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September 27, 2004

In This Issue

September 27, 2004 – October 3, 2004

Monday, September 27, 12:00 – 1:20 pm — Emory forum challenges Faith-Based Initiative theory and application.

Monday, September 27, 5:00 – 7:30 pm — AIDS Survival Project Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, Sept. 29, 6:00 – 9:00 pm — Benefit Dinner for theInternational Action Center’s organizing for Million Worker March

Wednesday, September, 29 — GALEO  "Georgia Political Idol" Event POSTPONED until January 2005.

Thursday, September 30, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm — A Conference entitledVisions of a Sustainable Georgia:  Partnering for a Prosperous Future” to be held. 

Thursday, September 30, 12:00 – 1:30pm — Covenant House Georgia will be hosting "Saving One Child at a Time" an Open House and Luncheon in their new community services center. 

Thursday, September 30, 7:00 pm – 12:00 am — The Feminist Women’s Health Center 8th Annual “Choice Celebration” at the Echo Lounge.

Saturday, October 2, 9:00 am — Live Action Camp, all day hands on training to mobilize the vote in Georgia to defeat the Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment, sponsored by Planned Parenthood.

Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm — “Advocating for the Protection and Restoration of Your Watershed” workshop in Jesup sponsored by the Georgia River Network and the Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund.

Saturday, October 2, 6:00 pm — Newtown Florist 54th Anniversary Banquet with the theme “Pathways to the Future: Building a Legacy for Young People." 

Saturday, October 2, 7:00 pm – 1:00 am — The Georgia Hispanic Network will host the 3rd Annual GHNet Celebration and Art Exhibit at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta.

Saturday, October 2 and Sunday October 3 — The 23rd Civil Rights Heritage Tour


Help Spread The Word

We have all been working hard to spread the word about this coming Monday, October 4th as the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the November 2nd elections. Let’s all continue to push for those who are eligible to get registered.

We also should be spreading the word on a voter registration fact that is less well known. Impress your family, friends and colleagues with your knowledge of voting restoration. Let them know that Georgia law allows anyone who may have lost their voting right to re-register when they have completed their sentence. No special application or other process is necessary. Once a person has completed their sentence, including probation, parole or fines, then they may simply fill out a voter registration form and send it in to the Secretary of State. Visit www.georgiasummit.org for a link to on-line registration and more information on ex-offender voting restoration.


Save The Date

Tuesday, October 5, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm — Conversations About Domestic Violence. National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section, sponsors an eye-opening interactive learning experience.

October 5 – 10 — The AAUW Atlanta will hold its 45th Annual Bookfair.

Thursday, October 7 through Saturday, October 9 — The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is a co-sponsor of the conference entitled “Justice IS Orthodox Theology.”  

Thursday, October 7 – Sunday, October 10 — The Arc of Georgia’s 2004 Annual Conference, “One Community For All” 

Friday, October 8 – Sunday, October 10 — Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership offers a weekend retreat and workshops for women to acquire business acumen. 

Sunday, October 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm — March for Women’s Lives documentary premier viewing, sponsored by the National Center for Human Rights Education.

October 12, 13 and 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm — Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents 3 Candidates Forums featuring Candidates for Georgia's House and Senate Offices.  The Gwinnett County Forum is October 12, the DeKalb County Forum is October 13 and the Fulton County Forum is October 14.

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm — “A Night of Real Life. Real Talk.” presented by Planned Parenthood as part of National Family Sexuality Education Month.  

Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17 — The National Association of Social Workers – Georgia annual conference “The Power of Social Work: People, Passions, Purpose” at the Marietta Conference Center.  Comprehensive workshops and presentations are now set for a full, fun and educational weekend!

Sunday, October 17 — 14th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta

Tuesday, October 19 — The American Friends Service Committee exhibit, "Eyes Wide Open: the Human Cost of War in Iraq," will be visiting Atlanta's Woodruff Park

Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 24, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm — Training and certification of new instructors in the American Red Cross program for Hispanic HIV/AIDS Prevention Education. 

Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm — NCBI-Emory presents the Welcoming Diversity & Conflict Resolution Train-the-Trainer Workshop. 

Friday, November 12, Reception 7:00 pm & Production at 8:00 pm — GALEO Fundraiser of the play La Casa de Rigoberta mira al Sur.   


Of Interest

Health Students Taking Action Together (HSTAT) invite you to join their 3rd Annual Leadership Symposium “Preventing Childhood Obesity.” 

The 2004 Georgia Women's Assembly will be held Friday, November 19, 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street, in downtown Atlanta. 

Air miles needed to make Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative (ALCI) Silent Auction a success

Summit Collaborative and CTCNet have recently released a report on Technology Programs working with the homeless. 


Job Opportunities

Information regarding a large job fair. For details on this and previously posted jobs go to http://www.georgiasummit.org/resources/opportunities/

  September 27, 2004 – October 3, 2004
 
 

Monday, September 27, 12:00 – 1:20 pm — Prof. Tipton to Challenge Bush's Faith-Based Initiative.  Steven M. Tipton, professor of Sociology of Religion at Emory University, challenges the effectiveness of the Bush Administration's faith-based initiative during his Family Forum lecture: "Why Churches Say No: Challenges Faith-Based Initiatives Pose to Religion and Family." The event in Tull Auditorium, Gambrell Hall is sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion. For more information go to: http://www.law.emory.edu/cisr/events.htm.

Monday, September 27, 5:00 – 7:30 pm — AIDS Survival Project Annual Membership Meeting.  This is probably the most important event of the year for AIDS Survival Project, the evening when everyone – board, staff, volunteers, supporters and friends – comes together for sociable interaction and appreciation of the best in our community. It’s also time to take care of some important business: the election of new members of the board (voted on only by those who are HIV positive), recognition of valuable volunteers, and presentation of the John Kappers AIDS Community Service Award, the highest honor bestowed annually by ASP.  In addition the following Legislative Allies will be honored: Rep. Karla Drenner, Rep. Nan Orrock, Rep. Georganna Sinkfield, Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benefield, Rep. Mable Thomas, and Rep. Michele Henson.
 
This meeting will be held in the Bruce Almond Community Room at ASP offices, 139 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta.  For more information visit www.aidssurvivalproject.org or call 404.874.7926

Sunday, Sept. 29, 6:00 – 9:00 pm — Benefit Dinner for the International Action Center’s organizing for Million Worker March. This benefit will feature a buffet dinner; music; spoken word; and silent auction.  The dinner will be held at Miro's Garden, 1150 Euclid Ave. NE, Little 5 Points.  Tickets cost $18 in advance or $20 at the door. For reservations, please call 770.989.2536 or e-mail atlantaiac@aol.com .

The International Action Center is a volunteer, activist organization which educates and mobilizes against war and intervention; racism and all forms of bigotry; and poverty, inequality and repression.   The Atlanta Chapter can be reached by phone at 770.989.2536 or by e-mail at atlantaiac@aol.com.  For national information, go to www.iacenter.org.

Wednesday, September, 29, 6:30 – 9:00 pm — GALEO  "Georgia Political Idol" event is postponed. Watch for future notice on the new date in January 2005. For more information please go to http://www.galeo.org/092904GALEOPoliticalIdol.htm.

Thursday, September 30, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm — A Conference entitledVisions of a Sustainable Georgia: Partnering for a Prosperous Future” to be held.  The conference will explore the following questions:

  • What does Georgia's environmental future hold?
  • How can we create an environment for business to thrive - today and over the next 25 years - while protecting our natural environment and strengthening our communities?
  • Who are Georgia's leading sustainable companies and organizations, and what are they doing to protect the environment and gain a strategic advantage at the same time?

Join the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division (P2AD) as they convene local, state and national experts for a discussion of these and other questions, and introduce a new resource for organizations and businesses looking to become an environmental leader, the P2AD Partnership Program.

This event will be held at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street, Atlanta. The cost of the conference, including the luncheon, is $75 if registered by Friday, September 24th or $100 at the door.  Charter members of the P2AD Partnership Program receive a discounted rate of $25 per person.  For directions, conference agenda and more information, go to http://www.p2ad-sustainablegeorgia.com/ or call 404.463.3399.

Thursday, September 30, 12:00 -1:30pm — Covenant House Georgia will be hosting "Saving One Child at a Time" an Open House and Luncheon in their New Polar Rock Administrative offices and Community Services Center.  Please attend for lunch and learn about Covenant House Georgia services, the plight of homeless youth and the soon to be built 40-bed youth crisis center. Covenant House Georgia's mission is to serve the suffering children of the street with unconditional love and respect.

Covenant House is the largest privately funded youth advocacy agency in the U.S. and provides shelter and services to homeless and throwaway youth.  In addition, Covenant House also provides education, vocational preparation, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal services, reunification, parent ready programs, transitional living programs, street outreach and aftercare.  All 22 chapters nationwide provide access to crisis care for any youth under 21 years of age and can receive immediate help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  In addition, the Covenant House Nineline  (1-800-999-9999) is a national, toll-free crisis hotline providing over 26,000 shelters and organizations access to help in their area.  Each year, over 90,000 kids and parents in crisis call this line.

Please RSVP by calling 404.589.0163.  Covenant House is located at 2488 Lakewood Ave, SW, Atlanta GA 30315.

Thursday, September 30, 7:00 pm – 12:00 am — The Feminist Women’s Health Center is holding their 8th Annual “Choice Celebration” at the Echo Lounge.  Entertainment will be provided by Jabla Trio (Experimental Jazz at its best), Subsonics (a garage rock trio), Black Kites (Combining math rock and upbeat pop sensibilities), a special guest spoken word artist, and Minamina Goodsong (Hip Hop pioneers with a unique sound).  The Mistresses of the Ceremony are DJ Yvonne Monet and Charlotte Butts.  The evening will also feature a silent auction and door prizes!  Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  Tickets are available at www.echostatic.com or by calling 404.248.5445.  Echo Lounge is located at 551 Flat Shoals Avenue, SE, Atlanta.

Saturday, October 2, 9:00 am — Live Action Camp sponsored by Planned Parenthood. Join PP Action Fund for a day-long hands-on training and activities aimed at educating and mobilizing the progressive vote to defeat the Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment. Don’t let the right-wing extremists succeed in writing discrimination into our state constitution! $10.00 includes breakfast and lunch. To be held at PP downtown office, 100 Edgewood Ave, Suite 1604, Atlanta. For more information and registration contact Carol McDonald-Dixon at 404.688.9305 ext.317 or Carol.Dixon@ppfa.org.

Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - “Advocating for the Protection and Restoration of Your Watershed” workshop in Jesup sponsored by the Georgia River Network and the Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund.  Educational activities will include:  1) How to build a relationship with your decision makers; 2)How to track legislation, law-making, rule-making and decision-making at the federal, state, and local level; 3) How to communicate with Federal, State and Local Legislators; 4) How to influence law-making, rule-making and decision-making at the federal, state, and local level; 5) How public officials who support protection and restoration of watersheds are elected; 6) How to safely stay within legal limits for your 501(c)(3) organization while advocating for your cause or participating in election activities.  The workshop will be held at the Wayne County Public Library, 759 Sunset Blvd.  For more information or to register, visit www.garivers.org and download the registration form and fax it in 706.549.7791, or call Georgia River Network 706.549.4508.

Saturday October 2, 6:00 pm — Newtown Florist 54th Anniversary Banquet with the theme “Pathways to the Future: Building a Legacy for Young People."  This banquet is sponsored by the Newtown Florist Club, established in 1950 to promote youth development and organizers for social, economic and environmental justice in Gainesville/Hall County. 

The banquet will be held at the Gainesville Civic Center.  Call 770.718.1343 to make your reservations while seats are still available. SemiFormal attire is requested of those attending the event.  Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for those ages 18 and under.

Saturday, October 2, 7:00 pm – 1:00 am — The Georgia Hispanic Network will host the 3rd Annual GHNet Celebration and Art Exhibit at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta (3391 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, 404.365.0065).  Attendees will be a diverse crowd of Hispanic and non-Hispanic professionals in Atlanta and business people interested in supporting Hispanic events. Music will be provided by Serenata and DJ services by PR Productions.  Come help launch the GHNet Foundation and honor the extraordinary community service volunteers who will be awarded the 2004 GHNet Community Service Awards. 

Self parking is available for $6.00 and valet parking is $10.00. Dress is Black tie optional and tickets are $125 for guests and $75 for GHNet members. Table sales (10 people ) are available for $650. Please contact Harry Ramos at info@georgiahispanicnetwork.org.  For sponsorship opportunities and further info, please contact info@georgiahispanicnetwork.org.  Deadline to reserve your space is Wednesday, September 29th, 2004.

Saturday, October 2 and Sunday October 3 — The 23rd Civil Rights Heritage Tour sponsored by Evelyn G. Lowery, founder/chair/tour host and Rev. James Orange, transportation coordinator.  South African dignitaries will be participants on this exciting, 2-day, 1 night, historical motor coach tour, that will  trace the paths through the cradle of the civil rights movement of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. 

Join the tour to see historic landmarks, meet people of the movement, and re-live activities which brought about dramatic change in our country and communities.  Join students, educators, legislators, professionals, clergy, community leaders, seniors, laborers, etc., and recapture the sights and sounds of the movement.  During the trek, participants will receive verbal re-enactments firsthand of Mrs. Evelyn G. Lowery's "one woman tales" of the movement.

The cost of tour is $175.00 per person and is inclusive of two meals per day, lodging for one night (double-occupancy), and round-trip luxury motor coach fare.  The buses will leave from S.C.L.C./W.O.M.E.N., Inc., 328 Auburn Ave., N.E. Atlanta at 6:30 am, Saturday morning.  The busses will return to Atlanta on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm.  To register or for more information contact Cherran Tittle Allison at 404.584.0303. 

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Tuesday, October 5, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm — Conversations About Domestic Violence. National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section, sponsors an eye-opening interactive learning experience. Experts from various segments of the community will share their knowledge insight and and advice. Bring your questions and concerns. Find out what you can do to help repair your own, or someone else’s, world. Other key sponsors are Hadassah and Shalom Bayit Program of Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS). To be held at JF&CS center at 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. For more information contact 678.209.8631 or ncjwatl@ncjwatlanta.org.

October 5 – 10 — The AAUW Atlanta will hold its 45th Annual Bookfair at Lenox Square

Thursday, October 7 through Saturday, October 9 — The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is hosting a conference entitled “Justice IS Orthodox Theology.”   On Thursday, activities will begin with Integrity holding a reception at 4:00 pm.  The Kick-Off Presentation will follow with the Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson as the keynote speaker. 
Friday will feature a Eucharist service, opening plenary, lots of workshops, a Episcopalian Peace Fellowship reception and banquet at  the Renaissance Hotel.  The "Giants of Justice" Banquet will be an evening of celebration honoring those who have led us thus far on the way. Entertainment includes the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus. On Saturday, there will be a time for gathering, workshops, and the closing plenary. 

Sponsoring groups include the Witness, Claiming the Blessing, Episcopal, Women's Caucus, Integrity, EveryVoice Network and Episcopal Peace Fellowship.  For more information please go to www.claimingtheblessing.org. Some hotel rooms are reserved and available at $89 per night (shared room).  The conference will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church at the corner of Spring Street and North Avenue.  Conference registration is $125 including lunch and banquet. For more information about the Episcopal Peace Fellowship go to www.episcopalpeacefellowship.org.

Thursday, October 7 – Sunday, October 10 — The Arc of Georgia’s 2004 Annual Conference, “One Community For All”  The focus of October 7th and 8th is Continuing Education.  There will be training regarding consumer direction, self determination and ISP Training for all stakeholders in the service system.  Counseling and Justice System Professionals will provide training on people with disabilities as clients and in the justice system. 

The traditional annual conference will take place from October 8 to 10th.  There will be offerings geared towards the education community, the post school community, the aging community, community members, partnership in community living, and chapter development.  The following people have been invited as General Session Speakers: Commissioner BJ Walker, DHR; Commissioner Kathy Cox, DOE; Gwen Skinner, New Director of the Division of MHDDAD; Mark Trail, Director, Division of Medical Assistance, DCH; Dr. Michael A. Mayer, Exec Dir of the Institute on Complex Disabilities Governor’s Advisory Council on Developmental Disabilities.

For more information and registration information visit www.arcga.org.   The conference will be held at the Wyndham Conference Center, Peachtree City, Georgia.  For hotel reservations call 770.487.2000 ext 7646 or 800.732.2411 and specify The Arc of Georgia.

 

Friday, October 8 – Sunday, October 10 — Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership offers a weekend retreat and workshops for women to acquire business acumen.  The Woodhull Institute was founded in 1997 by Naomi Wolf and Margot Magowan to create a community where women can acquire business acumen, develop personal and professional skills, and belong to an empowering network where ideas are generated and exchanged.  Naomi Wolf, author of ground breaking book The Beauty Myth, will moderate the retreat.  The topics for discussion include: ethics and leadership, networking with women leaders, tolerance for risk-taking, work/family balance, how to be in a mentoring relationship, public speaking, conflict resolution, and philanthropy. 


Friday's panel discussion at 7:00 pm is free and open to the public. The cost to participate in the retreat on Saturday and Sunday is $225.  The conference will be held at the Wyndham Atlanta Downtown, 160 Spring Street, Atlanta.  For more information go to http://www.woodhull.org or contact Jennifer Gandin at 718.422.0979 or j_gandin@yahoo.com.

Sunday, October 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm — “A Voice for Choice” the March for Women’s Lives documentary premier viewing will be held at Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave, Decatur. The only full scope documentary on the historic March for Women’s Lives is sponsored by The National Center for Human Rights Education. For more information contact 404.344.9629 or visit www.nchre.org.

October 12, 13 and 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm — Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents 3 Candidates Forums featuring Candidates for Georgia's House and Senate Offices.  The Gwinnett County Forum is October 12, the DeKalb County Forum is October 13 and the Fulton County Forum is October 14. This will be an excellent way to learn about each candidate's position as they address general issues and those specifically relevant to Georgia's growing Hispanic business community.  

The Gwinnett County Candidates Forum is October 12 at the 1818 Club, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.  On October 13 the Dekalb County Candidates Forum will be held at the Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway, Atlanta.  On October 14 the Fulton County Candidates Forum, will be held at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, 235 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta.  Please RSVP by October 1st by faxing your contact information to 404.929.9908 or by emailing Lauren at lsalas@ghcc.org.  The Candidate Forums are open to the public.

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm — “A Night of Real Life. Real Talk.” presented by Planned Parenthood as part of National Family Sexuality Education Month.   This program will be an opportunity to talk for parents, professional, and others who want to be “askable adults” regarding sexuality issues.  Those who attend will learn about the benefits of Comprehensive Sex Education programs, leave with tools that will allow for healthy conversations about their values and sex, and tour Planned Parenthood.  The schedule for the evening includes a light dinner, workshop, and a time for questions and answers. 

This event is free and will be held at 100 Edgewood Ave., Suite 1604, Atlanta.  Reservations are required.  To reserve your seat please call 404.688.9305, ext. 334. 

Friday, October 15 — The National Association of Social Workers begins Georgia annual conference “The Power of Social Work: People, Passions, Purpose”. For Social Work professionals as well as others who have an interest, this is always a valuable addition to the fall calendar. It will be held October 15-17 at the Marietta Conference Center in Marietta. This comprehensive, educational and fun gathering is the premier event for Social Workers and friends. The agenda, extensive and varied workshops and presentations have now been set. For more information and updates, call 770.234.0567 or visit www.naswga.org.

Sunday, October 17, 2004 — 14th annual AIDS Walk AIDS Walk Atlanta is proud to announce their upcoming 14th annual AIDS Walk.  As you know, the spread of HIV/AIDS continues to grow at an alarming rate, especially among young people, women, and people of color.  In the metro-Atlanta area alone, there are 20,623 people living with HIV or AIDS and 1,923 Georgians were diagnosed in the past year.  Since it's inception in 1991, AIDS Walk Atlanta has enabled Georgia-based AIDS service organizations to provide treatment and medications, prevention education, meals, hospice care, mental health services, child care, substance abuse counseling, and research to help the thousands of our families, neighbors and friends affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS.  The 14th Annual AIDS Walk will unite more than 14,000 participants representing churches, schools, corporations, community organizations and family and friends of those affected by HIV/AIDS.  AIDS Walk Atlanta would like to encourage your organization to join them.  We would like to encourage your organization to form a Team.  Teams are the most vital component of AIDS Walk Atlanta.  Teams register more than half of all participants and generate 70% of the events gross.  A Team is a group of students who pre-registers, raises money and walks together on October 17, 2004.  Teams can range from five to 1,000 members.  For more information or if your organization is interested in volunteering or forming a team please call AIDS Walk Atlanta at 404.876.9255 or simply visit the website at www.aidswalkatlanta.com.

Tuesday, October 19 — The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) exhibit, "Eyes Wide Open: the Human Cost of War in Iraq," will be visiting Atlanta's Woodruff Park (intersection of Peachtree Street and Auburn Avenue downtown).  The exhibit features:

  • A wall of names memorializing the estimated 16,000 Iraqis killed in the war.
  • A field of empty combat boots symbolizing the 1000+ US soldiers who have lost their lives.
  • An indoor exhibit detailing the losses in photos, video, and interpretive materials.
If  you are interested in volunteering, please call Sean Tenney at 404.586.0460 x19 or email stenney@afsc.org.  For more information on the exhibit visit: http://eyes.peacechicago.org/ and http://www.afsc.org/human-face/default.htm.

Friday, October 22 - Sunday, October 24, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm — Training and certification of new instructors in the American Red Cross program for Hispanic HIV/AIDS Prevention Education.  This training is designed for persons who work with the Latino population including volunteers, faith leaders, teachers, social workers, health educators, case managers, non-profit organization employees, health department staff, nurses, doctors and others.  Participants must already possess a strong foundation of understanding and knowledge regarding HIV facts (call for other Red Cross training opportunities that will provide this) and must be at least 17 years of age and fluent in Spanish, although English language fluency is not required.

In this three-day training participants will learn how to:

  • conduct community-based educational discussions for HIV/AIDS prevention with Latinos/Hispanics
  • share information with people of diverse backgrounds who are members of Hispanic communities, using culturally specific tools to make the information relevant to their lives and to motivate them to adopt behaviors to protect themselves and others from HIV
  • understand and be sensitive to the cultural and psychosocial issues raised by HIV/AIDS
  • share accurate and up-to-date information about HIV/ AIDS in a nonjudgmental and culturally sensitive way
  • encourage people to apply the facts about HIV/AIDS to their own behavior

This new Hispanic HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention course is designed by Hispanics for Hispanics and is modeled on the teaching methodology of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire.  Instructors learn how to involve community members in a dialogue or "plática" by exchanging knowledge and encouraging them to share their interests, concerns and everyday experiences.  This way, the facts of prevention are more meaningful to participants' own lives, and community members are encouraged to apply facts about HIV to their own lives and personal behavior.  The course teaches culturally-specific group facilitation and group teaching strategies to enhance the instructor's effectiveness in reaching Latino audiences.  Greg Bautista is Latino Initiative Director of G-CAPP, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and Rebeca Lee-Pethel, a Public Health Advisor with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, which is part of the CDC, will facilitate this training.

The training will be held at the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of American Red Cross, 1955 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324.  The training lasts for three full days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Oct. 22, 23 and 24 and participants must attend class from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm all three days.  The cost of the training is $130 per person and this includes all necessary educational materials, certificate, books, posters for teaching, brochures and group activity kits, but not lunch.  To register for the training call 404-876-3602, dial extension "3", wait for assistance then request class number 04-3308, Hispanic HIV Prevention Education.  There are a small amount of partial scholarships are available for Metro-Atlanta residents.  Contact the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross at (404) 575-3155 for scholarship information. For additional information and a copy of the Spanish Language informational flyer please go to http://www.aidsalliance.us/hiv.htm.

Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm — NCBI-Emory joins PCORE in presenting the Welcoming Diversity & Conflict Resolution Train-the-Trainer Workshop.  The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) is a nonprofit leadership training and specializes in training a corps of community leaders who are taught effective bridge-building skills to combat intergroup conflicts.  The NCBI Train-the-Trainer teaches participants the range of skills that are necessary for providing influential leadership to end discrimination, reduce intergroup conflict, and build multi-group coalitions. Participants learn how to lead the NCBI Prejudice Reduction Workshop and the NCBI Controversial Issues Process. Since 1984, NCBI has conducted effective diversity programs on hundreds of college campuses.  After a rigorous, independent evaluation of dozens of college diversity programs, the U.S. Department of Education recognized NCBI's campus work as a "promising practice," a designation of excellence given to only a handful of programs in the United States.   

The NCBI Prejudice Reduction Workshop and the NCBI Controversial Issues Process workshops that participants will learn to lead include the following elements: 

  • Celebration of similarities and differences,
  • Recognition of misinformation regarding various groups,
  • Identification of and healing from internalized oppression,
  • Claiming of pride in group identity,
  • Understanding the personal impact of discrimination through the telling of stories,
  • Learning hands-on tools for dealing effectively with bigoted comments and behavior.
  • Helping individuals and groups to move hotly contested issues forward
  • Learning how to first listen first to the heartfelt concerns on all sides
  • Reframing the debate in a way that builds bridges.

The workshop will be held on the Emory University Campus.  The costs range from $175 for Emory Campus or non-profit associated individual registering prior to October 1.  A campus or non-profit team of three registering together will cost $650, and only $450 is fee is received prior to October 1st.  Corporate rates for an individual is $550, $450 prior to October 1.  For more information about NCBI-Emory, this workshop, or Unity Week programming please call Dr. Jody Usher at 404.712.8481 or by email at jody.usher@emory.edu.

Friday, November 12, Reception 7:00 pm & Production at 8:00 pm — GALEO Fundraiser of the play La Casa de Rigoberta mira al Sur.    In the play, a young girl watches her family mourn her death from the other side. Guided by her grandmother, she discovers that for them to heal, she too must let go. In the spirit of Alice Sebold's moving The Lovely Bones, Rigoberta gives poetry to grief and finds comedy in the strange ways in which we create closure. This acclaimed Nicaraguan production has touched audiences in Spain, Columbia, Brazil, Ecquador, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.  For more information please visit http://www.galeo.org/111204GALEO7StagesFundraiser.htm .  The play will be performed at 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta. 

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Health Students Taking Action Together (HSTAT) invite you to join their 3rd Annual Leadership Symposium “Preventing Childhood Obesity.”  According to public health experts, obesity is the first epidemic of the 21st century attend the symposium to find out more about how you can help stop America's fastest growing epidemic.  The symposium will be held on October 23-24 but you must register by October 7th to participate.  If you are interested in participating, please submit your name and a brief statement of your experience or your interest in the area of childhood obesity on our website at www.hstatweb.org. This inquiry must be submitted by October 7th.  Register today.Space is limited and this is an event you don't want to miss. “Preventing Childhood Obesity: HealthSTAT’s Call to Action”  Symposium will be held at the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine.  If you haven't been to one of HealthSTAT's Leadership Symposium's, it's like nothingyou've ever seen.  Student leaders spend a weekend learning about and tackling some of Georgia's toughest problems. It's a space where you'll make new friends, become educated on an important issue, share your experiences with other students, and learn what you can't in school. Last year's symposium brought together 45 students to develop a statement on the PeachCare funding crisis that was circulated to state legislators and the governor. This year you'll learn about childhood obesity prevention from  leaders on the issue while working with fellow students to develop service activities and an agenda to advocate for changes. In the end you'll be part of a group that helps shape the future for children around the state.  For more information please visit www.hstatweb.org

The 2004 Georgia Women's Assembly will be held Friday, November 19, 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street, in downtown Atlanta.  Attend the Assembly to learn about critical women's issues that will come before the 2005 General Assembly.  Keynote speakers include Secretary of State Cathy Cox, Dr.Charity Scott, Director of the Center for Health, Law and Society, Georgia State University, and Senator Angela Munson (D) Oklahoma, President of the National Conference of State Lesgislatures, and former Commitee Chair of the NCSL Health Committee.   Workshop topics include: Access to Healthcare, The State Budget (Revenue and Expenditure), Working Families, Immigrant and Refugee Health, and Child Support/Child Custody. Register before October 31 to take advantage of the discounted $85 early bird registration fee.  Registration from November 1-18 will be $100.  On-site registration will be $125.  Student Registration is $45. Save money and register today by calling 404.588.0405.

Air miles needed to make Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative (ALCI) Silent Auction a success.  Help ALCI's Silent Auction by donating your unused airline miles.  ALCI is preparing for the 9th Annual Fall Garden Party, to be held on Sunday, October 3, 2004, at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. The Garden Party features a Silent Auction to raise money for programs and services offered to clients. ALCI has hotel stays in some exciting destinations as auction items and could use your help gathering the frequent flier miles to make complete travel packages to auction.  They are looking for: Two (2) donations of 60,000 Delta or other airline miles for two tickets to Hawaii (total 120,000 miles)  Four (4) donations of 25,000 Delta or other airline miles for tickets within the continental United States (total 100,000). If you have miles in the increments described above that you'd like to donate, please contact Shirley Adams at shirleyadams@alci.org or 404.688.ALCI(2524). Thank you for helping ALCI and the women we serve. See you at the Garden Party on October 3rd!  ALCI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Learn more about the Garden Partyby going to http://www.alci.org/gardenparty/.

Summit Collaborative and CTCNet have recently released a report on Technology Programs working with the homeless.  It can be found at: http://www2.ctcnet.org/ctc/summit/tech_programs_and_homeless_clients.doc   

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Job Opportunities
 

Information regarding a large job fair received. For job descriptions, details, qualifications and contact information on previously posted opportunities go to http://georgiasummit.org/resources/opportunities/.

 

Wednesday, October 27, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm — Fall 2004 Airport Job Fair   Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the state's largest employer, is looking for dedicated individuals who will help us achieve our mission... "to be the World's Best Airport by exceeding customer expectations."

The job fair will take place in the Americas Mart, Building 1, Second Floor. All candidates are encouraged to attend dressed in business attire and bring multiple copies of their resume.

Industry Openings Include: 

  • Package Handlers
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service Agents
  • Security Officers
  • Food/ Retail Positions
  • Construction Positions
  • Stock Clerks/ Luggage Handlers
  • Assistant Managers/ Supervisors
  • Sales Associates / Cashiers

For directions, call 404.220.2601. For information on companies and positions call 404.209.4187.

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