March Newsletter

Volume 2.7
March 4, 2020

Hello Everyone,
In the United States, March is Women’s History Month, a time when we celebrate women in our communities and well beyond whom we admire and by whom we are inspired.  The celebration of women has become a national commitment, and it is also an international one.  Since 1911, nations around the globe have been celebrating International Women’s Day annually on March 8.  It is a day set aside globally to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and also as a time to issue calls for action that support gender equality and that are designed to make a positive difference in the lives of women.  

In the United States, the idea of a nationally sanctioned time for celebrating and advocating for women began officially in 1980 with a presidential proclamation issued by President Jimmy Carter declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week.  In 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned for a month-long celebration, which came to fruition when Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9, declaring March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  Since then, U.S. Presidents have issued annual proclamations reaffirming this designation.  Moreover, each year, the National Women’s History Project has declared an annual theme.  This year’s theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote,” which acknowledges that 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  It gave women the right to vote after decades of activism on the part of women and men across race, ethnicity, and class. 


(Photo Credit: Five women officers of the Women’s League in Newport, Rhode Island, c. 1899
© Library of Congress)

A focus this year on woman suffrage is timely, given the escalating attention directed to social, economic, and political justice for women, and given the fact that 2020 is a Presidential election year.  The inescapable fact is that women, people of color, and those constrained economically—as specific citizens of our nation—have had to struggle persistently for justice, equality, political participation, and the right to vote.  Many people, generation after generation after generation after generation have been called upon to fight for these rights for all, including many of the women whom we will be celebrating this month.  Let us not let their work be in vain!  By all means, we must exercise the rights that others have fought and died for!

Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc. ™
Upcoming Events
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta is hosting its 5th Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast on Friday of this week. This year’s breakfast features Jill Ellis, the All Time Winningest Coach in U.S. Soccer History, and Former Head Coach of U.S. Women’s National Team. Jill Ellis is the first female coach to win the Women’s World Cup – both 2015 and 2019. She is using this platform to push for gender equality and tell her story of being named FIFA World Coach of the Year, CONCACAF Women’s Coach of the Year, and, along with her team, the winner of the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award for Team in 2015.
Let’s celebrate all women around the world.
This conversation is important not only for females, but for everyone.
Bring your friends – this conversation will inspire them to
be the change makers we need
to end gender stereotypes
Friday, March 6, 2020 
7:30am – 9:30am 
@ Gand Hyatt Buckhead
3300 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Click here to purchase tickets for breakfast, and use code JILLEARLY2020 for a discount.
Neighborhood Union Women Photo Credit: Atlanta Magazine.
In celebration of 68 years of service to the community, come learn about the Neighborhood Union Health Center’s expanded services:
  • Free blood pressure checks,
  • cholesterol, pre-diabetes/diabetes, and oral cancer screenings.
  • Parent and child health information,
  • general health information, 
  • workforce development tools,
  • financial workshops,
  • a spa experience,
  • and much, much more!
Get screened!
Get vaccinated, get information, have fun!

Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Neighborhood Union Health Center
165 Sunset Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30314

This event is hosted by the Neighborhood Union Advisory Board, Sisters Action Team, Vine City Civic Association, in partnership with the Fulton County Board of Health, Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, WorkSource Fulton,
and Commissioner Natalie Hall, Fulton County District 4.

Join the Westside Volunteers Corps for a Pre-Spring Community Clean-up this Saturday for the first of their springtime community clean-ups. Tasks include weeding and pruning, so please wear comfortable clothes with closed-toe shoes. 
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
@ Lindsay Street Park
551 Oliver Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Click here to register to volunteer!
For more information and to sign up for future volunteer opportunities, email volunteer@westsidefuturefund.org.
Truly Living Well’s Gardening 101 classes offer hands-on instruction that teach fundamental to advanced concepts for growing food where you live. The classes are given the first Saturday of every month at our East Point or Collegetown Farm locations. All classes include instruction and hands on experience, meaning that you will be getting your hands dirty!

Our March class, The Basics, is an extended 3 hours class which focuses on Gardening 101 basics. We will discuss composting, garden planning, year round planting, seed saving and other fundamental practices to help beginners and experts get ready for an optimal year of growth. This extended class will also support additional time for you to get your hands in the soil.

For March Gardening 101
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:00am – 1:00pm
Truly Living Well Collegetown Farm and Education Center
@ 324 Lawton Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

For questions regarding the boot camps or other TLW programs, you can email: urbangrower@trulylivingwell.com.
Hello My Name Is…”:
A History of Georgia Politicians with Unusual Names
by  junior historian Andrew Bramlett!

The Georgia Archive’s Lunch and Learn in March will be lead by fourteen-year-old Andrew Bramlett, a local historian living in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is Vice President of the Kennesaw Historical Society and an Honorary Member of the Cemetery Preservation Commission for the City of Kennesaw.  In 2018, Andrew won a Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Award for Local History Advocacy because of his work on the presentations that he gives about the history of the City of Kennesaw, Kennesaw Mountain, and his Kennesaw City Cemetery Walking Tour.

Join Andrew as he talks about a history of Georgia Politicians with unusual names, including Eugenius Aristides Nisbet and Argin Artemas Boggus to name just two!
Friday, March 13, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm
The Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260

Lunch and Learn Programs are free and open to the public and are sponsored by Friends of Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH). Door prizes are drawn at each Lunch and Learn program.
No registration is required.

Lace up your sneakers and join us on Sunday, March 15th
at The Home Depot Backyard for the Hunger Walk Run!
This year marks the 36th anniversary of Hunger Walk Run – taking steps together with our community in the fight against local hunger!The Hunger Walk Run — an annual 5K walk and “fun run” began in 1984 — is an event of the Atlanta Community Food Bank that unites our community to raise awareness and critical funds for local hunger relief.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and other local nonprofit organizations that support food pantries, community kitchens, shelters and other programs for people in need of food assistance. These benefiting partner organizations help recruit participants and receive a percentage of the funds raised to support their direct hunger relief programs. 
Sunday, March 15, 2020
12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium
One Backyard Way
Atlanta, GA 30313

Click here to register for the Hunger Walk / Run 
as we come together in community to step up against hunger!

Whether you choose to walk or run, you’ll join thousands of participants coming together to support our neighbors in need and celebrate achievements already made in the fight against hunger. The family-friendly, festival atmosphere at the Home Depot Backyard includes a Kids Zone, food trucks, games, educational activities, live entertainment and more! 
Free for Fulton County Pet Owners:
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Pet food and leashes
  • Vouchers for spay / neuter
  • Pet education
  • Licensing

Saturday, March 21, 2020
10:00am – 2:00pm
Historic Washington Park
102 Ollie Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

** Please bring dogs on a leash, and cats safely contained in a carrier. **
The Building Memories Podcasts:
Listening to Voices of our City
The Building Memories Project, located in the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Institute of Technology, is a podcast series about Atlanta, designed to cast a brighter light on the diversity of the stories that we might more regularly tell and celebrate. 
We invite you to listen!

Building Memories
acknowledges that we live in a city that takes great pride in looking forward, rather than backward, and in rising from its ashes.  We have come to appreciate, however, the importance of our memories of place and space to this sense of strength and resilience, especially when the environments that surround us seem forever in motion.  What becomes noticeable over time is that the buildings that form our community landscapes function often as the anchors for the stories that we tell about who and how we are.  These stories in all of their variety are memorials that proclaim:  We were here!  Whether the original landscapes remain the same or not, we were here!  We are still here!  We invite you to listen!

The mission of Building Memories is to preserve community stories, to share these narratives with broader audiences through the use of digital technologies with a two-fold intention: 1) to celebrate the richness of our history and our storytelling, and 2) to encourage a deepening of public understanding of the City of Atlanta—past, present, and future.  We invite you to listen!
For more information, contact Jacqueline Jones Royster.

Be A Census Taker
Generate extra income, work flexible hours, get paid weekly, and even the training is paid! For more information, or for help applying, please call 1-855-562-2020. The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Click here to apply online: 2020census.gov/jobs.

GHRAC Nominations are open!

Do you know someone who has done outstanding work using, preserving, or making historical records more accessible? The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) wants to encourage and reward their exceptional efforts! GHRAC has twelve different award categories for individuals and organizations. (You may nominate your own organization.)  All of the following are eligible for an award:

  • local governments, courts, school systems, state agencies, and institutions
  • historical records repositories, historical societies, libraries, and museums
  • educators, students, and researchers
  • legislators and government officials
  • individuals and organizations who support archives and records management
  • specialized subject societies in related fields such as oral history, genealogy, folklore, archaeology, business history, etc.

Nominations may be submitted: February 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020.
Please click here to download a nomination form and get more information about he GHRAC awards programs.
Upcoming Meetings
The Northwest Business Association invites all neighbors, residents, businesses, churches, key NW stakeholders, and committed individuals, groups and organizations to its Monthly Meeting, to stay informed — and to share important news on the ground. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month. This meeting will feature a special guest:

Jennifer Andersen-Smith 
AVP Community Development Officer of
Atlanta Capital Bank
                      Tuesday, March 10th 2020
                        11:30am – 12:30pm
@ Fire Station #28
1925 Hollywood Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

For more information, please call Ms. Gail Mapp: 404-625-6922

The English Avenue Neighborhood Association (EANA) will be holding their General Body Meeting:
Saturday, March 14, 2020
@ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Integrity CDC
692 Lindsay Street
Atlanta, GA 30318

Come join us and learn about happenings in your neighborhood!

The Just Us Neighbors Association invites all neighbors and residents to its monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month:

Thursday, March 12th
7:00pm @ Washington Park Tennis Center
1125 Lena Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Atlanta NPU Meetings this month

2nd Tuesday (March 10th) at 7:00pm
@ Integrity Transformations CDC
692 Lindsay Street NW 
Atlanta, GA 30318

2nd Wednesday (March 11th) at 7:00pm
@ Lee and White Street
Community Room
1000 White Street SW (behind Boxcar)
Atlanta, GA  30310

3rd Tuesday (March 17th) 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 first half of the month. Please submit your flyers and other relevant information to the email address above – as close to the beginning of the month as possible. Thank you!

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