Monthly Newsletter

Volume 1.1
September 12, 2018


You are receiving this newsletter because you were on the mailing list of the Westside Communities Alliance (WCA) during the years when this initiative was vibrant and robust.  As I think that you already know, our horizons changed during the spring of 2016.  We hosted our last event on June 6, 2016.  We were delighted that so many of you came out to celebrate our work from 2011-2016.  You helped us to feel that our efforts had been appreciated, and you gave us the inspiration to look ahead.  I have drawn forward some of the activities that we were doing under a new umbrella:  Communities Who Know, Inc.™  I invite you to read about this new initiative and to remain engaged.  See the highlights below.  Let me know what you think.

Ever onward,

Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc.™


So, what has happened to the WCA team?  
  • Sheri Davis Faulkner (Director) has left Georgia Tech and has picked up the mantle of robust engagement at Rutgers University.  She is Senior Program Director for WILL Empower with the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University in New Jersey.  WILL stands for Women Innovating Labor Leadership, so you know that Sheri is definitely in her element and continuing to work hard for the principles and values in which she so passionately believes.
  • Mackenzie Madden (Associate Director) remained at Georgia Tech until this past summer, continuing to lend her energy and talents to the Georgia Tech Office of Community Relations.  At the end of July, however, Mackenzie left the university and moved to Virginia.  She has a new life that she is beginning there as a consultant, and she will keep in touch with us here.
  • Katie O’Connell (Director of Data Management) also remained at Georgia Tech sharing her skills and expertise in Georgia Tech’s College of Design with another data dashboard as a research associate.  The wonderful news for Katie is that she was accepted into the College of Design’s PhD program in City and Regional Planning.  The great news is that she will now have some space in her day to continue working with us on the CWK (see below) Data Dashboard!
  • Jackie Royster (Executive Director) –  Well, I’m still here at Georgia Tech as Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.  As we announced at the final celebration of WCA, I have spent the time since then transitioning some key initiatives that I have been shepherding under the WCA to a new organization, Communities Who Know, Inc.™

Where are things now?

As you see the team is doing well.  We are just not all working together anymore.  There is a new organization that I want you to know about:  Communities Who Know, Inc.™.  With this new framework, the work continues.  Take a look at the new website: 
Communities Who Know

There are three active projects: 
  • I am very pleased to report that the CWK Data Dashboard™, the project with which most of you are most familiar, is still functioning and available:
Data Dashboard
  • One new project is the CWK Digital Repository for Community Archives™ focused on the preservation, documentation, and presentation of community histories:
Digital Archives
  • Another new project is the Next Generation Leadership Network–Atlanta, which is focused on youth leadership development, has two groups of students:
NextGen Leadership Network
Expect to hear more about each of these projects over the next year as activities gain momentum and garner meaningful impact for progress and sustainability in Westside communities.


Some community partners are already re-forming connections with CWK™, as indicated by the announcements below, of their activities to notice.  So take a look. 


On Friday, August 31, 2018, Truly Living Well celebrated Rashid Nuri who is stepping down as CEO.  Rashid has been a leader in urban agriculture for 50 years and after 12 years of growing one of the largest gardens in Atlanta.  Over 300 people gathered to honor him.  An engraved stone now stands in the Founder’s Circle of the farm in tribute to his vision and legacy.  Congratulations, Rashid, for your stellar accomplishments and leadership.
The Northwest Community Alliance is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, September 19th, they
will host a panel of three members of the Atlanta City Council:
  • J.P. Matzigkeit, representing District 8;
  • Matt Westmoreland, Post 2 At Large; and
  • Andre Dickens, Atlanta City Council Post 3 at Large.

NCA meets at Northside Church of God, 1736 Harper St NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Mike Koblentz, Chair (Byrere@aol.com, 404-641-6005)
Please join us as we prepare to celebrate the light in our communities!

Community Planning Meeting
Thursday, September 20th 2018
@ Booker T. Washington High School – 45 Whitehouse Drive SW
Inside the Library
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Looking for resident volunteers, performers, and historians!
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 – on the second Wednesday 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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