You've watched as the number of casualties has mounted. You've heard about troops coming home mentally and physically damaged. You want to do something to help, but you don't know where to start. Here are some options: The Atlanta chapter of Women's Action for New Directions sponsors anti-war events, including a peace protest every Friday at noon at Colony Square, at 14th and Peachtree streets. The Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition organizes anti-war education programs, wages a truth-in-recruiting campaign, and lobbies for an Iraq exit plan. And MoveOn.org is working to give a bigger voice to regular Americans through an online petition calling for the return of troops stationed in Iraq.
For more info on Women's Action for New Directions, visit www.atlantawand.org. To get involved with the Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition, visit www.georgiapeace.org. To fill out MoveOn.org's war petition, visit political.moveon.org/iraq/.
· Atlanta Planning Advisory Board The board, which works with neighborhood planning units, meets the third Saturday of every month to discuss land use, zoning, transportation, the environment, and parks and open spaces. Every third Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Committee Room No. 2, Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899.
· Atlanta Urban Design Commission The UDC works to protect buildings and areas of Atlanta that have historic value. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions. Second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6200.
· Avondale City Council The City Council discusses regular business, future plans for the city and other community issues. Fourth Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Avondale City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates. www.avondaleestates.org. 404-294-5400.
· Buckhead Business Association The BBA focuses on the economic and cultural vitality of Buckhead. Thursdays, 7:30-9 a.m. No meeting Dec. 29. Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. www.buckheadbusiness.org. 404-262-7379.
· Citizen Advisory Council State Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Norcross, holds monthly meetings for residents District 5 (along the I-85 corridor) to discuss concerns of the community. Dates of meetings may vary slightly. Last Saturday of every month, 2 p.m. Patacon Pisao Colombian Restaurant, 4930 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. www.becauseyourvoicecounts.com. 678-380-0206.
· DeKalb Commissioners Come in person or watch the live broadcast on Channel 23, which is replayed throughout the week. Second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. www.co.dekalb.ga.us. 404-371-2082.
· 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.
· Gwinnett Dems Meet The Gwinnett Democratic Party is gearing up for the elections in November of next year by coming up with events to promote Democrat victories in Georgia. Last Tuesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. www.gwinnettdemocrats.org.
· 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. NPU-N, which includes Inman Park, Cabbagetown, Candler Park, Druid Hills, Poncey-Highland and Reynoldstown meets at 7:30 p.m., the fourth Thursday of every month, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. 404-523-9922. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov or call 404-330-6899. Dates and times vary.
· 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.
· Young Republicans The Buckhead Young Republicans hold socials on a monthly basis. Drinks, political discussion and networking are all on the menu, as well as free appetizers. Fourth Thursday of every month, 8 p.m. Location varies monthly. www.buckheadyr.org. 770-265-5268.
· 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" on WWAA-AM (1690) Air America-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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