Around the Region: Swastikas Drawn on Car, Perils of Talking Politics at Work and Space Woes Continue at Shelter

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

– Marietta Patch

Rich Pellegrino, an outspoken activist for immigrants' rights and an Austell resident, and his family discovered several swastikas had been drawn on their car while they attended the annual Juneteenth festival in Marietta on Saturday.

The swastikas were the symbols of the German Nazi Party, which murdered 6 million Jews and 6 million other people from other targeted groups. The swastikas have since become a core symbol of the Neo-Nazi and other white supremacist groups.

Juneteenth is a day celebrated by Americans on June 19 to commemorate the day the black slaves in Texas learned of their emancipation in 1865, three years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Pellegrino is not sure if he was targeted for being an outspoken advocate for immigrants' rights, especially after being quoted in two recent Marietta Daily Journal articles, regarding President Barack Obama's recent deportation policy change.

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– Midtown Patch

With a presidential election on the horizon, it seems everyone has a political opinion. But, can discussing politics around the office water cooler raise any legal concerns? The simple answer is yes, according to Terri Stewart, attorney with the Midtown law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP, located at 1075 Peachtree Street. 

A recent study showed that 35 percent of bosses openly share their political views with employees. Another study by the AFL-CIO concluded that 8 percent of employees believe that it would be illegal for their employers to terminate them for engaging in political expression at work.

“In reality, that 8 percent of employees are wrong, and their bosses may be violating company policy too,” Stewart said in a news release.

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– East Cobb Patch

Within the first hour of opening Tuesday, the Cobb animal shelter had 34 turn-ins, adding to the recent influx that saw .

"We ask that you help us spread the word about the situation here at the shelter and refer others to come and adopt or rescue from us," the shelter said to those on its email list. "Time is of the essence, and we thank you for your help during this time of need."

The shelter is reaching out to local rescues for assistance.

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