Women. Power. Peace.

April 2013 Calendar of Events

April 1

Georgia WAND Event: Nuclear Committee Meeting

Georgia WAND’s Nuclear Committee is meeting again this Monday, April 1! Come join the discussion group focusing on all things nuclear: including weapons, waste, power, and clean-up. Also hear updates on Georgia WAND’s work. We’ll start with socializing and lunch, and then follow-up with discussion. Whether this is your first time or you’ve joined us before, this is a great opportunity to be involved!

When: Monday, April 1; Meet at 12:30 PM for socializing and lunch, discussion starts at 1 PM

Where: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

For more information, contact bobbie@georgiawand.org or call 404-524-5999.

April 2

Community Partner Event: Alabama Bus Trip

Come join Planned Parenthood for the Women’s Day Rally and Lobby Day at the Alabama State Capitol! Opponents of women's health have proposed Alabama House Bill 57, known as TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers), which places medically unnecessary regulations on health clinics that provide abortions that are not imposed on other medical facilities.

Planned Parenthood will be chartering a bus to leave from Atlanta at 9 AM and return in the early evening. There is no cost to attend, but they ask that you RSVP no later than Thursday, March 28 to ensure adequate space.

When: Tuesday, April 2; Bus Leaving from Atlanta at 9 AM and Returning in Early Evening

Where: Traveling to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, AL

Meeting Place- parking lot of CWA Local 3204 at 279 Logan Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

For more information and to RSVP, contact Amber English at 404-567-8307 or Amber.English@ppfa.org.

April 2

Community Partner Event: Immigration Forum

Immigration Reform is coming! What should it look like? Hear from key speakers about possibilities for immigration reform, detention and enforcement issues, legislative issues, and more. Additional issues around immigration reform include paths to citizenship, border security, and E-verify. Come be a part of the conversation, and let your legislators know where you stand!

When: Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030

For more information, contact Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition / Atlanta at 404-522-9659.

April 4

Community Event: Ray Day at GSU

Come join the Ray Day event to inspire sustainability among students! Sponsored by the Ray Anderson Foundation, guest speakers will include Laura Turner Seydel, national environmental advocate and eco-living expert; Ciannat Howett, director of sustainability and adjunct professor at Emory University; and Bill Strang, president, operations group, TOTO USA.

The speakers will be followed by a panel discussion and free lunch. Come out and join in spreading the message of sustainability on Georgia State’s campus!

When: Thursday, April 4, 12-2 PM

Where: Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta GA 30303

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/532335633477619/.

April 9

Community Partner Event: ‘Taking on Nuclear Deterrence’

Come hear the presentation by Martin Hellman: ‘The Wisdom of Foolishness: Taking on Nuclear Deterrence.’ Hellman is a Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and a founding member of the NAPF Silicon Valley Chapter.

Hellman's talk explores the paradox that some of the most innovative human advances initially look foolish. Therefore, even though society sees efforts to reduce the risk posed by nuclear weapons as a ‘fool's errand,’ it may be a very wise endeavor.

The presentation is sponsored by: Daisy Alliance; Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs; Center for International Strategy, Technology & Policy; Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Program; and the General Ray Davis Memorial Fund.

Light refreshments will be served.

When: Tuesday, April 9, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: Georgia Tech's Manufacturing Research Center (‘MaRC’), Rm 114

Address- 813 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

April 9 and 23

Community Partner: Stop Plant Vogtle Coalition Meetings

Come join the coalition of folks working on creative ways to organize against Plant Vogtle and the construction and financing of the new nuclear reactors! This month, meetings will be on Tuesday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 23.

When: Every other Tuesday at 7 PM; Next Meetings on April 9 and April 23 at 7 PM

(Upcoming Meetings: May 7 and 21, June 4 and 18, July 2, 16, and 30)

Where: 414 Oakdale Road NE, Atlanta GA

For more information, e-mail courtney@georgiawand.org or StopPlantVogtle@gmail.com or visit stopplantvogtle.com.

April 10

Community Event: Georgia for Immigration Reform

Calling all Georgia Immigrants’ rights advocates, friends, and allies for Immigration Reform! Join the mobilization at the State Capitol as part of the National Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. These days, the debate over immigration reform has taken center stage in Washington, D.C. and nationwide. Make your voice heard in the MARCH for Immigration Reform in downtown Atlanta!

When: Wednesday, April 10 at 10 AM

Where: Georgia State Capitol

For more information, contact the Georgia Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition at GIRRC-owner@yahoogroups.com.

April 13

Community Event: Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Make your voice heard to create communities safe from gun violence! Mayors Against Illegal Guns is holding a rally to advocate for common sense gun laws, calling on Georgia Senators to support comprehensive and universal background checks for all gun purchases.

If you are unable to attend the rally, you can still contact, in their Washington D.C. Offices, Senator Isakson at 202-224-3643 and Senator Chambliss at 202-224-3521, asking them to support this important legislation.

When: Saturday, April 13, 11 AM - 12 PM

Where: The King Center, 449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30312

For more information, contact Linda Olson at 503-680-4294.

April 18

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Meeting

Georgia WAND will be at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Meeting in Waynesboro, where they will discuss the annual assessment of the Vogtle Plant Units with the public. Join us as we talk with the NRC about the impacts of Plant Vogtle on all Georgia residents and specifically the issues with new reactors being built.

When: Thursday, April 18 at 7 PM

Where: Augusta Technical College Waynesboro Campus in the Auditorium

216 Georgia Highway 24 S Waynesboro GA

For more information or to carpool, contact lisa@georgiawand.org or call 404-524-5999.

April 18

Community Partner Event: Beyond the Headlines- What Americans Need to Know about Israel / Palestine

Come hear a presentation by Alison Weir, executive director of If Americans Knew (www.ifamericansknew.org) and president of the Council for the National Interest (www.councilforthenationalinterest.org). Weir, a former journalist, has visited the Middle East many times, beginning with the West Bank and Gaza at the height of the second Palestinian intifada in 2001.

The presentation is hosted by Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, and there will be free admission and free parking.

When: Thursday, April 18; Reception with light refreshments at 6:30 PM, Program at 7 PM

Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030

(3 blocks east of East Lake MARTA station.)

For more information, call 404-522-4500, e-mail bgood333@bellsouth.net or visit georgiapeace.org.

April 23

Community Partner Event: Earth Day Discussion

Come out for the Earth Day Discussion with Between God and Green author, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson. She will share the story about how evangelicals are cultivating a middle ground on climate change and will discuss lessons and insights from her research.

This Charis Circle event is co-sponsored by Earth Day Network 2013 and Georgia WAND.

When:Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 - 9 PM

Where: Charis Books in Little Five Points, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

For more information, call 404-524-0304 or check out Charis Books online.

April 24

PSC Hearing on Georgia Power's Energy Plan

Come to the next Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) Meeting to show your support for coal plant retirements and expanded energy efficiency and solar energy in the 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)!

In the first of three upcoming public hearings, the PSC will consider Georgia Power's 2013 long-term energy plan. Georgia Power's historical reliance on coal and reluctance to expand energy efficiency and solar has left Georgia behind in transitioning to a clean energy economy. Now is the opportunity to speak out about the 2013 IRP and call for a new direction based in clean energy!

When: Wednesday, April 24 at 10 AM

Where: Hearing Room, 1st Floor at the Public Service Commission
244 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30334

For more information, contact Amelia Shenstone from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy at amelia@cleanenergy.org.

April 26

Community Partner Event: Chernobyl Day Film Screening

Twenty-seven years ago, on April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl reactor in Ukraine exploded and caused a disaster of unimaginable scale. In remembrance of the nuclear catastrophe and to inspire creative resistance against deadly nuclear technology, Nuclear Watch South is sponsoring a film screening:

When the Castor Rolls- An Educational Animation

Castor, Clowns, and Chaoten- A documentary about the diversity of direct actions and demonstrations in the area of Gorleben before and during the deliveries

After the films, everyone is invited to discuss nuclear power resistance, direct action, legitimacy of "illegal" actions, solidarity and diversity, and more.

There will be free pizza and drinks, and the event is free but donations are welcome.

When: Friday, April 26 at 7 PM

Where: 414 Oakdale Rd. NE, Atlanta GA 30307

(Street parking: 2 blocks North of Candler Park MARTA station. 414 Oakdale Rd. is just past the intersection of McLendon and Oakdale Rd.)

For more information, call 404-524-5999 or contact Nuclear Watch South at 404-378-4263 or nukewatchsouth@mindspring.com.

April 27

Georgia WAND and Community Event: Inman Park Parade

Georgia WAND is participating with a float in the annual Inman Park Parade, including peace puppets, song chants, music, and dancers of all ages. We are showcasing our very own action hero, ‘WANDA WOMAN’, and her many helpers, taking on evil Atom Bombardo and the dreaded Drone! Come join us for the parade as we promote a message of peace!

When: Saturday, April 27, starting at 2 PM; Georgia WAND group will meet beforehand- TBA

Where: Inman Park beginning on Edgewood Avenue at Spruce Street

For more information, contact emilia@georgiawand.org or call 404-524-5999.

April 28

Georgia WAND Event: Mother’s Day for Peace

Georgia WAND’s Annual Mother’s Day for Peace event will be held on the Agnes Scott Campus. This event allows us time to come together to celebrate our hard work and remember the vision of strong women who have worked for justice and to end war. This year, the keynote speaker will be Laura Turner Seydel, an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.

When: Sunday April 28, 4-6 PM

Where: Agnes Scott College Campus

For more information, click here or contact courtney@georgiawand.org.

April (continuing Spring Event)

Community Event: Walter Rodney Public Speakers Series

Take the opportunity to hear a weekly series, celebrating Walter Rodney, an acclaimed Historian, activist, and Pan-Africanist! These events are free and open to the public and include different speakers all spring long.

When: Usually Thursdays, 5-6 PM, Spring 2013 (day may be different on certain weeks)

Currently Scheduled Days: April 4, 18, and 25

Where: Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta GA 30314 (Some events have location differences)

For specific times and locations for each speaker event, visit http://research.auctr.edu/content.php?pid=413171&sid=3375492.

For more information, contact the series organizer, jbenjamin@kennesaw.edu.

Contact Us

Georgia Women's Action for New Directions

250 Georgia Avenue
Suite 202
Atlanta, GA 30312

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