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America continues to reel as The White House was stormed earlier today by White Nationalists & pro-Trump supporters. Meanwhile Donald Trump said little to dissuade their acts as they broke into The Capitol; climbing over barricades, breaking into windows, and even scaling walls–even breaching areas where Congress convenes. A woman was also killed by gunshot!

Meanwhile Trump has been locked out of his Facebook and Twitter accounts for reposting  videos praising the protesters and their acts of violence and destruction for twelve hours. This signals his accounts may ultimately face suspension.

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Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) took the extraordinary step on Wednesday of locking President Donald Trump’s account on their platforms after his supporters stormed the Capitol building to protest the election.

Twitter said it has locked President Donald Trump’s account for 12 hours, and warned for the first time that it may suspend him permanently.
The temporary lock reflects Trump’s violation of the Twitter rules, the company said.
“We have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity Policy,” Twitter said. “This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.”
Twitter added that “future violations… will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
Facebook also blocked Trump from posting on its platform for 24 hours, the company said, after it removed a video he posted to his supporters who participated in the riot.
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“We’ve assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time,” Facebook said in a tweet.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone didn’t immediately respond to questions about whether Trump could face a permanent suspension if he continues to violate Facebook policies.
The announcement marks a major escalation by both social media companies against Trump’s account and responds to calls by civil rights groups for Trump to be banned from the platforms.
We applaud Twitter and Facebook for taking some steps against Trump and his hateful acts, but the answer is to permanently bar him from all social media platforms altogether. His “Twitter fingers” are just too much and too dangerous.

 

 

 

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“Saving Greenbriar!” ATL Councilwoman Hosts Discussion on Greenbriar Mall’s Future

Atlanta Councilwoman, Marci Collier Overstreet, is hosting a virtual discussion on the future of Greenbriar Mall and its surrounding communities in Southwest Atlanta.

Greenbriar Mall opened in 1965, and unbeknownst to most was the birthplace of today’s food court concept. In fact, fast food giant, Chic-Fil-A, opened its first restaurant there in 1967. For nearly sixty years now the mall has manage to withstand multiple economic recessions, rising rates of crime and violence in the surrounding areas, and the withdrawal of multiple anchor stores. Macy’s is now its latest and final anchor to withdraw, leaving the profitability and future of Greenbriar in question.

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Atlanta Councilwoman, Marci Collier Overstreet, is hosting a virtual discussion on the future of Greenbriar Mall and its surrounding communities in Southwest Atlanta.

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Councilwoman Marci Collier Overstreet

Greenbriar Mall opened in 1965, and unbeknownst to most was the birthplace of today’s food court concept. In fact, fast food giant, Chic-Fil-A, opened its first restaurant there in 1967. For nearly sixty years now the mall has manage to withstand multiple economic recessions, rising rates of crime and violence in the surrounding areas, and the withdrawal of multiple anchor stores. Macy’s is now its latest and final anchor to withdraw, leaving the profitability and future of Greenbriar in question.

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The virtual discussion, “Saving Greenbriar,” will feature the aforementioned councilwoman who represents the area, along with Eloisa Klementich, the president and CEO of Invest Atlanta, who functioning essentially as the city’s developmental force.

We spoke with one of the business owners at Greenbriar, to gauge what they think the future of the mall is. Most of the owners we spoke to declined to make a statement. The owner who did speak with us asked to remain anonymous. “I think the mall is going to go the way of most historically minority or lower income areas in Atlanta. It’ll be gentrified. They’ll let big investors come in and gut the community, shit on the business owners that are already here and bring in big name companies. We will have to relocate and the communities who need this revenue, products, and jobs will suffer more as they’re pushed further and further out of the city. With COVID happening people can barely work as is and that’s exactly what they’re going to do. Take stuff from the people. Just think about it, most kids get their first jobs at malls and stuff. How are they gonna learn how to work when there are less places for them to work and then the jobs for them are now covered by adults because of the times…”

The unnamed business owner is correct in his discussion of employment for youth. In recent years the unemployment rates for youth in the state has dropped from 44% in 2009 and is now only at 31% in 2020, after bottoming out 29% in 2016. Malls, like Greenbriar, and fast food restaurants have traditionally been training grounds for youth first entering the workforce.

“Saving Greenbriar” takes place this afternoon at 3:00 PM EST. Residents who would like to participate in the discussion can do so via Eventbrite by clicking here.

 

 

 

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Atlanta Receives Outside Help w/ Strategies to Combat High HIV Rates

The city of Atlanta is now receiving outside help with strategies to curve its HIV rates via a year of assistance from a non-profit organization know as FUSE.

FUSE’s reach is nationwide collaborating with local governments on urban boards’ greatest issues; together with climate change, healthcare, economic and workforce development,  public safety, and education. The organization has had over 160 executive fellows in over 100 government agencies since 2012, their website boasts.

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The city of Atlanta is now receiving outside help with strategies to curve its HIV rates via a year of assistance from a non-profit organization know as FUSE.

FUSE’s reach is nationwide collaborating with local governments on urban boards’ greatest issues; together with climate change, healthcare, economic and workforce development,  public safety, and education. The organization has had over 160 executive fellows in over 100 government agencies since 2012, their website boasts.

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Atlanta has some of the highest rates of HIV in the country. In fact, some zip codes’ rate of infection is six to eight times the national average, according to a recent study done by Emory University. The city also has one of the highest per capita populations of those living with HIV in the nation. A 2018 report from Emory reads “By the time patients in Atlanta are diagnosed as HIV positive, about a quarter have AIDS, which means they have likely been living with the virus for eight to 10 years.”

In a press release from Atlanta mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office, FUSE has provided the city with a fellow, Dr. Karterria Finkley, to “establish data gathering processes and expand opportunities for preventive programs and policies.”

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“The HIV/AIDS epidemic has long plagued the people of Atlanta and disproportionately affects people of color and members of the LGBTQ community,” Bottoms said in the press release. “I sincerely thank the team at FUSE Corps for their generous support on this effort.”

We are glad to see the city is recommitting itself to combat HIV. COVID-19 has taken center stage in the last year, but we are now 40 years into the fight against HIV/AIDS epidemic and as of present day there is no cure for HIV/AIDS. 37.9 million people globally are living with HIV. Please practice safe sex and get tested often.

For more information on FUSE visit their website, www.fusecorps.org.

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#History! First Trans Housing Complex, Purchased By Trans Community, Opens in Queens, NYC!

History has been made in the borough of Queens, New York; with the first ever housing complex for transgender people, purchased by the transgender community, is now open!

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History has been made in the borough of Queens, New York; with the first ever housing complex for transgender people, purchased by the transgender community, is now open!

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A multi-unit housing complex in Woodhaven opened its doors Friday with historic relevance.

It’s the first residential building purchased by the trans community specifically for the trans community.

Ceyenne Doroshow, a community advocate and the founder of the non profit organization Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS), purchased the property.

It’s all part of the organization’s mission to invest in real estate that provides sustainable housing to transgender individuals that have historically faced housing discrimination.

“When I am dead and gone, I want you to know that it was a Black trans woman that bought this building for you, for community,” she told a crowd of supporters who attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. “This was created from love and out of love and it will continue to be that.”

Twelve units in the three story walk up are now designated a safe space for those in need. The units come fully furnished and will be occupied by tenants who complete a thorough application process. The housing complex in Woodhaven opens in a year that has become a tragic one for the community.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 34 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been killed in violent attacks nationwide in 2020.

“Black trans lives matter and it just cannot be a slogan, we have to be there and support,” Donovan Richards, Queens Borough President-elect said at the event.

The opening of this trans housing complex is amazing a sign of our times. 2020 is the deadliest year on record for the murder of trans people, most being Black transgender women. This complex will serve as safe space and gathering spot for the trans community. Honestly, more housing complexes like this are needed globally.

Remember guys, #TransLivesMatter too, and always!

 

 

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