Rep. Erick Allen Honored by Georgia Council on Substance Abuse with Renaming of Recovery Activist of the Year Award

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ATLANTA – State Representative Erick Allen (D-Smyrna) was recently honored by the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA) through the establishment of the Erick Allen Recovery Activist of the Year Award. Rep. Allen was chosen as the namesake of the award for working as a champion for Georgia’s substance abuse recovery community, and he present the award during the GCSA’s …

Sims, Georgia farmers recognized among Water Coalition’s ‘Clean 13’

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ATHENS — Thirteen individuals, businesses, agencies and nonprofits were recognized Tuesday by the Georgia Water Coalition in the agency’s annual Clean 13 report, including state Sen. Freddie Powell Sims of Dawson, the Golden Triangle Resource Conservation and Development Council in Blakely and Georgia farmers, who were instrumental in influencing leaders like Sims to oppose and defeat HB, which the coalition …

Groundbreaking held for Albany Housing Authority rehab program

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ALBANY — Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher called the project “transformative,” and a gathering of local, state and federal dignitaries — the latter by virtual connection — agreed that Phase I of the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program is a first step in changing the lives of residents in the community. The Albany Housing Authority was previously approved by the …

Educators call for more black male teachers, more career pathways

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ATLANTA — Georgia schools need to diversify their teaching ranks and offer students more career pathway options, school teachers, administrators and education leaders said this week. A state Senate study committee heard testimony from a series of black male educators that more black male teachers are needed in the schools to mentor black boys. Only 2% of the nation’s elementary and …

Rep. Dickerson Encourages Residents in House District 113 to Participate in 2020 U.S. Census

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ATLANTA – State Representative Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers) encourages residents in House District 113 to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census before the September 30 deadline. As of September 21, Georgia’s self-response rate is 61.5 percent, which is behind the national average of 66 percent; Rockdale County’s response rate is 59.6 percent, and Newton County’s response rate is 66.7 percent.

Rep. Schofield Encourages Residents in House District 60 to Participate in 2020 U.S. Census

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ATLANTA – State Representative Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta) encourages residents in House District 60, which includes portions of Southeast Atlanta, Forest Park, College Park and East Point, to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census before the September 30 deadline. As of September 21, Georgia’s self-response rate is 61.5 percent, which is behind the national average of 66 percent; Fulton County’s response …

Rep. Hutchinson Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Confederate and Pro-Slavery Memorabilia and Symbols from Public Property

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ATLANTA – State Representative Shelly Hutchinson (D-Snellville) recently introduced House bills 1211 and 1212, legislation which would prohibit confederate and certain slavery-related memorabilia and symbols from public or state property in Georgia. “I cannot stand idly by as our state continues to glorify those who fought and died to protect slavery in our country,” said Rep. Hutchinson. “Confederate monuments and …

Rep. Viola Davis Announces Passage of DeKalb County Ethics Legislation

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ATLANTA – State Representative Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain) today announced that the Georgia House of Representatives gave final passage to House Bill 1243 on the last day of the 2020 legislative session on Friday, June 26. Rep. Davis, who was appointed chair of the DeKalb County House Ethics Committee, sponsored HB 1243, which would update codes for the DeKalb County …

Rep. Viola Davis Announces Inaugural Community Activist Day at the Capitol Awardees

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ATLANTA – State Representative Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain) today announced that State Representative “Able” Mable Thomas, the late Kenneth Saunders III and Josie Dean are the inaugural awardees for the 2020 Community Activist Day at the Capitol. Rep. Davis recently introduced House Resolution 1609 during the 2020 legislative session to establish April 3, 2020, as Community Activist Day at the …