Us Protecting Us, a Dekalb county organization that came together after Anthony Hill was murdered by a police officer in 2015.
A group of activists camped out in front of the court house in January 2016 to demand an indictment of the police officer– and won.
After over a year of waiting, finally the trial will commence this month, starting with the pre-trial on May 21st and 22nd.
It’s time to continue the fight for Anthony, for people living with mental health and other disabilities, and for all Black lives.
Here’s how you can help:
The pre-trial for the indicted police officer is coming up on May 21st. We need to show the judge and the court that we have our eyes on them and we’re expecting a conviction. We’d like to have a court watch by having a public presence all day on Monday, May 21st and Tuesday, May 22nd.
We will be also having a press conference that morning, if you can join us – that would be great!
Towards a new world,
Us Protecting Us
Have you ever felt left out of a project that happened in your community? Feel like you had value or expertise to add but were never asked? Or maybe you went to a community listening session where there wasn’t much listening. You aren’t alone. Good community engagement is an essential component of major projects, but it can be hard to not only get people in the room but to get them to participate in the process in a meaningful way. Join us as we hear real-life stories about the trial and error of community engagement and learn about what can go wrong and why.
5:30pm Doors Open – campaign tables open
6:00pm Speakers Introductions
6:10pm Speaker Presentations
6:45pm Facilitated Panel Discussion + Audience Q&A
Casie Yoder: Casie Yoder Consulting and Former Chief Spokesperson for City of Decatur
Audrey Leous: Project Manager, Planning and Urban Design at
Downtown Atlanta (Central Atlanta Progress)
Nathan Soldat: Community Engagement Manager at Atlanta BeltLine
Ashley Farmer will shed light on the untold stories of African American women who shaped the Black Power Movement of the 1960’s and ‘70s. Farmer’s book is the first comprehensive study of black women’s intellectual production and activism in the Black Power era.
The Library of the Commons is a cooperative co-working space and resource hub in Atlanta, Georgia.
The space is intended for us to work in community and to contextualize our projects in the good work already happening in Atlanta, in history, and in the contemporary global movement for systems change.
The Library intends to support the emergence of a mutual aid network between precarious workers with one foot in the old system and one foot in the next economy rooted in values of equity, sustainability, & solidarity. Only through supporting each other may we bring the world we envision into being.
Open house events are an opportunity for those interested in becoming members to learn more about about our cooperative costs and governance structure, check out our growing and diverse book collection, and meet other members to learn about their work.
Member projects include: the Digital Sovereignty Collective, Citizen-Consumers United, Next System Series, Convergence, A Just Transition, and Negotiating Space.
Heal the Land Initiative is an invitation to healing justice practitioners and concerned people in community to tend to trauma that is embedded in places on the planet. We seek to use culturally relevant models and modalities such as community ritual, art installations, celebration, and more to do this grief work.
The Heal the Land Atlanta: Gentrification installment is an initiation into this work locally. We are not seeking to “solve the problem” of gentrification; we are seeking to move and transmute the grief and trauma present as a result of the deep and sordid history of people of African descent losing access to land, home, and community in this country and in this city in particular.
We feel that it is time to broaden our scope of healing justice work, allowing our work to spill out of confining institutional containers and root itself in the soil. We resolve to turn to the land as a first step to identifying a collective healing practice for practitioners in Atlanta.
**PLEASE RSVP BY CLICKING THE LINK TO TICKETS ABOVE**
This event is for people of African descent, it is free, and we will provide a nourishing meal.
Back-to-back trainings to set you up to do Copwatch in your community. Know your rights 2pm, How to Copwatch 4:15. A break in between. Refreshments provided!
Know Your Rights
Do you know when police are allowed to search you?
Do you know if you have to answer an officer’s questions?
Do you know when police are allowed to enter your home?
When we don’t know our rights, police can illegally harass and arrest us and get away with it. When we’re educated about our rights, we can protect ourselves and each other against police abuse.
Come to a free “Know Your Rights” workshop to learn the basics of asserting your rights when dealing with the police.
Topics covered include interacting with police during stops, in your car, in your house, and if you are arrested. We will discuss what you do and do not have to tell the police and what constitutes consent to a search.
How To Copwatch
This workshop covers good practices for “copwatching”, or video recording the police. Copwatching can provide important evidence of police misconduct, and sometimes even stop cops from abusing people in the first place. It’s important, but can be risky without preparation. This training prepares you to record the cops in a safe, legal, and effective way. Learn how to work in a small team to monitor police activity during large protests or everyday encounters in the neighborhood.
Join six-time marathon runner, NASM corrective exercise specialist, Bharat Bhatia for a rejuvenating and strengthening exercise class!
His class will combine stretching and resistance training all in one! If you have 2-3 lb dumbells, please bring them. If not, you can still attend!
This event is FREE, however, donations are encouraged. All proceeds help The Humane League and allow us to continue our important work to help animals!
Please read our safe space policy here: https://thehumaneleague.org/safe-spaces/
Come share your opinion on what an LGBTQ+ community center should look like here in Atlanta!
Discussion will START at 5:00pm.
Snacks will be provided.
The up and coming Cheryl Courtney Evans Center is happy to welcome you to this town hall event!
Join SNaP Co. on Wednesday, May 30th at 6pm for the first public planning meeting of the upcoming Black Trans Atlanta (BTA) Roundtable Summit! [This event will also serve as a membership meeting for all SNaP Co.’s members and future members to engage in the work we’re currently moving in Atlanta!]
The purpose of the BTA Roundtable Summit is to create a space for Atlanta’s Black, Trans community to come together and build a shared platform that identifies the major challenges facing our community and the actions needed to transform the culture of transphobia in Atlanta’s political, social, and cultural institutions. We expect the Summit to culminate in a platform that will include policy recommendations, and strategies and solutions for addressing structural discrimination, as well as interpersonal bias and violence. The current vision is a summit where community leaders and experts are engaged in rotating round table discussions with facilitators to generate strategies and solutions in the areas of policy and culture. Summit participants will engage in loving and rigorous debates, exhibitions, films, and entertainment throughout the day. Our hope is that the Summit will take place during Black Pride Weekend, on Thursday, August 30th.
Please come out to build and vision the possibilities for this necessary Summit and for Black trans liberation in Atlanta!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dean Steed at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join Historic Atlanta at our first ever preservation event!
We will be taking over the Georgia Beer Garden’s second floor to talk about Preservation and our City; where we are, our vision, and where we hope to be by 2020.
Come find out who Historic Atlanta is and what we are working on. We want to hear from you too, so bring your ideas for the future of preservation!
The Georgia Beer Garden is accessible by MARTA from the MLK Station. There is also ample street parking. They will be open and serving beverages and food.
Idea boards, sticker voting, obscure historical references, fun swag? Stay tuned for more!
Are you outraged by injustice but don’t know what to do?
New to activism or looking to get more connected?
Want to support your community in solidarity and love?
You are invited to join Activists Recruiting, Organizing and Mentoring in Atlanta (AROMA) for our metro-Atlanta meet and greets every LAST Thursday of the month.
These are informal and semi-structured networking events to support the local activist community in ATL. Our relationships are the most important resource we have to win the world we need.
You can expect to participate in Activist Speed-Friending, hear more about what it really means to organize for justice, and meet some of the folks on the front lines already doing the work needed to transform society and transition into a better world!
If you are able, please BRING FOOD, drinks, or donations to share, and please SPREAD THE WORD by inviting your friends and neighbors! Hope to see you there! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Article about AROMA:
The goal of the Free The Land Initiative is to create an autonomous, intentional, and intersectional city for Black People from the ground up, but how can we do that exactly? We have a general guideline on our website, https://freethelandinitiative.xyz/next-steps/ , but now it is time to get into the nitty gritty.
We are looking for people who can strategize, we have a deep love for Black People, and who are interested in supporting us as we work to find actionable and material solutions to the problems facing our community.
We are looking to answer questions like:
1) What would a free healthcare system for Black people that combines ancestral knowledge with modern science look like? How would we provide for the various healthcare needs of up to 2000 people?
2) What is an ideal education system for Black people that focuses on technology and community at the same time? What would an education system that affirms all genders, body types, ability levels while also ensuring that teachers and parents are supported?
3) How should cities be organized? From the sewage systems, to the water systems, to the electric grid, how can we ensure that our community is organized in a way that is safe, economical, and environmentally friendly?
If this is something that interests you please come through!
Update: We have decided to have this event Meet Up style. This allows for more intimate conversations and for us to support a local Black Owned Business.
Please donate at paypal.me/freetheland and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
As always, the event will be ADA accessible, kid friendly, and there will be snacks and drinks.
Let’s Get Free!
Join acclaimed writer and Democracy Now lead anchor Amy Goodman for a public celebration on Saturday, June 2, of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Great Speckled Bird, Atlanta’s renowned “underground” newspaper from 1968 to 1976.
The event will take place at Chosewood Hall, 420 McDonough Blvd., Atlanta, starting at 4:00 PM with registration ($10 in advance, $12 at door), snacks, drinks, and socializing, followed by the program.
The program, “Media, Then and Now,” from 5:00 to 9:00, begins with music by Sing Out Defiance. Opening speaker Hamilton Nolan is senior writer for Splinter News and 2018 recipient of the Richard B. Jablow Award from the Writers Guild East for organizing digital media workers. Keynote speaker Amy Goodman, the lead anchor of the essential news program for our times, Democracy Now, is a champion of independent progressive media. A discussion, led by a panel of Bird veterans, will complete the program. After the program a light Indian vegan meal will be available for $8, soft drinks $1 with lots of camaraderie and celebration.
The Great Speckled Bird first appeared March 15, 1968. Within six months it was coming out weekly. Printed in color, issues ran to as many as 32 pages. By 1971, it reached a paid circulation of 23,000, becoming the largest weekly newspaper in Georgia.
The Bird and many other “underground” papers emerged from the New Left and counterculture of the Sixties. It covered the Vietnam antiwar movement, the civil rights-black power movement, labor struggles, and the emerging women’s, lesbian and gay, and environmental movements.
The Bird stood out for its incisive investigative pieces on local politics. The insightful coverage of arts and culture, featuring interviews with musicians and writers and reviews of albums, concerts, films, and plays, is still worth reading. The paper itself was carefully designed, with memorable covers, photography, and graphics.
The Bird faced continual opposition for its independent, anti-establishment stance. Lawsuits, firebombs, and other forms of harassment could not stop the paper. The Bird only ceased publication with the fading of the New Left and the counterculture in the mid-1970s.
Join us “on the wings of the great speckled bird” on 2 June, when we celebrate this unique local example of the creative turmoil and lasting social change of the Sixties. Listen to inspiring music, learn from engaging speakers, take part in an exciting discussion of the media, and meet old and new friends.
Join The Juneteenth Atlanta Music Festival & Parade Comittee as we work collectively to Clean Up & Canvass MLK drive!!!!!!!!!! #BeInformed #GetInvolved #UNITY #LOVE #CULTURE
Come enjoy an afternoon of literature, music & spoken word at the Unveiling of the Ebon Dooley Literary Collection. Sunday, June 3rd., 2-5pm @ the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture & History. This event is free an open to the public! Sponsored by WRFG-89.3, the ArtsXchange Atlanta, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture & History and Teressa Hale-Mathurin, daughter of Ebon Dooley.
The Ebon Dooley Literary Collection is an invaluable resource for all people.It is a scholar’s delight, a student’s mentor and equally appealing to the lay person. The collection is 63.5 linear feet and dates from the 1960’s to the early 2000’s and includes extensive materials on liberation movements around the globe. The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Archives Division received the Ebon Dooley Collection as a gift in 2010 from Teressa Hale Mathurin, daughter of Ebon Dooley.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with the Southern Center for Human Rights, will host Truth and Justice: A Conversation with the Central Park 5. This community dialogue will explore the contemporary relevance of the 1989 miscarriage of justice that engulfed Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise.
The DeKalb County Solicitor-General, Donna Coleman-Stribling, is partnering with Men Stopping Violence (MSV) and Peace Baptist Church to host Because We Have Daughters® (BWHD) on Saturday, June 9, at Peace Baptist Church, doors open at 8:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 9 a.m.
MSV created the Because We Have Daughters® initiative in 2005 to give men an opportunity to deepen their bonds with their daughters. The program is based on seven core values:
Value girls’ voices
Awareness of space
Assertiveness, not aggression
Appreciation for non-traditional qualities
Stand up for what we learn together
Because We Have Daughters® gives fathers a unique opportunity to learn about the realities their daughters may face day-to-day by participating in fun and educational activities. Each activity is followed by discussions focused on the insights each party gained from the activity. MSV designed the program to help men better understand what their daughters – and women everywhere – are facing in today’s society.
Fathers interested in participating in the upcoming session must register by Friday, June 1, 2018. It is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. The session is expected to begin promptly at 9 a.m. Minimum age for daughter participation is 10 years old. Men who play a father figure role in a young woman’s life are also welcome to participate. Participants should come prepared for a half-day session with lunch provided.
To register, please visit https://dekalbfatherdaughter.eventbrite.com.
We’re doing it again! After our show at the Variety Playhouse in ATL this summer, we will be bringing the Jumpsuit Family to “Urban Sprout Farm”! Get ready for a day of connection, good deeds, music, workshops and more. We love to share music and we also love to connect with you guys in person 🙂
We will be sharing more details about this amazing event as they come. RSVP to stay in the loop about all of the cool and amazing things we will be weaving into this Action Day.
If you’d like to volunteer for this event, teach a workshop, share music, post a note in this event page. If it’s a good fit, one of our organizers will reach out!
Want to help fundraise for this event? It’s simple!
When you tune into Jumpsuit Records music, you’re helping to fund things like community driven gardens, natural building education, installing water catchment systems, rallying communities for river cleanup days & supporting homelessness advocacy groups. Every time you stream one of our playlists, a % of the monies earned gets sent to our 501 C-3 non-profit, ActionDays.us. We like to think of it as “regenerative music”. You listen and cool things happen for the planet and our local communities.
Here’s some playlists to rock with your crew! Your streams will help us fundraise our ActionDays.us events including the Atlanta Action Day! Yea!!!
❄️ Chill Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2sthPz4
👟 Upbeat Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2Ci1sVC
☀️ Sunrise Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2GbcQoN
🎪 Festival Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2o2adOq
🌍 World Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2BYmQn5
📻 Hip-Hop Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2G8gDms
💋 Sexy Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2HbiV5I
🙆🏼 Yoga Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2G9EZwm
🎻 Acoustic Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2o52f7o
🦋 Flow Arts Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2CiiWkV
🦂 Midtempo Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2BY4YJ9
Juneteenth Atlanta is a 3-day black history music festival and parade. 2018 will present a message of purpose with a plan of action for gaining UNITY! Festivities will include shopping with black owned businesses, non stop performance’s, family reunions, father’s day weekend celebrations, afro-fashion-extravaganza, speakers, top musical bands, marching bands, community leaders, community vendors, family activities, workshops, martial arts, yoga, chess tables, car clubs, cycle clubs, voter registration, spoken word, bounce houses and much more. We are commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th year remembrance of his assassination. We will parade together in his memory, on the street that bears his name, in the community where he grew up and went to school. This can only happen once in a lifetime AND ONLY IN ATLANTA! Join Juneteenth Atlanta for this historical 50 year MLK remembrance PARADE! We’re calling on all our friends to help build the largest black history parade in the world right here in Atlanta. Here is how you can help: Click on Going and then Share to invite your entire friends lists to this event page. Get your parade team together now! Reserve a parade float now!
We are a non profit 501(c)(3) community organization now accepting donations now at www.juneteenthatl.com
Big Thanks Big Team!
We’re here. We’re queer. We’ve got 5 days of deep fried, heavily battered queer art, music, workshops, films, and community!
The 2018 Southern Fried Queer Pride Festival is here with a whole menu of appetizing events from Wednesday, June 20th thru Sunday, June 24th at The Bakery Atlanta
WED, JUNE 20TH
No Boys Allowed: A Tea Party Social!
THURS, JUNE 21ST
In Memory Of: Honoring Trans Lives & Losses
Cinequeer Film Night!
FRI, JUNE 22ND
HAWT Sauce: A Queer Dance Party
SAT, JUNE 23RD
SFQP DIY Artist Market!
Dirty Work: Workshops & Skillshares
& more being announced!
Southern Fried Queer Pride is a queer and trans, arts & advocacy organization and festival based in Atlanta, GA. Built on the backbones of the Stonewall Riots, MondoHomo, queer liberation, and the radical celebration of Southern queers, SFQP offers a platform for community artists, activists, and anyone and everyone to hold space!
SFQP is a community organized and funded event. All SFQP events have a suggested $5 to $20 sliding scale door cover, however, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. All funds raised help keep SFQP going.
The Bakery Atlanta is located at 825 Warner Street SW Atlanta, GA 30310. It is near both West End and Oakland City MARTA Stations, and close to both I75 & I20. The venue has a ADA accessible ramp entrance, restrooms, and general layout. We aim to be as accessible as possible. If you have any accessibility request, email us at: email@example.com
Any and all questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full festival details can be found at southernfriedqueerpride.com/sfqp2018
Join us for the Dream Warriors Foundation Launch Party and let’s celebrate the first day of Summer! We’ll have DJs, food & drinks, vendors, and a really fun photo booth! This event is FREE & open to the public.
~*We can’t wait to celebrate with you!~*
Across the country and the around the world, something phenomenal is happening. Black people are awakening to the power of educating our own with a clear and culturally specific definition of success that reflects the needs of our community and strives to uphold the highest standards of Black Excellence. As a result, this has spurned a whole new paradigm of creative ways to assure that Black children get a quality education with Black homeschooling being at the center.
The Liberated Minds Black Homeschool & Education Expo was born in 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia to meet this overnight flourishing need. It was created with a vision to transform, empower, and assist Black homeschoolers, parents, and educators, in becoming more competent and confident in cultivating the inherent genius in our children and provide them with the knowledge, wisdom, and winning mindset that it takes to revitalize, preserve and protect our culture, our families, and our future.
The Liberated Minds Expo offers training workshops taught by extraordinary parents and educators, as well as top Black scholars from the likes of Dr. Runoko Rashidi, Dr. Marimba Ani, Dr. Chike Akua, Mwalimu Baruti, Dr. Claud Anderson, Dr. Samori Camara and more, all whom have instructed various years at The Liberated Minds Expo. In addition, she incorporated an all Black marketplace of over 100 vendor exhibitors with Afrikan-centered curriculum materials, books, games, support groups, enrichment programs, and Black family resources that wholistically complement our needs, and networking all in one sacred space, that has literally saved lives and assisted in the critical paradigm shift for Black Education as we know it today. After years of purpose-filled success in providing critical resources and support, the Liberated Minds Expo has become world renown and attracted thousands from across the U.S. and around the world.
Come join us for our 7th Annual Gathering July 13-15, 2018 in Atlanta for what has now been coined “The Family Reunion of Afrikan-centered Education”. Bring the whole family. There is something for everyone! Can’t wait to see you there. www.LiberatedMindsExpo.com
Time to visit with old friends and make new ones while rejoicing in a culture that embraces the sacredness of the natural world and it’s people.
Time to visit with old friends and make new ones while rejoicing in a culture that embraces the sacredness of the natural world and it’s people.