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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday July 19, 2020 ( 28 items )  

ACLU of Georgia: Federal Court Strikes Down Georgia's 2019 Abortion Ban
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 15 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued the following news release on July 14: District court permanently blocks abortion ban from going into effect in a challenge from reproductive rights and justice activists, abortion providers, and reproductive rights organizations to the state's 2019 law banning abortion. This is the second ban blocked by a federal court today, coming hours after a judge temporarily blocked a Tennessee law that banned abortion at   more

ACLU-Georgia, All Voting Is Local, Georgia Urges Secretary of State, State Election Board to Adopt Commonsense Drop Box Strategy
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 16 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued the following news release: The ACLU of Georgia and All Voting Is Local, Georgia, along with 23 community organizations sent a letter to the Secretary of State and State Election Board urging them to mandate and fund a four-pronged commonsense strategy for placing drop boxes in all 159 counties. The emergence of COVID-19 added to the decline in in-person voting sites since 2013 make drop boxes vital to ensure that  more

ACLU: Federal Court Strikes Down Georgia's 2019 Abortion Ban
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release on July 13: A federal court permanently struck down Georgia's 2019 six-week abortion ban in SisterSong v. Kemp. It is the second federal ruling blocking a state abortion ban, coming just hours after a Tennessee law that banned abortion at nearly every stage of pre  more

American Cancer Society: Briefing Highlights Critical Need for Investment and Coordination in Nutrition Research
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 17 -- The American Cancer Society issued the following news release on July 16: The American Cancer Society (ACS) and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), support efforts to make nutrition research a federal priority. In a briefing held today by the Bipartisan Policy Center and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition the organizations discussed the findings of a soon-to-be released white paper, "Strengthening national nutrition   more

American College of Radiology Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute Announces New Executive Director Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD
RESTON, Virginia, July 14 -- The American College of Radiology issued the following news release: The American College of Radiology(R) (ACR(R)) is pleased to introduce Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD, as the new executive director of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute(R) (HPI). Dr. Rula will oversee HPI's entire extensive research portfolio in the areas of utilization, health policy, access and quality, and alternative healthcare models. She will also manage relationships with contracted resea  more

American Library Association: 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants Announced
CHICAGO, Illinois, July 15 -- The American Library Association issued the following news release: Companions Journeying Together (Illinois), Impact Academy (Indiana) and Marshallville Public Library (Georgia) have been selected to receive books as part of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant program. Awarded each spring by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program donates books originally submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards  more

CAIR-Georgia Condemns Gov. Kemp's Mask Ban Order, Calls on Officials to Disregard 'Deadly Decision,' Enforce Mask Requirements
AUGUSTA, Georgia, July 17 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Georgia) strongly condemns Governor Kemp's July 15th executive order explicitly banning cities and counties from mandating that people have to wear a mask when in public, and calls on cities and counties to disregard Governor Kemp's "deadly decision," and continue to enforce mask and safety regulations. Despite the surg  more

Carter Center and Reveal Launch Benjamin Von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 16 -- Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting issued the following news release: Susan Greene, a veteran investigative journalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist and editor at The Colorado Independent, has been selected as the inaugural Fellow under the new Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism -- a partnership between the Carter Center's Mental Health Program and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. In a s  more

Carter Center: Report Details Ways Countries are Using COVID-19 to Curtail Democratic Freedoms and Offers Countertactics
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 16 -- The Carter Center issued the following news release: Democracies around the world need to adopt new ideas and approaches to ensure the lasting protection of democracy and civil liberties threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report endorsed by The Carter Center that was released. The report, "Global Democracy and COVID-19: Upgrading International Support," highlights the ways some governments are using the public health crisis to further curtail c  more

Center for American Progress President Tanden Comments on Death of Rep. Lewis
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The Center for American Progress issued the following statement by President and CEO Neera Tanden on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: "With the passing of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, the world has lost an icon, a fighter for justice, and a true American hero. Simply put, Lewis was living history. An original Freedom Rider and a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he was foundational to the civil rights movement--a movement that rem  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Federal Court Strikes Down Georgia's 2019 Abortion Ban
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release on July 13: A federal court permanently struck down Georgia's 2019 six-week abortion ban in SisterSong v. Kemp. It is the second federal ruling today blocking a state abortion ban, coming just hours after a Tennessee ban was blocked. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the ACLU of Georgia, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America in June 2019, after Georgia was one o  more

CNH Industrial Partners With Habitat for Humanity International
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 15 -- Habitat for Humanity International issued the following news: Habitat for Humanity International and the CNH Industrial Foundation announced a partnership to help families in need of affordable housing. The partnership is supported by a generous donation from the CNH Industrial Foundation, which will help local Habitat for Humanity affiliates serving communities where CNH Industrial operates ensure more families can build or improve the place they call home. "Empl  more

Defense Innovator L3Harris Grants $2 Million to INROADS to Expand Award-Winning College Links Program
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 15 -- INROADS, a company that develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that effects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life, issued the following news release: L3Harris Technologies is making a commitment to future innovators, scientists and mathematicians by investing to identify and develop talent early. Aerospace and defense company L3Harri  more

Georgia School Boards Association Employee Announcement
LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia, July 16 -- Georgia School Boards Association issued the following statement: We at GSBA are excited to announce and welcome the newest member to our team, Dr. Steve Barker. Dr. Barker will lead the association's Strategic Planning Service and Georgia's Vision for Public Education, a research-based initiative that supports the success of public education. Dr. Barker's expertise in school and district leadership lends itself well to guide governance teams through the proc  more

Internet Governance Project: Building Transnational Attribution - Sharing Data and Determining State-Sponsorship
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 14 -- The Internet Governance Project issued the following article: This blog, the second of three parts, is a preliminary look at Day 2 of the Internet Governance Project's (IGP) 5th Annual Workshop on "Building transnational cyber-attribution". The workshop virtually brought together more than two dozen international researchers and practitioners in May to explore making attributions based on facts and scientific methods rather than politics and strategy. While Day 1 fo  more

Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital Opens on Permanent Basis, 17 Days Early, as Part of Pandemic Response
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 16 -- Piedmont Healthcare issued the following news release on July 15: The Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital opened on a permanent basis, 17 days ahead of schedule, as part of Piedmont Healthcare's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Our mission as a nonprofit healthcare system is to serve patients in our communities and the new Marcus Tower will incorporate the latest technology and larger patient rooms to provide for enhanced care, among numerous other benefit  more

NAACP Opposes Nomination of Mark Burkhalter For Ambassadorship, Urges Immediate Withdrawal
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- The NAACP issued the following news release: The NAACP announced its strong opposition to Donald Trump's nomination of Mark Burkhalter to be Ambassador to Norway and called for Burkhalter's immediate withdrawal. The NAACP cited as completely disqualifying Burkhalter's role in creating and distributing a racist flier during a county commission election in Georgia in the 1990s. Burkhalter, who served in the Georgia Legislature, distorted and exaggerated the features of Gor  more

New Report Ranks Piedmont Athens Among Georgia's Top Hospitals
ATHENS, Greece, July 16 -- Piedmont Healthcare issued the following news release: Results from a new report that assess the quality, value and civic leadership in Georgia hospitals recently ranked Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in its top 10 list of all Georgia hospitals. The results of the report, called The Lown Hospital Institute Index, allow people to compare hospitals based on location, hospital type and metric or ranking. Piedmont Athens Regional, which landed the No. 3 spot on   more

Planned Parenthood: Federal Court Strikes Down Georgia's 2019 Abortion Ban
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 14 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release on July 13: A federal court permanently struck down Georgia's 2019 six-week abortion ban in SisterSong v. Kemp. It is the second federal ruling blocking a state abortion ban, coming just hours after a Tennessee ban was blocked. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the ACLU of Georgia, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America in June 2019, after Georg  more

Politics and the Life Sciences Journal Issues Research Articles in Spring 2020 Edition
AUGUSTA, Georgia, July 15 -- Politics and the Life Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features analysis of political intolerance and violence, from group conflict to warfare, terrorism, torture, health, agricultural and environmental policy from the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences and American Institute of Biological Sciences, published research articles on the following topics in its Spring 2020 edition: Article: * Ideology and social cognition: Are liberals and co  more

Southeast's Cumberland Plateau Region Receives $1.3 Million in Conservation Grants From NFWF to Support Forest and Stream Habitat Restoration
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation issued the following news release on July 16: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced $1.3 million in grants to restore, enhance, and protect shortleaf pine, oak and riparian forests, and in-stream habitats for wildlife in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The grants will generate nearly $1.5 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $2.8 million. The projects supported by the  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to Augusta Attorney on State Appointment
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 14 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of The Augusta Chronicle: To the Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend congratulations to N. Staten Bitting Jr. of Fulcher Hagler LLP in Augusta on his appointment by the Supreme Court of Georgia to serve on the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. All Georgians will benefit from Mr. Bitting's service on the commission, which seeks to provide for the speedy, eff  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to Columbus Attorney on State Appointment
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 14 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: To the Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend congratulations to Joel O. Wooten of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP in Columbus, on his recent election and installation as vice chair of the Georgia Ports Authority. All Georgians will benefit from Mr. Wooten's leadership and continued service on the commission, which oversees the operations of Geor  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to Judge Caudell on Receiving Guardian of Ethics Award
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 14 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of The Northeast Georgian: To the Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend congratulations to Mountain Superior Court Judge B. Chan Caudell on receiving the 2020 Robert S. Stubbs II Guardian of Ethics Award, presented by the Rotary Club of Habersham County. Judge Caudell is well deserving of the award, given his 28 years of service in the legal profession and justice sy  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to Judge Cuthpert on State Appointment
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 14 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Rockdale Citizen: To the Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend congratulations to Rockdale County Probate Judge Clarence Cuthpert Jr. on his appointment by the Supreme Court of Georgia to serve on the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. All Georgians will benefit from Judge Cuthpert's service on the commission, which seeks to provide for the speedy, efficien  more

State Bar of Georgia: Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge Horace Johnson Jr.
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 14 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of The Covington News: To the Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr. on his very untimely passing July 1. A member of the Georgia Bar since 1982, Judge Johnson began his legal career in Atlanta before moving to Covington and practicing with the Joh  more

STEM@Georgia Tech Research Institute Goes Virtual
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 17 -- The Georgia Tech Research Institute issued the following news: As a program deeply rooted in partnerships and in-person collaborations, STEM@GTRI -- the K-12 educational project of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) -- suddenly found itself needing to pivot plans in the era of social distancing. However, what began out of necessity quickly turned into an opportunity as the program facilitators realized that going virtual could extend their impact past geogra  more

The Carter Center Awards Eight U.S. Journalists Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 16 -- The Carter Center issued the following news release: The Carter Center, a global leader in mental health, is pleased to announce the eight U.S. recipients of the 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. The group includes a nonprofit news leader, local reporters, freelance journalists, and the inaugural Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism. Fellowships to international journalists will be ann  more