgia School Boards Association issued the following statement by Executive Director Valarie Wilson: The past few months have ushered in a great sense of urgency and need to develop and support k-12 systems that are nimble and flexible, as well as create learning environments and spaces that support success for all students. As governance team leaders you have grappled daily with the ever-changing landscape that is defined by the COVID-19 pandemic and are now  more

Human Rights Watch: Second COVID-19 Death in US Immigration Detention
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: As people across the United States prepared for Memorial Day last month, a second person in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody died of complications from Covid-19. Santiago Baten-Oxlaj, 34, from Guatemala, passed away at the Piedmont Regional Hospital in Georgia on Sunday, May 24. According to ICE, he had been hospitalized since April 17 after being transferred from the Stewart Detention Center. Baten-O  more

ICCFA Educational Foundation Honors 2020 ICCFA University Scholarships for Recipients to Attend in 2021
STERLING, Virginia, June 6 -- The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association issued the following news release: After much deliberation, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) has come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ICCFA University, set for July 17 - 22 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The decision comes as a result of ongoing public health and safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and input from the ICCFA lead  more

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: Analysis - Adult-Use Legalization Associated With Tourism Spike
ROME, Georgia, May 28 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: The enactment of adult-use cannabis legalization laws in Colorado and Washington is associated with increased tourism in both states, according to data (https://jrap.scholasticahq.com/article/12800-pot-heads-in-beds-the-effect-of-marijuana-legalization-on-hotel-occupancy-in-colorado-and-washington) published in the Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy. A team of researchers a  more

National Treasury Employees Union Responds to Next Round of IRS Employee Call Backs
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The National Treasury Employees Union issued the following news release: The IRS has informed the National Treasury Employees Union that it is planning to recall employees into work sites in multiple states over the next four weeks. After IRS employees in Utah, Texas and Kentucky started reporting back to their buildings this week, the next wave is scheduled to report June 15 in Michigan, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee, which includes the large campuses in Atlanta and Ka  more

Partnership for Public Service Issues Statement on Systemic Racism
WASHINGTON, June 2 -- The Partnership for Public Service issued the following statement by President and CEO Max Stier: Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier released the following statement in response to the events that have once again exposed the racial divide within our country and to emphasize the organization's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. "The systemic racism and inequality that pervades our country and institutions has been painfully evident with   more

Preventing Chronic Disease Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 5 -- Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says it disseminates public health findings, innovations and practices on chronic disease prevention, published research articles on the following topics in its June 2020 edition: * Continuous Stakeholder Engagement: Expanding the Role of Pharmacists in Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Through the National Diabetes Prevention Program * Using an Advanced Practice Pharmacist in  more

Southern Regional Education Board: On Racial Justice and Equity
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 6 -- The Southern Regional Education Board issued the following statement: The Southern Regional Education Board stands with black people and their allies around the South and across the nation in condemning racially motivated violence and racism in all its manifestations. Ahmaud Arbery in south Georgia. Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. George Floyd in Minneapolis. The most recent names on a long list of black lives that mattered. That still matter. This moment m  more

USA Rice Federation: Kentucky Hosts 2020 SASDA Cyber Conference
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, June 3 -- USA Rice Federation issued the following news: Before COVID-19, many people were anxiously anticipating a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, this week for the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) conference. SASDA is comprised of ag commissioners from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. The  more

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: 'Business is a Force for Good' Essay Contest Winners Announced
MADISON, Wisconsin, June 4 -- Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce issued the following news release: Wisconsin Business World - a program of WMC Foundation - announced the winners of its 2020 Business is a Force for Good essay contest on Wednesday. Middle and high school students across the state were challenged to research and report on how businesses in their local communities and throughout the state are helping their employees, the healthcare industry and their communities during the COVI  more