Calendar

Feb
19
Mon
ImPEACH March 2.0 @ Arts Center station
Feb 19 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

(Not My) President’s Day is Monday and unfortunately we are still in the pits with Mr. Unfit!
In honor of the First Anniversary of Atlanta’s Record Breaking 5 mile ImPEACH March, Ray Dafrico, Dana Bowers, Democracy Spring GA, DTRS, and A Voice for All GA are taking to the streets one more time on this ironic National Holiday! But wait…There’s MORE!

ImPEACH March 2.0 is not just another march! This time we will not only pound the pavement, we will be putting in work too! Thanks to the New Georgia Project training and the MARTA Police, we will be REGISTERING VOTERS before, during, and after the event! We have no time to waste these days and our progressive candidates need every vote they can get!

Please join us for an exciting new take on street protests lead by two of Atlanta’s loudest voices! Bring your best PEACHY sign and maybe even a friend or two!

*All Marchers will be able to participate in Voter Registration but please be aware of the rules we must follow. DO NOT WEAR OR CARRY ANYTHING THAT HAS A CANDIDATE’S NAME OR CAMPAIGN LOGO IF YOU PLAN TO REGISTER VOTERS! ALL REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS MUST MAINTAIN THE NONPARTISAN IMAGE REQUIRED. Also please keep this in mind with your protest art designs.

Monday 11:30am: Gathering in the grass field on the northside of The Arts Center Marta Station then marching to the Capitol. More Voter Registration Info will be posted shortly!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2009690496023390/

Yoga for Transforming Trauma @ 1145 zonolite rd ne suite 10 atlanta georgia( Center of Love and Light )
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This donation-based trauma-informed yoga class is for folks seeking better ways respond to the hardness of life and our increasingly agitated/irritated/shut-down/numb/overwhelmed/hurt nervous systems.

We will experiment with yoga in a way that is designed to support and help us enhance our capacity to respond to the hardness of life with a sense of empowerment, freedom, and dynamic self-awareness.

Experiencing and witnessing such forms of oppression accumulates in our nervous systems and has a way of overwhelming us and disrupting our ability to cope, respond, and function.

Which is why we know we need a healing space where we don’t have to worry about being “othered” or judged or forced to do something or be something that is not aligned with dignity and justice.
In light of everything painful and numbing happening in our lives and in the world, let us come together to rebuild the capacity of our nervous systems.

Pre-requisites/notes to all participants:
•No prior yoga experience is necessary to participate in this class, if you are currently involved in therapy with a licensed counselor/therapist.
•If you already have a regular yoga practice and you currently do not work with a therapist, you may check out and see if this class is right for you.
•Be aware that this is not a “yoga therapy class” and we will not be treating any medical conditions, physical or mental.
•If you are looking for a yoga workout, this may not be the right class for you.

Please RSVP at least 24 hours before.
$15 Love offerings are accepted. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Please bring a yoga mat if you have one
Please use the door behind the Center for Love and Light to reach this class.

https://www.facebook.com/events/256804058186396/

Yoga for Transforming Trauma @ 1145 zonolite rd ne suite 10 atlanta georgia( Center of Love and Light )
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This donation-based trauma-informed yoga class is for folks seeking better ways respond to the hardness of life and our increasingly agitated/irritated/shut-down/numb/overwhelmed/hurt nervous systems.

We will experiment with yoga in a way that is designed to support and help us enhance our capacity to respond to the hardness of life with a sense of empowerment, freedom, and dynamic self-awareness.

Experiencing and witnessing such forms of oppression accumulates in our nervous systems and has a way of overwhelming us and disrupting our ability to cope, respond, and function.

Which is why we know we need a healing space where we don’t have to worry about being “othered” or judged or forced to do something or be something that is not aligned with dignity and justice.
In light of everything painful and numbing happening in our lives and in the world, let us come together to rebuild the capacity of our nervous systems.

Pre-requisites/notes to all participants:
•No prior yoga experience is necessary to participate in this class, if you are currently involved in therapy with a licensed counselor/therapist.
•If you already have a regular yoga practice and you currently do not work with a therapist, you may check out and see if this class is right for you.
•Be aware that this is not a “yoga therapy class” and we will not be treating any medical conditions, physical or mental.
•If you are looking for a yoga workout, this may not be the right class for you.

Please RSVP at least 24 hours before.
$15 Love offerings are accepted. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Please bring a yoga mat if you have one
Please use the door behind the Center for Love and Light to reach this class.

https://www.facebook.com/events/256804058186396/?event_time_id=256804078186394

Mijente Georgia Meetup
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come meet other Latinx and Chicanx folks in your area and strengthen the power of the Latinx community in Georgia!

Mijente is a URL + IRL (In Real Life) pro-black, pro-queer, pro-mujer, pro-migrant, pro-organizing y mas political home for Latinxs and Chicanxs in the U.S. We aim to connect Latinx and Chicanx peoples who do not have to be convinced about the need to combat racism, sexism, afro-phobia, homophobia inside ourselves, our movements and in the world around us.

Bring a friend and come by this Monday to learn about Mijente’s campaign to build Latinx political power and meet other Latinx y Chicanx folks in your community.

Please RSVP to Carlos 678-472-6250 or Gente4Abrams@mijente.net
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Ven a conocer otrxs Latinxs y Chicanxs en tu area y fortalecer el poder de nuestra comunidad en Georgia!

Mijente es un hogar politico digital y en la vida real para Latinxs y Chicanxs en los EEUU que son pro-negritud, pro-LGBT, pro-mujer, pro-migrante, pro-organizador. Nuestro objetivo es conectar a Latinxs y Chicanxs que no tienen que ser convencidos de la necesidad de combatir el racismo, el sexismo, la afro-fobia, la homofobia dentro de nosotrxs, nuestros movimientos y en el mundo.

Trae a un compa y ven este lunes para aprender sobre la campaña de Mijente para construir nuestro poder político y conocer a otras personas Latinx y Chicanx en tu comunidad.

Por favor RSVP con Carlos 678-472-6250 o Gente4Abrams@mijente.net

https://www.facebook.com/events/148746562465196/

Feb
20
Tue
CC4D BLM February Meeting – Policing and Mental Health @ Oakhurst Prebyterian Church
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion with representatives from the Decatur and DeKalb police departments, the DeKalb NAACP, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

What kinds of police training and practices can best ensure that public safety and the special needs of people with mental illness are addressed? What about the mental health problems that the stress of police work can cause for public safety officials? Presentations will include recommendations from advocacy organizations and review of current practices and future plans for the Decatur and DeKalb police departments.

We’ll have time for questions and comments following the presentations. Our discussion will hopefully help promote and encourage community policing that will be supportive of the recovery of those living with mental illness and help improve mental health for all!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1453939464715527/

Reducing Penalties for Pot in Gwinnett @ Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come out and attend the Gwinnett County Commission meeting and help work towards local change! You do not have to live in the county to attend. The more people the better.
The main goal is speak about the harms of marijuana prohibiton and push for a civil citation for possession of marijuana up to an ounce. We are taking a softer tone this time around and are focusing on pointing out that surrounding counties such as Fulton and Dekalb are considering marijuana depenalization ordinances. It is time for Gwinnett to follow suit.
Citizen from Students for Senible Drug Policy will be speaking in support of civil citations.
Anyone can speak.
If you decide to speak please dress professionally and please make it a point for Gwinnett to follow along with the trend that is being set by Fulton and Dekalb county. If you are interested in helping out or speaking you can post on the event page or email us at ung@chapters.ssdp.org
Please invite your friends. The meeting begins at 7pm, we will most likely get to speak at around 9pm after all the usual business is over with.

https://www.facebook.com/events/148752125933839/

Feb
21
Wed
Woke Wednesdays @ Georgia State Capitol
Feb 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Weekly conversations and advocacy on relevant reproductive justice issues of importance to folks in the community, hosted by partners of the Georgia Repro* Health, Rights, Justice Coalition.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1467710470022662/

Show Us the Money: Understanding the City Budget @ Center for Civic Innovation
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every year the City of Atlanta has to figure out how to spend over $2 billion in funding – dictating which departments and services get how much money for the year, how much to hold in reserves, etc. But who decides where the money goes? Join us for a discussion on the city budget and what it means for Atlantans.

Overview – what you should know about city budgeting

Analysis – how do policies and budgets interact?

Discussion – how can YOU get involved in city budgeting?

Doors at 5:30pm

Discussion begins 6:00pm

This event is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP using the ticket link.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1768427770128379/

Feb
22
Thu
Asian American Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day @ Twin Towers (James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Veterans Memorial Building)
Feb 22 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Please join us for our Seventh Annual Asian American Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day on Thursday, February 22nd in the Georgia State Capitol located in downtown Atlanta. Our Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day is designed to be a relationship-building opportunity among Asian American leaders, Georgia elected officials and other policy makers. Our event draws the largest number of Asian American business and community leaders to the Georgia Capitol each year, typically bringing together over 300 guests.

This year’s event will start with coffee and refreshments as well as a formal program at the Floyd Room at the James H Floyd Building from 7:30AM – 9:00AM, followed by an opportunity to lobby elected officials on important issues in the legislature. Guests will be invited to join us back in the Floyd Room for a lunch and keynote address.

Several distinguished representatives and senators are scheduled to attend. This includes (speakers listed in alphabetical order):
• Senator Brandon Beach (R-21)
• Representative Deborah Gonzalez (D-117)
• Senator Jennifer Jordan (D-6)
• Senator P.K. Martin (R-9)
• Representative Bee Nguyen (D-89)
• Senator Nan Orrock (D-36)
• House Minority Leader, Representative Robert Trammell (D-132)
• Representative Ed Setzler (R-35)
• Representative Renitta Shannon (D-84)
• Senator Nikema Williams (D-39)

Get your tickets & sponsorships https://2018legbreakfast.eventbrite.com

For any questions, please contact Berenice Rodriguez at Berenice@advancingjustice-atlanta.org.

– Name: Asian American Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day
– Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 (7:30AM-1:30PM)
– Where: Georgia State Capitol and The James H. Floyd Building

https://www.facebook.com/events/1516581741790960/

Black-Latinx Solidarity: A Symposium @ WHSCAB Auditorium (Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building)
Feb 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Overview:
Black and Latino/a/x people are often portrayed in academic and popular discussions as comrades in inequality and discrimination. By implication, these groups are perceived to be natural allies of each other. While there are numerous examples of cross-group collaboration, there are also distinctions in black and Latinx experiences, which sometimes lead these groups to different, and sometimes competing policy preferences. Under what conditions do black and Latinx groups forge collaborations, and what conditions exacerbate tensions between the groups? We have convened an interdisciplinary panel of scholars who study the relationships between these groups to explore the possibilities for cross-group solidarity.

Visit www.jwji.emory.edu for more details + speaker bios.

Featured Speakers:

Alan Aja, Brooklyn College, associate professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies and author of Race, Racialization, and the Miami Afro-Cuban Experience

Andrea Benjamin, University of Missouri, assistant professor of political science and author of Racial Coalition Building

Darlene Rodriguez, Kennesaw State University, assistant professor of social work and social justice activist

Angela Stuesse, UNC-Chapel Hill, assistant professor of anthropology and author of Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South

Directions & Parking
The WHSCAB is located across from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Clifton Road, at the corner of Asbury Circle and Clifton Road. WHSCAB is the large triangular building on the corner.

Parking: The closest parking deck is at Michael’s Street. See details on the University’s parking web site or contact the party you are visiting at WHSC.

https://www.facebook.com/events/401150836998143/

Race and Poverty in Healthcare @ Morehouse School of Medicine
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brookings Institution reports that the difference in life expectancy between the rich and the poor and between whites and minorities has more than doubled since the 1920s. In Georgia, access to quality healthcare may come down to how much you earn, the color of your skin, and where you live. WABE presents “Race and Poverty in Healthcare” to connect you with medical professionals and advocates to share perspectives on what 2018 could mean for providers and patients, doctors, and hospitals. Your voice is vital to this dialogue! Join the live taping of “Race and Poverty in Healthcare”, Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. on the campus of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Submit your questions for our panel in the Community Conversations box at www.wabe.org/Community.

Your ticket does not guarantee entry. Audience will be admitted on a first come first served basis.

Doors open at 6:00pm and your ticket does not guarentee entry. Audience will be admitted on a first come first served basis.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2335544353338938/

AROMA Membership Visioning @ Little 5 Points Center for Arts & Community
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

AROMA (Activists Recruiting Organizing and Mentoring in Atlanta) has been hosting monthly activist meet and greets, a directory of organizations, an activist calendar, and facebook pages for a few years now. We want to clarify our vision for 2018 and moving forward, and we want your participation! Building community, base, and infrastructure are the name of the game, and we need you! Please come out to develop shared vision and plans moving forward to help AROMA and our movements be all they can be!

https://www.facebook.com/events/210680189496198/

Community Speaks February @ 640 West Community Cafe & Event Space
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join 640 West for monthly community conversation.

https://www.facebook.com/events/366443807173392/

Fattitude in Atlanta!! @ Plaza Theater
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A ONE NIGHT EVENT.

MEET THE DIRECTORS OF FATTITUDE AND BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO SEE THE FILM.

Fattitude examines how popular culture perpetuates the fat hatred and fat-shaming that results in a very real cultural bias and a civil rights issue for people who are living in fat bodies. Fattitude is the brain-child of filmmakers Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman. Informed by a social justice background, Fattitude is very conscious and attentive to the idea that fat hatred crosses the lines of race, class, sexuality and gender. The film features a diverse variety of voices such as academic scholars, activists, Hollywood types (directors, writers and actors) and psychologists – including the likes of Ricki Lake, Rebecca Phul, Jackson Katz, Marilyn Wann, Sonya Renee Taylor, Virgie Tovar, Jen Posner, Lindy West, Winne Holzman, Guy Branum, Tess Holliday, Andrew Walen and others.

Ultimately, Fattitude’s goal is to change the national conversation about body image so that it focuses not only on issues of self-acceptance, but also on legitimate questions of systemic cultural prejudice.

Check out the trailer at Fattitudethemovie.com

This screening is sponsored by EDIN

https://www.facebook.com/events/1985813955017838/

Feb
23
Fri
Gentrification and Food Justice in CA – Lecture by Alison Alkon @ Candler School of Theology
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“Back to the City: Gentrification and the Struggle for Food Justice in Oakland, CA” – A Lecture by Dr. Alison Alkon

Join Emory University and local food community members for a lecture and discussion about the future and present of food justice movements.

The event will be held in Room 252 of the Rita Anne Rollins Building at the Candler School of Theology, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta GA 30322. Free parking is available in the Peavine Visitors Lot on Eagle Row beginning after 4 pm.

Dr. Alkon’s work seeks to “understand and advocate for food justice by exploring the ways that racial and economic identities and inequalities affect efforts to create sustainable food systems.“ Her first book, Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy, an ethnography of race and class at farmers markets in Berkeley and Oakland, is taught in food studies courses nationwide. She has also co-edited two books on food justice: Cultivating Food Justice with Dr. Julian Ageyman and The New Food Activism with Julie Guthman.

https://www.facebook.com/events/167184620671319/

To Wakanda and Beyond! @ Phillip Rush Center
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Welcome to Wakanda and Beyond!

Let’s talk about Black Panther (2018), Afro Futurism and Black Liberation. How does seeing a film like Black Panther make you feel? The community surrounding this film has been amazing, and we want to translate this into a meaningful conversation about Black Liberation, afro futurism and technology. This is also where you can learn more about the Free The Land Initiative and how we plan on creating a real life Wakanda in rural Georgia.

The event space is ADA accessible. There are two all gender bathrooms. We will provide light food and beverages. This is a kid friendly event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/414831952272405/

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower @ Agnes Scott College
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Charis in welcoming Brittney Cooper in conversation with fellow Crunk Feminist Susana Morris on stage at Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College!

With searing honesty, intimacy and humor too, one of America’s leading young black feminists celebrates the power of rage. So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.

Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyonce’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon.

Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don’t have to settle for less. When Cooper learned of her grandmother’s eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today. In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one’s own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.

This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event. The suggested donation is $10 but no ticket is required. Copies of Eloquent Rage will be available for purchase at the event. The event takes place in Presser Hall inside Gaines Chapel on the Agnes Scott College Campus. Free parking is available in the S. McDonough deck directly across from Presser Hall.

This venue is wheelchair accessible and American Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request by email (info@chariscircle.org).

Event address:
Presser Hall in Gaines Chapel
Agnes Scott College South McDonough St
Decatur, GA 30030

https://www.facebook.com/events/790847994440187/

Feb
24
Sat
LGBTQ GSA Summit @ Agnes Scott College
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

The 8th Annual LGBTQ+ GSA Summit is here and we can’t wait to see you this year!
Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-georgia-gsalgbtq-youth-summit-tickets-38202185766

This is a free event for LGBTQ young people and their parents, teachers, and advisors looking to learn more! Every year the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition hosts a free day of workshops, community resources, art, an amazing talent show, and LGBTQ guests. Make new friends, gain information, and get further involved in the community.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please register on the EventBrite page! This helps us with headcount for food.

https://www.facebook.com/events/321805465003175/

Atlanta, GA: Working People’s Day of Action
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the Working People’s Day of Action in Atlanta, GA.

In cities across the country, thousands will unite for a Day of Action demanding an end to an economy that’s rigged in favor of the wealthiest 1% and most powerful.

On Saturday, February 24th, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council, GA AFL-CIO, and their affiliates will come together to host the Working People’s Town Hall.

Attendees will learn about the dangers to organized labor with an upcoming Supreme Court case, Janus v AFSCME.

Workers’ rights, wages, benefits, working and living conditions are under attack. This Town Hall seeks to identify solutions and unified actions.

When we join forces and stick together, we are unstoppable.
RSVP to let us know you’re coming at https://actionnetwork.org/events/atlanta-ga-working-peoples-day-of-action.

For more information about the Working People’s Day of Action, visit www.ItsAboutFreedom.org.

#UnrigtheSystem

https://www.facebook.com/events/118640072285804/

Community ISP Interest Meeting
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

It is our belief that in order for black liberation and self determination struggles to succeed, we need to grow, adapt, and use technology to our advantage. The struggle for a free internet is a vital aspect of that goal. Our plan is to use this meeting to gauge interest in creating a community owned and operated Internet Service Provider (ISP).

With a community ISP, we could ensure that our communities are able to access the internet at an affordable cost, we could grow and develop our networking and hardware support skills, train each other in these vital tech skills, and practice the very important tactic of self determination.

The time and location are TBD, but please view the below links and share this event throughout your networks. Ideally, the infrastructure we create can be utilized in our most marginalized communities before also being shared with people doing similar work in rural areas.

If you can donate an accessible location that is also MARTA accessible please feel free to share. If you are able to donate food of some kind, beverages, or anything else that will ensure this events success please feel free to share.

Please Note: This is an Afrofuturist, intentional and intersectional space. All black people of every gender and ability are welcome to come. Homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc are not allowed. Although this is not a black only event, this event centers and affirms all black people, and is prioritizing filling the needs of black people, especially since we are always everyone else’s last priority. This is also *not* a space where we will be debating the pros and cons of black liberation, only where we will be creating an action plan and next steps to ensure that black folks in Atlanta get high speed community internet.

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1. Why is access to the internet important?

Some people estimate that up to 100 million people in America do bot have consistent internet access or internet access at all. Lack of internet or consistent internet access is disproportionally high in black communities, and this effects who is able to access jobs, education, and resources especially in our increasingly digital world. We seek to disrupt that by providing low cost internet access and by teaching each other the tech skills necessary to keep our internet up and running.

Here are two articles with further information on lack of internet access and poverty:
– https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/internet-access-digital-age_n_1285423.html
– https://saportareport.com/still-bridging-digital-divide-atlantas-low-income-students/

2. How can an Internet Service Provider (ISP) be created?

There are a lot of resources online that have a step by step guide on how to start an ISP, and although this is something that a lot of people have done before, I have not. This is a learning experience for all of us, but it is so vital that we pool or skills, education and resources, so that we can meet the needs of our community and protect our community from the harm that things like the lack of net neutrality and the high costs of internet service have on our community.

Here are some links about how we can create an ISP and examples of people who have made ISPs in the past:
– https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/one-big-reason-we-lack-internet-competition-starting-an-isp-is-really-hard/
– https://www.whoishostingthis.com/blog/2015/03/09/start-your-own-isp/
– https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/11/how-a-group-of-neighbors-created-their-own-internet-service/

3. What is a Co-Op? What are examples of co-op’s in black liberation history?

A cooperative is “an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise”. Cooperatives have existed in our communities throughout our history in America, but even before we were ever dragged here. In America, people like W.E.B. Du Bois, Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer and many others have written extensively about the importance of co-ops.

Du Bois’ position was that African Americans were discriminated against economically, that we were trying to become capitalists and gain individual wealth just like other Americans, however it wasn’t working because of racism and discrimination. He said that we should voluntarily form a group economy based on a sense of solidarity and use producer and consumer cooperatives to position ourselves to serve our economic needs separately from the white economy. This way we could control our own goods and services and gain income and wealth – stabilize ourselves and our communities. Then if we wanted to join the mainstream economy, we could join from a position of strength. (See Link One).

Here are some links on the history of Co Ops in specifically African American History, but I encourage people to do more research on how co-ops work in afro diasporic communities:
– http://www.geo.coop/story/black-co-ops-were-method-economic-survival
– https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/10/21/1436585/-The-Black-Co-op-Movement-The-Silent-Partner-in-Critical-Moments-of-African-American-History

4. I’m not much of a tech person, can I still come?

Although technology is something that needs to become accessible to everyone, I recognize that not everyone has that passion, skill set or interest and that is completely okay! You are still welcome to come to this event. We will need lawyers, folks who are great at fundraising, and people who can create marketing and advertising campaigns among many other things. In addition, just because you may not have the skill set yet doesn’t mean you can’t learn if that is something you would like to do. Tech skills are something that everyone who wants to have them should be able to learn them, in my opinion. Although this is not an educational space, if you can learn on your feet you will do fine! 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/events/137886246896271/

CAIR GA’s 2018 Gala: Living Our Faith, Defending Your Freedom @ Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In the name of God, Most Compassionate, Merciful. All praise & thanks belong to God, Lord of the Worlds, and may peace and blessings be upon Prophets Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.

Please join CAIR Georgia on February 24th, 2018, for our second annual fundraising banquet!

Our special guest speakers will include national activist Linda Sarsour, civil rights attorney Hassan Shibly, and Roula Allouch, the chairwoman of CAIR National’s board of directors, God willing.

During the banquet, we hope to celebrate what CAIR Georgia accomplished in 2017, raise enough funds to sustain our civil rights work in 2018, and recognize Georgians who made positive contributions to our community over the past year.

Here’s what CAIR Georgia accomplished, by the grace of God, in 2017:

– Served Georgia Muslims by delivering free educational presentations, including Know Your Rights seminars, Islamic Last Will & Testament workshops, Self-Defense seminars, and lectures to college students across the state.

– Protected Georgia Muslims by investigating anti-Muslim discrimination, building coalitions with other civil rights groups, and countering Islamophobia in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.

– Advocated for Georgia Muslims by interviewing all of Atlanta’s major mayoral candidates, lobbying on Capitol Hill in DC, delivering Islam 101 presentations across Georgia, and interacting with local and national media outlets, including CNN.

– United Georgia Muslims to host a march in response to the ethnic cleansing of Rohyingya Muslims, a food drive in response to an anti-Sharia hate rally at Piedmont Park, and a protest in response to restrictions on religious freedom in Jerusalem.

– Established a full-time office location in the heart of downtown Atlanta, and built a dedicated staff, including our executive director, a second civil rights attorney, a paralegal, and a communications director.

Here’s how you can help us continue to serve, protect, and advocate for Georgia Muslims:

– Buy a Ticket: event tickets cost $50 per adult, which covers a three-course halal meal.
– Sponsor a Table: your mosque, business or organization can sponsor a table for $500. Let us know by Feb. 10th if you do not plan to use all of the seats at your table so that we can make them available to other guests.
– Spread the Word: share the ticket link with your family and friends!

We plan to host this special dinner starting at 6:00 pm at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Join us to support CAIR Georgia, the only Muslim civil rights organization dedicated to fighting anti-Muslim discrimination in Georgia.

https://www.facebook.com/events/178473276073904/

Atlanta’s Celebration for the Animals!
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us on Saturday, February 24th for “A Celebration for the Animals!”

Come celebrate with us and learn about The Humane League’s groundbreaking efforts to reduce animal suffering! Enjoy delicious vegan appetizers, drinks, and desserts, bid on fantastic prizes in our silent auction, and learn all about what your support of The Humane League means for animals!

The Celebration will be held at The Jane Space in Grant Park, and Executive Vice President Andrea Gunn will be speaking.

The Humane League has made monumental accomplishments for animals this past year. We couldn’t do any of this without your support, so come celebrate with us at the best party in Atlanta!

* * Get your tickets early because prices go up the week before the event! Limited tickets will also be available at the door. * *

Want the VIP experience? Come enjoy a signature cocktail or mocktail and sample some delicious vegan appetizers while chatting with Humane League staff! Plus, a significant portion of your ticket is tax-deductible and directly supports The Humane League’s work.

VIP Cocktail hour: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/328830667524788/

Feb
25
Sun
Green Reentry Round-table : Investing In lives Beyond Incarceration @ IMAN Atlanta
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us as we continue to discuss “investing in lives beyond incarceration” and work towards meaningful change. #GreenReentry

https://www.facebook.com/events/1779860118981675/

Rush Center Open House @ Phillip Rush Center
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Come out to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, connect with organizations that call the Rush Center “home” and learn about a variety of 2018 volunteer opportunities.

Over the past decade, the Rush Center has provided space for the community to organize and connect. It has served as the backdrop for celebrating victories, grieving losses, healing traumas, and strategizing for the future. We’ve served as a resource hub for individuals and a launch pad for emerging groups.

We’re excited to commemorate the great work that happens at the Rush Center. Join us on Feb. 25th, grab a glass of wine and slice of cake, take a tour of our updated facilities and find out how you can get involved in the community.

Open House Details:
Sunday, February 25, 2018
3:00pm-6:00pm
The Rush Center Annex (next to CrossFit)
1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta 30307
FREE Event, donations welcomed
RSVPs encouraged via ticket link

Free parking available. MARTA is encouraged: Exit Candler Park Station.

https://www.facebook.com/events/993636467453084/

Feb
26
Mon
Book Club- Bike Lanes are White Lanes @ Murmur
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

We are reading through “Bike Lanes are White Lanes: Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning” by Melody Hoffmann, PhD
Free event, RSVP!

https://www.facebook.com/events/137700097027617/