Equality still elusive 50 years after Civil Rights Act


When President John F. Kennedy called on Congress in June 1963 to pass what would eventually become the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he rattled off a string of statistics intended to highlight the nation's continuing racial divide a century after the Emancipation Proclamation.

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In Memoriam: Karen Askew

Karen Askew

Partnership for Southern Equity mourns the loss of Karen Askew. Karen Askew was a tireless champion for equity in her role as a key community organizer of PSE's regional equity efforts. Cancer may have claimed her body but not her memory. We will miss her greatly.

Services are planned for Friday January 3rd at Warren Memorial United Methodist, 181 Joseph E. Lowry Blvd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.  This page will be updated as more details will follow.

Dwayne Patterson, Nathaniel Smith and Karen Askew


Equity: The Defining Challenge of Our Time

President Barack Obama made a compelling case for equity Thursday as his Washington, DC address.  Partnership for Southern Equity invites you to watch, share and discuss the president's speech and continue advocating for equity — from our dining tables and community gatherings to the highlest level policy debates.

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Jeff Turner Expresses Support for Transit at Forum

Jeff TurnerJONESBORO — Clayton County Chairman Jeff Turner left little doubt as to which side he sat on the debate over mass transit’s return Thursday.

Turner and county Transportation Director Jeff Metarko were panelists at a transportation forum in Riverdale. The other panelists came from Clayton State University, the City of Riverdale, the Atlanta Regional Commission, Unity Foundation and the Sierra Club.

The chairman touted the benefits of having a mass transit system, such as providing a way for residents to get to work and attracting new businesses to the county.

“I am totally committed to bringing back transportation,” Turner said.

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Braves Move Leaves Opportunity

LaShawn HoffmanThe Atlanta Braves’ move to Cobb County creates an opportunity for Atlanta officials to adopt a comprehensive community development strategy that is creative, collaborative and inclusive of the five surrounding communities of Turner Field, known for the past 15 years as the Stadium Neighborhoods.

While the communities of Adair Park, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown and Summer-hill have had modest neighborhood improvements, they have lacked a holistic, collaborative approach to economic development, housing and business infrastructure that would allow prosperity.

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Non-Profit Civic Engagement Organizations Team Up for ‘National Voter Registration Day’ to Stress Importance of Voting in State Elections

Civic engagement groups to ensure state’s voters ready for upcoming elections at GA Capitol rally on National Voter Registration Day

For Immediate Release | September 20, 2013 | ATLANTA -- On September 24, 2013 National Voter Registration Day, hundreds of metro Atlanta residents will join with leading civic engagement non-profits working around the state to make sure all eligible voters in Georgia are registered.

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Gar Alperovitz at the MLK National Historic Site

Political economist and historian Gar Alperovitz kicked off his national book tour for What Then Must We Do? with an event at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site hosted by the Partnership for Southern Equity and Georgia STAND-UP on April 2, 2013. Panelists for the event, which sought to connect today's movement for a new and more inclusive economy grounded in community wealth building to Dr. King's antipoverty vision, included Deborah Scott of Georgia STAND-UP, Joyce Dorsey of Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority, Suzanne Burnes of Sustainable Atlanta, and Nathaniel Smith of the Partnership for Southern Equity.

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