April Duncan was named 2011 Employee of the Year for the State of Georgia
American Public Works Association, and acknowledged by
her employers, the Lowndes County Commission.
She was nominated by Public Works Director, Robin English, who reads the nomination in this video.
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I believe this was not meant to make the public's attention. When I
was told to write statements I was told that these people were going to
be prosecuted. Several months went by and this remained silent, I waited
for the county board memebers to to do the right thing. What happened
was the infamous memo; which indicated we were not allowed to contact any
law enforcement agency about crimes or we would be held accountable for
discrediting a county employee. And it would be considered as an attack
against a county employee. Whoever if we contacted our county manager
it would be handled (I’m not quite sure how many times he needed to be
contacted about the issues at the shelter). As I clearly remember in the
first meeting he had at the shelter many years ago… Joe Prichard said
“I'll fire everyone except Linda Patelski, Kay Jones and Michelle
Shultz” so I'm a little confused, the memo we got on September 22,
2010 said we wouldn’t be retaliated against if we followed the chain
of command (so does it mean if we report crimes to law enforcement we
will be retaliated against?) Clearly so, I assure you. The issues need
to be resolved.
And I continue to ask, since my email of a couple of months ago to
the Sheriff never received an answer, where is law enforcement when
there clearly are illegal acts of animal cruelty occurring here? We
made a big deal (appropriately) several years ago about a dog that was
intentionally set on fire by local people, but these violations are all
the more difficult to understand since they appear to be happening at
the hands of the very people sworn to protect our county's animals.
Methodists lobby private prison companies CCA and GEO
as shareholders about human rights issues.
Seems like this doesn't help with the 2008 United Methodist Church
Resolution 3281, Welcoming the Migrant to the US, which advocated the
"elimination of privately-operated detention centers,"
but at least they're doing something.
I expect what they'll accomplish by such lobbying is to demonstrate
that private prison companies have no intention of addressing
human rights issues, because that would cut into their profits.
In 2011, members of the United Methodist Interagency Task Force on
Immigration approached the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits
(General Board) with concerns about two private prison companies in
the General Board’s investment portfolio: Corrections Corporation of
America (CCA) and The GEO Group, Inc. The United Methodist Interagency
Task Force on Immigration was created following the General Conference
of 2004. Membership includes representatives from the General Board of
Global Ministries (GBGM), the General Commission on Religion and Race,
the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), Methodists Associated to
Represent the Cause of Hispanic Americans (MARCHA) and two bishops. In
addition, GBCS has shared its concern that CCA and The GEO Group have
been accused of human rights abuses of young people, immigrants and
people of color.
CCA and The GEO Group are the two largest private prison companies in the
U.S., operating and/or owning, respectively, 111 and 118 correctional,
detention and/or residential treatment facilities. In 2010, CCA earned
nearly $1.7 billion; The GEO Group, $1.3 billion.
Inmates are the largest single workforce in Georgia. THEY ARE
PAID NO WAGES. To anyone who is familiar with Doug Blackmon's “Slavery by Another
Name,” this forced convict labor system should come as no
surprise. It is part of the
“New Jim Crow” mass incarceration system
that reincarnates the Old Jim Crow in the first half of the 20th century.
So some inmates decided to do something about it.
This action by the inmates was a STRIKE, not a riot or a protest. It
was an action by workers TO WITHHOLD THEIR LABOR by refusing to leave
their cells. The risks they have taken are enormous. Refusal to work
gets you a “Disciplinary Report,” which can affect parole and your
“privileges” in prison.
People ask me: why do the NAACP and the SCLC oppose school consolidation?
Well, here's some recent research that backs up their position, followed
by their positions.
My summary: because it caused great damage last time, and this time would be no different.
...the review of research evidence detailed in this brief suggests that
a century of consolidation has already produced most of the efficiencies
obtainable. Research also suggests that impoverished regions in particular
often benefit from smaller schools and districts, and they can suffer
irreversible damage if consolidation occurs.
This is Tres a special needs cat pictured above. Tres was abandoned
and left to fend for herself. She has been living under the office of
a local law firm where the employees have been feeding her and taking
care of her. Because of her disability we were afraid that Tres would
not be able to take care of herself or fend off other animals if left
outside. It's apparent that Tres once belonged to someone, she is a
very sweet and affectionate cat once she gets to know you. It's very
sad to know that someone abandoned this sweet cat and left her outside
to take care of herself with her disability.
Is a private prison "good clean industry" as a local leader once told me?
According to the CRF [Constitutional Rights Foundation], over 25 percent
of black males and 16 percent of Hispanic males spend time in prison,
while only 4 percent of white males do so. Blacks make up only 12 percent
of the United States population.