Georgia Rural Urban Summit News

This Week

1. Monday, September 23, 6:30 pm – Sierra Club RAIL Committee Meeting. Regional Action to Improve Livability meets at the State Office, 743 E College Ave, Decatur, 30030. The RAIL Committee works to bring more environmentally-friendly transportation options to all of Georgia. This includes rail, buses, sidewalks, cycling, greenways, and electric vehicles.

Providing these options is key to moving people out of single occupancy cars and reducing the climate effect from the transportation sector. RSVP for location map and more info at  If you can’t make it in person, you can join by phone by calling 866.501.6174  Use code: 1003400#.

2. Tuesday, September 24, 5:30-8:30 pm – “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote” World Premiere Film Showing. (Seats filled, no further rsvp’s. If you received a seat confirmation and are no longer able to attend, please notify the contact on your confirmation.)

3. Tuesday, September 24, 5:00-8:00 pm – (Athens) One Year Celebration: Envision Athens. To be held at 440 Dearing Extension, Athens, Envision Athens is a community-wide effort to develop a common vision for the future of the Athens-Clarke County community. This process has resulted in a visionary, yet achievable multi-dimensional strategy to guide community and economic development for the next 20 years. This will lead to a shared sense of accountability and commitment to implementation and a sense that this is not “just another plan.” Envision Athens was and will continue to be, open and inclusive, intuitive and informed, and carefully-designed and implemented. More Envision info and Action Agenda RSVP at FB event page 

4. Wednesday, September 25, 11:00 am-1:00 pm – YWCA: Conversations 2019. All women cannot be empowered without addressing the issues of race and racism. Join YWCA of Greater Atlanta at the 6th annual forum on race and gender. CONVERSATIONS aims to initiate thought-provoking dialogue and to teach attendees skills that will enable them to promote positive change in their communities long after the event has ended. This year’s theme is Change the Narrative. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other community members, explore proactive ways to uncover and address our unconscious biases along the lines of race and gender, and engage in conversations about what we can do to change the narrative. Corporations, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and schools have found participating in this citywide forum to be thought-provoking and encouraging. Attendees have left CONVERSATIONS inspired to personally take action to build alliances to improve race and gender equity at work, in the community, and with family and friends. Usually a sell-out so get tickets (and sponsorships) at 

5. Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 pm – NARAL’s Feminist Power Hour. A monthly mix and mingle with pro-choice peaches! Evenings will include special guests and actions pushing for reproductive freedom — but most all, community building! To be held at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, 30307. RSVP so that there are enough refreshments  

6. Thursday, September 26, 6:30-9:30 pm – Unruly Night of Political Misbehavin’. Feminist Women’s Health Center invites you to chill out in a cool place, the Highland Inn Ballroom, 644 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta. They’ve been working hard all year fighting attacks on abortion access across the country, and it’s time to relax and play. So join friends or make new ones by coming together for a fun evening of games and community. Gain inspiration from the stories of activists and bad-asses who have come before us. Come learn about the actions we can take to continue fighting for reproductive justice and leave recharged for the road ahead. FWHC always has the most imaginative events and this is no exception. You get way more than 10-bucks of fun (and purpose). Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite for $10 in advance and $15 at the door

7. Thursday, September 26 12 noon – 1pm – Webinar: Countering Surveillance and Political Repression Against Black, Brown, Muslim Communities. Presenters for this webinar include: Azadeh Shahshahani (Legal and Advocacy Director at Project South), Shafeah M’Balia (Organizer with Imam Jamil Action Network and Black Workers for Justice), Amith Gupta (Legal Fellow at Project South). Email for questions and to register for this webinar.

8. Friday, September 27, 9:30 am – Southeast Climate Strike & Rebellion. Business as Usual = Mass Extinction. Register at Rebellion Against the Government for Criminal Inaction, a non-violent strike in rebellion against our criminally negligent government on behalf of life itself. We cannot stand idly by and allow the ongoing destruction of all we love. We have a right and duty to rebel against an economic system whose goal is to make profit and protect the powerful, where our lives and the Earth are used up and destroyed so the rich can get richer. As part of a season of global climate actions, groups from throughout the Southeast intend to bring thousands of people into the streets of Atlanta to declare that we will no longer accept business as usual. So, organizers have declared the action: “to demonstrate the power of people working collectively through a general strike in order disrupt business as usual, to change the system so it may no longer hold us hostage”. The organizers plan: “Meet at the Lenox MARTA station. There will be a street party, reclaiming the streets as a place for the people with musicians, speakers, food and a family-friendly celebration of mass, nonviolent civil disobedience. We will stop the flow of traffic because we know that those in power only pay attention when their economy gets interrupted and when people are willing to risk their liberty. Any inconvenience to the general public comes not out of malice but desperation, and because this crisis affects all of us.” If you are down for this follow this event page for info and updates Biggest day ever of Climate Action on view?

Climate Strike Athens – Gather 5:00 pm at the UGA Arch. Hosted by Georgia Climate Change Coalition

9. Saturday, September 28, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Convene with Georgia’s Progressive Network. Meet the next class of change agents…progressives running for office! Connect with other progressives and stop by the booths of progressive groups. Learn about the issues that look like they will dominate the next election cycle. To be held at 5301 Snapfinger Park Dr., Decatur, 30035. An online RSVP page not in operation as we go to press but you can use email to contact Grace Akan at (and watch this space as an online link becomes operational) But you can just show up, free and open to the public.

10. Saturday, September 28, 12 noon – 8:00 pm – (Athens) 10th Annual LatinxFest. Downtown Athens on Washington Street between Pulaski and Lumpkin. Hosted by LatinxFest Athens and Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens. More info at and 

11. Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm – Learning the Lines of Justice. A community panel and forum about Redistricting, the Census and how they affect you. Join the ACLU of Georgia and partners through the Georgia Redistricting Alliance. Participants will walk through the complicated process known as redistricting. Learn about the districts, how the census affects our representation, how our democracy is under attack, and how you can help save it. To be held at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave, Clarkston, 30021. RSVP at 

12. Saturday, September 28, 2:00-4:00 pm – Rally for Resettlement. Attend to learn about the White House plan to lower, or even eliminate, the number of refugees allowed into the country. Participate in a community building activity with strategies for moving forward. To be held at The Clarkston International Bible Church, 2895 Church St. Clarkston, 30021. For more info contact Louisa Merchant at or call 404.403.5908

13. Saturday, September 28, 4:00 pm – MASDA Monthly Meeting. To be held at the CWA Union Hall, 279 Logan Street, Atlanta, 30312. This month the agenda will include committee reports and issue update info as well as chapter officer elections. Members of Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America as well as those interested in DSA are welcome. More info about MASDA, events and issues at 

14. Saturday, September 28, 6:00-9:00 pm – 2019 Community Cshampions Gala – Asian Americans Advancing Justice. This is AAAJ ‘s annual time to recognize local superheroes, celebrate the hard work done together and give thanks to the community champions as well as recognize the hard work and dedication of volunteers and supporters. The gala honors individuals who have dedicated their lives to furthering the civil, social and economic rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia. The Gala is a sit-down formal dinner with 350-400 guests, including AAAJ allies, elected officials, established and emerging community and business leaders from several local Asian American communities. To be held at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Pkwy, Atlanta, 30328. Purchase tickets and sponsorship opportunities at  

15. Sunday, September 29, 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm – (Athens) 2019 Athens PRIDE Street Festival. to be held on Washington Street between Pulaski and Lumpkin Streets. Food trucks and vendor booths will line the streets with plenty of activities for the entire family. An don’t miss the Divas Under the Lights show, featuring a special guest from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Visit  for more information, to become a vendor, or to become a 2019 Sponsor.

Save the Date

1. Wednesday, October 2, 6:00-7:30 pm – 287g Community Forum. Join this educational forum to learn the real impact this program has on immigrant communities. The forum will take place at the Gwinnett County Public Library, 455 Camp Perrin Rd, Lawrenceville, 30043, in the Collins Hill Meeting Room. GLAHR, Project South, Women Watch Afrika and Black Alliance for Just Immigration invite you to attend and hear about 287(g) and local law enforcement collusion with ICE. For directions, sponsor info, rsvp and more visit FB event page at 

2. Friday, October 4, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – 2019 Hispanic Heritage Luncheon. The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) holds this exciting annual luncheon to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Now, more than ever, we should be supporting our Hispanic family, neighbors, friends and co-workers. Stand with the community and hear about the latest federal administrative policy challenges and plans for the future. The Keynote address will be given by Thomas Saenz (President & General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund – MALDEF). Registration is open. Reservations are now being taken and will be made on a first come, first served basis. To be held at Atlanta Marriott Northeast/Emory Area, 2000 Century Blvd NE, Atlanta, 30345. Go to And sponsorships still available by contacting 

3. Thursday, October 10, 5:30-8:30 pm – Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Turns 40! Come to the birthday party! Live music, food, drinks, mystery gifts and more. For the past 40 years, GCADV has been the statewide voice advocating an end to domestic violence in Georgia. Representing domestic violence agencies, advocates, allied individuals and survivors throughout the state, GCADV works to expand services, increase public awareness and change public policy. GCADV also provides training and best practices guidance to front-line victim service organizations throughout the state. To be held at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Rooftop Patio, 201 17th Street, #Suite 1700, Atlanta, 30363. Get your tickets at 

4. Thursday, October 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Consumer Champions Awards Celebration. Georgia Watch, your premier advocacy group on consumer issues, offers a night of fun you won’t want to miss. Join in for great food, drinks, and jazz music as you help Georgia Watch recognize this year’s amazing Consumer Champions. See the RSVP page for the honorees and location in the King Historic District. To RSVP for tix, visit For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Liz Coyle at 

5. Wednesday, October 23, 6:30-9:30 pm – Climate Change Lobby Film Event. CCL will host a free screening of the movie “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.” Filmmaker Jamie Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits and makes communities stronger and healthier across the U.S. The film will be followed by a few speakers addressing energy issues. Goethe Institute, Colony Square, 6:30-9:00pm. RSVP details to come. Make connection with Georgia CCL at FB page 

6. Sunday, October 27, 5:00-7:00 pm – ECO-Action Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary. To be held at the Auburn Avenue Research Center and you are going to want to be there! Three decades of leadership for environmental justice in Georgia not only deserves a special night to recognize ECO-Action but you’ll get to hear from Keynote Speaker Dr. Mustafa Ali and a grassroots EJ panel discussion too. The celebration is free and open to the public. There is a ticketed donor reception prior to the event. For more information about the event or to become a sponsor, contact  

… and if you are planning even further ahead,

November 6, 2019 – Georgia WAND celebrates its 35th Anniversary and event will feature Dr. Helen Endicott (National Women’s Action for New Directions WAND co-founder). For more information, please send an email to Lindsay Harper at  or call 404.524.5999

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 

Of Interest

1. Georgia Budget and Policy Institute released its Women-Powered Prosperity report at their 2019 fall policy conference. The report explores poverty, employment and health in Georgia to develop policy solutions to improve the status of women. It breaks down key factors that affect economic outcomes for women and looks at how the combined forces of gender and race, immigration status, class or gender identity can affect opportunities. 

2. September Voter Registration/Other Volunteer Opportunities (All Counties/Virtual, Metro Atlanta, Columbus, Valdosta). This coming month – on September 24, to be exact – we celebrate National Voter Registration Day. With now both U.S. Senate seats up for grabs in Georgia, our efforts can make even more of a difference. So why not take advantage of one of the following volunteer opportunities this month to register/protect/engage voters – in Metro Atlanta, Columbus, Valdosta, and (for a couple of opportunities) in every county/virtually? Thanks to DPG, DNC, El Refugio, GALEO, Georgia Equality, Georgia WAND, Headcount, Indivisible GA04, New American Pathways, and VSU’s Caribbean Student Association, African American Studies, and the African American Male Initiative. For lots more info and to connect, go to 

3. Georgia Organizer Academy. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta and partners are proud to present the second annual Organizer Academy. This year’s theme is “Resilience in 2020 and Beyond” for all Georgia communities. Organizer Academy will be held on October 17th – 20th. Register now: Click the link here to find out more about the event  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Esther Lim at 

4. 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 

5. Hall County voter registration volunteers needed. If you live in, or can help in Hall County, The Equality Foundation of Georgia is sponsoring voter registration canvassing in Hall County every Saturday from 10 am-1pm. Please contact Laura Colaninno at 770.356.2515 or at for more information and to sign up. 

6. 159 Georgia Together has Updated* Candidate Recruitment & Training Resources Information, Deadlines, & Opportunities. Running for, or thinking about running for, City Council, School Board, District Attorney, State House, or State Senate? Not sure yet? Don’t know where to start? Have a friend who’s considering making the leap? Want to be a campaign manager or volunteer for a campaign? Here are 11 resources to help you, go to 

7. Volunteers Needed, Indivisible: Saturdays, through October 12: Indivisible GA04 will be partnering with the Lithonia Farmers Market every Saturday up to Oct. 12 to provide voter registration and voter education. They need at least two volunteers each to make this a success. Location: 6920 Main Street, Lithonia, 30058. Time: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturdays. More info: 

8. 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 


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

5 Positions – United Way Agencies

Corporate Relations Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Development Officer, Metro Atlanta Industry Partnerships (MAIP) Manager. Senior Major Gifts Officer. For details and how to apply, go to 

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 

Administrative Assistant – Georgia Sierra Club

This person will be essential to keep the office running and keep volunteers engaged, supported, and appreciated. Does this sound like you (or someone you know)? Find out more and apply here

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

Staff, AmeriCorps and Internships – New American Pathways

Go to to see each job description and how to apply. New American Pathways has a deep legacy of service to the refugee community in metro Atlanta. Provides services ranging from initial resettlement to literacy, employment, youth education and school services, and immigration and citizenship assistance. (Note: this link on the New Pathways page also has a list of a dozen or so positions with AmeriCorps that are currently open)

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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