Calendar

Aug
16
Wed
Tilted Scales: In Defense of Revolutionary Struggle @ Little 5 Points Center for Arts & Community
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for a community discussion about strengthening our struggles for liberation when facing crimincal charges. This presentation and discussion are based on the ideas in the recently published book, A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant. The Tilted Scales Collective is excited to bring you this comprehensive guide about facing charges in the legal system. Rather than being a how-to guide, this book offers a framework for thinking about criminal charges that is based on defendants’ goals: personal, political, and legal. This framework exists within the context of two guiding principles:
– Criminal charges are part of revolutionary struggle.
– We can handle our charges in ways that don’t help the State lock people in cages.
The full book will be available at a discount and a chapter-length excerpt (Chapter 2, on setting goals) will be available by donation.

The government is all too successful at using criminal charges to disrupt, destroy, and neutralize radical and revolutionary struggles for liberation. The Defendant’s Guide draws on the wisdom of dozens of people who have weathered the challenges of trials and incarceration, including many former and current political prisoners/prisoners of war. This event is part of a nationwide tour aiming to help strengthen our movements on all fronts and take away the power of criminal charges. By thinking strategically and being in solidarity with each other, we can turn terrible situations into movement-building ones!

Tilted Scales Collective is a small collective of dedicated legal support organizers who have spent years supporting and fighting for prisoners in the occupied lands of Turtle Island (i.e., the so-called united states).

Want the book now? Order from AK Press: https://www.akpress.org/a-tilted-guide-to-being-a-defendant

https://www.facebook.com/events/266298480526410/

Aug
17
Thu
Let’s Talk About: Racism! @ Phillip Rush Center
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Atlanta Pride Committee for a fishbowl community discussion about racism and how we can better support the people of color in our community!

Event will open at 6PM at the Phillip Rush Center Annex with refreshments. Discussion will begin at 6:30PM.

This event is to give space and center the voices and concerns of queer and trans people of color. All are encouraged to attend!

“Let’s Talk About” is an ongoing series of community discussions aiming to hear the voices of marginalized groups in the local Atlanta queer and trans community. If you have any questions, feel free to email Taylor at taylor@atlantapride.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/1971648149734714/

Effective Communication Workshop @ The Center for Love and Light
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In our intention to create a more proactive, inclusive, kind, just, and connected world, upgrading our communication with each other and especially with people who we disagree with or people who are different than us becomes imperative.

Therefore, in this workshop, you will learn a communication model that helps you transform challenging, difficult, disconnected, and broken relationships into authentic, inspiring. uplifting, deepening, and empowering relationships.

You will learn tools to help you:
~regulate your nervous system and your reactivity
~listen better
~make clearer choices in your responses
~hold yourself and others accountable in a way that is effective and grounded
~and more!

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The politically tough and divided times we are in currently has motivated some of us to recognize that we can no longer remain disconnected and distanced from one another if we are to help usher in a world that is kinder, safer, and more liberated.

Now more than ever, we must learn to forge relationships and build deeper with people around us and in our lives. However, it can feel daunting to know where to start and how to do it effectively and authentically. It makes sense that it would be challenging to navigate sensitive and difficult converstions when conflict is in the air.

Therefore, the Conscious Communication practice offers tools to be able to build authentic, empowering, nonjudgmental, and compassionate relationships -the fundamentals of the foundation needed to build beloved relationships and community.

$10/person
Contact: Sonali@sustainable-wellness.com

Facilitator: Sonali Sadequee:
Sonali is a southern queer Muslim healing justice community organizer and an Imago Communication Facilitator. She helps to organize and support people build communication, lifestyle, and spiritual skills that support collective resiliency, safety, and liberation as responses to state and institutional violence and intergenerational trauma.
As the founder of Sustainable Wellness, she specializes in supporting LGBTQI people and people of color dealing with trauma and stressful lives to create a greater sense of wholeness, resiliency, and sustainability through various trauma-informed wellness services.
Her community work is rooted in the spiritual values of yoga, social justice, neuroscience of trauma survival & transformation, wholistic nutrition, Imago communication, Reiki, and her own journey in exploring the mystery of Life.

https://www.facebook.com/events/635696296634285/

La Choloteca: La Reunión 8/17 @ MJQ Concourse
Aug 17 @ 10:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 3:00 am

La Choloteca brings you La Reunion! Our monthly dance party plus a little extra to get you hyped!

the barrio boyz are back.

VTTILLAZ
NOISE
EU
JAY ENVY
live percussion by CHUNKY

Resident DJs
ESME
ANONIMA
SANTIAGO PARAMO
JUAMPASOUL
FLORISTA

Sponsored by PBR

https://www.facebook.com/events/104419370252535/

Aug
18
Fri
Indivisible March in honor of the 19th Amendment Anniversary
Aug 18 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

We are commemorating the Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment giving WOMEN the right to vote.

Why is it important for us to come together and remember the 19th Amendment?
You may remember that the 15th amendment made it illegal for the federal or state government to deny any US citizen the right to vote. For some reason, this did not apply to women. The 19th amendment changed this by making it illegal for any citizen, regardless of gender, to be denied the right to vote.

How is the women’s suffrage movement still relevant?
Four points that are in need of improvement: economic independence for women (including freedom to choose an occupation and equal pay), gender equality at home (raising “feminist sons” to share the responsibilities of family life), “voluntary motherhood” (reproductive freedom) and “motherhood endowment,” or financial support for child-rearing and homemaking

What is the work we still have to do to achieve women’s equality?
The struggles women face today, with a still-existent pay gap of 10% between male and female employees, as well as missing out on promotions due to pregnancy are still happening. The simple idea of an equal vote, what is now viewed as a fundamental human right in most areas of the world, is still not a universally grasped concept.

We will have Entertainment, keynote Speakers and A Call to Act!. We will March, Rally and Celebrate! Discussion will also take place about the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) for Georgia to be the next STATE!

Join us and be a voice of history!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1678837672421375/

Get Off the Grid Fest @ Get Off the Grid Fest
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm

A Brilliant Earthly Event for a once in a lifetime Cosmic Occurrence – August 18, 19 and 20, Union County Arena, Nottely Dam Road, Blairsville GA.

Sparked by the comic event of a total solar eclipse, Get Off The Grid Fest is an earthly community fair for renewable energy, sustainable lifestyle, safe food, wellness and brilliant homegrown music.

Features renewable energy expo, natural healing, earth tending, organic growing, eco-building, community building, kids’ grid, poetry, dancing, yoga, healing arts, qigong and…GREAT MUSIC on two stages powered by renewable energy.

SPEAKERS – Dave “Green Cowboy” Freeman, Jeff Tiller, Tom Blue Wolf, Jeff “Barefoot Farmer” Poppen, Paul Arnold, Josh McCall and more…
MUSIC: Donna the Buffalo, Caroline Aiken, Strung Like a Horse, Natti Lovejoys, Gopher Broke, Elise Witt and more…

SPONSORS: Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, Carborro Solar Works, Creative Solar USA, Earthkeepers, Faith Presbyterian, Heartwood Health, Art and Yoga, Horseshoe Bend Farms, L.E.J. Recordings, Love Power Company, Nuclear Watch South, Power2Choose, Tree Sound Studio, Tupelo Tea, Unity of Blairsville, Yoga and Wellness of Blue Ridge

TICKETS: $30 for 3-day pass, $15 for 1-day pass at gate. $35 on-line www.getoffthegridfest.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1246966852017765/

Mental Health, Manhood, Music & More
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr. Obari Adéye Cartman and Ayinde Cartman are developing a rites of passage curriculum called MANifest, that combines hip-hop, political education, critical thinking, African drumming, and intergenerational group discusisons to explore topics such as: identity, culture, valuing women, emotional intelligence, character, purpose, resitance, relationships, education and wellness.
We invite you to come hear about some of the insights and challenges we’ve discovered along the journey. We intentionally dive full speed into topics that are difficult and nuanced, that young folk aren’t typically having, which means sometimes we get stuck. So it’s been really valuable to involve the community in the process, having other minds and hearts involed to help unpack and organize analysis and stragegies. We need feedback, and also enjoy sharing the tools (videos & activities) we’ve accumlated that other mentors, parents, and teachers might also find useful in their work with youth.

FREE ADMISSION (please bring a donation for the venue. there will also be books and shirts for sale. www.DrObariCartman.com)

Friday, Aug 18, 7p
Shrine of the Black Madonna- Atlanta
946 Ralph David Abernathy

https://www.facebook.com/events/1474832479248889/

Aug
19
Sat
Civic Engagement Summit 2017 @ The Central Library
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Civic Engagement Summit sessions purpose is to discuss “Civic Engagement in the 21st Century,” increase civic engagement, highlight the importance of civic duty and expose attendees to multiple ways to participate in civic action other than rallies, marches and protest.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1058595174271634/

GDC Discussion on Prison Abolition Readings @ Atlanta Vintage Books
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Come join the GDC for our bi-weekly Saturday Study discussion group!

This week we will be discussing readings on Prison Abolition. We’ll read the first chapter of Angela Y. Davis’s Are Prisons Obsolete? and listen to a podcast on last year’s Sept 9th prison strike.

Get the readings here: http://bit.ly/2qFxnhK

The GDC Study Group meets the first and third Saturday of every month and is open to the public. Join us!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1953729591550733/

Mutual Aid Liberation Center @ Georgia Citizens' Coalition on Hunger
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Mutual Aid Liberation Center is a “Social Emergency Response Center”. (SERC)
WHAT IS A SERC? Social Emergency Response Centers are creative spaces co-led by activists and artists for the community in response to a new attack on a community or to a long-standing injustice.

This space is for EVERYONE from FRONTLINE ACTIVISTS, to CONCERNED ALLIES. A place to express yourself and to work through community issues; a space for creative expression as well as learning about your community and how you can help to shape it as well as a place to learn a new skills such as gardening, community outreach, and much more.
The Mutual Aid Liberation Center is YOUR “Social Emergency Response Center”. We have something for everyone, so come check us out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2008251986069501/