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Monday, Monday!

November 22 — Chad, Collin, and Amy here, leaning into the holiday week.

🌧️ Some rain is moving through this morning, with a high of 57° today; low of 32° overnight.  

🍑 If you are traveling by car this week, expect pre-pandemic traffic volume. The silver linings: Gas prices are lower in Georgia and lane closures will be suspended.

🙏 If you're sticking close to home, the good folks at Hands on Atlanta have a directory of holiday volunteer opportunities


✈️ On Saturday afternoon, a passenger's gun accidentally discharged at Hartsfield-Jackson, causing chaos and delays at the world's busiest airport. The suspect, Kenny Wells, fled the airport with the firearm and remains at large.

🏛️ Last week, the Georgia Senate voted along party lines to approve Senate Bill 2EX, a redistricting proposal that will likely shift the 6th Congressional district from Democratic to Republican, even as it slightly reduces the Republican majority in the state legislature. The House could vote on the new maps today.

⚖️ Closing arguments in the trial of the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery begin today in Brunswick, GA. The Current has the latest on the case, which could go to the jury as early as Wednesday. 


⚽ Atlanta United's inconsistent season came to a disappointing end yesterday in the Bronx, when NYCFC beat the Five Stripes 2-0 in the first round of the MLS Playoffs. 

🕖 Today's Rough Draft is  stories ➼

• Welcoming Afghan allies
• Dunwoody's "Souper Bowl of Caring"
• What's filming in Fayetteville?
• Pet adoptions  

AND
• Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

Have a great day!

🗳️ If you live in Atlanta, the last day of early voting is Wed., Nov. 24. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Fulton, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. in DeKalb.
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1. Welcoming Afghan allies

🇦🇫 Afghan allies who evacuated after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan have already started arriving in metro Atlanta to rebuild their lives, aided by resettlement agencies, nonprofits, the local Afghan community, and compassionate Atlantans. 

As of Nov. 12, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta had welcomed 350 Afghans, including pregnant women, babies, and young children.

“This is a bold, ambitious answer to a humanitarian and moral calling,” said the Atlanta IRC’s Atlanta’s Executive Director Justin Howell. “These are families who had a real fear of persecution of being killed for support they provided to the U.S.”

The local IRC has committed to resettle 800 of the 1,500 Afghan humanitarian parolees coming to Georgia, in addition to 900 refugees from other countries like Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and El Salvador.


Our colleague Clare Richie talked more with Howell about how the nonprofit provides resettlement and case management services, adult education classes, youth programs, employment assistance, asset building resources, community health response programs, and immigration services to incoming refugees.
2. Dunwoody's "Souper Bowl of Caring"

🥫Next month, Dunwoody will launch a six-week food drive to collect donations leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

The city will put on the event, called “Souper Bowl of Caring,” in partnership with the Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. The leadership organization aims to improve the quality of life for African American children

The city will donate food to local food bank Malachi’s Storehouse as well as Sandy Springs' Community Assistance Center. Collection bins will be located at the Brook Run Park playground during Dunwoody’s “Holiday Lights” event on Dec. 1.


Collection bins will also be available until Jan. 17.
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3. What's filming in Fayetteville?

🚀 This month, principal photography began in the Atlanta area for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” — namely in Fayetteville, GA, just south of the city. Filming locations are marked with signs sporting the code name “Hot Christmas.”

The film marks the third installment of the blockbuster superhero franchise based on Marvel Comics, and features an all-star cast. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Sean Gunn are all signed on to reprise their roles as characters from the previous two films.

The film is being directed by James Gunn, who directed the first two installments of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Disney fired him from the project in 2018, but he was reinstated later that same year.

A casting call went online just over a month ago, looking for area locals that can fill a few roles as paid extras and background actors on the project.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be released on May 5, 2023.


In the meantime, the Now Filming in Georgia site lists nearly 60 other film and television projects currently in production throughout the state.
4. Animal shelters are full - can you help?

🐱🐶 Pet adoption spiked during the pandemic. But, that enthusiasm has been curbed, and shelters such as LifeLine Animal Project and the Atlanta Humane Society are full again.

If you’ve been considering welcoming a new four-legged family member into your home, now is the time.

① Through this Wed., Nov. 24, the Atlanta Humane Society is offering 50% off of cat and dog adoption fees at locations in Alpharetta, Duluth, and West Midtown.

② Next weekend, LifeLine is waiving adoption fees

Online galleries of cats and dogs available reveals that an abundance of furry friends are just waiting to come home with you for the holidays.

🐾 If your heart is set on bringing home a specific type of dog or cat, just fill out the Pet Alert form and you'll receive real-time notifications when matches become available for adoption.
5. Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

🎧 NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday tells the story of 20 Black families that have purchased land in Wilkinson County to build a city called Freedom. The goal of the Freedom Georgia Initiative is to create a sustainable and welcoming safe haven where everyone can grow together.

♻️ Atlanta-based company Nexus is using a progressive technique called plastic pyrolysis to break down film plastics (such as grocery bags), creating an oil which can be used to create wholly new plastic products. So far, the company has diverted four million pounds of plastic away from landfills.
WABE has the story.

📻 Comedian David Cross (above,
photo by Daniel Bergeron) recently sat down with Rob Lowe’s Literally! podcast to talk about growing up in Roswell in the 1970s, collecting Billy Beer cans, and watching midnight movies at Perimeter Mall.

🚚 Imagine one day of the year when every Atlanta renter moved out of their old apartment and into a new one. That’s how it used to be every Sept. 1. Archive Atlanta tells stories of navigating the tangle of horse-drawn wagons (and later moving trucks) every year on 
Moving Day.

🎸 This week, Twenty Eyes Radio host Elliott Garstin plays new music and checks in with rising Atlanta post-punk outfit, Upchuck.
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