GEORGIA RURAL URBAN SUMMIT NEWS

In This Issue

March 21, 2005 – March 27, 2005

Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 – 9:00 pm — Focus on Feminist Workshop is the first in a series of pro-choice workshops offered by the Feminist Women's Health Center.

Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm — The Social Justice Ministry of First Iconium Baptist Church presents  The March 2005 Metro-Atlanta Monthly Mass Meeting on “The 40th Anniversary of The Voting Rights Act of 1965: The Past, The Present and the Future.” 
Tuesday March 22 and Wednesday March 23 — The regular March 2005 Department of Natural Resources Board meeting.
Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 pm — Women’s History Month at Emory brings Dr. Julianne Malveux, economist, author, and commentator, to deliver the keynote address “Making Room for Sadie–A Diversity Metaphor.” 
Thursday, March 24, noon — Voting Rights Under Attack. Attend the rally to oppose the discriminatory proposals to restrict acceptable id at the polls.

Special Note : VOTER RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK

Under current Georgia and federal laws, many forms of identification, including a driver’s license, military ID, bank statement or utility bill, are valid forms of ID at the polls.  This list was initially developed to prevent the ID requirement from becoming an undue burden to voters. Two bills in this year’s legislature will reduce the forms of ID allowed at the polls to photo ID only.

HB 244 passed the House last Friday and has been assigned to the Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee.  SB 84 passed the Senate last Friday and is now in the House Governmental Affairs Committee.  Civil rights leaders, community groups, and Democratic legislators, African American, Hispanic and white, have joined to oppose this discriminatory legislation. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  1. Join us for a rally at the Capitol on Thursday, March 24th at 12:00 noon.  A public hearing in room 341 of the Capitol will follow the rally.
  2. Call and email the Senators on the Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee and the Representatives on the House Governmental Affairs Committee.  Their information is as follows:

Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee

Senator John Wiles, Chairman, 404.657.0406, john@johnwiles.com
Senator Jeff Mullis, Vice Chairman, 404.656.0057, jmullis@legis.state.ga.us
Senator Daniel Weber, Secretary, 404.463.2260, djweber@bellsouth.net
Senator Johnny Grant, 404.656.0082, sengrant@alltel.net

Senator James Whitehead, 404.656.5114, jwpw32@aol.com
*Senator Emanuel Jones, 404.656.0502, emanj@mindspring.com

*Senator Kasim Reed, 404.463.1379, kreed@legis.state.ga.us
*Senator Horacena Tate, 404.463.8053, htate@legis.state.ga.us

* Thank these three Senators for already committing to oppose the measure

 

House Governmental Affairs Committee

Rep Austin Scott, Chairman, 404.656.5132, ascott@legis.state.ga.us
Rep Paul Jennings, Vice Chairman, 404.656.0126, pjenning@legis.state.ga.us
Rep Harry Geisinger, Secretary, 404.656.0254, hgeisinger@legis.state.ga.us
Rep Sue Burmeister, 404.656.0254, subrmyster@aol.com
*Rep Howard Mosby, 404.656.0287, mosb7101@hotmail.com
*Rep Mary Margaret Oliver, 404.656.0265, moliver@legis.state.ga.us
Rep Larry O’Neal, 404.656.5103, loneal@legis.state.ga.us
Rep Alan Powell, 404.656.0202, alanpowell23@hotmail.com
Rep Chuck Scheid, 404.657.8442, chuckscheid@msn.com
Rep Lynn Smith, 404.656.7149, lsmith@legis.state.ga.us


* Thank these two Representatives for already committing to oppose the measure


Save The Date

Tuesday, March 29, 11:30 – 1:00 pm — League of Women Voters Atlanta-Fulton County 18th Annual State of The Community Luncheon featuring speakers Supreme Court of Georgia Presiding Justice Leah Ward Sears and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, 5th District of Georgia.

Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 pm – 12:00 am — Attend “Peace of Mind: UNPLUG THE MATRIX” Project South’s popular cultural event for artistic & political expression.

Thursday, March 31, 2:30 – 4:30 pm — Health Insurance Forum.  Join an open discussion to learn about SecureCare – an exciting approach to covering everyone in Georgia with comprehensive, affordable health coverage! 

March 31, 4:30-6:30 pm — A celebration of the Self Advocacy Exhibit at the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham. 

Thursday, March 31 to Friday, April 1 — Symposium to explore "Water in Our Lives" from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines at Emory. 

April 1, 6:30 - 8:30 pm — American Coalition of Africans with disAbilities (ACAD-ECI)presents “DisAbility Awareness Day” for All Africans with disabilities and their friends! 

Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm — Strategic Forum on the Precautionary Principle sponsored by ECO-Action and the Grassroots Environmental Network.

Saturday, April 2, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm — All are invited to the Concerned Black Clergy Second Annual “Walk For Health” to benefit Hughes Spalding. 

Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm — Voice for Choice I Workshop regarding  women’s reproductive issues, birth control access, and other women’s health issues. 

Friday April 15, 7:00 – 9:30 pm — The Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Lowe Gallery present The Art of Dining, AIDS Survival Project's unique and popular annual art auction and food event.  

Sunday, April 17, 12:00 pm — Walk for Women’s Lives at the Capitol sponsored by Georgians for Choice.

Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 - 2:00 pm — The Adolescent Services Network’s Spring Meeting convened by G-CAPP.

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm — Voice for Choice II provides you an opportunity to hone your activist skills even more!

Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 pm — Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta’s Benefit Concert “Concert for a Cause” featuring famous twin sisters and duo pianists, Julia and Irina Elkina


Of Interest

The Minnesota DD Council is pleased to announce “Partners in Employment”, a new, free resource online to assist people with disabilities find meaningful jobs and jumpstart their careers. 

Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT) is looking for leaders and accepting Board Nominations.

Two health reports released. Both The Second National Reports on Quality and Disparities in Health Care in America and the Status of Health in DeKalb County are available online.  

Free Monthly Technology Workshops for Entrepreneurs. 

The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities is pleased to announce that they are accepting proposals for "Partnership for Success: The Development of High School Based Inclusive Communities." 

Hands On Atlanta is teaming up with a coalition of youth organizations to involve more than 4,000 Metro Atlanta youth in service during the 17th Annual National Youth Service Day Celebration, Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16.

Social Security Benefit Calculator is an online calculator to compare the benefits workers will receive from privatization vs. what they would receive under Social Security.

Cultural Diversity maps and info for Metro Atlanta. 
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday join Georgians for Choice at the Capitol to lobby your legislators on reproductive rights concerns.

Job Opportunities

New job opportunities listed. For details on this and previously posted jobs go to http://georgiasummit.org/resources/opportunities/

 

 

 

 

 

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