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Immigration

On the Sat., Feb. 11, broadcast of Air Loaf, Ellen Beattie of the International Rescue Committee will join CL Editor Ken Edelstein in a discussion of the unfolding crisis of Atlanta's Katrina refugees, who lose their hotel accommodations this week. Beattie also will discuss the resettlement of international refugees in metro Atlanta, and the restrictions they've faced since 9/11. The second hour of the radio show will be a debate over restrictions on illegal immigrants between state Sen. Sam Zamarripa, D-Atlanta, and an as-yet-unnamed supporter of immigration restrictions.

"Air Loaf" airs every Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, on Air Atlanta 1690. Listen in and call at 404-633-1690.

· Brookhaven Alliance The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. This month's meeting will be held Thurs., Feb. 16, with special guest Sam Massell, former mayor of Atlanta and current president of the Buckhead Coalition. PATH Academy, 3007 Hermance Drive. 678-754-4594.

· Cabbagetown Neighbors The Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., to discuss community issues and events. The next meeting will be Tues., Feb. 14. Cabbagetown Community Center, 177 Estoria St. 404-526-9900.

· Meet Sen. Thompson Sen. Curt Thompson holds monthly meetings for constituents in District 5, which surrounds the I-85 corridor and is one of the most diverse districts in the state. The next meeting will be Sat., Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. and will focus on immigration proposals. Free breakfast. Third Saturday of every month, Patacon Pisa'o Colombian Restaurant, 4930 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. 770-696-4777. www.becauseyourvoicecounts.org.

· DeKalb Young Dems The Young Dems 2006 kickoff event is free and open to the public. Invited guests include Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, and other Democratic officeholders. Mon., Feb. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Decatur Library, lower meeting room, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-538-4034. www.dekalbyd.com.

· East Atlanta Community Help shape the future of East Atlanta Village. The East Atlanta Community Association's next meeting will be Tues., Feb. 14. Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Branan Towers, 1200 Glenwood Ave. www.eaca.net.

· Eminent domain debate Eminent domain will be the focus of a bill of rights forum at Emory University's School of Law. Panelists include Emory Law Professor William Buzbee and state Sen. Jeff Chapman. Free. Mon., Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Tull Auditorium, Gambrell Hall, Emory University, 1301 Clifton Road. 404-885-3506.

· Friends of the park Park Pride is hosting its first of four seminars to empower community involvement in Atlanta's parks. Learn how to become involved in park preservation. Thurs., Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Magnolia Hall, 400 Park Drive. 404-817-7963. www.parkpride.org.

· Kirkwood Neighbors Residents of Kirkwood are invited to attend monthly 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 on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older who lives within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. Dates and times vary; check the website to see which NPU you belong to. 404-330-6899. www.atlantaga.gov.

· Sierra Club and Beer The public is welcome to join Sierra Club members at the Raging Burrito in Decatur, 141 Sycamore St., on Wed., Feb. 15, 7-9 p.m. In addition to trivia, snacks and beer (free if you bring your own cup), there will be a discussion of mercury pollution and information on how to get involved in Sierra Club efforts. The Sierra Club also meets on the second Tuesday of every month; the next meeting, on Tues., Feb. 14, will focus on legislative environmental issues. 7:30 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-373-8338. www.georgia.sierraclub.org/atlanta.

· Women in the Halls During the Georgia legislative session, Planned Parenthood and the Georgia ACLU are educating women interested in becoming lobbyists. Each Tuesday at 9 a.m., those interested meet at the Central Presbyterian Church Community Room, 201 Washington St. www.womeninthehalls.org.

· Women take action The local chapter of Women's Actions for New Directions is involved in several causes, including ending the war in Iraq, improving education, and encouraging women to get involved in their communities. On Wednesdays from noon-1:30 p.m., Atlanta WAND holds an informal meeting, and each Friday, the group holds a peace vigil. WAND's formal monthly meeting is the second Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. The next meeting will be Tues., Feb. 14. Locations vary. 404-524-5999. www.atlantawand.org.

· Air Loaf on 1690 AM

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

· Political Party

· Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party Wed., March 8. 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.

· Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail publicagenda@creativeloafing.com.

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