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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday June 14, 2020 ( 25 items )  

ACLU of Georgia Calls Georgia Elections a Massive Failure
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 11 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued the following news release: "The Georgia elections held were a massive failure. Countless Georgians were deprived of their sacred right to vote. Whether it is incompetence or intentional voter suppression- the result is the same-- Georgians denied their rights as citizens in this democracy," said Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia. "In March 2019, the ACLU of Georgia warned Cobb, DeKalb, Ful  more

ACLU of Georgia Urges Athens-Clarke County to Pass Proposal to Re-Envision Public Safety
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 11 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued the following news release: The ACLU of Georgia sent a letter to the Athens-Clarke Mayor and Commissioners supporting the budget proposal that Commissioners Parker and Denson put forward, the best and most serious effort at tackling this problem currently on the table anywhere in our state. Policing is a deeply troubled American institution, and one that has proven frustratingly resistant to reform. We need to fun  more

Advancement Project: Racial Justice Organizations Condemn 'Catastrophic' Georgia Primary Election
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 11 -- The Advancement Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit that develops and inspires community-based solutions based on the high quality legal analysis and public education campaigns, issued the following news: Yesterday, Georgia held its primary elections amidst the coronavirus pandemic with catastrophic outcomes for voters. Fewer polling locations, technical breakdowns, the rollout of new touchscreen voting machines, and insufficient backup materials for polling stations resu  more

AFGE Announces 'Full Support and Solidarity' for Black Lives Matter Cause
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- The American Federation of Government Employees issued the following statement: "Our nation faces a moment of moral crisis. "We have all witnessed the utter disregard for black life in America as Ahmaud Arbery was chased down and shot to death in Georgia, as Breonna Taylor was gunned down in her own home by police, as Tony McDade was shot to death by police, and as George Floyd died begging for air while a police officer killed him by kneeling on his neck and other offic  more

American Cancer Society Reductions in Wake of Fundraising Drop From Coronavirus Pandemic
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 12 -- The American Cancer Society issued the following news release: The American Cancer Society has never faced a threat to our mission like COVID-19. The pandemic has severely reduced our fundraising revenue and forced us to take significant cost-saving measures. ACS is reducing its overall budget by approximately 30 percent, with cuts to both non-personnel and personnel expenses. Unfortunately, this included eliminating approximately 1,000 staff positions nationwide.   more

American Cancer Society Updates Diet & Physical Activity Guideline for Cancer Prevention
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 10 -- The American Cancer Society issued the following news release: The American Cancer Society has updated its guideline for diet and physical activity for cancer prevention, with adjustments to reflect the most current evidence. The updated recommendations increase recommended levels of physical activity and have an increased emphasis on reducing the consumption of processed and red meat, sugar-sweetened beverages, processed foods, and alcohol. They also include eviden  more

American Roentgen Ray Society Statement on Healthcare and Racial Inequities
LEESBURG, Virginia, June 9 -- The American Roentgen Ray Society issued the following news release: In recent months, the COVID-19 epidemic has thrown into sharp relief the inequities that remain pervasive in America's health care system for people of color--particularly African Americans. Simultaneously, in Brunswick, Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, and, most recently, Minneapolis, Minnesota, our nation witnesses the subsistence of racial injustice across our communities. As the oldest radiolo  more

Author and Activist Stacey Abrams, American Library Association President's Program Speaker at ALA Virtual
CHICAGO, Illinois, June 13 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: Author and activist Stacey Abrams will join ALA Virtual as the ALA President's Program speaker. Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of "Lead from the Outside," a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After serving 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as minority leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, where she wo  more

CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians Issues Research Articles in May/June 2020 2020 Edition
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 9 -- CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Cancer Society that says it provides cancer care professionals with information on cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention, published research articles on the following topics in its May/June 2020 edition: * Colorectal cancer statistics, 2020 Review Articles: * The Affordable Care Act and access to care across the cancer control continuum: A review at 10 years * Innovations in resear  more

CARE Convenes First-Ever Virtual Summit
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 10 -- CARE issued the following news release: On June 9, the leading international humanitarian and development organization CARE will host its first-ever Virtual Advocacy Summit. CARE has transformed its annual CARE National Conference, which has been held in Washington, DC for the past 17 years, into a dynamic digital gathering, open to all. Participants can still expect high-caliber speakers, in-depth conversation, and plenty of inspiration about how we can all do our   more

Freedom House: United States - Messy Georgia Primary Should Be a Wake-Up Call Before November's National Elections
WASHINGTON, June 11 -- Freedom House issued the following news release: In response to numerous problems that emerged during Georgia's primary elections on June 9, Freedom House issued the following statement: "There is no excuse for systemically disenfranchising voters," said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. "Once again, we are seeing lines of American citizens waiting for hours to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Absentee ballots were requested but never deliver  more

Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials: Georgia Must Protect Democracy and Reform Elections
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 11 -- The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials issued the following news release: In a telephone press briefing, leaders from All Voting is Local, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Coalition for the People's Agenda, Common Cause Georgia, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, Georgia NAACP, and the New Georgia Project, urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and State Election Board members to do their job to ensure the devastatin  more

Georgia Chamber Joins National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 10 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber announced that it will partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity. The Georgia Chamber will join the U.S. Chamber's national town hall event on June 25, 2020, where business and community leaders will discuss concrete actions that can be taken by government and the private sector to address inequality through education,  more

Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Clark Issues Op-Ed: Immediate Action for A Strong Economic Recovery
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 12 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following op-ed by President and CEO Chris Clark: In 2008, I was called to Governor Perdue's office, given the responsibility of Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and immediately challenged to build a budget that would cut spending by 40%. Like all agency heads during the early days of the Great Recession, we worked hard to steward the public dollars while protecting employees, citizens, and  more

Georgia Coalition Condemns Secretary Raffensperger for Key Role in Botched Primary
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 12 -- The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials issued the following news release: The Georgia Votes Coalition released a joint statement responding to widespread delays in voting caused by inadequate and in many cases fully inoperative voting machines, long lines at polls, and voters being turned away from their assigned polling locations during the June 9th Primary. The coalition calls on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to accept full accountability for  more

Georgia Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Everytown Statement on Voter Access Issues in the Georgia Primary
MANHATTAN, New York, June 12 -- 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, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's volunteer networks, released the following statement on voter access issues in the Georgia primaries. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described the primary as a "complete meltdown," with some voters in Atlanta having to wait hours to cast their  more

Georgia School Boards Association Elects New Officers for the 2020-2021 Year
LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia, June 11 -- Georgia School Boards Association issued the following news: The 2020 Summer Conference and Delegate Assembly that was to be held June 5-6 was canceled due to COVID-19. GSBA held a virtual, abbreviated version of the Delegate Assembly to elect officers for the Board of Directors as required by the bylaws. Legislative positions were not on the agenda and will be considered at a later date along with District Director elections. On Friday, June 5, representativ  more

Laboratory Investigation Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
EVANS, Georgia, June 9 -- Laboratory Investigation, a journal from the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology that says it offers biomedical disciplines relating to the understanding of human disease and the application of methods to the diagnosis of disease, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: * Retrospective analysis of laboratory testing in 54 patients with severe- or critical-type 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia * Wolfram syndrome 1 gene   more

Lawmakers Could Generate $425 Million in Annual Revenue by Including Raised Tobacco Taxes in COVID-19 Response
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 11 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network issued the following news release: As lawmakers look to address both the budget deficit from earlier in the legislative session and the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to significantly increase Georgia's low tobacco taxes and the crucial part it can play in the state's recovery plan has never been clearer. "Our state's cigarette tax is currently the third lowest in the nation at a mere $0.3  more

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement on Georgia Presidential Election
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement by President and Executive Director Kristen Clarke: Alarm bells have been sounded in Georgia's presidential primary and down-ballot elections as state and local officials reacted to the chaos as voters faced long lines and confusion as they attempted to cast their votes in-person. "We are deeply disturbed by widespread reports of malfunctioning machines, long lines, polling sites that open  more

NAACP Statement on Voting Irregularities in Georgia Primary Election
NEW YORK, June 11 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statement on June 9 by President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill regarding widespread voting delays and irregularities during the Georgia primary election: "Today's primary election in Georgia was a disturbing demonstration of what happens when state officials fail to carry out their responsibilities to ensure free and fair elections. Once again, voters across Georgia faced unacceptable barriers to voti  more

Operation HOPE Announces a New Marshall Plan for National Economic Recovery
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 11 -- Operation HOPE issued the following news release: Operation HOPE announced that it has begun work to galvanize private sector, federal public sector as well as non-governmental organization backing for its founder's vision for a New Marshall Plan, a comprehensive set of legislative and regulatory policies that address inequality in our economy and harness the untapped potential of millions of African Americans, who have been disproportionately affected by both the h  more

People for the American Way: Voting Disruptions in Primary States a 'Disgrace'
WASHINGTON, June 11 -- People for the American Way issued the following statement by Marge Baker, executive vice president for policy and program: Following reports of major disruptions in primary voting in Georgia, and scattered problems in other states including Nevada, South Carolina, North Dakota and West Virginia. * * * "It's appalling that months after the primary debacle in Wisconsin, we are seeing yet more examples of massive breakdowns in our voting systems that have led to disenfran  more

Progressive Turnout Project: We Must Empower, Not Suppress, Black and Brown Voters in Georgia, Nevada, and South Carolina
CHICAGO, Illinois, June 10 -- Progressive Turnout Project issued the following statement by Executive Director Alex Morgan: "The closer we get to Election Day, the harder we need to work to turn out voters of color in critical states like Georgia, South Carolina, and Nevada. "Yet, today's Election Day debacle in Georgia shows the rampant voter suppression faced by Black and Brown voters. Democrats in Congress must use every lever they have to force expanded ballot access and vote by mail for  more

Public Citizen: Georgia's Toxic Primary Mess Is Unacceptable in Any Democracy
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- Public Citizen issued the following statement by Co-Director Aquene Freechild: Note: Voters in Georgia's primary elections faced hours-long lines due to problems with new election equipment, machines being delivered to the wrong precincts and too few provisional ballots being available. In addition, some voters never received their requested absentee ballots, according to reports (  more