‘Two dimensions of otherness’ – the Syrian refugee crisis migrates to America


"Each new American citizen brings a unique set of skills and experiences which they can use to improve our communities and our nation. And each of them can help renew our shared hope that unlimited possibilities are available to everyone who embraces the opportunities that this country offers under its Constitution." - León Rodríguez, Director… Continue reading ‘Two dimensions of otherness’ – the Syrian refugee crisis migrates to America

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Broken government comes from a broken electorate


"It stung like hell." - Georgia Democratic Party Chair, DuBose Porter, in a conciliatory email to party activists If a dramatic election happens and no one votes, does it still mean the electorate changes to purple? The finger pointing over who was to blame for Tuesday's devastating losses started as soon as the polls closed… Continue reading Broken government comes from a broken electorate

AROMA – creating sustainable activism across Atlanta movements


"I'd love to change the world, but I don't know what to do." - I'd Love to Change the World, Ten Years After, 1971, by Alvin Lee Affecting change is hard. Screaming for social justice can be frustrating. As anyone who has ever been involved in social and political activism can tell you, making sure… Continue reading AROMA – creating sustainable activism across Atlanta movements

Populist ethics measure reflects ‘American value’


"There needs to be some wide-sweeping changes in terms of lobbying and ethics reform." - Markette Baker (R), Solicitor General, Troup County, Georgia It's an uncomplicated, no-brainer, and although Ms. Baker was referring specifically to the State Assembly of Georgia, her concerns about the integrity of government are echoed across this nation, everyday. Lobbyists are… Continue reading Populist ethics measure reflects ‘American value’

Georgia Ethics Express responds to charges of pledge signers’ hypocrisy


Georgia State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) addressed charges by opponents of the ethics reform question on next Tuesday's ballot, that several candidates who have committed to a $100 cap on Gold Dome lobbyists are themselves guilty of campaign ethic filing violations. "When you are losing an argument, that's when you resort to those kinds of… Continue reading Georgia Ethics Express responds to charges of pledge signers’ hypocrisy

Georgia Ethics Express hits the road


The Ethics Express, a compilation of odd political bedfellows, including Common Cause Georgia, the League of Women Voters, Georgia Conservatives in Action, and Georgia Tea Party Patriots, have taken to the road, on bus tour supporting a July 31 ballot question, urging ethics reform in Georgia's State House. The group plans to stop in 14… Continue reading Georgia Ethics Express hits the road