Democratic legislators in Gwinnett demand transparent redistricting

In News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Maya

Democratic Gwinnett legislators who represent diverse districts are calling for a fair and transparent redistricting process as Republicans gear up to redraw congressional and legislative districts during a special session. Members of Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus and Fair Count, a nonprofit started by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, discussed how redistricting could shake out for Gwinnett County during a town …

Georgia vaccination efforts once faced hesitance — now it’s hostile resistance

In News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Maya

ROME, Ga. — Dr. John Cowan cut a lonely figure at a recent Republican rally in northwest Georgia. Not only because a few months earlier he had lost a GOP primary to Marjorie Taylor Greene, the congresswoman serving as the event’s headliner, but because he was offering conservative activists coronavirus vaccines. And there were no takers in the crowd of …

Opinion: Buckle up. Mask up.

In News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Maya

  Teachers in Fulton began the school year Monday with vaguely threatening emails from some parents warning teachers to join their anti-mask campaign. “Parents would rather work with you than against you — masks must be made optional,” said one email. Another said, “I, along with many other Fulton County parents, are pursuing legal representation against you and all teachers …

Shooting death of Georgia jogger prompts calls for state hate-crimes law

In The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Maya

The shooting death of an unarmed jogger near Brunswick drew widespread condemnation from Georgia politicians and prompted demands for a fuller investigation, the swift arrest of suspects and new calls for a state hate-crimes law. Candidates for a sweep of Georgia offices, from local posts to the U.S. Senate, criticized how authorities handled the Feb. 23 shooting death of Ahmaud …

Democratic senator wants Georgia to apologize for slavery, Jim Crow

In News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Maya

A Democratic state senator is renewing a call for Georgia to apologize for its role in the history of slavery and Jim Crow segregation practices. State Sen. Donzella James, an Atlanta Democrat, filed a resolution this week that would have the state formally acknowledge “with profound regret” slavery and Jim Crow. James, who is 71, said she remembers growing up in Atlanta …