October Newsletter

Volume 1.11
October 4, 2019

Hello Everyone,

The calendar says Autumn but the images that we historically hold of cooler temperatures and falling leaves are not exactly as we remember them.  Instead, the weather tells us that the summers are longer, hotter, and dryer.  Some leaves are falling, but we wait for the cool breezes that help them to fly so gracefully through the air, and we wait for the rain.  Climate change is not a joke.  Reality suggests, however, that our children are the ones protesting and marching in the streets, declaring that adults need to take responsibility and do something — a whole lot more than we are doing right now to preserve their futures and the future of the Earth — right now, not later. 
Revolutionary change is still led by the young.  The question is whether the generations who have come before them have the good sense and the nerve to support this leadership and the wisdom to be the “the whole village” that our children, with their clarity of vision and purpose, need in order to help all of us to find the common ground that enables positive change and sustainability.  This question begs for a good and timely response.
Climate change and the quality of leadership for action and sustainability, however, are just two of our contemporary grand challenges.  Our lives are complicated.  In our local communities, we must also focus on economic development, education, and affordable housing.  The question is this:  Can we work together to make a meaningful and sustainable difference?  Well, we need to find out.
With this challenge of civic engagement and action in mind, CWK, Inc.™ held our inaugural Westside Communities Cross-Talk Conversation.  As reported below, a small, highly engaged group of community stakeholders gathered for a conversation with our newest political leader, Antonio Brown, City Councilman for District 3.  Read the summary of what happened, and do stay tuned for other opportunities in the Spring to strategize with leaders in support of progress and change.
In the meantime, much in our communities remains at stake, and community organizations are persistently doing what they can to be watchful and impactful.  See this months announcements and participate as you are inclined to do.  The bottom line, as always, is that we need to be well prepared and ready to engage and to act in order to preserve and advance the health, prosperity, and possibilities of our lives.
Ever onward,
Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc. ™
In order to be well, one must eat well, and move one’s body! If eating healthy and exercising is your passion the Nonprofit 2 Nonprofit 5K Run/Walk is the occasion for you. 

Access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition education continues to be a problem in neighborhoods like the one’s Truly Living Well serves. Your $35 entry fee will Help TLW purchase a Mobile “Farm on Wheels” vehicle, to bring the food grown at the farm to vulnerable communities. 
Saturday, Oct 12, 2019
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
@ Davidson-Arabia Mountain
3787 Klondike Rd
Lithonia, GA 30038

Click here to register online today!

Can’t join the race? Cheer us on, with your charitable donation!

Registration is now open for this  free, daylong event for the community, hosted by Morehouse School of Medicine. The event includes:
  • valuable health screenings,
  • fitness classes,
  • educational workshops,
  • healthy food shopping,
  • live entertainment,
  • and more…

Held at the Andrew and Walter Young YMCA, we welcome children, youth, and adults to join us in celebrating our neighborhood connections and the organizations who seek to serve community needs. 

Saturday, Oct 12, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
@ 2220 Campbellton Road SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
Click here for more information, to register,
or to become an exhibitor at the event!
Atlanta’s Historic Westside Gardens is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Once upon a time…Ten years ago, we put our old logo at the Urban Farming Training Garden on Elm Street, Vine City. Today we celebrate  ten years of growth and relationships with the community. We reached 160 Gardeners and their families in the Westside in July 2019. Most of them grow pesticide-free vegetables at home and several who cannot grow at their home or apartment complex come to one of our three Gardening Hubs, in Vine City, English Avenue and Bankhead. Join us as we celebrate the next ten years and thank the community! 
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019
5:00pm @ Hagar Palace
19 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30314

For our 10 year anniversary, we will be hosting a night of celebration and entertainment. 
There will be speakers highlighting Historic Westside Garden’s amazing journey from a seedling nonprofit to what it is today, live music by Farmers’ Jam, a DJ, a buffet from a Westside caterer and locally sourced food, mocktails created with HWG’s own herbs, and local craft beer.

Click here to purchase your ticket, or to donate a ticket for a gardener.

It takes a garden to grow a community!

Mayor Ivan Allen Digital Archive Community Researcher Workshop
We invite applications for an upcoming Community Researcher Workshop that will give access to the Ivan Allen Jr. Digital Archive, 30,000 pages of the administrative records of the former mayor, whose 1962-1970 tenure is remembered as one of both progress and controversy. The complimentary full-day workshop will be held: Saturday, November 23, and will be led by historian and Georgia Tech professor Todd Michney.
Saturday, November 23rd
8:30am – 3:30pm
@ Georgia Tech (location TBD)
Lunch will be provided during a one-hour break
If interested, please click here to apply.

We have room to host 25 guest participants and especially welcome those from outside academia. Participants will dive into the collection to conduct personalized research and build virtual “exhibits” with documents from the Archive for their future use. All necessary materials, including complimentary parking, will be made available. Computer access will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring their own laptops (and are strongly encouraged to do so if they are Mac users). Funding for this event comes from Georgia Tech’s Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center. You may click here to email for more information.
Inaugural CWK Westside Community Cross-Talk Conversation

On Tuesday, September 24th, near the intersection of two busy thoroughfares named for famous leaders in the Westside Community, Martin L. King, Jr. Drive and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, the inaugural CWK Westside Community Cross Talk Conversation occurred.
This corner, now owned by Hagar CTM, Inc., is deeply symbolic of the history of community activism in the City of Atlanta.  In their day, the work of King and Lowery converged to stir the conscience and consciousness of the nation and the world, and their relentless commitment to action generated critically important social and political change.  In our view, this space was a perfect launch site for a pop up conversation series designed to support civic engagement.     
The premise of the Westside Community Cross Talk Series is to enable and facilitate ongoing conversations between Westside community stakeholders and local policy influencers. The imperative is to be solutions-oriented, with the idea of sharing concerns, interests, and points of view, and creating together (with political leaders and community stakeholders) strategies to address progress and change.  To make the most of limited time, the design is to cluster and prioritize topics, with the first conversation centered on three of our most complex and challenging ones:  economic development, education, and affordable housing.
The evening’s invited guest was newly elected District 3 City Councilman, Antonio Brown. Complete with a social media hashtag of #westsideatlcommunitytalks.  The conversation between Councilman Brown and a group of about 25 community stake holders began with his sharing his goals for his freshman term, anchored by his desire to listen to the people of District 3 to find out the needs of the residents.  His style of presentation was candid and direct, as he explained his ways of working and some of the initial ideas and actions that he is putting forth.  
With several questions as the springboard, Councilman Brown talked about new initiatives by which the City can engage with local small businesses.   One is the newly established Community Loan Fund.  It allows business owners to borrow up to $50K with 3% interest to maintain their businesses, and includes eligibility for participation by credit disadvantaged small businesses.  Another initiative is the Community Engagement Taskforce, a year-long pilot program.  This group imperative for this group, comprised of representatives from the 16 different communities throughout the city, is to identify and implement strategies to expose and educate citizens of Atlanta about available opportunities that are offered by local government.
The discussion was about specific initiatives, implementation processes, expected results, metrics for accountability, and the importance of communication between citizens, community stakeholders, and civic leaders.  Topics of particular interests included:  Councilman Brown’s view of the types of jobs that will allow people to take part in the economic growth and development of the district; his establishing of initiatives to engage local artists in public art, for example on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard; his interests in preserving historic landmarks throughout the English Avenue and Vine City areas, including identifying opportunities to partner with others on the restoration of Fountain Hall on the Morris Brown College campus; and more.  At the conclusion of the conversation, the group continued to engage with Councilman Brown one-on-one on specific interests.  They seemed encouraged by the opportunity to exchange ideas from their personal networks in a smaller group setting and in a more relaxed environment.     
The Westside Community Cross Talk Series is designed to be conversational, not presentational.  Councilman Brown did not “address” the crowd.  He was asked a set of questions related to the interests of Westside communities.  He shared his thoughts, experiences, and plans.  He spoke to the community stakeholders, and the community stakeholders spoke to him.  The goal was to talk-listen-and respond to each other in the interest of mutual understanding, progress, and change for Westside communities and in the interest of the prosperity and sustainability of Westside residents.
Be on the lookout for our next pop up conversation in Spring 2020. 
Royce Collins
CWK Conversation Series Coordinator
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. October’s meeting will address: the Donald Lee Hollowell (DLH) Parkway Small Business Corridor and the Grove Park Neighborhood; workforce and career pipelines; Proctor Creek economic development; and more.
Tuesday, October 8th @ 11:30am
@ Fire Station #28
1925 Hollywood Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

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

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

Thursday, October 10th
@ 7:00pm
Washington Park Tennis Center
1125 Lena Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Atlanta NPU Meetings THIS WEEK

2nd Tuesday (Oct 8th) at 7:00pm @ Integrity Transformations CDC
692 Lindsay Street NW 
Atlanta, GA 30318

2nd Wednesday (Oct 9th) at 7:00pm @ Kipp Strive Academy
1444 Lucile St. SW
Atlanta, GA  30310

3rd Tuesday (Oct 15th) 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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