Write Brian Kemp to Request VETO of SB 83, which encourages “Bible Literacy” classes in #Georgia public schools

The Georgia Legislature passed SB 83 this session.

Governor Kemp hasn’t signed it yet. You can use this form to urge the Governor to veto it. 

I’ve included below the text of my letter which I sent this morning and the letter of a friend and activist in metro Atlanta.

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So-Called “Travel Ban” isn’t Based on Security Considerations, Plus #AbolishICE

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People carrying signs protesting the deportation of Iraqi-American immigrants. Max Ortiz, The Detroit News

Chris Gelardi wrote a fantastic article in The Nation of March 8, 2019 entitled ICE Is Terrorizing Iraqi-American Communities. The excerpts below demonstrate that #45Regime used the threat of inclusion in the Muslim Ban to pressure nations into cooperating with deportations of their nationals from the United States, thus belying the claim that the Muslim Ban had anything to do with protecting the USA from terrorism. Continue reading

Stop Telling Nick Kyrgios How to Behave

0_alexander-zverev-vs-david-ferrer-acapulco-mexico-27-feb-2019I stayed up late last night watching Nick Kyrgios defeat Rafael Nadal in Acapulco. It was an amazing match.

I’m used to ESPN & Tennis Channel analysts bemoan Kyrgios’s alleged unprofessionalism, which manifests itself in injuries (from lack of training), lackadaisical effort and on court personal conduct violations. I was surprised to hear that Rafael Nadal himself criticized Kyrgios in the post-match press conference, channeling his version of Major League Baseball’s John McCann. Continue reading

Dismissal of African-Americans’ Service During Philadelphia’s 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic Has Important Lessons for All Oppressed Groups

Erica Armstrong Dunbar‘s book Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge mentions Philadelphia’s 1793 yellow fever epidemic, an important episode from the early history of the United States. Read here: Continue reading

Why Did Islamic Society of North America Promote Travel to Occupied Palestine? #BDS

لا-للتطبيعI’ve previously written about USA Muslim responses to Zionist atrocities in Palestine and surrounding lands. I don’t understand why some USA Muslims want to pretend that their being Muslims gives them some privilege to discuss anything related to Palestinians, especially when they fail to acknowledge Palestinians’ struggle for restoration of their rights.

The publication in the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) November/December 2018 issue of Islamic Horizons of an article promoting Muslim tourism in occupied Palestine was an especially terrible example of this. Continue reading

Use Georgia Secretary of State Website to Check Status of Your Absentee Ballot

I’ve been using an absentee ballot for many years in Georgia, primarily because I can fill out the ballot when I’m not under time pressure and the convenience of not leaving the house or waiting in line. This year, news stories appeared mentioning that local election officials can disqualify absentee ballots for a variety of reasons, among them a perceived mismatch between the signature on the ballot envelope and the form used to request the absentee ballot and other documents on file with the state. More importantly, neither the county nor the state is required to notify the voter that his/her ballot was rejected, and there is no appeals process. This is a matter of ongoing litigation.

I asked a employee at my county’s Board of Elections if there was a way to know if my absentee ballot was accepted. I was given the following instructions:

Login into: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
Look under the status of your absentee ballot.

Here’s some screenshots to help you implement these instructions.

Landing My Voter Page (1)

Fill out the form on the right side of the page, which I’ve enclosed in a red rectangle, and click “Submit” to get to the next step.

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In the red rectangle there is a link to access your Absentee Ballot status. Here’s mine:

My absentee ballot status

I checked for another family member whose ballot was mailed a few days after mine, and that ballot had not yet been received.

If you check and find your status to be something other than “Accepted,” please share what you learn about your ballot in the comments.

Another question I have is if a person can vote in person if the status on this page shows anything other than “Accepted.”

Another issue which may affect some Georgians is that some counties don’t report their absentee ballot processing to the Secretary of State office electronically. So I don’t know if voters in those counties would be able to verify this information.

Finally, I did put a Yellow rectangle around “Provisional Ballot Status.” For me, that link was inactive. I’m assuming that link would be active for a person whose voter registration was not accepted. If that link is active for you, please share in the comments what information is available to you about your voter registration status.