September Newsletter

Volume 1.10
September 4, 2019

Hello Everyone,

We hope that you had a good summer!  The message in this volume is that fall is a time for reflection.
It is September, and I am drawn to a basic realization.  Whether we are in winter, spring, summer, or fall, we exist in sobering times.  At any given moment, we might focus on:  the constantly growing list of unbelievable gun violence; or the never-ending list of hurricanes, floods, fires, and other natural disasters that offer a glimpse of the power of nature’s fury; or the persistent struggles of individuals and families—whether citizen or immigrant—to secure basic needs:  meaningful work, healthcare, education, safety, and stable access to food, clothing, and shelter; or the constant threats to justice and human kindness.  At any given moment, avenues to despair seem endless. 
We think, learn, talk—sometimes with each other, plan, and do our work.  Where are the avenues to hope and positive action?   It strikes me that we exercise a commitment to seek balance.  It seems to be a reasonable counter-weight for despair.  Even though we face lots and lots of problems, issues, and challenges, at the same time, we have the counter-weight of lots and lots of people, assets, legacies, and possibilities to care about in bringing balance and order to chaotic contexts and conditions. 
In this moment of reflection, I suggest that we have the chance:    
  • To be ever-vigilant in keeping aware of the contexts, conditions, and multiple realities of our world.  We are communities who know that we need evidence-based, top quality information to make a better world and sustain it.
  • To be relentless in noticing sources of inspiration among and around us and appreciating them.
  • To be deliberate in creating ethically and socially responsible touchstones for action. 
As people who care about our communities and their multiple connections to others near and far, we inevitably notice the rationality and the importance of having a sharp eye, a good mind, a hearty imagination, and a willing heart to find things to do that matter—whether large or small.    
With this September reflection, please join me in taking a moment just to think carefully and critically about things that matter, knowing, as we do, that despite the persistence of trying times, there is no better time than now to figure out what “bit” of work we might choose to do—the best that we can.  As this newsletter suggest, our commitments to action continue.
Stay woke!

Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc. ™
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. Contact Ms. Gail Mapp for more information: 404-625-6922.

  • Building/renovating/advocating for affordable housing in NW Atlanta, the Donald Lee Hollowell Small Business Corridor, and the Grove Park Neighborhood
  • Financial literacy initiatives to advance “bank-ability” of NW Atlanta community residents/small businesses
  • Workforce/Career/Entrepreneurship pipelines
  • Reaching NW Atlanta small business leaders past, present, and future, to connect, re-build, and expand our small business community
  • Educational small business/community support for children/youth in NW Atlanta’s traditional as well as charter public schools
  • Proctor Creek economic development
JOIN US on Tuesday, Sep 10th @ 11:30am
At the Historic/New Firestation #28
1925 Hollywood Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
A Question & Answer Session: INVEST ATLANTA Home Buyer Incentives

During the first 60 minutes of this session future home buyers and real estate agents will receive information pertinent to Invest Atlanta home buyer incentives and the qualification process. The remaining 30 minutes is devoted to questions and answers.

Gain valuable insight regarding:

  • Affordable In-Town Living
  • Mortgage Lender Expectations
  • Home Buyer Education
Wednesday, Sep 11th
5:00pm – 6:30pm
@ 133 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303
Click here for more information and to RSVP 


MLK Ashby Merchants Association will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Improvement Project. Representatives from the Department of Public Works will be present to provide details to impacted residents. 

Wednesday, September 11th @ 7:00pm
C.T. Martin Recreation Center
3201 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30311

Click here for more information about the MLK Jr. Drive Corridor Innovation Project.

A Special Program featuring Jacqueline J. Royster
Wednesday evening, September 18th
7:00pm – 9:00pm
@ Northside Church of God
1736 Harper Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Jacqueline Jones Royster’s recent retirement as Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and Technology at Georgia Tech is just an excuse to have a conversation (with Q&A) with her discussing her myriad accomplishments and future endeavors. But please don’t be fooled, she really isn’t going anywhere. Dean Royster has a mere 3 more books to complete and publish, and plenty more activism and wisdom to match her storied achievements. 
Join us for CWK’s Community Cross-Talk Event
Featuring Councilmember Antonio Brown as one of our panelists

Tuesday, Sep 24th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
19 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30314

This is an inaugural event in a series of civic engagement events focused on community conversations. Please join us for active discussion, an exciting panel, and some light refreshments. Please click here to RSVP.

The Patch Works – and the Cabbagetown community at large – will be presenting the play Cabbagetown: 3 Women, an Oral History Play with Music in the neighborhood’s outdoor amphitheater. Written in 1978 by R. Cary Bynum (and with original music by the late Joyce Brookshire), Cabbagetown: 3 Women tells the story of three, life-long Cabbagetown residents: Beatrice “Aunt Beadie” Dalton (played by Sarah Knight), Lila Brookshire (played by Karen Tanner), and Effie Dodd Gray (played by Kim Cohran). Music will be performed by Barbara Panter.

The play is scheduled for performances on the following dates:
  • Friday, Sep 13th at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Sep 14th at 8:00pm
  • Sunday, Sep 15th **at 2:00pm
  • Friday, Sep 20th at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Sep 21st at 8:00pm
  • Sunday, Sep 22nd **at 2:00pm
@ Joyce Brookshire Amphitheater
Cabbagetown Park
701 Kirkwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
Free and open to the public! All ages welcome! Presented by The Patch Works Art & History Center.
Upcoming Meetings
The Just Us Neighbors Association invites all neighbors and residents to its monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month:

Thursday, September 12th
@ 7:00pm
Washington Park Tennis Center
1125 Lena Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
The Northwest Business Association invites all neighbors, residents, business, churches, key NW stakeholders, and committed individuals, groups and organizations to its monthly meeting.

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

2nd Wednesday (Sep 11th) at 7:00pm @ Kipp Strive Academy
1444 Lucile St. SW
Atlanta, GA  30310

3nd Tuesday (Sep 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 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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