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Neighborhood Planning Unit(NPU) V

shares their list of demands! 
On Friday, June 12th, 2020, Rayshard Brooks was unjustly killed by Atlanta Police in a Wendy's parking lot. The Wendy's, located on University Avenue, is apart of the Peoplestown neighborhood. Peoplestown is one of 5 communities in NPU V. The other neighborhoods are: Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway. Saturday afternoon the Chair of NPU V, Columbus Ward, called a meeting to discuss not only the killing of Mr. Brooks but the current climate of our community. From that meeting, the above demands were created. They were delivered to elected officials on Monday, June 15th, 2020 and we have requested a response by Friday, June 26th, 2020. 
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Now more than ever it is time to stand together. You can help us by doing the following: 
  • Emailing the elected officials of the Atlanta City Council
    • NPU V is currently split into 3 council districts: 4 (Cleta Winslow), 1 (Carla Smith), & 12 (Joyce Sheperd) 
    • You can find a full list of additional elected officials to contact HERE
  • Sharing the demands with as many people in the city limits of Atlanta as possible! 
  • Staying engaged with our Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook for action on-demand action items!
  • Get engaged in your community! 
What is an Neighborhood Planning Unit?
 
Neighborhood Planning Units (NPU's) are a system of 25 citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning-related matters. The NPU system is the official avenue for residents to receive updates concerning all functions of City government. Enabling residents to express concerns and provide input helps the City in developing plans that best meet the needs of each neighborhood. Learn more here
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Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund Grantees! 
We are GRATEFUL to announce our latest grant award from the Stadium Neighborhood Community Trust Fund!  The trust fund funds projects that focus on  Community Development, Affordable Housing, & Job Training in the neighborhoods that were directly impacted by Turner Field, know as Stadium Neighborhoods.

Our project STAND: Our Community, Our Voice will hold space for Mechanicsville residents to tell their stories of gun-related violence and trauma through photography and videography. We will also be exploring Adverse Childhood Experiences and completing a mural install reflective of the project. 
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
We will need photographers, muralists, and volunteers who are community-friendly. Photographers must be able to teach and support cell phone photography. Muralists must be able to engage with the community and translate experiences into art. If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please email us via Info@TheUrbanAdvocate.org
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A note from The Urban Advocate:
 
          THANK YOU for your active support of our work. We are grateful for the contributions and support from each of you! Our communities are STRONGER TOGETHER! As we move to the future, we encourage you to stay engaged in your community. While it is easy to flood areas where events happen (such as Centennial Olympic Park and The Wendy's), it speaks VOLUMES when you stand up, with, and for your own community. The changes implemented in the City of Atlanta do not impact people who do not live in the city limits as strongly as they do actual Atlanta Residents. It is the actual communities you live within that need you the MOST! When the smoke clears in Atlanta, the communities where you live will remain unchanged if you do not take action! We are here to support your efforts! 
 
          For those of you within City of Atlanta limits, remain steadfast in your pursuit of change!  
 
          Lastly, we want to leave you all encouraged and directed. The best place to get direction and action items from is your community. We have to strip ourselves of "I" and think of WE. We will all never be on the same page however it is our commonalities that make us stronger together! Know when to lead, and when to follow! And look to those who do this work every day for guidance. 

Yours in Service and Gratitude, 
The Urban Advocate
June 17th, 2020
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