Planet Atlanta

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About Planet Atlanta The original Planet Atlanta started out as a print newspaper dedicated to covering international communities within the city. The paper’s founder, Molly Read Woo, came up with the name when dining at a Vietnamese café, which was just down the street from a Latin music store and an international farmers market along the Buford Highway corridor. People from every part of the planet call Atlanta home, she thought – but so few of them were well represented in local media at the time. The first issue of Planet Atlanta - The International Journal debuted in January 1994 with a circulation of 10,000. News about local entrepreneurs, cultural happenings, international trade and social organizations, as well as regular features of the monthly journal like the “Ask Jay” the Immigration Advisor column and the Planet Pup Comics strip soon became hits with native Atlantans and newcomers alike. With its broad and inclusive coverage, Planet Atlanta opened up media access to the region’s more diverse residents and created a welcoming atmosphere of multiculturalism in the city, which was particularly helpful to Atlanta’s civic leaders as they prepared to host the world for the 1996 Olympics. The 21st century Planet Atlanta is a multi-media and multi-format organization covering people from all walks of life in Atlanta; our industry, our art, our challenges, our history and latest happenings. We no longer limit ourselves to local subjects that have a predominantly global angle. Now anything newsworthy in Atlanta is part of our beat. And why still call it Planet Atlanta? Because anything that happens in Atlanta may in one way or another affect the entire Planet – and anything that happens around this Planet will most likely impact our lives here. We’re all in this together. Planet Atlanta now consists of a website, a public access TV show, and a community of people who care about each other and the events taking place daily in our city. Check back often on our page to see videos and posts about political and cultural events happening in and around town. This season you can also catch our Planet Atlanta half hour specials on People TV in Atlanta, Comcast Channel 24, Friday nights at 8:00 – or catch the show streaming live on the People TV website www.peopletv.org. We hope you enjoy and follow along and even contribute to this latest revolution of Planet Atlanta, your local international news service. Glad to have you in our orbit!

05/31/2020

Scenes of Atlanta, Friday, May 29, 2020

The Mayor has issued a 9PM Curfew in Atlanta tonight. Please stay home.
05/31/2020

The Mayor has issued a 9PM Curfew in Atlanta tonight. Please stay home.

As a result of the recent acts of violence demonstrated throughout the city, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has signed an Executive Order establishing a curfew in the entire territorial jurisdiction of the City of Atlanta. Curfew will begin at 9:00 p.m. tonight and end at sunrise 5/31/2020.

05/30/2020

A word from Planet Atlanta's Founder and Director, Molly Read Woo

One reason why I'm glad to be an Atlantan. Thank you Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and Atlanta City Council Member...
05/30/2020

One reason why I'm glad to be an Atlantan. Thank you Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and Atlanta City Council Members, for your compassionate, thoughtful, and inspired leadership.

Atlanta City Council Releases Statement Following Friday’s Events. "Although we represent different districts, we are a reflection of one great city – the city of #Atlanta... [today] we speak as one Council with one voice."
Full Statement: https://bit.ly/ATLcouncil24

05/29/2020
VP Pence - Please Wear a Mask!

VP Pence is coming back to Georgia today - and this time, we hope he takes Georgianne's advice and WEARS A MASK!

Georgianne Welcomes Vice President Mike Pence to Georgia with a Sing-a-long, and suggests the VP Please wear a mask while here!

05/22/2020
VP Pence - Please Wear a Mask!

Here's the updated Sing-a-long welcoming VP Pence to Georgia today and suggesting he WEAR A MASK while he's here! The latest from Georgianne - Hope y'all enjoy!

Georgianne Welcomes Vice President Mike Pence to Georgia with a Sing-a-long, and suggests the VP Please wear a mask while here!

05/19/2020
Yellow Creek Save the Children

Love our Post Office and the great folks who work there - and my cool neighbor Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, who wrote this wonderful children's book!

Mailman and Community Helper, John Day, is reading The Big Hand-off by Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz! This story tells us what happens when we mail a letter to our friend!

Thank you, Mr. Day, for telling us about Postal Work!

05/18/2020
Atlanta Jazz Festival

Jazz Fest Live !

An extraordinary jazz pianist, Ojeda Penn uses his music to move the spirit and address social change. With compositions such as "Martin and Malcolm" and "Matthews and Collette", Ojeda creates music to inform, inspire and empower his listeners.

Happening this Sunday! Be there - Virtually!
05/15/2020

Happening this Sunday! Be there - Virtually!

Join us this Sunday, May 17th for a virtual book talk with local Atlanta author, Jonah McDonald, about his second book, “Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.” Find more details and register here: http://ow.ly/nDzd50zBwgR

#booktalk #authortalk #author #localauthor #atlanta #atlantaauthor #book #books #booklovers #guidebook #travelguide #travel #virtual #atlmuseumsathome #museumsfromhome #freeevent #event #museumevent

Way to go NAHS Creatives and Innovators !
05/05/2020
North Atlanta High School

Way to go NAHS Creatives and Innovators !

NAHS Virtual Art Show!

Please enjoy this INCREDIBLE website that 2 of our students, Colin Brake and Austin Rubinger have put together to showcase the artwork created by NAHS students! This was their idea and they did almost everything on their own. It initially started as a substitute for our annual North Atlanta Art Exhibition that wasn’t able to happen, but we plan to keep it going for years to come. Pieces are still being added as students submit their artwork, but we wanted to roll it out for you to enjoy now.

https://nahsart.wixsite.com/gallery

If you click on an artwork, it will expand the piece to a larger screen where it will show the artist’s name, title and media used, as well as some information about the process or concept. It also gives the viewer the ability to “like” and share on a variety of social media platforms.

Please check it out and enjoy!

Happening 5:30 Today - May 3
05/03/2020

Happening 5:30 Today - May 3

Debate alert! Tomorrow, May 3rd, at 5:30 pm, the Atlanta Press Club and GPB are hosting a debate for the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary. The debate will be available live online at http://fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub and http://GPB.org.

05/01/2020
Atlanta Jazz Festival

Starting tonight!

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is excited to launch the Atlanta Jazz Festival Sessions series to celebrate 31 Days of Jazz this year.

We are thrilled to present "The Phil Davis Quartet" for the inaugural AJF Sessions concert.

Traditionally, 31 Days of Jazz is hosted as live events throughout metro Atlanta during May, leading up to the annual Atlanta Jazz Festival.

However, to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, we are sharing free, specially recorded jazz concerts for all jazz lovers to #stayhome and enjoy.

04/24/2020
Faithful Friends of Historic Fountain Hall

Inspiration - coming to you from the Faithful Friends of Historic Fountain Hall!

Live from Atlanta's Historic Fountain Hall on the campus of Morris Brown College in Historic Vine City on Diamond Hill.

It is my observation & belief that the restoration of Historic Fountain Hall represents the resurrection & revival of Morris Brown College 💜🖤 and the Historic Vine City Community affectionately known as "Diamond Hill".

Our Historic Fountain Hall is the 💎 on "Diamond Hill"

Your brother in leadership,

Julian K. Smith, Jr.
Co-Chair Friends of Fountain Hall
[email protected]

04/23/2020
Shut Down SING-A-LONG for Kemp

So glad to see Georgianne has come out with a new sing-a-long to tell Brian Kemp to keep the state's shut-down of non-essential businesses in place! Y'all enjoy! https://youtu.be/mgONQVGS4kw

Georgianne shares a fun Sing-a-long to encourage Georgia V=Governor Brian Kemp to keep the state shut down a little bit longer -

Atlanta City Council Meeting this Monday -
04/18/2020

Atlanta City Council Meeting this Monday -

Our regularly scheduled Full Council Meeting will commence on Monday, April 20, 2020, at 1 PM. This will be a remote meeting and further information on how to access it is listed in the photo below. #MooreNews4ATL

Thank you, Atlanta City Council President Felicia A. Moore, for keeping the lines of communication open during these try...
04/15/2020

Thank you, Atlanta City Council President Felicia A. Moore, for keeping the lines of communication open during these trying times. You're the best!

Next Tuesday, April 21, 2020, you're invited to join me on Facebook Live at 1 PM. I decided to switch from Mondays due to the upcoming Full Council Meeting, next Monday at 1 PM. Make sure to comment questions below and we will discuss them during the conversation.
#MooreNews4ATL #ConversationswiththeCouncilPresident

04/06/2020
Felicia Moore - President, Atlanta City Council

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore's open conversation - happening now Live!

#MooreNews4ATL Conversations with the Council President (4.6.20)

NPU Resident Public Forum
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NPU-X
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NPU-P Atlanta
City of Atlanta NPU-W
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Concerned Citizens United-Fighting Crime In Buckhead And Beyond
Fighting Crime in Buckhead and Beyond
Real Talk with Rashad Richey
Concerned Citizens Atlanta Public Schools (CCAPS)

04/03/2020
LIVE | Gov. Kemp signs statewide shelter in place order

Kemp should have listened to Georgianne's advice and shut the state down over a week ago! In her latest fun sing-a-long, Georgianne Calls on Governor Brian Kemp to Lock down the State, and calls out Senators Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Senator David Perdue for profiteering of the Corona Pandemic instead of helping our nation get prepared for it! She also shares a few of her favorite Georgia Grown foods and a new designer face mask - the perfect fashion accessory for the savvy self-quarantine crowd. #ShutdownGA https://youtu.be/9CNsKQ8fKWM

More than 24 hours after announcing he would be signing a statewide shelter in place order due to the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office has releas...

03/28/2020
Georgianne Calls on Kemp to Lockdown State

In her latest humorous Sing-along, Georgianne calls on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to #ShutdownGA, and calls out Georgia's Senators Sen. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue for using the info they got on the Corona Virus pandemic to pad their stock portfolios instead of helping Georgians get prepared for it!

In this wonderful sing-a-long, Georgianne calls for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to lock down the state to prevent further spread of the Corona Virus - and ch...

An informative update from our Representative Betsy Holland - including good volunteer opportunities, especially  for th...
03/23/2020
The Holland Report – 2020, Week 10 - Betsy for Georgia

An informative update from our Representative Betsy Holland - including good volunteer opportunities, especially for those who are able to help deliver meals.

PLEASE NOTE: I have scheduled a Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, March 24, at 5 pm. You can access it here. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time by emailing me at [email protected], or by commenting on my page. Friends – I have to be honest – I’ve struggled w...

The best thing about March in Atlanta? Phoenix Flies! Check out the events in this online brochure!
03/02/2020
Phoenix Flies 2020: A Celebration of Atlanta Historic Sites

The best thing about March in Atlanta? Phoenix Flies! Check out the events in this online brochure!

Phoenix Flies is an annual three week long celebration in March of Atlanta's historic sites. Now in its 17th year, Phoenix Flies 2020 includes over 100 partners and over 200 free events city-wide.

Planet Atlanta's cover photo
01/21/2020

Planet Atlanta's cover photo

Planet Atlanta's cover photo
01/21/2020

Planet Atlanta's cover photo

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore with an update on the Urgency of Now -and a new acronym for the present ten...
01/21/2020
FELICIA MLK 2.mp4

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore with an update on the Urgency of Now -and a new acronym for the present tense - Not Off Work!

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01/21/2020
Women's March Atlanta

January 21 - Three years ago - in Downtown Atlanta.

The Women's March in Atlanta Georgia on January 21, 2017.

01/14/2020
The credit went to her

Another view of Friendship's legacy from Atlanta Filmmaker Lance Russell's post in this week's SaportaReport.

The Lord works in mysterious ways, as the saying goes, and, were he here today, the Reverend Frank Quarles would, no doubt, offer his personal testament to t...

Some nice new inventory at the Habitat Store!
01/07/2020

Some nice new inventory at the Habitat Store!

It's a new year and we have some new inventory to help us celebrate. Come by your Atlanta ReStore and see what new treasures you can find. Here is a sneak peak of some of our latest arrivals!

Browse more, here: http://www.atlantahabitat.org/shop/

01/06/2020
Housing Justice League

How can this still be happening?

We are deeply concerned that our Mayor continues to proclaim that she is the "Housing Mayor" yet proceeds to advocate for billionaire developers while displacing black families, like Tanya Washington, to make way for fancy new developement. Will you help us make this video go viral by sharing? Your call to the Mayors office could make all the difference! #PeoplesTownWillNotGoDown #MayorBottomsStopDisplacingBlackFamilies #itsa404thing

A hearing on the legality of Monday's purge of close to 300,000 Georgia voters is happening this afternoon (Thursday) at...
12/19/2019
UPDATE: Federal judge allows Georgia voter registration purge

A hearing on the legality of Monday's purge of close to 300,000 Georgia voters is happening this afternoon (Thursday) at 2:00 at the Richard Russell Federal Building / 75 Ted Turner Drive, Room 1907 - The judge may rule the purge was illegal and the voters should be reinstated. https://www.facebook.com/events/1477591529081474/

A federal judge allowed ]a purge of inactive Georgia voters to move forward Monday, deferring a final decision until later.

Happening Tonight -  Human Rights Day Celebration with the United Nations Association of Atlanta at the Atlanta Internat...
12/10/2019
UN Human Rights Day Celebration

Happening Tonight - Human Rights Day Celebration with the United Nations Association of Atlanta at the Atlanta International School !
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public.

UNA-Atlanta and the Atlanta International School are celebrating UN Human Rights Day with a keynote speaker and film screening.
About this Event
The United Nations Association of the United States of America, Atlanta Chapter (UNA-Atlanta) in partnership with Atlanta International School is hosting a screening of the award-winning film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind produced by Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan. The special viewing will be part of a celebration of UN Human Rights Day.

2019 Human Rights Day Theme: Youth Standing Up for Human Rights

From un.org - After a year marked by the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which culminated on 20 November, 2019, our plan is to capitalise on the current momentum and spotlight the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future.

Under our generic call to action "Stand Up for Human rights," we aim to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights. The campaign, led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is designed to encourage, galvanise, and showcase how youth all over the world stand up for rights and against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination, and climate change, to name a few.

Celebrate UN Human Rights Day with UNA-Atlanta and Atlanta International School!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Event Location: Auditorium in Atlanta International School (2890 N Fulton Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30305)

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Reception

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Opening Remarks & Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, Director of Center of Serve-Learn-Sustain, Georgia Institute of Technology

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Film Screening of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

About our Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch

Director, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain

Adjunct Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning

https://serve-learn-sustain.gatech.edu/jennifer-hirsch

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is an applied cultural anthropologist recognized internationally for fostering university and community engagement in sustainability and climate action. Since August 2015, she has served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) is the Institute’s Quality Enhancement Plan - a campus-wide academic initiative preparing students to use their disciplinary expertise to “create sustainable communities” in partnership with community, nonprofit, business, and academic stakeholders.

Dr. Hirsch’s research and teaching interests focus on: 1) equity in the sustainable built environment; 2) grassroots sustainability innovation; and 3) sustainability in cross-cultural perspective. At Georgia Tech, she leads the equity petal work for the GT Living Building – the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design – and runs the SLS Innovating for Social Impact Program.

Dr. Hirsch is also a founding leader of RCE Greater Atlanta – a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development - officially acknowledged in 2017 by the United Nations University. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. She serves on the faculty of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute hosted by DePaul University and on the Board of Directors of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education).

Before coming to Georgia Tech, Dr. Hirsch worked in Chicago as Associate Director of Study Abroad at Northwestern University; as Urban Anthropology Director at The Field Museum of Natural History; and as an independent consultant with clients such as the City of Cleveland, Enterprise Community Partners, the U.S. Green Building Council, The Institute of Cultural Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Joliet Junior College. Dr. Hirsch received a Bachelor’s degree in American Culture from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

UNA-Atlanta and the Atlanta International School are celebrating UN Human Rights Day with a keynote speaker and film screening.

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12/02/2019

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