Guest column: Let’s support Georgia’s workers, not hurt them

In News, The Augusta Chronicle by Maya

This week, Gov. Brian Kemp and Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced they will end the $300 payment Georgia unemployed workers are receiving from the federal government as a result of the American Recovery Act. They said their reason for doing so is to push more people back to the workforce. Industries are complaining how the shortage of labor is hurting …

Funds secured in Georgia budget for an Augusta veterans cemetery

In News by Maya

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Efforts to build a veterans cemetery in Augusta are gaining a lot and some much-needed momentum. More than $1 million is secured in Georgia’s budget to build the state’s third veterans cemetery in the Garden City but there is still work to do.

State Rep. Viola Davis announces inaugural Community Activist Day at Georgia Capitol, five DeKalb residents to be honored

In News by Maya

ATLANTA – State Rep. Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain) plans to honor members of Restore DeKalb, including Joel Edwards, Sandra Holmes, Willie Pringle, Debra Greenwood and Ed Williams at the Georgia Capitol on Monday. Davis recently introduced House Resolution 377 during this year’s legislative session to establish March 29, 2021 as Community Activist Day at the Capitol to recognize these individuals.

Henry County bills pass state house

In Moving Henry Forward, News by Maya

On Monday, March 29, the state house convened for its 39th legislative day. Two Henry County bills passed during the local calendar. The bills — SB 285 & SB 286 — now head to the governor’s desk to await his signature. Update: SB 306 passed the state house on Wednesday, March 31. Governor Kemp signed the bill on Friday, April 2.

Georgians praise murder conviction in George Floyd case as win for justice

In Georgia Recorder, News by Maya

The Georgia Democratic Party and ACLU are among those praising a Minnesota jury’s verdict Tuesday afternoon after it found a former Minneapolis police officer guilty of murdering George Floyd. The Hennepin County jury deliberated 10 hours before finding Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, charges that come with a maximum 40-year sentence.

The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and Chairwoman Sen. Tonya Anderson Applaud the Passage of House Bill 479

In News by Maya

ATLANTA (March 10, 2021) | In response to the Georgia House adopting House Bill 479, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Chairwoman Senator Tonya Anderson (D – Lithonia) issues the following statement: “The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus is on record in supporting House Bill 479, legislation that would end the practice of citizen’s arrest in Georgia. I am proud the House …

Proposed bill makes image-based revenge a felony

In News, The Citizen by Maya

Scorned lovers should think twice about posting nude photos of their exes on the web. The Georgia Senate agreed to changes made to Senate Bill 78, sponsored by Sen. Harold Jones II (D – Augusta) March 31. If signed by Governor Brian Kemp, SB78 makes it a felony to post photographs or videos expressing nudity or sexually explicit conduct by […]

State lawmakers react on voting law impacts in GA

In News by Maya

ATLANTA, GA (WJBF)– Many Georgia based companies have come under pressure to take a stance after the voting rights law was recently passed. “We increased access,  and increased voter integrity. I think it is disappointing whether it’s Coke, or Delta, or MLB. They are caving to loud, strident, progressive crowds.” Said Jesse Petrea.

Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus calls on business community to oppose voting reform bills

In CBS 46, News by Maya

Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus is joining civic groups trying to engage the private sector in pushing back against voter reform bills moving through the state legislatures. “Our whole message to the business community leaders is we cannot afford for them to be silent,” said Rep. Derrick Jackson, D-Tyrone, vice-chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. They say as the largest legislative …