This year’s SPLOST vote is a complicated one, with a mix of good and bad on the ballot. A4E’s Board of Directors voted not to take a stance on the vote but instead to provide education to the public. A4E member Irami Osei-Frimpong is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching […]

Vote NO on SPLOST 2020


This year’s SPLOST vote is a complicated one, with a mix of good and bad on the ballot. A4E’s Board of Directors voted not to take a stance on the vote but instead to provide education to the public. A4E member Adam Shirley is a middle-school teacher who lives in […]

Vote Yes on SPLOST 2020


A4E member Steve Piazza is a writer and poet living in Athens, Georgia with his wife and cat. He is a retired educator who advocates for education, workers’ rights and global welfare. Interested in writing for our blog? Get in touch! Much has been written about how unions have taken on […]

UCWGA Local 3265: Changing the Workplace Culture for All



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Athens’ mayor and commission are still trying to give the Classic Center $34 million of public tax money. It’s time to tell them not to. Contact the mayor and your commissioner (or all of them) at: Mayor Kelly Girtz: kelly.girtz@accgov.com Patrick Davenport (District 1): patrick.davenport@accgov.com Mariah Parker (District 2): mariah.parker@accgov.com […]

Action Alert: Fix the SPLOST List


Migrants across the country are organizing in the face of neglectful conditions at the border and increasing attacks by ICE and the Trump administration. There are ways to support the work in Athens, too. The Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition are supporting migrant peoples at varying levels. Their mission is in  […]

Supporting Migrant Families: What You Can Do


On Wednesday, May 22, the Athens Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society hosted a conversation with Tim Denson, District 5 Athens-Clarke County Commissioner, on the patio at Little Kings Shuffle Club to talk criminal justice reform. About 20 people gathered around the picnic tables, including Municipal Court Judge Ryan […]

Progress on Criminal Justice Reform in Athens



On Wednesday, April 19, 2019, Athens for Everyone welcomed members of the community to the monthly A4E Political Discussion Group. The focus for the evening was on actions and decisions made by UGA administrators, including university president Jere Morehead, related to the reinterment of the remains of former slaves of […]

Political Discussion Group Recap: Recognition & Redress at UGA


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Athens for Everyone opposes the use of unpaid labor by incarcerated workers because we believe all workers deserve a fair wage. The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government uses unpaid inmate labor to subsidize many of its departments, including the Solid Waste Department and Landscape Department. The mayor’s FY20 proposed budget continues […]

Contact the Mayor and Commission About Inmate Labor


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Athens have been privatized since 2009, when National EMS (now owned by Priority EMS) took over running our ambulances and medical 911 calls. We’ve already documented how this has led to consistent failure to meet response time obligations. The profit motive seems to have caused […]

Emergency: 911 call center needed in Athens