LYNN’S LIST

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Actions you can take this week: September 21st 

It is with a heavy heart that I write Lynn’s List this week. Ever since the new Administration took office in 2017, I have felt our democracy slipping away, little by little with violations of democratic norms and trampling on the Constitution without checks and balances.  While we have had small victories, we have had little to celebrate. Ruth Bader Ginsberg was the last roadblock to the demise of this democracy.  Her determination, her fight for the rights of women, civil rights, voting rights, as well as, the rights of the underserved and the disenfranchised always gave me hope. She fought for our country all the way to her dying breath. She now has passed the baton to us. Let’s remain motivated to fight.  Rest in Power, Ruth.  We will not let you down. -- Lynn Snyder

Protection of Civil Liberties

Georgia Women has advocated on behalf of immigrants since our inception. Numerous sources document that conditions in the Detention Centers in Georgia are some of the worst in the country. Documents obtained from a whistleblower claim that ICE Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla operated by LaSalle Corrections, fails to take proper COVID safety precautions and performs unneeded hysterectomies. On September 14, attorneys from Project South filed a complaint on behalf of immigrant detainees. 

 

Now is the time to get out the postcards and stamps and write the list of officials below.  

Suggested script:  A recent whistleblower complaint states that detained immigrant women at ICDC are being subjected to suspect medical care and unnecessary hysterectomies. Additionally, there is a reported lack of COVID-19 personal protective equipment and testing for detainees and employees. Due to the gravity of these violations and the continued negative impact on the health and safety of both detained immigrants and ICDC employees, you must review this complaint and make necessary corrections in an expedited manner.

 

Joseph V. Cuffari

Inspector General

Office of the Inspector General

Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC 20528

 

Cameron Quinn

Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Department of Homeland Security

245 Murray Lane, SW

Washington, DC 20528

 

Thomas P. Giles

Acting Director of Atlanta ICE Field Office

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Atlanta Field Office

180 Ted Turner Dr. SW Suite 522

Atlanta, GA, 30303

 

David Paulk

Warden of the Irwin County Detention Center

132 Cotton Drive

Ocilla, GA, 31774

 

Additional complaints may be made to the Georgia Composite Medical Board that will meet October 1. To file a claim against the physician who performed the hysterectomies, read this short document for the instructions. That document provides the link to complete a complaint. The physician who allegedly performed these procedures is Mahendrakumar Govindbhai Amin license number 27483 and based in Douglas, GA.You must lodge the complaint under his name.  Here is a shared sample to give you an idea of how to complete the form. (It says it is editable, but it is not).

Protection of the Environment

The Georgia ballot contains two proposed Constitutional Amendments, one of which has been an advocacy issue for Georgia Women for several legislative sessions. The vote on this Constitutional Amendment is the result of years of environmental groups lobbying, grassroots organizing, and educating the public about the legal loophole that allowed these funds to be regularly used by the General Assembly to pay for other parts of the state budget. As a result, more than $200 million in funding for clean community programs, like cleanups of abandoned contaminated sites and illegal tire dumps, has vanished since the late 1990s while hundreds of toxic sites and tire dumps await cleanup.

 

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 reads:

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to dedicate revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were intended?

Vote YES on Question 1 so that we will have the opportunity to ensure that fees collected specifically to clean up hazardous waste sites or scrap tire piles are dedicated for the important programs that help our environment and our local communities.

CENSUS!!!

Georgia is second to last in participation in the Census.  Please spread the word that those who have not completed the Census shouldn’t wait for a knock at the door.  Everyone can still self-respond by going online to my2020census.gov or calling 1-844-330-2020.  

Find the link to your legislators here!

 

There are 6 weeks until the November 3 election.  

 

Make sure you stay safe!

Important Election Information

Voter Registration

  • The deadline for online voter registration (OLVR) is Monday, October 5, 2020.

  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020. 

  • The deadline to register in person at the Board of Elections is Monday, October 5, 2020.

Vote By Mail/Absentee Ballot Voting

  • You can complete an on-line absentee ballot request at ballot request.sos.ga.gov.  The site instantly transmits ballot requests to county election officials, avoiding potential delays in mail delivery. 

  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail (absentee ballot) is Friday, October 30, 2020, meaning the ballot application must be received by the local Board of Elections by that date. Waiting until 10/30 to request the ballot would be VERY risky! If you plan to vote absentee, request your ballot today at ballot request.sos.ga.gov!

  • Absentee ballots will begin to be mailed on September 16.

  • It is recommended that, if possible, you hand deliver your absentee ballot to the secure drop box outside the Board of Elections or at the Macon-Bibb Government Center. If not possible to hand deliver, be sure that your ballot is mailed no later than October 22.

  • Once you have voted by absentee ballot, monitor the status of your vote at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/

In-Person Early Voting 

  • Early voting runs from Monday, October 12, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020.  For Macon-Bibb, early in-person voting is at the Board of Elections 2525 Pio Nono Avenue. 

  • Saturday early voting occurs on October 24, 2020, which is National Early Voting Day!

  • If you are voting in-person, numerous safety measures have been put in place to protect voters from COVID-19, but, by law, masks can not be enforced.

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