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FYI: April 2 is the deadline to apply for homestead exemptions through the Fulton County Tax Assessors’ Office. Hom… https://t.co/fdu7Mr7CvB
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Good morning #Atlanta! Spring is in the air 🌷🌼 It'll be partly cloudy and warm today. Today's High: 78. Low: 58. Happy Thursday!
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Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby Archibong Creates Planning Committee to develop Atlanta's support for the “March for Our Lives” to End Gun Violence in Our Schools ATLANTA – On Monday, February 19, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a resolution to establish a planning committee to provide recommendations on how the City of Atlanta can participate in the March for Our Lives movement to end gun violence in our schools. A national March for Our Lives rally is scheduled for Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018. March for Our Lives is an event created, inspired, and led by students across the country who refuse to further risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings. The resolution, sponsored by City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, was unanimously approved. “I introduced this resolution to provide a vehicle for the City of Atlanta to engage a group of community stakeholders to make recommendations for Atlanta's role as a participant in this national movement. The City of Atlanta has a rich and longstanding history of student activism including the Atlanta Student Movement that helped break down barriers of segregation in this city. This resolution shows that Atlanta and this city council fully supports the March for Our Lives movement.” Archibong said. Each year, firearm-related injuries, including suicides, homicides and accidental shootings, kill some 36,000 people in the United States. Despite the death toll, laws regulating firearms are inconsistent from state to state, with little federal oversight and few federal regulations that apply to the whole country, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The gun control advocacy day was called for by five teenage survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland. The mission and focus of March for Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address gun violence issues. The March for Our Lives planning committee in Atlanta will consist of nine individuals, appointed as follows: • One member shall be appointed by the mayor; • One member shall be appointed by the council president; • One member shall be appointed by the District 1, 2, 3, 4, and Post 1 At-Large councilmembers; • One member shall be appointed by the District 5, 6, 7, 8, and Post 2 At-Large councilmembers; • One member shall be appointed by the District 9, 10, 11, 12 and Post 3 At-Large councilmembers; • One member shall be appointed by the chief of the Atlanta Police Department or her designee; • One member shall be appointed by the board of directors of the Center for Civil and Human Rights; • One member shall be appointed by the Atlanta Youth Commission Advisory Board; and • One member shall be a full-time student attending a college or university located in the city of Atlanta.
FYI: April 2 is the deadline to apply for homestead exemptions through the Fulton County Tax Assessors’ Office. Homestead Exemptions may help homeowners reduce their property taxes. If you live in your own home, your name is on the deed, and you don’t claim a homestead anywhere else in Georgia, you can qualify for a homestead exemption. Property owners who were age 62, 65 or 70 as of January 1 may qualify for one of the many special homestead exemptions for seniors. For more information, go to www.fultonassessor.org or contact Fulton County Government.
Loving this #TBT! Post 2 At-Large Councilmember Matt Westmoreland on the cover of Parade Magazine with former President Jimmy Carter 😃
Council President Felicia A. Moore and Councilmembers Dustin Hillis and Matt Westmoreland attended this morning's ribbon cutting for Jim Adams Farm and Table off Bolton Road. The market and eatery will feature fresh, organic crops straight from their farm.
In honor of John Lewis' birthday today, Post 3 At-Large Councilmember Andre Dickens shares his favorite quote by the congressman for #WednesdayWisdom. Happy Birthday Congressman Lewis! 🎂 Let's make some noise!
Atlanta City Council Approves Donation to Assist the Office of the Public Defender in Carrying Out Its Mission ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council approved legislation Monday authorizing the city to accept a $120,000 donation to support the Office of the Public Defender. The donation is being made by Virginia-Highland Church’s homeless outreach initiative, The River. The ministry began in 2015 and works with organizations around the city who do innovative work to end the cycle of homelessness. The funds will be used to provide holistic defense support to indigent clients, including the identification of social service needs such as health care, employment and education. The resources will also help with a new pretrial diversion program to keep chronically homeless individuals out of the criminal justice system and provide additional legal and social services to defendants to support their societal reintegration. “This might be the first-ever collaboration between a church and the public defender’s office,” said Rev. Matt Laney, senior pastor at Virginia-Highland Church. “But Christian scripture teaches us to pay attention to the ‘least of these,’ and the public defender’s office does that every day. So, we are delighted to partner with them.” District 6 City Councilmember Jennifer N. Ide, who represents the Virginia-Highland community, sponsored the legislation authorizing acceptance of the donation. “As an attorney, I know the difficulties indigent defendants face within the criminal justice system, and often their violations are for misdemeanors,” Ide said. “What our public defender’s office provides is a program that addresses both the circumstances driving people into the justice system as well as the devastating consequences of that court involvement. I commend Virginia-Highland Church for their work in our community and for this generous contribution to our public defender’s office.” The public defender’s office will receive $60,000 in funds in 2018 and another $60,000 next year after a program review. “Virginia-Highland Church, through their homeless ministry program, The River, has been engaging in this very important work since 2015,” said Office of the Public Defender director Kenneth Days, III. “The Office of the Public Defender is very appreciative and honored to serve as a collaborative partner and to strengthen resources toward our social services and outreach efforts.” “Every day in the city of Atlanta, homeless people are arrested for unlawful conduct, such as sleeping outside, jaywalking and loitering, that is primarily driven by poverty, mental illness and drug addiction,” said David Gillespie, director of The River. “If these underlying conditions are not addressed, homeless people will remain homeless, and the quality of life for them and the communities where they live will stagnate. The public defender’s office embraces the need to assist clients holistically by linking them to social services in addition to helping them navigate the legal issues they face because of their immediate arrest. The partnership between The River and the Office of the Public Defender is happening at just the right time as the city begins to codify the signature-bond effort and increase the services afforded to people released on signature bonds.” The donation comes as the city council recently approved ordinance 18-O-1045, which eliminates cash bonds to secure release from the City of Atlanta Detention Center following an arrest for violation of city ordinances, which includes nonviolent offenses. In addition to providing legal counsel to indigent defendants in the Municipal Court of Atlanta, the Office of the Public Defender regularly conducts community outreach programming and provides referrals for housing, employment and substance-dependency treatment. Each year, the Office of the Public Defender serves approximately 30,000 clients annually (36,000 this past year alone), with about 10% of whom fit the criteria of homeless or chronically homeless, according Days said.