Watching the news these days can be a downer, but don’t you love those stories at the end that spotlight people making a difference?

Here are two amazing projects that I encourage you to drop what you are doing and check out.

First, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there are thousands of children at our border seeking to claim refugee status from the horrible, violent situations in their home countries that they ran away from. They’re being held in overcrowded shelters while we all wait for Congress to do something, and it’s not a pretty sight.

The Texas Young Democrats are stepping up to help, and you should join them. They’ve set up an Amazon wish list with items like soap, socks, t-shirts and backpacks. Many of these items are under $10, and 100% of the things you buy will go to a child being held at the border.

Second, people in Detroit have been battling the city water authorities for over a month after they instituted a plan to shut off water to the 150,000 residents who are delinquent on their bills. Even though big corporations and sports stadiums owe thousands for delinquent water bills, Detroit would rather shut off the water to half of the city’s citizens.

Good people have set up the Detroit Water Project, a match service where you can help someone in Detroit pay all or part of their delinquent water bill. Once you sign up for a match and pledge an amount, you’re taken directly to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department website to pay a bill. It’s that easy to help someone get their water back and take a shower during the hottest part of the year.

Two great ways to lend a hand set up by people who aren’t profiting a dime. Love it.

 

 

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I stumbled upon a good article in Politico a day or two ago regarding Twitter stats.  I remember in 2010, giving weekly reports of Facebook “friends” and Twitter “followers” to the campaign team I was working with…  it was something we worked hard on, and gave us some sense of who was following the campaign via social media.

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Nice to know that the State of Georgia has $3,000,000 laying around.

Exclusive: State settles all remaining ethics cases

By Aaron Gould Sheinin
State government on Friday will announce it has settled two remaining lawsuits against its ethics commission as well as one that had yet to be filed, the AJC has learned.
A person with direct knowledge of the settlements told the newspaper that the state will pay more than $1.8 million to settle lawsuits filed by former commission deputy director Sherilyn Streicker and former computer specialist John Hair as well as a threatened lawsuit by former commission attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein.
The state in May agreed to pay former commission director Stacey Kalberman $1.3 million after a Fulton County jury agreed with her claim that she was forced from office.
More to come.

As our friend Joel points out.

Joel Mendelson ‏@JPMendelson 15m
$3 million in taxpayer $ to settle ethics claims would fund nearly 130 students through UGA for one year.

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icon_schoolbusFrom today’s MJD.

DISTRICT 38 state Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell) has written interim Cobb school Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and the school board asking it to investigate one of its members, David Morgan, for violating the board’s Code of Ethics by lobbying at the state Capitol in favor of school vouchers. Morgan is a paid lobbyist for school-choice group American Federation for Children.

“It deeply troubled me when I saw a Cobb County School Board member lobbying at the state capitol by advocating for additional state funds to be used for private school scholarships, rather than helping close the budget shortfalls that we were facing at the time,” Wilkerson writes.

“While the actions by this board member do not appear to violate any conflicts of interest as outlined by Cobb County Schools, I fully believe that this is a violation of the Code of Ethics. …

“When students were facing fewer days at school, reduced bus service, and other draconian cuts, it was clear to me that it was the responsibility of every board member to fight for every dollar they can to protect the students in their school system, not ensuring that additional state dollars go to private schools.”

Wilkerson also noted to AT that the American Federation for Children had plowed $20,000 in donations into Connie Taylor’s primary race against him. But Wilkerson was the winner with 61 percent of the vote.

 

I added the links to the organizations, since the MDJ failed to do so.

Board Member Morgan’s contact information at the Cobb County School Board  just in case you’d like to reach out.
David Morgan – Post 3
dmorgan.boardmember@cobbk12.org | 404-702-1857

David Morgan’s other job is just as interesting * cough *
DMorganforschools@gmail.com | 404-803-9975

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By this point, most of you know that I have moved out of state to pursue an LL.M. in Bankruptcy Law.  Earlier this morning, I sent this letter out to the Georgia Democratic Masses, informing them I am going the way of Trevor Southerland, and thus stepping down from my responsibilities as President of Young Democrats of Georgia.

I’m excited to be passing the reins to my good friend Corey T. Boone, and will continue to blog here, when I can, especially now that I am far less restricted in what I can say.

My letter after the jump.

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