November 25, 2014 - Several thousand demonstrators last night took to Atlanta's streets to protest a St. Louis grand jury's decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Local authorities arrested several-dozen protesters — including some who blocked the Downtown connector and others who destroyed property — during more than seven hours of protests. Two journalists working to cover the events, including CL freelance reporter John Ruch, were among those arrested over the course of the evening.
The two large demonstrations, one drawing thousands to Underground Atlanta and another zigzagging across Downtown, were mostly peaceful. Nearly 3,000 protesters initially descended upon Downtown for a peaceful "community speakout" organized by the same group behind a massive Aug. 18 protest about Brown's killing. Last night's four-hour event featured activist speeches, artistic performances, and numerous moments of silence for Brown.
November 1, 2014 - Chomp and Stomp Festival is the little neighborhood of Cabbagetown’s annual fundraiser. On its 12th year, the festival continues to grow, even on as cold and windy a day as this past November 1. What started out as a small festival, with 20 individual chilis and around 900 attendees, now completely takes over the entire Cabbagetown neighborhood for a day. The day starts out with the Chomp and Romp 5k and continues into bluegrass bands playing on four stages, an artist market and non-chili food vendors to feed the people who missed out on the chili. For a $5 donation, you get a recyclable spoon, which lets you sample as much chili as you can get your hands on. Throughout the day games including a cabbage shredding contest, a slaw-eating contest, and a bobbing for Brussels sprouts contest were played in the park.