Georgia Rural Urban Summit News

November 11, 2019

Call to Action

Act now to protect Georgians Health Care!

Governor Kemp has announced two healthcare plans that could harm Georgia families and consumers, putting their health and finances at risk. Multiple thousands of Georgians will remain uninsured with no way to access needed healthcare, while others will find that they unknowingly enrolled in a plan that doesn’t cover necessary health services. Now is the time for you to stand up and tell state leaders what you think. The public comment period will close on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Submitting a public comment is the most important action Georgians can take. Speak up today! Online submission of comments at (and also at this link get plain-language explanation of why Kemp’s proposal falls so short of what is needed)

Thursday, Nov. 14 – Get a preview of some of the 2020 General Assembly issues. All are welcome to the forum sponsored by Presbyterians for a Better Georgia, to be held at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church. Bipartisan legislators participate in this free event. Details in calendar below.

This Week

1. Monday, November 11, 5:45 pm – (Athens) Dinner & Conversation with the U.S. Senate Candidates. It’s a ticketed event but they’ll all be there … Amico, Ossoff, Terry, Tomlinson. Attendees will be treated to a delicious family-style dinner as they hear conversations between candidates and special guests. After hearing from the candidates and finishing apple pie for dessert, attendees are invited to mingle with the candidates and continue the conversations during our meet-and-greet. Sweet opportunity. To be held at Athens Cotton Press, 149 Oneta St, Athens, 30601. Reserve tix at 

2. Tuesday, November 12, 6:00 pm – Screening of HBO documentary “Torn Apart: Separated at the Border”. Free showing will be followed by a talk back on immigrant family separation. This 40-minute documentary tackles the issue of family separation at the US southern border. The film follows the stories of two mothers separated from their children. After the screening, there will be a talk-back conversation on family separation at the southern border as well as in Georgia. Hosted by GALEO, Telemundo, Tahirih Justice Center, the Latin American Association, Freedom University, the Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia), Welcoming America. To be held at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Blvd. To RSVP, go to: 

3. Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm – Picturing Climate Crisis on the Georgia Coast & Averting Disaster. Is it one thing to know the fact that a forecasted storm approaching, or that a climate crisis is already unfolding, and another thing to understand it? If so, what can bridge the gap between the two? And how can we go from there to appropriate action? This events featured speaker is UGA professor of geodesign Brian Orland, who will discuss his work analyzing coastal Georgia residents’ responses to recent hurricanes and using augmented reality to communicate about possible ways to address sea level changes and storm damage. Attend to also examine how our perceptions of environmental conditions are shaped (and shape our actions), and explore the possibilities new tools hold to help us visualize potential futures. Network ato discuss opportunities to explore, enjoy, and protect our planet for everyone. Location, directions and more info at 

4. Tuesday, November 12, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Georgia Water Coalition: Annual Fall Membership Meeting. Join to discuss GWC priority issues and strategy and prepare for the 2020 Legislative Session. Learn about pollution in Georgia from Dr. Rachel Rogers, Health Scientist. Presentations about Local Coal Ash Advocacy. Informative workshops include: Local bans on single use plastics, Stopping the Right to Harm Bill HB 545, Local Coal Ash Advocacy. And from 3:30 – 5pm enjoy great food and Happy Hour and network with fellow water advocates. To be held at Alcovy Conservation Center, 11600 Hazelbrand Road, Covington, 30014. Register at 

5. Wednesday, November 14, 6:30-8:30 pm – Ready for 100 Team Meeting. Sierra Club says Ready for 100?  Ready to get involved in addressing the climate crisis?  The Ready for 100 sub-committee Team works with cities and counties in Georgia to encourage them to make a commitment to a just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by a date they choose, such as 2040. The RF100 commitment is followed by development and implementation of a plan to transition to clean energy for electricity, transportation, and heating and cooling. RSVP, meeting location and more, including link to read about the 100 plan, at

6. Thursday, November 14, 6:30 pm – Georgia STAND-UP 15 Year Anniversary. Celebrating 15 years of outstanding progressive leadership, this fundraising affair will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Park, 450 Auburn Ave. Atlanta, 30312. Help support the Stand-Up team commitment to labor and community. More info and tickets at  And on Friday, November 15 from noon to 3:00 pm, join STAND-UP  for an anniversary homecoming at IBEW, 501 Pulliam Street Southwest #250, Atlanta, 30312. 

7. Thursday, November 14, 6:30 pm – Georgia Legislative Forum. All are welcome to join  Presbyterians for a Better Georgia at a preview of issues for the upcoming 2020 General Assembly. What happens under the Gold Dome at the Georgia State Capitol has a direct impact on our communities, including housing and healthcare. State-level issues have a larger impact on citizens than federal laws but receive far less attention. Informed voters are ones who pay attention to state policies to be able to advocate for issues that matter. This will be a conversation with state legislators about public policy. Featuring Sen. Jen Jordan (D), Sen. Chuck Efstration(R), Rep. Karen Bennett (D). Hear about what’s ahead on the legislative agenda regarding critical issues facing all Georgians. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the 2020 Census and Faith Communities. To be held at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, 30306. Free parking and admission. Please RSVP at 

8. Thursday, November 14, 6:30-8:30 pm – (Carrolton) West Georgia #FightTheHike Town Hall. Join students and community members at the Nursing Building Room 115 of University of West Georgia for a community and campus discussion about the 2019 Rate Case, in which Georgia Power has requested to the Georgia Public Service Commission (GAPSC) hike customer’s electricity bills. The company wants to increase electricity rates by nearly doubling the hidden mandatory fee on your electric bill so you’ll owe at least $300 per year before even turning your lights on. Georgia Power is also seeking $500 million in additional rate hikes to have its customers pay for their inadequate plan to clean up their millions of tons of toxic coal ash. The company’s massive toxic coal ash problem has caused the contamination of our water in 11 of the 12 coal sites across our state. RSVP, directions and more info at 

9. Thursday, November 14, 7:00-8:00 pm – Trees Atlanta Speaker Series: Trees and Public Health in Cities. Have you thought about this? From easing depression and stress to fighting air pollution, a simple urban tree is an ecological powerhouse! Trees improve the quality of life in cities tremendously, and their impact can last for many generations. In this talk, Dr. Jennings will discuss studies on the links between urban trees and public well-being. Viniece Jennings, Ph.D. is a scholar and environmental leader with expertise in urban green space and public health. She has published articles in lay and academic outlets. Her work discusses how urban trees can relate to place-based strategies in public health promotion. Free tickets and directions at 

10. Saturday, November 16, 11:00 am – noon – Georgia Power Rate Case Community Meeting. Hosted by Georgia Conservation Voters and Jones Sustainable Solutions Group Northwest at the Atlanta Library at Scott’s Crossing, 2489 Perry Boulevard, Atlanta, 30318. Georgia Power is planning to increase your power bills. They are proposing to nearly double your mandatory monthly fee from $10 to $17.95. If approved, this would be among the highest mandatory fees of investor-owned utilities in the country. Georgia Power ALSO wants to increase your energy usage rates, which is the amount you pay for the energy you use. This means customers could end up paying over $200 more each year for the same amount of energy they use now by 2022. FB event page at 

11. Saturday, November 16, 10:00 am – noon – Free Citizenship Clinic at the Clarkston High School. Receive Free Legal help with your citizenship application! Hosted by the New Americans Campaign members and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. To be held at Clarkston High School, 618 N. Indian Creek Dr. Clarkston, 30021. Register at More info about eligibility at FB event page

12. Saturday, November 16, 4:00-7:00 pm – (Athens) 7th Annual Justice Fest. The economic Justice Coalition sponsors this great confab to remind people of their rights. To be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, 780 Timothy Road, Athens. Family friendly, free to attend and wanting to connect with you! FB event page with more info at 

Save the Date

1. Tuesday, November 19, 1;00-3:00 pm – Presidential Candidate Forum on Disability Issues. Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities has invited candidates and/or their surrogates. This event will give presidential campaigns the opportunity to hear from Georgians with developmental and intellectual disabilities on topics including healthcare, education, employment and housing. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about voting accessibility and what to expect when you go to the polls in 2020. This event is free and open to the public but seats are limited to the first 100 registrants. RSVP at 

2. Tuesday, November 19, 6:30-8:30 pm – Housing Justice League November Mass Meeting. To be held at the Rick McDevitt Youth Center, 1040 Crew Street SW, Atlanta, 30315. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm. If you’re a newcomer, come at 6pm for an orientation to HJL work. Attendees will discuss the current status of all campaigns, the organization, and will be having breakout groups of interest for tenant associations, the BeltLine for All campaign, Eviction Defense, and more. The meeting includes a potluck, so please bring a dish if you can (not mandatory). Please send a message if you are in need of childcare. Children always welcome. FB event page at 

3. Wednesday, November 20, 7:00-8:00 pm – Reclaiming the Climate Conversation. This forum explores how to have more effective conversations about the climate crisis. Have you ever been frustrated by the discussion around the climate crisis? Do you want to learn how to be more successful in inspiring people to action? Only one in five of us ever talks about climate with our friends and family. Learn how to be more effective at communicating the messages of the climate movement. RSVP, directions and more info at 

4. Saturday, November 23, 4:00-6:00 pm – MASDA Monthly Meeting. Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America meets-up at CWA Local 3204 Union Hall, 279 Logan St., Atlanta, 30312. Get together and hear updates about the organization, deliberate and vote on the directions to take and then break out into working groups to plan next actions to combat capitalism and other social injustices. The CWA Union Hall is located near the King Memorial MARTA Station. If you need a ride from the station just let us know by emailing  The venue is a single level with an accessible entrance. The proceedings are amplified and you are encouraged to bring your children. Volunteers are on standby for kids that aren’t feeling the meeting and need another place to play. The meeting will be live streamed as a zoom video call FB event page at 

5. Saturday, December 7, 5:00-9:00 pm – WRFG Ormewood Opry Holiday Buffet. Don’t forget to support WRFG. Their benefit concert series returns to the Ormewood Church with a winter holiday celebration featuring live music from Eddie 9V and Hair of the Dog. Along with the music, you get to feast at a big holiday buffet. There is something for everyone, including lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Refreshing beverages and tasty deserts will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring some extra bucks for the silent auction and “musical” raffle. The doors open at 5:00. The music starts at 5:30 and won’t stop until 9:00. Tickets are $20.00 at the door. Kids under 12 get in and eat for free. The Ormewood Church is located at 10-71 Delaware Avenue, Atlanta, 30316. You can get directions to the church at www.WRFG.ORG   Proceeds benefit WRFG 89.3 FM, your independent community radio station for progressive information and handpicked quality music.

… and looking further ahead

January 11, 2020 – Feminist Women’s Health Center’s Legislative Advocacy Workshop from 11:00am to 4:30pm at Keswick Park Community Center 3496 Keswick Drive, Chamblee.

January 14, 2020 – Healthcare Unscrambled. Georgians for a Healthy Future holds this tenth annual Health Care Unscrambled policy breakfast. Bring together legislators, advocates, and national thought leaders to discuss the health care issues facing Georgians. RSVP and sponsorship info available now at 

January 24, 2020 – Georgia Budget and Policy Institute annual policy conference “Insights” returns to the Georgia Freight Depot. Get the most up-to-date state budget analysis and discuss policy priorities for the 2020 legislative session. More details and ticket information coming soon. 

February 4, 2020 – Stop Violence Against Women Day at the Capitol. Sponsored by GCADV, GNESA, & Raksha. Details and registration info upcoming. Hint: this event hits capacity quickly, so as soon as RSVP becomes available, act quickly!

February 10, 2020 – League of Women Voters day at the Capitol.

January 29, February 11, 20, 27 and March 11. Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, lobby days at the Capitol.

Of Interest

1. Public Hearings on Kemp’s woefully inadequate health care plan. Around the state:Nov. 13, Macon, Nov. 14, Bainbridge, Nov. 18, Gainesville, Nov. 21, Rome, Nov. 22, Kennesaw. You can find full details on hearing dates and locations at  You can get more info about how the Kemp proposal falls short (and submit online comments) at 

2. GALEO Institute for Leadership accepting 2020 Applications. This training program has been recognized as one of the best Latino leadership programs in the nation. The curriculum provides eight modules designed to assist participants in: Becoming more knowledgeable about themselves, leadership practices and their communities; Developing skills needed to assist them in becoming stronger community leaders; Coming together to use their newly acquired knowledge and enhanced leadership skills to address community issues, needs, problems and challenges; Exercising leadership by engaging themselves in activities and undertaking projects to improve their communities. The seminars are open to all persons, regardless of their racial or ethnic background. Diverse participants are encouraged to apply. The leadership sessions are more beneficial to all when the group represents broad diversity, so EVERYONE is encouraged to apply.  Apply online at 

3. Just Energy Academy. Apply now for 2020. This program was designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively engage stakeholders regarding community concerns and policies that impact your communities; in particular, energy equity and climate justice issues. At the conclusion of this seven-month training, participants will be able to fully engage in dialogue about racial equity, energy equity, climate justice and energy policies that impact your communities. For a lot more info and to apply, go to 

4. Two chances to hear all about the Medicaid Waiver proposal. Georgia Equality is partnering with Indivisible and 159 Together to give a webinar on Nov. 6 and Nov 11, explaining the waivers and pushing people to comment. It will be a simple Facebook Live Stream to make it as easy as possible for people to tune in. The event link gives details and feel free to share through your networks.   

5. Prepare Now: Low Income Heating Assistance for Seniors. Seniors can apply for assistance at Aviation Community Cultural Center, 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta, 30336 on Nov. 6, 8, 22 from 9am-4pm. And at the Metropolitan Library, 1334 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, 30310 on Nov. 14, 15, 18, 20, 22 from 10am-4pm.

6. Obamacare open enrollment is Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. Help spread the word that opens for business on November 1st. Consumers can browse available plans now and enroll in coverage from November 1 to December 15. Mark your calendar to make sure that you are covered for 2020. If you or someone you know needs info, Georgians for a Healthy Future provides tools and resources you need. “My Health Insurance User’s Manual” – an interactive workbook for consumers who have newly enrolled in health insurance. It covers topics that enrollment assisters may not have time to discuss during the enrollment appointment, such as how to find a primary care provider, how to make your first medical appointment, and even how to make a budget. Available in English and Spanish at “My Health Resource Guide” – a helpful list of health and social services available to you and how to access them, available at 

7. Keep Calm and Volunteer on! 

159 Georgia Together:  Volunteers still needed for voter protection, civic engagement and helping check the list of voters the Sec of State wants to purge! And yes, even new voter registration continues, our democracy depends on it. Who, what, when, how at November volunteer opportunities listed at 

159 Georgia Together also needs volunteers needs Health Care Access volunteers. For needs, the advocacy partners and more, go to 

8. Housing Justice League’s new Eviction Defense Manual just went live! Fulton County renters are facing a unconscionable eviction crisis with close to 800 evictions filed every week. Eviction has catastrophic effects on individuals and communities, trapping them in cycles of debt, dangerous living conditions, and further displacement. Meanwhile, eviction is used by corporate landlords as a way to further enrich themselves through fees and fines charged to very low-income Black and Brown communities. Housing Justice League will be mass printing the Manual to support Fulton County renters in fighting eviction as is accepting donations to cover costs. See the Manual online and connect to HJL at 

9. Free Workshop: How to Be an Effective Advocate and Influence Legislators. Get your groups’ members ready for next General Assembly. This workshop will help each participant become familiar with and develop their existing advocacy skills around social justice legislation. Trainees will learn how to create their own advocacy strategies to interact with all types of legislators, Conservative, Progressive or Moderate. We will practice skills and leave with practical advice and abilities to achieve our advocacy objectives. Contact Jeff Willard at Tzedek Georgia by emailing 

10. Resources for you or friends who need Free Immigration Help all over the US, just click on the appropriate state 

Job Opportunities

Most Recent Job Opportunity listings received. For job descriptions, details and qualifications; follow the contact or application instructions included below.

On-going Job Fairs: State site       

Also: There is an excellent page on Cong. Hank Johnson’s website that has links to job openings, career planning, job fairs, recruiters, job search engines, etc. Check it out at 

Patch resources

Don’t underestimate this resource! The local Patch websites have both news and job opportunities included. Hundreds of jobs this week at 

For open positions go to You can check by zip code for more local openings. There are multiple listings for management and staff positions in retail, medical, office and other categories. Also: if you need help preparing to apply for any jobs, this site also has free resume templates, resume samples, formatting help and resume builder. 

DeKalb County Mobile Career Center. The mobile unit brings job assistance to residents of DeKalb by conveniently traveling all over the county. More on the program and then link to the monthly calendar of unit locations at 

WorkSource DeKalb Program designed to connect DeKalb County residents to eligible training providers and employers in a centralized location. DeKalb County residents can learn about Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act eligibility requirements, meet with eligible training providers and learn about high demand careers. The program equips DeKalb County residents and employers with resources to assist individuals in overcoming barriers to employment, education and economic development. For more information about Workforce Wednesday, contact Chanell Davis at 404.371.4996 or  For more information about WorkSource DeKalb, visit  or call 404. 687.3400 

ACLU of Georgia Internships 2020. Interns for legal, policy, communications, community engagement and development work. Applications are received and reviewed on a rolling basis. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least 1.5 months before a session start date. 2020 Internship Dates are Spring: Jan 6 – April 24, 2020, Summer: May 14 – August 14, 2020, Fall: Sept. 1 – Dec. 13, 2020. Internships start and end dates can be slightly flexible due to school schedules. Vacation dates are also flexible. To find more information about intern positions, and how to apply, visit

Interns can be from all levels of education: high-school, undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate at schools and universities across the country. Interns seeking school credit are preferred, but all are welcome. Interns will be expected to commit at least 15 hours per week. All applicants must provide a resume and cover letter and some applicants may be required to provide additional documents. All internships are unpaid but come with travel stipends and intern training programs. For questions, please contact Stephanie Jackson Ali at For more info and a link to the application, go to the same “how to apply” link above.


Program Director (Augusta based)– Georgia Shift

This hot new advocacy group in Georgia is hiring. Georgia Shift gives marginalized young people a seat at the table of democracy through hands-on education, electoral action, and civic media programs. This is a full-time, permanent position with extensive benefits. Position includes directing long-term organizing and increasing youth participation in elections to lead our civic engagement, leadership development, and issue organizing programs. The Program Director will also represent Georgia Shift in various progressive coalitions and collaborate regularly with partner organizations. Please email your résumé, cover letter, and three references to  with subject line: Program Director. Priority Deadline to apply is Nov. 15, 2019 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No calls please. 

Major Gifts Officer – United Way 

For details and how to apply, go to 

Part-Time – Ga Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)

Hiring a part-time person to help us with #2020Census and the #2020Election. Seeking a bilingual (Spanish/English) person to assist efforts with the 2020 Census and election cycles.  Details and more at

School Bus Drivers – Clayton County

Hiring regular and substitute drivers. Go to and click on Careers.

Canvassers – 9 to 5

Hiring in Atlanta, Macon and Albany. Help to make sure everyone Gets Out To VOTE for 2019 municipal elections. Starting pay is $15.00 per hour, start is ASAP. If you interested, please email 

Chapter Conservation Organizer – Georgia Sierra Club

Full-time Conservation Organizer to expand and win advocacy campaigns in the Georgia Chapter’s target conservation areas: climate change, energy policy, transportation policy, and land policy. The Conservation Organizer will help to build grassroots power with diverse local leaders by proving strategic guidance, training, and logistical support to the diverse and growing volunteer network working on key environmental issues. All candidates should demonstrate a commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion. Full description and application online at 

Marketing & Public Relations Specialist – REI Outdoor

This position identifies and develops new program opportunities and ensures consistency of execution of the market-level earned & paid marketing plan, which supports REI’s business goals and brand. Job description and how to apply at 

2 positions – Atlanta CareerRise

Atlanta CareerRise is recruiting for two professional positions that support skilled workers, good jobs and strong communities throughout the Atlanta Region. The Administrative Coordinator will help keep a high-producing team at peak efficiency while the Partnerships Manager will connect companies in the Metro Atlanta Industry Partnerships initiative with workforce development system services that help their businesses thrive. Details and how to apply

Full-time, Part-time, Seasonal & Career positions – United Parcel Service (UPS)

Thousands being hired to start soon for upcoming holiday seasonal jobs but also for current openings of career positions. Over 109 job categories posted and how to apply info at (You can enter a specific location on the Georgia page)

(5) Policy Director, Digital Communications Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Census Coordinator, Immigration Paralegal – Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Job descriptions, duties and qualifications along with how to apply at 

Part-Time Administrative & Support Staff – Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)

For full job description, duties, qualifications and how to apply go to 

Paid Canvassers – Georgia Stand-Up

Georgia Stand-Up answers the call for all-hands on deck to register voters. The canvassing will be held at various voter registration events between now and October. Apply at Interviews have already begun, act fast. For more info contact Marian Ennis at marianennis@georgiastandup.or call 404.581.0061

Various Positions – Northside Hospital

For Non-clinical and medical professionals opportunities, visit this site and at the top click on Career Areas for (literally) hundreds of jobs 

Peer Support Specialist – Georgia Council on Substance Abuse 

(GCSA) is a non-profit organization with the mission to increase the impact of substance use recovery in Georgia’s communities through education, advocacy, training, and peer support services. Position responsibilities to educate, advocate and create safe and empowering spaces that support the dignity and value of what’s right and what’s working with individuals, communities and systems. GCSA offers a highly attractive compensation package that includes competitive wages, paid holidays, and vacation time. Full job description, required work schedule and how to apply at 

Various Nursing & Support Positions – Emory (11 locations)

Go to and scroll through. Mostly nursing jobs but also some clerical and specialized support positions.

Newspaper Carrier – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. From 12am-5am during the week and 12am-7am on Sundays. Hours vary depending on the route size and location. Routes begin around midnight and are ideally completed by 5:30am M-F,6:30am Sat and 7am on Sunday. More info and link to apply at 

Various Positions – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Nurses, management, support services and more. Huge expansion of facilities offers new opportunities frequently. Go to For consultation with the recruitment team, email 

Social Security Administration

Special opportunity and qualifications: The Social Security Offices in Covington and Griffin, Georgia are looking to hire applicants who are bilingual, and are either, recent graduates, veterans, or have a disability. Apply at 

Various Positions – ALDI 

ALDI is expanding in GA and opening new stores around the state. Full & part-time, manager trainees, store staffing and more at 

Field Staff, IT positions, Area Managers – U.S. Census Bureau

Various levels of jobs, Area Managers listed first (so keep scrolling down for more openings) at 

Several Positions – Planned Parenthood Southeast

Call Center, Health Center, Clinical, Medical. Both Associate and Management level positions available in Georgia and the region. Find out details at 

If you are in Cobb County, or can work there, check out  There are dozens of varied jobs from entry level on up, white collar and blue collar. Full job descriptions and requirements are listed as well as application information.

Multiple Positions – Georgia State University: Georgia State has a number of job opportunities, in several categories full and part-time. Go to and follow the guide to jobs and application.

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