On January 21, 2017 Civil Right’s icon, John Lewis, led the charge at the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women saying, “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just; you have a moral obligation to say something, to do something. We cannot afford to be silent.”
Silent we were not. It is estimated that approximately 60,000 people marched alongside Representative Lewis to denounce the words and actions of the newly sworn in President and his administration.
I don’t have the time or energy to list all of the egregious things that Trump has said and done so I’ll just refer to the Huffington’s Post’s ‘Editor’s Note‘ that they used during the Presidential Campaign as it sums it up quite well:
I decided to trek into Downtown Atlanta and check out the Dragon Con Festivities this year. While I’ve lived in this city since 2008, I’ve never ventured into this particular event before. I’ve always figured that it wasn’t my thing.
However, I quickly realized that Dragon Con can be enjoyed by everyone. While I didn’t recognize many of the characters, it was cool seeing how passionate people were about dressing up. It was kind of like Pop Culture-themed Halloween. I especially loved seeing how excited the kids were to see there favorite Super Heroes walking down Peachtree Street.
Whoever came up with the idea of selling fast and tasty gourmet food from a truck was a freakin genius and I love them for it.
Gone are the days of shady hot dog vendors being the only option for a fast treat and it couldn’t have come soon enough for me as the smell of hot dog water makes me nauseous.
With the Food Truck Craze in full swing Atlanta has its very own fleet of Food Trucks and you can find most of them at the Atlanta Food Truck Park (1850 Howell Mill Rd.). It’s open 6 days a week and features over 25 trucks serving up the best that the culinary world has to offer.
Here are the hours:
Tues. & Wed.: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thurs., Fri. & Sat.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun.: 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.
With plenty of parking, picnic tables and occasional live music this is the perfect place for a bite to eat.
In fact, this location will soon be a one-stop-shop to show your support for local entrepreneurs of all types.
This spring we’ll see the arrival of “The Market” where vendors will be able to sell fresh, gourmet and artisan specialties.
Also, an art market is coming soon featuring “fresh, young and emerging artists.”
So there you have it; a cool, hip place to shop, eat and hang out.
A beautiful day for some food truckin.
BBQ Sweet Potato Fries (The Blaxican).
Strawberry Lemonade (Sweet Auburn BBQ) & Taco’s from The Taco Buggy.
“The right of the people to be secure…against unreasonable searches and seizure, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
The above is what was distributed to those who chose to spend this Independance Day protesting the National Security Agency (NSA) and its newly discovered surveillance program of citizens’ telephone records and Internet traffic.
About 50 Atlantans gathered outside the State Capitol Building with signs and chanting such things as “Hey! Hey! NSA, How many calls did you track today?”
Copwatch of East Atlanta, an organization designed to protect communities from police abuse and educate the public on their rights, was also on hand to speak with people about getting involved with their efforts.
While the whole scene was pretty unorganized, people had the opportunity to voice their opinions, concerns and criticism in an open-mic format. One man wondered why the protest was happening in front of an empty state capitol building surrounded only by like-minded individuals. Many agreed and tentative plans were made for future protests and demonstrations in an effort to better spread their message.
We Americans like to think that we set the standard for the rest of the world when it comes to freedom and liberty but the current standard in not something to be proud of. NSA spying is not reflective of the Constitution and is not something to ignore.
I hope that people in Atlanta and all over the country can stand together on this issue and let our government officials know that we are not OK with imposing on our rights in this way.