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Georgia appeals ruling on immigration law

Georgia appeals ruling on immigration law

ATLANTA -- A spokeswoman for the state attorney general says the state has filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect.

Spokeswoman Lauren Kane says the notice was filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, but has not yet been filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The office will file court papers outlining the state's objections to last week's ruling.

The decision from federal Judge Thomas Thrash granted a request filed by civil liberties groups to block two sections of the law from taking effect until a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality has been resolved.

Other parts of the law, passed by the Georgia Legislature this year, took effect Friday.

Undocumented youth will risk arrest and rally at the Capitol in response to the Immigration Bill

Undocumented youth will risk arrest and rally at the Capitol in response to the Immigration Bill

Atlanta --  (submitted by Georgina Perez)  Today, June 28th, at 2:00pm, in an effort to raise awareness for the plight of undocumented people in their communities, six undocumented youth will risk arrest and even deportation coming out at the Georgia State Capitol. The undocumented youth will be joined by allies in demanding a complete halt to HB87 and similar local policies which continue to create fear within the immigrant communities.
 
Jessica Vasquez, 18 year old soon to be Pebblebrook high school student doesn’t believe anything has changed with the Judge’s ruling in the HB87 lawsuit: “Parts of HB87 may have been put on hold however that does not mean that local policies have been put on hold.  Every day I see people I know being stopped at checkpoints and facing deportation.

Rep. John Lewis Responds to Georgia Court Decision to Block Provisions of Immigration Bill

Rep. John Lewis Responds to Georgia Court Decision to Block Provisions of Immigration Bill

Atlanta, GA --  Rep. John Lewis made this statement upon hearing that U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash blocked parts of H.R. 87 (the Georgia Immigration Bill)

“When this law was passed, I was deeply disappointed in the leadership of this state.  It seemed we were willing to turn a blind eye to the worst and most bitter lessons of our discriminatory past to embrace tactics that took us backwards and jeopardized our chances to move forward economically, socially, and politically.  As H.R.

LAA and AALAC Host a “Know Your Rights” Seminar about HB-87

LAA and AALAC  Host a “Know Your Rights” Seminar about HB-87

The Latin American Association (LAA) and the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC) hosted a free “Know Your Rights” seminar to discuss HB-87 on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Experts in the areas of constitutional, criminal and immigration law explained the law and discussed immigrants’ rights and its effects on the immigrant community.

 Interpreters were available and materials translated into Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and other languages were handed out.

For more info Contact: Latin American Association; 404-471-1889; aguzman@thelaa.org

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said.

Why Single Gender Schools Matter - The Case of Ivy Preparatory Academy

Why Single Gender Schools Matter - The Case of Ivy Preparatory Academy

It has been a rough couple of weeks for Ivy Preparatory Academy.

City leaders honor W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars

City leaders honor W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta leaders will dispense the celebrity treatment to six outstanding Georgia high school students this week.

It's Scholars Recognition Week, a series of celebrations that honor members of the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars program. This initiative was created by the Atlanta-based W.E.B. Du Bois Society to give fanfare and public recognition to high-achieving black students.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars program is the only recognition outreach of its kind that is modeled after the lauded U.S.