When Kelly Girtz launched his campaign for mayor on the lawn outside the Lyndon House Arts Center, he started by acknowledging the people who’d been kicked off the land nearby. The government forcibly removed first the Creek Indians and later did the same to working-class African-Americans. Athenians love to talk […]

A4E endorses Kelly Girtz for Mayor of Athens

May 22nd is election day! It is the general election for local offices and the primary for statewide races. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the sample ballot before you go vote. In Georgia, we have open primaries, meaning anyone may select any party’s ballot. We have the Democrat, […]

Sample Ballot, May 22, 2018

In a victory for all of Athens, the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office announced last Friday that they will no longer cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE is still a threat to our community, but without cooperation from local law enforcement many Athenians will be protected. Families who would […]

How Athens Beat Back ICE: A Timeline

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It’s time to tell Gov. Deal we oppose the proposed city of Eagle’s Landing. Senate Bills 262 and 263 have passed the legislature and sit on the governor’s desk for him to sign. We need him to veto them! Call: Gov. Nathan Deal: 404-656-1776 Or email him here. Senate Bills […]

Action Alert: Veto Eagle’s Landing

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“When every second counts, you can count on Piedmont” reads the Emergency Services page on Piedmont Healthcare’s website. The same page on the website of St. Mary’s Hospital, also in Athens, promises “faster emergency care, by design.” But how can these hospitals make good on their promises when patients don’t […]

Does Every Second Count? For-Profit Ambulance Service Creates Problems

Patrick for District 1 and a Commission for Everyone Athens has private man-made rivers for temporary residents, but not public sidewalks for those building a life here. Some of us live in ornate mansions, and others can’t afford to escape the moldy apartments our slumlords won’t fix. Some come to […]

A4E endorses Patrick Davenport for District 1

It’s time to tell Gov. Deal you don’t want public tax dollars going to private schools. House Bills 217 and 787 have passed the legislature and sit on the governor’s desk for him to sign. We need him to veto them! Call: Gov. Nathan Deal: 404-656-1776 During this legislative session, […]

Action Alert: Keep Public Tax Dollars out of Private Schools

The 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly didn’t bring a $15 minimum wage, a hate crimes bill or any gun control, but it did have some bright spots, mostly in the bills our members helped stop from becoming law. We stopped legislation that targeted immigrants! Senate Bill 452 would […]

When We Fight, We Win: The 2018 Legislative Session

With the failure of Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to reach an agreement by March 31, the time seemed right to post this blog entry from A4E member Tom Weiner, which argues for Medicare for All. (Note: Rep. Deborah Gonzalez introduced a Medicare for All bill […]

Angry About Your Healthcare? Medicare for All Might Help