News - Black Radical Congress Meets

Interested in furthering the crusade for civil rights and racial equality? This year's national gathering of the Black Radical Congress will take place Fri.-Sun., June 17-19, and will offer workshops on how to build stronger tools for lobbying local government to improve the rights and treatment of African-Americans. Workshops will focus on building a black anti-war movement, calling for reparations as a political response to slavery and racism, attaining democracy beyond the voting booth, and identifying the issues worth fighting for during political campaigns. The event also will feature a press conference in support of Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther who escaped prison and is now in exile in Cuba.

The Black Radical Congress will hold its 2005 meeting at the GSU Student Center, 33 Gilmer St. The cost is $35, or $15 for students and $5 for the unemployed. For more info, call 314-307-3441 or visit www.blackradicalcongress.org.

Atlanta City Council Atlanta City Council discusses regular business and metro issues. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6030. First Monday of every month, 1 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 1 p.m. Council Chambers, 68 Mitchell St.

Atlanta Planning Advisory Board The board, which works with neighborhood planning units, meets the third Saturday of every month to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, parks and open spaces. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Every third Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.

Atlanta Urban Design Commission The UDC works to identify and protect buildings and areas of Atlanta that have historic or aesthetic value. It also strives to maintain high-quality construction within the city. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6200. Second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St.

Belt line Community Workshops There will be a series of workshops about the Belt Line in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta. The next workshop will be held in northeast Atlanta. www.atlantada.com. 404-880-4100. Tues., June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Inman Middle School, 774 Virginia Ave.

Castleberry Hill Association The general meeting of the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association is open to all residents. www.castleberryhill.org. 404-228-2078. Third Monday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. H.J. Russell Training Room, 504 Fair St.

Chamblee City Council Chamblee City Council meets to discuss local issues and future plans for the city. www.chambleega.com. 770-986-5013. Third Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee.

College Park City Council Citizens of College Park are invited to attend council meetings. Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. Each comment must last no longer than 10 minutes. www.collegeparkga.com. 404-669-3754. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park

Decatur City Council The Decatur City Council meets to discuss local government and address community issues. www.decaturga.com. 404-371-8386. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.

eav Marketing Committee The committee's aim is to promote and create awareness for East Atlanta Village. By working with local businesses, the committee works to provide services and activities that residents will enjoy. For more info, e-mail jclark@interland.com. www.eaca.net. 404-521-1122. First Monday of every month, 7 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Joe's, 510 Flat Shoals Ave.

East Point City Council East Point residents are welcome to attend the regular City Council meetings. Local government and city planning will be discussed. www.eastpointcity.org. 404-765-1133. First Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point.

Grant Park Neighborhood Association Residents of Grant Park are encouraged to attend neighborhood meetings. Attendees are permitted to vote at their second meeting. grantpark.org. Third Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9 p.m. Georgia Hill Neighborhood Center, 250 Georgia Ave.

Lake Claire Neighbors The Lake Claire Neighbors organize cleanups, provide a community voice to city representatives, and raise funds for neighborhood refurbishments. www.lakeclaire.org. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Midtown Fulton Democrats Democrats are called to ride your mighty donkey to Manuel's Tavern and proclaim your love of liberty. Fulton County Democrats meet every month to talk about future candidates and to raise funds for the candidates who share their goals. www.fultoncountydemocrats.org. 404-317-8205. Every third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave.

Neighborhood Planning Unit Meetings Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any corporation or agency that owns property or has a place of business within the NPU. To find out which NPU you belong to and when they meet, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899. Dates vary.

Young Democrats of Atlanta In honor of Gay Pride, this month's happy hour features an address by Jeff Graham of the AIDS Survival Project. www.fultonyoungdems.org. 404-745-9494. Thurs., June 16, 7 p.m. Wet Bar, 960 Spring St.

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