Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, October 9, 2018 for November General Election

The deadline to register to vote in the November General Special Election is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Online voter registration is available, which allows applicants with a valid Georgia Driver’s License or a Georgia Identification Card to complete the entire process online.

In Fulton County, residents can register to vote:

  • Online at mvp.sos.ga.gov 
  • at their city hall
  • at a Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) office
  • at any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch
  • by mail
Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of the following offices:

1) Fulton County Government Center - 130 Peachtree Street, SW, Suite 2186 Atlanta, GA 30303
2) Fulton County North Service Center - 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
3) Fulton County South Service Center - 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349

Registered voters are urged to verify that their address information on file with the department is up-to-date, especially if they have recently had an address or name change.

The Department of Registration and Elections regularly partners with groups and organizations to conduct voter registration drives. Groups interested in scheduling a drive can contact the Department of Registration and Elections by phone 404-612-3816, by fax 404-612-3697 or via email at Elections.VoterRegistration@fultoncountyga.gov

For more information on voter registration and the upcoming November General Election, log on to www.fultonelections.com or call 404-730-7072alt.

Two-Day Event: Unshackled Narratives: The Impact of Incarceration

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Spelman College, Public Square, Mass Story Lab, Gideon's Promise, Common Good Atlanta, and Women on the Rise, will host will host a two-day event focused on the impact of incarceration in the Black community, the State of Georgia, and the United States. This program is free and open to the public.

Unshackled Narratives: The Impact of Incarceration will use the City of Atlanta and its communities as the lens through which we explore, discuss, and bring into focus issues related to incarceration in Atlanta and in the country.

Both parts will be held at
Spelman College
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Auditorium
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA, 30314

Part I
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:30pm-9:00pm

This two-part event kicks off with an evening screening of RIKERS: An American Jail and post-screening panel discussion with Cadeem Gibbs, who is featured in the RIKERS film, as well as Serena Nunn, former Atlanta Fulton County Public Defender Office and Tiffany Roberts, Staff Attorney, Southern Center for Human Rights. Ilham Askia, Executive Director, Gideon's Promise will moderate the panel. Learn more and reserve seats at https://thebatonfoundation.org/events/unshackled-narratives-the-impact-of-incarceration-part-i/.

Part II
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00am-1:00pm

Mass Story Lab will lead the second part of Unshackled Narratives, designed to bring community stakeholders together to develop strategies for criminal justice reform in Atlanta. This morning activity will feature personal stories presented by formerly incarcerated men and women who live in the Atlanta area. They will describe the direct impact mass incarceration has had on them, their families and their communities. This powerful testimony will lead into break-out sessions facilitated by Mass Story Lab, and a community dialogue focusing on the issues related to closing Atlanta Jail. Learn more and reserve seats at https://thebatonfoundation.org/events/unshackled-narratives-the-impact-of-incarceration-part-ii/.

NPU-S Meeting This Thursday, September 20

This Thursday, the 20th, will be the NPU-S General Meeting for September 2018.

We have five voting items on the agenda -

  • a request for a letter of support,
  • a special event application,
  • a zoning variance, 
  • and three pieces of legislation. 

Furthermore, we have three items for review and the Atlanta/Fulton Public Library as our Featured Department.  And, of course, reports from the police, code enforcement, public works, and many more!

It's a very full agenda so we're going to be firm on starting on time and enforcing to our time limits, to ensure that everyone gets heard.

Hope you can make it!

When: September 20, 7pm-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Ave SW
Agenda: http://bit.ly/NPUSAgendaSep2018

Film Standards Discussion - Tuesday Sep 18

This Tuesday, at 7pm, NPU-S will hold a working session addressing community standards for film crews operating within our community. We invite community members concerned about the impact of filming to join us in this conversation!

This will be held at NPU-S Chair Nick Hess' house. The address is:

1610 Avon Ave SW
Atlanta, GA, 30311


Fulton County Arts & Culture Announces 2019 Funding Deadline

From Fulton County:

Each year, Fulton County invests in non-profit organizations to ensure that County residents enjoy a wide array of rich arts experiences. The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture (FCAC) announces funding ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 for Fulton County based arts, cultural and community based non-profit organizations and artist collectives for the 2019 funding cycle.

Eligible groups are encouraged to apply for these service contracts which are designed to support activities taking place between January 1 through December 31, 2019 that addresses the Fulton County Arts & Culture program mission to provide access, participation and appreciation of the arts for all Fulton County residents.

The 2019 applications close on October 29, 2018. The FCAC Contracts for Services (CFS) team will conduct application process workshops which are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. First time applicants are required to attend one workshop or consult with the FCAC staff prior to submitting an application.

Free Film Screening: "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart"

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a film screening about the life and work of playwright Lorraine Hansberry. This program is free and open to the public.

When Lorraine Hansberry’s now classic A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway in 1959 (the first play by a Black woman to do so), actress Ruby Dee recalls marveling how it “opened a new chapter in theater, that included Black people.” While most may know the widely studied and performed A Raisin in the Sun as their only reference point for Hansberry, the documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart makes abundantly clear that there is much more to know about her. The film draws attention to some of the most outstanding issues of the mid-Twentieth Century and beyond (racial injustice, colonialism, feminism, class divisions, sexuality) and addresses the role of artists and intellectuals in bringing them to center stage. Read more and reserve seats at https://thebatonfoundation.org/events/lorraine-hansberry-sighted-eyes-feeling-heart/.

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
Sunday, September 23, 2018
3:00pm-5:00pm
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA, 30303

Public Art Call for Artists – Atlanta Central Library

Fulton County Arts & Culture (FCAC) Public Art Program invites experienced professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to create original and site-responsive public artwork artworks using the theme of ‘Light and Enlightenment’ for the Central Library. Artists and artist teams with at least 5 years professional public art experience and residing in the continental United States are eligible to apply. Students, Fulton County employees and FCAC contractors are ineligible to apply. With a total budget of $246,000, FCAC will commission two pieces valued between $100,000 and $150,000.

Deadline is 11:59pm, September 20. For more information, go to https://www.publicartist.org/call.cfm?id=1990