Join us at the Georgia State Capitol Building to learn about pending bills that could affect immigrant and refugee communities across the state. We’ll also talk about how to convey your message your senators and representatives.
Únete a nosotros en el edificio del Capitolio del estado de Georgia para conocer los proyectos de ley pendientes que podrían afectar a las comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados en todo el estado. También hablaremos sobre cómo transmitir tu mensaje a tus senadores y representantes.
CO-SPONSORED BY: American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia ● American Immigration Lawyers Association, Georgia-Alabama ● Amnesty International USA ● Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Atlanta ● Coalicion de Lideres Latinos ● Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies ● Community Estrella ● Council on American-Islamic Relations, Georgia ● Emory Institute for Developing Nations & Institute of Human Rights ● Crim-Imm Task Force ● Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence ● Georgia Women (And Those Who Stand With Us) ● Immigration Education Project ● Innovation Law Lab ● Jewish Voice for Peace Atlanta ● Los Vecinos de Buford Highway ● Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America ● National Nurses United/National Nurses Organizing Committee ● New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta ● North Georgia Immigrant Justice ● Oakhurst Baptist Church ● Racial Justice Action Center ● Raksha ● Refugee Women’s Network ● School of the Americas Watch Atlanta ● Southeast Immigrant Rights Network ● Southerners On New Ground (SONG) ● Southern Anti-Racism Network ● Southern Poverty Law Center ● United Nations Association of Atlanta ● Women on the Rise
Come join us at Urban Sprout Farms in celebrating the Spring Equinox with amazing speakers, a bonfire and food.
The Library of the Commons invites individuals, grassroots organizations, and collectives doing great work in Atlanta to share what they’re up to. We hope through this platform we can facilitate relationships and flows of information across sectors and communities.
This event is free and open to the public and serves as a celebration of work that contributes to a thriving ecosystem of empowered, well-coordinated communities of systems changers moving us towards a more just and equitable world.
This Spring Equinox we will focus on food economy featuring speakers that work in urban farming, herbalism and food distribution.
Followed by a special screening of “Pak Anggir”, a short documentary by Ash Go about a a permaculture rice farmer in Bali living a modest, spiritually-connected existence, intent on passing along ancient Hindu traditions to his grandchildren.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host activist and author Reverend Jsse Williams as he delivers a lecture about his book Institutional Racism in America 101
This rare educational book answers often asked questions about race and racism in the U.S. and the world. It is the only publication that identifies Racism as a Mental Disorder that disproportionately infects a key demographic of Americans. Its primary purpose is to educate and increase awareness among victims and potential victims of Racism and encourage healthy community-level dialogue that will lead to effective methods of combating Racism.
Jesse Williams is a retired minister, human rights activist, and lecturer native to Atlanta, GA. Williams has been active in human rights activities in Georgia and California. He fought for the election of Los Angeles’ first and only black mayor. He is the former president of Dignity, Inc., a group formed expressly to combat media racism.
Please join the Atlanta Community in remembering the victims of the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand. We hope to express solidarity with the friends and family members of the victims and condemn the violent terrorist attacks against Muslims around the world.
Make your voice heard and stand up for LGBTQ equality in Georgia at our Lobby Day at the State Capitol on Thursday, March 21. This event will provide a free training on how to educate state legislators on issues and policies that affect LGBTQ Georgians.
Following the training, we will stand united under the Gold Dome to put our training into action. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk one-on-one with their representative in the House and Senate (don’t know who your legislators are? No problem- we’ll bring this information to you!).
Training and a light breakfast are provided to all attendees. Click here to RSVP: https://secure.everyaction.com/MUsJ3GbXQkWyOzhjgYTwJg2
On March 21, be a part of Reproductive Justice Advocacy Day and make your voice heard on the issues that matter most to you. We’re taking our concerns and values directly to our elected representatives, meeting with them to share what they need to know about. Training and lunch will be provided — including information and pointers to feel confident in the process.
Please SIGN UP to attend: http://bit.ly/GA_RJ19
About us: Each year, the Georgia legislature passes hundreds of new laws with little to no input from the communities who are most affected. The Georgia Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice Coalition is a collective of young, queer, Black, and women and femmes of color -led organizations working together to demystify the Georgia legislature and claim our space there. We learn about the proposed policies that impact our communities, and use our knowledge to make a difference. Come out, get informed, and take action!
URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity
SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now
Feminist Women’s Health Center
Access Reproductive Care – Southeast
Planned Parenthood Southeast
Join us for our first ever Muslim Advocacy Day at the Georgia State Capitol on March 21st from 11am-2pm. This will be our opportunity to engage our legislators on issues that are important to our community, and to give our elected leaders insight into our growingly diverse community. Our steering committee for this event Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, CAIR Georgia, the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, and IMAN Atlanta.
11am – arrival & lunch at Central Presbyterian
11:30 – advocacy training
12:00pm – meet with your legislators in the Capitol
1:00pm – closing program & presentation in the Capitol Rotunda
Please register by March 14th here: bit.ly/muslimdayga
If you have any questions or would like to be an organizational sponsor, please email Aisha Yaqoob at email@example.com
Please be sure to bring a photo ID to get into the Capitol!
Alexa and Misty here again just checking in.
Hit us back with any updates you have about Action Steps you’ve been able to take, are working on or have questions about. Remember, this movement is all about small steps from regular people adding up to something big!
Remember to fill out the Doodle link (https://doodle.com/poll/9r9mdedsu84v4b22) if you’re planning on joining us on Thursday, March 21st at 2:30 (arrive at 2:00/2:15) at Representative Woodall’s office. This is to schedule a prep call so we walk in confident!
And, if you can make it to any of our in-person or virtual meetings, please let us know. Our next meeting is March 31st at the ChocoLate Cafe in Decatur on North Decatur Road from 2-4.
Let’s keep up the great work! Feel free to message or text either one of us if you have questions.
See you soon,
Alexa and Misty Novitch
On January 7, 2018, Ahmed Abu Artema wrote a Facebook post from his home in Rafah, Gaza, that helped inspire the Great March of Return, which started as a nonviolent protest on March 30, 2018 to demand respect for Palestinian rights.
On his U.S. tour, Ahmed will share his experience with the Great March of Return, his views on the future of nonviolent actions in Palestine, and his vision for a just and lasting peace. He will be joined by Jehad Abusalim, Chicago-based scholar and program associate for the American Friends Service Committee’s Gaza Unlocked campaign, which calls for an end to Israel’s military blockade of Gaza.
Co-sponsors: American Friends Service Committee; Jewish Voice for Peace – Atlanta; Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine and Israel; Project South, Women Watch Afrika, Inc.; International Action Center; Workers World Party; Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition; Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Steering Committee Meeting for Committee Chairs and other Steering Committee Members
Together we join our Muslim family as we mourn the attacks on the Christchurch, NZ community and stand united against all hatred. We invite our friends, families and neighbors to be with us in our pursuit to promote understanding and support of one another.
Just a few details…
* Parking available at Clarkston International Bible Church, 3895 Church St, Clarkston, GA 30021
* If you can, bring chairs!
* Also, if you can and want to, bring a finger-food dessert to share.
First and foremost, we want everyone who attends this event to be able to interact with our neighbors, if you’re interested in assisting our team with a few items before or after the event, check out these links here to sign up:
Silence the Shame and Mental Health America of Georgia is partnering to provide Mental Health First Aid to the community. This Adult Mental Health First Aid course will begin at 9:00 am and end promptly at 5 pm. There will be two 15 minute breaks during the course, as well as one 30 minute lunch break. Please plan to stay for the entire duration of the training in order to receive the course certificate. Lunch will be on your own, therefore it is encouraged to bring your lunch. The certificate is valid for three years. Thank you for your interest in this course, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour course that teaches a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, and self-help care. The course teaches the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and, most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is taught to community members, non-mental health professionals and other public safety audiences around the country.
Stop by for a Pop Up meetup
To celebrate Spring & reunite & connect.
Please join us at the Center’s lounge for a screening of al imam, a short documentary directed by Omar Al Dakheel. The film documents the experience of Ani Zonneveld, the founder/president of Muslims for Progressive Values and one of the world’s few women imams. Produced at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, al imam is a student-produced film that explores Zonneveld’s recognition of Islam as an egalitarian religion and the Qur’an as a progressive text, as well as her work to help others understand these things as well.
Feel free to bring movie-going snacks, or enjoy the snacks that will be provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After the viewing, be sure to stay for discussion time! You can check out the movie trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gxDstsswxA
Supporting arrestees is vital to fighting repression and keeping our movements strong. Any of us could be the next protester facing heavy charges–and the high costs that go with them. We are fundraising to pay for legal costs from 2016 and 2017 arrests. Come hang out, get some BBQ (vegan and otherwise), maybe a beer or two, and throw a few bucks toward legal defense (cash or venmo or paypal or cash app).
Remember, no illegal substances allowed on the teardown property. What you do away from the property is your own business!
Want to support from afar? Donate to the solidarity fund: atlsolidarity.org
Want to volunteer the day before or after? Get in touch!
Pledge a donation to benefit science education:
March for Science Atlanta is back by popular demand, so grab your signs and bring your friends and march with us along the Beltline to the finale event of the #ATLSciFest in Piedmont Park! Join the global movement to let your leaders and lawmakers know that you value science and evidence-based policies. This year we are raising money to support Science ATL’s Chief Science Officer program. Form a fundraising team and come in costume to the March for a chance to win prizes! The costume theme is DINOSAUR. We’ll be meeting near the Gateway Trail to the Beltline. Route map: https://goo.gl/maps/Hn4qG2qunaF2
Join us in making signs and costumes:
Signup to volunteer:
Sponsor us by contacting email@example.com
If your organization would like to be a Partner in March for Science Atlanta 2019, send us a 50-150 word summary of your organization’s efforts in the past year to promote science education, research, evidence-based policy, conservation, or public health. We will recognize your organization’s accomplishments on-stage.
For more information visit our site https://www.marchforscienceatlanta.org
It’s hard to believe that after so many years of hard work and excitement it is finally time to invite you to make one last trip to visit Charis in Little Five Points before we move to our new home at Agnes Scott College. Thank you for your words of encouragement, your donations, your feedback, your sweat, and your tears! Charis exists because of you. We know you are going to love the new space!
PARTY: Saturday, March 23, 11am-7pm. Our last day at 1189 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307. Come say goodbye to the space and have some cake! We will be partying all day before closing for one week to pack and move.
VOLUNTEER: Many of you have been offering to help in myriad ways and we now know the kinds of help we need. Please click here (http://signup.com/go/wYWtgFd) to plug yourself into our volunteer matrix. If you have a skill to share or have an idea to offer that you don’t see reflected here please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you get plugged in. We have tried to be as descriptive as possible on the front end about the specific abilities required for each kind of volunteer shift, and some jobs are better suited to different abilities. If you would like to help but would like to know more about the physical requirements of a task, email us and we will help find a role that fits your abilities.
VISIT: We plan to reopen immediately in our new location at 184 S. Candler St. Decatur. GA 30030 on April 1st (No foolin’). Come see us.
PARTY (AGAIN): Although we will be open on April 1st, we will have our grand re-opening party on Saturday, April 27th from 11am-7pm for Independent Bookstore Day. Join us and special guests for a party to kick off Charis’ future!
Due to Heavy Demand, Additional Tickets in the Main Auditorium have been added.
A Second Viewing Option is now available – We have added an Overflow Viewing Room with 120 seats on site. The gathering with Leah Penniman will be live video Simulcast on 4 screens in the lower level Conference Room.
For Those of You with Tickets – This event filled up quickly, so please be considerate: if you change your mind about attending, please change your sign up or email email@example.com and we’ll offer your ticket to the folks on the waitlist.
Join us for a gathering with Author Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm’s Founding Co-Director & Program Manager. Leah Penniman will be discussing her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation of the Land.
Leah Penniman will share the stage with Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree, followed by a panel discussion of local black farmers, including Chris Edwards of Mayflor Farms, JoVonna Johnson-Cooke of MaituFoods & Grow Where You Are, Ras Kofi of On Da Farm and Jamila Norman of Patchwork City Farms. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ashanté Reese of the Spelman College Food Studies Program.
A book signing will follow the panel discussion. Books will be available to purchase at the event, or you can bring your own copy to be signed. Chef Zu of Kings Apron, plant based chef and holistic nutritionist will provide a tasting during the book signing.
This event is brought to you by MaituFoods, Grow Where You Are, Slow Food Spelman College, Spelman College Food Studies Program and Slow Food Atlanta.
This event is free and open to the public.
Public parking is available in the Spelman College West Parking Deck. The associated fee is $3.00. The acceptable forms of payment are: cash and all major credit and debit cards with the VISA and MC logos.
Plan to arrive by 1:30pm to park and walk to the auditorium for check-in.
More About the book Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation of the Land.
Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to their decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, Black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems. Soul Fire Farm, cofounded by author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through innovative programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training, Penniman is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid.
And now, with Farming While Black, Penniman extends that work by offering the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim their rightful place of dignified agency in the food system. This one-of-a-kind guide provides readers with a concise “how-to” for all aspects of small-scale farming, including:
Finding Land and Resources
Writing a Farm Business Plan
Honoring the Spirits of the Land with Planting and Harvesting Rituals
Restoring Degraded Land through No-Till and Biological Tillage
Crop Planning for Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs
Preserving the Harvest and Saving Seed
Raising Animals Sustainably and Humanely
Urban Farming, including a guide to laws and land access
Movement Building through education, direct action, & policy change
Throughout, Penniman includes “Uplift” sidebars to elevate the wisdom of the African Diasporic farmers and activists whose work informs the techniques described, as well as an honest and transparent look at the real work being done at Soul Fire Farm every day.
“Stewarding our own land, growing our own food, educating our own youth, participating in our own healthcare and justice systems,” Penniman writes, “this is the source of real power and dignity.”
“This masterpiece of Afro-indigenous sovereignty sheds light on the richness of Black culture permeating throughout agriculture.”— Karen Washington, from the foreword
“Farming While Black is such an incredible gift to our movement. From Black history to soil health to movement building to land preservation, this book is incredibly generous in offering a roadmap for Black people to return to our rich, land-based heritage. Calling all farmers, organizers, and lovers of freedom to pick up this book, read, share, study, and build together. In the words of freedom fighter Assata Shakur: ‘Carry on the tradition.’ Our movement needs this.”— Dara Cooper, National Black Food and Justice Alliance
“The gift Leah has so generously offered within these pages is a glorious invitation to heal; at the heart of the movement for liberation is the opportunity to heal intergenerational trauma. The most authentic way to do so is to cultivate the earth, eat the foods of your ancestors, reweave yourself back into the story that has been sprouting from the village hearth since time immemorial. With these teachings of resilience, channeled from her countless generations of wise ancestors, she has watered seeds of hope that will nourish many beyond our time.”— Rowen White, Mohawk farmer; Indigenous Seed Keepers Network
Help Anarchist Black Cross team up with IWOC to get out this month’s newsletter to over 160 Georgia prisoners! Help fold, stuff, stamp, and seal letters. Refreshments provided.
The Insight newsletter keeps prisoners who’ve requested it up to date on prison revolts and resistance and revolutionary activity on the outside. It’s a way to support prisoners’ struggles, keep them connected with others working for liberation, and let their voices be heard by publishing their words.
RESULTS is movement to end poverty is all about small steps from regular people adding up to something big! Specifically, we advocate for domestic housing policies and global health.
We have an opportunity to advocate for positive policy changes to the people who can make them: our elected officials! No need to be an expert. We have quick one-pagers that can catch you up if need be, but your presence speaks VOLUMES!
Message or text Misty or me if you have any questions!
Join the Georgia State University’s Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), The Frazer Center, Atlanta Autism Consortium, the Georgia Advocacy Office, and Georgia IPSE Consortium (GAIPSEC) as we screen the documentary “Intelligent Lives.” New Hampshire-based filmmaker Dan Habib, the producer, director and cinematographer, will present the documentary at Wednesday, March 27 at Georgia State University’s Centennial Hall. Following the screening, Habib will be joined by a panel of three Center for Leadership in Disability Community Advisory Council members for the post-film discussion with the audience.
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes “Intelligent Lives” a catalyst to transform the intellectual disability label from a life sentence of isolation to a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.
“Intelligent Lives” stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. “Intelligent Lives” challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.
There will be an introduction and panel discussion moderated by the film’s creator and director, Dan Habib.
Reception to follow.
FCRC, in collaboration with The Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a screening of Raoul Peck’s award-winning documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro”, followed by a community discussion. Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, “Remember This House”, and narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, this powerful film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history.
Reception with light refreshments will begin at 6 p.m. Introduction to the film will begin at 6:45. The film will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Following the screening, attendees can participate in facilitated group discussions.
A monthly mix and mingle with pro-choice peaches! Evenings will include special guests and actions pushing for reproductive freedom — but most all, community building!
RSVP so that we have enough refreshments!
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Charis Books and More, and the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition, will host Cultural Critic and Author Damon Young as he discusses his memoir What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker
From one of our most respected cultural observers, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity.
Damon Young is writer, critic, humorist, and professional black person. He’s a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas — coined “the blackest thing that ever happened to the internet” by The Washington Post and recently acquired by Univision and Gizmodo Media Group to be a vertical of The Root — and a columnist for GQ.com. Damon’s writing — which vacillates from anthropological satire and absurdist racial insights to razor sharp cultural critique and unflinching indictments of privilege and bias — has often generated praise from his peers. Ava DuVernay called his voice “clear and critical.” Micheal Eric Dyson said he’s “one of the most important young voices in humor writing today.” And Kiese Laymon called his work “the best of American twenty-first century writing.”
Come learn about why self-care for Latinx folks is an act of resistance rather than a luxury. We’ll enjoy homemade Chilean empanadas, socialize, and participate in a self-care workshop led by Dra. Nicole Cabrera Salazar.
Please see below for parking details.
Street parking near the venue is restricted to residents before 7pm, so please don’t get ticketed or towed!
There is free street parking between 14th St and 16th St.
We will be driving folks from the parking location to the venue (unless you prefer to walk).
Please text Nicole with your location once you arrive.