Helping Atlantans eat healthy, local food

10:25 am Jan. 29, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has partnered with a newly formed organization to expand its regional efforts to drive away hunger and improve access to fresh, healthy products. An executive with the Food Well Alliance explains the concept. The other column highlights a Texas-based youth and family nonprofit that has plans to expand to metro Atlanta.

Atlanta’s food movement

By Bobbi de Winter

Atlanta is growing a big opportunity

Our veterans shouldn’t be homeless

9:49 am Jan. 22, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Imagine serving in the U.S. military only to return home and eventually find yourself homeless. It happens often, but a national movement to end homeless here and elsewhere is making progress. I write about an auxiliary program of American Legion Post 207 that offers safety nets to homeless female veterans, while the head of a coalition gives a snapshot of state initiatives to address the issue.

Giving homeless

Chief Cochran firing: Anti-gay or anti-Christian?

10:22 am Jan. 15, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

“Who Told You That You Were Naked?” That’s the title of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s self-published book, the one with comments some construed as anti-gay and that led to his dismissal by Mayor Kasim Reed. We continue dialog on the topic with two essays. One writer questions the reason given for the firing, while the other applauds the city’s response. The third column, about good

Addressing challenges of young black males

10:00 am Jan. 8, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Oprah Winfrey said she wants to see “strategic, peaceful intention” arise from ongoing police protests regarding the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Savannah’s mayor pro tem says the state’s oldest city is trying to deliver just that through an initiative that addresses the plight of young black males and their high incarceration rates. A companion essay talks about Atlanta’s black gay men as activists for

Do body cameras help police do their jobs better?

9:45 am Jan. 1, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Trust is paramount between police and the communities they serve, especially in challenged neighborhoods where longstanding tensions fester. A state lawmaker would like to see all Georgia police officers equipped with body cameras, but acknowledges the prohibitive costs of such an initiative. A Chicago grassroots organization questions the value of the cameras for civilians. The third essay notes the experience a Gwinnett County agency has had since

Local Muslim-Americans condemn terrorism

8:42 am Dec. 11, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Last week, the Kennesaw City Council rejected a zoning request to open a Muslim prayer center in a strip shopping center. Some protesters said it would be used to teach Sharia law. Suffice it to say, Muslims generally have an image issue. A guest writer notes efforts by moderate Muslims here and abroad to educate the public about Islam and condemn violence and terrorist acts. The other

Should terminally ill have a “right to die”?

10:24 am Dec. 4, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

In November, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman, took her own life under Oregon’s Death with Dignity law. Lawmakers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wyoming are considering similar bills. Where does this region stands as it relates to the right to end one’s life? Expect lobbying efforts for a Georgia law during the 2015 General Assembly, writes the state president of an aid-in-dying advocacy group. Meanwhile,

How to stop men from battering women

8:48 am Nov. 20, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

What can men do to combat domestic violence? Perhaps, rethink perceptions of manhood. An executive with a Decatur-based nonprofit explains how the program educates men to curb violence against women and girls, while a sociologist who has researched the issue offers suggestions to males interested in volunteering to stop such abuse.

Combat disturbing masculinity

By Dona Yarbrough

For 33 years, Men Stopping Violence has led efforts to end violence against

Should police detain immigrants?

11:39 am Nov. 6, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Pro-immigrant activists praise Fulton County’s decision to not honor the federal government’s request to hold suspected undocumented immigrants, a common practice in Georgia and nationwide that the writer deems illegal imprisonment. Meanwhile, a Manhattan Institute scholar expresses support for the enforcement policy as part of the Secure Communities program.

Detention requests warrantless

By Azadeh Shahshahani and Adelina Nicholls

In September, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners moved to limit the

Georgians generous to world

11:14 am Oct. 30, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgians, apparently, know charity begins at home. How else to explain Atlanta’s ranking as the fourth most-generous among large metropolitan areas? Our guest writers focus on philanthropy at home and abroad: A Spelman College administrator writes about the school’s growing philanthropic endeavors, from students to alumni and beyond. A business executive and a nonprofit official note the importance of Georgia’s engagement in global matters. In the third