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THE HISTORIC WESTSIDE Who are these neighbors? See “On the Cover”; page 2 Issue 1 October/November, 2008 “Working Together, Transforming Ourselves, Families & Communities” Vine City’s Recovery from Disaster ... Inside This Issue... Neighbors Helping Neighbors English By C. Shaheed DuBois like Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Avenue Charities, Fuller Group and the United Way of Visits City On March 14th, 2008 at approximately 8:40pm Atlanta. the Vine City and Cabbage Town Hall neighborhoods, and the Downtown/Georgia All were professionals in the area of Disaster Dome area, were devastated by a tornado. Management and trained to respond and PAGE 3 handle service delivery, directing the clean-up That night, with the electricity knocked out by task force, finding shelter and feeding people. downed trees, neighbors, friends and good Samaritans worked until dawn, to help the Vine City is in Atlanta’s Council District ravaged neighborhoods. Georgia Power had Three, and Ivory Lee Young is the veteran City Live Healthy every available repair crew on the scene, Council member who was on the ground Fulton working overnight and into the next day, to Saturday morning, with a team assessing the restore power, street by street. damage both district wide and in the PAGE 4 neighborhoods, communicating with Council By 6:30 am the next morning, Vine City Civic members at-large Caesar Mitchell and Mary Association, (VCCA) sector leaders, Norwood. They were on the scene helping the community volunteers and Hands On Atlanta neighborhood, and they kept the City of gathered at the Atlanta Bulk Waste Westside parking lot of Mt. Department vehicles Neighborhood Gilead Missionary in the area for weeks Baptist Church . By clearing any debris Tax Allocation 9:00am, the Salvation and trees that were District (TAD) Army arrived and stacked for removal. PAGE 6,7 provided lunch for State Representatives, the many volunteers “Able” Mable that were already in Thomas and Kathy place, tarping Ashe, State Senator damaged roofs and Vincent Fort and a We Must cutting fallen and representative from Focus On damaged trees. Congressman John Hands on Atlanta/ Aerial View of Vine City Tornado Damage (Source: AJC) Lewis. Commissioner Our Greatest Home Depot Nancy Boxill and her Challenge provided two ½ ton office were available PAGE 8 trucks loaded with tarps, wood, nails, hammers as needed. and other building supplies needed to get the repair work started. The volunteers were given Long Term Recovery Discovering work assignments with skilled foremen Your directing them all the time with safety first in On March 20th, 2008, Vine City was declared mind. There was very little idleness. The Disaster Area #1750 by President George Best Salvation Army relocated to Beulah Baptist Bush, which authorized the Federal PAGE 9 Church that day to assist survivors with food Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) to and the Red Cross set up a recovery center render full support. there directing services for medical, relocation, immediate food, and clothing need. The VCCA established a Long Term Recovery Committee, using the offices of the Sisters On Monday March 17 th, there was a regional Action Team, Inc. a community based family Youth on the disaster assessment meeting at the United empowerment network as a temporary base Way’s Loudermilk Center, where all Disaster of operation. Move Relief Services came together to assess what Getting the happened, where it happened, what needs Mr. Tony Torrance, Mrs. Nasrah Smith, Ms. Vote Out there were, who could address those needs and Linda Adams and Mr. C. Shaheed DuBois when could they get started. These agencies were on the ground from the first night of the PAGE 10 were from the Federal, State, County and City levels of Government, and private agencies “Vine City ‘s Recovery” continued on page 5... 2 The Historic Westside October/November, 2008 Publisher’s Notes We Are Proud of The Historic Westside Westside publication is to be a vehicle where It is with great gratitude that we acknowledge the community can tell its own stories. The Community Foundation Neighborhood It is indeed an honor to live and work within Currently NPU-L is a community in transition Fund and Brent Brewer of Creating Vibrant the Historic Westside. We have a legacy of striving to maintain historical significance Communities, Inc. (CVC) the publisher of the strong, visionary, innovative leadership From while balancing the impact of gentrification yet West End Newsletter for their support and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to our welcoming revitalization. This will be no easy technical assistance that allowed our vision to contemporary leaders “Able” Mable Thomas, task and will require a positive, proactive become a reality. Michael Julian Bond, and City Councilman communication vehicle like The Historic Ivory Young. There are many indigenous Westside. In future editions we hope to Makeda Johnson is the chair of NPU-L and the community based organizations seeking to include our bordering neighbors. Our founder of Sisters Action Team, insure that the residents of our community publication is “A Dream Come True.” Inc. (SAT) a 501(c) 3 a non- receive the resources they need to maintain profit organization with the self wholistic lifestyles. For a long time, I have admired the West End help motto “Working Together Community Newsletter and shared my desire Transforming Ourselves, Families We have confronted the challenges of a to duplicate its success for the Historic and Communities.” SAT operates community flood disaster in 2002 and the Westside. The dream deferred became a reality The Healthier Me Wellness recent tornado with neighbor helping neighbor after sharing my vision with Brent Brewer who Resource Center located at 899 attesting to a strong commitment to service encouraged me and rolled up his sleeves Martin Luther Jr. Drive. that always prevails within the NPU-L sharing his skills, talents, and time. communities. The objective of The Historic Time For A Change… Letter From the Editor more uncomfortable than we choose. Our com- into new seeds of inspiration, inspiring us to As I moved around and promoted the opportu- munity will change only when we change. I mean change from the stagnation of doing nothing or nity to business owners, community servants, Change your self, Change your Be-Attitude, not enough, to movement. and folk to be a part of the premiere publication about health, about wealth (I mean money), rela- of The Historic Westside. I heard the man- tionships, housing, what’s for you or not. We must channel our energy in a righteous di- dated call for Change. It’s no coincidence that Change how you feel about each other, what you rection. If we would change from holding nega- our publication would be launched at such a piv- expect from one another. tive thoughts about each other and release the otal time, when the call for change is resounding potential for reconciliation, we will have aligned across the country. Let Us change our despair into hopes and our hearts and minds for progress. Sudden dreams. Oh, let’s not forget change our old ideas changes produce new improvements…. I’m The need for change is a certainty, how we navi- gate ourselves to change often times is much Our Volunteers & Supporters What are the faces on page 1? Writing Publisher: Makeda Johnson On The Dr. Blaylock Amanda Rhein Editor: Yvonne Jones Graphic Design: Melissa Chandler Copy-Editor: Akbar Imhotep Cover C. Shaheed Dubois Anthony Sills Technical Advisor: Brent Brewer, Board Sara’Maat Imhotep Janice A Shomo Alliece Johnson Yvonne Jones Member Creating Vibrant Communities Pride of Atlanta, sign donated by 4 ways you can participate in the newsletter MLK Merchants’ Association. 1 DISTRIBUTE the newsletter on 3 ADVERTISE: COST PER Your block, or at your business, institution or MONTH organization. Ad Size 1-month Groundbreaking for Vine City 1-business card size $30 Park. 2-business card size $60 4-business card size $120 ¼ page $225 2 Write a STORY or POEM ½ page $450 Full Page $900 Morehouse finest… Darick Brown~ Seattle, WA. 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Story ideas and Ads for next issue: Sisters Action Team @ 678 705-9537 SATWENMakeda @Comcast.net October/November, 2008 The Historic Westside 3 English Avenue Day at City Hall By “Able” Mable Thomas Banks Barber Shop, Flavaz Hair Gallery, Let’s put a face on English Avenue with our San’s Hair Salon, Louise’s , A Step Above direction toward the path of Commitment, Hope, Let’s put a face on English Avenue. Who Thrift Shop, Churches Chicken, Country and Revitalization. . are we? What have we contributed? What Kitchen, K& K Soul Food, Paulson Food do we deserve? We deserve the best like all Butcher House, Boston Fish Supreme, 595 On Monday, August 18, 2008, English Avenue citizens throughout Atlanta deserve the best. North , European Automotives, Friar Motors, Neighborhood Association, Tracey Bates- We are tax payers, homeowners, renters, Little Joe’s Body Shop, A-Used & New Tires President , “Able” Mable Thomas- Vice President, investors, businesses, churches, non-profits Specialist, English Avenue Yards and Atlanta Minister Kendal Richardson and Ms. Juanita to name a few. We are the young, the old, Technology Park( This list is not inclusive of our Wallace coordinators with twenty strong middle-aged and growing. We are workers, diverse businesses ). residents headed to City Hall to let their voices students, retired, unemployed and be heard. Councilman Ivory Young graciously entrepreneurs. Our Community name is arranged meetings with Park Pride, Atlanta English Avenue, not “The Bluff” regardless Development Authority, Code Enforcement of what the media says. I am a lifelong Division to give us face time with City Directors. resident who attended English Avenue This was very informative, especially since we are Elementary School which has been closed planning a Community Park in our beautiful since 1995. green neighborhood.. Funding for the park is awarded through the Atlanta Renewal We need neighborhood schools to bring Community and the City of Atlanta (Councilman families back to our area. We have no Young’s Office). Community Center nor do we have a Community Park. We need all three to thrive We as a community believe in being a part of the and survive in our now drug infested solution. Our purpose for visiting City Hall was neighborhood. We have not always been to request support to: known for drug dealers, prostitutes, and violent crime. We are sick and tired of the 1. Stop the criminal activity and let us be safe in bad seeds that have taken root in our dear our homes. neighborhood. We will not rest until our 2. Demolish the nine designated burned houses in neighborhood residents are safe in their ninety ( 90) days. homes, and safe to attend church, meetings 3. Rehabilitate our senior citizen’s homes. English Avenue residents & stakeholders visit or simply go to the neighborhood store. City Hall 4. Provide educational and employment opportunities for our youth and neighborhood As you may remember, English Avenue is residents. . the neighborhood where our esteemed ninety- two (92) year old grandmother, Ms. We have youth programs (Bellwood Boys We placed our requests and demands before the Kathryn Johnston, was killed in a blotched and Girls Club, Greater Vine City Atlanta City Council and invited them to come to police raid on Neal Street N.W. We will not Opportunities Program Inc., Street Smart our neighborhood and see first hand what we are let her death be in vain. We have an and YMCA Head Start). experiencing. We also invited them to attend the abundance of resources vested in human English Avenue Neighborhood Association capital which is our residents. We have a We have many great churches such as, Antioch meeting which meets 10am every 1st Saturday at strong housing stock. We have youth Baptist Church- North , Lindsay Street Baptist the Lindsey Street Baptist , 881 North Avenue programs (Bellwood Boys and Girls Club, Church, St. James Baptist Church,, Pilgrim Baptist N.W. Atlanta Ga. 30318. We, the Neighborhood Greater Vine City Opportunities Program Church, Springfield Baptist Church, Amazing Residents, are working to secure our community. Inc., Street Smart and YMCA Head Start). Grace Baptist Church, St. Joseph Holiness The next step is for our government to do their We have the English Avenue Neighborhood Church, Thessalonians Baptist Church, Faith part as we move forward on the path of Love, Association and two Community Hope and Deliverance Temple,, Greater New Hope, and Revitalization. Development Corporations, Bethursday Hope Baptist Church, St. Mark Baptist Church, CDC and English Avenue CDC. We have New Life Covenant Church (This is not inclusive “Able” Mable Thomas is a State Representative and English businesses such as Shoppers Supermarket, of all our great worship centers). Avenue Resident Morgan’s Grocery, Lockhart Barber Shop, Congratulations on this first edition of the Historic Westside Newspaper! Together we are going to spread the good news about what ’ s happening in our schools! Story ideas and Ads for next issue: Sisters Action Team @ 678 705-9537 www.sistersactionteam.com. 4 The Historic Westside October/November, 2008 Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness launched it’s Live Healthy Fulton! Campaign on Saturday September 27th at Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park The Live Healthy Fulton! campaign encompasses FREE programs offered by Fulton County's Department of Health and Wellness– Office of Health Behaviors The hands-on, educational programs include: heart disease and stroke prevention, breast and cervical cancer prevention, asthma control, healthy cooking & eating, exercise, stress reduction, and child safety. Our September 27th kickoff at Centennial Olympic Park was a huge success. Attendees received educational flyers as well as healthy snacks, including dairy-free smoothies. They also participated in FREE hands-on activities, including: low-impact aerobics, massages, blood pressure screenings, diabetes screenings, child car seat demonstrations, and bike helmet demonstrations. Entertainment included a magic show and storytelling; and giveaways of pens, pedometers, child car seats, and $50 gas cards. Live Healthy Fulton! wants you to "Look Better, Feel Better, & Be Better!" Stay abreast of our monthly events by listening for our radio PSA's, visiting our website at www.fultoncountygahealth.org, or calling 404-730-1243. “Healthier Me ~ SPA DAY” Call today and schedule one for yourself, family, friends or church group 678-705-9537 5 The Historic Westside October/November, 2008 Continued from Page 1 Neighbors Helping Neighbors... Vine City’s Recovery disaster as full time volunteers, and they have The financial contributions of the Home This is the community that survived a recent continued to address the long term recovery Depot Foundation, the Atlanta United Way, flood and would not turn over and die for needs of the Vine City Community. Following Catholic Charities, FEMA, Salvation anyone or under any adverse condition. up with FEMA, GEMA and SBA, on behalf of the survivors, planning tree cuttings, obtaining Army and the American Red Cross with the The community report at Atlanta United Way clothing, furniture, medical, and food referrals current community support of the Vine City on March 17th , was not one of pain and to United Way, Catholic Charities, Fulton Civic Association, Vine City Health & anguish, but one of hope for the community County agencies and local churches. They also Housing Ministries, Community Improvement and need for continued support. At that helped with insurance, repair issues and Association, and members of the English conference we realized the level of grassroots paperwork that the survivors needed. community leadership and support exhibited in Vine City had never been witnessed by the The Vine City Civic Association had just Disaster Relief Agencies. The results were engaged in Comprehensive Sector Concept admired and made a difference. Training led by “Able” Mable Thomas. This training accelerated the effective use of The Home Depot Foundation Fund is volunteer participation. responsible for twenty six (26) families receiving insurance reimbursements totaling Help from outside agencies reinforced the over $18,000 and over $15,000 in home repairs existing community organizations. Many for residents who were under insured or had neighborhood residents gained a sense of no insurance at all . support, structure, and in particular, those who The community leadership will always be completed the training process were Mt Gilead Missionary Baptist Church remembered for seeing what needed to be empowered to begin self help with guidance done and doing it. The extraordinary personal from Rev. Dexter Johnson, Chair of VCCA. Avenue Neighborhood Association sacrifices of the following community coordinated greatly with the community residents must be mentioned: Mr. J. R. Daily meetings were convened for updates and recovery process, by being present, immediate, Murphy, Mr. John Carter, Mr. Julian Nabaa, a review of available resources at the Hagar and expeditious. Ms. Linda Adams, Ms. Shaunia Turner, Ms. Civilization Center located at 19 Joseph Dianne Pineiro, Rev. Cornelius Thomas, Rev. Lowery Blvd. Ms Precious Muhammad, April, May, and June were spent clearing trees Frazier, Mr. Paul “ Lateef” Pyle, Mr. Tillman Executive Directress, made her building from houses and clearing major streets and Ward, Mr. James Arpad, Ms. Pamela Flores, available to the community without thoroughfares giving a sense of progress to the Ms. Kathy Arnold, Mrs. Betty Myrick, and Mr. reservation. recovering community. Robin Carmichael. These Heroes and Sheroes helped seniors and those in need by delivering I acknowledge the early response of Hands on The support received from FEMA, Salvation food when it was not convenient and using Atlanta on March 15th, their volunteers were Army, and the Red Cross during the first eight their personal resources to support recovery given work assignments. Teams were formed days was invaluable. It allowed for the efforts. This was truly a sign of “Neighbors and dispatched. Tony Torrance managed the community leaders to regroup and get a sense helping Neighbors.” equipment sign outs and returns. Security was of direction. It appeared at first that the provided to prevent waste and vandalism. community was resisting the support and help C. Shaheed DuBois is a English Avenue Resident, The volunteerism of Hands on Atlanta, the but Vine City residents were attempting to Vice Chair of Community Improvement Latter Day Saints, the Fuller Group and the understand the process and how to activate the Association, Member of NPU- L, English Avenue Mormons of Covington, Georgia helped with systems in order to help themselves. Neighborhood Association. tree removal, covering of roofs and repairs. Jan Jordan Executive Director 1429 Fairmont Avenue, NW Suite A ‘Mr. Everything’ Atlanta, Georgia 30318 (404) 351-4949 Super Deli, LLC Est. 1993 Fax (404) 351-2042 email@example.com 404-521-9903 The nation’s largest volunteer organization perserving and revitalizing low-income houses and 870 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. communities www.rebuildingtogether-atlanta.org Atlanta, GA 30314 Alpheus Kimario Smith President 881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. NW Atlanta, GA 30318 (formerly Bankhead Hwy.) 404-685-1073 404-685-1074 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Tuesday~ Saturday 5:30AM~5PM Story ideas and Ads for next issue: Sisters Action Team @ 678 705-9537 www.sistersactionteam.com. 6 The Historic Westside October/November, 2008 Your Westside Neighborhood TAD Dollars at Work! The Westside (TAD ) Tax Allocation District i English Avenue Condominium Hagar Civilization Missionary Neighborhood Fund is a mechanism to help Estate Society Training promote redevelopment in the English Avenue and Vine City communities. In order By Alliece Johnson By Vonnjo to promote a more equitable redevelopment future, the Westside Redevelopment Plan Local developer Alliece Johnson and the Hagar Civilization Missionary Society Train- provided the Neighborhood area of the TAD Alpha to Omega Development Group, in ing’s founder Precious Muhammad received with an additional funding source; the collaboration with DeVeale Construction and funding from the Westside TAD for the Westside TAD is the only one of the City’s renovation of 19 Joseph Lowery, part of the the Atlanta Development Authority, have 10 TADs that has a Neighborhood Fund. original historic Bronner Brothers properties. transformed a precious piece of the English She is committed to reclaiming a piece of the Avenue community, the motto of the English Historic Westside History. The location will The Neighborhood Fund is supported by house a Juvenile Prevention Training Pro- TAD Bond proceeds derived from projects in gram, Re-Entry Program and a 24 hour eat- the Downtown Portion of the TAD. When a ery. tax allocations bond issue has been sold, 20% of bond proceeds supported by Downtown Ms. Muhammad has committed her life and project property tax increments are deposited resources to the development of the Bron- in the Westside TAD Neighborhood Fund. ner Family property, purchased in response to her and the community’s desire to retain As I interviewed Tarnace Watkins, the TAD its historic significance. Project Manager for the Atlanta Development Authority I was enlightened, in laypersons With continued progress on the horizon the ‘terms, on the offerings of the Westside TAD. Historic Westside Community celebrates res- A community must develop organized toration. 19 Joseph Lowery raises the bar, as strategies that will make their neighborhood an indicator of Sister Precious and her devel- opment team which delivered elegant archi- attractive for redevelopment. It is important tectural design and superb quality that any that those individuals or groups who are community can be proud. interested in growing the community must Avenue Neighborhood Association is “Block strive to learn the opportunities that the TAD by Block.” funds offer, and how to develop the capacity to make an application feasible. Ms. Johnson combined her real estate experience and downtown skyline view to It is advisable that communities develop convert a two building apartment complex partnerships with neighboring businesses and into a well-appointed, modern five-unit organization that can help put together a condominium estate. complete package. Investors, banks, and lending institutions must be identified as English Avenue Condominium Estate is willing collaborative, while developing clear located at 650 Jett Street. Alpha to Omega and concise project proposals that show actual Development Group has given a new light to activity timelines. the downtown condominium market by offering inner-city living with a contemporary As we strive together to clean up and stand up, feel. let’s encourage one another, and hope the best for each viable project embarked upon. The contemporary styling, private parking, skyline view, and convenient location minutes Hagar Civilization Missionary Training Current Westside TAD Neighborhood away from downtown Atlanta combined to Fund Recipients: 19 Joseph Lowery Blvd provide residents the perfect “Live, Work, ●Neighborhood Union Health Center Play” neighborhood. This scenic view of Fulton County Health Department downtown Atlanta is comparable to any ●Elm Street Townhomes -Bethursday Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead Development Corporation Condominiums. Bob Jones ●English Avenue Condo Estates-Alliece Chief Operating Officer email@example.com Bethursday Johnson-Hines Also, the addition of new courtyard 404.215.2190 landscaping with grills and seating will help Development ●Vine City Green Space –ADA and COA Fax 404.215.2192 440 Northside Dr. NW with the ongoing beautification process of Corporation ●NPU-L Demolition— NPU-L Atlanta, GA 30318 The English Avenue Community. ●Westside TAD Rehabilitation - Rebuilding Together Atlanta & EACDC For more information concerning the pricing ●Hagar Civilization Missionary Training and neighborhood incentive programs you can Precious Muhammad / Eric Levine contact Ms. Johnson at 678-705-7049. ●Vine City Terraces-Vine City Holdings, LLC ●Vine City Park - VCCA & Park Pride Story ideas and Ads for next issue: Sisters Action Team @ 678 705-9537 www.sistersactionteam.com. 7 The Historic Westside October/November, 2008 Continued from Page 6 Your Westside Neighborhood TAD Dollars at Work!… Neighborhood Union Health Center’s Legacy Continues To Rise By Vonnjo with a small group of dedicated African building that could be dedicated to the great American women who were willing to sacrifice work of the Neighborhood Union and its December 1, 2008 will mark a new beginning and work. They formed the Neighborhood founder, Mrs. Lugenia Hope. for the Neighborhood Union Health Center, Union in the home of Mrs. Lugenia Hope, located at 186 Sunset Avenue. The newly adopting the motto “And Our Neighbors as In 1952 the land was donated to the city of renovated, soon to be historically designated, Ourselves.” Atlanta and the Fulton County Health Neighborhood Union Health Center’s face lift Department. The center was built, dedicated adds beauty to this facility but more importantly Neighborhood residents had a strong sense of and named the Neighborhood Union Health the center will house pride and were not afraid Center to honor these women. needed services. to work hard for change. The Neighborhood Union Health Center’s The new wing will be Mrs. Grace legacy will continue to rise and shine forth as a dedicated to Mental Hamilton ,the first perfect example of our ancestor’s willingness to Health and Drug/ African American work together (Umoja), a commitment to self Alcohol Rehabilitation. woman to hold the determination (Kujichagulia) and Faith (Imani). The Dental Clinic will distinguished office of expand to include Adult Georgia State Dentistry. The Center Representative, was at will continue to provide Renovation of Neighborhood Union Health that time the Executive Family Planning, WIC Center 186 Sunset Avenue N.W Director of Atlanta intake and disbursement, Urban League. Mrs. child immunizations. There were also be Hamilton greatly assisted with a strong services to educate and treat communicable recommendation from her committee to the diseases. Fulton County Health Department that a Health Center be established Her recommendation Sisters Action Team guided by D. Makeda was that it be established and administered by Johnson administered a neighborhood survey to African American physicians and nurses. identify the health needs of the community. The feedback was overwhelming. With this On July 16,1944 The Westside Health Center feedback in mind the project was funded was opened on Sunset Avenue in a house Mrs. Carrie L. McCarter, RN $2,625,000 from the Westside Neighborhood owned by the Neighborhood Union. Dr. N. TAD and Fulton County added an additional Harper was named director of the clinic and BURGRESSGREEN,INC. $1,000,000, to the renovation project. remained until his retirement in 1979, Mrs. Home Improvement Carrie L. McCarter, RN was appointed as “30 years experience” Carpentry Finish basement Decks The Neighborhood Union Health Center’s Administrative Nurse. She was the first African- Kitchen/Bath Windows/Doors Plumbing legacy is so rich and uplifting, teaching us the American Public Health Nursing Supervisor in PlasteringPainting All Flooring Drywall Molding…and much more!! lesson of how a few can make a difference. The Georgia and retired in 1972. Mrs. McCarter concept of a health center in this community proposed that the Neighborhood Union donate Michael A. Green Phone 404 444-7018 Fax 678 344 2587 began in 1908, one hundred (100) years ago, the land to the county in exchange for a new firstname.lastname@example.org Story ideas, Calender items and Ads for next issue: Brent @ 404 641-1893 or email@example.com. October/November, 2008 The Historic Westside 8 We Must Focus On Our Greatest Challenge By Ivory Young First, we must start by honoring the homes where are our senior citizens live. Our seniors The greatest stay in our neighborhoods because they are What's the future of our property when we are challenge we face is committed to protecting the interest of our gone? Far too often the heirs and offspring that gentrification. How stakeholders. inherit homes do not share the commitment of do we revitalize our their parents. communities and We must reward their commitment with protect the interest of resources to assist them with repairs and The objective for local government should be in existing residents, maintenance to their properties. Far too many support of protecting home ownership and stakeholders, current senior citizens get citations for code violations providing options for homeowners for retention and new businesses, they cannot afford to resolve. Our seniors on instead of selling their homes to investors. our children, our senior citizens and the fixed income must receive support from city, Investors have one game plan for our homes institutional systems which serve these county and state government to repair and and our neighborhoods and, that is, to make populations? Residents in neighborhoods maintain their property. We should be assisting money. bordering the Central Business District seek our seniors and their families with establishing relief from their neighborhood's deteriorating long term plans for the family home to provide Estate planning is essential and should be infrastructure. them with estate planning to identify and help implemented long before mom and dad pass implement their (THE FAMILIES) long-term away to protect the family home and to shape We must first begin by addressing the objectives. the integrity of the legacy of that property and infrastructure of our vacant and abandoned our neighborhoods. property. The failure of this infrastructure is the Estate planning is essential root cause of crime in our neighborhoods. The Gentrification has to be addressed one property failure that I reference provides free room and Committed residents, no day is promised for any at a time in neighborhoods all over the City of board for illegal activity that exists in vacant and of us young or old but we must take serious the Atlanta. Investors are making the American abandoned structures. There are some practice of estate planning. We will not be here Dream less of a reality. immediate steps we can take to address this. forever. If you have inherited a property you owe it to your loved ones and the neighborhoods that raised you to support the historic uses and maintain compatibility to what has historically existed. If you chose to convert that home to rental property, don't be a slum lord and simply rent your property to anyone that has the cash. You could be renting to a prostitute or drug dealer. Be responsible in selecting your tenants and remain accountable. Ask the right questions to make sure your new tenant has the best interest of the community. Make sure there is a commitment by your tenant to be a good neighbor to the senior citizen and/or family next door to your family home. In addition, in these tough economic times if you are selling consider selling to a family like “Healthier Me~SPA DAY” HEALTH DISPARITIES your own rather then just another investor. Or selling to a family who could probably afford a Prevention Wellness Programs minor renovation rather than starting from Receive BENEFI- scratch. Home ownership breeds a commitment that helps us to stabilize our communities. REACH for Wellness Family CIAL… You are the first line of defense in minimizing Foot Massage Empowerment Program the negative impacts of gentrification in our community. 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Some important principles various training and coaching services designed to enhance he/she take in his/her that we advocate are patience, truth, justice, youth and adults mind, body and spirit self-awareness. life. The decisions you respect, balance, reciprocity, order, and The services developed by Dr. Blalock have been proven to make today will have discipline. successfully improve one's quality of life. an impact on your future. Often times, Self Awareness: Become aware of your past, we look outside current strengths and pains (e.g., fears, ourselves for answers insecurities, rejections). Knowing your strengths Discover Your Best and solutions seeking someone to save us, but allows you to have a clear view of your A New Way of Living Empowerment Series: change must begin within the individual. 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This can get you essence, you are the only one who can save you! off balance and you may begin to neglect some Often times, we look outside ourselves for Manage Stress important parts of yourself. someone to save us, but change begins with you. ~Visualization and Breathing Tech- We live in a world that is always changing, as we Have Clear Intentions: Have clear intentions niques are changing and developing ourselves. We learn about what you want. When asking for what you and re-learn things about others, our want, be specific. Ask for what you want to clear environment and ourselves throughout our lives. away. Send feelings of love to those you feel may ~Survival Skills Thus, it is important to take a look inside to have hurt you at some time and pray for them. determine how you can continue to grow by Also, send feelings of love to other people who ~Develop Plan of Action increasing your self-awareness, forming healthy have had similar experiences as you have. See habits and becoming more focused. In order to what you learned from this and how you may For enrollment information call attain wanted situations and maintain awareness help others. about yourself, there are certain strategies that 678-705-9537 you should adopt daily throughout your life. 7 Steps to Optimal Health Seven Tips on Thoughtful Eating Drink no water within hours of eating doing so dilutes digestive juices and disrupts fluid balance. Chew slowly and thoroughly because it is important to extract nutrients essential for blood preparation. Do not drink liquids with meals not doing so conserves vital energies and keeps stomach confusion to a minimum. Do not eat fruits and vegetables together not doing so will impart circulation consistency better for digestion. Do not use fruits and milk together doing so creates an acid – alkaline balance disruption. Try to visualize all the wonderful meals you can enjoy using wholesome natural ingredients. Once you add love to the meal then it’s complete. AidoAkil, TryCope youth dedicated vegetable garden to Our Beloved Sister Queen Elizabeth Graham Natural Health Practitioner a devoted community advocate whom made her transition on March 13,2008. Vine City Owner: Praises All Natural Products resident Pam Flores assisted youth. TryCope was founded in 2005 by Linda Adams. During the summer of 2006 TRYCOPE held it’s first program at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with over fifty(50) youth ages 5 yrs to 14 yrs. During the school year Ms. Adams started the after school program located in the Magnolia Park Apartments. TryCope mission is to develop and implement programs that are designed to support and expand the emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual potential of youth in urban communities. TryCope is now in it's third year and has Story ideas and Ads for next issue: Sisters Action Team @ 678 705-9537 www.sistersactionteam.com. October/November, 2008 The Historic Westside 10 Vote! It’s Your Voice, Use It !!!!!!!!! In Support of Tax Allocation Districts By Amanda Rhein, Senior Project ManagerAtlanta Development Authority A Tax Allocation District (TAD) is established for the purpose of catalyzing investment by financing certain redevelopment activities in underdeveloped or blighted areas using public dollars. Redevelopment costs are financed through the pledge of future incremental in- creases in property taxes generated by the re- sulting new development. Typically, upon creation, TADs have vacant commercial and residential properties, blighted conditions and numerous vacant buildings or are in need of EARLY Youth Voter Registration Drive significant environmental remediation. TADs At Herndon Stadium are the city’s most effective redevelopment tool. The city has ten(10) TADs: Eastside, ADVANCE By Sara’Maat Imhotep Westside, Atlantic Station, Princeton Lakes, Perry-Bolton, BeltLine, Metropolitan Parkway, Stadium Area, Campbellton Road and Hollo- ELECTION DAY As a young African American I have al- ways felt that voting was essential to the well/M.L. King. VOTING well-being of society. You can’t ignore the injustice that takes place in America but In the Westside TAD, the Neighborhood Fund was established to catalyze the revitaliza- YOU MAY PARTICIPATE the only peaceful way to change that is to tion of Vine City and English Avenue. Twenty get out and vote. Everyone knows that IN ADVANCE VOTING percent of bond proceeds generated by Down- our ancestors and elders fought to ensure town projects in the Westside TAD are depos- that we would have the right to vote . ited in the Neighborhood Fund. To date, ap- OCTOBER 27-31, 2008 And now more than ever we must honor proximately $14 million has been allocated to their sacrifice. If African Americans, par- 10 projects that will improve the quality of life in these two communities. This program has, Fulton County ticularly young African Americans would and will continue to be an incentive for other Government Center. get out and vote ; things in America could developers to invest in these neighborhoods (Downtown) take a turn for the positive, and even that have a history of disinvestment. The pro- 141 Pryor Street, though I still have three(3) years until I jects will benefit existing community stake- Suite 4064 am able to vote I am passionate about holders while providing a renewed vibrancy (404) 612-7060 exercising our right and duty to vote. throughout the two neighborhoods; approved That's why I have devoted a lot of time projects are distributed throughout Vine City North Annex and energy to getting people, registered to and English Avenue, along the periphery as 7741 Roswell Road, vote. well as in the core. Furthermore, the partner- ships that have been formed between private Room 209 sector and non-profit agencies will build ca- (404) 613-7675 Sara’Maat is a resident of Vine City and 10th pacity, enabling these less experienced organi- grade student at Paideia High School zations to become more financially stable and South Annex active developers. 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Room 105 TADs have demonstrated success as redevel- (404) 612-3050 opment tools that allow local communities, such as Vine City and English Avenue, to revi- talize blighted neighborhoods and transform them into vibrant, growing areas. As our state and country face uncertain economic times, we are all looking for a cost effective and smart way to invest in our future – TADs provide just that solution. On November 4th, vote yes on Amendment 2 to allow our local communi- ties the choice to revitalize their neighbor- hoods. Amendment 2 restores to school sys- tems the power, if they so choose, to help their communities grow. This is an option school systems in Georgia have enjoyed for more Sara’Maat is a resident of Vine City and 10th than two decades, and that school systems in grade student at Paideia High School 46 other states enjoy as well. Earlier this year, a state Supreme Court decision took away that power from Georgia communi- ties. Amendment 2 puts that local control back in their hands. Vote YES on Amendment No. 2. Vote YES for Georgia’s future. State Representative Elect 55th October/November, 2008 The Historic Westside 11 For Your Health Flu Season Is Here: How to Stay Healthy In the Spirit of Harm Reduction By Anthony Sills By Janice A. Shomo, MSW, CAS Atlanta, GA— Flu season started October 1st but now is the time to take precautions so you can stay healthy Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc. this year. Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respira- (AHRC) offers a comprehensive five tier link- tory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause age program that has successfully transitioned mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. individuals from active drug usage to treatment The flu virus is spread through the air when a person and care services. who has the virus sneezes, coughs, or speaks. The flu can even be passed on if a person touches an object AHRC provides wellness and health related that someone with the virus sneezed or coughed on. services, resources and linkages to treatment People carrying the virus can be contagious 1 day be- and care that reduces the level of personal fore to 5 days after their symptoms appear so they can harm and risk of contracting communicable pass it on before they even know they are sick. The The Grapevine HIV/AIDS Foundation, Inc. diseases. founded by Minister Kendall Richard best way to prevent the flu is by getting an annual flu Celebrated its 3rd Annual vaccination. The five tiers were developed using the Stages “Lift Jesus Higher” of Change model, and each step is designed to Christian Youth Aids Walkathon Every year in the United States, on average 5% to motivate and support the individuals to access September 6, 2008 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 the next step. people are hospitalized annually from flu complica- tions and about 36,000 people die from flu. Some 1) Reduce and/or eliminate racial and populace, such as older people, young children and ethnic health disparities; people with certain health conditions, are at high risk 2) Promote health and quality of life of for serious flu complications. individuals and communities; 3) Build on community strengths and assets How can you keep from catching the flu? Wash your to address health issues; hands frequently with soap and water. Try to avoid 4) Develop effective working relation- close contact with sick people. Cover your nose and ships among community members and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and the organizations and leaders who serve avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as this them; and spreads germs. Flu epidemics often start in schools 5)Focus on prevention and early detection. and then move quickly through a community as stu- dents spreading the virus to family members and peo- AHRC provides education and tiered risk re- ple around them. duction programs to empower adults in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sub- According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), stance use, HIV, STDs, Hepatitis and other in- Mr. John Carter, born , raised and the best precaution is vaccination. There are also eve- fectious and communicable diseases. remains an active native son of ryday tactics to battle the flu. Other ways to fight in- fection include regular hand washing and avoiding (AHRC), Board, Executive Director and Staff Vine City contact with people who are coughing or sneezing. would like to thank the NPU - L and the Eng- Parents of young children, school-age children, and lish Avenue community for being an essential caretakers of the elderly are groups that need to take part of AHRC’s presence, past and future. certain precautions, as these groups are especially sus- AHRC is a health promotion and wellness ceptible to the virus. linkage and prevention program in Atlanta, Georgia designed to reduce social determinants Do not miss school or work due to the flu. Be smart such as unemployment and homelessness, that and get a flu vaccination today. contribute to racial and ethnic health dispari- ties. These socio-economic factors combined with limited access to care, lack of health in- surance, poor health literacy, linguistic barri- ers, and provider discrimination are significant contributors to health disparities. For Exciting, Affordable & The Hand Of Inspiration… Nathaniel Bronner, Sr Great Storytelling For information and further assistance, (Located at the corner of Joseph E. Lowery Blvd Experiences!!! Please feel free to utilize our website & Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.) www.atlantaharmreduction.org or contact us at (404) 817-9994 or fax us at (404) 817-9939. The uplifted hand means : He reached out Call Akbar the Storyteller to help humankind in the holistic mission : Our mailing address is P.O. Box 92670, At- Developing the whole man –body, mind lanta, Georgia 30314. and spirit and he leaves this legacy: 404-284-9807 or 404-468-3392 In the Spirit of Harm Reduction 1. God First Janice A. Shomo, MSW, CAS 2. Family Second www.akbarstories.com Executive Director 3. 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