U.S. House to vote to rename Riverdale Post Office after fallen officer Major Greg Barney
Posted by on May 20, 2016
The U.S. House of Representatives will hold a full vote on H.R. 4747, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Congressman David Scott (GA-13) to rename the Riverdale Post Office after fallen Riverdale police officer Major Greg Barney, on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Who: Congressman David Scott
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation
What: Floor Statements and Full House Vote on H.R. 4747 - Renaming the Riverdale
Post Office as the ‘‘Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building”
When: Monday, May 23, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Floor of the House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol
Live on C-SPAN TV or via streaming at http://www.c-span.org/networks/
On February 11, 2016, Major Greg Barney, was shot and killed while giving chase to a suspect during a raid on an illegal drug operation. He was the first Riverdale police officer to die in the line of duty. During his 25 year career with the Riverdale Police Department, Major Barney was a school resource officer at Riverdale High School, a sergeant, a captain, and the first African-American to serve as Chief of Police when he was appointed interim chief in 2004. In March 2016, Congressman Scott introduced H.R. 4747, with bipartisan support from Georgia’s Congressional delegation, to rename the post office located at 6691 Church Street in Riverdale, Georgia, as the ‘‘Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building.” The Riverdale Post Office sits directly across Church Street from the city police headquarters where Major Barney reported for duty.
Congressman David Scott to Honor Students at 14th Annual Congressional Art Competition
Posted by on April 26, 2016
On Saturday, May 7, 2016, Congressman David Scott will host a special presentation to honor all participating students of his 14th Annual Congressional High School Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. To date, Congressman Scott has awarded over $392,000 in scholarships to local student artists.
2016 Service Academy Day - April 30
Posted by on April 4, 2016
SERVICE ACADEMY DAY REGISTRATION
Service Academy Day is Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 - 11:30 am at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Academy Day Poster
Each and every person in your party must complete a registration form online. You MUST register by 5:00 pm on April 22, 2016 by registering online at
Academy Day Registration Web Form or by calling Nancy Brooks at 770.661.0999. The registration deadline is April 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
You will receive a confirmation sheet within 10 days after registration via e-mail.
The confirmation sheet should be placed in your front window for entrance to the military base. You will be asked to provide identification at the guard gate at Dobbins ARB located on Cobb Parkway. You will also be asked to pass through metal detectors before entering the event so please arrive between 8:45 A.M. and 9:45 A.M. to allow time for these safety measures.
For directions, a list of prohibited items and a map visit: www.dobbins.afrc.af.mil
WXIA 11 Alive: Thousands attend job fair
Posted by on April 1, 2016
By Jon Shirek and Julie Wolfe , WXIA 10:27 PM.
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (WXIA) -- Thousands of job seekers jammed the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park Friday for the annual jobs fair organized by Metro Atlanta Congressman David Scott. And among the employers who are hiring -- Homeland Security agencies, looking for people to help fight the war on terror.
Officer Arrisia Sims of U.S. Customs and Border Protection was there with some of her fellow officers trying to hire more than five hundred additional people to help secure the nation’s borders.
This is the 13th annual jobs fair that Rep. David Scott, (D) GA-13, has organized, and this year, he said, there was special emphasis on putting people to work protecting the U.S.
And more than 21,000 people showed up -- Silas Bankston, among them.
And by Friday afternoon, Bankston had secured three appointments, for next week, for final interviews with three companies interested in hiring him.
In 2012, Verlicia Carroll lost her job. In 2013 she came to the jobs fair. Glock, based in Cobb County, hired her. This past August, Glock promoted Carroll. Now she’s in charge of Glock’s recruiting. And she was back at the jobs fair on Friday, looking to fill 13 openings.
"It changed my life," Carroll said. "I didn't just get a job, I got a career. I was here three years ago, I was one of them. And I'm here now. So, it can happen. It can happen."
A year ago, Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6 percent. Now it's 5.3 percent. Those are the official rates. No one knows how many of the tens of thousands of people at Friday’s jobs fair were not even being counted among the unemployed because they'd given up and dropped out – people re-entering the job market, now. Full of hope, now.
"I see so many people who are out here, hungry, and have a desire," said Officer Sims of Customs and Border Protection. "I look at [this recruiting] as being a light in a dark place, to be able to come out here and say, guess what, if I can do it, you can do it, as well. I have a lot of compassion for people... we just try to come down here and show some love and tell them you, too, can qualify, not just for a job, but a career."
Cong. Scott’s mission is to reduce the unemployment rate even more, even as the numbers of job seekers and jobs increase.
“I very affectionately refer to the jobs fair as doing God’s work. Because, if you get somebody a job… getting them started, building wealth” and becoming self-sufficient, “that’s what’s so important.”
Jobs and Growth in the Thirteenth District
Posted by on March 10, 2016
Congressman David Scott is focused on economic development and job creation in the Thirteenth Congressional District. He has consistently supported pro-growth laws, met with business and labor leaders, and is hosting an upcoming annual jobs fair on Friday, April 1.
Legislation - in 2015, Congressman David Scott supported several important new laws that will help grow the economy in the 13th Congressional District.
Transportation - Congressman Scott voted for the FAST Act to fund federal transportation programs and kick start transportation projects in Georgia. He has also supported the expansion of MARTA in Clayton County.
Education - Congressman Scott voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act which ends the era of the No Child Left Behind Act and restores local control of education from Washington. The law ends high-stakes testing, repeals the burdensome Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) system and helps at-risk students.
Tax Cuts for Community Development and Investment - Congressman Scott voted for the PATH Act, which extends several tax breaks for economic development, including the New Markets Tax Credit and Empowerment Zones tax incentives. To learn more about the tax breaks, click here.
Meetings with local business and labor leaders in 2016:
January 15 - Congressman Scott spoke to the Georgia AFL-CIO
January 23 - Congressman Scott attended the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner
February 6 - Congressman Scott attended the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner
February 23 - Congressman Scott spoke to the SBA State of the Region conference
March 24 - Congressman Scott will speak to the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce
13th Annual Jobs Fair and Small Business Forum
On April 1, Congressman Scott will host the 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair. At the event, the SBA will host several small business forums.
Federal Reserve Committee Hearing
In addition to the meetings and forums in the district, Congressman David Scott has raised concerns in Washington about the economic anxiety that he has heard from his constituents. In a Financial Services Committee hearing on February 10, Congressman Scott spoke directly to Fed Chair Janet Yellen about the unemployment disparity of African-Americans. His comments were picked up in national publications such as The Hill, CNBC, The Washington Post, and CNN.
Millions Saved for Constituents
Posted by on March 8, 2016
In 2015, Congressman David Scott's office was able to help constituents secure taxpayer savings and benefits of $2,66,1209. That sum includes help with mortgages, VA benefits, Social Security disability payments, and assistance from other federal agencies.
In addition, Congressman Scott's office opened over 1,200 casework files on behalf of his constituents. His office was able to help with veterans issues, mortgage assistance, immigration problems, retirement benefits and other issues. Congressman Scott believes that strong constituent services is an important component of public service.
Congressman David Scott also brought in $8,689,820 in federal grants to the Thirteenth District. These funds help local government and non-profit charities assist constituents with healthcare, transportation, housing, economic development and public safety. Congressman Scott works to help local entities with resources in a time when the economy has not fully recovered from the recession.
Congressman Scott's office also coordinates scholarship opportunities. To date, Congressman David Scott has awarded over $392,000 in scholarships to local student winners of his annual art competition. He has also helped dozens of students attend U.S. military academies for free.
Do you need help with a federal agency? Contact Congressman Scott's office here.
Are you interested in more information about grants? You can find out more at this link.
Black History Month - Julian Bond
Posted by on February 21, 2016
In honor of Black History Month, I have been profiling notable African-Americans from Georgia throughout February. To read our first profile of the first African-American Congressman from Georgia, Jefferson Long, click here. To read our second profile about the desegregation of the University of Georgia click here. Our third profile is on civil rights activist and my former colleague, Julian Bond.
Horace Julian Bond was born on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee. As a college student at Morehouse College, Mr. Bond helped organize the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights and co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Shortly after taking a seminar co-taught by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Samuel Williams, Bond dropped out of Morehouse in 1961 to work full-time as the communications director for SNCC. Through the SNCC he protested the prevalence of Jim Crow laws and the segregation of public facilities in Georgia and the Southeast.
After the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 made major strides in the enfranchisement of African Americans, Julian Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives representing Georgia’s 136th district. Soon after Bond’s election, the SNCC released a statement opposing the Vietnam War. Consequentially, 75 House members petitioned that Mr. Bond be denied his right to take the oath of office. The United States Supreme Court concluded in the 1966 court case Bond v. Floyd that Bond’s freedom of speech had been violated and established precedent for generations of public representatives to express themselves freely regarding state and national policy.
In 1971, Bond returned to Morehouse College, and became the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit group that served disenfranchised minorities and surveyed the actions of hate groups. Mr. Bond would return to the Georgia General Assembly as a State Senator in 1974, a position which he held for 12 years. Bond would go on to become the first African-American chair of the Fulton county Senate delegation. I enjoyed a close relationship with Julian in the State Senate. As a State Senator, myself, I shared an office suite with Senator Bond and Senator Paul Coverdell.
After his service in the State Senate, Bond was appointed as the Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). After stepping down in 2008, the NAACP awarded its highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, for his service as chairman as well as his continuous activism. Mr. Bond passed away in August, 2015, leaving behind a legacy of passion, service, and equitable justice.
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Black History Month - Integration of UGA
Posted by on February 9, 2016
In honor of Black History Month, I will be profiling notable African Americans from Georgia throughout February. To read our first profile of the first African American Congressman from Georgia, Jefferson Long, click here. The second profile is of the desegregation and integration of the University of Georgia.
The Integration of UGA
In the summer of 1959, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter applied to the University of Georgia. Holmes and Hunter both had excellent records in school and surpassed admission standards, but despite this they were not granted admission on the grounds of UGA’s “limited facilities.” After multiple admission appeals, the students filed a lawsuit with the school. In January, 1961, Judge William Bootle sided with Holmes and Hunter, stating that “the two plaintiffs are fully qualified for immediate admission.”
Unfortunately, the new students were not met with open arms. Upon arrival, protesters filled the campus with anti-integration sentiment. On Hunter and Holmes’ third day, rioters surrounded the dormitories in which Holmes and Hunter resided in. Several bricks were thrown through the windows of their rooms and the two returned to campus later that night with the aid of Georgia State Troopers. Holmes and Hunter were suspended shortly after for the protection of their personal safety. Immediately after the suspension, some 400 faculty and staff members at the University petitioned for the reinstatement of Hunter and Holmes. Ultimately the students were reinstated by a new court order a few days later.
At the time, a 1956 law passed by the Georgia General Assembly forbade the coeducation of black and white students and restricted federal funding from integrated institutions. However UGA alumni Governor Ernest Vandiver and a group of state legislators waived the law and allowed the institution to reamin open.
Holmes and Hunter both graduated in 1963. Hunter went on to work as a journalist and publish work for the New York Times, NPR, PBS, and CNN. Holmes graduated cum laude and went on to become an orthopedic surgeon after graduating from the Emory School of Medicine. Twenty-seven years later, Hamilton Holmes Jr. earned a business degree from his father’s alma mater.
The integration of UGA began an unprecedented domino effect that led to the desegregation of the entire Georgia public university system and a dramatic change in Georgia law. In 2001, the University of Georgia renamed its academic building the “Holmes-Hunter Academic Building” in honor of the two African American trailblazers.
Hatfield, Edward A. "Desegregation of Higher Education." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 10 January 2014. Web. 05 February 2016.
The University of Georgia. “A Brief History of UGA Desegregation.” http://desegregation.uga.edu/history/
Photo from the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Black History Month - Georgia's First Black Congressman
Posted by on February 2, 2016
In honor of Black history month, I will be profiling notable African Americans from Georgia throughout February. The first profile is of the first African American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia, Congressman Jefferson Long of Macon.
Born on March 3, 1836 in Knoxville, Georgia, Jefferson Long would go on to become the second African American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and ultimately the first African American Congressman to speak on the House floor.
Long made his living as a tailor, opening a small but successful shop in Macon, Georgia, mostly catering to the affluent white population. Through his well-to-do clientele’s connections, Long was able to break into politics.
Immediately following the Civil War, a factional divide broke out within the Republican Party. While the Confederate states had rejoined the Union, radical Republicans placed harsh penalties on the former Confederate states. As a result, from 1865-1877, many districts in the south became safe Republican districts. Using this to their advantage, Georgia Republicans encouraged black candidates to run for shortened office terms and Jefferson Long began campaigning for the U.S. House of Representatives.
On the night before the election, Long furiously orchestrated a last minute campaign blitz across the district, urging blacks to support the Republican ticket. The next day, Long organized a march to the polls, where he was met by armed white southerners. A riot ensued, killing four and preventing a number of blacks from voting. Despite this fact, Long won 53 percent of the vote and narrowly defeated the Democratic candidate Winburn J. Lawton. Congressman Jefferson Long took his seat in the House of Representatives one month after Congressman Joseph Rainey of South Carolina, making him the 2nd African-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
On February 1, 1871, he would become the first African-American to speak on the House floor when he spoke out against allowing former Confederates to return to Congress. The measure was ultimately defeated and after serving three months in Congress, Long returned to life as a private citizen while remaining an active part of the radical Republican wing in Georgia.
Long would be the last African-American Representative elected from Georgia until Congressman Andrew Young defeated Republican Rodney Cook in 1972. That campaign was my first real introduction into elected politics. I volunteered for the Andrew Young campaign and two years later, I ran my own race for the Georgia House of Representatives. Then-Congressman Andrew Young helped me win that seat. In 2002, I was elected to US Congress. Andrew Young was yet again, part of my successful leadership team.
Jefferson Franklin Long" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.
Image courtesy of georgiaencyclopedia.org
Recognizing World AIDS Day
Posted by on December 1, 2015
As we recognize the 28th World AIDS Day, we have much progress to celebrate. We also have new challenges to address.
Consider that the CDC ranks Atlanta as 5th in the nation with new HIV infections and the South ranks first in the nation for its rate of new HIV cases. In 2013, the South had a rate of 20.5 HIV infections per 100,000 residents.
Compared with members of other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of HIV infections at all stages of disease from new infections to deaths. According to the CDC, African Americans accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections in that year. In Georgia, African Americans represented 30 percent of the total population in 2009, but 74 percent of all diagnosed HIV cases.
Congressman Scott is a strong advocate for awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS. He was a leader as a member of the Georgia State Senate in writing the first sex education program in Georgia. Each year, hundreds of AIDS tests are provided to district residents for free at his health fair by partners like AID Atlanta and the Clayton County Community Services Board. At the 2015 event, 125 HIV tests were conducted and in 2014, 203 tests were conducted.
Do you know your HIV status? If you don’t, please get tested.
For more information about HIV/AIDS, please visit the comprehensive website: www.aids.gov
HIV/AIDS related legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Scott in 2015:
HR 1706: Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2015
HR 6: 21st century Cures Act
Rep. Scott Signed Letters to Appropriations Committees In Support of AIDS Research and Programs:
Adolescent Sexual Education and Pregnancy Prevention - Programmatic funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI), the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), and the elimination of funding for the ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) grant program in FY2016.
National Institutes of Health Funding - The National Institutes of Health are our nation’s preeminent medical research centers and represent our best hope for finding cures, improving treatments, and gaining a better understanding of the diseases and conditions that affect millions of Americans. NIH research is a critical part of meeting health care challenges, strengthening our economy, inspiring the next generation of scientists, and maintaining our nation’s leadership in innovation. Continued investment in the NIH can leverage existing resources for maximum impact and will build on current progress to further help the American public.
Title X Family Planning Services - Far beyond just family planning services, Title X provides critical access to preventive health care services such as breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV tests and immunizations. For many of the patients Title X serves, this program is the only source they can rely on for these services.
HIV/AIDs Prevention - The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide services to an estimated 536,000 people each year who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources to cope with HIV disease. The majority of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds support primary medical care and essential support services. A smaller but equally critical portion is used to fund technical assistance, clinical training, and the development of innovative models of care.