@TWITTER WE DEMAND TRANSPARENCY
Dear Friends,

Twitter has become a critical tool for government agencies and elected officials to communicate directly with Americans. Unfortunately, several concerns have been raised over Twitter and its employees selectively censoring individual accounts on the platform – particularly those promoting President Trump and conservative political views. On July 15, 2020, the social media platform was the victim of a serious cybersecurity breach that targeted many high profile accounts, and those individuals responsible must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Following the breach, the hackers released several alleged screenshots of the Twitter moderator console that expose censorship tools previously unknown to the public. While Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, has repeatedly denied any bias within the platform’s algorithms, he has failed to disclose that the platform has manual tools that enable employees to shadow-ban or otherwise manipulate individual accounts and trending topics.

It’s as simple as this: free speech cannot coexist with big tech censorship. Twitter’s algorithms might be neutral, but its employees certainly carry biases. If Twitter employees are manipulating information and discussions on the platform – as many conservatives have long suspected – it is imperative that the public know that communication on the site is not as ‘free and open’ as its CEO consistently claims.

This week, I led 18 House Republican colleagues in sending the following letter to Twitter, demanding both accountability and transparency from the social media giant. We believe that the public has a right to know why Twitter has tools labeled “SEARCH BLACKLIST” and “TRENDS BLACKLIST” and how its employees utilize them.

To read the letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, click here.

REMEMBERING JOHN LEWIS

As many of you may know, Congressman John Lewis passed away on Friday following a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. All of us who served with him mourn the loss of this towering figure who dedicated so much of his life towards fighting for freedom and equality.

Lewis was a major leader of the civil rights movement who worked hand in hand with Martin Luther King Jr. and so many other heroes who sacrificed to ensure all Americans of all races can live in liberty. Their cause was rooted in truth and peace – that was needed then and now.

I deeply respected John Lewis, both as a colleague and as a champion of Georgia. While we had deep political differences, I always counted him as a friend. My wife Dee Dee and I are praying for his family.


To watch my interview with Fox, click here.

HICE HEADLINER

Throughout Georgia’s 10th District, there are humble heroes working each and every day to better the lives of everyone around them, and each month, I take the opportunity to highlight the good work of one individual. In the spotlight this week as the “Hice Headliner” for the month of July is Barrow County Sheriff’s Deputy, Barry Chandler.

Deputy Chandler was brought to my attention by a constituent who had experienced a sexual assault, and reported it to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office. One can only imagine how difficult that experience must be, but in her words, “He treated me respectfully, professionally, and with compassion. Each and every interaction took me one small step closer to personal healing.” Deputy Chandler investigates a variety of crimes in his role at the Sheriff’s Office, and those who’ve seen him work say he is always going above and beyond, serving the community with kindness and compassion.


To learn more about Investigator Chandler and how he’s changing the world one life at a time, click here.
CELEBRITY SEND-OFF
Each year, I am privileged to nominate eligible students for consideration for appointment to the United States Military, Naval, Merchant Marine, and Air Force academies. Academy appointments entitle students to the equivalent of full undergraduate scholarships, and upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the United States Armed Forces.

To those who have earned an appointment this year and are just beginning to embark on this journey, we wish you all the best! Congratulations to Meredith Buchanan, Maggie Curran, Luke LeFort, Austin Herndon, Jamsen Mendoza, Logan Paugh, Michael Rogers, Jaylon West, and Madison Zinn. Please enjoy this special message from a few prominent friends, including Marcus Luttrell, Chuck Norris, and Governor Brian Kemp.


Click here to view this special message for the Class of 2024. For more information about the nomination process, visit my website and make plans to attend my annual Service Academy Day. 
FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Are you searching for a job? Or perhaps your teleworking and it’s been a difficult transition. Whatever your circumstance, the Technical College System of Georgia is offering support in the form of  FREE, self-paced, online courses that encompass a variety of topics useful in any work environment.


Topics include goal setting, job search skills, telework and telecommuting, time management and more. To gain access to these
 FREE  courses, click  here, then watch the  video  below.

DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW
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As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

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- @TWITTER WE DEMAND TRANSPARENCY
REMEMBERING JOHN LEWIS
HICE HEADLINER
CELEBRITY SEND-OFF
FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW
 
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Angels In Adoption®

 
 
 

CCAI is now accepting Congressional Recommendations for the 2020 Angels in Adoption®  Program. 

The deadline has been extended! 

Submit a recommendation HERE by July 31, 2020. 

CCAI’s Angels in Adoption® Program honors a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions in adoption, permanency, and child welfare. Each year, the Angels in Adoption® awardees travel to Washington, D.C. to both celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issues and participate in special events designed to engage them in using their personal experience to effect change on behalf of children in need of families. CCAI also honors a select number of National Angels in Adoption® whose contributions have had a national impact.

Angels In Adoption®

 
 
 

CCAI is now accepting Congressional Recommendations for the 2020 Angels in Adoption®  Program. 

The deadline has been extended! 

Submit a recommendation HERE by July 31, 2020. 

CCAI’s Angels in Adoption® Program honors a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions in adoption, permanency, and child welfare. Each year, the Angels in Adoption® awardees travel to Washington, D.C. to both celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issues and participate in special events designed to engage them in using their personal experience to effect change on behalf of children in need of families. CCAI also honors a select number of National Angels in Adoption® whose contributions have had a national impact.