June 13th Free Grocery and PPE Giveaway event in Pittsburgh

Good evening everyone! The Pittsburgh Collaborative had a very successful grocery and PPE event May 30th, and it’s time to do it again.  Please post the attached flyer on your neighborhood pages, newsletters, robocalls, or however you connect with your neighborhood during these trying times.  We fed 200 families on May 30th and hope to meet or surpass that number this time around!  Please help spread the word.  Thank you!

NPU-V Townhall & Solidarity Walk

Join us as we come together for an NPU-V Townhall and Solidarity Walk.

We will be discussing our elected officials’ response to our NPU-V community demands and steps for advancing our community. We will conclude with a solidarity walk to Wendy’s for prayer and fellowship over our community and for the family of Rayshard Brooks.

When: Friday, June 26th @ 6pm
Where: Four Corners Park (1040 Crew Street SW Atlanta, GA 30315)

Seating is limited so please bring a chair!

Facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2645298845745608/

City of Atlanta Planning Office Updates

Good afternoon, NPU Leaders. Apologies for the multiple emails today. I wanted to send you information on a few things today, and I hope that you will share with your members as appropriate:

IMPACT FEES PUBLIC HEARING – MONDAY, JUNE 22ND

As you may know, the City is in the process of updating the Development Impact Fee Study and Ordinance for the first time in over 25 years. (Impact Fees are a one-time fee on a new or proposed development project to pay for all or a portion of the costs of providing public services to the new development). The community is invited to take part in the public engagement period that ends with a public hearing scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. When we posted this on social media, there was a lot of confusion about this project, so I invite you to review the website, review the attached overview, and if you have any questions, please ask. The most frequently heard concern was that this is a fee assessed to residents. It is not.

In addition to the attached overview of the proposed update previously shared, feel free to complete the survey and/or visit the Impact Fee Update website.

WB 1012: BYLAWS CLINIC – THURSDAY, JULY 9TH

We’ve talked quite a bit about bylaws over the past few months, haven’t we? In hindsight, I realize we should have scheduled this class for June and next year we will. As a reminder, bylaws are due into DCP no later than September 30th and anyone who resides, owns property, or has a place of business in the NPU can vote on bylaws without any restrictions. NPUs are not required to amend their bylaws, but you are required to approve them annually. Considering what we’ve all learned in the past few months, you’ll probably agree that at least one amendment is in order. 😊 The Bylaws Clinic will review important recommendations for your bylaws, and identify problem areas. Of course, we’ll also talk about recommended amendments in light of present conditions (Covid-19). Please attend this class or invite your Bylaws Committee Chair to attend. This will really help us avoid issues and problems in September. The class is open to neighborhood groups and other residents as well. As with all NPU University classes, registration is required. Please register here: https://www.npuatlanta.org/event-details/wb-1012-bylaws-clinic. For questions, please contact Samantha at 404.546.0158 or snterry@atlantaga.gov.

BOARDS, AUTHORITIES, COMMISSIONS, ETC.

I regret that I cannot offer an update on BZA, ZRB, LRB, APAB or any other board at this time. As soon as I know something, I will let you know. As a reminder, we are following best practices as it relates to credit for attendance at APAB (pertaining to your requirements for grant eligibility), which means that all members will be given credit for attending cancelled meetings since we cannot know whether they would have attended if a meeting was held.

DASHBOARD

Today you received an invitation to the beta version launch of our NPU Dashboard (flyer attached). Please be sure to share this widely. We’re really excited to be able to share this with you and walk you through how to use it. As you may know, we have worked really hard on this over the past year (special thanks to you who participated in the focus group to help us make improvements), so being able to share it with you is definitely a highlight for us. And once we get it up and running, we’ll be moving on to our next big idea! You can register to attend the Dashboard launch here.

As always, if we can support you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for all you do for Atlanta.

Kindest regards,

 Leah LaRue, Registered Mediator

Assistant Director, Neighborhood Planning Units

NPU-V Statement and Demands: Divest in Policing, Reinvestment in Communities

After many meetings and very lengthy meetings, our communities have put forth these recommendations hoping they are used as references to guide the conversations from true community. Please read the recommendations and we get back with us as soon as possible.

Thank You
Columbus Ward

Attachment: NPU-V community demands[2702]

Divest in Policing, Reinvestment in Communities

NPU-V demands the following actions take place to support and advance our communities after the killing of Mr. Rayshard Brooks by officers of the Atlanta Police Department in our community in addition to other unjust experiences:

  • The NPU-V community members shall be on the hiring committee for the next police chief, NPU’s shall select representation and community members should constitute at least 25% of the hiring committee
  • Adopt a formal community policing program and provide required training in community policing require that the entire file of police officers be released as part of the investigation after a police-involved shooting
  • Impose intervention requirement for officers in presence of officer interacting with a suspect in a manner that violates protocols
  • Eliminate qualified immunity for police officers sued by the families of decedents (civil actions)
  • Limit police use of deadly force/require reasonable force standard not necessary force standard
  • Prohibit use of chokeholds by police
  • Require release of body cam footage within a proscribed period
  • Officer pensions should be forfeited if they are found guilty of misconduct
  • Defund police weaponry to reinvest in social community programs
  • Community members shall be on the hiring committees for the new police chief
  • Transform APD policing policies procedures and trainings to support community policing efforts
  • Support community efforts to end voter’s suppression
  • Adopt the remaining 6 of the 8 Cannot Wait policies that are not currently adopted in the City of Atlanta
  • Pass the Hate Crime bill in FULL at the local city level
  • Support to end Stand Your Ground
  • Support to end Citizen’s Arrest
  • Remove qualified immunity status for police officers
  • Implement Mandatory psychological testing, racial bias trainings, and lie detector testing to prevent racialized arrests and killings.
  • Extend academy training to include community policing engagement
  • An independent review of all APD police shootings shall be mandatory, findings and results shall be given to communities and District Attorney
  • 120-day moratorium on use of all military grade equipment in the City of Atlanta
  • Mandate community input on new hiring of officers
  • Demand Prosecutor accountability via Community Review Board
  • Processes for ACCOUNTABILITY and public communication (HIRE PEOPLE FROM RESPECTIVE COMMUNITIES) to increase transparency
  • Develop, implement, and disclose a CONFLICT OF INTEREST CLAUSE
  • Community and Officials shall appoint a citizen review board with a paid position
  • Elected officials must support, advocate, legislate for the interests of the communities they represent
  • Put a limit on the number of terms an elected position can be held, reduced to 8 consecutive years not more.
  • Impose a Cease of fire from all APD officers via a 90-day moratorium in the City of Atlanta, ONLY if the life of the officer is imperiled.
  • APD, Personnel violations need to be made available to the public and open records act.

These actions are steppingstones to eliminating inequity and are in no way exhaustive. We request a response to these demands within two (2) weeks on Friday, June 26th, 2020 by 5 PM.

Election Day on Tuesday, June 9th

Voting in person: 

  • Expect long lines
  • Voters are asked to wear a face covering.
  • Those in line will also be asked to stand at least 6 feet apart
  • The number of voters inside the poll at a given time will be limited.
  • Know what is on the ballot before heading to the polls. View sample ballot 

Polling location Changes:
Some polling locations changed due to date conflicts after the Election Day changes. Other sites, particularly senior centers and assisted living facilities expressed concerns about members of the public visiting those locations. View all polling location changesFind my polling site.

For more information, click here: https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/inside-fulton-county/fulton-county-departments/registration-and-elections/voting-one-stop-shop

Watershed NPU Information for June

Good afternoon NPU leadership. I hope that you all continue to be well and safe as we remain in this posture of altered operations and sheltering in place.

Watershed was scheduled to make a presentation at each June NPU meeting. Respectfully, we will need to postpone our plans to do so this month. Many of you may be aware that we are in a period of transition with our leadership in Watershed and our current Interim Commissioner is taking some time to review all items now under her purview. I thank you for your willingness to allow us to bring this information to the residents of your NPU and as soon as IC Browning is ready to move forward, I will formally make the request to you again. NPU Ambassadors will be available to participate in those meetings that are planned for this month and they will be equipped with the attached information.

Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions. I am available to you at any time. Thank you.

DWM Bill Dispute InfographicLisa Baker