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GEORGIA RURAL URBAN SUMMIT NEWS

March 21, 2005

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


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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/

 

  March 21, 2005 – March 27, 2005
 
 

 

Tuesday, March 22, 6:00 – 9:00 pm - Focus on Feminist Workshop.  “Focus on Feminist” is the first in a series of pro-choice workshops offered by the Feminist Women's Health Center. Learn about current choice politics both nationally and locally, a history of the women’s health and reproductive freedom movements, grassroots organizing and more.  “Focus on Feminist” is a great opportunity to get involved with the pro-choice community and pick up knowledge and skills about women’s health and reproductive justice in Georgia.  Pack your dinner; beverages will be provided, and please dress comfortably.  This workshop is free of charge.  Call Dawn, at 404.248.5452, for more information or to RSVP.

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.”  This year is the 40th anniversary of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act. In two years, critical provisions of this landmark law will expire unless renewed by Congress.  Please come to the forum at First Iconium next Tuesday and learn about what you can do to preserve and strengthen the promise of democracy.  Noted Panelists include:

Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, National Center for Human Rights Education
Rev. James Orange, AFL-CIO, Southern Regional Office
Ms Janice Mathis, Southern Regional Rainbow/Push Coalition
Mr. Debo Adegbile, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Ms Julie Fernandez, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Mr. Danny Levitas, Voting Rights Project, ACLU
Rev. Albert E. Love, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Dr. William Boone, The Center for Citizen Participation

This meeting will be held in the First Iconium Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 542 Moreland Avenue, S.E. Atlanta.  For More Information call the Church Office 404-627-1371.  Additional resources and information about the VRA can be found at: www.aclu.org/votingrightsact, www.renewthevra.org, and www.naacpldf.org/vra.aspx.

Tuesday March 22 and Wednesday March 23 - The regular March 2005 Department of Natural Resources Board meeting of committees is scheduled to occur on Tuesday, March 22, beginning at 1:00 pm with the meeting of the whole on Wednesday, March 23, 2005, beginning at 10 am.  Both meetings will take place in the DNR Board Room, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 1252 East, Atlanta 30334.  

The March agenda is expected to be another light one. As of now, possible items include: Briefing by the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) on an update to air quality rules – specifically Title V permit fees, Briefing by WRD (Wildlife Resources Division) on amendments to hunting regulations, An update on the Chattahoochee River Study by WRD.  This agenda list is preliminary only and could change before the meetings. For further information contact: Carol Hassell, Executive Director, Georgia Environmental Council, at 770.945.3111 or fax 770.614.0593 or visit www.GECweb.org

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.”  The title of the address refers to Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander, a champion for civil and human rights, who was born at the turn of the century and became the first black woman to earn a PhD in the United States. Quite remarkably, she was also the first black woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and gain admission to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Julianne Malveaux earned her PhD in economics (Alexander’s field) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. She later taught at the University of San Francisco and University of California—Berkeley. Her research focuses on the labor market, public policy and the impact of policy on women and people of color. A writer and columnist in numerous national publications, and a sought-after guest on national television, she has had tremendous influence on public opinion of race, culture, and gender issues.  Her most recent books are the coauthored (with Deborah Perry) Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take On the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face (2002) and the coedited (with Reginna A. Green, foreword by Cornel West) The Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism, which was released in paperback in October 2004.

The keynote will take place in Tull Auditorium in Gambrell Hall of Emory Law School.  A book signing and reception will follow in the Hunter Atrium. This event is sponsored by Center for Women, Department of Women’s Studies Jessica Glasser Memorial Lecture, Hightower Lecture Fund, President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Goizueta Business School, Emory Law School, and Journalism Program.  

Thursday, March 24, noon - Voting Rights Under Attack. Attend the rally to oppose the discriminatory proposals to restrict acceptable id at the polls. We need a big turnout to express outrage that there is an attempt to suppress minority voting. Many have spent decades fighting and dying to expand the right to vote and get more people to the polls. Now we have to stand up and not let all the advances in voting rights be taken away. (See Special note in the index above for more details.) Plan now for a way to get yourself to the rally, only an outraged public can turn this setback into a win for democracy!

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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. Commemorating 40 Years of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and 85th Anniversary of The 19th Amendment Right To Vote. Moderated by Denis O’Hayer of 11 Alive News.  This is the  annual fundraiser for LWVAF, a nonpartisan, nonprofit political organization whose mission is to educate the public on government and the political process. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.

The Luncheon will be held in the Egyptian Ballroom of The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.  Doors will open at 11:00 am.  The cost is $75 general; $60 LWV members or $110 for ticket & 1 yr. membership.  The sponsors of this event include: AGL Resources, UPS, Dept. of Aviation Hartsfield-Jackson, Regional Transit Partners, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Georgia Pacific, UCFW Local 1996, HBO, BB&T, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Federal Home Loan Bank and Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. For tickets contact Bob Bearden, LWVAF Office Manager, at 404.577.8683.  For more information please visit www.lwvaf.org.

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. The event will feature local artists performing hip hop, spoken word, dance, and soul.  This event will take place at 5 Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave. Performances & DJ from 7pm-12am. Contact 404.622.0602 or Christi@projectsouth.org for more information. Tickets are $10-15.

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!  This meeting is for you if you are worried about cuts to limit your health coverage or cuts to the Medicaid or Peachcare programs. 

This meeting is sponsored by Georgians for a Common Sense Health plan and hosted by Linda Lowe, Sylvia Caley, Jeff Graham, Dr. Henry Kahn, LynnThogersen, Phyllis Johnson RN, Dr. Dan Blumenthal, Rita Valenti RN, Pat Puckett, and Arun Mohan.  The meeting will take place at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW, Atlanta.  Directions are available at 404.892.9822, ext. 2513.  For more information, contact Laurie Iscaro at 404.636.4590. 

March 31, 4:30 - 6:30 pm – A celebration of the Self Advocacy Exhibit at the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham.  All are invited to attend. This Self-Advocacy Exhibition featurs Advocating Change Together, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, and People First of Alabama.  The exhibit includes poetry by Gail Bottoms, the art of Lois Curtis, as well as the Long Road Home video.  This exhibit is on display till April 24. 

Advocating Change Together features a twenty-one panel exhibit traces perceptions, attitudes, services, struggles, and achievements in the history of persons with developmental and other disabilities.  It covers this subject from antiquity through the present, the exhibit brings viewers through an illustrated timeline, chronicling societal interpretations of disability through moral, medical, and cultural group models.

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered features disability rights, awareness, and, advocacy videos running throughout the exhibit.  Available for viewing are framed self-advocacy products from self-advocacy gatherings and conferences.  

People First of Alabama features poetry, art and information about the southern history of the disability rights movement.

For more information please visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at http://bcri.bham.al.us/index.html, Advocating Change Together http://www.selfadvocacy.org/, and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered http://www.sabeusa.org.  For more information, contact Jenny Manders, jmanders@uga.edu

Thursday, March 31 to Friday, April 1 - Symposium to explore "Water in Our Lives" from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines at Emory.  The symposium will examine local and international water issues from the perspectives of science, ethics, politics, religion, and education, and will feature as keynote speaker G. Wayne Clough, the President of the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as several Emory, Georgia Tech, and other Atlanta-area scholars and citizen activists. For more information on this free public symposium, please see http://scienceandsociety.emory.edu the Science & Society website.

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!  The theme is empowering challenged Africans to Network with other American and African professionals on issues related to disabilities. The speakers include: Mr. Bernard Kaba, Georgia Department of Labor/Rehabilitation Services; Stacey Ramirez & Judith Steuber, Cobb County Special Education Parent Mentors; and Tiffany B. Starnes, MeD, LPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor.  All Africans with disabilities, their parents, professionals, friends and family members are welcome to attend. 

This event will be held at Campbell High School, 5265 Ward Street, Smyrna, Georgia.  To get there from I-285 S/GA-407 S toward AUGUSTA/MACON, Take the GA- 54 N exit- EXIT 55. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto JONESBORO RD SE/GA-54, Turn LEFT onto MACEDONIA RD SE. Turn RIGHT onto BROWNS MILL RD SE. Turn LEFT onto OAK DR SE and Turn LEFT onto WARD DR SW.  For more information please contact Dr. Ifeanyi Aniche, 404.294.6346; Ijeoma Ajoku, 404.423.0863; or Ego Ndukwe, 770.414.0008.

Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Strategic Forum on the Precautionary Principle sponsored by ECO-Action and the Grassroots Environmental Network. The forum will explore taking precautionary action to protect human health and the environment.  This forum is for anyone who is worried about children being needlessly exposed to toxics, rising rates of cancers, and the regulatory system that does not protect public health.  Come to exchange ideals and information with national leaders of courage who support the grassroots toxics movement with their writings and research from the Science and Environmental Health Network.  Those present will include: Peter Motague, Director of Environmental Research Foundation; Nancy Myers, writer and editor of SEHN articles; Ted Schettler, MD and researcher; and Carolyn Raffensperger, SEHN Director and an attorney specializing in environmental policy. 

This event will be held at the Howard Johnson Plaza Suites at Underground (corner of Peachtree and Alabama Street in downtown Atlanta).  For more information or to register contact Yomi, 404-584.6499 or yomi@eco-act.org.  To learn more about the precautionary principle visit www.eco-act.org or www.sehn.org

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.  The “Walk For Health” Day will start at Vicars Fellowship Hall of the Community Church of God, 850 Cascade Avenue, and go down the Cascade Corridor, to end at the Cascade Kroger Center. 

For More information call Concerned Black Clergy at 404 755-4900 or visit the website at http://www.concernedblackclergy.org/   Partial Proceeds will go to Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital

Sponsors of this event include Blue Cross Blue Shield, American Heart Association.  Other sponsors include: Walk - Warmup - Metro Run & Shoot walking club; Health Fair - Dr. Beth Ann Cotrell; Grady Health System; Sisters Network; Diabetes Association of America; National Kidney Foundation of Georgia; and American Cancer Society.  

Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm - Voice for Choice I Workshop.  Come to this workshop to become well versed in women’s reproductive issues, birth control access, and other women’s health issues.  This skill-building training will build your depth of knowledge about reproductive justice, give you timely info about the politics of Georgia, and teach you to be a powerful “Voice for Choice!”  This training will include a wrap-up of the 2005 Georgia legislative session.

The cost of this training is $10.00.  Lunch is provided for all participants.  Do not let money hold you back from participating, scholarships are available.  Please reserve your seat today by calling the Feminist Women’s Health Center at 404.248.5445 or emailing nextwave@feministcenter.org

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.  There will be the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind hand-decorated plates and kitchen items by artists and celebrities including : Tammy Faye Baker Messner, the Cast of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Lynne Russell, Trading Spaces designer Doug Wilson, Dave FM's Mara Davis, Food Network Host Alton Brown, Cooking doyenne Nathalie Dupree, and many more.   In addition there will be great food from Atlanta's finest restaurants and chefs!   There will also be a live auction of signed books, dinners, wine, cooking classes, massages and more.

Tickets sell for $20 minimum.  Every dollar you pay over the minimum ticket price will be matched by the Elton John AIDS Foundation!  Tickets can be purchased securely on line or by calling 404.874.7926, ext. 16.  The event will be held at the Lowe Gallery, Tula Art Center, 75 Bennett St. Atlanta.  For more information go to http://www.aidssurvivalproject.org/donate/ArtofDining2005.html.  On the web a sample of this year’s auction items are available as well as a list of what restaurants and chefs will be providing food.  

Sunday, April 17, 12:00 pm – Walk for Women’s Lives.  Georgians for Choice and 44 member organizations proudly present The Walk for Women's Lives 2005, a day of reflection, celebration and action at the Capitol in Atlanta. Make your plans to come to Atlanta to join women, men and children from across Georgia to speak up for women's lives.  This all-day event will encompass a prayer breakfast for clergy and lay people, a walk around the Capitol, a rally in front of the Capitol and a BBQ lunch. This gathering is especially important, as women's lives across Georgia are threatened by the continuing assault on reproductive rights in this years’ General Assembly. Help send a message to legislators that the people of Georgia will NOT sit back while women's reproductive rights and women's freedom are stripped away!   For more information go to http://www.walkforwomengeorgia.org.  To participate in the next planning meeting, please contact Faisal Alam at falam@georgiansforchoice.org.

Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 - 2:00 pm – The Adolescent Services Network’s Spring Meeting.  This meeting is open to all youth and family professionals and advocates. The tentative agenda includes a debriefing on the 2005 General Assembly. Other agenda details will be forthcoming.  This meeting will be convened by Dana Parness, G-CAPP’s new Policy Director. The meeting will be held in the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta. To RSVP your attendance please e-mail Dana Parness, at dana@gcapp.org.  

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm — Voice for Choice II provides you an opportunity to hone your activist skills even more! This training will further your skills in applying leadership development theory.  Learn how to work in groups to plan and achieve a coordinated action, from creating a task-list/timeline to running an effective meeting.

The cost of this training is $10.00.  Lunch is provided for all participants.  Do not let money hold you back from participating, scholarships are available.  Please reserve your seat today by calling the Feminist Women’s Health Center at 404.248.5445 or emailing nextwave@feministcenter.org

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.  The Elkina sisters are graduates of the famed St. Petersburg Conservancy.   They emigrated from their native Russia in 1991 and are supporters of RRISA.  Julia and Irina have performed for sold-out audiences in such well-known venues as the Lincoln Center and the Ordway Music Theatre, and they have shared the stage with such respected conductors as Bobby McFerrin and Hugh Wolfe.  They are frequent guests on National Public Radio.  The program will have a Russian flavor as the sisters will perform pieces by Tchaikovsky-Pabst, Rachmaninov, and Stravinsky, as well as pieces by Liszt and Gershwin.

The concert will be held at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta.   Tickets are $30, $50, and $100.  Purchasers of the $50 and $100 tickets will receive priority seating, and holders of the $100 tickets will be invited to the VIP reception following the concert where they will be able to meet the pianists.  Purchasers of blocks of 10 or 25 tickets will receive additional benefits.  Tickets may be ordered on line, www.rrisa.org., via e-mail, events@rrisa.org, or by calling, 404 622 2235 ext 232.  Ticket purchases and donations will support RRISA’s work in rebuilding the lives of displaced and uprooted people.   For further information, please contact Brooke Dixon at either 770 393 2853, or 404 622 2235, ext 232

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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.  "Partners In Employment" can be found at http://www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/employment.  Itis a self-study, Internet-based learning program, created to give users the practical skills needed to find real, competitive employment in their own community. After completing this free course, participants will:

  • Understand the hiring process and how it might differ for people with disabilities
  • Know how to succeed with their strengths, skills, and interests
  • Create a resume or portfolio that presents a person and his or her abilities in the best light
  • Know how to network and identify potential employers
  • Be prepared for a successful job interview
  • Know how to evaluate a job offer and make sure it fits a person's skills and dreams

Information in this course is relevant and useful regardless of where a participant is located. "Partners in Employment" is part of the continuing effort to create a new employment culture - one in which willing workers are welcomed and embraced by satisfied employers and a supportive public.

Health Students Taking Action Together is looking for leaders.  HealthSTAT has sent out the call for HealthSTAT Board Nominations.  HealthSTAT is looking for visionary students to serve on our Board of Directors and lead our organization.  If you know of a student leader in any discipline who would be an asset to our work, please nominate them to be on our Board. 

HealthSTAT Directors come from a wide array of professional, racial and geographic backgrounds.  Service on the Board provides a fantastic opportunity to meet leaders across the state, sharpen skills, and make a difference.  For the bios of current Board members please visit www.hstatweb.org/board.htm

Individuals are welcome to self nominate and if you are nominating someone else, please get their consent first.  All that is needed for a nomination is: Your name (nominator), the nominee’s name, school, program and year, and their contact info (email and phone #).  Please email this info to Emile Crosa at emilecrosa@yahoo.com.

Second National Reports on Quality and Disparities in Health Care in America.  HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its second annual reports on the quality of and disparities in health care in America. The 2004 National Healthcare Quality Report finds both evidence of improving quality as well as specific areas in which major improvements can be made. The 2004 National Healthcare Disparities Report indicates that there are disparities related to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in the American health care system. For more information go to  http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=43390

On a more local note, a Status of Health in DeKalb County report has also been recently released.   It is available at www.dekalbheath.net.  The report contains information about the leading causes of hospitalization, illness and death for DeKalb County residents, as well as opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention.  Data is compiled by race, gender, age, and geographical locations.  The planning document can be used by schools, businesses, social service agencies and civic groups for wellness and community service projects.  Sponsors of this report include: DeKalb County Board of Health, Grady Health System, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Kaiser Permanente and DeKalb Medical Center.

Free Monthly Technology Workshops for Entrepreneurs.  The "Using Technology for Business Success" workshop series offers free technical literacy workshops to area entrepreneurs.  The purpose of the series is to inform, educate and empower entrepreneurs to make the right technology decisions for their businesses.  Workshops are practical, highly interactive, and present technology in *plain English*.

The Using Technology for Business Success (tm) series covers such critical skills as:

  • How to purchase a business PC,
  • How to establish and promote your business website, and
  • How to protect your computer from viruses and spyware.
Workshops in the 2005 series will be held from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm the third Tuesday of the month at the Smyrna CoffeeNet location (10 minutes from downtown Atlanta).  For more information, please contact Jackie Kiadii, Databases + Software Training + Technical Workshops, training@probizonline.com, 770.469.7455 [office].  The workshop is free but registration is required. 

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."  The grant amount is $50,000 and the deadline to apply is Friday, April 29, 2005 at 4 pm.  There will be informational Conference Calls on Tuesday, March 22 at 4 pm or Wednesday, March 23 at 4 pm. Please RSVP with questions to argoodman@dhr.state.ga.us. To view the full Request for Investment document, please go to www.gcdd.org. For more information, please call Aimee Goodman at 404.657.8904 or email argoodman@dhr.state.ga.us.

National Youth Service Day.  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. Youth volunteers will landscape parks, visit with seniors, beautify school campuses, feed the hungry and more. After completing their service projects on Saturday, National Youth Service Day volunteers convene on the Georgia Tech campus for a Celebration of Service, including food, live musical performances, games and more.

National Youth Service Day is a public awareness and education campaign that highlights the amazing contributions that young people make to their communities 365 days a year.

Hands On Atlanta is seeking organizations to participate in the Metro Atlanta National Youth Service Day Coalition. The Coalition is comprised of agency staff and youth volunteer leaders who assist with planning NYSD events. Past Metro Atlanta National Youth Service Day Coalition members include Volunteer Gwinnett, the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, Georgia Tech, Atlanta Public Schools and many others.

HOA is also seeking partner nonprofits and schools to host service projects that will engage youth. Hands On Atlanta provides project development assistance, trained volunteer leaders and tool and material support for partner projects.  If your school or nonprofit would like to host a project engaging youth in service for National Youth Service Day and/or would like to participate as a National Youth Service Day coalition member, please call 404.979.2877 or email NYSD@HandsOnAtlanta.org.

Social Security Benefit Calculator.  The Center for Economic and Policy Research has available their new online calculator comparing the benefits workers will receive from privatization vs. what they would receive under Social Security.  The calculator will be posted on participating groups' Web sites, http://www.cepr.net/ and The Century Foundation's Social Security Network.  The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Rock the Vote, and The Century Foundation are all involved in the release of this benefit calculator.

Cultural diversity maps and info for Metro Atlanta.  The ARC (Atlanta Regional Commission) has compiled data and maps on metro Atlanta's culturally diverse communities.  Title of project: "Beyond Black and White: The Atlanta Region's Growing Diversity". Their website includes a power point presented at a community forum in November, an Excel spreadsheet with county specific data and 'Global Snapshots' for each major ethnic community.  For more information visit the website, http://www.atlantaregional.com/regionaldata/Globalatlantasnapshots.html#snapshots

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday join Georgians for Choice at the Capitol to lobby your legislators on reproductive rights concerns.  Errin Vuley, Executive Director; Sam Gonzales, Political Organizer; and Debra Massoud-White, Political Organizer, will be at the Capitol from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to give you the scoop on what's going on at the Capitol.  Even if you can only come for an hour, WE NEED YOUR HELP!  There are currently many anti-reproductive rights bills at the Capitol.  Let YOUR legislators know that they do NOT have a mandate over women's lives.  Join Errin, Sam and Debra and our members at Georgians for Choice and speak up for women's lives.  Contact Sam or Debra for more information or to RSVP.  They can be contacted by email, political@georgiansforchoice.org, or by phone, 404.532.0022.

Also note that each Tuesday, in room 306 of the Legislative Office Building from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, there is a base station set-up for those who want to be involved in progressive issues. Get a brief orientation to the Capitol, get help finding your representatives, get updated legislative information and get an escort to the General Assembly! Room sponsored and staffed by the ACLU, Georgia Rural Urban Summit, Georgians for Choice, NCJW-Atl and other progressive organizations.)

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Job Opportunities
 

Two new opportunities received. For job descriptions, details, qualifications and contact information on previously posted opportunities go to http://georgiasummit.org/resources/opportunities/.

Executive Director, Georgia Options
Job Description Revised 2/21/05

NATURE OF WORK
The Executive Director has primary responsibility for the provision of high quality, individualized services to people with disabilities and their families through the efficient management of the agency. The Executive Director works under the supervision of the Governing Board of Directors.

DUTIES AND REPSONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate activities of entire service program; prioritize and schedule delivery of services; get to know every person served by the organization and participate in planning and reviewing each individuals ongoing living situation.
  • Ensure all personnel functions are carried out, including employment, payroll, supervision, training and development, performance evaluation, promotion, and termination.
  • Supervise senior administrative staff.
  • Assist in the development of, and monitor compliance with, all agency policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all contractual, accreditation, and licensure requirements are met.
  • Work with Governing Board and Georgia Options Foundation Board to secure adequate funding for the organization.
  • Ensure funding is administered and documented properly; ensure cash flow for the organization.
  • Prepare and/or review monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as required by funding sources and Governing Board.
  • Oversee the evaluation of agency operations and services.
  • Serve as primary agency liaison with external organizations; serve as agency staff liaison to the Governing Board and Foundation Board and respective committees.
  • Promote collaboration with other service organizations, providers, and the community at large.
  • Perform other duties necessary for the provision of high quality services to people with disabilities and their families.

DESIRABLE ATTITUDES, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS
The Executive Director must have strong beliefs in the intrinsic value of all people and the right of all individuals to live as contributing members of their communities in the homes of their choice. She or he should have considerable knowledge of the strengths and needs of people with disabilities and the ability to ensure the provision of individualized services responsive to the goals, preferences, and desires of those served by the organization.

Required skills and abilities include the demonstrated ability to administer a multi-service delivery program; general working knowledge of generic and specialized community resources available to people with disabilities; ability to work effectively with agency staff, family members of individuals served by the organization, government officials, area service providers, and community members. She or he should have the ability to communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing. The Executive Director should value the agency mission and philosophy and articulate those to others.

DESIRABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Masters Degree in social work, psychology, public administration, or related field and at least two years experience administering a social service delivery program, or a Bachelors degree and four years of relevant work experience, two years of which were administering a service delivery program. Experience in direct services to persons with disabilities may substitute for some administrative experience in special cases.

CONTACT:
Ann Puckett
168 Great Oak Drive
Athens, GA 30605
apuckett@uga.edu

 

RN, Feminist Women’s Health Center
RN Positions available at the Feminist Women's Health Center.   
Position:  Staff Nurse
Type:  Full-Time/Part-Time/PRN

Requirements:    

  • Dedication to providing Quality Women’s Healthcare
  • GA RN License
  • 1 or more years of medical/surgical experience [new graduates will be considered]
  • OB/GYN experience is preferred

 Position Summary:     

  • Pre- and Post-abortion care
  • Phone triage

 Benefits:                      

  • Competitive salary
  • benefit

For more information or to apply send an email to robing@feministcenter.org, call 404.728.7900, or fax resume to 404.728.7907.

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