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Hopeful Monday

January 10 — Chad, Collin, and Amy here. Let's start the week off right.

☀️ Sunny with a high of 52° today. Same all week.

🏆 Georgia and Alabama square off in the College Football Championship game tonight in Indianapolis.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide crushed the Bulldogs in December's SEC title game, but Georgia regained their footing in the Orange Bowl, and Dawg fans are hopeful (but never too hopeful) that this is the year UGA wins their first championship in four decades.  8 p.m. (TV: ESPN | Radio: 95.5 FM)

🎗 Our partners at Capitol Beat have a preview of the 2022 Georgia General Assembly which begins today. A litany of bills easing restrictions on concealed firearms, improving mental health care, doubling down on election laws, and legalizing sports betting are on the docket.  

The leaders who run the two legislative chambers – Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan – are vowing not to let politics get in the way of addressing topics like mental health and crime.

No such vow is being made by the various politicians who are lobbying for the creation of Buckhead City, arguably the most high-profile issue of the session.

🇺🇸 President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be in Atlanta tomorrow discussing the need for federal legislation protecting voting rights.

🗳️ Related: former President Jimmy Carter wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times in which he sounds an alarm, saying “our great nation now teeters on the brink of a widening abyss.” Carter lays out a five-point plan encouraging Americans to “set aside differences and work together before it is too late.” 


😷 On Friday, Georgia’s Department of Public Health announced they are opening two new mega testing sites in metro Atlanta to accommodate the influx of people wanting to get tested.

🍎 Georgia public school teachers who test positive may return to school if they are asymptomatic and wear a mask.

🏈 Falcons owner Arthur Blank tested positive for Covid-19 and did not attend the team's season finale against the Saints. It was the first game he did not see in person since he became owner in 2002. The Saints won 30-20.  

🕖 Today's Rough Draft is  stories ➼

• Dollars for better biking
• A mural in Dunwoody

• Look & Listen: Podcasts we like

Have a great day! See you Wednesday, and Go Dawgs
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1. Better transit for the win

🚲 The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition recently received $72,500 in grant money for its "Expanding More Equitable Transit in Atlanta" initiative.

The Mobility Fund, which supports sustainable, community-based mobility advocacy groups, awarded more than $760,000 to eight local and regional nonprofits working to make transit, biking, and walking convenient, safer, and more accessible.

This initiative seeks to create deeper collaborations between the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, MARTA Army, and the Partnership for Southern Equity. The mission is to inform, educate, and empower community residents to advocate for more equitable, accessible transit in Atlanta, including:

○ Better street design
○ Improved infrastructure
○ Increased transportation equity
○ More sustainable transportation options
○ Transparent and just policies
○ Robust and equitable funding

➡ The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's next Community Advocates Network call is Jan.13 at 6 p.m. RSVP here to join the discussion.
*Book Festival of the MJCCA*  Tuesday night, celebrate the release of "Bad Luck Bridesmaid," the debut book from Alison Rose Greenberg. Sometimes tying the knot gets complicated and Zoey Marks is the cursed bridesmaid that no engagement can survive. Can you be a free spirit, yet still want a certain future? Can you have love and be loved on your terms? "Bad Luck Bridesmaid" is not a rom-com. You’ve been warned. Register for in-person or virtual.
2. A Dunwoody mural

🐝 A new work of public art, titled “Be Kind,” is the first permanent mural on display at Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park.

The mural sits near the park's Barclay Dr. entrance, and was created by local artist Megan Watters. Her goal is to inspire people to be kind not just to each other, but to their environment as well, by teaching them about the importance of bees.

“Murals and art … they’re supposed to be beautiful, they’re supposed to be enjoyed,” Watters says. “But it’s also important to have a call to action.”

Watters spent ten years in New York City where she painted community murals, worked in television, and even worked on the famous Macy’s Holiday Windows. While in New York, she became interested in environmentalism. 

Watters was inspired by Bee Dunwoody, the city’s initiative to help make the city safe for pollinators.

Our colleague Sammie Purcell has more on how the mural came into being.
3. Fashion icons at SCAD FASH

📸 London-based fashion designer Robert Wun and legendary fashion photographer Robert Fairer are the subjects of new exhibitions that are now on view at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.

“Between Reality and Fantasy” features more than 40 of Wun’s various avant-garde sculptural garments and accessories worn by celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Doja Cat, Billy Porter, Tessa Thompson, Issa Rae, and more. The show is on display through Mar. 27.

“Backstage Pass: Dior, Galliano, Jacobs, and McQueen” features more than 100 of Fairer’s backstage photographs (including the above shot of model Mariacarla Boscono taken in 2002).

The exhibit spotlights shots from runway shows and collections by the house of Dior, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen circa the late ‘90s to the early 2010s — pre social media — which is often referred to as the “Golden Age of Fashion.” Fairer’s photographs will be on display through April 16.
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4. Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

🎧 UGA's first Black graduate, Mary Frances Early, talks with WABE's Lois Reitzes about her new memoir, “The Quiet Trailblazer,” and all that she endured in her quest for equality.

🎙️ Journalist and creator of the 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, talks with NPR's Throughline about the history lessons that people are not learning.

📰 Friday’s New York Times Daily podcast, "Jan. 6. Part 3: The State of American Democracy," examines former President Trump's campaign of putting personal pressure on politicians in an attempt to overturn election results, with a sharp focus on Georgia.

🌳 This week, Archive Atlanta offers up a mini episode (7 minutes, 29 seconds) about preserving Fernbank Forest, the 65-acre, old-growth forest tucked away on Ponce de Leon Ave., between Atlanta and Decatur

🤦 In Friday's newsletter, we referred to Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senator from Kentucky, as the Senate Majority Leader.

He is the Senate Minority Leader. 

We regret the error. 
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