On SaturdayAugust 4th stakeholders came together at the
Atlanta City Studio for the 3GRT a conference which was really a
“Think Tank”, bought together some of the hardest community workers in
Southwest Atlanta. NPU chairs, APS reps, APD Zone 4 Sgt. and the community
liaison officer, AFD, educators, lawyers, philanthropists and
regular neighbors like myself who show up and get the work
done. We invited all city council representatives who represent
our communities but unfortunatelynone of them could join us.
We had five community challenges that we wanted to explore and
create strategies that would ultimately be the change that we want
to see. Everyone in the room agreed that public safety, blight,
recidivism, homelessness, low voter turn out and all other
challenges that affect our communities is all of our problem and
responsibility and for us to wait for police and city council and the
mayor to do the work is not the manner in which we should
operate as residents, citizens andBOSSES, because that is who
we are, our vote gives us that honor but our community activism
is what seals it and will truly be the key to our communities being
places of peace, economic growth and maintain it’s boundless
beauty for the future.
Nick Hess, the Chair of NPU-S and CBC team members Shélan
O’Keefe and Henry Kellam partnered on Blight and Dumping and
came up with some awesome ideas that we can implement on our
own as a community that will probably get us faster access to
property owners than code enforcement and compliance.
Larry Riley, CBC CFO andWoke Team Leader partnered with
Meg Gomes from the Community Foundation and myself along
with NPU chairs to work on increasing voter education and
registration amongst 16-18 year olds, who will be of voting age for
the 2020 elections, which will prove to be one of the most
important elections of our lifetime. The Woke Team is a political
Eunice Glover,led public Safety along with APD Zone 4, Sgt.
Martin and Cascade Business corridor community liaison, Officer
Reid and Ms. Morgan from AFD. The bottom line is we need to
have a Court Watch team that will attend court proceedings that
involve crimes committed in our communities. Judges pay
attention and sentence accordingly when members of the
community show up and abdicate for their communities.
Homelessness and mental health was also on our list of
challenges and other acts of crime on the corridor were
discussed. Thank you to all who attended and did the hard work
and I encourage you to invite your city council representatives to
join us in the planning for our communities.
On October 6 ththe CBC will host the third bi annual3G Summit
and we will share the outcomes of the roundtable in four
workshops that will be shared with all of Southwest Atlanta
residents in Adams Park. Stay tuned for more information and
Save the Date 10/6/18.