Archive for October, 2015

Healthy Corner Stores & Complete Streets Initiatives

Greetings esteemed residents, neighbors, and growers,

On October 28th from 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. at The Metropolitan Library Morehouse School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center and Georgia State will be hosting a platform to actively engage residents and stake holders in the R.E.A.C.H. funded Healthy Corner Stores and Complete Streets initiative.
This will be the first open meeting for resident input and we are excited to present this quality of life opportunity for SW Atlanta. Come to see the goals, progress, and to hear the CALL TO ACTION! At this meeting, together, we will determine the direction of these two needed initiatives and work towards plans and action items.
October 28, 2015
5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.
Atlanta Metropolitan Library.
1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 613-5722
Contact: Angela Church (404)765.6691

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Hatchet’s Firm FREE Legal Seminar

Please come by and attend The Hatchet’s Firm FREE legal seminar November 21st at Elizabeth Baptist Church (Cascade/Main Campus) at 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

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Proctor Creek Roundtable Discussion


A Proctor Creek “Jazz” Note:
Stage Set For Community Engagement “Improv” with the
Seven Standing Committees of Atlanta City Council

“Music represents nature.  Nature represents life.
Jazz represents nature.  Jazz is life.”
— Sonny Rollins

By:  Carrie L. Williams

A fifth grade lesson plan calls jazz the best music to represent America because:
“It is partly planned and partly spontaneous; that is, as the musicians perform a pre-determined tune, they have the opportunity to create their own interpretations within that tune in response to the other musicians’ performances and whatever else may occur “in the moment” — this is called improvisation and is the defining element of jazz.”
And there is a “jazz note”, or cultural feel to what’s unfolding in the neighborhoods and communities of West Atlanta’s Proctor Creek watershed basin. With the fifth roundtable discussion and development session about to take place, the community engagement effort started nearly seven months ago is taking on an improvisational life of its own. It’s tuning up for the next leg of the journey:  community-based public policy.
Rev. Larry Hill (The Word of God Ministries) and Rev. Dr. E. L. Jones (First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church) are supporting the community outreach efforts for this fifth roundtable discussion. Slated for 7pm on Thursday, October 29th at First Corinth (2165 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW, Atlanta 30318), the pastors are wanting to ensure the word spreads to as many Proctor Creek residents as possible. They speak of having the residents hear what’s being proposed, and having their input be included in the process. They are clear that the process that lies ahead will determine projects and funding for those projects. They know that will require reliable community engagement to be sustained.
Both pastors have heard presentations delivered at previous roundtable discussions. Through various interactions, they — along with others — are beginning to see a pathway for action — action that is uniquely theirs to take, and that will lead them to the seven standing committees of the Atlanta City Council.
Proctor Creek impacts more than just water quality and flooding in Rev. Hill and Dr. Jones’ neighborhoods.  Proctor Creek impacts transportation, public safety, housing, and a host of other important issues of life for the watershed residents — issues represented by the seven standing committees of the Atlanta City Council.
In a national radio interview conducted this summer, Certified Mediator Al Bartell described in advance the improvisational nature of the process now unfolding in West Atlanta.  He explained the bigger picture of the urban waters in America — and the cultural nature of what would make a difference for the residents of Proctor Creek. (see excerpt below)
The “jazz note” to Proctor Creek is an exciting, unfolding dynamic in the city of Atlanta.  The possibility for community-based public policy will play out in the seven standing committees of the Atlanta City Council through a community engagement “improvisation” that has never been performed by its Proctor Creek residents, some 58,000 citizens in over half of the City’s NPU’s.
With the Environmental Protection Agency, the philanthropic foundations, the private sector, and now the neighborhoods and communities of West Atlanta, all at the table with the Atlanta City government — and its associated county and state governments — 2016 is beginning to take shape in ways previously unimaginable.
As jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong once said, “Jazz is music that is never played the same way once.”
Proctor Creek’s “jazz note” of culture and community engagement certainly resembles that remark in this moment of history.
National Radio Interview Excerpt

“The word ‘public’ [in public policy] means it has to come from the public.  It can’t just come from government or industry.  In order to have that happen, you have to have the leadership who’s committed to community-based policy.
“We’ve gotten off-track, because so much of our public policy is impacted by industry.  We’ve got to get back to community-based public policy.  That’s not going to happen without the right kind of leadership.
“Under the National Director of the EPA, and in the case of Proctor Creek, the Region IV Administrator, we now have two leaders in place that are just as committed to community-based public policy as the industry model of old.
“The whole realm of public policy — the neighbors, the residents, communicating what’s important for them and being a part of government that works on behalf of them — and their tax dollars — is now available as a model in the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.”
— Certified Mediator Al Bartell
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Visioning Coordinator position open!

Park Pride is on the search for a new Visioning Coordinator!

Please see attached document for more information

Visioning Coordinator Position 2015

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Fourth Quarterly Briefing

When: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Where: Atlanta Technical College, Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College, Bldg. B
1560 Metropolitan Parkway, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310
Please consider carpooling, biking or riding MARTA bus #95.


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