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! Everyone wants justice, but what exactly is it and […]

The Economic Justice Coalition: Fighting for Workers


It’s time to tell the ACCPD we do not support its officers’ use of excessive force! After an investigation into the July 20 incident in which Athens-Clarke County police officers threw down and restrained an emotionally distraught 10-year-old boy, Lt. Richard Odum, head of the ACCPD Office of Professional Standards, […]

Action Alert: No Police Violence Against Children


Since taking office a little over two months ago, Commissioner Mariah Parker has already spearheaded her first successful initiative, one that Commissioner-Elect Tim Denson had been pursuing for over four years. The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission have three meetings each month, two of which (voting sessions and agenda-setting sessions) […]

Mariah Parker spearheads transparency initiative



It’s time to tell our legislators to oppose restricting SNAP benefits! Over 42 million people in the US rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) to put food on their tables. The new Farm Bill threatens to add stronger work requirements to SNAP, restricting […]

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Protect SNAP Benefits


A boatload of new policies are about to be voted on by the Clarke County Board of Education in August and you have the opportunity to review them and make comments and suggestions before the vote on August 9. Public comment ends on July 27 (this Friday)!   Why is […]

Comment on New Clarke County School Board Policies


In the name of transparency, we ask National EMS to release its full data from the 31,055 calls that exceeded the response time standard between 2014 and 2017. We are asking for an open audit of these calls, to include the nature of the 911 emergency, the zone in which […]

A4E Requests Audit of National EMS Response Times



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! Stability in any society requires that its people be […]

Collective Threats: What’s Wrong with Workers’ Rights?


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It’s time to tell our local hospitals we want reliable emergency medical services! If you’ve been following our stories, you know that 911 emergency medical services in Athens and Oconee County are provided by National EMS, a private, for-profit company. Adding a profit motive to this vital public service can […]

Action Alert: We’re Worried About For-Profit 911 EMS


For the first time, we are releasing the raw data showing that National EMS consistently fails to meet its contractually-required response-time standards. We hope to provide additional transparency and to clear up some confusion about what these numbers mean. For analysis of the data and the bigger picture, check out […]

A4E Releases Raw EMS Response Time Data