January 21, 2017

WABE News, Atlanta – D.A. King interview, 2009

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WABE Atlanta NPR affiliate. D.A. King, February 2009.
Note, this interview was before WABE News dropped all pretense of being a professional, balanced news outlet.

 

January 20, 2017

Open records request – Glynn County (Ga.) School System

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20 January 2017

Open records request
Glynn County School System

Compliance with state Public Benefits law
Re; OCGA 50-36-1

To; Mr. Jim Weidhaas
Public Relations Director
Glynn County Schools
1313 Egmont Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
(912) 267-4100, ext. 1118
jweidhaas@glynn.k12.ga.us

Mr. Weidhaus,

Please regard this as my official request for public records under Georgia’s open records law.

Please send me copies of any and all documents, including applications, affidavits and Secure ID associated with the calendar year 2016 administration of the adult education classes for adult English language classes conducted by Glynn County Schoolsas described in this flyer and email from your staff.

Please also include any document that illustrates the original start date of these adult education classes.

Please contact me with any questions. I hope for an electronic response.

Thank you,

D.A. King
2984 Lowe Trail
Marietta, Ga. 30066
404-316-6712
Dking1952@comcast.net

Glynn County School System (Georgia) is conducting Adult Education classes

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“Good morning,
Glynn County School System offers English classes for the parents of students in the school system. Classes end on 2/8/17, but will start back again next school year. They offer classes also at the library, but I’m not sure of those details. I’ll send you the flyer for my classes on a separate email.
Thank you,
Mercedes

Mercedes Marsh
District Interpreter
mercedes.marsh@glynn.k12.ga.us
Phone: (912) 267-4100 Ext: 2313
Cell: (912) 577-0951”

 

January 19, 2017

Peace, Love and the American mosaic! ‘Anti-white’ graffiti in gentrifying LA neighborhood sparks hate crime debate

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The Guardian

 

‘Anti-white’ graffiti in gentrifying LA neighborhood sparks hate crime debate
Friday 4 November 2016

Police in Los Angeles are investigating the vandalism of art galleries in a Latino neighbourhood, including the spray-painted message “fuck white art”, as possible hate crimes.

Three galleries were targeted last month amid rising concern in Boyle Heights that an influx of galleries heralds gentrification.

A coalition of community leaders and leftwing militants has mobilised over the past year to protest, confront and in some cases intimidate galleries whom they fear will pave the way for development that will push out residents and erase a cradle of Chicano identity.

‘Hope everyone pukes on your artisanal treats’: fighting gentrification, LA-style
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“We don’t know who actually did [the vandalism], but because it actually made a reference to anti-white art or anti-white, it’s basically saying that it’s a hate crime based on that,” detective John Parra of the LAPD’s Hollenbeck station told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

Police recently met gallery owners and requested advance notice of future exhibitions so that police could consider additional patrols, he said. The vandalism incidents remain under investigation.

Boyle Heights is a largely low-income neighbourhood which sits across the LA river from downtown, a formerly depressed zone which is being transformed by new museums, galleries, loft apartments and skyscrapers.

Over the past year activists, some with masks, others with megaphones, have confronted realtors and tour groups, picketed galleries and used a brass band blowing with all its might to sabotage an open air-opera.

Activists scorned the notion that tagging galleries represented a hate crime. “The walls in my neigbourhood are the people’s newspaper. That’s people expressing themselves,” says Xochitl Palomera of the advocacy group Corazón Del Pueblo. “You’re talking about someone spray-painting a wall with truth. Whoever wrote that is hurting and is angry.”

Xochitl Palomera: ‘We want these galleries out.’
The dozen or so galleries that have crossed the river were almost all white-owned and were opening the floodgates to economic forces which could drown the culture of Boyle Heights, said Palomera.

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“We want these galleries out. They are going to be destructive to the things that we have been creating.” She said there was no such thing as reverse racism. “Because you know what, we’ve been experiencing oppression for hundreds of years. We’re not going to take this sitting down.”

She said the true hate crime was the LAPD’s killing of Jesse Romero, a 14-year-old boy, in August. Police said he was tagging gang-type graffiti and may have fired a gun when confronted by officers. Romero’s family disputes that and called the killing excessive force.

Ruben, an activist with Serve the People LA (STPLA), a Maoist offshoot, said “righteous anger” over the risk of displacement fueled the graffiti. “We didn’t do it and don’t know who did it, but we celebrate it.”… READ MORE HERE.

OPEN RECORDS REQUEST Marietta City Schools, “ESOL for Adults Big Hit!”

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Marietta City Schools                                                 19 January 2017

Open records request
“ESOL ADULT CLASSES A BIG HIT!, DECEMBER 12”
Marietta City Schools

Re; Compliance with state Public Benefits law
‘ESOL for Adults’
OCGA 50-36-1

To;
Marietta City Schools Open Records Officer
Director, Communications & Information
Marietta City Schools
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
E-mail: svega@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
Fax: ( 770) 429-3112

To whom it may concern,

Please regard this as my official request for public records under Georgia’s open records law.

Please send me copies of any and all documents, including applications, affidavits and Secure ID associated with the administration of the adult education classes for ‘ESOL for Adults’ conducted by Marietta City Schools as described on this webpage from the Marietta City Schools.

Also, please include any document that indicates the original start date of these adult education classes.

Please contact me with any questions. I hope for an electronic response.

Thank you,

D.A. King

Marietta, Ga. 30066

Dking*********

Open records request, Cobb County School District Re; Adult education classes

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OPEN RECORDS REQUEST                                                               19 January 2017

Open records request
Cobb County School District

Re; Compliance with state Public Benefits law
English Classes for Parents
OCGA 50-36-1

To; Mr. Darryl R. York
Open Records Officer
Cobb County School District
514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA 30060
P: 770-514-3870
F: 678-594-7778
Email: openrecords@cobbk12.org

Mr. York,

Please regard this as my official request for public records under Georgia’s open records law.

Please send me copies of any and all documents, including applications, affidavits and Secure ID associated with the administration of the adult education classes for English Classes for Parents conducted by Cobb County School District as described on this webpage from the CCSD/Cobb County ESOL website.

Also, please include any document that indicates the original start date of these adult education classes.

Please contact me with any questions. I hope for an electronic response.

Thank you,

D.A. King

Marietta, Ga. 30066

Dking******

January 18, 2017

After the “one time” Reagan amnesty of 1986, Hispanics rewarded Republican George H.W. Bush with 30% of their vote – Trump got 29% in 2016

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After the “one time” Reagan amnesty of 1986, Hispanics rewarded Republican George H.W. Bush with 30% of their vote – Trump got 29% in 2016.

Clinton finished the San Diego border fence in 1994 and still got 72% of the Hispanic vote in 1996. It doesn’t look like capitulation pays off for Republicans or that enforcement costs Democrats.

Stats from LatinoVoteMatters.org :”If one hopes to analyze current trends and anticipate where we’re going, one must understand where we’ve been. Below, you’ll find the Hispanic voter breakdown for presidential elections from 1980 to present.”

1980 Jimmy Carter, 56% Ronald Reagan, 35% +21
1984 Walter Mondale, 61% Ronald Reagan, 37% +24
1988 Michael Dukakis, 69% George H.W. Bush, 30% +39
1992 Bill Clinton, 61% George H.W. Bush, 25% +36
1996 Bill Clinton, 72% Bob Dole, 21% +51
2000 Al Gore, 62% George W. Bush, 35% +27
2004 John Kerry, 58% George W. Bush, 40% +18
2008 Barack Obama, 67% John McCain, 31% +36
2012 Barack Obama, 71% Mitt Romney, 27% +44

*2016 Hillary Clinton, 65% Donald Trump, 29% +36

*According to widely accepted estimates in the liberal Atlanta Journal Constitution and the conservative National Review.

And doesn’t this mean that Amnesty-en-Espanol John McCain and “Build the Wall” Donald Trump had the same spread?

Huh…

Official complaint sent to Gwinnett County Sheriff today – Re; Gwinnett County Board of Education OCGA 50-36-1 *updated

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*Update: Mr. Jorge Gomez (really nice guy!) replied this morning to my open records request mentioned below:

Mr. King,

Thank you for our conversation the other day. I have looked into this
matter for your requested documents and there are no documents responsive
to your request (affidavits and/or secure IDs).

If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jorge Gomez
Executive Director of Administration and Policy
Office of the CEO/Superintendent
Gwinnett County Public Schools
J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center
437 Old Peachtree Road, NW
Suwanee, GA 30024-2978

Phone: 678 301-6005
Fax: 678 301-6007

January 18, 2017

Official complaint and request for investigation and prosecution

Sent electronically via email

Sheriff Conway,

Please regard this letter as my complaint and request for enforcement action on the violations described and documented below.

Violation of OCGA 50-36-1
Gwinnett County Board of Education, Gwinnett County Public Schools/ International Newcomer Center et al

Under Georgia law Public Benefits may only be administered to eligible applicants.

OCGA 50-36-1
“(f) (1) Except as provided in subsection (g) of this Code section, an agency or political subdivision providing or administering a public benefit shall require every applicant for such benefit to:

(A) Provide at least one secure and verifiable document, as defined in Code Section 50-36-2, or a copy or facsimile of such document. Any document required by this subparagraph may be submitted by or on behalf of the applicant at any time within nine months prior to the date of application so long as the document remains valid through the licensing or approval period or such other period for which the applicant is applying to receive a public benefit; and

(B) Execute a signed and sworn affidavit verifying the applicant’s lawful presence in the United States under federal immigration law; provided, however, that if the applicant is younger than 18 years of age at the time of the application, he or she shall execute the affidavit required by this subparagraph within 30 days after his or her eighteenth birthday. Such affidavit shall affirm that:

(i) The applicant is a United States citizen or legal permanent resident 18 years of age or older; or

(ii) The applicant is a qualified alien or nonimmigrant under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, Title 8 U.S.C., 18 years of age or older lawfully present in the United States and provide the applicant’s alien number issued by the Department of Homeland Security or other federal immigration agency.

(2) The state auditor shall create affidavits for use under this subsection and shall keep a current version of such affidavits on the Department of Audits and Accounts’ official website.”

Adult education is listed in the law as a Public Benefit in Georgia law.

According to various news reports, including one HERE and conversations with staffers at Gwinnett County Public Schools, the Gwinnett County Board of Education, is conducting Adult Education classes at an official entity known as the ‘International Newcomer Center.’ Apparently, there is no system in place to comply with state law that requires verification of eligibility for this public benefit.

In my educated opinion, the leadership of Gwinnett County Board of Education, Gwinnett County Public Schools and the International Newcomer Center are in violation of state law.

I am confident that your office will begin the process of investigation and enforcement and forward the results to the Attorney General’s office and any other office that may have an obligation to enforce or adjudicate state law.

Please note that I have sent similar complaints and documentation to the AG’s office in the past and have not received a reply and am not aware of any action taken.

Please know that I am among the majority of Georgians who value the work you and your officers and staff do every day and that I express my utmost gratitude for your attention to duty and the rule of law.

Very Respectfully submitted,

D.A. King

Marietta, Ga. 30066

Official Complaint Gwinnett County Board of Education/Gwinnett County Public schools/International Newcomer Center et al Sent to IERB today * Updated

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Update: Mr. Jorge Gomez (really nice guy!) replied to my open records request this morning:

Mr. King,

Thank you for our conversation the other day. I have looked into this
matter for your requested documents and there are no documents responsive
to your request (affidavits and/or secure IDs).

If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jorge Gomez
Executive Director of Administration and Policy
Office of the CEO/Superintendent
Gwinnett County Public Schools
J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center
437 Old Peachtree Road, NW
Suwanee, GA 30024-2978

Phone: 678 301-6005
Fax: 678 301-6007

Gwinnett Complaint Attachment to official complaint

18 January, 2017           #3

Violation (s) of OCGA 50-36-1
Gwinnett County Board of Education, Gwinnett County Public Schools/ International Newcomer Center et al

Under Georgia law Public Benefits may only be administered to eligible applicants.

OCGA 50-36-1
“(f) (1) Except as provided in subsection (g) of this Code section, an agency or political subdivision providing or administering a public benefit shall require every applicant for such benefit to:

(A) Provide at least one secure and verifiable document, as defined in Code Section 50-36-2, or a copy or facsimile of such document. Any document required by this subparagraph may be submitted by or on behalf of the applicant at any time within nine months prior to the date of application so long as the document remains valid through the licensing or approval period or such other period for which the applicant is applying to receive a public benefit; and

(B) Execute a signed and sworn affidavit verifying the applicant’s lawful presence in the United States under federal immigration law; provided, however, that if the applicant is younger than 18 years of age at the time of the application, he or she shall execute the affidavit required by this subparagraph within 30 days after his or her eighteenth birthday. Such affidavit shall affirm that:

(i) The applicant is a United States citizen or legal permanent resident 18 years of age or older; or

(ii) The applicant is a qualified alien or nonimmigrant under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, Title 8 U.S.C., 18 years of age or older lawfully present in the United States and provide the applicant’s alien number issued by the Department of Homeland Security or other federal immigration agency.

(2) The state auditor shall create affidavits for use under this subsection and shall keep a current version of such affidavits on the Department of Audits and Accounts’ official website.”

Adult education is listed in the law as a Public Benefit in Georgia law.

According to various news reports, including one HERE and conversations with staffers at Gwinnett County Public Schools/the Gwinnett County Board of Education, is conducting Adult Education classes at an official entity known as the ‘International Newcomer Center.’ Apparently, there is no system in place to comply with state law that requires verification of eligibility for this public benefit. It is my impression from my conversations that neither is there any knowledge of this law.

In my educated opinion, the leadership of Gwinnett County Board of Education, Gwinnett County Public Schools and the International Newcomer Center are in violation of state law regulated by the IERB and separately (and additionally) by the Georgia Attorney General.

Please begin the process of investigation and enforcement.

D.A. King
Marietta
I am a registered voter

January 17, 2017

Open records request, January 2017, Gwinnett County Public Schools – Adult Education * Updated

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Update: Mr. Jorge Gomez (really nice guy!) replied to my below request this morning:

Mr. King,

Thank you for our conversation the other day. I have looked into this
matter for your requested documents and there are no documents responsive
to your request (affidavits and/or secure IDs).

If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jorge Gomez
Executive Director of Administration and Policy
Office of the CEO/Superintendent
Gwinnett County Public Schools
J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center
437 Old Peachtree Road, NW
Suwanee, GA 30024-2978

Phone: 678 301-6005
Fax: 678 301-6007

18 January 2017

Open records request

Compliance with state Public Benefits law
Re; OCGA 50-36-1

To; Mr. Jorge Gomez
Gwinnett County Public Schools

Mr. Gomez, please regard this as my official request for public records under Georgia’s open records law.

Please send me copies of any and all documents, including applications, affidavits and Secure ID associated with the administration of the adult education classes for English language and computer skills conducted by GCPS as described in this AJC news report.

Please contact me with any questions. I hope for an electronic response.

Thank you,

D.A. King

Marietta, Ga. 30066

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