I recently moved away and have still been reading CL online because of Scott and Curt. I agree with those saying that the recently former employees of CL out get together with John Sugg and Andisheh Nouraee to publish something worth reading. Banks aren't too keen on making loans for home buyers- maybe they'd invest in something like a good paper.
I had an interview to work for H Lamar Willis once. He was 3 hours late (the "lunch meeting" he had lasted longer than expected) but I needed a job and waited... I'd been instructed to park in a specific spot yada yada yada $40 for an interview resulting in the old, "You're really over qualified for this position." At least I got a Christmas card asking for donations!
I'm not Tim's BFF nor would I even call him a friend- fellow activist is probably a better word. He's a smart guy and good at organizing. I don't always agree with him but I do respect him. I'm not a 100% supporter of the Occupy movement for example. That shit's got major issues. Tim would not be a concern because he has a way about himself that can help calm a crowd and work some logic and sensibility in there. He can get people to really think about what they're saying and what their goals are. He's not manipulative- he's just good at helping organize and helping people process things. He's a good guy. He's the guy who organically becomes a leader in a group because of the respect he earns. And the respect he gives. He's genuinely concerned and that shows. You get a lot of bullshit and opportunists and fairweather folk in the activist community. People who don't quite get it. Tim gets it and while he's usually down to help communicate with others what he believes he's also down for a conversation that might change his mind as well. He's not some egomaniac going around even thinking about controlling people or going about saying his way is the only way.
The APD- I wouldn't trust them as far as I can spit. I can't tell you how many times I've reminded them/ educated them about the rights we have and what we can and cannot do with or without a permit. Should I really need to get an ACLU atty on the phone each time APD breaks a law and violates our rights? And if the FBI is going to get involved? For one thing they're being completely ignorant. Tim works night and day for the American Friends Service Committee which is connected with the Friends- the Quakers. You know, the folks who are completely opposed to violence. How ridiculous that the FBI would target him and think he might be involved in guns or violence of any kind.
I realize writing this makes me sound like a close pal of Tim- I'm not and I've only worked with him here and there. He's not perfect and I've never felt inclined to hang out with him socially or something like that (no offense intended). He may have somehow become the media's choice for a voice of the Atlanta movement and in some weird way the Occupy Atlanta media darling. One thing he is certainly not would be some kind of violent person or even someone who would be around those types without discouraging violence at the least!
Bernice has countered the work civil rights activists (including her parents) have done for the LGBTQ community. They have not been dedicated to civil rights or human rights at all. They seek to make money off the struggles of all who worked with MLK Jr. and that is disgusting. What the hell is Andy Young going to do- persuade them with his blood diamond money to get their shit together? Rev. Lowery might be a better choice. Hosea Williams may have been a character, but; at least his daughter has continued to work for civil rights and human rights. The King kids need to take a cue from her.
I think the Coke murals are historic landmarks, by the way. Not sure, though.
Code Enforcement is part of the APD (I believe) and are officially the Bureau of Code Compliance. You call and they'll tell you that for problems like rats or a hole in your roof that it could take at least 30 days or more for an officer to come out AND that if you give them a number that it will be seen on their website. Who knows if that is true. Using their not quite decent website http://www.atlantaga.gov/government/planni… and click on the Check on the Status of your Request you can check the status of complaints (supposedly) and typing in North Highland you get some addresses but nothing near that given for the laundry spot.
Buddy's address is 1079 North Ave and when I search for that address something comes up about overgrowth with the complaint coming in on 9/23/11, assigned to Ezron Benjamin (maybe that's last name then first name?) and Corey Tate going out to inspect it on 11/9/11 at 6:13 pm at which point there was no overgrowth seen. So maybe that's the jackass who decided to tell the laundry building guy to take it down or get cited.
Usually someone from Code is assigned to a certain part of town (which is great when they're besties with so and so and you try and get someone else out there to do the inspection and the supervisor wants to know if you're questioning the integrity of their officers and you're like, yeh, but don't say that because you need someone to come out and not in the 30 day plus estimate you've been given...I'm looking at you Juan on the S side) so you could eliminate a number of people. Especially considering all the cuts that have been made to the department. Seriously- caving in ceiling is going to take 30 or more days? At least sewage overflow takes less than two weeks usually. Try to see the positive...
It's not like they actually know the law 100% of the time- I've known some people to get citations for serious bullshit. Then you talk to someone in the office (supervisor) and they're like, "A judge isn't going to rule in our favor on that so I'm not going to try it." You can go to these hearings, FYI.
The USA Today article is incorrect. Martina Correia was 44 years old. She was a veteran of the Gulf War (she was a nurse), a dedicated human rights advocate on the ground here in GA and abroad and a devoted mother amongst other things.
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