Activists, organizations and citizens interested in learning more about how to help push for progressive change in government should check out the Georgia Progressive Summit. The summit, which will be held Fri.-Sun., Jan. 6-8, will offer workshops such as lobby training, at which an ACLU representative will teach basics about the state Legislature and discuss topics likely to come up in the next legislative session; the role of independent media, with panelists such as Creative Loafing's own John Sugg; and grassroots organizing, which will coach participants on how to rally and raise funds in their communities. Groups participating in the summit include Georgia Watch, Coalition for the People's Agenda, League of Women Voters of Georgia, the Georgia Rural Urban Summit and Georgia for Democracy.
Early registration for the Georgia Progressive Summit, which will be held at Georgia State University, is $75 for both days, or $45 for Saturday or Sunday only. Price includes conference materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks. For more info or to register, visit www.gps2006.org.
· Buckhead Business Association The BBA meets to discuss the economic and cultural vitality of Buckhead. Thursdays (except Dec. 29), 7:30-9 a.m. Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. www.buckheadbusiness.org. 404-262-7379.
· College Park City Council Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month (Jan. 2 meeting will move to Tues., Jan. 3), 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park. www.collegeparkga.com. 404-669-3754.
· Decatur City Council The Council meets twice a month to discuss local government and community endeavors. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month (Jan. 2 meeting will move to Tues., Jan. 3), 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. www.decaturga.com. 404-371-8386.
· Drinking Liberally Democrats get together to discuss politics and whatever else comes up after a few drinks. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. www.drinkingliberally.org. 404-370-1717.
· East Point City Council Local government and city planning will be discussed. Third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month (Jan. 2 meeting will move to Tues., Jan. 3), 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point. www.eastpointcity.org. 404-765-1000.
· Fulton Commissioners Come to the Fulton County Commission meeting at the beginning of the month to hear zoning cases, or at the end of the month to hear commissioner and county manager issues. Third Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m.; first Wednesday of every month, 10 a.m. Fulton County Government Center's Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St. www.co.fulton.ga.us/commissioners. 404-730-8200.
· Neighborhood Planning Unit The city's Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. Dates and times vary. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899.
· S. Atlantans for Neighborhood Development SAND is comprised of Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Benteen Park and Woodland Hills. Residents are encouraged to voice their concerns. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave. www.sandatlanta.org.
· State Senate district 5 State Sen. Curt Thompson holds monthly meetings for residents of District 5, along the I-85 corridor, to discuss issues and community concerns. Breakfast is free. Last Saturday of the month, though dates of meetings sometimes vary. The next meeting will be held Sat., Jan. 7, 10 a.m. Patacon Pisao Colombian Restaurant, 4930 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. www.becauseyourvoicecounts.com. 678-380-0206.
· Virginia-Highland Civic Virginia-Highlanders meet the first Monday of every month (Jan. 2 meeting will move to Mon., Jan. 9) at 7 p.m. Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.vahi.org.
· Young Dems of Atlanta The Young Democrats of Atlanta meet monthly to socialize, talk politics, and figure out ways to get young people involved in campaigns. First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. 404-525-3447.
· CL events:
· Political Party Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party on Wed., Jan. 11. The event, which is open to the public and encourages discussion of issues facing metro Atlanta, is held the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., at Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St. atlanta.creativeloafing.com/politicalparty.
· Air Loaf Hear CL's writers and critics discuss their stories on Air Loaf at WWAA-AM (1690) Air Atlanta. Discussions of various stories are aired just after the news on weekdays at 7 a.m., noon, 5 and 9 p.m. A two-hour show, on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon, features local topics and well-known guests.
· Sugg's News Hour Find out the news behind the news on CL Group Senior Editor John Sugg's "Progressive News Hour" every Thursday at noon on WRFG-FM (89.3).
· Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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