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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order Against Georgia Voting Law

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order Tuesday directing the city’s chief equity officer to implement “a series of actions to mitigate the impact of the state’s election bill.

Since Lance Bottoms does not have the authority to impact state election laws, her executive order will not change any of the new requirements in the bill.

The orders are mostly focused on voter education and staff training through her office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The DEI office will work to assist residents with information on the new voting laws and how to obtain the necessary identification to vote.

“The voting restrictions of SB 202 will disproportionately impact Atlanta residents—particularly in communities of color and other minority groups,” Mayor Lance Bottoms said in a release. “This Administrative Order is designed to do what those in the majority of the state legislature did not—expand access to our right to vote.”

Lance Bottoms’ executive order will provide training to staff members on early, absentee and in-person voting to help communicate the information to city residents. The order will also add QR codes that will direct residents to voter registration information and other related information.

The bill Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law, adds restrictions to early and absentee voting as well as drop boxes and makes it illegal to provide food or water to those in line to vote. The law has already cost the state as Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver.

Axios reported the move will cost Atlanta $100 million and would have been a huge boost to the local community and help with the city’s COVID-19 recovery.

The bill is one of more than 250 that have been proposed in 43 states to restrict voting. Many of the bills are based on former President Donald Trump’s false election claims of voter fraud. Meanwhile, some states have expanded voting including Virginia, Kentucky, and New York.

 

Lyron Foster is a Hawaii based African American Musician, Author, Actor, Blogger, Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Multinational Serial Tech Entrepreneur.

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Vegan Fried Chicken Entrepreneur Rejected $1 Million Shark Tank Offer; Acquired Multi-Million Dollar Facility to Expand Company Vision

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California entrepreneur Deborah Torres pitched her vegan fried chicken on season 11 of ABC’s hit TV show “Shark Tank.”

Torres offered the Sharks a $500,000 investment opportunity in exchange for a 10% stake in the company. Instead, billion-dollar investor Mark Cuban decided to partner with guest shark Rohan Oza and offer $1 million for 100% of the company. Torres would receive a 10% royalty.

Torres rejected the offer. Recently, her company acquired a multi-million dollar former food production warehouse in a San Diego Opportunity Zone to expand their vision.

“We are so blessed and excited to acquire our own warehouse facility while still maintaining 100% ownership of the company. I have God, my family, our team, and our awesome fans and customers alike to really thank for the incredible support. Dreams really do come true when you don’t give up or let someone steal your imagination. This is only the beginning,” said Torres told Times of San Diego.

Vegan Fried Chicken Entrepreneur Turned Down Shark Tank Offer

When Torres introduced her fried vegan chicken to the Sharks, they immediately fell in love with it. “This batter is extremely tasty,” shark Lori Greiner said. “It’s got some zip to it.”

“You fooled me,” Barbara Corcoran said.

The Sharks bought into the idea of fried vegan chicken but challenged the financials that Torres delivered.

“On [Shark Tank] there were many edits of conversations to make it appear that I wasn’t intelligent enough for obvious dramatic effects of the ‘shocking’ ending,” Torres told VegNews.

She felt that her appearance on Shark Tank did not accurately portray her business acumen. Torres graduated from high school at 15 and received her first degree at 17.

“I think God works in mysterious ways because what was meant to harm me propelled me to where I am today—the proud and sole owner of the world’s largest vegan fried chicken manufacturing company and 100-percent owner of a multi-million dollar manufacturing facility.”

Torres felt that the Shark Tank offer was not a reflection of the true value of her company. In 2019, she declined the offer and now she projects exponential growth for the company going forward.

Giving Birth to a Plant-Based Brand

Deborah Torres is the founder of Atlas Monroe. The plant-based company specializes in fried vegan foods. According to VegNews, Atlas Monroe is on track to become the largest manufacturer of deep-fried vegan chicken in the world.

What motivated the creation of vegan fried chicken? Her father’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Torres decided to experiment with a vegan diet. One of her main priorities was to develop delicious foods that were healthy.

“My whole family and I went on a raw, vegan and organic diet for 90 days. We grew really ‘hangry’ at each other from just eating salads and fruit salads,” Deborah told CNBC. “After the 90 days, [my father] was completely healed. We vowed to stay organic, plant-based and natural. We continued to experiment, and Atlas Monroe was born.”

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