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Today is Tuesday

November 22 — Late Georgia House Speaker David Ralston will lie in state in the rotunda of the State Capitol starting today at 11 a.m. before embarking on a series of viewings and a funeral service. 

☁️ Cloudy and 59° today. 

⚖️  In a one-sentence ruling, a Georgia appeals court said it won't block early voting this coming Saturday in the U.S. Senate runoff election.

🗳️ If you need an absentee ballot, you must request it by Mon., Nov. 28. 

📺 Atlanta reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced to 12 and seven years, respectively, in federal prison for their part in an extensive bank fraud scheme. 

💵 The family of Rayshard Brooks has reached a $1 million settlement with the City of Atlanta after he was shot and killed by police during a DUI stop in 2020.

🍽 Floataway Cafe is closing on Dec. 23 after 25 years in business.

♻️ The City of Atlanta is a world leader in climate action, according to a new report from the environmental nonprofit CDP.

🧒 Emory ethicist Dr. Paul Root Wolpe was honored by the New Israel Fund for his contribution to academia.


WORLD CUP UPDATES

🇸🇦 As we sent this morning's newsletter, Saudi Arabia was leading Argentina 2-1 in what was shaping up to be one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. Click here to see who won.   

📺 There are three other Group State matches today, with Denmark v. Tunisia at 8 a.m. (FS1), Mexico v. Poland at 11 a.m. (FOX), and France v. Australia at 2 p.m. (FOX). 

⚽ In yesterday's action, England and the Netherlands won yesterday while the U.S. tied Wales 1-1. 


🕖 Today's newsletter is ④ stories.

• Redemption Ink
• Downtown Decatur plan
• Jail lease agreement

AND 
• Volunteer Opportunities 

Have a great day,
Collin, Sammie + Sophia
1. Redemption Ink

💘 Jessica Lamb (pictured) is the founder of Atlanta Redemption Ink, a nonprofit providing tattoo removal, coverups, and support services to survivors of sex trafficking, self-harm, addiction, and former gang involvement. 


In 2016, Lamb went to a tattoo artist to cover a symbol of her painful past – a reminder of exploitation as a teen. What she got, instead of peace, was even more pain.

She decided to take action for others whose unwanted marks came from traumatizing situations.


“I thought, I want to make sure that they are treated with the utmost respect and the utmost care and they're not being judged or talked down to or sexually harassed,” she said.

What she found was “an incredible network of artists in the tattoo and tattoo removal field with some of the biggest hearts for their community,” Lamb said. 

➡️ Read more about Lamb's mission to help survivors in Donna Williams Lewis' feature here.
Deals & discounts
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The Infinity Card from LOOK Dine-In Cinemas allows you one movie ticket every day, all year long in 2023. 

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The regular price is $199, or stop by our box office on Black Friday, Nov. 25, and purchase the Infinity Card for only $99*.     

📽️ $5 Bonus Card: This holiday get a $5 bonus card with any purchase of $50 in LOOK Dine-In Cinema gift cards. 

🍿 $6 Deals: Every Tuesday, every movie, all day long is $6, and the first showtime of each movie every day is $6.

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* Limit two per person. Offer valid only on Fri., Nov. 25, 2022.
2. Decatur Town Center Plan 2.0


📍The City of Decatur is embarking on a new comprehensive plan for its downtown district – the first rethink of the area in 40 years.

Like the original plan, the fresh look at downtown will help guide growth and establish priorities for the years to come. 

A kickoff meeting is planned for Wed., Dec. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St. The meeting will include a brief presentation, followed by activities to help identify downtown’s assets, issues, and opportunities.


Visit decaturtowncenterplan.com to learn more about the project, participate in online activities, and take an online survey.

3. Atlanta moves forward with jail lease

The City of Atlanta is moving forward with a controversial agreement to lease 700 beds at the Atlanta City Detention Center facility to Fulton County.

The agreement comes following a review of overcrowded conditions at the Fulton County Jail, which the study concluded stemmed from pandemic delays in court hearings, the inability to pay bond, and waiting for indictments from the district attorney's office.

Critics of the agreement, including members of the Atlanta City Council, want the city jail turned into a diversion services center to help those who are homeless, suffering from addiction, or other issues that are not serious crimes. 

➡️ Read Dyana Bagby's full report here.
4. Volunteer opportunities 
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HANDS ON ATLANTA


📦 City Bridges Food Pantry needs help distributing food at their drive-thru food pickup center. They’re in search of volunteers to pack boxes, load carts, move carts outside, check clients in, load cars, and more.

 
🌳 Help Urban Food Forest @ Browns Mill, a garden which feeds the Atlanta community (pictured), on Wednesday morning (this week or next). Volunteers will be planting, harvesting, mulching, weeding, and doing other typical garden work.

🏞️ Head over to Adair Park  on Sunday to help neighbors clean up the historic gathering spot. Volunteers will be given trash bags and gloves, and will pick up trash throughout the park and from surrounding streets.
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