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 …

Reapportionment hearing brings members of Georgia House, Senate to Albany

In Albany Herald, News by Maya

ALBANY — A reapportionment hearing brought voters from throughout the region to the Albany State University West Campus theater on Tuesday, but one of the most repeated requests to lawmakers is not likely to become a reality. Several of those who made comments at the joint Georgia Senate and House reapportionment hearing asked that lawmakers hold another session with voters after …

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.

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.

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.

The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and Chairwoman Sen. Tonya Anderson on the Guilty Verdict of Dereck Chauvin for the Death of George Floyd

In Press Statements by Maya

STATEMENT Contact: Andrew Allison, Director Kami Briden, Sr. Communications Associate kami.briden@senate.ga.gov 404.656.0028 The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and Chairwoman Sen. Tonya Anderson on the Guilty Verdict of Dereck Chauvin for the Death of George Floyd ATLANTA (April 20, 2021) | In response to the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin on all counts for the death of George Floyd, the Georgia Legislative Black …

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 […]