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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.

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.

Have you voted yet? Polls close at 7 p.m.

Have you voted yet? Polls close at 7 p.m.

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Don't forget to vote for Doraville's next mayor today!

Head down to City Hall (3725 Park Avenue) before 7 p.m. to cast your vote.

Some Election Day reminders

The winner of today's vote will finish the uncompleted term of longtime Doraville Mayor Ray Jenkins, who died in February.

Reminders for Doraville Election Day

Reminders for Doraville Election Day

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Doraville's Special Election for Mayor will take place on Tuesday, June 21.

Polls at City Hall (3725 Park Avenue) will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Under Georgia law, all residents must bring an acceptable form of ID to the polls in order to vote.

Proper ID includes a driver's license, government employee ID, U.S. passport, military photo ID or Georgia Voter Identification Card.

For more information, call City Hall at 770-451-8745.

The three mayoral candidates will host a forum Thursday evening, where they will take questions from residents and business owners.

Mayoral candidate forum slated for June 16

Mayoral candidate forum slated for June 16

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The race is on for the top civic post in Doraville.

There will be a special candidate forum on Thursday, June 16 at the Doraville Civic Center (3770 Central Avenue), where the three candidates will answer residents' questions in an event moderated by former Atlanta Business Chronicle editor Thornton Kennedy.

Carol Gilman, Tom Hart and Donna Pitman will field questions submitted by Doraville residents and business owners. The questions will be accepted in writing from the audience beginning at 6 p.m., with the forum scheduled to begin at 6:30. There will be no verbal questions allowed from the floor.

This will not be a debate; the candidates will address the issues to the moderator and not each other.

The purpose of the forum is to allow Doraville residents to get to know the candidates and hear their positions on the city's top issues.

Voting in the special election will take place Tuesday, June 21.