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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 34 items )  

ACE Engage Webinar to Explore Economic Trends in Higher Education
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- The American Council on Education issued the following news release: The webinar will feature ACE President Ted Mitchell; Georgia State University President Mark P. Becker; and Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president and CEO of TIAA, which is generously supporting the event. Ted Mitchell became president of ACE on Sept. 1, 2017. Other career highlights include serving as president of Occidental College from 1999-2005 and as U.S. under secretary of education from 2014 until Janu  more

AFL-CIO: Supreme Court Title VII Decision a Major Victory for LGBTQ Workers
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- The AFL-CIO issued the following statement on June 15: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court decisions for Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: With today's decision, the Supreme Court has affirmed the labor movement's long held conviction, in our collective bargaining agreements and our activism, that no one should be fired because of who they are. This is a momentous s  more

American Cancer Society: Study Links Financial Hardship to More Emergency Room Visits
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 19 -- The American Cancer Society issued the following news release: A new American Cancer Society study finds higher medical and nonmedical financial hardships are independently associated with more emergency department visits, lower receipt of some preventive services, and worse self-rated health in cancer survivors. The authors of the study say as healthcare costs grow, unmet medical and nonmedical financial needs may worsen health disparities among cancer survivors. T  more

Anti-Defamation League, NAACP Call for Action After Another Police Shooting Takes Life of Black Man in Georgia
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 16 -- The Anti-Defamation League issued the following news release: ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) and the NAACP called for the swift passage of HB 426, the Georgia Hate Crimes legislation, and committed to working for further actions to reform the state's antiquated criminal justice system. Both organizations issued a joint statement in the wake of the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks, an African American man on Friday night in Atlanta. "Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd.  more

Brian Betts Named New President and Chief Financial Officer of Operation HOPE
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 19 -- Operation HOPE issued the following news release: Operation HOPE announced the appointment of Brian Betts as President and Chief Financial Officer, effective June 10. Betts has served as Chief Financial Officer and interim Chief Operating Officer since November 2019. He has more than 20 years of experience in auditing, accounting operations, and strategic planning. In his expanded role, he will oversee the continued growth of Operation HOPE, which has experienced a   more

CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard's Charges Against Former Atlanta Police Department Officer Garrett Rolfe, Officer Devin Brosnan
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 18 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), part of our nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomed the charges against the former Atlanta Police Department Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan. Garrett Rolfe is facing 11 charges including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Brosnan has been charge  more

CARE Applauds Senate Introduction of Safe From the Start Act
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 19 -- CARE issued the following news release: CARE applauds introduction of the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Act by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a bipartisan bill that will ensure that the U.S. prioritizes the needs of women and girls in responding to humanitarian emergencies. This legislation works specifically to prevent gender-based violence (GBV), including child marriage, domestic violence and human  more

Carter Center Welcomes CARICOM Report on Credible Recount Process
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 17 -- The Carter Center issued the following news release: The Carter Center commends the Guyana Elections Commission on the completion of the recount process and welcomes the CARICOM report, which indicates that despite minor flaws in the process, the recount results are acceptable and provide the basis for a declaration of results from the March 2 election. Although the Center is disappointed that it was not allowed to return to Guyana to directly observe the recount,   more

Equality California: Supreme Court Rules Federal Law Protects LGBTQ Plus Employees From Discrimination
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Equality California issued the following news release on June 15: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ (LGBTQ+) employees are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Court's 6-3 opinion (https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-1618_hfci.pdf) in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Emp  more

Federation for American Immigration Reform: New Zogby Poll in Battleground States Reveals Broad Voter Support for Reduced Immigration During COVID-19 Crisis
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Federation for American Immigration Reform issued the following news release: A poll conducted in 10 states that are likely to determine the outcome of the November elections finds broad voter support for reductions in immigration in the face of massive layoffs resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. The polling was conducted on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) by the national opinion research firm, Zogby Analytics, on June 10 and 11. The st  more

Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund: Kim Jackson On-Track to Become First LGBTQ GA State Senator
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund issued the following news release on June 15: Yesterday, LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Kim Jackson officially won her primary for the Georgia state Senate, capturing more than 50 percent of the vote and avoiding a runoff. She is on-track to become the first openly LGBTQ person elected to that chamber. The primary was held last Tuesday, but mail-in ballots were being counted throughout this past weekend. Jackson's heavily Democratic  more

Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials Applauds SCOTUS Decision to Keep DACA
NORCROSS, Georgia, June 19 -- The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials issued the following news release: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration did not provide an adequate justification for ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allowing it to remain in place. The ruling comes after the Trump Administration attempted to end DACA in 2017, which started a legal battle that has left nearly 700,000 DACA recipients uncertain of their futures. While th  more

Georgia Chamber of Commerce Applauds Supreme Court Ruling for Equality
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 16 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: In an unprecedented ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal law now prohibits discrimination of employees based on sexual orientation. Gay, lesbian and transgender individuals can celebrate equal rights in the workplace. "The Georgia Chamber stands in support of today's historic Supreme Court ruling, because we believe that discrimination in any form has no place in our society," said Chris Clark,  more

Georgia Chamber Supports Supreme Court Ruling on DACA Business Community Stands With Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals Program
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 19 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber supports the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The U.S. healthcare system relies on over 27,000 medical workers that come through the DACA program, making this win critical to the nation's ability to serve its population during a global pandemic. "DACA provides critical and essential workforce to our state and national  more

Georgia Chamber to Spotlight Manufacturing in Upcoming 'Future Of' Series in Two-Part Virtual Event June 23 and 24
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 19 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber, in partnership with Next Generation Manufacturing, will spotlight small, large and minority manufacturing operations in Georgia at the Future of Manufacturing two-part event on June 23 and 24, 2020. The event will be held online (https://www.gachamber.com/events/future-of-manufacturing/) and begins promptly at 11:00 AM EST on each of the two days featuring these one-hour virtual   more

Human Rights Watch: Georgia - Labor Reform Introduced in Parliament
TBILISI, Georgia, June 18 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Georgia's parliament is scheduled to begin discussing a package of amendments to the country's labor legislation this week, Human Rights Watch said. If adopted, the amendments would offer much greater protection to workers and go a long way toward bringing Georgia's labor legislation in line with international standards and good practices. The draft amendments envisage strengthening the labor inspectorate and re  more

League of Women Voters of Massachusetts: Voting Rights Advocates Applaud Bill Passed by Senate
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 17 -- The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts issued the following news release: This afternoon, the Senate unanimously passed S. 2755, after adopting amendments recommended by voting rights advocates. The bill would make changes necessary to ensure that our fall elections can remain accessible, participatory, and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure that the kind of administration breakdown that happened in Georgia and Wisconsin this spring does not   more

League of Women Voters: Supreme Court Rules Gay and Transgender Employees Are Protected Under Title VII
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- The League of Women Voters issued the following statement: The League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the 6-3 Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Georgia & Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC: "Never again can a person be discriminated against at work due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This landmark victory provides long overdue protections for LGBTQ people in education, housing, and healthcare. "We cheer t  more

Los Angeles County Bar Association Statement on Bostock Vs. Clayton County, Georgia
LOS ANGELES, California, June 17 -- The Los Angeles County Bar Association issued the following statement by President Ronald F. Brot: The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) joins the vast majority of Americans in celebrating the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which extends the protections of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to LGBTQ+ people. In California, for a number of years, the LGBTQ+ community has been protected from disc  more

MomsRising: America's Workplaces Will Be More Fair and Equitable Due to Today's U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
BELLEVUE, Washington, June 16 -- MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families, issued the following statement on June 15: Statement of Sara Alcid, senior campaign director for workplace justice at MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground organization of more than one million mothers and their families, on today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral  more

NAACP : Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects Against LGBTQ Discrimination
NEW YORK, June 17 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (https://www.naacpldf.org/wp-content/uploads/17-1618_hfci.pdf) that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision, in favor of plaintiffs in Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda and Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, is a major win in the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ equalit  more

NAM: Manufacturers Praise SCOTUS Decision on LGBT Worker Rights
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- The National Association of Manufacturers issued the following statement: Following the momentous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons made this statement: "This ruling, one of the most consequential since Obergefell, not only sends a powerful message of inclusion and equality to millions of Americans but also affirms that LGBT Americans cannot be fired just for being  more

National Association of Asian American Professionals Applauds Supreme Court Upholding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia, June 19 -- The National Association of Asian American Professionals issued the following news release: In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court declared that the Department of Homeland Security under the Trump administration was not legally authorized to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2017. The National Association of Asian American Professionals applauds the Supreme Court decision as DACA protects eligible immigrant youth who came to the United S  more

National Association of Asian American Professionals Stands With Black and Minority Communities
LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia, June 19 -- The National Association of Asian American Professionals issued the following news release: The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and its thirty chapters, including NAAAP Minnesota, join the Black communities across the United States in mourning and demanding justice for the senseless killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless victims of racial bias and police brutality. NAAAP stands in   more

National Center for Lesbian Rights Applauds Historic Supreme Court Rulings Affirming LGBTQ Employees' Right to Work Free of Discrimination
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the following news release on June 15: The National Center for Lesbian Rights applauds today's rulings by the Unite States Supreme Court that federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against LGBTQ workers. In a 6-3 opinion authored by Justice Gorsuch and joined by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court ruled that Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination because a person is gay or transg  more

National Employment Law Project Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision on LGBTQ Workers
NEW YORK, June 16 -- The National Employment Law Project issued the following statement on June 15 by Executive Director Rebecca Dixon on the Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ workers: "Today, in a major victory for workplace justice and civil rights, the Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and the companion cases that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964--the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and race--also protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, t  more

NOW: Resignations Are Not Enough - Georgia Needs Structural Police Reform to Stop Systemic Racism
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The National Organization for Women issued the following statement: NOW applauds Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for announcing the departure of police chief Erika Shields, and calling for the immediate termination of Garrett Rolfe, the officer who killed Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy's drive through. But firing Officer Rolfe won't quiet the outrage, or address the injustice, felt by Black communities whose civil rights have been violated for generati  more

Piedmont Healthcare: Piedmont Henry's Pulmonologists on Frontline During COVID-19
FAYETTEVILLE, Georgia, June 16 -- Piedmont Healthcare issued the following news release: The pulmonologists from Piedmont Pulmonary and Sleep Clinic have spent a significant amount of time caring for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. All agree that it has been a challenging time, but also one they have learned a lot from. "One of the biggest challenges was that we were all learning about the disease for the first time," said Khushboo Choksh  more

Southern Poverty Law Center to Invest Up to $30 Million on Nonpartisan Voter Outreach
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, June 18 -- Southern Poverty Law Center issued the following statement by President and CEO Margaret Huang: I am thrilled to share with you that we're launching the SPLC's Vote Your Voice initiative to help support voter registration and mobilization efforts in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. We'll be investing up to $30 million from our endowment in nonpartisan, nonprofit voter outreach organizations in these states to increase voter registration and   more

Southern Regional Announces New CNO
RIVERDALE, Georgia, June 18 -- Southern Regional Medical Center issued the following news: Southern Regional Medical Center announces that Dawn Alexander, MBA, MHA, RN has joined its leadership team as Chief Nursing Officer. Dawn brings more than 25 years of nursing and operations experience to this position. She will have oversight of all the hospital's clinical department. "With her level of experience and commitment to high quality care, Dawn is a great addition to the Southern Regional lea  more

Statement From the Carter Center on Racial Injustice
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 17 -- The Carter Center issued the following statement: As it does around the world, The Carter Center stands with those in our own community whose human rights and democratic rights are violated. The death of yet another African American man, Rayshard Brooks, at the hands of police in Atlanta last week once again emphasizes that America must come to grips with its long history of systemic racism and ensure full respect for and protection of the human rights of all, as es  more

Statement on Stand Your Ground Repeal Bill From Georgia Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action
MANHATTAN, New York, June 19 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The Georgia chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety's volunteer networks, applauded Georgia lawmakers, including lead sponsors Rep. Bee Nguyen and Sen. Nikema Williams, for introducing HB 1190 and SB 515, which would repeal Georgia's Stand Your Ground law. "Stand Your Ground laws contribute to   more

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Statement on the Killing of Rayshard Brooks
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights issued the following statement on June 15: Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the shooting of Rayshard Brooks: "We grieve the needless killing of Rayshard Brooks by police officers and join local advocates in demanding meaningful accountability and a stop to these deaths. The resignation of the police chief and firing of the officer w  more

TLC Celebrates SCOTUS Decision While Urging LGBTQ Movement to Remember: We are Not Free Until Black Trans Women are Free
OAKLAND, California, June 16 -- Transgender Law Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression, issued the following news release: Transgender Law Center paused to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) consolidated opinions in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Bostock v. Clayton County, G  more