Yeargan & Kert - June 2021


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In 1953, a 26-year-old man was elected president of the United Gas, Coke, and Chemical Workers’ Union (UGCCWU) Local 149, campaigning with the pledge of enforcing equal pay for women. Within a few years, he not only won equal pay for equal work for women, but he also negotiated a health insurance plan, including the first dental insurance coverage in the private sector in the United States.

receive large doses in manufacturing plants or farms must be in medical danger.

That’s how Mazzocchi realized that the labor and environmental movements could work together.

By the 1960s, Mazzocchi became one of the first labor leaders to build strong ties with the environmental movement. This paid off massively with Mazzocchi’s efforts toward major state and federal worker legislation. What if someone gathered stories from laborers with serious health issues and testimonials from scientists about the dangers of the chemicals in their workplace? In 1969 and 1970, he organized a series of public meetings and did just that. OCAW and members of other union groups testified about the chemicals they handled on a daily basis, as well as any health issues they were having. Scientists also attended and testified about the health risks of the chemicals. The shocking revelations made from their aligned experiences and scientific research quickly garnered nationwide media attention. Because Mazzocchi was so strongly tied to the environmental movement at this point, he was named chair of the very first Earth Day rally in New York City on April 22, 1970. Then, in December 1970, Congress enacted and President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act. President Nixon specifically cited Mazzocchi and his leadership of organized grassroot movements as a key component to the Act becoming law. Our workplaces are a lot safer because of his career — and, most importantly, they’re held accountable if it’s not safe enough. Thanks for reading, friends. I’ll catch you next month.

This man’s name was Anthony “Tony” Mazzocchi. President Nixon credited him as the primary force behind the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. I don’t think many people would’ve predicted that Mazzocchi would attain such a wildly successful political advocacy career. At 16 years old, he dropped out of high school in the ninth grade, then lied about his age to enlist in the U.S. Army. He fought in World War II as an anti- aircraft gunner and saw combat through three major campaigns. After leaving the service, he had several different factory, construction, and technical jobs. Of course, getting elected president of the UGCCWU Local 149 at 26 years old completely changed the course of his life — and the course of labor and environmental movements afterwards. After winning another election and joining the International Executive Board of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers International Union (OCAW), Mazzocchi started reading more on the industry. “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson was an expertly written environmental science book at the time that discussed the adverse effects of pesticides. Mazzocchi reasoned that if small doses of chemicals caused harm, as Carson discussed, then workers who

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Following your passion can take you to some pretty unexpected places, but few entrepreneurs can personally attest to that as well as Lungile Mhlanga, the founder of Treats Club. This innovative company offers a unique approach to getting customers freshly baked goods, even when COVID-19 spread across the world. During college, Mhlanga had a part-time job as a makeup consultant with Benefit Cosmetics. She loved this work so much that she dropped out of college to work there full time. A few years later, she took a position working for MAC Cosmetics at Harrods, a famous London department store. Honing her customer service skills, she soon ended up becoming a manager and trainer for MAC, working in Dubai, the Middle East, and India. After she quit her job at MAC, Mhlanga found herself back in London, wondering what to do next. She recalled the praise she had received for some of her baked goods,

and that was when her foray into the baking business started.

Mhlanga began posting some of her baked goods on Instagram, even scoring her former employer, MAC Cosmetics, as a corporate customer. Then, as fortune would have it, she got a chance to go on “An Extra Slice,” a sister TV show to the popular series “The Great British Bake Off.” On the show, Mhlanga was selected as “star baker,” validating her desire to turn her passion for baking into a “proper business.” And so, Treats Club was born. Mhlanga made tasty treats, including hot doughnuts, for customers at markets all over London — and not even a pandemic could stop her. Mhlanga simply pivoted into her new circumstances without much fuss, putting together kits that customers could use to make her hot doughnuts themselves. After being featured on popular morning TV show “Sunday Brunch,” she had over 200 orders for the kits.

Mhlanga continues to gain a following for her baking prowess, and as long as she’s willing to adapt and follow her passions, that success won’t stop anytime soon.

How Can Police Testimony Affect My Case?

The court will usually (unfortunately) believe the police officer and not the one who has been accused. However, you will be glad to hear that the jurors — who are, after all, deciding your case — are not allowed to believe the police officers just because they are police officers. On the contrary, the jurors must consider all testimony objectively and without preconceived bias. If there are no other witnesses except the police officers, the jury must pay attention to the facts of the case. The important thing in the police testimony is the police report. In most cases, the police officers will fill out the reports with common phrases such as “bloodshot and watery eyes,” “slurred speech,” or something similar. Through the cross-examination, the court will make the decision whether this report is correct or not.

There are a few other factors to consider as well. The police officers often have to witness the accused driver’s ability to take the sobriety test (the test to establish the alcohol level in the driver’s blood system). If the driver had difficulties while taking the sobriety test for any reason, then the testimony of the police officer will be that “the driver didn’t succeed when taking the sobriety test,” which means the driver was surely intoxicated. But the fact is that sobriety tests are not always easy to accomplish, for various reasons. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the driver was intoxicated with alcohol because he wasn’t able to take the sobriety test. That’s why it is important to find a well-suited, experienced lawyer for your case. Choose Yeargan & Kurt, and we promise you’ll always have the best DUI legal team in Georgia on your side.

When you face a DUI charge in Georgia, you should be aware that the testimony of police officers plays a huge role in the process that follows. The testimony of the police officers is critical to a conviction in most DUI cases. Usually, police officers are fully respected, and their testimony against the accused person carries a lot of weight. For example, if you are arrested while driving alone in the car, the police officer is the only witness.



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Let’s say you’re sitting down at a sushi restaurant — you’re here because you want to eat healthy, but maybe you don’t know where to start. Since International Sushi Day is June 18, we thought we’d provide a reliable list of dishes both your body and your palette will love! And it’s not all raw fish, if you’re opposed to that. NO. 1: AVOCADO VEGETABLE ROLLS People usually associate sushi with rice rolls or “maki,” which is rice wrapped in seaweed or soy paper. (Soy paper is thin like egg roll crust, but made from rice and not flaky or fried.) This is an easy maki to start with. Avocado rolls are not only vegetarian and available at any sushi shop you go to, but also delicious with additional vegetable stuffing, a little bit of soy sauce and/or wasabi, or on their own! NO. 2: NIGIRI Nigiri is cut raw fish on top of bite-sized beds of rice. If you want to skip the rice, order “sashimi,” which is simply the cut fish. You’ll find that this low-calorie meal is surprisingly satiating. Not only can it fill your body with necessary protein and brain-healthy omega-3s, but it looks absolutely beautiful on a plate. Salmon is a great raw fish to start with because of its buttery flavor. NO. 3: EDAMAME High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, this is a perfect starter (or regular snack!) to include in your sushi meal. If you’ve never tried them before, simply place the whole pod in your mouth and bite until you slide out the edamame beans. The pods are often coated with a seasoning sauce or simply salt — both are delicious. NO. 4: MISO SOUP Miso is an incredibly simple soup that contains a savory broth, slices of green scallion, seaweed, and sometimes mushrooms. Created from fermented soybeans, miso provides protein and dietary fiber and is loaded with antioxidants like vitamin E. Many residents of Japan consume a bowl of miso soup daily. NO. 5: SEAWEED SALAD As a powerhouse of micronutrients, a natural source of iodine, with antiviral and anticancer benefits, seaweed is a lot healthier than you think. If you’re not used to the taste, try a maki roll or seaweed salad. It’s sweet, savory, and delicious!


A spice-filled marinade and time do all the work in this recipe that features Middle Eastern flavors.

INGREDIENTS • 2 tbsp ground cumin • 2 tbsp ground coriander • 2 tsp kosher salt • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper • 2 tsp turmeric • 1 tsp ground ginger

• 1 tsp ground black pepper • 2 tsp allspice • 8 garlic cloves, minced • 6 tbsp olive oil • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs


1. To create marinade, whisk all spices with the garlic and olive oil in a medium bowl.

2. Add chicken to the bowl, coat well with marinade, cover, and let sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes — or up to 48 hours. Strain off excess marinade before cooking.

3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill thighs for 10–12 minutes on each side, or until a meat thermometer reads 165 F.

We hope one of these dishes piqued your interest. Have a delicious rest of your month!

4. Serve with rice, vegetables, or pita bread with tzatziki.



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Have You Explored a National Forest?

ON NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY EXPLORE A NATIONAL FOREST FOR FREE Many people in the U.S. and across the world have a national park trip on their travel bucket list. While Zion, Yellowstone, and the Great Smoky Mountains are all awesome locales, outdoor enthusiasts often overlook a resource that is less busy, less expensive, and usually right in their backyard: national forests. All but 10 states have a national forest (or more than one!), so if your home state doesn’t have one, it’s very likely a neighboring state does! And there’s no better time to hike, bike, forage for mushrooms or berries, or camp at a nearby national forest than this month. The tree-filled landscape will provide shade and help you beat the summer heat, and to further incentivize visitors, the U.S. Forest Service (the organization that oversees the national forests) is offering a fee-free day on Saturday, June 12, in honor of National Get Outdoors Day! While parking and day-use fees to access national forests tend to be relatively modest, fee-free days open up the opportunity to all visitors. The U.S. Forest Service has a great interactive map tool that prospective park-goers can use to learn more about the forests in their area, amenities and activities, and accessibility. Visit to access the map and see what’s near your hometown!

If you’re dreaming up travel plans beyond your state’s border, consider visiting these notable U.S. national forests.

1. EL YUNQUE NATIONAL FOREST: Located in Puerto Rico, El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the United States. 2. TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST: Spanning 16.7 acres and several islands across Southeast Alaska, the Tongass is the country’s largest national forest. 3. SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST: This Idaho forest is the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 and contains the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. 4. CIBOLA NATIONAL FOREST AND GRASSLAND: Spread across north-central New Mexico, west Texas, and Oklahoma, this forest and grassland area is notable for its diverse ecosystems and wildlife. The Sky Islands portion of the park is also home to over 200 rare plant and animal species.



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