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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a federal lawsuit against a Georgia county on behalf of its employees demanding equal pay. The ACLU says Bradley County's male employees make 58 cents to every dollar their female counterparts make. With the total pay gap averaging out at $9,000, the lawsuit is a cause for alarm among Bradley County employees who are hopeful the county will begin to reform.
In addition to the Georgia Senate runoff races, the state is managing elections for the Public Service Commissioner. Earlier this month, there were elections in parts of metro Atlanta to fill the remainder of Congressman John Lewis’ seat left vacant after he died from pancreatic cancer this summer.
The State Election Board voted unanimously April 15 to allow voters to drop off ballots at drop boxes. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “drop boxes can be set up on government property before Georgia’s primary on June 9. Voters will be able to submit their absentee ballots without having to pay for postage …” … Continue reading Georgia State Election Board Offers Drop Box Solution in Light of Postage Debate (Source: georgiapeanutgallery.org)
“S.B. 202 is perhaps the most bold and shameful voter suppression legislation enacted in the modern era. Its purpose and target are clear: to create barriers to voting for Black voters who turned out in record numbers for the November 2020 presidential election and the January 2021 special election. The provisions of the new law and the manner in which it was enacted reflect a thorough disregard for the sanctity of protecting the right to vote and a headlong and determined zeal to diminish Black political power in Georgia,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF’s president and director-counsel. “This is a powerful moment for democracy in this country. S.B. 202’s attempt to disenfranchise Black voters in Georgia harkens back to the most shameful days of voter suppression in the decades before the civil rights movement. That this law was passed in Georgia, less than a year after the death of one of the state’s greatest heroes, Representative John Lewis, is shameful. In his name, we will fight to strike down this illegal attempt to undo his legacy. Anything less represents a grave threat to the future of our democracy and inherently undermines the notion of equality for all.”
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization. LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Follow LDF on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. (Source: www.naacpldf.org)