VoteWithJustice Community & Candidates Convening - Atlanta Jobs with Justice
11:00 AM11:00

VoteWithJustice Community & Candidates Convening - Atlanta Jobs with Justice

Over 30 community, labor, faith, and youth organizations that make up the Atlanta Jobs with Justice coalition ask for your participation in the 2017#VoteWithJustice Community and Candidates Convening on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

The #VoteWithJustice Convening will be unlike any other candidates forum you’ve seen this 2017 election season. This will be a one time only opportunity for the Atlanta community and our network of leaders for justice to share our vision of human rights and justice with candidates running for office in 2017.

We will also have the chance to call on those seeking our votes this Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to stand with us as champions on the many issues we face in our daily lives.

11 AM: Atlanta Board of Education Candidates
2 PM: Atlanta Mayor, Council, and Fulton County Candidates

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5:30 PM17:30

#VoteLocal Happy Hour!

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Swing by CCI for a special #VoteLocal happy hour on Oct. 16th. Come have a beer, grab a snack, meet the team and learn how you can help get out the vote this Nov. 7th.

This year the City of Atlanta will elect a new mayor, city council, and school board. These positions and the people who fill them will shape the future of Atlanta, so come out, get informed, and take the pledge to get your friends, family, and neighbors to the polls.

Join us for:

  • Free educational materials you can pick up for you and your neighbors
  • Physical lists of early voting locations across the city
  • Buy local voting themed t-shirts for your GOTV efforts
  • Fun civics games (with prizes) to test your local government knowledge
  • Free brews and snacks!
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2017 Mayoral Forum on the Arts
5:00 PM17:00

2017 Mayoral Forum on the Arts

On November 7, 2017 Atlanta residents will cast their vote for the City’s next mayor. Come hear the candidates discuss how they will leverage the Office of Cultural Affairs to support the continued growth and vitality of our arts and culture community and address quality of life issues.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and ChooseATL are hosting a Mayoral Forum on the Arts on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5 pm in Rich Theatre (Woodruff Arts Center), 

The event will be moderated by Penny McPhee (Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation) and Doug Hooker (Atlanta Regional Commission). 

5pm networking
5:30pm forum
7pm reception

This event is free and open to the public.

In advance of this forum you are invited to provide input through a survey on the issues candidates will be discussing. Follow the link to complete the survey -

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Atlanta on the Move: Candidates for Mayor on our transportation future
6:00 PM18:00

Atlanta on the Move: Candidates for Mayor on our transportation future

In many ways, we plan our lives around how we're going to get places. Transportation affects all of us in ways both obvious and almost invisible.


Yet with so many candidates for mayor of our city this year, you might not have heard where they stand on the future of transportation in Atlanta, especially transit, walking, and biking. That's why a coalition of advocacy groups working to increase transportation options is hosting this forum, dedicated to walking, biking, and access to transit!


What would candidates do to make streets safe for people walking, biking, and waiting for the bus? What transportation related ideas do they have to keep Atlanta affordable? What investments are most pressing to realizing Atlanta's potential for active transportation modes? Get answers to these and more questions (including some submitted by you!)


Expect a lively discussion and an informative evening. Finger food will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Children are welcome to attend.


Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, in partnership with PEDSThe MARTA ArmyPartnership for Southern EquityYoung Professionals in Transportation AtlantaSouthern Environmental Law CenterCitizens for Progressive TransitSierra Club Metro AtlantaEnvironment GeorgiaAtlanta Cycling FestivalCivil BikesAdvance Atlanta, and the Transformation Alliance.




Getting there


The Loudermilk Center is located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, easily accessible by MARTA, the streetcar, biking, or walking.

Nearest MARTA bus routes: 3, 155

Nearest MARTA train stations: Peachtree Center and Five Points

Bicycle parking will be provided and nearest bike lanes are on Edgewood, Park Place, and Auburn

There is an attached garage with paid car parking

Directions available via

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Who holds local government accountable?
6:00 PM18:00

Who holds local government accountable?

Our local government is tasked with many things - from providing basic services to managing public land to protecting us from harms. But how do we know if they are doing a good job and what can we do if they are not? 

Join us to discuss the ways (current and future) we can hold local government accountable!


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CCI: Mayoral Forum
5:30 PM17:30

CCI: Mayoral Forum


Join us for a mayoral forum like no other with interactive activities to help you understand candidates' knowledge of our local government, their ideas on community engagement, and much more!

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please reserve your seat today.


The Center for Civic Innovation works to inform, engage, connect, and empower people to shape the future of Atlanta. We believe local government works for the people and that their voices should be vital in the vision and development of our city. Government should be responsive but not reactionary; it should be open and easy to access; and above all, it should be people-driven.

Many Atlanta communities are changing rapidly, causing tension in many neighborhoods and serious worries that Atlanta will no longer be “Atlanta.” We are a city with an interesting history from our role in the Civil War, a home of the Civil Rights movement, and the birthplace of American icons like Coca-Cola or OutKast - yet from big fires to big developments we are known as a city of change.

We sent the following "dream job" description along with a few questions to all candidates for Mayor of Atlanta on August 7th, 2017. Check back around September 4th, 2017 to see their answers! You can find a real job description for Mayor here and a list of all the candidates here


The people of Atlanta are seeking a new Mayor to lead the city as it navigates these changes and grows over the next 4 to 8 years. Your job as Mayor will be to listen to community voices, then design and deliver a city that suits their needs!

are you the right fit?

Being the Mayor of Atlanta is a big job. We hope the following gives you a sense of the kinds of experience and skills that would enable you to thrive in this role and meet the needs of Atlantans:

  • Qualified to govern: You know what the role of the mayor and other city government departments are and you know how to manage them. You manage and lead by example and want to inspire city hall to be the best it can be.
  • Culture fit: You are deeply committed to Atlanta—its people, its culture and its history—and you will do whatever it takes to keep Atlanta authentically “Atlanta”. You see the role of Mayor as an opportunity to exercise your passion for our city and align your values of good governance and public participation with the management of our city. You want to build and Atlanta for all Atlantans.
  • Demonstrated people-centered approaches: You have managed or worked on projects that value the voice of everyday people in planning new goods, services or infrastructure. You demonstrate the ability to design, coordinate, execute, and follow-through on programs that are for the people and by the people. You can juggle many voices and still deliver a great public good.
  • Proactive and relentless relationship-builder: You are a natural at building and maintaining relationships in a warm, genuine way. You are willing to work with those you don’t agree with, but you are not willing to compromise on your values. You understand the value of building coalitions with other governments, private enterprises and community-based organizations.
  • Strong interest in transparency: Your success is built upon a foundation of openness and transparency. You feel people deserve to be up to date on what their public officials are doing and especially where their public money is going.


  • Delegating vision and responsibilities to key appointed officials such as the Chief of Police or Commissioner of the Department of City Planning

  • Spend 4-8 years building a city that honors our history while looking to the future

  • Nurture the people’s investment in the city—our public tax dollars—to generate goods and services for people, not private interests

  • Ensure all city departments are working at their best and are providing a model for our private enterprises—city jobs should be the best and coolest jobs

  • Representing our city to the region, nation, and the world

  • Manage all our cities voices, paying special attention to the voices most often overlooked (low-income communities, small business owners, etc.)


Candidate list subject to change as candidates continue to confirm.

Additional changes may be made after qualifying - August 25th.

Kwanza Hall

Mary Norwood

Michael Sterling

Peter Aman

Vincent Fort

Cathy Woolard

Ceasar Mitchell

John Eaves

Keisha Lance Bottoms

Hosted by the Center for Civic Innovation with support from Our Future Atlanta

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7:00 PM19:00

WestSide Mayoral Forum

For the first time in its history, The Bonner Office of Community Service at Morehouse College is partnering with the Atlanta University Center to host a mayoral candidate town hall forum. The forum will highlight issues specific to the Westside of Atlanta that fall under responsible development, community policing, environmental awareness, education, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.


Organized By: The Bonner Office of Community Service, Student Government Association's of; Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College

In Patnership with:

NAACP Atlanta Chapter

League of Women Voters of Atlanta Fulton County

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Atlanta Regional Housing Forum
9:30 AM09:30

Atlanta Regional Housing Forum

The next mayor of Atlanta will inherit an increasingly untenable situation – housing affordability in the city. A rebounding housing market, booming luxury rental development, gentrifying neighborhoods, negative equity, and a vanishing supply of affordable housing all combine to paint a serious picture for low- and moderate-income families.

Where do Atlanta mayoral candidates stand on affordable housing issues? How do issues of housing, transit-oriented development, and homelessness rank among other competing concerns? Atlanta residents will have an opportunity to get answers to these questions and hear directly from the candidates next month.

The City for All Housing Coalition and the Transformation Alliance are sponsoring a forum for City of Atlanta mayoral candidates on Wednesday, September 6, from 9:30 to 11:45 am at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

The forum will focus on the City’s affordable housing crisis across the spectrum of needs — from Atlanta’s homeless population to workforce housing. It will take place at the regularly scheduled Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, which is held quarterly at St. Luke’s.

Prior to the September 6 event, candidates will also be responding to a survey from the City for All and TransFormation Alliance. Among other questions, the candidate survey seeks to understand where the candidates stand on some of key housing issues:

PRODUCTION: Commit a minimum of $250 million in public revenue for a Housing Trust Fund by 2021.

INCLUSION: Increase access to affordable housing throughout Atlanta with city-wide, mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (IZ).

PRESERVATION: Achieve long term or permanent affordability to protect public investment in housing. Employ Community Land Trusts and other tools to preserve and maintain new and existing affordable homes.

PROTECTION: Mitigate involuntary displacement of existing residents from rapidly changing neighborhoods.

Join us Wednesday, September 6 as we discuss these issues with Atlanta’s mayoral candidates.

The Atlanta Regional Housing Forum is free to attend but registration is required. Attendees are also asked to bring nonperishable food items for donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

To learn more about our Forum partners, please visit and

Learn more about candidates for mayor, council president, council and school board at – a comprehensive website from the Center for Civic Innovation in partnership with Our Future Atlanta.

Please bring canned or nonperishable food items for donation to Atlanta Community Food Bank!

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Who benefits from the "sustainability movement"?
6:00 PM18:00

Who benefits from the "sustainability movement"?

Major US cities - and communities around the world - are doubling down on sustainability, pollution control, and climate change policy. As with many things, pollution, poor water quality and high utility bills are found in high concentrations in our most disinvested communities. 

Join us as we discuss how we can ensure the sustainability movement benefits all our communities.


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Leadership Breakfast (Election Edition): Felicia Moore
7:30 AM07:30

Leadership Breakfast (Election Edition): Felicia Moore

2017 is an important year for the city of Atlanta. We will elect a new mayor, city council, and school board. Every month this year, the Center for Civic Innovation will host candidates for a candid and open conversation, where we learn more about their personal story and vision for the future of this city.

Join the Center for Civic Innovation as we welcome Felicia Moore, candidate for City Council President for the City of Atlanta!

7:30am Doors open, coffee and breakfast served

8:00am Coversation begins

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Will you #VoteLocal? Kick off and info session!
6:00 PM18:00

Will you #VoteLocal? Kick off and info session!

This year the City of Atlanta will elect a new mayor, city council and school board. We know it can be hard to figure out who is running for office. It can be even harder to figure out what the day to day role of an elected official is.

What does a Mayor do?

Who is running for City Council?

How does my local government function?


These are questions we hear often, and we are launcing to help answer them! Join us for a fun kick-off celebration and informational session at 6:00pm on August 9th! What will happen at this event?

  • Free materials you can pick up for you and your neighbors
  • Quick introduction to our Civics 101 workshop and ability to sign up to host it with your networks
  • Fun games to test your local government knowledge
  • Awesome snacks!
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Leadership Breakfast (Election Edition): Alex Wan
7:30 AM07:30

Leadership Breakfast (Election Edition): Alex Wan

2017 is an important year for the city of Atlanta. We will elect a new mayor, city council, and school board. Every month this year, the Center for Civic Innovation will host candidates for a candid and open conversation, where we learn more about their personal story and vision for the future of this city.

Join the Center for Civic Innovation as we welcome Alex Wan, candidate for City Council President for the City of Atlanta!

7:30am Doors open, coffee and breakfast served

8:00am Coversation begins

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6:00 PM18:00

What impacts our local schools?


Good schools are vital for a thriving, growing city. Atlanta’s schools have had to tackle some hard times in recent years - from the cheating scandal, to school closings, to a dispute with the Beltline over properties - yet population trends show more young people are moving into the city. Who controls our schools and their vision for our city matters.


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4:00 PM16:00

GA WAND Presents: Mother's Day for Peace


See Eventbrite page for full ticketing options, including sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Scroll down to see Volunteer/Activist free ticket Special!

4:00-5:30pm Event | 5:30-6:00 Reception

Please join Georgia WAND's for this year's Mother's Day for Peace!

MD4P is GA WAND's premier fundraising gala in which we inspire activism, educate members about our issues, and celebrate those among us whose bold efforts have brought us closer to a just, peace-filled world.

This year's event will feature Mustafa Ali and Alex Toma in a dialogue examination of the façade of “safety and security” in order to ground a 21st century vision of peace and justice in the U.S. South.


MUSTAFA ALI is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus, a civil and human rights organization that links culture, communities, celebrities, and politics for positive change. For the past 17 years, Mustafa has worked with communities on both the domestic and international front to secure environmental, health and economic justice.

Prior to joining the Hip Hop Caucus he served as the Environmental Justice Senior Advisor to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. He was the Designated Federal Official for A Workgroup on Nationally Consistent EJ Screening Approaches of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a federal advisory committee to the U.S. EPA.

Video interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now:

ALEX TOMA is the Executive Director of Peace and Security Funders Group, a network of public, private, and family foundations and individual philanthropists who make grants or expenditures that contribute to peace and global security. Alex has over fifteen years of experience working at senior levels of politics, government, advocacy, and philanthropic organizations.

Prior to joining PSFG in 2013, Alex was Executive Director at Connect U.S. Fund and a Director at the Ploughshares Fund, where she founded the Fissile Materials Working Group, a coalition of 80 international NGO partners working to expand action-oriented policy to combat nuclear terrorism. Before her nonprofit experience, Alex served as a foreign policy and defense advisor to Congressman Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts.







CAMIL WILLIAMS - A multi-faceted artist from Chicago, currently living in Atlanta, continues in her quest to create the 'flyest interpretations' of life.
View her work here:


GA WAND is now offering FREE ADMISSION to MD4P for anyone who can: 

* Volunteer to help with MD4P set-up and registration

* Volunteer or Attend an event at Tent City - This includes camping overnight, working a 2 hour flyering/canvassing shift, attending a Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition or Atlanta Housing Justice Rally/Action, donating supplies and services, or attending activist, student, or other special interest group meetings held at Tent City.

Contact Johnna Szegda at to sign up to volunteer at MD4P, verify contributions already made to Tent City, or learn how you can support Tent City.

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9:00 AM09:00

Rolling Town Hall

COALITION MEMBER: Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

Curious where the Atlanta candidates for Mayor, City Council, and School Board stand on bicycle transportation? Wonder what they have to say about bicycle infrastructure? Then this event is for you!

City of Atlanta elections are coming up this November, and we've got a fun way for you to interact with the MANY candidates! Only one thing is better than talking about bikes with candidates--- riding bikes with candidates! 

Meet at Atlanta City Hall at 9am. We'll hear from the candidates, go for a short bike ride together, and then end with music and food trucks. Bring a friend, and if you don't have a bike, get one from Relay Bike Share!

Route: All levels of riders are welcome, even kids! Nobody will be left behind.

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12:00 PM12:00

Activist Training Series - Introduction to Activism

COALITION MEMBER: Sierra Club- Georgia Chapter

There are two sources of power in the political process: money and people. Since we will never be able to match the financial resources of our opponents, the Sierra Club must garner its power through recruiting, training, and empowering citizens. Our power is derived from our ability to organize the public on behalf of the change and solutions we are promoting and exert influence over decision makers to create the conditions that lead to change – to move beyond a reliance on dirty fossil fuels to a clean energy economy, to promote green transportation systems and better protections for people and places impacted by the effects of climate change.

Participants will leave this training ready to:

- Articulate your personal stake in combating threats to our environment
- Understand the influence of big, organized money and how people can come together to challenge these oppressive forces and build a just, sustainable society
- Identify as members of the environmental movement

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9:30 AM09:30

Ensuring Equity in Our Future Atlanta: Policy Review & Refine Session

2017 will bring new Atlanta leadership. Will it accelerate our improvements in quality of life? Or will it deepen our divides, distrust, and disparities? Now is the moment to reclaim the legacy of civil rights, activate our communities, and secure quality of life for ALL. 

Our Future Atlanta is working with a varied community of grassroots organizers and policy leaders to make policy recommendations on building towards an equitable city.

Join ATLisREADY and the Partnership for Southern Equity for a truly equitable Our Future Atlanta: Policy Review & Refine Session. There will be breakout working groups that will correspond with the below issue topics and existing policy recommendations made from our last working session on April 1st. 

The policy topics and workings groups are:
--> Arts & Culture
--> Education
--> Workforce Development & Jobs
--> Climate (Air + Water + Green Infrastructure)
--> Health & Food
--> Housing
--> Transportation
--> Government Transparency & Public Safety

9:30am Breakfast Networking
10:00am ATLisReady Presentation
11:00am Working Session Facilitation + Working Lunch
1:00pm Close

This location is MARTA accessible.

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7:30 AM07:30

SART: Historic Preservation In Atlanta


Despite Atlanta’s rich history, from the civil war to civil rights or from train junction to Olympics destination, Atlantans struggle to celebrate that history in our buildings. Atlanta development has followed the unfortunate pattern of tearing down gems of our city and country’s history when refurbishing or re-developing is deemed inconvenient. Many in the new urbanist and urban sustainability community lament this pattern, and hope that we can encourage new behaviors in town to celebrate our history to foster an identity of Atlanta steeped in the culture and tradition of this place’s evolution over centuries.

Join experts in historic preservation and redevelopment to discuss the opportunities Atlanta faces to make our city look as rich and storied in history as it is.

Gene Kansas, Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate

Mark McDonald, President & CEO, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Doug Young, Assistant Director Historic Preservation, City of Atlanta Department of City Planning

Location & Parking:

All Saints' Episcopal Church
634 West Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30308


Parking for Roundtable attendees is limited to the bottom parking deck, accessible from Spring Street. 

Southface strongly encourages carpooling or using alternative transportation to attend our events!

MARTA Information:

All Saints' is located directly across West Peachtree St. from the North Avenue MARTA station, available on either the Gold or Red MARTA lines running North/South.

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1:00 PM13:00

Budget Hearing for City of Atlanta Parks


Attention park advocates!

It’s budget season in the City of Atlanta! Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at City Hall Council Chambers on Wednesday, May 3rd at 1 PM for the budget briefing of the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

Your presence is needed to show our City Council Members how much parks mean to us. Join us to advocate for an increased budget for park maintenance and operations.

The briefings allow for each city department to answer questions from the legislative body on their expenditures during the current fiscal year and their needs and spending priorities for the next fiscal year’s budget.

The Atlanta City Council is scheduled to adopt a budget for FY 2018 in June.

Join us on May 3rd and wear your green or Park Pride shirt!

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5:30 PM17:30

Acquaint - Redefining Atlanta’s commute. Biking is better.

COALITION MEMBER: Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

Acquaint is a FREE event hosted by Citizen Supply a few times a year which focuses on a specific topics. This round we are discussing Bike life in Atlanta with an all star panel including Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane, founder of Edison Bicycles Inc. Ryan Hersh, and Executive Director of Atlanta Bike Coalition, Rebecca Serna. This panel will come around the topics like biking solutions that are planned for Atlanta's future, the increase in two wheeled commuting, revitalization of this city, and many more. The panel will also open up to the floor for questions on anything that wasn't discussed. 

Panel Info
Tim Keane : Commissioner of Planning and Community developement for the City of Atlanta. He is currently focused on inovation in housing, revitalization, preservation, and transportation.

Ryan Hersh : Founder of EDISON Bicycles Inc. With advanced degrees in both technology and business, and a project management career at EMORY. The costs associated with Atlanta’s traffic moved him to create a solution; one that resolves all of the traditional challenges faced by 2+ million Atlantan car-commuters.

Rebeccas Serna : Served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Bike Coalition since 2007. Prior to joining ABC, Serna served as President and co-founder of Citizens for Progressive Transit, and has served on the boards of Georgia Bikes as President and Vice-President and EarthShare of Georgia. She currently serves on the Alliance for Biking and Walking and Sopo Bicycle Cooperative boards. Awards include Woman of the Year (Women in Transportation Seminar), Advocate of the Year (Alliance for Biking and Walking) and the Longleaf award (Georgia Conservancy).

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