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Bilingual Program: Conozca Sus Derechos (Know your Rights)

Bilingual Program: Conozca Sus Derechos (Know your Rights)

May 20, 2019

This is our third bilingual program in Spanish with Luz Lopez, attorney for Southern Poverty Law Centerand Adonahi Meza, DACA student from U-Lead Athens. They will both share their stories and attorney Lopez will go over immigrant rights.

Buenos dias, nuestro programa de esta tarde es nuestro tercer programa bilingüe en español con Luz López, abogada del Southern Poverty Law Center y Adonahi Meza, estudiante de DACA de U-Lead Athens. Ambos compartirán sus historias y la abogada López revisará los derechos de los inmigrantes.

 

Immigration Fundamentals and DACA Concerns

Immigration Fundamentals and DACA Concerns

May 13, 2019

Our topic today is understanding some immigration fundamentals and the realities DACA students face. Our guests are:

Sujata Gupta Winfield was born in Kolkata, India.  Her studies in law, and her desire to practice law for the poor and disadvantaged, were transferred to Athens, GA, when she married Richard Dien Winfield, a professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia, whom she had met in art class in New York city.  

After completing her law studies at the University of Georgia law school in 1987, Sujata practiced employment discrimination and minimum wage-overtime law and then immigration law.  Since 2003, she has been running a solo immigration practice, Sujata Gupta Winfield LLC. 

Sujata continues her dream of representing the disadvantaged ... which in immigration law, comprises all peoples wanting to live in the United States temporarily or permanently, who are attempting to maneuver the complicated immigration system, but particularly, people who come from Mexico and Central America. 

Sujata's practice includes family and humanitarian visas and green cards, naturalization and asylum applications, and deportation defense in immigration court.

JoBeth Allen retired after 28 years of teaching in UGA’s College of education. In 2014, along with educator from CCSD and UGA, she co-founded and continues to co-direct U-Lead Athens. She loves reading, cooking and eating locally grown produce, spending time with her 5 grandchildren, and working with Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition to make Athens a safe and equitable home for immigrants who are un(der)documented. 

Arts & Culture Initiatives in Athens

Arts & Culture Initiatives in Athens

April 29, 2019

Ready for another amazing episode? Athens is often referred to as a music town - but the arts and culture that make up the core of our city far expand the limited scope of just a music label. Tune in this Sunday as we hear from Erin Mullins Barger, project manager of Envision Athens, about the true role of arts and culture in our community, the Envision Athens CREATE subgroup and what's next, including how can you be a part of what's hot and happening. Sunday, 5 pm, WXAG Athens, Ga, 92.7 FM.

Hailing from the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Erin Barger has worked in community development for two decades. She began her career serving adults with disabilities, going on to work in refugee resettlement, serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in China for two years, and then returning to attend graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill before moving to Athens in 2009. Erin worked for nearly a decade to address poverty across north Georgia, when she was invited to serve as a volunteer Steering Committee member for Envision Athens. Today she serves at the Project Manager for this movement, compelled by the vision of Athens reaching her full potential in unity, prosperity, equity, and compassion. She strives to live by the Athenian oath in hopes that she will transmit the city more beautiful and greater, to her children and others.

 

Environmental Initiatives in Athens

Environmental Initiatives in Athens

April 22, 2019

Want to know more about possible environmental solutions in Athens? Join us on this episode as we speak with  Melissa Hopkinson and Cary Ritzler to discuss current environmental trends and solutions tailored to the Athens community. Melissa Hopkinson is a Lecturer of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of North Georgia, where she teaches courses on Weather and Climate and Geography. She earned her Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. She is currently involved with the Georgia Climate Project, a statewide initiative to synthesize climate knowledge, create better conversations about climate, and work toward climate solutions and recently attended a Climate Reality leadership training conference, led by former Vice President Al Gore, in Atlanta. Cary Ritzler is a local environmentalist focused on climate change solutions at the local and national level. Cary co-leads the Athens chapter Citizens Climate Lobby, a national grassroot organization focused on building political will for bipartisan climate change legislation. She is also a member of the 100% Athens Renewable Energy Initiative Steering Committee which is currently working to transition Athens-Clarke County to clean and renewable energy by 2035.

Students Take Over: Educational Inequality

Students Take Over: Educational Inequality

April 15, 2019

Want to hear unique perspectives on education inequalities? On this episode some of my  Gonzalez Fellows: Davis Bergsagel, Ashley Kalinda, Mennah Abdelwahab, and Marleena Tamminen, discuss the different layers of inequality in our education system. Davis is a UGA graduate who is interested in how our evolving technologies are changing the way we govern and communicate with constituents, specifically education in this show. Ashley is a third year UGA student majoring in International Affairs. She hopes to go to graduate school to study international development policy after spending some time in the Peace Corps. Mennah is a first year UGA student studying International Affairs and Journalism. She is excited to share her passion for politics with the Athens community. Marleena is a first year UGA student studying International Affairs and Economics. She is excited to use her knowledge on education and democracy in this podcast as well as in her future career.

How to Combat Negative Latino Stereotypes (Bilingual)

How to Combat Negative Latino Stereotypes (Bilingual)

April 9, 2019

What are negative Latino stereotypes, where do we experience them and how do we combat them? That is the topic we will explore with Dr. Eric Morales-Franceschini. Dr. Morales-Franceschini received his PhD from UC Berkeley and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Georgia were he specializes in analyzing tropes, symbols, and narratives of the postcolonial Caribbean and Latinx literature. 

This program is mainly in Spanish with an English Millennial Minute.

 

Record Restriction & Second Chances with Judge Ryan Hope

Record Restriction & Second Chances with Judge Ryan Hope

April 2, 2019

Wondering if a conviction can be restricted? Which charges are eligible for restriction? What is the process? Join us as we host Judge Ryan Hope to learn the answers. Judge Ryan Hope is the Municipal Court Judge of Athens-Clarke County. In this position, he is responsible for all court proceedings and operations in the Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County. The Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County adjudicates traffic offenses, ordinance offenses and some misdemeanor cases. He received his JD in 2000 from the University of Georgia School of Law. After graduating from University of Georgia, Judge Hope worked as an Assistant Public Defender for the University of Georgia Legal Aid Clinic and then proceeded to serve as the Chief Assistant Solicitor of Athens-Clarke County. He has experience working as a public defender, prosecutor and judge in various accountability courts in Athens.

Athens Infrastructure & Transportation

Athens Infrastructure & Transportation

March 25, 2019

Want to know more about the future of transportation and infrastructure in Athens? Join us as we discuss what’s in store for Athens with Kelly Girtz and Tim Denson. After serving as a County Commissioner in Athens-Clarke County for 12 years, current Mayor of Athens-Clarke County Girtz has prioritized a connected set of initiatives in Athens designed to provide a strong foundation for all Athenians, and to create a sustainable, resilient community that our children and grandchildren will be proud to call “home.” Tim Denson, current District 5 Commissioner for the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and former President and Organization Coordinator of Athens for Everyone, organizes and advocates for initiatives his community think are important. He was integral in the campaigns for Sunday Bus Service, Living Wages for Athens-Clarke County Workers, an Athens Civil Rights Committee, and Athens Transit’s move toward hybrid-engine buses.

All Things Marijuana and Legislative in GA

All Things Marijuana and Legislative in GA

March 21, 2019

On this episode we welcome Maxwell Ruppersburg, an Athens native and Executive Director for Reform Georgia, a nonprofit advocating for criminal justice reform at the state and local level in Georgia. He graduated from Emory University, worked at The Carter Center, and built a startup company before earning a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University in 2016. Since returning to the Atlanta area, he has been working in local government management and advocating for progress in Georgia. Ruppersburg believes criminal justice is a fundamentally local issue and that a research-driven approach to policy reform is a critical part of the solution. We discuss the current status of state and local bills, laws, and ordinances regarding medical cannabis cultivation and social equity, legalization of marijuana, and restorative justice.

Cybersecurity: Legislation and Our Voting Machines

Cybersecurity: Legislation and Our Voting Machines

March 11, 2019

Want to know how recent cybersecurity policy could affect the local community of Athens? Jonathan Wallace, Scott Jones, and Chuck DeLozier discuss the complexities of cybersecurity legislation and different ways it affects Georgia communities. Jonathan Wallace, former Representative for House District 119, uses his degree in Computer Science from the University of Georgia to write software and code for various endeavors. Currently, he is VP of Engineering at Softgiving, a financial technology startup, and he's recently been appointed to the Oconee County Board of Elections. Scott M. Jones serves as Acting Director of Electronic Frontiers Georgia, a local activist group focused on protecting and promoting civil rights and civil liberties online and in technology-mediated spaces. Mr. Jones was present for the ACLU v. Miller case and also coordinated opposition of the "State DMCA" bills. Additionally, he is a system administrator for a small startup in the insurance industry and has also been a developer during his nearly 30-year career in the technology field. Chuck DeLozier is the founder of Valiente, a lifestyle company that caters to people’s needs while also maintaining their privacy. One of his focuses is on engaging Georgian's around personal computer security and best practices. He’s also been a leading activist in the Atlanta area against the recent FCC Net Neutrality decision. What do these three men have in common? Their concern over recent Georgia legislation that authorizes the state to purchase unsafe and hackable election machines.