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  • Thursday, February 12, 2009

    GEORGIA FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Groups and Events

    BLOGGING GEORGIA:

    For Local Georgia News and Events, go to Lefty Blogs Georgia for the latest.

    Tondee's Tavern: "A Practical and Useful Blog for the benefit of PROGRESSIVES in GEORGIA."

    Atlanta Progressive News: Also on Every Thursday on 89.3 FM WRFG 12pm "Current Events" Show with Adam Shapiro.

    Georgia Justice Project is an unlikely mix of lawyers, social workers and a landscape company. We defend people accused of crimes and, win or lose, we stand with our clients while they rebuild their lives.


    Here are some stories of interest:

    Citizens Ask Legislature to Fund School Nurses, Trauma Care

    District Voting Coming to Forsyth County

    HB 356: The Democratic Plan to put over $1 billion back into the budget – without raising taxes

    A Shout Out to the 67 Democrats in the Georgia House who stood together today to prevent the passage of HR1.!

    Tale of Two Crooks: Coleman and Blagojevich

    President Obama’s Rural Policy

    GOTV is Georgia Dem's best strategy

    Right Wing Extremist Oxendine Wants Christian Fundamentalist Theocracy In Georgia: Someone should tell him to move to Iran if he wants a theocracy. Here in AMERICA we have something called a Constitution.

    Stimulus stupidity

    Required Reading for Georgia Dems

    Another consequence of being a red state. Why do Georgia's Republicans hate Georgia?

    Democrats Lead Fight to Keep Nurses in Schools


    ALTERNATIVE ENERGY IN GEORGIA:

    Saving the Economy and Environment with Clean Energy!
    Solar, Wind, Energy Efficiency, and Energy Conservation all have the power to meet our current and projected energy demand more cheaply then fossil fuels (read: Fools), all while providing more local jobs then traditional coal, nuclear, or natural gas plants! Join here for more details. Or go here: www.cleanpower4georgians.com

    Atlanta Beyond Oil
    We are interested in peak oil, global warming, relocalization,
    sustainable communities, alternative energy, permaculture, and more. We are beginning to network with other Metro Atlanta groups and to have events that educate people about our concerns. We offer support, information, and opportunities to contribute to the solution. We'd love to have you join us! Go here for more details.

    The Atlanta Green Living Meetup Group
    We will meet to share ideas, listen to speakers, review new products, and organize in the community to promote the preservation of Atlanta's natural environment. The group focuses on easy, accessible options that everyone can take to reduce their footprint. Join here for more info.

    2009 BIO International Convention
    May 18, 2009 - May 21, 2009

    Atlanta, Georgia - The BIO International Convention is the largest biotechnology event in the world. The Convention helps BIO fulfill its mission to help grow the global biotech industry. The BIO International Convention features keynotes and sessions from key policymakers, scientists, CEOs, and celebrities. Past speakers include President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Michael J. Fox, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, among many others. The convention also includes hundreds of sessions covering biotech trends, policy issues and technological innovations, and the world's largest biotechnology exhibition - the BIO Exhibition. Go here for more information and registration.


    Next let me highlight some NAACP groups:

    The Cobb County NAACP monthly meetings are the first Monday of the month at the branch office at 6:30 p.m.

    General membership meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, mostly at the office location but varies based on programs. Members are encouraged to attend these meetings. Join a committee today. Elections of officers are held in even years.

    For more info contact the branch office: 605 B. Roswell St Marietta, GA 30061 770.425.5757 info_at_cobbnaacp.org

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, is the oldest, largest and strongest civil rights organization in the United States. The principal objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States.

    The NAACP is committed to achievement through non-violence and relies upon the press, the petition, the ballot and the courts, and is persistent in the use of legal and moral persuasion even in the face of overt and violent racial hostility.

    Fayette County NAACP Branch General Membership Meeting:
    2nd Saturday Each Month - 4:00 PM, Flat Rock AME Church

    And if you want contact info for other NAACP branches in Georgia (mainly street addresses), please go here.


    Here are a couple of Democracy for America meetings in Georgia:

    Decatur Meeting: First Wed. of every month, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM, Location: ChocoLate Coffee, 2094 North Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA, 30033 US Contact: Susan Keith susan_at_georgiafordemocracy.org

    The North Fulton/East Cobb Democracy for America: Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM, sign up here to find out where and more details.

    You can also sign up here to help organize a Georgia for Democracy group in your area.


    Here are more organizations, groups and events in Georgia:

    The Carter Center: Creating a world in which every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to enjoy good health and live in peace. Find out how you can get involved.

    DeKalb County Young Democrats: The future leaders of DeKalb County. Go here to see upcoming events.

    Atlanta Area Democrats Meetup Group: Grassroots Democrats upset with the direction the Republicans are taking our country and our state - we're taking action! Sign up for more information.

    Cobb County Young Democrats
    Monthly Happy Hours on the first Fridays of every month and monthly Business Meetings on the third Tuesdays of every month. Both are great opportunities to meet fellow Cobb County Young Democrats and learn about the 2008 heated races taking place in Cobb County.

    Happy Hours: BLACKBIRD, 114 W Hancock St, Milledgeville, GA, 31061 US
    Contact: Christin Ivey, Christin_ivey@ecats.gcsu.edu,

    Business Mettings: Little Azio Pizza and Pasta 1675 Cumberland Pkwy, Ivywalk Unit #415, Smyrna, GA, 30080 US
    Contact: Alexandra O'Callaghan, alli@georgiayds.org,

    Cherokee County Democratic Party Meeting
    Third Monday of Every Month, 7 PM
    Hot Springs Community Center
    100 Hickory Circle
    Holly Springs, GA
    More info here.

    Georgia Equality is the political advocacy voice of Georgia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender citizens and their allies. Founded in Atlanta in 1995, it has grown into a true statewide organization and is known nationally as one of the leaders among state and local LGBT groups.

    Atlanta Amnesty International Chapter 75: Meet others in your local area interested in Amnesty International USA, a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. Sign up to find out when and where.


    Drinking Liberally is a grassroots social organizations for people who like to meet fellow liberals over a good beer. Here are the Drinking Liberally chapters in Georgia:

    Atlanta, Georgia
    * Every Thursday, 8:00 pm onward
    * Thinking Man's Tavern, 537 W Howard Ave, Decatur
    * Hosted by Erin Abrahams, atlanta (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Dunwoody
    * First and third Wednesday of each month (next meeting January 2), 7:00 pm onward
    * Ye Olde Dunwoody Tavern, 5488 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd (map)
    * Hosted by Hillary Meister, dunwoody (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Augusta, Georgia
    * Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Helga's Lounge, 2015 Central Ave
    * Hosted by Margie Hobbins, augusta (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Savannah, Georgia
    * First and third Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Crystal Beer Parlor, 301 W Jones St (corner of west jones and jefferson)
    * lots of parking
    * Hosted by John Mattingly, Victor Fishman and McKay Schwalbach, savannah (at) drinkingliberally.org

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