HB 874 was introduced to make Georgia a more friendly solar-state and allow for solar-financing to come to Georgia. The original version of the bill stated that any solar technology used for private consumption may be installed on property owned or occupied by an electric customer. The language undermined private property rights by allowing “occupants” to install solar panels, regardless of ownership rights. The bill also undermined the rights of Condo and Homeowner Associations to restrict the use of solar panels in their communities, allowing the state to override private contracts. GAR worked with the sponsor of HB 874 to amend language in the Solar Panel Bill that intentionally undermined private property owner’s rights.
The bill’s sponsor indicated it was not his intent to undermine private property rights and he worked with Georgia REALTORS® to address the REALTOR® concerns. We were able to remove the language we were concerned about and negotiate new language that has been included in the bill to specifically ensure that this bill will not impose on existing private property rights. This legislation was included in Georgia REALTOR® Talking Points for Legislative Day at the Capitol. This is a great example of the impact we have when REALTORS® attend Legislative Day and build relationships with our legislators. In working with the Representative who introduced the bill, we were able to clear up any unintended consequences to private property rights.
Since his parents names were never recorded, the person pictured here took the last name of his master, Sam Houston. Born into slavery on a Perry County, Alabama, plantation in 1822, Joshua Houston outlived his owner – who just so happened to be the first President of the Republic of Texas, and a U.S. Senator – by nearly 40 years. And it’s what he did in those 40 years that’s truly inspiring. Once freed, Joshua Houston became a successful businessman, homeowner, church leader, and officeholder. He was twice appointed a city alderman Huntsville (TX), and was elected a county commissioner there twice. And in 1888 he was selected as a member of the Texas delegation to the Republican National Convention! Lean more about Joshua Houston on BlackPast.org (link: http://bit.ly/1czWALw)- please Like & Share.
Sharing a moment in history: Lewis Hayden was born in bondage in 1811 in Lexington, Kentucky. His first wife and son were sold by U.S. Senator Henry Clay into the deep south and Hayden never saw them again. He married Harriet Bell in 1840. The couple escaped on the Underground Railroad in 1844, fleeing to Canada before they made their way to Boston.
“I insist that the irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy. . . I insist that racism is our heritage . . .that George Washington’s abdication is no more significant than his wild pursuit of Oney Judge. I insist that the G.I Bill’s accolades are inseparable from its racist heritage.”
… Ta-Nehisi Coates on the killing of Jordan Davis. Continue reading in The Atlantic here, on this Presidents Day: http://bit.ly/1oGM0Y8
Schools across the country are adorned with posters of the 44 U.S. presidents and the years they served in office. U.S. history textbooks describe the accomplishments and challenges of the major presidential administrations—-George Washington had the Revolutionary War, Abraham Lincoln the Civil War, Teddy Roosevelt the Spanish-American War, and so on. Children’s books put students on a first-name basis with the presidents, engaging readers with stories of their dogs in the Rose Garden or childhood escapades. Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution welcomes visitors to an exhibit of the first ladies’ gowns and White House furnishings.
Nowhere in all this information is there any mention of the fact that more than one in four U.S. presidents were involved in human trafficking and slavery. These presidents bought, sold, and bred enslaved people for profit. Of the 12 presidents who were enslavers, more than half kept people in bondage at the White House. (By Clarence LusaneProgram director for Comparative and Regional Studies at American University) Continue reading.
Sharing a moment in history: Lift Every Voice and Sing was first publicly performed as part of a celebration of Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12, 1900 by 500 school children at the Stanton School in Jacksonville, Fla. The school principal, James Weldon Johnson, wrote the words and Johnson’s brother set them to music.
The children continued to sing the song, popularizing it for generations to come. Later, the NAACP adopted the song as “The Negro National Anthem.” In calling for earth and heaven to “ring with the harmonies of Liberty,” the lyrics spoke out subtly against racism and Jim Crow laws—and especially the huge number of lynchings accompanying the rise of the Klan at the turn of the century. By the 1920s, copies of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” could be found in black churches across the country, often pasted into the hymnals.
DID YOU KNOW? There was a girl by the name of Claudette Colvin who refused to give up her seat on the bus in 1955. However, due to the fact that she was a teenager and became pregnant before marriage. Colvin was a student at Booker T. Washington High School. On March 2nd, she was returning from school when she got on a bus. Later, a white woman got on the bus and the bus driver ordered Colvin and two others to give up their seats. Colvin refused and was arrested. However, the NAACP didn’t think she was the icon to appropriately start the movement they envisioned, due to societal views on teenage pregnancy at the time. However, Colvin was still important because she one of the four plaintiffs in Browder vs. Gayle which overturned bus segregation in Montgomery and Alabama
On this day in history: Henry Highland Garnet was born in captivity in Maryland in 1815. When he was nine, his family secured their freedom via the Underground Railroad. Garnet entered the African Free School in NYC in 1826. In 1834, Garnet and some of his classmates formed their own club, the Garrison Literary and Benevolent Association.
Because the society was named after a controversial abolitionist, the public school where the group wanted to meet insisted that the group first change their name. To do otherwise would be to risk mob violence. The club decided to keep their name and instead change their venue. The first meeting of the group garnered over 150 African Americans under 20.
Garnet is perhaps most famous for his radical speech of 1843, “An Address to the Slaves of the USA.” In this speech, Garnet speaks directly to those enslaved, urging them to rebel against their masters. . . Because of Garnet’s outspoken views and national reputation, he was a prime target during the 1863 New York City draft riots. Rioters mobbed the street where Garnet lived and called for him by name. Fortunately several white neighbors helped to conceal Garnet and his family. Garnet was also involved in the fight to desegregate streetcars.
This description is from The New York African Free School Collection. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1eQgGhz Photo from National Portrait Gallery.
Read about more black abolitionists and download a free lesson on the people’s history of Abolitionism, by Bill Bigelow from Rethinking Schools, here: http://bit.ly/LAl8tP