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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday April 26, 2020 ( 14 items )  

ACLU of Georgia Calls on State Officials and Bureau of Prisons to Collect and Release COVID-19 Demographic Data
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 22 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and 13 ACLU state affiliates sent letters to state officials and state departments of health across the country urging them to collect and release aggregate race, ethnicity, and other demographic data of COVID-19 testing, infections and deaths, to the extent consistent with privacy laws. The letter also calls for the equitable distribution of p  more

ACLU of Georgia: Black People Still Almost 3 Times More Likely to Get Arrested for Marijuana in Georgia
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 22 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union released a new report that showed Black people are 3 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession in Georgia despite comparable national marijuana usage rates. Although the total number of people arrested for marijuana possession has decreased in the past decade, nationally, law enforcement still made 6.1 million such ar  more

Atlanta Regional Commission: Receives Grant to Provide Meals to Hundreds of Older Atlanta Residents
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 23 -- The Atlanta Regional Commission issued the following news release: The Atlanta Regional Commission has received a $95,000 grant from the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to provide weeks of home-delivered meals to about 600 older adults who had been on a waiting list for this service. The individuals served by this grant are at serious risk of going hungry due to factors such as the inability to afford food, cook for themselves, or get to the gro  more

Corporate Accountability: Group Funded by Coke, Big Food Looms Large in U.S. Dietary Guidelines
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 22 -- The Corporate Accountability issued the following news release: On the eve of Coke's first-ever all-virtual annual meeting, the corporation's role in another global health crisis is facing scrutiny. A new report by Corporate Accountability finds that the Coke-funded International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is playing an outsized role in shaping national food and nutrition policies from India to Argentina to the United States. Notable among the findings is that   more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-GA: Georgia Mosques to Remain Closed During Ramadan Despite Governor Kemp's Latest Order
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 23 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslims of the United States of America (MOUSA), and Majlis Ash-Shura announced that a coalition of Georgia's largest mosques have agreed to remain closed during the month of Ramadan, which begins on or about April 24, despite Governor Kemp's new executive order perm  more

Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal Issues Research Articles in April 2020 Edition
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 20 -- Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, a peer-reviewed journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published research articles, including the following topics, in its April 2020 edition: * Ecology and Epidemiology of Tickborne Pathogens, Washington, USA, 2011-2016 * Imported Arbovirus Infections in Spain, 2009-2018 * Decreased Susceptibility to Azithromycin in Clinical Shigella Isolates Associated with HIV and Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseas  more

Habitat for Humanity International Reduces Staff and Other Expenses in Face of COVID-19 Economic Impacts
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 25 -- Habitat for Humanity International issued the following news: Global housing nonprofit Habitat for Humanity International is taking several actions to cut expenses in reaction to short- and long-term financial forecasts and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 10% of staff at the organization will be laid off, and several others will have their work hours reduced. The action will immediately impact its U.S.-based staff, and its regional offi  more

Institute for Justice Calls on States to Allow Food Trucks to Serve Hungry Truck Drivers Delivering Essential Goods During COVID-19
ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 24 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release: The Institute for Justice (IJ) sent open letters to six states calling on authorities to rescind their prohibition on food trucks operating at highway rest areas. Commercial truck drivers are delivering essential goods like medical devices, groceries and PPEs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now states can help drivers keep doing just that by letting mobile vendors provide them with fresh, hot meals. But,  more

International Trade Centre, CARE Enterprises and Bamboo Capital Partners Join Forces to Boost Gender Equality With CARE-SheTrades Impact Fund
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 22 -- CARE issued the following news release: The International Trade Centre ('ITC'), CARE Enterprises Inc. ('CARE') and Bamboo Capital Partners ('Bamboo') have joined forces in their mission to achieve gender equality with the CARE-SheTrades Impact Fund ('the Fund'). The Fund was launched in June 2018 by Bamboo and CARE to drive progress towards gender justice in South and Southeast Asia. The ITC, a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, h  more

Laboratory Investigation Journal Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
EVANS, Georgia, April 25 -- 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 May 2020 edition: * Adipophilin expression in cutaneous malignant melanoma is associated with high proliferation and poor clinical prognosis * Castration-induced stroma  more

Southern Regional Education Board: Higher Education Recovery Task Force Launches
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 22 -- The Southern Regional Education Board issued the following news release: A new Higher Education Recovery Task Force will convene higher education leaders from the 16 Southern Regional Education Board states to address the challenges facing colleges, universities and students during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. The task force will be chaired by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and SREB President Stephen L. Pruitt. It wil  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations and Thanks to Judge Sheri Capes Roberts
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 23 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of The Covington News: To the Editor: The State Bar of Georgia sends well-wishes to Newton County Juvenile Court Judge Sheri Capes Roberts on the announcement of her retirement effective May 1, and we thank her for her distinguished service to the people of Newton County. Judge Roberts, a 27-year member of the State Bar of Georgia, was the first female judge in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit upon her  more

State Bar of Georgia: Congratulations to Newly Appointed Probate Court Judge
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 21 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of The Albany Herald: To the Editor: The State Bar of Georgia congratulates Dougherty Judicial Circuit Public Defender Leisa G. Johnson on her appointment by Superior Court Chief Judge Willie Lockette to serve as judge of the Dougherty County Probate Court, succeeding the late Judge Nancy Stephenson. Judge Johnson brings 31 years of legal experience, including the past 28 years as a member of the   more

State Bar of Georgia: Georgia Legal Community Mourns Loss of Judge Hugh Robinson
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 23 -- The State Bar of Georgia issued the following letter to the editor of Marietta Daily Journal: To the Editor: The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of retired U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Hugh Robinson, whose passing March 29 has left us all saddened. A member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1967, Judge Robinson's distinguished legal career included a number of years in private law practice before his appointment   more