Overcoming immigration ignorance 

Town hall meeting

Here's your chance to become better informed about one of today's hot-button topics: immigration reform. The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) is sponsoring a town hall meeting Tues., Feb. 7, featuring some of Georgia's top immigration experts. Scheduled speakers include Sen. Sam Zamarripa, D-Atlanta, Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, immigration attorney Joyce Fleming, and Mario Martinez, chairman of the Governor's Commission for a New Georgia. The panel's moderator will be Maddie Pimentel, chairwoman of the Mexican-American Business Chamber.

GALEO'S immigration town hall meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Loudermilk Conference Center, 40 Courtland St. The event is free, but reservations are required. RSVP by calling 404-802-2228 or e-mailing galeotownhall@bellsouth.net.

· Buckhead Business association The next meeting, Thurs., Feb. 2, will feature Sam Massell, former Atlanta mayor. Cost for non-members: $15, Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. 404-262-7379. www.buckheadbusiness.org.

· College Park Council Issues not on the agenda may be addressed at the beginning of the meeting. The next meeting is Mon., Feb. 6. First Monday of every month; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park. 404-669-3754. www.collegeparkga.com.

· Decatur City Council The council discusses local governmental issues. The next meeting is Mon., Feb. 6, and will address, among other items, the Ponce de Leon Court historic district application. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Temporary City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-371-8386. www.decaturga.com.

· Drinking Liberally Dems get together and discuss politics and whatever else comes up after a few drinks. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-370-1717. www.drinkingliberally.org.

· East Point City Council Local governmental issues will be discussed. The next meeting is Mon., Feb. 6. First Monday of every month; third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point. 404-765-1000. www.eastpointcity.org.

· Fiscal Wake-Up Tour The Concord Coalition brings its nationwide tour to Atlanta, with speakers from across the political spectrum who will address unsustainable national debt. Join David Walker, comptroller general of the U.S., in a public forum that will be taped by Georgia Public Broadcasting. Reception at 5:30 p.m.; taping will follow. Tues., Feb. 7. Georgia Public Broadcasting Studios, 260 14th St. 404-584-0008. www.concordcoalition.org.

· Kirkwood Environmentalists This group focuses on preserving parks, planting trees and protecting the Kirkwood neighborhood. The next meeting is Thurs., Feb. 2. First Thursday of every month, 6-7 p.m. Sun In My Belly, 138 Kirkwood Road. 404-370-0856. www.historic-kirkwood.com.

· Kirkwood Neighbors Kirkwood residents are invited to attend meetings to discuss community business. The next meeting is Fri., Feb. 10. Held on the 10th of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. Turner Monumental AME Church, 66 Howard St. 404-378-5970. www.historic-kirkwood.com.

· Neighborhood Planning Units Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and City Council. Each NPU meets monthly to hear community concerns. Membership is open to residents or businesses within the NPU. Act locally! Dates and times vary; check the NPU website to see which NPU you belong to. 404-330-6899. www.atlantaga.gov.

· NPU-B Includes Buckhead, Brookhaven, and Garden Hills. The next meeting is Tues., Feb. 7. First Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-233-1355.

· South Atlantans for N-hood development SAND serves residents and businesses in Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, and Benteen Park. The next meeting is Thurs., Feb. 2. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave. 404-627-2216. www.sandatlanta.org.

· Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable The roundtable is designed to promote green efforts in Georgia. The next one is Fri., Feb. 3, on the topic: "The Future of Sustainability in Georgia: What's Happening with legislation in the General Assembly?" Topics and fees vary each month. RSVPs preferred. First Friday of every month, 7:30-9 a.m. All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree St. 404-881-4663. www.southface.org.

· Virginia-Highlanders The Virginia-Highland Civic Association's next meeting is Mon., Feb. 6. First Monday of every month, 7 p.m., Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.vahi.org.

· CL events:

· Political Party Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of experts at the next Political Party Wed., Feb. 8. This month's topic is: Are Georgia's schools getting better or worse under Gov. Sonny Perdue? The event, which is open to the public and encourages discussion of issues facing metro Atlanta. Second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St. atlanta.creativeloafing.com/politicalparty.

· Air Loaf Hear CL's writers discuss their stories on Air Loaf at WWAA-AM (1690) Air Atlanta. News and culture chats are aired weekdays at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. A two-hour call-in show, Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon, features well-known guests.

· Sugg's News Hour Find out the news behind the news on CL 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 publicagenda@creativeloafing.com.

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