March Newsletter

Volume 7
March 5, 2019

Hello Everyone,
              March 20, 2019, is the first day of Spring!  It’s pretty difficult these days to think of anything being normal about the signs of the seasons—a February that was too warm; daffodils and dogwood trees blooming what feels like too early; a March that is starting out too cold; bad storms, including tornadoes, striking too fiercely; thoughts about insects on the move too soon.  Still, most of us, if not all, are ready for change, and we welcome the idea of nature renewing itself, reminding us to care for the Earth, our only home.
              March is also Women’s History Month!  This is the month to make double dog sure that we publicly celebrate the lives, work, and contributions of women to history and to our world today.  This effort to pay public attention to women, as our too often unsung heroes, leaders, and legends, officially began in 1911 with the declaration of International Women’s Day, which we will celebrate this year on March 8th.  In the United States, our own President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation in 1980 declaring Women’s History Week as a national celebration.  In 1987, Congress established March as Women’s History Month.  While we would be smart not to limit the appreciation of women and the consideration of women’s issues to just one month a year—just as we shouldn’t limit Black History Month or Hispanic Cultural Month or any of our other “month” celebrations to just one small chunk of time—we should not let any of these public declarations go by without a specific acknowledgement that we know and we care.  This month, then, we say out loud that we know and we care about the amazing and important differences that women have made and continue to make in the world, and about how too much about our lives and contributions goes unsung—still.  So, this month, we take the time to sing. 
              In Atlanta, March is also the month for a special election in our city.  On March 19, 2019, citizens will vote for a new Atlanta City Council Representative for District 3 to replace Councilman Ivory Young, Jr., whom we so recently lost to devastating illness.  Early voting ends on March 15th.  Completed absentee ballots must be returned by March 18h.  If you have questions or concerns, see:  http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/council-divisions/municipal-clerk/2019-city-of-atlanta-special-election.  No matter what, do exercise your right to vote.
              The message this month is to urge all to “be woke,” to pay attention, to stay involved!
Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc.

In honor of Women’s History Month
** Consider visiting the Atlanta University Center’s permanent Digital Exhibit: Women Who Changed Atlanta and the World ** 

The Women Who Changed Atlanta and the World exhibit features the work of two prominent women-led organizations, the Chautauqua Circle and the Neighborhood Union. Members of both organizations advocated for Black welfare and improvement of societal conditions in Atlanta. The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library is the proud repository for the archival and historical collections of both organizations.  This digital exhibit highlights their organizational history and showcases archival resources found within their collections.  For more information about these, and other collections at the AUC Woodruff Library, please visit the AUC Library Archives website

If your household income was less than $55k in 2018
** Let On the Rise help you File your Taxes for FREE ** 

On the Rise Financial Center will help you file your taxes for free, if your household income was $55,000 or less in 2018. They have two more dates set aside to help with free taxes:
TOMORROW March 6th from 12:00pm – 8:00pm  
OR Wednesday, March 20th from 12:00pm – 8:00pm
@ 810 Joseph E. Boone Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Tel. 404-228-1569
Be sure to call ahead to reserve a spot on one of the dates in March, and get information about what documents are required for your appointment. You’ll need a government issued photo ID, social security card, W-2s for the current tax year, a copy of last year’s return, a voided check, and information about health insurance. Contact On the Rise for more information about how to prepare: Make your reservation by email or call: 404-228-1569 x100.
West End Neighborhood Development, Inc. is looking for volunteers to participate in the Youth YouWork Internship program. The program connects 15 youth (ages 14-18) in the Washington cluster of schools (Brown MS, KIPP STRIVE Academy, Washington HS) with internship opportunities in local West End and Westview businesses. Interns gain valuable job skills and career-readiness experience. Thanks to grant funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, these are paid internships. The program will run from March 2019 through June. **Youth Internships are paid!** 

If you are interested in serving as a mentor for the program, or know a youth who may want to apply, please click here for more information about: WEND’s YouWork Youth Internship Program.
Early voting for the District 3 Council Special Election began yesterday (Monday, March 4th) and will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fulton County Government Center located at 130 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The last day for early voting is Friday, March 15th. There will be no early voting on weekends. More information about the qualifying candidates is available online. The Special Election will take place on:
Tuesday, March 19th
Please be sure to vote!
The Northwest Community Alliance (NCA) will be hosting a panel discussion on Atlanta maintaining operational control of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The panel will also examine Amazon and Gulch experience for discussion on the use of financial incentives to lure wealthy corporations to relocate to Atlanta. Join them:
Wednesday, March 20th @ 7:00pm
Northside Church of God
1736 Harper Street NW
Atlanta, GA  30318
Please note that this event has been rescheduled for:
Thursday, March 21st
6:00pm – 8:00pm
@ Booker T. Washington High School
Contact Tracy Bates for more information: 404-428-8386

The 2019 Beloved Benefit is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr.’s Beloved Community. Dr. King believed the Beloved Community was not a lofty ideal, but instead a realistic goal achieved by a group of people committed to nonviolent beliefs and actions. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger, and homelessness would not be tolerated, and racism, prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry would be replaced by brotherhood. The hope and spirit of the Beloved Community serve as the creative fuel for every aspect of the Beloved Benefit.

This rare evening brings together citizens and celebrities, leaders and residents, clergy and professionals — all united around Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods and with delicious fare. Hosted in the electric Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the evening will celebrate and honor the life-changing work already underway in Atlanta’s Westside. 100% of proceeds will benefit five leading nonprofit organizations already at work on Atlanta’s Westside. 

Thursday, March 21st
6:00pm  – Reception
7:00pm – Dinner

@ Mercedes Benz Stadium

Click here for more information.

Starting in April 2019, Southface, WonderRoot and West Atlanta Watershed Alliance are partnering to provide the Green Infrastructure and Resilience Institute (GIRI) Installation and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) trainings to residents of Southwest Atlanta beginning in April 2019. The benefits of this training include:

  • Real-World training in green infrastructure skills, a growing and employable sector
  • An opportunity to learn about how to alleviate the effects of storm water flooding in your neighborhood
  • Improved health of Utoy Creek Watershed due to decrease in flooding, runoff and pollution
  • Work outdoors and improve your community!

Participants will receive a stipend of $35 per day for up to four days of training. Trainees will be connected to job opportunities with our employer network through job fairs at the conclusion of the program. For more information, email: atlantacrew@southface.org.

Upcoming Meetings
The Northwest Business Association invites all neighbors, residents, business, churches, key NW stakeholders, and committed individuals, groups and organizations to its monthly meeting.

Tuesday, March 12th
11:30am @ Fire Station #28
1925 Hollywood Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

For more information, please call Ms. Gail Mapp: 404-625-6922.
Atlanta NPU Meetings THIS WEEK

2nd Tuesday (Mar 12th) at 7:00pm @ Integrity Transformations CDC
692 Lindsay Street NW 
Atlanta, GA 30318

2nd Wednesday (Mar 13th) at 7:00pm @ Kipp Strive Academy
1444 Lucile St. SW
Atlanta, GA  30310

Others Upcoming in January:

3nd Tuesday (Mar 19th) at 6:30pm @ C. A. Scott Recreation Center 
1565 M. L. King, Jr. Dr. 
Atlanta, GA 30314

Visit the City of Atlanta’s site for more information:
Atlanta NPU Meeting Schedule
If you have announcements that you would like to share, please note two important points:
  • The old email account for Westside Communities Alliance has been closed.  Please direct messages and send flyers and announcements to:  info@communitieswhoknow.com 
  • Currently, the CWK Newsletter will be posted monthly – in the second week of the month.  This monthly publication schedule means that, in order for an announcement to be helpful to your organization or event, you should submit your flyers and other relevant information to the email address above by the 3rd of each month.

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