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July 2020 - #BLM


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In this issue of Creative Loafing we not only offer such perspectives from many of our regular contributors, but our art director Blake Tannery has called on four Black Atlanta artists to illustrate what they feel at this particular point in time.

To best present their artwork, we’ve designed this issue a little differently. While you may read it from front to back as you would any issue, we ask you to:

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!!The Artists
 


 



 



 


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!!The Artists
 

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__~~black:William Downs~~__ is a contemporary American artist residing in Atlanta, Georgia. His varied work includes drawing, painting and printmaking, installation, and three-dimensional studies. For Downs, “the line” is paradoxically fundamental and surreal, based on its infinite capabilities. His work expresses truth in common forms turned ambiguous, while his use of repetition distorts expectations of truth. Downs’ forms form, reform, and deform. Downs received a B.F.A in Painting and Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art and Design and a multidisciplinary M.F.A from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His awards include Artadia and The Working Artist Project at MOCA GA. His work has been included in nationally touring shows with Art AIDS America, curated by Rock Hushka and Jonathan Katz; and in Black Pulp! curated by Mark Thomas Gibson and William Villalongo. His shows include: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Grizzly Grizzly, Tempus Projects, and Zuckerman Museum of Art. 


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*“Living in a Day Mare,” page 10.
*“unarmed,” page 23.{BOX}
 

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__~~black:Zipporah Joe’l~~__ is originally from South Carolina. She is inspired by her upbringing in the rural South and all of the juxtapositions it had to offer. Her work is chrome wheels on a dirt road. She’s most known for her illustrations created using gouache and pen on watercolor paper.


“Black is Infinite”

This work is meant to serve as a reminder that there is power in being still. In moments of stillness, we can hear ourselves, and we hear God — a reminder that outside opinions have no power when you remember, know, and see yourself as you truly are. You ARE abundance, you ARE creation, you ARE joy, you ARE wisdom, you ARE worthy, you ARE love ... Nourish those truths every damn day.

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*“Black is Infinite,” page 16 and 17.{BOX}

 

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__~~black:Dr. Fahamu Pecou~~__ received his BFA at the Atlanta College of Art in 1997 and a Ph.D. from Emory University in 2018. Dr. Pecou exhibits his art worldwide in addition to giving lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and universities. As an educator, Dr. Pecou has developed (ad)Vantage Point, a narrative-based arts curriculum focused on Black male youth. Pecou’s work is featured in noted private and public national and international collections including: Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture, Société Generale (Paris), Nasher Museum at Duke University, The High Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, Paul R. Jones Collection, Clark Atlanta University Art Collection, and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia.


“For centuries, Black lives have been plagued by the looming threat of death and violence,” Dr. Pecou says. “This threat once wielded as a means of control and coercion persists in contemporary times. Whether (a result of) high-profile political assassinations, police brutality, health disparities, or even the results of pathological self-destruction, Black existence is fraught with the specters of death intent on inducing trauma and inspiring fear.”

In this ongoing series of expressionist drawings, Dr. Fahamu Pecou confronts the death-bound narrative by highlighting the enduring legacies of iconic individuals. “REAL NEGUS DONT DIE” asserts that not even death can stop us. “Negus,” an Amharic word denoting royalty, uses both alliteration and subversion to reference the powerful impact that the recent deaths of individuals like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and Ahmaud Arbery, among others, have had in our society. Rather than being forever silenced, these individuals have been elevated to the status of kings and queens, their deaths inspiring millions of others to stand and fight back against injustice and oppression.

“REAL NEGUS DONT DIE” resists the narrative of death as destruction and diminishes the finality and trauma that the threat of death inspires. The series reminds us that the work we do can have a lasting impact, and stands as a reminder that our lives (and sometimes our deaths) have meaning and purpose.

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*“REAL NEGUS DONT DIE: Why We Stand (For George),” page 14.
*“REAL NEGUS DONT DIE: Homebound (For Rayshard),” page 19. ''EDITOR'S NOTE: We ran an incorrect title in the July print edition for this piece. Our apologies for the error and any confusion it may have caused.''{BOX}

 

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__~~black:Sachi Rome~~__ is a painter, muralist, and mixed-media artist from Atlanta, Georgia. As a child growing up in the inner city she was often left with little to do, and to pass the day, she and her twin sister would spend hours in secondhand stores, looking for clothes and books. Rome’s joy of the treasure hunt and the ability to see the beauty and usefulness in discarded items was nurtured and honed at this time. Her love of making and creating evolved and grew as she went on to graduate from Morris Brown College and pursue art and art education.


Rome briefly studied under the critically acclaimed African American artist Louis Delsarte. His influence is reflected in her focus on color and impressionistic texture. Rome’s works seek to change the social history behind who is captured and immortalized through portraiture. The current direction of her work looks at the connection between history, time, memory, and past lives. The imagery presents dignity and grace while seeking to give voice to the unheard voices of the silent Black woman, disconnected sister, lost brother, or friend. She is regifting them with life and audience.

INSIDE THE PRINT EDITION:

*“Blues Breaking,” 40” X 40” acrylic and diamond dust on Strathmore. “She breaks through her blues to find joy and light,” page 12.
*“Young General,” 36” X 40” acrylic and diamond dust on stretched canvas.. “Focused on the fight before him” page 21.
 

“These works are part of a series called ‘Anything But Brushes’ (no paint brushes are used at all). I’m driven to capture the essence of people who have left this earthly plane too soon. The abstract portraits that I present are the essence and energy of ancestors who lost their lives before their time. … I am a conduit of energy, color, and textures that manifest into forgotten and lost ancestors. The work reflects a need to continue the stories of the lost and voiceless who still demand to be heard. As an artist, I keep telling these stories and hope that one day Black lives will not be cut short and can live out the full and rich stories that life and the world have intended for them.”

“Anything but Brushes” series employs unconventional tools — such as kitchen spatulas of various sizes, combs, and torn cardboard — for mark-making, to allow a disconnect from the conscious mind’s expectations of the mark. The work of each series is a focused effort at channeling the energy and history of past generations, honoring the ancestors’ request for new presence and life.

Rome is currently a 2020/2022 TCP Fellow recipient and is seeking opportunities for her first major solo show. You can find her at www.sachistudioart.com and @sachistudioart, on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. ­__—CL—__{BOX}
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!!The Artists
 


 



 



 


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Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry, dean of Sisters Chapel at Spelman College and director of the Women in Spiritual Discernment of Ministry; Ambrea Mikolajczyk, business associate and friend; Rochelle Gooden, mother-in-law; Gabrielle Martini, friend; and Jermarko Brooks were among those to speak powerful words and fond remembrances, but it was the reverend Dr. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose words will echo long after Brooks has been laid to rest.

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“Dr. Raphael Warnock, members of the clergy, to the family of Rayshard Brooks, especially his wife, Tomika Miller and their three daughters and son, and to all of you, my brothers and sisters, we really should not be here today. This did not have to happen to Rayshard. There are so many ways that Friday, June 12th, could have ended, and a police killing did not have to be one of them. And yet here we are again. Ironically, June 12th, 1963, is the same day that Medgar Evers, the field secretary for the Mississippi NAACP was gunned down in his driveway. June 12th is also the same day in 1964 that Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to overthrow the government of South Africa, but he later became president of South Africa. June 12th is now a constant reminder of the struggle for justice for Black lives throughout the world.

“Tragically, here we are once again. But the Bible directs us in times like these to mourn with those who mourn. Therefore, I, along with this nation, mourn with you, the Brooks family, today as our family. I say ‘family’ because my father so often reminded us that we are tied in an inescapable network of mutuality, a single garment of destiny, and what affects one directly affects all indirectly. These tragic moments remind us that we are one because it impacts all of us and pulls on our heartstrings. Although I did not have a chance to meet Rayshard, I am here to stand with you in what feels like an all too familiar moment. Having a father killed when I was only five years of age, my heart deeply grieves for Dream and Memory, Blessing and Mekai. I know the pain of growing up without a father and the ongoing attention around his tragic loss. I am and will continue to pray for each of you.

“Rayshard Brooks’ life matters. He should have been able to live, to enjoy his family and watch his kids grow up into adulthood. The officers should have gone home that night without blood on their hands. This is the great tragedy in our nation that must cease. How do we find ourselves here again? In many respects, our humanity and our democracy are on trial because justice and equity continue to elude an entire race of people. Increasingly, too many have moved away from being in touch with empathy and compassion as it pertains to Black lives. Instead, there are those who are motivated by power and fear and hate and selfishness and greed and arrogance and racism and prejudice and pride. Unfortunately, this leads to people making decisions that are damning, damaging, and destructive to human lives. We are here because individuals continue to hide behind badges and trainings and policies and procedures rather than regarding the humanity of others in general and Black lives specifically.

“What’s especially troubling about this killing of an unarmed man is that this time it hit our home base. This happened in Atlanta, the city that is supposed to be too busy to hate, the city that is the home to civil and human rights. This happened in the city that has been known as the ‘Black Mecca.’ This happened in the city whose grounds are known for America and the world’s warrior of peace, my daddy, Martin Luther King Jr., who taught us that true peace is not merely the absence of tension, but it is the presence of justice. Therefore, there can be no peace in Atlanta nor anywhere in our nation where there is no justice. No justice, no peace. Too often, justice is denied even in Atlanta because Atlanta is not immune to the problem of systemic and structural racism. Atlanta is being called to task now, to respond to the age-old racism virus, COVID-1619. This time, the answer is not more diversity and inclusion. It’s now time for Black Lives Matter.

“So, where do we go from here? Where do we go from here as a nation, as a city, and as a world? We’re faced with the question of, will it be more chaos or community? If we’re going to travel that road of building the beloved community that my father talked about, then we have arrived at a point for a necessary shift, which demands a revolution of values. A revolution of values requires that we move from a thing-oriented society to a person-centered society where Black lives matter. A revolution of values requires that we finally accept the founding document of our nation, that all men and all women are created equal, and since all men and all women are created equal, then Black lives matter. A revolution of values means that we invest in racial equity to ensure equality with regard to the matter of Black lives. A revolution of values means that nonviolence must be more than a tactic, but a way of life for all.

“If we miss this moment, we will find ourselves returning again and again to a pathway of chaos and self destruction. To all of my activists, to all of my organizers and people of good will, we cannot stop our cry for justice and our fight for freedom. We cannot stop our demonstrations until our voices are heard and our demands for police reform are met. We must not stop until white supremacist policies and practices are no longer the order of today. We will not stop until voter suppression is a thing of the past. We will not stop until reparations set us on a path to be free at last. We will not stop until our leaders are no longer polarized between Democrat and Republican, but are united in a clarion call for healing and just and equitable policies that overcome the racial disparities. Don’t you stop until Black lives matter in every state, in every city, in every hamlet, in every village, in every sector of American society, and ultimately the world.

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Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry, dean of Sisters Chapel at Spelman College and director of the Women in Spiritual Discernment of Ministry; Ambrea Mikolajczyk, business associate and friend; Rochelle Gooden, mother-in-law; Gabrielle Martini, friend; and Jermarko Brooks were among those to speak powerful words and fond remembrances, but it was the reverend Dr. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose words will echo long after Brooks has been laid to rest.

The following is a transcript of the CEO of the King Center’s remarks.

“Dr. Raphael Warnock, members of the clergy, to the family of Rayshard Brooks, especially his wife, Tomika Miller and their three daughters and son, and to all of you, my brothers and sisters, we really should not be here today. This did not have to happen to Rayshard. There are so many ways that Friday, June 12th, could have ended, and a police killing did not have to be one of them. And yet here we are again. Ironically, June 12th, 1963, is the same day that Medgar Evers, the field secretary for the Mississippi NAACP was gunned down in his driveway. June 12th is also the same day in 1964 that Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to overthrow the government of South Africa, but he later became president of South Africa. June 12th is now a constant reminder of the struggle for justice for Black lives throughout the world.

“Tragically, here we are once again. But the Bible directs us in times like these to mourn with those who mourn. Therefore, I, along with this nation, mourn with you, the Brooks family, today as our family. I say ‘family’ because my father so often reminded us that we are tied in an inescapable network of mutuality, a single garment of destiny, and what affects one directly affects all indirectly. These tragic moments remind us that we are one because it impacts all of us and pulls on our heartstrings. Although I did not have a chance to meet Rayshard, I am here to stand with you in what feels like an all too familiar moment. Having a father killed when I was only five years of age, my heart deeply grieves for Dream and Memory, Blessing and Mekai. I know the pain of growing up without a father and the ongoing attention around his tragic loss. I am and will continue to pray for each of you.

“Rayshard Brooks’ life matters. He should have been able to live, to enjoy his family and watch his kids grow up into adulthood. The officers should have gone home that night without blood on their hands. This is the great tragedy in our nation that must cease. How do we find ourselves here again? In many respects, our humanity and our democracy are on trial because justice and equity continue to elude an entire race of people. Increasingly, too many have moved away from being in touch with empathy and compassion as it pertains to Black lives. Instead, there are those who are motivated by power and fear and hate and selfishness and greed and arrogance and racism and prejudice and pride. Unfortunately, this leads to people making decisions that are damning, damaging, and destructive to human lives. We are here because individuals continue to hide behind badges and trainings and policies and procedures rather than regarding the humanity of others in general and Black lives specifically.

“What’s especially troubling about this killing of an unarmed man is that this time it hit our home base. This happened in Atlanta, the city that is supposed to be too busy to hate, the city that is the home to civil and human rights. This happened in the city that has been known as the ‘Black Mecca.’ This happened in the city whose grounds are known for America and the world’s warrior of peace, my daddy, Martin Luther King Jr., who taught us that true peace is not merely the absence of tension, but it is the presence of justice. Therefore, there can be no peace in Atlanta nor anywhere in our nation where there is no justice. No justice, no peace. Too often, justice is denied even in Atlanta because Atlanta is not immune to the problem of systemic and structural racism. Atlanta is being called to task now, to respond to the age-old racism virus, COVID-1619. This time, the answer is not more diversity and inclusion. It’s now time for Black Lives Matter.

“So, where do we go from here? Where do we go from here as a nation, as a city, and as a world? We’re faced with the question of, will it be more chaos or community? If we’re going to travel that road of building the beloved community that my father talked about, then we have arrived at a point for a necessary shift, which demands a revolution of values. A revolution of values requires that we move from a thing-oriented society to a person-centered society where Black lives matter. A revolution of values requires that we finally accept the founding document of our nation, that all men and all women are created equal, and since all men and all women are created equal, then Black lives matter. A revolution of values means that we invest in racial equity to ensure equality with regard to the matter of Black lives. A revolution of values means that nonviolence must be more than a tactic, but a way of life for all.

“If we miss this moment, we will find ourselves returning again and again to a pathway of chaos and self destruction. To all of my activists, to all of my organizers and people of good will, we cannot stop our cry for justice and our fight for freedom. We cannot stop our demonstrations until our voices are heard and our demands for police reform are met. We must not stop until white supremacist policies and practices are no longer the order of today. We will not stop until voter suppression is a thing of the past. We will not stop until reparations set us on a path to be free at last. We will not stop until our leaders are no longer polarized between Democrat and Republican, but are united in a clarion call for healing and just and equitable policies that overcome the racial disparities. Don’t you stop until Black lives matter in every state, in every city, in every hamlet, in every village, in every sector of American society, and ultimately the world.

“I close, that in honor of Ahmaud Arbery, in honor of Breonna Taylor, in honor of George Floyd, in honor of Rayshard Brooks and countless others, don’t stop until it matters that dignity, justice, and equity are reality for all Black lives. Rayshard Brooks’ death will not be in vain, because justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” ­— CL —    Courtesy Richard A. DuCree, Ebenezer Baptist Church A CLARION CALL FOR HEALING AND EQUITABLE POLICIES: The Rev. Dr. Bernice King.  0,0,10    blacklivesmatter                             ‘A Revolution of Values’ "
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 As a black male, I cannot ignore the blatant hypocrisy and self-righteousness of those criticizing the charges against the two Atlanta police officers that are responsible for the death of Rayshard Brooks. Such criticism rings hollow in the face of ongoing protests against racist police practices and the systematic denial of due process and equal protection that blacks experience daily from the police and the criminal justice system.  


While Atlanta may be the cradle of the civil rights movement, that history and distinction is not reflected in the policing practices of Atlanta’s Police Department. Police use of excessive, unnecessary, and unreasonable force in Atlanta is systematic and has been ignored and tolerated by city leaders far too long.

Atlanta has nearly two thousand police officers, most of whom are honest and law abiding. The problem, however, is that many good officers fail to report or intervene to stop bad officers from abusing citizens, which contributes to a culture of police corruption known as the “blue wall of silence.” This culture of silence and corruption within the APD allows police brutality to flourish. That is why reforming the APD will require not only policy changes, but also changes in police culture, new training for rank and file officers, and a chief of police that is committed to reform.

Despite significant diversity within the ranks of APD, in Atlanta and elsewhere, police brutality is not limited to white officers abusing black citizens. Consider the incident involving Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim, two black college students, who after their car windows were smashed out by the police, were forcibly removed from the car, shot with stun guns, and then arrested. The police encounter with Young and Pilgrim was triggered when officers observed Young inside the car appearing to shoot video of an officer’s encounter with a protester. Two black officers were the primary aggressors during this encounter and were fired, while a total of six officers have been criminally charged.

Police brutality is caused by many factors that shape and influence the culture and values of police departments, including flawed recruitment and hiring practices, inadequate and improper training, failure to supervise and discipline, implicit and explicit racial and class biases, fear and incompetence, and the belief that fighting crime is a war on people. Police brutality comes at the hands of officers representing all persuasions, and affects people of all races, ages, and genders, although poor and minority communities receive a disproportionate share of the abuse.

In theory, Atlanta has an internal affairs division known as the Office of Professional Standards (OPS), and also a community-staffed Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) that are both tasked with investigating police brutality and misconduct. In reality, the OPS rubber-stamps most use-of-force incidents in favor of the officer, either exonerating the officer or ruling that there is insufficient evidence to either prove or disprove an allegation of excessive force. The ACRB takes charges of excessive force more seriously, but has no power to discipline or terminate an officer, even when their investigations determine that an officer has used excessive force.

The Cochran Firm in Atlanta (where Starks is a senior attorney — Ed.) is involved in current and ongoing investigations into the use of force policies and practices of APD. Through these investigations, we have discovered clear and overwhelming evidence that APD is deliberately indifferent towards police brutality, which is reflected in APD’s hiring, training, and failing to discipline officers. Atlanta’s indifference towards police misconduct is the cause and driving force behind widespread and systemic police brutality.

A review of use-of-force documentation, internal affairs records from APD, and records from the ACRB reveal that police abuse and misconduct committed by APD officers rarely results in discipline, termination, retraining, or compensation for victims. In fact, the ease and regularity in which use of force by APD officers is condoned and ratified further emboldens bad officers.

Reforming use-of-force policies is not a panacea. Atlanta police officers routinely ignore APD’s existing “Use of Force” policy, which is designed to prevent excessive and unreasonable force. Specifically, APD is failing to properly report use-of-force incidents, failing to conduct the appropriate chain of command review of use-of-force incidents, and failing to conduct a comprehensive analysis of use-of-force reports, in violation of its existing “Use of Force” policy.

The Cochran Firm has a long history of representing victims of police brutality, including the representation of the family of Kathryn Johnston, an elderly black woman, who in 2006 was shot and killed by undercover APD officers during the botched execution of a no-knock warrant at her home. During this incident, plainclothes APD officers kicked in Ms. Johnston’s door and fired 39 times, hitting her five times. Currently, the firm represents numerous individuals in cases against the city involving excessive force and misconduct relating to unlawful shootings, beatings, and vehicle pursuits.

Demetric Favors, a black male, was 23 years old when he was shot by former APD officer Emanuel Thompson on October 10, 2015. Favors was a passenger in a vehicle being driven out of the parking lot at Magic City, a downtown Atlanta strip club. Officer Thompson shot into the vehicle five times, injuring Favors. Thompson, who is black, reported that he fired into the vehicle because Magic City security reported to him that a theft had occurred inside the club, and directed him to stop the vehicle, because they believed the suspects were inside the vehicle. Thompson admitted he was not adequately trained on the circumstances that justify shooting into a moving vehicle. Thompson was indicted for his illegal use of force, pled guilty, and received a sentence of probation.


 Deravis Caine Rogers, a black male, was 23 years old when he was shot and killed in his car by former APD officer James Rolfe Burns. On June 22, 2016, Burns responded to assist an off-duty officer that was patrolling an apartment complex, and reported that he saw a suspicious person breaking into vehicles. As Burns, a white officer, was driving into the complex, he observed Rogers driving in his direction. Despite having no knowledge or information that Rogers was the subject of the earlier call — or had committed any crimes — Burns decided to stop Rogers. He turned on his blue lights and chirped his siren, and then jumped out of his patrol car and immediately fired his weapon into Rogers’ car, striking him in the head and killing him.


APD determined that Burns had no justification for the use of deadly force, because he had no information that Rogers was the suspect that prompted the call for officer assistance, and Rogers did not pose a significant threat or serious injury to Burns or the public. The investigation into this incident revealed no evidence that Rogers committed any crimes. Prior to this incident, Burns had been investigated for excessive force on six different occasions in his two years with APD. Burns was indicted for the murder of Rogers, and his trial is pending.

Antraveious Payne, a black male, was 15 years old when he was brutally beaten by former APD officer Matthew Johns on September 16, 2016. Payne was a passenger riding with other teenagers in a stolen vehicle that was being pursued by the police. At the end of the pursuit, dashcam video shows Payne immediately getting out of the vehicle and dropping face down on the ground in submission. Johns is seen on video running over to Payne, but rather than simply handcuffing and arresting him, Johns erupts into a fit of rage and begins beating and kicking Payne in the face, neck, and shoulder area of his body. Payne was beaten so severely by Johns that he required medical treatment for a concussion. After this incident, it was revealed that Johns, a military veteran that had served two combat tours, was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Johns was indicted and pled guilty to aggravated assault, making false statements and violation of his oath of office.  He received a 20-year sentence.

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Noel Hall, a 46-year-old white male, traveled to Atlanta from North Carolina with his family to attend a motocross event on February 25, 2017. While Hall was driving downtown with his wife and children in his van, former APD Sergeant Matheiu Cadeau, working off-duty directing traffic, shot into Hall’s van because he believed Hall disobeyed his instructions.  The bullet entered Hall’s arm and exited through his chest.  Three years earlier, APD’s command recommended to former Chief of Police George Turner that Cadeau be terminated, but Turner overruled their recommendation. Cadeau remained on the force, and in 2015 he was sued along with the city for using excessive force on two white Buckhead citizens, resulting in a $150,000 settlement. Following the Hall shooting, Cadeau was finally terminated by the city. He was indicted for shooting Hall, pled guilty, and received a sentence of probation.

In most jurisdictions, including Atlanta, the standard for whether an officer has used appropriate force requires a determination of whether the force used was “objectively reasonable.”  Derived from a 1989 Supreme Court decision in Graham v. Connor, this is the prevailing standard throughout the country regarding use of force.  Despite being out of touch with the current realities of policing, this standard remains good law, and establishes a legal baseline, or minimum standard, that must be satisfied to justify an officer’s use of force.

The Graham standard is praised by law enforcement for its deference to the judgment and perceptions of the police, yet rightly criticized for its “legalization” of excessive force. While on its face, the Graham standard may seem appropriate, its application allows police officers to excuse and justify excessive force based solely on the officer’s “reasonable” belief that force was required.

Atlanta’s “Use of Force” policy, APD.SOP.3010, adopts the Graham “objectively reasonable” standard, without providing any greater clarification or restrictions on the appropriate use of force. In essence, Atlanta permits its police officers to generally use force where “that force is reasonable and necessary” to accomplish a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Atlanta also allows an officer to “use deadly force to apprehend a suspected felon” if the officer “reasonably believes” deadly force is justified, either to protect life or serious bodily injury, or to prevent the escape of a suspect who poses a danger of serious physical injury to any person.

One problem with the Graham standard, and thus Atlanta’s standard, is that it’s not truly “objective” because it dictates that an officer’s use of force be viewed from the “perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than the 20/20 vision of hindsight.” This means the perspective and norms of the community are not relevant, according to Graham, and officers will be forgiven for any mistakes of fact — such as thinking a suspect had a gun, or reached for gun, when in fact there was no gun.  In addition, this standard is based on an unrealistic assumption that all officers are monolithic and share the same background, judgment, sensibilities, and training. The fundamental problem with Graham is that “reasonable” use of force is viewed solely from the perspective of the officer, his fellow officers, and his command, all of whom are predisposed to give the benefit of the doubt to the officer that has used force.

Another problem with the Graham standard is that it dictates that an officer’s use of force must be assessed “without regard to the officer’s underlying intent or motivation.” This limitation allows no consideration of whether an officer is using force as a means of retaliation, intimidation, or as punishment for fleeing or resisting arrest. Under Graham, it is also impermissible to consider an officer’s racial or cultural biases in assessing an officer’s judgment or perception regarding the need to use force. No wonder Graham has been successfully used in many high-profile cases to exonerate officers from criminal charges alleging excessive force.

It is time for Atlanta to modernize and strengthen its procedures regarding use of deadly force: firing a firearm at a suspect; firing a firearm into or at a vehicle; striking a suspect in the head or neck with a weapon; applying direct pressure to a person’s neck in the form of a chokehold; and techniques that compress the blood vessels in the neck to inhibit or restrict blood flow to the carotid arteries.

Atlanta should amend its “Use of Force” policy to provide that deadly force may be used only when “necessary” to prevent death or great bodily harm, and only after other law enforcement techniques, including less lethal methods of force, have been used and proven ineffective. In other words, the use of deadly force should be allowed only as a last resort to prevent an imminent threat of death or great bodily harm. Atlanta should also require that non-deadly force be used only after de-escalation techniques have been used to reduce or prevent the need for force, and if force is required, the force must be proportional to the threat presented.

Like every major city in this country, Atlanta is not immune to police brutality or from the systemic racism that exists within its criminal justice system. While there are many institutional reforms that are needed to address the impact of systemic racism and inequality on the Black community, Atlanta’s mayor and city council have the responsibility and authority to immediately reform its use-of-force policies and improve training on use of force. — CL —

Sam Starks is a graduate of Duke University School of Law. He is a former staff attorney for The Washington Post and Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. Starks relocated to Atlanta in 1999 where he began practicing as a personal injury and civil rights lawyer. He is currently a senior attorney with the Cochran Firm Atlanta where his practice includes representing victims of police brutality."
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 As a black male, I cannot ignore the blatant hypocrisy and self-righteousness of those criticizing the charges against the two Atlanta police officers that are responsible for the death of Rayshard Brooks. Such criticism rings hollow in the face of ongoing protests against racist police practices and the systematic denial of due process and equal protection that blacks experience daily from the police and the criminal justice system.  


While Atlanta may be the cradle of the civil rights movement, that history and distinction is not reflected in the policing practices of Atlanta’s Police Department. Police use of excessive, unnecessary, and unreasonable force in Atlanta is systematic and has been ignored and tolerated by city leaders far too long.

Atlanta has nearly two thousand police officers, most of whom are honest and law abiding. The problem, however, is that many good officers fail to report or intervene to stop bad officers from abusing citizens, which contributes to a culture of police corruption known as the “blue wall of silence.” This culture of silence and corruption within the APD allows police brutality to flourish. That is why reforming the APD will require not only policy changes, but also changes in police culture, new training for rank and file officers, and a chief of police that is committed to reform.

Despite significant diversity within the ranks of APD, in Atlanta and elsewhere, police brutality is not limited to white officers abusing black citizens. Consider the incident involving Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim, two black college students, who after their car windows were smashed out by the police, were forcibly removed from the car, shot with stun guns, and then arrested. The police encounter with Young and Pilgrim was triggered when officers observed Young inside the car appearing to shoot video of an officer’s encounter with a protester. Two black officers were the primary aggressors during this encounter and were fired, while a total of six officers have been criminally charged.

Police brutality is caused by many factors that shape and influence the culture and values of police departments, including flawed recruitment and hiring practices, inadequate and improper training, failure to supervise and discipline, implicit and explicit racial and class biases, fear and incompetence, and the belief that fighting crime is a war on people. Police brutality comes at the hands of officers representing all persuasions, and affects people of all races, ages, and genders, although poor and minority communities receive a disproportionate share of the abuse.

In theory, Atlanta has an internal affairs division known as the Office of Professional Standards (OPS), and also a community-staffed Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) that are both tasked with investigating police brutality and misconduct. In reality, the OPS rubber-stamps most use-of-force incidents in favor of the officer, either exonerating the officer or ruling that there is insufficient evidence to either prove or disprove an allegation of excessive force. The ACRB takes charges of excessive force more seriously, but has no power to discipline or terminate an officer, even when their investigations determine that an officer has used excessive force.

The Cochran Firm in Atlanta (where Starks is a senior attorney — ''Ed.'') is involved in current and ongoing investigations into the use of force policies and practices of APD. Through these investigations, we have discovered clear and overwhelming evidence that APD is deliberately indifferent towards police brutality, which is reflected in APD’s hiring, training, and failing to discipline officers. Atlanta’s indifference towards police misconduct is the cause and driving force behind widespread and systemic police brutality.

A review of use-of-force documentation, internal affairs records from APD, and records from the ACRB reveal that police abuse and misconduct committed by APD officers rarely results in discipline, termination, retraining, or compensation for victims. In fact, the ease and regularity in which use of force by APD officers is condoned and ratified further emboldens bad officers.

Reforming use-of-force policies is not a panacea. Atlanta police officers routinely ignore APD’s existing “Use of Force” policy, which is designed to prevent excessive and unreasonable force. Specifically, APD is failing to properly report use-of-force incidents, failing to conduct the appropriate chain of command review of use-of-force incidents, and failing to conduct a comprehensive analysis of use-of-force reports, in violation of its existing “Use of Force” policy.

The Cochran Firm has a long history of representing victims of police brutality, including the representation of the family of Kathryn Johnston, an elderly black woman, who in 2006 was shot and killed by undercover APD officers during the botched execution of a no-knock warrant at her home. During this incident, plainclothes APD officers kicked in Ms. Johnston’s door and fired 39 times, hitting her five times. Currently, the firm represents numerous individuals in cases against the city involving excessive force and misconduct relating to unlawful shootings, beatings, and vehicle pursuits.

Demetric Favors, a black male, was 23 years old when he was shot by former APD officer Emanuel Thompson on October 10, 2015. Favors was a passenger in a vehicle being driven out of the parking lot at Magic City, a downtown Atlanta strip club. Officer Thompson shot into the vehicle five times, injuring Favors. Thompson, who is black, reported that he fired into the vehicle because Magic City security reported to him that a theft had occurred inside the club, and directed him to stop the vehicle, because they believed the suspects were inside the vehicle. Thompson admitted he was not adequately trained on the circumstances that justify shooting into a moving vehicle. Thompson was indicted for his illegal use of force, pled guilty, and received a sentence of probation.

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 Deravis Caine Rogers, a black male, was 23 years old when he was shot and killed in his car by former APD officer James Rolfe Burns. On June 22, 2016, Burns responded to assist an off-duty officer that was patrolling an apartment complex, and reported that he saw a suspicious person breaking into vehicles. As Burns, a white officer, was driving into the complex, he observed Rogers driving in his direction. Despite having no knowledge or information that Rogers was the subject of the earlier call — or had committed any crimes — Burns decided to stop Rogers. He turned on his blue lights and chirped his siren, and then jumped out of his patrol car and immediately fired his weapon into Rogers’ car, striking him in the head and killing him.


APD determined that Burns had no justification for the use of deadly force, because he had no information that Rogers was the suspect that prompted the call for officer assistance, and Rogers did not pose a significant threat or serious injury to Burns or the public. The investigation into this incident revealed no evidence that Rogers committed any crimes. Prior to this incident, Burns had been investigated for excessive force on six different occasions in his two years with APD. Burns was indicted for the murder of Rogers, and his trial is pending.

Antraveious Payne, a black male, was 15 years old when he was brutally beaten by former APD officer Matthew Johns on September 16, 2016. Payne was a passenger riding with other teenagers in a stolen vehicle that was being pursued by the police. At the end of the pursuit, dashcam video shows Payne immediately getting out of the vehicle and dropping face down on the ground in submission. Johns is seen on video running over to Payne, but rather than simply handcuffing and arresting him, Johns erupts into a fit of rage and begins beating and kicking Payne in the face, neck, and shoulder area of his body. Payne was beaten so severely by Johns that he required medical treatment for a concussion. After this incident, it was revealed that Johns, a military veteran that had served two combat tours, was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Johns was indicted and pled guilty to aggravated assault, making false statements and violation of his oath of office.  He received a 20-year sentence.

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Noel Hall, a 46-year-old white male, traveled to Atlanta from North Carolina with his family to attend a motocross event on February 25, 2017. While Hall was driving downtown with his wife and children in his van, former APD Sergeant Matheiu Cadeau, working off-duty directing traffic, shot into Hall’s van because he believed Hall disobeyed his instructions.  The bullet entered Hall’s arm and exited through his chest.  Three years earlier, APD’s command recommended to former Chief of Police George Turner that Cadeau be terminated, but Turner overruled their recommendation. Cadeau remained on the force, and in 2015 he was sued along with the city for using excessive force on two white Buckhead citizens, resulting in a $150,000 settlement. Following the Hall shooting, Cadeau was finally terminated by the city. He was indicted for shooting Hall, pled guilty, and received a sentence of probation.

In most jurisdictions, including Atlanta, the standard for whether an officer has used appropriate force requires a determination of whether the force used was “objectively reasonable.”  Derived from a 1989 Supreme Court decision in Graham v. Connor, this is the prevailing standard throughout the country regarding use of force.  Despite being out of touch with the current realities of policing, this standard remains good law, and establishes a legal baseline, or minimum standard, that must be satisfied to justify an officer’s use of force.

The Graham standard is praised by law enforcement for its deference to the judgment and perceptions of the police, yet rightly criticized for its “legalization” of excessive force. While on its face, the Graham standard may seem appropriate, its application allows police officers to excuse and justify excessive force based solely on the officer’s “reasonable” belief that force was required.

Atlanta’s “Use of Force” policy, APD.SOP.3010, adopts the Graham “objectively reasonable” standard, without providing any greater clarification or restrictions on the appropriate use of force. In essence, Atlanta permits its police officers to generally use force where “that force is reasonable and necessary” to accomplish a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Atlanta also allows an officer to “use deadly force to apprehend a suspected felon” if the officer “reasonably believes” deadly force is justified, either to protect life or serious bodily injury, or to prevent the escape of a suspect who poses a danger of serious physical injury to any person.

One problem with the Graham standard, and thus Atlanta’s standard, is that it’s not truly “objective” because it dictates that an officer’s use of force be viewed from the “perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than the 20/20 vision of hindsight.” This means the perspective and norms of the community are not relevant, according to Graham, and officers will be forgiven for any mistakes of fact — such as thinking a suspect had a gun, or reached for gun, when in fact there was no gun.  In addition, this standard is based on an unrealistic assumption that all officers are monolithic and share the same background, judgment, sensibilities, and training. The fundamental problem with Graham is that “reasonable” use of force is viewed solely from the perspective of the officer, his fellow officers, and his command, all of whom are predisposed to give the benefit of the doubt to the officer that has used force.

Another problem with the Graham standard is that it dictates that an officer’s use of force must be assessed “without regard to the officer’s underlying intent or motivation.” This limitation allows no consideration of whether an officer is using force as a means of retaliation, intimidation, or as punishment for fleeing or resisting arrest. Under Graham, it is also impermissible to consider an officer’s racial or cultural biases in assessing an officer’s judgment or perception regarding the need to use force. No wonder Graham has been successfully used in many high-profile cases to exonerate officers from criminal charges alleging excessive force.

It is time for Atlanta to modernize and strengthen its procedures regarding use of deadly force: firing a firearm at a suspect; firing a firearm into or at a vehicle; striking a suspect in the head or neck with a weapon; applying direct pressure to a person’s neck in the form of a chokehold; and techniques that compress the blood vessels in the neck to inhibit or restrict blood flow to the carotid arteries.

Atlanta should amend its “Use of Force” policy to provide that deadly force may be used only when “necessary” to prevent death or great bodily harm, and only after other law enforcement techniques, including less lethal methods of force, have been used and proven ineffective. In other words, the use of deadly force should be allowed only as a last resort to prevent an imminent threat of death or great bodily harm. Atlanta should also require that non-deadly force be used only after de-escalation techniques have been used to reduce or prevent the need for force, and if force is required, the force must be proportional to the threat presented.

Like every major city in this country, Atlanta is not immune to police brutality or from the systemic racism that exists within its criminal justice system. While there are many institutional reforms that are needed to address the impact of systemic racism and inequality on the Black community, Atlanta’s mayor and city council have the responsibility and authority to immediately reform its use-of-force policies and improve training on use of force. __— CL —__

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 As a black male, I cannot ignore the blatant hypocrisy and self-righteousness of those criticizing the charges against the two Atlanta police officers that are responsible for the death of Rayshard Brooks. Such criticism rings hollow in the face of ongoing protests against racist police practices and the systematic denial of due process and equal protection that blacks experience daily from the police and the criminal justice system.  


While Atlanta may be the cradle of the civil rights movement, that history and distinction is not reflected in the policing practices of Atlanta’s Police Department. Police use of excessive, unnecessary, and unreasonable force in Atlanta is systematic and has been ignored and tolerated by city leaders far too long.

Atlanta has nearly two thousand police officers, most of whom are honest and law abiding. The problem, however, is that many good officers fail to report or intervene to stop bad officers from abusing citizens, which contributes to a culture of police corruption known as the “blue wall of silence.” This culture of silence and corruption within the APD allows police brutality to flourish. That is why reforming the APD will require not only policy changes, but also changes in police culture, new training for rank and file officers, and a chief of police that is committed to reform.

Despite significant diversity within the ranks of APD, in Atlanta and elsewhere, police brutality is not limited to white officers abusing black citizens. Consider the incident involving Messiah Young and Taniyah Pilgrim, two black college students, who after their car windows were smashed out by the police, were forcibly removed from the car, shot with stun guns, and then arrested. The police encounter with Young and Pilgrim was triggered when officers observed Young inside the car appearing to shoot video of an officer’s encounter with a protester. Two black officers were the primary aggressors during this encounter and were fired, while a total of six officers have been criminally charged.

Police brutality is caused by many factors that shape and influence the culture and values of police departments, including flawed recruitment and hiring practices, inadequate and improper training, failure to supervise and discipline, implicit and explicit racial and class biases, fear and incompetence, and the belief that fighting crime is a war on people. Police brutality comes at the hands of officers representing all persuasions, and affects people of all races, ages, and genders, although poor and minority communities receive a disproportionate share of the abuse.

In theory, Atlanta has an internal affairs division known as the Office of Professional Standards (OPS), and also a community-staffed Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) that are both tasked with investigating police brutality and misconduct. In reality, the OPS rubber-stamps most use-of-force incidents in favor of the officer, either exonerating the officer or ruling that there is insufficient evidence to either prove or disprove an allegation of excessive force. The ACRB takes charges of excessive force more seriously, but has no power to discipline or terminate an officer, even when their investigations determine that an officer has used excessive force.

The Cochran Firm in Atlanta (where Starks is a senior attorney — Ed.) is involved in current and ongoing investigations into the use of force policies and practices of APD. Through these investigations, we have discovered clear and overwhelming evidence that APD is deliberately indifferent towards police brutality, which is reflected in APD’s hiring, training, and failing to discipline officers. Atlanta’s indifference towards police misconduct is the cause and driving force behind widespread and systemic police brutality.

A review of use-of-force documentation, internal affairs records from APD, and records from the ACRB reveal that police abuse and misconduct committed by APD officers rarely results in discipline, termination, retraining, or compensation for victims. In fact, the ease and regularity in which use of force by APD officers is condoned and ratified further emboldens bad officers.

Reforming use-of-force policies is not a panacea. Atlanta police officers routinely ignore APD’s existing “Use of Force” policy, which is designed to prevent excessive and unreasonable force. Specifically, APD is failing to properly report use-of-force incidents, failing to conduct the appropriate chain of command review of use-of-force incidents, and failing to conduct a comprehensive analysis of use-of-force reports, in violation of its existing “Use of Force” policy.

The Cochran Firm has a long history of representing victims of police brutality, including the representation of the family of Kathryn Johnston, an elderly black woman, who in 2006 was shot and killed by undercover APD officers during the botched execution of a no-knock warrant at her home. During this incident, plainclothes APD officers kicked in Ms. Johnston’s door and fired 39 times, hitting her five times. Currently, the firm represents numerous individuals in cases against the city involving excessive force and misconduct relating to unlawful shootings, beatings, and vehicle pursuits.

Demetric Favors, a black male, was 23 years old when he was shot by former APD officer Emanuel Thompson on October 10, 2015. Favors was a passenger in a vehicle being driven out of the parking lot at Magic City, a downtown Atlanta strip club. Officer Thompson shot into the vehicle five times, injuring Favors. Thompson, who is black, reported that he fired into the vehicle because Magic City security reported to him that a theft had occurred inside the club, and directed him to stop the vehicle, because they believed the suspects were inside the vehicle. Thompson admitted he was not adequately trained on the circumstances that justify shooting into a moving vehicle. Thompson was indicted for his illegal use of force, pled guilty, and received a sentence of probation.


 Deravis Caine Rogers, a black male, was 23 years old when he was shot and killed in his car by former APD officer James Rolfe Burns. On June 22, 2016, Burns responded to assist an off-duty officer that was patrolling an apartment complex, and reported that he saw a suspicious person breaking into vehicles. As Burns, a white officer, was driving into the complex, he observed Rogers driving in his direction. Despite having no knowledge or information that Rogers was the subject of the earlier call — or had committed any crimes — Burns decided to stop Rogers. He turned on his blue lights and chirped his siren, and then jumped out of his patrol car and immediately fired his weapon into Rogers’ car, striking him in the head and killing him.


APD determined that Burns had no justification for the use of deadly force, because he had no information that Rogers was the suspect that prompted the call for officer assistance, and Rogers did not pose a significant threat or serious injury to Burns or the public. The investigation into this incident revealed no evidence that Rogers committed any crimes. Prior to this incident, Burns had been investigated for excessive force on six different occasions in his two years with APD. Burns was indicted for the murder of Rogers, and his trial is pending.

Antraveious Payne, a black male, was 15 years old when he was brutally beaten by former APD officer Matthew Johns on September 16, 2016. Payne was a passenger riding with other teenagers in a stolen vehicle that was being pursued by the police. At the end of the pursuit, dashcam video shows Payne immediately getting out of the vehicle and dropping face down on the ground in submission. Johns is seen on video running over to Payne, but rather than simply handcuffing and arresting him, Johns erupts into a fit of rage and begins beating and kicking Payne in the face, neck, and shoulder area of his body. Payne was beaten so severely by Johns that he required medical treatment for a concussion. After this incident, it was revealed that Johns, a military veteran that had served two combat tours, was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Johns was indicted and pled guilty to aggravated assault, making false statements and violation of his oath of office.  He received a 20-year sentence.

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Noel Hall, a 46-year-old white male, traveled to Atlanta from North Carolina with his family to attend a motocross event on February 25, 2017. While Hall was driving downtown with his wife and children in his van, former APD Sergeant Matheiu Cadeau, working off-duty directing traffic, shot into Hall’s van because he believed Hall disobeyed his instructions.  The bullet entered Hall’s arm and exited through his chest.  Three years earlier, APD’s command recommended to former Chief of Police George Turner that Cadeau be terminated, but Turner overruled their recommendation. Cadeau remained on the force, and in 2015 he was sued along with the city for using excessive force on two white Buckhead citizens, resulting in a $150,000 settlement. Following the Hall shooting, Cadeau was finally terminated by the city. He was indicted for shooting Hall, pled guilty, and received a sentence of probation.

In most jurisdictions, including Atlanta, the standard for whether an officer has used appropriate force requires a determination of whether the force used was “objectively reasonable.”  Derived from a 1989 Supreme Court decision in Graham v. Connor, this is the prevailing standard throughout the country regarding use of force.  Despite being out of touch with the current realities of policing, this standard remains good law, and establishes a legal baseline, or minimum standard, that must be satisfied to justify an officer’s use of force.

The Graham standard is praised by law enforcement for its deference to the judgment and perceptions of the police, yet rightly criticized for its “legalization” of excessive force. While on its face, the Graham standard may seem appropriate, its application allows police officers to excuse and justify excessive force based solely on the officer’s “reasonable” belief that force was required.

Atlanta’s “Use of Force” policy, APD.SOP.3010, adopts the Graham “objectively reasonable” standard, without providing any greater clarification or restrictions on the appropriate use of force. In essence, Atlanta permits its police officers to generally use force where “that force is reasonable and necessary” to accomplish a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Atlanta also allows an officer to “use deadly force to apprehend a suspected felon” if the officer “reasonably believes” deadly force is justified, either to protect life or serious bodily injury, or to prevent the escape of a suspect who poses a danger of serious physical injury to any person.

One problem with the Graham standard, and thus Atlanta’s standard, is that it’s not truly “objective” because it dictates that an officer’s use of force be viewed from the “perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than the 20/20 vision of hindsight.” This means the perspective and norms of the community are not relevant, according to Graham, and officers will be forgiven for any mistakes of fact — such as thinking a suspect had a gun, or reached for gun, when in fact there was no gun.  In addition, this standard is based on an unrealistic assumption that all officers are monolithic and share the same background, judgment, sensibilities, and training. The fundamental problem with Graham is that “reasonable” use of force is viewed solely from the perspective of the officer, his fellow officers, and his command, all of whom are predisposed to give the benefit of the doubt to the officer that has used force.

Another problem with the Graham standard is that it dictates that an officer’s use of force must be assessed “without regard to the officer’s underlying intent or motivation.” This limitation allows no consideration of whether an officer is using force as a means of retaliation, intimidation, or as punishment for fleeing or resisting arrest. Under Graham, it is also impermissible to consider an officer’s racial or cultural biases in assessing an officer’s judgment or perception regarding the need to use force. No wonder Graham has been successfully used in many high-profile cases to exonerate officers from criminal charges alleging excessive force.

It is time for Atlanta to modernize and strengthen its procedures regarding use of deadly force: firing a firearm at a suspect; firing a firearm into or at a vehicle; striking a suspect in the head or neck with a weapon; applying direct pressure to a person’s neck in the form of a chokehold; and techniques that compress the blood vessels in the neck to inhibit or restrict blood flow to the carotid arteries.

Atlanta should amend its “Use of Force” policy to provide that deadly force may be used only when “necessary” to prevent death or great bodily harm, and only after other law enforcement techniques, including less lethal methods of force, have been used and proven ineffective. In other words, the use of deadly force should be allowed only as a last resort to prevent an imminent threat of death or great bodily harm. Atlanta should also require that non-deadly force be used only after de-escalation techniques have been used to reduce or prevent the need for force, and if force is required, the force must be proportional to the threat presented.

Like every major city in this country, Atlanta is not immune to police brutality or from the systemic racism that exists within its criminal justice system. While there are many institutional reforms that are needed to address the impact of systemic racism and inequality on the Black community, Atlanta’s mayor and city council have the responsibility and authority to immediately reform its use-of-force policies and improve training on use of force. — CL —

Sam Starks is a graduate of Duke University School of Law. He is a former staff attorney for The Washington Post and Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. Starks relocated to Atlanta in 1999 where he began practicing as a personal injury and civil rights lawyer. He is currently a senior attorney with the Cochran Firm Atlanta where his practice includes representing victims of police brutality.       0,0,10    blacklivesmatter                             APD use of force policy needs reform "
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  string(7180) "The events surrounding the death of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, George Floyd in Minneapolis, and Ahmaud Arbery near Brunswick, Georgia, have brought the continued battle for civil rights into the national spotlight. Protests and riots over racial profiling, police brutality, and the inequality faced by Black Americans have reached a boiling point reminiscent of the early ’60s. While the efforts and struggles of men like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Congressman John Lewis, and others brought the problems of racial inequality to the forefront of the public perspective, it is clear we still wrestle with the same issue today, as exemplified by the Black Lives Matter movement, founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. It is also clear in the All Lives Matter movement that white America refuses to acknowledge the systemic racism in this country. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our public veneration of men who tirelessly worked against civil rights for people of color. If we want to adequately tackle the problem of racial inequality we have to first acknowledge that this is one of the most important issues we face today. And if we acknowledge the importance of ending racial inequality, no historical figure’s contributions to society can ever outweigh their actions on that issue. And it is for this reason we must remove the statues of Henry W. Grady and Richard B. Russell from the public sphere in downtown Atlanta.

In Georgia, the two men are the most culpable in their opposition to civil rights while among Georgia’s most honored leaders. Grady, born in Athens, Georgia, a decade prior to the start of the Civil War, experienced both the tragedy and aftermath of the conflict. He would become an influential journalist and renowned orator who made multiple contributions to Southern Reconstruction and helped integrate the South back into the Union. In remembrance of his influence over the postwar South, a statue of Grady is prominently displayed in downtown Atlanta. Additionally, a high school, a hospital, and even the school of journalism at the University of Georgia bear his name. Regardless of what his contributions were to rebuilding the white South, Grady was an unabashed, outspoken, fervent, white supremacist. He used his considerable power and prestige to ensure that the new postwar South was the same as the prewar South regarding Black citizens’ rights. In one of many examples of his perspective on equal rights, Grady delivered a famous speech in which he said, “…the supremacy of the white race of the South must be maintained forever, and the domination of the negro race resisted at all points and at all hazards, because the white race is the superior race.”

Born in Winder, Georgia, almost a decade after Grady’s death, Russell became a U.S. senator of the Southern Democratic Party and served as the 66th governor of Georgia. Russell is remembered as a political dynamo who shaped the environment of both the Democratic and Republican parties. He was twice a candidate for the presidency, served on the Warren Commission, and was one of the most powerful senators of his time. His statue stands on the lawn of the Georgia State Capitol. The federal courthouse in Atlanta bears his name as do various other structures across the country. Russell was an ardent opponent of the civil rights movement and co-authored the Southern Manifesto along with Senator Strom Thurmond. The Manifesto was written in direct opposition to Dr. King’s movement and, among other complaints, alleged that the federal government was overreaching in its desegregation efforts. It was also Russell who orchestrated and led the 60-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Though his efforts were not successful, he made the march to equality that much harder for Dr. King and his supporters.

The examples listed above are just a fraction of the efforts both men undertook against racial equality. We must ask ourselves why we continue to honor Grady and Russell when their lives were consumed by a position that no current politician would publicly endorse. Is it perhaps because they still privately endorse them? 

Though there have been calls for removing these public distinctions, those calls have been largely silenced by our leaders. When it was suggested that we rename the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., to honor the late Senator John McCain, Georgia Senator David Perdue commented: “This is a man [[Russell] who made tremendous contributions. In hindsight, today we can say he was wrong on any issue, but I think you’ve got to measure that in the full picture of his contributions. ...” 

But what Perdue overlooks is that Russell was not wrong on just any issue. Like Grady he was wrong on THE issue. It is important to note that being flawed is not the same as dedicating your life to a wrong cause. And of course, any time the idea of removing certain statues comes up, people inevitably argue that perhaps then we should take down the Lincoln Memorial or the faces on Mount Rushmore. Perhaps we should. But that is another argument.  We can look at many, if not all, of our past leaders and see the sin of racism. That is something we must admit and address as a nation. But unlike Lincoln or Washington, men like Grady and Russell dedicated their lives to perpetuating racial inequality. 

Of course, one current obstacle to removing the actual statues of these two men is Senate Bill 77, which went into effect on April 26, 2019. The bill, which was passed largely along partisan lines with unanimous support from Republican lawmakers, provides protections for certain statues. According to the new law, if the monument is to be relocated it must be placed in a position of “similar prominence.” 

At a time when America is once again facing its demons of racial inequality, our lawmakers undertook the effort to ensure that two avowed white supremacists will remain safely honored in a public space. Lawmakers who allegedly represent Black voters in their respective districts have given a clear answer to the question of whether they believe Black voices that say this issue is the most important. 

Because Grady and Russell dedicated their time, energy, and resources to maintaining the status quo of an America for whites only, we must remove them. However, before we can do that, we must remove the law that protects them. And to do that we will need to remove the politicians who support that law and, coincidentally, support men like Grady and Russell. Which, of course, makes you question where these politicians stand on the issue of racial equality. Whether publicly or privately. —CL—

Will Smith is an Atlanta attorney in Midtown Atlanta with Schenk Smith. A former prosecutor in the Fulton County Solicitor General’s office, prior to attending law school Smith served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps where he was a member of the Marine Corps Anti-Terrorism Unit, F.A.S.T. Company. He hosts the Nursing Home Abuse podcast at https://www.schenksmith.com/nursing-home-abuse-podcast/''"
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The examples listed above are just a fraction of the efforts both men undertook against racial equality. We must ask ourselves why we continue to honor Grady and Russell when their lives were consumed by a position that no current politician would publicly endorse. Is it perhaps because they still privately endorse them? 

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But what Perdue overlooks is that Russell was not wrong on just ''any'' issue. Like Grady he was wrong on THE issue. It is important to note that being flawed is not the same as dedicating your life to a wrong cause. And of course, any time the idea of removing certain statues comes up, people inevitably argue that perhaps then we should take down the Lincoln Memorial or the faces on Mount Rushmore. Perhaps we should. But that is another argument.  We can look at many, if not all, of our past leaders and see the sin of racism. That is something we must admit and address as a nation. But unlike Lincoln or Washington, men like Grady and Russell dedicated their lives to perpetuating racial inequality. 

Of course, one current obstacle to removing the actual statues of these two men is Senate Bill 77, which went into effect on April 26, 2019. The bill, which was passed largely along partisan lines with unanimous support from Republican lawmakers, provides protections for certain statues. According to the new law, if the monument is to be relocated it must be placed in a position of “similar prominence.” 

At a time when America is once again facing its demons of racial inequality, our lawmakers undertook the effort to ensure that two avowed white supremacists will remain safely honored in a public space. Lawmakers who allegedly represent Black voters in their respective districts have given a clear answer to the question of whether they believe Black voices that say this issue is the most important. 

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The examples listed above are just a fraction of the efforts both men undertook against racial equality. We must ask ourselves why we continue to honor Grady and Russell when their lives were consumed by a position that no current politician would publicly endorse. Is it perhaps because they still privately endorse them? 

Though there have been calls for removing these public distinctions, those calls have been largely silenced by our leaders. When it was suggested that we rename the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., to honor the late Senator John McCain, Georgia Senator David Perdue commented: “This is a man [[Russell] who made tremendous contributions. In hindsight, today we can say he was wrong on any issue, but I think you’ve got to measure that in the full picture of his contributions. ...” 

But what Perdue overlooks is that Russell was not wrong on just any issue. Like Grady he was wrong on THE issue. It is important to note that being flawed is not the same as dedicating your life to a wrong cause. And of course, any time the idea of removing certain statues comes up, people inevitably argue that perhaps then we should take down the Lincoln Memorial or the faces on Mount Rushmore. Perhaps we should. But that is another argument.  We can look at many, if not all, of our past leaders and see the sin of racism. That is something we must admit and address as a nation. But unlike Lincoln or Washington, men like Grady and Russell dedicated their lives to perpetuating racial inequality. 

Of course, one current obstacle to removing the actual statues of these two men is Senate Bill 77, which went into effect on April 26, 2019. The bill, which was passed largely along partisan lines with unanimous support from Republican lawmakers, provides protections for certain statues. According to the new law, if the monument is to be relocated it must be placed in a position of “similar prominence.” 

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  string(2066) "All Black lives matter, and it is horrifying to witness the many ways in which Atlanta — the city T.I. infamously called Wakanda recently — shows that it doesn’t believe that.

In response to the hunting of Ahmaud Arbery, the slaying of Breonna Taylor, the suffocation of George Floyd, and the shooting of Tony McDade, protestors flood Atlanta’s streets to air their grievances against the systemic racism and police brutality sweeping the nation. In turn, they are met with excessive force from Atlanta’s own police department.

During the first weekend of protests, video footage captures members of the Atlanta Police Department using tear gas on and shooting rubber bullets at protestors. Several Atlanta police officers gain viral infamy when a video is posted on social media of two Atlanta University Center students being relentlessly assaulted by the APD. With the city already scrutinizing the brutal policing practices being protested across the country, a handful of officers decided to repeatedly tase both Taniyah Pilgrim, a Spelman student, and Messiah Young, a Morehouse student, and forcefully remove them from their car in order to make two highly questionable arrests.

Two weeks later, the APD’s attack on Rayshard Brooks has a much darker and more definitive ending. At the Wendy’s on University Avenue, the 27-year-old Black man is shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer after resisting arrest and attempting to flee.

Atlanta should be outraged. The flagrant wrongdoings by Atlanta police officers keep aggravating an already festering wound. Even as a creative who makes a living by stringing words together to make statements, I truly do not know what to say. However, I do know that we cannot afford to go back to the regularly scheduled programming. Protesting — in whatever form or fashion — must continue, so here are some songs to guide, in-spire, and possibly heal you as the fight rages on.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Two weeks later, the APD’s attack on Rayshard Brooks has a much darker and more definitive ending. At the Wendy’s on University Avenue, the 27-year-old Black man is shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer after resisting arrest and attempting to flee.

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''~~black:"We ballin’ like the March Madness / All these cops shootin’ a nigga, tragic"~~''{BOX}
 

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''~~black:"They even try to break us down and point guns with our hands up / It’s fuck 12, man, they been losin’ they manners / Fuck around and tie up a blue and red bandana"~~''{BOX}
 

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''~~black:"And every day on the evening news, they feed you fear for free / And you so numb, you watch the cops choke out a man like me / Until my voice goes from a shriek to whisper , ‘I can’t breathe’"~~''{BOX}
 

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In response to the hunting of Ahmaud Arbery, the slaying of Breonna Taylor, the suffocation of George Floyd, and the shooting of Tony McDade, protestors flood Atlanta’s streets to air their grievances against the systemic racism and police brutality sweeping the nation. In turn, they are met with excessive force from Atlanta’s own police department.

During the first weekend of protests, video footage captures members of the Atlanta Police Department using tear gas on and shooting rubber bullets at protestors. Several Atlanta police officers gain viral infamy when a video is posted on social media of two Atlanta University Center students being relentlessly assaulted by the APD. With the city already scrutinizing the brutal policing practices being protested across the country, a handful of officers decided to repeatedly tase both Taniyah Pilgrim, a Spelman student, and Messiah Young, a Morehouse student, and forcefully remove them from their car in order to make two highly questionable arrests.

Two weeks later, the APD’s attack on Rayshard Brooks has a much darker and more definitive ending. At the Wendy’s on University Avenue, the 27-year-old Black man is shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer after resisting arrest and attempting to flee.

Atlanta should be outraged. The flagrant wrongdoings by Atlanta police officers keep aggravating an already festering wound. Even as a creative who makes a living by stringing words together to make statements, I truly do not know what to say. However, I do know that we cannot afford to go back to the regularly scheduled programming. Protesting — in whatever form or fashion — must continue, so here are some songs to guide, in-spire, and possibly heal you as the fight rages on.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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  string(11086) "Do you, or someone you know feel that “all lives matter” is the perfect response to “Black Lives Matter”? Perhaps that person gets defensive when they hear phrases like “systemic racism” or these two words together,  “white privilege?” 

If any of these apply, bless your vanilla heart. It’s likely a case of Karen/Kevin Syndrome*. Don’t panic. Help is on your black mirrors. Just keep scrolling when you’re ready to awaken from the spell you’ve been kept under justifying a confederacy that lasted little more than four years.

Whether you’re black, white, a zoomer, boomer, woke, or sleepwalking, The Move is a column intended to help you beat the war against basic. Expect a heavy dose of anti-racist options, and more than a few reminders to wear a damn mask. Bc you CAN have a balanced diet of BLM, COVID-19, and aliens in 2020. Consume at your own risk.

!!Donations and Resources

Be one of those people who puts their wallet where their mouth is! Follow up on that Instagram share with a monetary donation or volunteer hours. Or if you, or someone you know, are a human or family in need, these organizations may be able to help. In no particular order:

Atlanta Solidarity Fund

Do you know someone who has been arrested while protesting in the metro area? The Atlanta Solidarity Fund’s purpose is to “support people in Atlanta who have been arrested for taking action against social injustice.” — ASF

The Action Network, a platform to help activists get organized on or offline, hosts Atlanta Solidarity Fund, where they also share current situations and jail updates, including this one: “UPDATE: We have enough funds to handle immediate bail needs. Further donations will go towards the long-term expenses of dealing with state repression. We expect this movement to be long-lasting, and people will need support even once they’re out of jail, dealing with drawn-out court cases, fees, etc. So we appreciate recurring donations to ensure we can have everyone’s backs down the road.”

To stay in the know go here. 



Homeless Black Trans Women

Jesse Pratt López, a Trans Latinx photographer, activist, and grassroots organizer, created the Homeless Black Trans Women Fund in December of 2019. Since the  GoFundMe went viral in May 2020, the account has reached nearly $2.5 million. 

According to Lopez, “The #HomelessBlackTransWomenFund began when I met a community of Black Trans women that were living on the street near me. I would come back everyday, and we soon became close and I assumed the role of Trans mother or “gay mom,” and would bring them food and whatever I could. But I soon realized I didn’t have the resources to really help them — and I knew that combating systemic racism and transphobia, chronic homelessness, addiction, and other issues my girls were facing — many other things — can’t be done overnight. I started this GoFundMe to help them with immediate needs, but now, it seems that the world has given us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only get the girls off the street, but to create sustainable, long-term housing solutions for the larger community of Black and brown Trans people in Atlanta.



“#HomelessBlackTransWomenFund is trying to do something big: sustainable housing and services for Black Trans Women who are homeless. It’s locally made and supported,” Lopez says.

Getting to know these womxn via Lopez’s photos and storytelling will have your Apple Pay screaming, “Hit pay!” for donations.

To contribute, click here

Jesse Pratt Lopez photography here

Fair Fight 

Y’all know that primary “election” last month was actually just a big ole pile of stank-ass voter suppression, right? Thank you to those who stood in the humidity and rain for hours to vote, refusing to give up your right to vote.

Two years ago, the founders of Fair Fight acknowledged, “Georgia’s 2018 elections shone a bright light on the issue with elections that were rife with mismanagement, irregularities, unbelievably long lines, and more, exposing both recent and also decades-long actions and inactions by the state to thwart the right to vote.” Unfortunately, that still applies in 2020, meaning Fair Fight needs more help, y’all.

Founded by Stacey Abrams, a leader in the fight against voter suppression and a bestselling erotic novelist, Fair Fight will keep you informed at fairfight.com. If God is real, She blessed us with Stacey Abrams.

Southern Fried Queer Pride

If you’ve read this column before, you know of Southern Fried Queer Pride’s almost monthly events. But what is SFPQ? They say it best: “Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP) was born out of a lack of space for Black and brown queer folks to build community, a lack of queer art, and in opposition of the established narrative of Southern queers. The South is home to the country’s largest population of LGBTQIQAP2+ individuals, yet we’re confined to a narrative of stigma, statistics, and struggle. SFQP fights that notion, and is aiding in uplifting an honest narrative of resilience, rich history, and vibrance.”

Rumor has it, SFQP is getting closer and closer to having their own space. Can you imagine the creativity that will serve full-on face melters in this future spot?! For this organization’s constant inspo, they’re on the top of the donation pot. Click here to donate.

Feed the Revolution

Two lifelong best friends, Jaide Mercado and Jake Hendrix, organized Feed the Revolution in June 2020 during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in and around Atlanta.

“While out protesting, we couldn’t help but notice that protestors need things — namely water, snacks, and medical supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer. Additionally, many homeless people were being displaced by the protests. So, we grabbed a shopping cart, a couple sandwiches and some water bottles, and took to the streets,” Feed the Revolution notes proudly.

Currently, the website says they have capped the volunteer sign-ups, however, supplies and donations are always helpful. Going to guess they’ll need a lot of volunteers at the polls in November. 

For the 411 on Feed The Revolution, click here or call 470.499.0776

Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund

“We fund Black, Indigenous, and other peoples of color that have endured hardship during the COVID19 pandemic.”

Plus, The Move gets down with their policies and beliefs like, “We are grounded in a pro-Black, anti-white supremacist, anti-capitalist, black feminist politic, and utilize an intersectional analysis of oppression. One of the ways this shows up is that we are only distributing funds to BIPOC communities, with special attention paid to gender/sexuality/class/immigration status.”

Another thing that sticks out with this organization, utilizing wealth redistribution, described as, “a framework where those with generational privilege and access to resources are encouraged to feed into communities and individuals historically disenfranchised to build long-term equity in those communities.” Seems like a no-brainer, y’all.

And they know COVID-19 is far from a plague in the past. Don’t be the restaurant that doesn’t require staff to wear masks, Kevin. To get involved, visit atlantamutualaid.org.

The Tender Foundation

Did you know a whopping 38 percent of single moms in Atlanta live below the poverty line? The Tender Foundation helps these mamas with immediate financial support, as well as providing tools for the long-term health and wellness of their families. “We believe a little tender loving care can go a long way in changing the lives of our mamas and their children,” founders of the foundation state.

“We don’t stop at addressing the monetary crises our mamas face either — we also guide them to long-term resources and equip them with a network of support to aid them in their journey to self-sufficiency.”

If you’re unable to throw cash around, consider donating diapers, wipes, formula, car seats, or clothing for these mamas and kiddos in need. If you are a mama in need, click here.

For donations and general info on The Tender Foundation, go here.

!!Listening

Archive Atlanta

The latest episode is set in 1880, when Atlanta was a city of just 40,000 people, “15 years out of the Civil War, and full force into Henry Grady’s “New South,” and the coming International Cotton Exhibit in 1881 was expected to bring 200k folx to town. To quote the Atlanta Constitution, “no city in the South has ever before had such an opportunity to enlarge its business connections, display its advantages, and add to its reputation.”

Victoria Lemos is your host. Born in NYC to parents that immigrated from Spain, Lemos became a volunteer at Atlanta Preservation Center as a walking-tour guide. To listen for free and support Archive Atlanta, visit here.

The 1619 Project

Did you know slavery in the United States began with just 20 Black individuals stolen from Africa, a number that grew to more than 500,000 in just over a year? This New York Times podcast series debuted in 2019 to mark the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. They don’t sugarcoat it. There’s really no other way to describe this collection other than heavy-hearted. It should prob be mandated listening in schools. I wish I’d learned the truth instead of being brainwashed, through history being whitewashed.

Reading

Following George Floyd’s death, and for the first time in history, the New York Times top 10 bestsellers were all titles about race relations. Although several of the top titles are sold out, audio books never dry up, so no excuses. Plus, with the audiobook you can keep doing your crafts, Karen.

White Fragility

White people are the worst when it comes to talking about race. If you are white and deny that, White Fragility is the perfect read for you! Robin DiAngelo, a white American academic, lecturer, and author working in the fields of critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies, explains how squirmy white folx get when confronted with the topic of race. 

“White fragility has had a profound impact on the white working class’s resentment toward people of color. The resentment is clearly misdirected, given that the people who control the economy and who have managed to concentrate more wealth into fewer (white) hands than ever before in human history are the white elite.” (White Fragility, p. 60) Join me in the awakening, white folx, if you haven’t already been woke.

XXX

*For extreme case studies on Karen Syndrome visit Karens.Gone.Wild.

PSQ: Why are police officers allowed to express their political views publicly? If a police officer publicly participates in sharing political opinions, (i/e via Facebook posts), how would the general public assume that officers will protect and serve all equally? Just loud thoughts that keep this writer up at night. xxoo. —CL—"
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If any of these apply, bless your vanilla heart. It’s likely a case of [https://www.instagram.com/karens.gone.wild/|Karen/Kevin Syndrome]*. Don’t panic. Help is on your black mirrors. Just keep scrolling when you’re ready to awaken from the spell you’ve been kept under justifying a confederacy that lasted little more than four years.

Whether you’re black, white, a zoomer, boomer, woke, or sleepwalking, ''The Move'' is a column intended to help you beat the war against basic. Expect a heavy dose of anti-racist options, and more than a few reminders to wear a damn mask. Bc you CAN have a balanced diet of BLM, COVID-19, and aliens in 2020. Consume at your own risk.

!!Donations and Resources

Be one of those people who puts their wallet where their mouth is! Follow up on that Instagram share with a monetary donation or volunteer hours. Or if you, or someone you know, are a human or family in need, these organizations may be able to help. In no particular order:

__[https://actionnetwork.org/groups/atlanta-solidarity-fund|Atlanta Solidarity Fund]__

Do you know someone who has been arrested while protesting in the metro area? The Atlanta Solidarity Fund’s purpose is to “support people in Atlanta who have been arrested for taking action against social injustice.” — ASF

The Action Network, a platform to help activists get organized on or offline, hosts Atlanta Solidarity Fund, where they also share current situations and jail updates, including this one: “UPDATE: We have enough funds to handle immediate bail needs. Further donations will go towards the long-term expenses of dealing with state repression. We expect this movement to be long-lasting, and people will need support even once they’re out of jail, dealing with drawn-out court cases, fees, etc. So we appreciate recurring donations to ensure we can have everyone’s backs down the road.”

To stay in the know go ''[https://actionnetwork.org/groups/atlanta-solidarity-fund|here].'' 



__[https://www.gofundme.com/f/homeless-black-trans-women-fund|Homeless Black Trans Women]__

[https://linktr.ee/jprattlopez.photos|Jesse Pratt López], a Trans Latinx photographer, activist, and grassroots organizer, created the [https://www.gofundme.com/f/homeless-black-trans-women-fund|Homeless Black Trans Women Fund] in December of 2019. Since the  GoFundMe went viral in May 2020, the account has reached nearly $2.5 million. 

According to Lopez, “The #HomelessBlackTransWomenFund began when I met a community of Black Trans women that were living on the street near me. I would come back everyday, and we soon became close and I assumed the role of Trans mother or “gay mom,” and would bring them food and whatever I could. But I soon realized I didn’t have the resources to really help them — and I knew that combating systemic racism and transphobia, chronic homelessness, addiction, and other issues my girls were facing — many other things — can’t be done overnight. I started this GoFundMe to help them with immediate needs, but now, it seems that the world has given us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only get the girls off the street, but to create sustainable, long-term housing solutions for the larger community of Black and brown Trans people in Atlanta.

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“#HomelessBlackTransWomenFund is trying to do something big: sustainable housing and services for Black Trans Women who are homeless. It’s locally made and supported,” Lopez says.

Getting to know these womxn via Lopez’s photos and storytelling will have your Apple Pay screaming, “Hit pay!” for donations.

To contribute, click ''[https://www.gofundme.com/f/homeless-black-trans-women-fund|here]''

Jesse Pratt Lopez photography ''[https://www.jprattlopez.photos|here]''

__[https://fairfight.com/|Fair Fight]__ 

Y’all know that primary “election” last month was actually just a big ole pile of stank-ass voter suppression, right? Thank you to those who stood in the humidity and rain for hours to vote, refusing to give up your right to vote.

Two years ago, the founders of Fair Fight acknowledged, “Georgia’s 2018 elections shone a bright light on the issue with elections that were rife with mismanagement, irregularities, unbelievably long lines, and more, exposing both recent and also decades-long actions and inactions by the state to thwart the right to vote.” Unfortunately, that still applies in 2020, meaning Fair Fight needs more help, y’all.

Founded by [https://staceyabrams.com/|Stacey Abrams], a leader in the fight against voter suppression and a bestselling erotic novelist, Fair Fight will keep you informed at ''fairfight.com''. If God is real, She blessed us with Stacey Abrams.

__[http://www.southernfriedqueerpride.com/|Southern Fried Queer Pride]__

If you’ve read this column before, you know of Southern Fried Queer Pride’s almost monthly events. But what is SFPQ? They say it best: “Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP) was born out of a lack of space for Black and brown queer folks to build community, a lack of queer art, and in opposition of the established narrative of Southern queers. The South is home to the country’s largest population of LGBTQIQAP2+ individuals, yet we’re confined to a narrative of stigma, statistics, and struggle. SFQP fights that notion, and is aiding in uplifting an honest narrative of resilience, rich history, and vibrance.”

Rumor has it, SFQP is getting closer and closer to having their own space. Can you imagine the creativity that will serve full-on face melters in this future spot?! For this organization’s constant inspo, they’re on the top of the donation pot. ''[http://www.southernfriedqueerpride.com/donate|Click here to donate.]''

__[https://linktr.ee/FeedTheRevolution|Feed the Revolution]__

Two lifelong best friends, Jaide Mercado and Jake Hendrix, organized Feed the Revolution in June 2020 during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in and around Atlanta.

“While out protesting, we couldn’t help but notice that protestors need things — namely water, snacks, and medical supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer. Additionally, many homeless people were being displaced by the protests. So, we grabbed a shopping cart, a couple sandwiches and some water bottles, and took to the streets,” Feed the Revolution notes proudly.

Currently, the website says they have capped the volunteer sign-ups, however, supplies and donations are always helpful. Going to guess they’ll need a lot of volunteers at the polls in November. 

For the 411 on Feed The Revolution, ''[https://linktr.ee/FeedTheRevolution|click here] or call 470.499.0776''

__[https://www.atlantamutualaid.org/|Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund]__

“We fund Black, Indigenous, and other peoples of color that have endured hardship during the COVID19 pandemic.”

Plus, The Move gets down with their policies and beliefs like, “We are grounded in a pro-Black, anti-white supremacist, anti-capitalist, black feminist politic, and utilize an intersectional analysis of oppression. One of the ways this shows up is that we are only distributing funds to BIPOC communities, with special attention paid to gender/sexuality/class/immigration status.”

Another thing that sticks out with this organization, utilizing wealth redistribution, described as, “a framework where those with generational privilege and access to resources are encouraged to feed into communities and individuals historically disenfranchised to build long-term equity in those communities.” Seems like a no-brainer, y’all.

And they know COVID-19 is far from a plague in the past. Don’t be the restaurant that doesn’t require staff to wear masks, ''Kevin''. To get involved, visit ''[https://www.atlantamutualaid.org/|atlantamutualaid.org]''.

__[https://www.thetenderfoundation.com/|The Tender Foundation]__

Did you know a whopping 38 percent of single moms in Atlanta live below the poverty line? The Tender Foundation helps these mamas with immediate financial support, as well as providing tools for the long-term health and wellness of their families. “We believe a little tender loving care can go a long way in changing the lives of our mamas and their children,” founders of the foundation state.

“We don’t stop at addressing the monetary crises our mamas face either — we also guide them to long-term resources and equip them with a network of support to aid them in their journey to self-sufficiency.”

If you’re unable to throw cash around, consider donating diapers, wipes, formula, car seats, or clothing for these mamas and kiddos in need. If you are a mama in need, click [https://www.thetenderfoundation.com/get-help|here].

For donations and general info on The Tender Foundation, go ''[https://www.thetenderfoundation.com/|here].''

!!Listening

__[https://www.archiveatlantapodcast.com/|Archive Atlanta]__

The latest episode is set in 1880, when Atlanta was a city of just 40,000 people, “15 years out of the Civil War, and full force into Henry Grady’s “New South,” and the coming International Cotton Exhibit in 1881 was expected to bring 200k folx to town. To quote the ''Atlanta Constitution'', “no city in the South has ever before had such an opportunity to enlarge its business connections, display its advantages, and add to its reputation.”

Victoria Lemos is your host. Born in NYC to parents that immigrated from Spain, Lemos became a volunteer at Atlanta Preservation Center as a walking-tour guide. To listen for free and support Archive Atlanta, visit ''[https://ArchiveAtlantaPodcast.com|here].''

[https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html|__The 1619 Project__]

Did you know slavery in the United States began with just 20 Black individuals stolen from Africa, a number that grew to more than 500,000 in just over a year? This ''New York Times'' podcast series debuted in 2019 to mark the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. They don’t sugarcoat it. There’s really no other way to describe this collection other than heavy-hearted. It should prob be mandated listening in schools. I wish I’d learned the truth instead of being brainwashed, through history being whitewashed.

__Reading__

Following George Floyd’s death, and for the first time in history, the ''New York Times'' top 10 bestsellers were all titles about race relations. Although several of the top titles are sold out, audio books never dry up, so no excuses. Plus, with the audiobook you can keep doing your crafts, ''Karen''.

[https://robindiangelo.com/publications/|__''White Fragility''__]

White people are the worst when it comes to talking about race. If you are white and deny that, [https://robindiangelo.com/publications/|''White Fragility''] is the perfect read for you! [https://robindiangelo.com/publications/|Robin DiAngelo], a white American academic, lecturer, and author working in the fields of critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies, explains how squirmy white folx get when confronted with the topic of race. 

“White fragility has had a profound impact on the white working class’s resentment toward people of color. The resentment is clearly misdirected, given that the people who control the economy and who have managed to concentrate more wealth into fewer (white) hands than ever before in human history are the white elite.” (''White Fragility'', p. 60) Join me in the awakening, white folx, if you haven’t already been woke.

__XXX__

*For extreme case studies on ''Karen Syndrome'' visit ''[https://www.instagram.com/karens.gone.wild/|Karens.Gone.Wild].''

__PSQ:__ Why are police officers allowed to express their political views publicly? If a police officer publicly participates in sharing political opinions, (i/e via Facebook posts), how would the general public assume that officers will protect and serve all equally? Just loud thoughts that keep this writer up at night. xxoo. __—CL—__"
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  string(11717) " Rayshard Brooks Revised  2020-06-30T19:50:47+00:00 Rayshard_Brooks_revised.jpg    themove blacklivesmatter Hey, y’all! Stay home. 31912  2020-06-30T15:42:00+00:00 THE MOVE: Plan Accordingly - July 2020 jim.harris@creativeloafing.com Jim Harris EMA CARR Ema Carr 2020-06-30T15:42:00+00:00  Do you, or someone you know feel that “all lives matter” is the perfect response to “Black Lives Matter”? Perhaps that person gets defensive when they hear phrases like “systemic racism” or these two words together,  “white privilege?” 

If any of these apply, bless your vanilla heart. It’s likely a case of Karen/Kevin Syndrome*. Don’t panic. Help is on your black mirrors. Just keep scrolling when you’re ready to awaken from the spell you’ve been kept under justifying a confederacy that lasted little more than four years.

Whether you’re black, white, a zoomer, boomer, woke, or sleepwalking, The Move is a column intended to help you beat the war against basic. Expect a heavy dose of anti-racist options, and more than a few reminders to wear a damn mask. Bc you CAN have a balanced diet of BLM, COVID-19, and aliens in 2020. Consume at your own risk.

!!Donations and Resources

Be one of those people who puts their wallet where their mouth is! Follow up on that Instagram share with a monetary donation or volunteer hours. Or if you, or someone you know, are a human or family in need, these organizations may be able to help. In no particular order:

Atlanta Solidarity Fund

Do you know someone who has been arrested while protesting in the metro area? The Atlanta Solidarity Fund’s purpose is to “support people in Atlanta who have been arrested for taking action against social injustice.” — ASF

The Action Network, a platform to help activists get organized on or offline, hosts Atlanta Solidarity Fund, where they also share current situations and jail updates, including this one: “UPDATE: We have enough funds to handle immediate bail needs. Further donations will go towards the long-term expenses of dealing with state repression. We expect this movement to be long-lasting, and people will need support even once they’re out of jail, dealing with drawn-out court cases, fees, etc. So we appreciate recurring donations to ensure we can have everyone’s backs down the road.”

To stay in the know go here. 



Homeless Black Trans Women

Jesse Pratt López, a Trans Latinx photographer, activist, and grassroots organizer, created the Homeless Black Trans Women Fund in December of 2019. Since the  GoFundMe went viral in May 2020, the account has reached nearly $2.5 million. 

According to Lopez, “The #HomelessBlackTransWomenFund began when I met a community of Black Trans women that were living on the street near me. I would come back everyday, and we soon became close and I assumed the role of Trans mother or “gay mom,” and would bring them food and whatever I could. But I soon realized I didn’t have the resources to really help them — and I knew that combating systemic racism and transphobia, chronic homelessness, addiction, and other issues my girls were facing — many other things — can’t be done overnight. I started this GoFundMe to help them with immediate needs, but now, it seems that the world has given us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only get the girls off the street, but to create sustainable, long-term housing solutions for the larger community of Black and brown Trans people in Atlanta.



“#HomelessBlackTransWomenFund is trying to do something big: sustainable housing and services for Black Trans Women who are homeless. It’s locally made and supported,” Lopez says.

Getting to know these womxn via Lopez’s photos and storytelling will have your Apple Pay screaming, “Hit pay!” for donations.

To contribute, click here

Jesse Pratt Lopez photography here

Fair Fight 

Y’all know that primary “election” last month was actually just a big ole pile of stank-ass voter suppression, right? Thank you to those who stood in the humidity and rain for hours to vote, refusing to give up your right to vote.

Two years ago, the founders of Fair Fight acknowledged, “Georgia’s 2018 elections shone a bright light on the issue with elections that were rife with mismanagement, irregularities, unbelievably long lines, and more, exposing both recent and also decades-long actions and inactions by the state to thwart the right to vote.” Unfortunately, that still applies in 2020, meaning Fair Fight needs more help, y’all.

Founded by Stacey Abrams, a leader in the fight against voter suppression and a bestselling erotic novelist, Fair Fight will keep you informed at fairfight.com. If God is real, She blessed us with Stacey Abrams.

Southern Fried Queer Pride

If you’ve read this column before, you know of Southern Fried Queer Pride’s almost monthly events. But what is SFPQ? They say it best: “Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP) was born out of a lack of space for Black and brown queer folks to build community, a lack of queer art, and in opposition of the established narrative of Southern queers. The South is home to the country’s largest population of LGBTQIQAP2+ individuals, yet we’re confined to a narrative of stigma, statistics, and struggle. SFQP fights that notion, and is aiding in uplifting an honest narrative of resilience, rich history, and vibrance.”

Rumor has it, SFQP is getting closer and closer to having their own space. Can you imagine the creativity that will serve full-on face melters in this future spot?! For this organization’s constant inspo, they’re on the top of the donation pot. Click here to donate.

Feed the Revolution

Two lifelong best friends, Jaide Mercado and Jake Hendrix, organized Feed the Revolution in June 2020 during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in and around Atlanta.

“While out protesting, we couldn’t help but notice that protestors need things — namely water, snacks, and medical supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer. Additionally, many homeless people were being displaced by the protests. So, we grabbed a shopping cart, a couple sandwiches and some water bottles, and took to the streets,” Feed the Revolution notes proudly.

Currently, the website says they have capped the volunteer sign-ups, however, supplies and donations are always helpful. Going to guess they’ll need a lot of volunteers at the polls in November. 

For the 411 on Feed The Revolution, click here or call 470.499.0776

Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund

“We fund Black, Indigenous, and other peoples of color that have endured hardship during the COVID19 pandemic.”

Plus, The Move gets down with their policies and beliefs like, “We are grounded in a pro-Black, anti-white supremacist, anti-capitalist, black feminist politic, and utilize an intersectional analysis of oppression. One of the ways this shows up is that we are only distributing funds to BIPOC communities, with special attention paid to gender/sexuality/class/immigration status.”

Another thing that sticks out with this organization, utilizing wealth redistribution, described as, “a framework where those with generational privilege and access to resources are encouraged to feed into communities and individuals historically disenfranchised to build long-term equity in those communities.” Seems like a no-brainer, y’all.

And they know COVID-19 is far from a plague in the past. Don’t be the restaurant that doesn’t require staff to wear masks, Kevin. To get involved, visit atlantamutualaid.org.

The Tender Foundation

Did you know a whopping 38 percent of single moms in Atlanta live below the poverty line? The Tender Foundation helps these mamas with immediate financial support, as well as providing tools for the long-term health and wellness of their families. “We believe a little tender loving care can go a long way in changing the lives of our mamas and their children,” founders of the foundation state.

“We don’t stop at addressing the monetary crises our mamas face either — we also guide them to long-term resources and equip them with a network of support to aid them in their journey to self-sufficiency.”

If you’re unable to throw cash around, consider donating diapers, wipes, formula, car seats, or clothing for these mamas and kiddos in need. If you are a mama in need, click here.

For donations and general info on The Tender Foundation, go here.

!!Listening

Archive Atlanta

The latest episode is set in 1880, when Atlanta was a city of just 40,000 people, “15 years out of the Civil War, and full force into Henry Grady’s “New South,” and the coming International Cotton Exhibit in 1881 was expected to bring 200k folx to town. To quote the Atlanta Constitution, “no city in the South has ever before had such an opportunity to enlarge its business connections, display its advantages, and add to its reputation.”

Victoria Lemos is your host. Born in NYC to parents that immigrated from Spain, Lemos became a volunteer at Atlanta Preservation Center as a walking-tour guide. To listen for free and support Archive Atlanta, visit here.

The 1619 Project

Did you know slavery in the United States began with just 20 Black individuals stolen from Africa, a number that grew to more than 500,000 in just over a year? This New York Times podcast series debuted in 2019 to mark the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. They don’t sugarcoat it. There’s really no other way to describe this collection other than heavy-hearted. It should prob be mandated listening in schools. I wish I’d learned the truth instead of being brainwashed, through history being whitewashed.

Reading

Following George Floyd’s death, and for the first time in history, the New York Times top 10 bestsellers were all titles about race relations. Although several of the top titles are sold out, audio books never dry up, so no excuses. Plus, with the audiobook you can keep doing your crafts, Karen.

White Fragility

White people are the worst when it comes to talking about race. If you are white and deny that, White Fragility is the perfect read for you! Robin DiAngelo, a white American academic, lecturer, and author working in the fields of critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies, explains how squirmy white folx get when confronted with the topic of race. 

“White fragility has had a profound impact on the white working class’s resentment toward people of color. The resentment is clearly misdirected, given that the people who control the economy and who have managed to concentrate more wealth into fewer (white) hands than ever before in human history are the white elite.” (White Fragility, p. 60) Join me in the awakening, white folx, if you haven’t already been woke.

XXX

*For extreme case studies on Karen Syndrome visit Karens.Gone.Wild.

PSQ: Why are police officers allowed to express their political views publicly? If a police officer publicly participates in sharing political opinions, (i/e via Facebook posts), how would the general public assume that officers will protect and serve all equally? Just loud thoughts that keep this writer up at night. xxoo. —CL—    Illustration: Carmelle Kendall @carmelle.creates RAYSHARD BROOKS: ‘A lot of things caused me to be behind, but I’m trying. I’m not the type of person to give up. And I will keep going until I make it to where I want to be.’  0,0,10    blacklivesmatter themove                             THE MOVE: Plan Accordingly - July 2020 "
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Some people defended the banner, saying it was not inherently racist. Which is true if you completely disregard the context, but that’s rationally impossible. In interviews, including a lengthy one with the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Chris Fuhrmeister, DeRose argued that she was protesting the violence that affected small business owners. I think it’s quite clear that Black Lives Matter is not an advocate of violent resistance even though some looters took advantage of the situation. DeRose’s banner reads like a recoded update of Ronald Reagan’s ranting about “welfare queens” in Cadillacs. Were there any doubt about what’s at play here, consider this excerpt from the Business Chronicle’s interview with DeRose: 

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At this writing, the drama of white lunacy is still underway. In another jaw-dropping move, DeRose announced she was going to put the offending flag up for auction and donate the proceeds to the Atlanta Police Department. Let me explain this. Black people are not the instigators of violence in this protest against murder. The police, the murderers, are the instigators. They are responsible for inciting the violence that followed. The police declined DeRose’s offer because even they are wise enough to deduce that accepting cash for the sale of an offensive flag honoring enslavement of black people — the people they have brutalized — would be really dumb.

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Available theatrically and on VOD, John Lewis: Good Trouble offers an in-depth profile of Atlanta’s near-legendary congressman. The documentary cuts back and forth between Lewis’ long career in the civil rights movement with the 2018 election that gives control of the House of Representatives to Lewis’ Democratic party.

Scenes feel shockingly timely, with footage of long lines at the Georgia polls in 2018 looking like dress rehearsals for this year’s June 9 primary. And archival footage of police beating African-American demonstrators 60 years ago proves depressingly familiar. At one moment, a victim complains, “You don’t have to beat us — arrest us!”

Filmmaker Dawn Porter depicts Lewis as a constant presence in various crusades for social justice over more than a half century, harking back to his experiences as a young man desegregating Nashville lunch counters and getting a fractured skull in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. Despite his age (he turned 80 this year and has been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer), Lewis remains a forceful orator, repeatedly exhorting his audiences, “Get in trouble! Good trouble, necessary trouble — do what is right!”

John Lewis: Good Trouble accentuates the positives and occasionally plays like an official campaign biography, but at least it shows some self-awareness. Addressing a reunion party of staffers, Lewis is asked to tell his childhood “chicken story,” a go-to anecdote that his employees affectionately tell along with him. And Porter proves willing to bring up some awkward moments in Lewis’ political career, such as his contentious 1986 congressional campaign against his old friend and fellow activist, the late Julian Bond.

John Lewis: Good Trouble covers such a long career and touches on so many topics that it can sacrifice a little depth in the name of breadth. But it also serves as a moving tribute to the kind of longtime public servant that this country will probably always need.


 Also on July 3, Disney Plus offers a different kind of history lesson with Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This is a recording of the blockbuster Broadway musical from June of 2016, made two weeks before the original cast ended their run, so it gives viewers nationwide the chance to see Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, and their now-famous cast mates. Originally planned for theatrical release in 2021, Disney rescheduled Hamilton to drop on its streaming service for July 4 weekend. (It feels like a consolation for the delay of the new film adaptation of Miranda’s In the Heights, which would have opened in June but was bumped by the coronavirus to next year.)


I haven’t seen Hamilton: An American Musical at press time, but I’m a huge fan of the show — and honestly, what else is there to say about Miranda’s acclaimed hip-hop take on the American Revolution? The show’s famous color-blind casting offers an ingenious metaphor for the U.S. melting pot and immigrant experience, while the intricate lyrics convey the complexities of history while giving the characters Shakespearean dimension. 

If the Hamilton musical and the John Lewis documentary have anything in common, it’s that the United States’ most triumphant moments never guarantee happy endings. In Hamilton, the United States secures independence with the show-stopping “Yorktown” number before the end of Act One. The second half explores the subsequent infighting between the Founding Fathers that culminates with the fatal Hamilton/Burr duel. John Lewis treats the 1965 Voting Rights Act as the landmark it was, but also tracks how it’s been challenged and undermined, especially over the past decade.

Arguably the most patriotic American films are the ones willing to challenge the country’s traditions and perceptions of itself, like the juror drama Twelve Angry Men or pro-union character study Norma Rae. Some of the best historical films tend to be the least sentimental about America’s past: Spielberg’s Lincoln, DuVernay’s Selma, and the musical 1776 aren’t shy about showing unsavory compromises in the name of political advancement.  

On the other hand, during such trying times, if you want to feel warm and nostalgic about America, a baseball movie like A League of Their Own or Field of Dreams can scratch that itch. And for pro-America optimism without jingoism, consider films about the U.S. space program, like The Right Stuff, Apollo 13 or Damien Chazelle’s underappreciated First Man. Sometimes America looks best from a little distance, historical or otherwise. —CL—

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I haven’t seen ''Hamilton: An American Musical'' at press time, but I’m a huge fan of the show — and honestly, what else is there to say about Miranda’s acclaimed hip-hop take on the American Revolution? The show’s famous color-blind casting offers an ingenious metaphor for the U.S. melting pot and immigrant experience, while the intricate lyrics convey the complexities of history while giving the characters Shakespearean dimension. 

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Arguably the most patriotic American films are the ones willing to challenge the country’s traditions and perceptions of itself, like the juror drama ''Twelve Angry Men'' or pro-union character study ''Norma Rae''. Some of the best historical films tend to be the least sentimental about America’s past: Spielberg’s ''Lincoln'', DuVernay’s ''Selma'', and the musical ''1776'' aren’t shy about showing unsavory compromises in the name of political advancement.  

On the other hand, during such trying times, if you want to feel warm and nostalgic about America, a baseball movie like ''A League of Their Own'' or ''Field of Dreams'' can scratch that itch. And for pro-America optimism without jingoism, consider films about the U.S. space program, like ''The Right Stuff, Apollo 13'' or Damien Chazelle’s underappreciated ''First Man''. Sometimes America looks best from a little distance, historical or otherwise. __—CL—__

''Screen Time is a monthly column about film and video from the big screen to streaming services.''"
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John Lewis: Good Trouble accentuates the positives and occasionally plays like an official campaign biography, but at least it shows some self-awareness. Addressing a reunion party of staffers, Lewis is asked to tell his childhood “chicken story,” a go-to anecdote that his employees affectionately tell along with him. And Porter proves willing to bring up some awkward moments in Lewis’ political career, such as his contentious 1986 congressional campaign against his old friend and fellow activist, the late Julian Bond.

John Lewis: Good Trouble covers such a long career and touches on so many topics that it can sacrifice a little depth in the name of breadth. But it also serves as a moving tribute to the kind of longtime public servant that this country will probably always need.


 Also on July 3, Disney Plus offers a different kind of history lesson with Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This is a recording of the blockbuster Broadway musical from June of 2016, made two weeks before the original cast ended their run, so it gives viewers nationwide the chance to see Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, and their now-famous cast mates. Originally planned for theatrical release in 2021, Disney rescheduled Hamilton to drop on its streaming service for July 4 weekend. (It feels like a consolation for the delay of the new film adaptation of Miranda’s In the Heights, which would have opened in June but was bumped by the coronavirus to next year.)


I haven’t seen Hamilton: An American Musical at press time, but I’m a huge fan of the show — and honestly, what else is there to say about Miranda’s acclaimed hip-hop take on the American Revolution? The show’s famous color-blind casting offers an ingenious metaphor for the U.S. melting pot and immigrant experience, while the intricate lyrics convey the complexities of history while giving the characters Shakespearean dimension. 

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“Sadly, we can’t really operate until we can operate safely with 100 plus people in the room, and [[[[[[knowing] that customers are comfortable coming out and eating in close quarters,” says Live Nation talent buyer and Eddie’s Attic promoter Andrew Hingley. “I also believe the vibe of the concert experience won’t translate that well with social distancing and musicians looking out to a small crowd of masks. I believe the energy for the customer and for the artists will be a disconnect from what people are used to,” he continues. “I believe Eddie’s Attic is looking at a mid-August to September time frame.”

But even if club owners do want to start booking shows, the number of bands and artists on the road is virtually nil for now and for the foreseeable future. OK Productions’ promoter Alex Weiss says, “It is crazy to open up venues, especially with the guidelines that Kemp has issued. With the way things work with the bands that I deal with, it will take more than a couple of weeks to set up a show, even if I wanted to, which I don’t.” He adds, “I definitely do not feel comfortable putting people at risk at this time. Most of the artists I deal with aren’t planning to tour now until 2021.”

In addition to the potential health risks of filling up rooms with concertgoers, Atlanta, and indeed the rest of the country are still reeling with daily protests being waged following the killing of George Floyd and now the June 12 police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

Face of Knives promoter Daniel DeSimone, who books the Bakery, explains that these larger issues at hand take precedence over the daily operations of booking a club. What’s more, the lease on the Bakery’s 825 Warner Street location expired on June 30, and it will not be renewed. The celebrated independent arts and music venue is moving on. Details remain to be determined. In the meantime, the Bakery’s staff and organizers are still operating out of their temporary New Square location above Underground Atlanta.

Still, DeSimone reiterates that it will be a while before they’re up and running again. “Although Kemp has legally permitted event spaces to program as of July 1, we don’t ethically feel like we can invite people to our space and potentially contribute to the inevitable second wave of COVID-19, putting artists, guests, and staff at risk,” he says. “We likely won’t be regularly programming again until there is a proven, widespread, and affordable vaccine for the virus, and (we) encourage other public spaces to consider these risks as well. “Furthermore,” DeSimone adds, “we consider ourselves community organizers first, and a music venue second — maybe third, fourth, or fifth, honestly — and believe it is our duty as organizers to focus all of our efforts on addressing the larger human rights crisis facing our nation and city.”

Sadly, the Vista Room has closed its doors permanently. In an emailed announcement, the club states: “As an independent we simply cannot sensibly sustain the massive overheard losses which will now run thru (sic) at least August (six months) and even then, judging by the surprising lack of attendance at Restaurants & Gyms (sic) the last three weeks, people will hesitate coming until Christmas.”

The press release goes on to state that The Vista Room did not fail — “... we were squashed by a bug! But we are all alive and moving on down new trails as the world deals with COVID-19.”

On the NIVA front ...

Born in March when the coronavirus pandemic first took hold, and currently boasting more than 2,000 members in all 50 U.S. states, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is still hard at work lobbying congress for a much-needed financial boost to keep the country’s music venues alive. Following a recent survey showing that 90 percent of the nation’s music venues will go out of business permanently if they can’t feasibly reopen soon, the organization is rallying behind the RESTART Act (S. 3814). If passed, the bipartisan act will modify the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to work for businesses that have lost all revenue amid the shelter-in-place orders. RESTART promises six months of payroll and operating expenses for music venues, and allows for more flexible use of government-sponsored loans with no minimum requirements for expense categories. RESTART expands availability for small businesses that work mostly with part-time employees, and extends the time frame for repayment and  PPP loan forgiveness. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

In new releases news …    Creativity by any means necessary is the driving force behind Touch, a new six-song album from Child of Regulus, aka Quinn Mason. Touch was conceived, composed, and executed entirely by Mason using his smartphone equipped with GarageBand and iKaossilator software.

Over the last several years, Mason has made his presence felt most strongly amid Atlanta’s late-night jazz scene, fluttering and skronking on a saxophone with Konda, Kamaal Williams, Wolfpack ATL, QUAS, and the Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. Mason also curates Gallery 992’s Sunday-night improv sessions. Following shelter-in-place orders, Touch was born as a means to keep creating music while he was literally left to his own devices. Songs such as “Your Mind, Your Time,” Lo-Fi Lullaby,” and “No Quieres Fumar” eschew Mason’s more recognizable jazz modes while exploring electronic music, techno, jazz, and funk inflections.

Atlanta’s D-beat torchbearers Disable have a new 7-inch out, titled ... Slamming in the Depths of Hell. The record blasts six songs of hardcore punk fury with titles such as “Hellish Nightmare,” “False Flag,” and “Whistling Death” — anthems for our tumultuous times.

Chemical Illusion, the final offering from the late Rick Dang’s rock ‘n’ roll underdog outfit Dang Dang Dang, is now available on vinyl via Bandcamp. The album was originally released in June of 2018; Dang passed away in October 2019. —CL—"
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“Sadly, we can’t really operate until we can operate safely with 100 plus people in the room, and [[[[[[[[knowing] that customers are comfortable coming out and eating in close quarters,” says Live Nation talent buyer and Eddie’s Attic promoter Andrew Hingley. “I also believe the vibe of the concert experience won’t translate that well with social distancing and musicians looking out to a small crowd of masks. I believe the energy for the customer and for the artists will be a disconnect from what people are used to,” he continues. “I believe Eddie’s Attic is looking at a mid-August to September time frame.”

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In addition to the potential health risks of filling up rooms with concertgoers, Atlanta, and indeed the rest of the country are still reeling with daily protests being waged following the killing of George Floyd and now the June 12 police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

Face of Knives promoter Daniel DeSimone, who books the Bakery, explains that these larger issues at hand take precedence over the daily operations of booking a club. What’s more, the lease on the Bakery’s 825 Warner Street location expired on June 30, and it will not be renewed. The celebrated independent arts and music venue is moving on. Details remain to be determined. In the meantime, the Bakery’s staff and organizers are still operating out of their temporary New Square location above Underground Atlanta.

Still, DeSimone reiterates that it will be a while before they’re up and running again. “Although Kemp has legally permitted event spaces to program as of July 1, we don’t ethically feel like we can invite people to our space and potentially contribute to the inevitable second wave of COVID-19, putting artists, guests, and staff at risk,” he says. “We likely won’t be regularly programming again until there is a proven, widespread, and affordable vaccine for the virus, and (we) encourage other public spaces to consider these risks as well. “Furthermore,” DeSimone adds, “we consider ourselves community organizers first, and a music venue second — maybe third, fourth, or fifth, honestly — and believe it is our duty as organizers to focus all of our efforts on addressing the larger human rights crisis facing our nation and city.”

Sadly, the Vista Room has closed its doors permanently. In an emailed announcement, the club states: “As an independent we simply cannot sensibly sustain the massive overheard losses which will now run thru (sic) at least August (six months) and even then, judging by the surprising lack of attendance at Restaurants & Gyms (sic) the last three weeks, people will hesitate coming until Christmas.”

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Born in March when the coronavirus pandemic first took hold, and currently boasting more than 2,000 members in all 50 U.S. states, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is still hard at work lobbying congress for a much-needed financial boost to keep the country’s music venues alive. Following a recent survey showing that 90 percent of the nation’s music venues will go out of business permanently if they can’t feasibly reopen soon, the organization is rallying behind the RESTART Act (S. 3814). If passed, the bipartisan act will modify the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to work for businesses that have lost all revenue amid the shelter-in-place orders. RESTART promises six months of payroll and operating expenses for music venues, and allows for more flexible use of government-sponsored loans with no minimum requirements for expense categories. RESTART expands availability for small businesses that work mostly with part-time employees, and extends the time frame for repayment and  PPP loan forgiveness. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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In addition to the potential health risks of filling up rooms with concertgoers, Atlanta, and indeed the rest of the country are still reeling with daily protests being waged following the killing of George Floyd and now the June 12 police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

Face of Knives promoter Daniel DeSimone, who books the Bakery, explains that these larger issues at hand take precedence over the daily operations of booking a club. What’s more, the lease on the Bakery’s 825 Warner Street location expired on June 30, and it will not be renewed. The celebrated independent arts and music venue is moving on. Details remain to be determined. In the meantime, the Bakery’s staff and organizers are still operating out of their temporary New Square location above Underground Atlanta.

Still, DeSimone reiterates that it will be a while before they’re up and running again. “Although Kemp has legally permitted event spaces to program as of July 1, we don’t ethically feel like we can invite people to our space and potentially contribute to the inevitable second wave of COVID-19, putting artists, guests, and staff at risk,” he says. “We likely won’t be regularly programming again until there is a proven, widespread, and affordable vaccine for the virus, and (we) encourage other public spaces to consider these risks as well. “Furthermore,” DeSimone adds, “we consider ourselves community organizers first, and a music venue second — maybe third, fourth, or fifth, honestly — and believe it is our duty as organizers to focus all of our efforts on addressing the larger human rights crisis facing our nation and city.”

Sadly, the Vista Room has closed its doors permanently. In an emailed announcement, the club states: “As an independent we simply cannot sensibly sustain the massive overheard losses which will now run thru (sic) at least August (six months) and even then, judging by the surprising lack of attendance at Restaurants & Gyms (sic) the last three weeks, people will hesitate coming until Christmas.”

The press release goes on to state that The Vista Room did not fail — “... we were squashed by a bug! But we are all alive and moving on down new trails as the world deals with COVID-19.”

On the NIVA front ...

Born in March when the coronavirus pandemic first took hold, and currently boasting more than 2,000 members in all 50 U.S. states, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) is still hard at work lobbying congress for a much-needed financial boost to keep the country’s music venues alive. Following a recent survey showing that 90 percent of the nation’s music venues will go out of business permanently if they can’t feasibly reopen soon, the organization is rallying behind the RESTART Act (S. 3814). If passed, the bipartisan act will modify the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to work for businesses that have lost all revenue amid the shelter-in-place orders. RESTART promises six months of payroll and operating expenses for music venues, and allows for more flexible use of government-sponsored loans with no minimum requirements for expense categories. RESTART expands availability for small businesses that work mostly with part-time employees, and extends the time frame for repayment and  PPP loan forgiveness. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

In new releases news …    Creativity by any means necessary is the driving force behind Touch, a new six-song album from Child of Regulus, aka Quinn Mason. Touch was conceived, composed, and executed entirely by Mason using his smartphone equipped with GarageBand and iKaossilator software.

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Atlanta’s D-beat torchbearers Disable have a new 7-inch out, titled ... Slamming in the Depths of Hell. The record blasts six songs of hardcore punk fury with titles such as “Hellish Nightmare,” “False Flag,” and “Whistling Death” — anthems for our tumultuous times.

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  string(5002) "NATURE LOVES A LOCKDOWN: A wild turkey was spotted in East Atlanta Village (probably headed to the Earl for Wild Turkey shots). Peacocks roamed freely in Kirkwood. And in Decatur? One neighborhood denizen wrote, “The Dude on South McDonough a half hour ago, directing traffic so a turtle could cross the road — is exactly the hero Decatur needs right now — he low-key won the day.”

Another Decatur resident responded: “Nice. The last time I helped a turtle in the middle of E. Davis, by putting him on the side of the street he was heading to, he peed on me.”

JUST OUT FOR A JOG: In Lawrenceville, a 14-year-old African-American male says he was out running for exercise in his subdivision when he was accosted by two white males. He said the men in a silver 4-door car pulled alongside him and yelled extremely derogatory insults, before spitting on his arm. During a pandemic.

The 14-year-old says: “It was very disturbing that I had someone’s bodily fluid on my arm.”

The teen adds: “They yelled things like ‘You’re poor!’ and ‘Go back to your ‘hood.’ They also used racial slurs to describe me.”

The 14-year-old’s mother says her son was instructed by his football coach to start running to prepare for the upcoming football season.

DECATUR DICKHEAD: About 30 people decided to hold a Black Lives Matter protest on a street corner in Decatur, holding up signs.

“For the most part, we were greeted with signs of support — from honks to thumbs up!” reports one protest organizer. “Towards the end, an older (white) man drove by while yelling that we were ignorant.” About two minutes later, the older white man showed up on foot at the protest “and started using the N-word,” reports the protest organizer. “Not afraid of a good fight, I let him know I wasn’t afraid of his ignorant rants. Then, he got ugly. This man got in my face and spit on me. Twice. He then yelled, ‘I have the COVID-19.’

The spitter wore a T-shirt that read: “Math Counts.”

That wasn’t all. A fellow organizer followed the older white guy to his car, intending to snap a pic of his license plate. “When the man saw him taking a photo, he shouted, “I’ll shoot you, N-lover. Why don’t you suck a N-dick?” 

The older white man lives in Decatur. Yes, Decatur. The land of hemp clothes and yoga. He wore plaid shorts, that t-shirt, and a white baseball cap.

The protest organizer posted photos of the man (and his license plate) on Facebook. “I have called the police,” he says. “This man belongs in jail.”

MESSAGING MALFUNCTION: In Buckhead, a restaurant called OK CAFÉ displayed a perplexing banner during a recent student-led march called Buckhead4BlackLives.

The banner, proudly displayed across the restaurant’s storefront, read in huge letters: “LIVES THAT MATTER ARE MADE WITH POSITIVE PURPOSE,” alongside a booth that read “OK Café Tea Party.”

A Georgia Tech student organizer of the march says, “It’s such cryptic wording that we feel like they were trying to step around it, while not actually saying ‘All Lives Matter.’”

Other signs displayed at OK Café include: “Law & Order = Peace,” “OK Café Loves America,” and “We Support the Georgia Police Force.”

The restaurant’s female co-owner — when quizzed by food and dining network Eater about her controversial signage  — had this to say via email:

“The mass and unhinged violence and destruction of business across America was purposeless, anti-American and destroyed the concept of law and order. A message of positive purpose needed to be said. I hope to see many similar messages posted too as Business is the glue of our free society.”

The Blotter Diva says, Shove it, lady. If “Business” (with a capital  is the glue of our free society … then, we’re all about to come unglued. Quickly.

THIS IS FUCKING POST-GEORGE FLOYD AMERICA: A police officer held two African-American boys (ages 13 and 15) at gunpoint in Clayton County.

Police say the boys showed them a BB gun hidden in the bushes — and it looked like a real semi-automatic pistol.

One person standing nearby was heard pleading with the officers: “Please sir, don’t shoot. They’re kids. What did they do?”

Another person cried out, “Why you got a gun out?”

The officer replied, “Because I’m being safe.”

The boys’ mother says: “If this community in Clayton County didn’t come out for them, I wonder if one of these boys wouldn’t have made it home. … These kids were shadow-boxing near the convenience store, playing with each other as kids do. The community begged the officer to put his gun away. Police harassment is real!!! A gun before a Taser on black CHILDREN?”

The 15-year-old says: “I thought I was going to die. Because you see all these black kids dying.”

Community activists are calling for the Clayton County police officer to be fired. —CL—"
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The teen adds: “They yelled things like ‘You’re poor!’ and ‘Go back to your ‘hood.’ They also used racial slurs to describe me.”

The 14-year-old’s mother says her son was instructed by his football coach to start running to prepare for the upcoming football season.

__DECATUR DICKHEAD__'':'' About 30 people decided to hold a Black Lives Matter protest on a street corner in Decatur, holding up signs.

“For the most part, we were greeted with signs of support — from honks to thumbs up!” reports one protest organizer. “Towards the end, an older (white) man drove by while yelling that we were ignorant.” About two minutes later, the older white man showed up on foot at the protest “and started using the N-word,” reports the protest organizer. “Not afraid of a good fight, I let him know I wasn’t afraid of his ignorant rants. Then, he got ugly. This man got in my face and spit on me. Twice. He then yelled, ‘I have the COVID-19.’

The spitter wore a T-shirt that read: “Math Counts.”

That wasn’t all. A fellow organizer followed the older white guy to his car, intending to snap a pic of his license plate. “When the man saw him taking a photo, he shouted, “I’ll shoot you, N-lover. Why don’t you suck a N-dick?” 

The older white man lives in Decatur. Yes, Decatur. The land of hemp clothes and yoga. He wore plaid shorts, that t-shirt, and a white baseball cap.

The protest organizer posted photos of the man (and his license plate) on Facebook. “I have called the police,” he says. “This man belongs in jail.”

__MESSAGING MALFUNCTION:__ In Buckhead, a restaurant called OK CAFÉ displayed a perplexing banner during a recent student-led march called Buckhead4BlackLives.

The banner, proudly displayed across the restaurant’s storefront, read in huge letters: “LIVES THAT MATTER ARE MADE WITH POSITIVE PURPOSE,” alongside a booth that read “OK Café Tea Party.”

A Georgia Tech student organizer of the march says, “It’s such cryptic wording that we feel like they were trying to step around it, while not actually saying ‘All Lives Matter.’”

Other signs displayed at OK Café include: “Law & Order = Peace,” “OK Café Loves America,” and “We Support the Georgia Police Force.”

The restaurant’s female co-owner — when quizzed by food and dining network Eater about her controversial signage  — had this to say via email:

“The mass and unhinged violence and destruction of business across America was purposeless, anti-American and destroyed the concept of law and order. A message of positive purpose needed to be said. I hope to see many similar messages posted too as Business is the glue of our free society.”

The Blotter Diva says, Shove it, lady. If “Business” (with a capital (:cool:) is the glue of our free society … then, we’re all about to come unglued. Quickly.

__THIS IS FUCKING POST-GEORGE FLOYD AMERICA:__ A police officer held two African-American boys (ages 13 and 15) at gunpoint in Clayton County.

Police say the boys showed them a BB gun hidden in the bushes — and it looked like a real semi-automatic pistol.

One person standing nearby was heard pleading with the officers: “Please sir, don’t shoot. They’re kids. What did they do?”

Another person cried out, “Why you got a gun out?”

The officer replied, “Because I’m being safe.”

The boys’ mother says: “If this community in Clayton County didn’t come out for them, I wonder if one of these boys wouldn’t have made it home. … These kids were shadow-boxing near the convenience store, playing with each other as kids do. The community begged the officer to put his gun away. Police harassment is real!!! A gun before a Taser on black CHILDREN?”

The 15-year-old says: “I thought I was going to die. Because you see all these black kids dying.”

Community activists are calling for the Clayton County police officer to be fired. __—CL—__"
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Another Decatur resident responded: “Nice. The last time I helped a turtle in the middle of E. Davis, by putting him on the side of the street he was heading to, he peed on me.”

JUST OUT FOR A JOG: In Lawrenceville, a 14-year-old African-American male says he was out running for exercise in his subdivision when he was accosted by two white males. He said the men in a silver 4-door car pulled alongside him and yelled extremely derogatory insults, before spitting on his arm. During a pandemic.

The 14-year-old says: “It was very disturbing that I had someone’s bodily fluid on my arm.”

The teen adds: “They yelled things like ‘You’re poor!’ and ‘Go back to your ‘hood.’ They also used racial slurs to describe me.”

The 14-year-old’s mother says her son was instructed by his football coach to start running to prepare for the upcoming football season.

DECATUR DICKHEAD: About 30 people decided to hold a Black Lives Matter protest on a street corner in Decatur, holding up signs.

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The spitter wore a T-shirt that read: “Math Counts.”

That wasn’t all. A fellow organizer followed the older white guy to his car, intending to snap a pic of his license plate. “When the man saw him taking a photo, he shouted, “I’ll shoot you, N-lover. Why don’t you suck a N-dick?” 

The older white man lives in Decatur. Yes, Decatur. The land of hemp clothes and yoga. He wore plaid shorts, that t-shirt, and a white baseball cap.

The protest organizer posted photos of the man (and his license plate) on Facebook. “I have called the police,” he says. “This man belongs in jail.”

MESSAGING MALFUNCTION: In Buckhead, a restaurant called OK CAFÉ displayed a perplexing banner during a recent student-led march called Buckhead4BlackLives.

The banner, proudly displayed across the restaurant’s storefront, read in huge letters: “LIVES THAT MATTER ARE MADE WITH POSITIVE PURPOSE,” alongside a booth that read “OK Café Tea Party.”

A Georgia Tech student organizer of the march says, “It’s such cryptic wording that we feel like they were trying to step around it, while not actually saying ‘All Lives Matter.’”

Other signs displayed at OK Café include: “Law & Order = Peace,” “OK Café Loves America,” and “We Support the Georgia Police Force.”

The restaurant’s female co-owner — when quizzed by food and dining network Eater about her controversial signage  — had this to say via email:

“The mass and unhinged violence and destruction of business across America was purposeless, anti-American and destroyed the concept of law and order. A message of positive purpose needed to be said. I hope to see many similar messages posted too as Business is the glue of our free society.”

The Blotter Diva says, Shove it, lady. If “Business” (with a capital  is the glue of our free society … then, we’re all about to come unglued. Quickly.

THIS IS FUCKING POST-GEORGE FLOYD AMERICA: A police officer held two African-American boys (ages 13 and 15) at gunpoint in Clayton County.

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Another person cried out, “Why you got a gun out?”

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The 15-year-old says: “I thought I was going to die. Because you see all these black kids dying.”

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  string(5759) "She has been called, and enthusiastically embraced as, the “Georgia Songbird” for virtually her entire professional life. But singer/songwriter/guitarist/photographer EG Kight is more than that. Her music encompasses a vast swath of the Southern sound — blues, jazz, soul, gospel, and country. And she has effortlessly combined these genres since switching from pure C&W to a more blues-based approach in the mid-’90s.

Kight has been a full-time musician, fronting her own bands and doing solo shows, since 1977 (her debut recording was released in 1982).  But she hit her bluesy stride in 1995 after being exposed to Koko Taylor, who later became a friend and mentor (Taylor has also recorded two of EG’s songs). Since then, Kight has recorded blues-based albums every few years, beginning with 1997’s Come Into the Blues; toured consistently to countries as far-flung as the Netherlands, Germany, and Japan; racked up blues nominations and awards; and even performed a potent version of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” at Macon’s unveiling of the city’s Otis Redding statue in 2002. Despite being sidelined by a severe case of meningitis and encephalitis in 2014, the Dublin, Georgia, native has been a tireless crusader for her eclectic, compelling, and thoroughly Southern “EG sound.”

Of course the current pandemic has curtailed her once vigorous schedule. “I think this is the longest I’ve been without performing since I was a teenager. That’s been really hard. I miss singing, I miss seeing my fans, I miss my trio … It’s all up in the air,” she says. This extended touring hiatus, which doesn’t seem to have a light at the end of its tunnel, hits Kight at a particularly crucial time. She has just wrapped a new album, The Trio Sessions'', with a delayed release until she sees a way forward with live music.
Still, Kight is rightly proud of this project. It’s her first new music since 2014, her first all-acoustic outing, and the recording debut of her with only two other musicians, Ken Wynn on lead guitar and dobro, and Gary Porter on drums, percussion, and harmonica. Having started as an acoustic musician, in 2017 Light decided to return to the simpler, more organic sound. “These guys have played in my band for over 20 years,” she explains. “I love harmony … and I really pushed them to sing. They already knew my songs. It sounds a little different. It’s more simple and stripped-down.”

She also self-produced the sessions. Since Kight has worked in the past with the legendary Capricorn producer/player Paul Hornsby, she entered the project with plenty of experience. “I’ve been working with Paul since the mid-’80s. Paul and I co-produced a couple of albums by a singer from Ohio named Lisa Biales, so I learned a lot that way. I know when something’s not right,” she says, with a laugh.

Kight obviously picked up plenty of pointers from Hornsby. The new disc sounds rich and full, despite its basic instrumentation. Although bass is added to about half the songs, she doesn’t tour with a bass player. The lack of bass isn’t apparent, though. “I’ve had this little Taylor guitar that has a real low-end sound,  and I tried hard on my rhythm parts to play the low end. On some of the songs you might think there’s bass, but there’s not.”

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As usual, Kight’s musical gumbo is on full display over these 10 new tracks. With a combination of dark, ominous swamp (“Burned”), raw acoustic Delta blues (a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen”), Texas shuffle (“Alone Too Long”), sweet folksy country (“Tell Me”), and deep Chicago blues (“You’re Driving Me Crazy”), the disc touches plenty of rootsy bases. There is also a nod to her late friend Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues, with a sizzling cover of “Evil,” a Willie Dixon tune the renowned Taylor famously recorded. Kight is in strong, smooth, controlled voice throughout the record, with dollops of Phoebe Snow, Bonnie Raitt, and even Patsy Cline injected with a dose of Southern charm, class, and a touch of gospel. The latter is most apparent as she slips the “Oh Happy Day” chorus into her “Feelin’ a Healin’.”

Perhaps the most unusual inclusion is a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a well-worn, notoriously difficult to navigate tune that doesn’t fit logically into Kight’s already diverse playbook. “It always goes over really well. I’ve had so many people asking if it was on an album, so I decided to put it on one. Most of my albums have a cover tune that I love. I think it’s good for an artist to cover something. If (the artist) has new fans, it gives (the fans) something to compare (the songs) to — and it helps sell albums.”

Recording the 10 tracks on The Trio Sessions (seven of which are originals) went so well that Kight has material left over for future projects. “I have some more Americana tunes that I might put on an Americana album after this one.”

Still, the future remains uncertain. “Don’t know where I’m going but I sure know where I’ve been,” she sings on “Burned.”  That’s especially true in this pandemic era. But it’s clear that EG Kight’s talent and professionalism, gained through decades of experience, will keep her career alive, if not thriving, through these tough times. And with the upcoming The Trio Sessions in the can, she will be back preaching her Southern-styled roots music as soon as she can.

It’s going to take more than a pandemic to stop this songbird from singing. —CL—

Please send upcoming blues events to consider for CL’s Blues & Beyond concert calendar to hal.horowitz at creativeloafing.com.''"
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Recording the 10 tracks on ''The Trio Sessions'' (seven of which are originals) went so well that Kight has material left over for future projects. “I have some more Americana tunes that I might put on an Americana album after this one.”

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Kight has been a full-time musician, fronting her own bands and doing solo shows, since 1977 (her debut recording was released in 1982).  But she hit her bluesy stride in 1995 after being exposed to Koko Taylor, who later became a friend and mentor (Taylor has also recorded two of EG’s songs). Since then, Kight has recorded blues-based albums every few years, beginning with 1997’s Come Into the Blues; toured consistently to countries as far-flung as the Netherlands, Germany, and Japan; racked up blues nominations and awards; and even performed a potent version of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” at Macon’s unveiling of the city’s Otis Redding statue in 2002. Despite being sidelined by a severe case of meningitis and encephalitis in 2014, the Dublin, Georgia, native has been a tireless crusader for her eclectic, compelling, and thoroughly Southern “EG sound.”

Of course the current pandemic has curtailed her once vigorous schedule. “I think this is the longest I’ve been without performing since I was a teenager. That’s been really hard. I miss singing, I miss seeing my fans, I miss my trio … It’s all up in the air,” she says. This extended touring hiatus, which doesn’t seem to have a light at the end of its tunnel, hits Kight at a particularly crucial time. She has just wrapped a new album, The Trio Sessions'', with a delayed release until she sees a way forward with live music.
Still, Kight is rightly proud of this project. It’s her first new music since 2014, her first all-acoustic outing, and the recording debut of her with only two other musicians, Ken Wynn on lead guitar and dobro, and Gary Porter on drums, percussion, and harmonica. Having started as an acoustic musician, in 2017 Light decided to return to the simpler, more organic sound. “These guys have played in my band for over 20 years,” she explains. “I love harmony … and I really pushed them to sing. They already knew my songs. It sounds a little different. It’s more simple and stripped-down.”

She also self-produced the sessions. Since Kight has worked in the past with the legendary Capricorn producer/player Paul Hornsby, she entered the project with plenty of experience. “I’ve been working with Paul since the mid-’80s. Paul and I co-produced a couple of albums by a singer from Ohio named Lisa Biales, so I learned a lot that way. I know when something’s not right,” she says, with a laugh.

Kight obviously picked up plenty of pointers from Hornsby. The new disc sounds rich and full, despite its basic instrumentation. Although bass is added to about half the songs, she doesn’t tour with a bass player. The lack of bass isn’t apparent, though. “I’ve had this little Taylor guitar that has a real low-end sound,  and I tried hard on my rhythm parts to play the low end. On some of the songs you might think there’s bass, but there’s not.”

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As usual, Kight’s musical gumbo is on full display over these 10 new tracks. With a combination of dark, ominous swamp (“Burned”), raw acoustic Delta blues (a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen”), Texas shuffle (“Alone Too Long”), sweet folksy country (“Tell Me”), and deep Chicago blues (“You’re Driving Me Crazy”), the disc touches plenty of rootsy bases. There is also a nod to her late friend Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues, with a sizzling cover of “Evil,” a Willie Dixon tune the renowned Taylor famously recorded. Kight is in strong, smooth, controlled voice throughout the record, with dollops of Phoebe Snow, Bonnie Raitt, and even Patsy Cline injected with a dose of Southern charm, class, and a touch of gospel. The latter is most apparent as she slips the “Oh Happy Day” chorus into her “Feelin’ a Healin’.”

Perhaps the most unusual inclusion is a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a well-worn, notoriously difficult to navigate tune that doesn’t fit logically into Kight’s already diverse playbook. “It always goes over really well. I’ve had so many people asking if it was on an album, so I decided to put it on one. Most of my albums have a cover tune that I love. I think it’s good for an artist to cover something. If (the artist) has new fans, it gives (the fans) something to compare (the songs) to — and it helps sell albums.”

Recording the 10 tracks on The Trio Sessions (seven of which are originals) went so well that Kight has material left over for future projects. “I have some more Americana tunes that I might put on an Americana album after this one.”

Still, the future remains uncertain. “Don’t know where I’m going but I sure know where I’ve been,” she sings on “Burned.”  That’s especially true in this pandemic era. But it’s clear that EG Kight’s talent and professionalism, gained through decades of experience, will keep her career alive, if not thriving, through these tough times. And with the upcoming The Trio Sessions in the can, she will be back preaching her Southern-styled roots music as soon as she can.

It’s going to take more than a pandemic to stop this songbird from singing. —CL—

Please send upcoming blues events to consider for CL’s Blues & Beyond concert calendar to hal.horowitz at creativeloafing.com.''    Bonnie R. Gehling UNPLUGGED: Kight plus guitarist Ken Wynn (hat) and drummer Gary Porter (vest) equal the Trio.  0,0,10    blues&beyond                             BLUES & BEYOND: Georgia songbird sings sweet Southern soul "
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Dance Canvas ‘Choreo Chat’ Episode #6 - Lonnie Davis Episode #6 of our CHOREO CHAT series, Executive Artistic Director, Angela Harris, catches up with Choreographer Lonnie Davis. Available now thru Jun 4. Presented by Dance Canvas 

Improv Mixer A comedy cocktail having an equal representation of spirit, a balance of naughty, and a good marriage of laughter. - Live on Twitch.TvAvailable now thru Jun 4. Presented by Whole World Improv Theatre

“Virtually Vintage Virtually Vintage Cabaret is a throw back to the jazz age, crooners, and smokey night clubs from days gone by. 

Available now thru Jun 4. Presented by Atlanta Lyric Theatre”

Dance Canvas ‘Choreo Chat’ Episode #6 - Lonnie Davis Episode #6 of our CHOREO CHAT series, Executive Artistic Director, Angela Harris, catches up with Choreographer Lonnie Davis.Available now thru Jun 4. Presented by Dance Canvas Inc. 

Teens Activate Designed for teens ages 15 - 18 years old. Teens Activate integrates the art forms of spoken word and movement. Available now thru Jun 12. Presented by Core Dance

Teens Activate Designed for teens ages 15 - 18 years old. Teens Activate integrates the art forms of spoken word and movement.Available now thru Jun 12. Presented by Core Dance

Alliance Theatre Educators Conference The Alliance Educator Conference is designed to serve educators of all grade levels and all content areas and offers up to (24) hours of Professional Learning (16 sessions @ 90 minutes each).Available now thru Jun 25. Presented by Alliance Theatre

GET Digital Summer Camp Camp Sessions for kids K-12--classes in acting, musical theatre, dance, stagecraft, & moreAvailable now thru Jun 26. Presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Behind the Scenes with Théâtre du Rêve TdR’s video series on the making of their hit production, Vive La Fontaine! (Long Live La Fontaine!)Available now thru Jun 30. Presented by Théâtre du Rêve (Theatre of the Dream)

Audio recording of Native Guard Purchase an mp3 download of the audio recording of the Alliance Theatre’s world premiere production Native Guard for just $4.99.Available now thru Jul 31. Presented by Alliance Theatre

Celebrating Georgia Artists of Hispanic/Latinx Origin is Online the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) in partnership with the Latin American Association organized the exhibition Celebrating Georgia Artists of Hispanic/Latinx Origin to spotlight significant contributions to contemporary art by 37 talented Georgia artists. Available now thru Jul 31. Presented by The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia  

The Archives of Herbert Lee Creecy Jr. Through this in depth look at the life and art of Herbert Creecy, one of Georgia‚Äôs most prolific artists, we encourage you to dive into MOCA GA’s permanent collection and archives.Available now thru Jul 31. Presented by The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia 

EnCore: Dance on Film EnCore Dance on Film features short movies by dance filmmakers from around the world. Available now thru Jul 31. Presented by Core Dance

WTP Presents a Master Chat: The New Biz of Playwriting with Celise Kalke  All the rules of making theatre changed March 13, 2020. This WTP recorded virtual class is led Celise Kalke, dramaturg, producer and current Synchronicity Theatre Managing Director.Available now thru Aug 31. Presented by Working Title Playwrights

Midsummer, Jr! A 30-minute paired down version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for kids.Available now thru Oct 7. Presented by Atlanta Shakespeare Company

R&J 60 A one hour paired down performance of Romeo and JulietAvailable now thru Oct 7. Presented by Atlanta Shakespeare Company

The Best of the Bard A digital performance introduction of William Shakespeare’s life and works.Available now thru Oct 7. Presented by Atlanta Shakespeare Company

“WTP Master Class/Chat: The New Biz of Playwriting with Celise Kalke The New Biz of Playwriting: Nimble Responses to a Rapidly Evolving Landscape- 

All the rules of making theatre changed March 13, 2020. Playwrights have two options: Use this virtual space to write something ambitious for the return to live theatre or be in dialogue with producers about theatrical content in a virtual environment. This class will explore tactics around each approach and the best ways to connect with producers now.Available now thru Dec 1. Presented by Working Title Playwrights”

Happy Hour Live Grab a cocktail and join us Friday & Saturday at 6pm on Twitch.TvAvailable June 5th thru Jun 5. Presented by Whole World Improv Theatre

Happy Hour Live Grab a cocktail and join us Friday & Saturday at 6pm on Twitch.TvAvailable June 6th thru Jun 6. Presented by Whole World Improv Theatre

DRIVE THRU ATL- an outdoor art exhibition  Available June 6th thru Jun 6. Presented by The Creatives Project (TCP)

Black Classical Muse: A Concert of African American Composers Be a part of our virtual audience and delve into the the compositions of African American composers through the incredible voices of eight classically trained vocalists. Available June 7th thru Jun 7. Presented by Hammonds House Museum

Camp Sans Frontières (Camp without Borders) Virtual Theater Camp TdR presents a fun, interactive camp for ages 7 -18, with half-day sessions leading to an online showcase.Available June 8th thru Jun 12. Presented by Théâtre du Rêve (Theater of the Dream)

Dance Canvas ‘Choreo Chat’ Episode #7 - Annalee Traylor Episode #7 of our CHOREO CHAT series, Executive Artistic Director, Angela Harris catches up with Choreographer Annalee Traylor. Available June 11th thru Jun 11. Presented by Dance Canvas 

Dance Canvas ‘Choreo Chat’ Episode #7 - Britt Fishel Episode #7 of our CHOREO CHAT series, Executive Artistic Director, Angela Harris catches up with Britt Fishel, Professor of Screen Dance at Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University.Available June 11th thru Jun 11. Presented by Dance Canvas 

Equitable Dinners: Lift Every Voice- Economics Join us on Sunday, June 14th for a conversation about racial equity and economics launched by a short play by Avery Sharpe.Available June 14th thru Jun 14. Presented by Out of Hand Theater

Dance Canvas ‘Choreo Chat’ Episode #8 - Angela Harris Episode #8 of our CHOREO CHAT series catches up with Dance Canvas’ very own Executive Artistic Director, Angela Harris. Available June 15th thru Jun 18. Presented by Dance Canvas

Camp@Home Aurora Theatre Academy’s Summer Camps Have Gone Digital!Available June 15th thru Jul 24. Presented by Aurora Theatre

Dance Canvas ‘Choreo Chat’ Episode #8 - Angela Harris Episode #8 of our CHOREO CHAT series catches up with Dance Canvas’ very own Executive Artistic Director, Angela Harris.Available June 18th thru Jun 18. Presented by Dance Canvas Inc. 

Dance Canvas ‘Choreo Chat’ Episode #9 - Annalee Traylor pt. 2  Episode #9 of our CHOREO CHAT series, Executive Artistic Director, Angela Harris catches up with Choreographer Annalee TraylorAvailable June 25th thru Jun 25. Presented by Dance Canvas Inc. —CL—       0,0,1    artbeats                             Art Beats "
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!!!Support for 529 staff
!!!Support the A Mano family
!!!Agave (staff) needs your help
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!!!Atlanta artists emergency fund
!!!Atlanta Community Food Bank
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!!!The Basement EAV Staff
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!!!City Winery employee relief fund
!!!The Clermont Lounge employees need your help
!!!Help out the Colonnade service staff in Atlanta
!!!Team District relief fund
!!!The DJ & Nightlife Workers Fund (ATL)
!!!Help out The EARL employees who are out of work
!!!Help support the staff at Eddie's Attic
!!!Elliot Street Pub staff support fund
!!!Help support elmyr employees while we are closed
!!!Help elmyriachi employees
!!!Help the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club family
!!!Fifth Group Family Fund (South City Kitchen, Ecco, La Tavola, Lure, El Taco, Alma Cocina and Bold Catering & Design)
!!!Help the Flatiron and Trophy Room family
!!!Help support Gaja Korean Bar staff
!!!The Giving Kitchen
!!!Help out the best dive bar (The Highlander) in Atlanta
!!!Support the employees of The Imperial
!!!Help support the staff of Joe's East Atlanta
!!!LEON's Full Service staff
!!!Little 5 Points virtual tip jar
!!!Help The Masquerade Staff
!!!Midway Pub Covid 2020
!!!Support for MJQ/Drunken Unicorn staff
!!!Moe's Original BBQ to help feed Atlanta's essential workers & first responders
!!!The Pig & the Pearl soup kitchen
!!!Help the Plaza Theatre survive COVID-19
!!!Raging Burrito staff
!!!The Righteous Room employee fund
!!!Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium staff relief fund
!!!Six Feet Under staff relief fund
!!!Support the staff at Smith's Olde Bar
!!!Soto Soto relief fund
!!!Please help the Southern Belle & Georgia Boy staff
!!!Supply & Demand emergency fund
!!!Taco Cantina's team support
!!!Help my dad's Thumbs Up Diner staff survive the COVID-19 crisis
!!!Tin Roof Cantina staff relief fund
!!!Support our Tiny Lou's family
!!!Twain's staff relief fund
!!!All f#cks given: Victory, Little Trouble, Lloyd's, S.O.S.
!!!Keep Wax 'N' Facts Alive
!!!Help save Wuxtry Records in Athens & Decatur
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!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/donate-to-the-estoria-staff|Donate to the __97 Estoria__ staff!]
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!!!__[https://www.acfb.org|Atlanta Community Food Bank]__
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!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/brick-store-pub-staff|__Brick Store Pub__ staff]
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!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/city-winery-employee-relief-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp share-sheet&utm_source=City Winery Atlanta Newsletter&utm_campaign=fc4c981c25-ATL_DED_RELIEFFUND_3-20-20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c6e7d58cad-fc4c981c25-148199901&mc_cid=fc4c981c25&mc_eid=236f7c26ff|__City Winery__ employee relief fund]
!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-clermont-lounge-employees-need-your-help|The __Clermont Lounge__ employees need your help]
!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-out-the-colonnade-service-staff-in-atlanta|Help out __the Colonnade__ service staff in Atlanta]
!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-staff-survive-coronavirus|Team __District__ relief fund]
!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-dj-amp-nightlife-workers-fund|The __DJ & Nightlife Workers Fund__ (ATL)]
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!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-elmyriachi-employees|Help __elmyriachi__ employees]
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!!!__[https://www.gofundme.com/f/midway-pub-covid-2020|Midway Pub]__[https://www.gofundme.com/f/midway-pub-covid-2020| Covid 2020]
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!!!__[https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-feed-the-covid19-first-responders|Moe's Original BBQ to help feed Atlanta's essential workers & first responders]__
!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-pig-amp-the-pearl-soup-kitchen-delivery?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico share-sheet|__The Pig & the Pearl__ soup kitchen]
!!![https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/help-the-plaza-theatre-survive-covid-19/plazatheatrefoundationinc?utm_campaign=ocdonate&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=crowdrise&fbclid=IwAR2Y6sHLJxMG1KRi-jp0dbTML6p6C2zkmPNag9RThLnsvZoZ1HyG-piYiH0|Help the __Plaza Theatre__ survive COVID-19]
!!!__[https://www.gofundme.com/f/raging-burrito-staff|Raging Burrito staff]__
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!!![https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-save-wuxtry-records-in-athens-amp-decatur?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf share-flow-1&fbclid=IwAR2epUmHb9EeSP05Q27fTNfvI4rb8_paiC116f5G2_ZhJSkvqMOtmB8H8jM|Help save __Wuxtry Records__ in Athens & Decatur]
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!!!Donate to the 97 Estoria staff!
!!!Support for 529 staff
!!!Support the A Mano family
!!!Agave (staff) needs your help
!!!Support The Albert staff
!!!Atlanta artists emergency fund
!!!Atlanta Community Food Bank
!!!Atlanta Family Meals helping hospitality workers
!!!Banshee employee emergency fund
!!!Barcelona team members emergency relief fund
!!!The Basement EAV Staff
!!!Tip ya Battle N Brew Staff
!!!BoccaLupo Staff Fundraiser
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!!!Brewhouse staff rainy day fund
!!!Brick Store Pub staff
!!!Buteco family
!!!Support show staff at Center Stage Atlanta
!!!City Winery employee relief fund
!!!The Clermont Lounge employees need your help
!!!Help out the Colonnade service staff in Atlanta
!!!Team District relief fund
!!!The DJ & Nightlife Workers Fund (ATL)
!!!Help out The EARL employees who are out of work
!!!Help support the staff at Eddie's Attic
!!!Elliot Street Pub staff support fund
!!!Help support elmyr employees while we are closed
!!!Help elmyriachi employees
!!!Help the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club family
!!!Fifth Group Family Fund (South City Kitchen, Ecco, La Tavola, Lure, El Taco, Alma Cocina and Bold Catering & Design)
!!!Help the Flatiron and Trophy Room family
!!!Help support Gaja Korean Bar staff
!!!The Giving Kitchen
!!!Help out the best dive bar (The Highlander) in Atlanta
!!!Support the employees of The Imperial
!!!Help support the staff of Joe's East Atlanta
!!!LEON's Full Service staff
!!!Little 5 Points virtual tip jar
!!!Help The Masquerade Staff
!!!Midway Pub Covid 2020
!!!Support for MJQ/Drunken Unicorn staff
!!!Moe's Original BBQ to help feed Atlanta's essential workers & first responders
!!!The Pig & the Pearl soup kitchen
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!!!All f#cks given: Victory, Little Trouble, Lloyd's, S.O.S.
!!!Keep Wax 'N' Facts Alive
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Coy Bowles - Zac Brown Band multi-instrumentalist entertains from his Facebook page
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Sam Burchfield - The Frederick Brown Amphitheater, May 30, 2020, 8 p.m.
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Buy Nothing Project - Join on Facebook, find your neighborhood, and post what you might want to lend, giveaway or share with others around you.
More information or here

Coronapalooza Relief Concert Series - Larry Hurley's gathering of self-isolating musicians
More Information

Andrew Hyra - Streaming from his Facebook page
More Information

Karl Schmidt Verlag - Downloads from the archives of To Live & Shave in L.A.'s Tom Smith
More Information 

Kimono My House - Live House Concerts from (mostly) Atlanta musicians in a time of situational isolation. Started by Andy Gish (The Yum Yum Tree) and Kim Ware (The Good Graces).
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Live from Home - LiveNatiuon streaming service for Atlanta and the world
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Michelle Malone - Dinner and a show
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Ed Roland - The Living Room
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'Stay at Home' online music festival
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Talk Cinephilia To Me - An Atlanta podcast about watching cinema by Julie Kearns
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Tip Music - Search for streaming music by artists, band names, or by city
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Tunes for Tones - Music videos to heal Tony Levitas
More Information

!!!Elsewhere:
68 cultural, historical, and scientific collections you can explore online - Smithsonian magazine article

Animal Planet to air 94-hour marathon - Puppies And Kittens on "Too Cute" 
More Information

Ben Watt - Lagniappe Session - streaming link

Broadway musicals and Plays - For a limited time only
More Information

Elton John to host TV, radio concert - Sunday, March 29, 9 p.m.
More Information

Harry the Dirty Dog - Read by Betty White
More Information

Jewel Live from San Quarantine - Fundraiser for Inspring Children Foundation
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NASA - The agency's entie media library publicly available
More Information

The New York Public Library - Download a limited number of books and search the archives
More information

Radio Free America - Forgo the terrestrial call letters
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'Till Further Notice - the annual anti-festival held in Willie Nelson’s backyard, will present “‘Til Further Notice,” a live-streamed event held in the absence of this year’s in-person event.
More Information

Richard Thompson - Facebook live concert Sunday, March 29, 2020 4 p.m. EST
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U.S. National Parks - Explore them via Google 360-0degree virtual tours
More information

Viral Music - Because kindness is contagious - Facebook group supporting (streaming) independent artists
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Yale University's popular 'happiness' course available online - CNN Health 3/23/20 article

Neil Young Archives - Freside Sessions available for free streaming
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__Coy Bowles__ - Zac Brown Band multi-instrumentalist entertains from his Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/coybowlesmusic/|More Information]

__Sam Burchfield__ - The Frederick Brown Amphitheater, May 30, 2020, 8 p.m.
[https://www.facebook.com/clatl/settings/?tab=video_crossposting&ref=vcp&partner_id=17187236726|More information]

__Buy Nothing Project__ - Join on Facebook, find your neighborhood, and post what you might want to lend, giveaway or share with others around you.
[https://www.facebook.com/BuyNothingProject/?tn=,d,P-R&eid=ARDRSj84mQkAks-PUqLdj8thyhnPkxFJfS4bcd-CTnI8Ld4lMFzPPK7wTfA_lNRxkFxo_okxDUSOoQdI|More information] or [https://www.facebook.com/search/str/buy nothing project near me/keywords_groups?f=AbpfYtKe0XWr5vWfAJiIaFbIvo5VEMzPwEqTVWJWFKeofvBKnyOTsKAqCQynpx4auYe_KXrMD4eMPW0237HT0eiHdDQioiCRCAnnuPcjstl70q0p4cd3YPHy87d2jlHp58h4BtFSVtOPVOD81iPHxltS&epa=SEE_MORE|here]

__Coronapalooza Relief Concert Series__ - Larry Hurley's gathering of self-isolating musicians
[https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronapalooza/permalink/313634362949890/|More Information]

__Andrew Hyra__ - Streaming from his Facebook page
[https://www.facebook.com/andrew.hyra?tn=,dlCH-R-R&eid=ARBTv-CFjuvNkGOHWPJblIJM-bsdNVXrDpCRdeZyBN_BK1ZC5N8KRS8Vvx1_yrt0gkPm93KK0RLd-VLy&hc_ref=ARQtNdnCI8_b4BzX6BrUyP-_j4imN8p0VCDFwvyKLmmsU4-QKoTylbX9UeJ5LGtrVIQ&ref=nf_target&hc_location=group|More Information]

__Karl Schmidt Verlag__ - Downloads from the archives of To Live & Shave in L.A.'s Tom Smith
[https://tomsmithksv.bandcamp.com|More Information] 

__Kimono My House__ - Live House Concerts from (mostly) Atlanta musicians in a time of situational isolation. Started by Andy Gish (The Yum Yum Tree) and Kim Ware (The Good Graces).
[https://www.facebook.com/groups/3052975928054454/?hc_ref=ARQJhYKY0PrSKCzqOQNBzG3ZqGjuBw_BtUfLeKdkBQixASk8BOcK2-cXvo0Jgay60vY&ref=nf_target|More Information]

__Live from Home__ - LiveNatiuon streaming service for Atlanta and the world
[https://www.livenation.com/livefromhome?c=EML_LN_LN2051412&camefrom=EMLN_LN2051412&et_rid=24037024&utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=lnemail&utm_term=EML_LN_LN2051412|More Information]

__Michelle Malone__ - Dinner and a show
[https://www.facebook.com/events/571811836795709/575284066448486/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity¬if_id=1586538874842495|More Information]

__Ed Roland__ - The Living Room
[https://www.facebook.com/thelivingroom2020/|More Information]

__'Stay at Home' online music festival__
[https://www.stayathomefest.com/?fbclid=IwAR0Z-c9bNNXIGcAMnspm3JoMGUNxbkKrXNVzy2OeuNkK5dvvOoPaFmZzWjI#calendar|More Information]

__Talk Cinephilia To Me__ - An Atlanta podcast about watching cinema by Julie Kearns
[https://anchor.fm/juli-kearns/episodes/Discussing-the-1964-film-The-Last-Man-on-Earth-ebugh8/a-a1p7i2b?fbclid=IwAR0-LdxBDEhJO_zq_s3JNii4ZUu0v7tpbgB24gAiBqYr1WD4VMIagQGWYkY|More Information]

__Tip Music__ - Search for streaming music by artists, band names, or by city
[https://tipmusic.us|More Information]

__Tunes for Tones__ - Music videos to heal Tony Levitas
[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE6-cJjZx1WKFV-nyOChkXw/?fbclid=IwAR1hy0IIBKTYaGwri87hy48rHI0D3V1S7ppM-y0JxUskN_Gf98pw_UR6lJk|More Information]

!!!Elsewhere:
__68 cultural, historical, and scientific collections you can explore online__ - ''Smithsonian'' magazine [https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/68-cultural-historical-and-scientific-collections-you-can-explore-online-180974475/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia&fbclid=IwAR1-d2qEWHIGm_4wTOAm79GadD9ZXfJFBdZn1arItqOcaSba11rMK-J2wZs|article]

__Animal Planet to air 94-hour marathon__ - Puppies And Kittens on "Too Cute" 
[https://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/too-cute/|More Information]

__Ben Watt__ - Lagniappe Session - streaming [https://aquariumdrunkard.com/2020/03/10/the-lagniappe-sessions-ben-watt/?fbclid=IwAR3i2N9gFjtnhULR9Fx92RKbQcTZ7-KeZChFBO2DMl_tDdIoQ_P4ybUyIVo|link]

__Broadway musicals and Plays__ - For a limited time only
[https://www.broadwayhd.com|More Information]

__Elton John to host TV, radio concert__ - Sunday, March 29, 9 p.m.
[https://www.iheart.com/content/2020-03-25-musics-biggest-stars-coming-together-for-living-room-concert-for-america/|More Information]

__Harry the Dirty Dog__ - Read by Betty White
[https://www.storylineonline.net/books/harry-the-dirty-dog/?fbclid=IwAR1dbirtYGnPR0p5AjH6UIlA__lNy2El4k496VJvbmjUSf4_x4ip8Blt5dc|More Information]

__Jewel Live from San Quarantine__ - Fundraiser for Inspring Children Foundation
[https://www.facebook.com/donate/2211818172447964/|More Information]

__NASA__ - The agency's entie media library publicly available
[https://images.nasa.gov|More Information]

__The New York Public Library__ - Download a limited number of books and search the archives
[https://www.nypl.org|More information]

__Radio Free America - __Forgo the terrestrial call letters
[https://www.radiofreeamerica.com/podcasts|More Information]

__'Till Further Notice__ - the annual anti-festival held in Willie Nelson’s backyard, will present “__‘Til Further Notice,__” a live-streamed event held in the absence of this year’s in-person event.
[http://luckreunion.com/tilfurthernotice?fbclid=IwAR3_wWfXWVHDlb7MS4zAl9CeCzUT0nUDqpBenN9N73l4B7wMZ_N5cpIdWHQ|More Information]

__Richard Thompson__ - Facebook live concert Sunday, March 29, 2020 4 p.m. EST
[https://www.facebook.com/RichardThompsonMusic/photos/a.318876882286/10158354128952287/?type=3&theater|More Information]

__U.S. National Parks__ - Explore them via Google 360-0degree virtual tours
[https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/25/google-now-lets-you-explore-u-s-national-parks-via-360-degree-virtual-tours/?fbclid=IwAR2NoG_qvm5qhJQQiDWQu4PG8eXVNFuxjvi5nVu0LxrZSeorbiIVKndj3Fs|More information]

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[https://www.facebook.com/groups/622864291902580/?fref=nf|More Information]

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!!Events

__84th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival__ - Postponed, date TBD 3/16/20
[https://dogwood.org/|More Information]

__2020 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship__ - Suspended 3/13/20
[https://www.collegeslam.com/Event_Suspended|More Information]

__American Craft Show Atlanta__ - Canceled 3/11/20
[https://craftcouncil.org/shows/acc/american-craft-show-atlanta|More Information]

__Atlanta Dogwood Festival__ - Postponed from original dates. now set for Froiday - Sunday, August 7 - 9.
[https://dogwood.org|More Information]

__Atlanta Film Festival__ - Postponed, new dates TBA 3/19/20
[https://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/atlff-news/2020/3/19/atlanta-film-festival-postpones-2020-event|More Information]

__Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival__ - Postponed 3/17/20
[https://www.atlantagrilledcheese.com/|More Information]

__The Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival__ - The annual fundraiser will move to a summer date
[https://dadsgarage.com/big-stupid-parking-lot-carnival-postponed/|More Information]

__Chicken Raid 2020__ - Postponed
[https://www.facebook.com/events/1300705626776710/-|More Information]

__Civil Rights Tours Atlanta with Tom Houck__ - Tours are suspended until "the coast is clear"
[https://civilrightstour.com|More Information]

__Inman Park Festival__ - postponed
[http://inmanparkfestival.org|More Information]

__Live Nation__ - Pausing arena tours 3/12/20
[https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/touring/9333748/live-nation-global-pause-tours-concerts-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR2ZcowS2b4AcJhj83ukC6EscosAiOdN0r0UWErvPtVRVx77sYAPJrdrtp0|More Information]

__The Masters Tournament__ - Postponed 3/13/20
[https://www.masters.com/en_US/news/articles/2020-03-13/2020_masters_tournament_postponed.html|More Information]

__Record Store Day__ - Changed to specified "Drop Days." This year's RSD releases will come out on three different Saturdays: August 29, September 26, and October 24; with participating indie record stores expected to be open on those days. Check individual stores for their participation.stores expected.
[https://recordstoreday.com/?fbclid=IwAR2S72T5hzs8E_ZH7lllqcSu2juP941G9czS1seLUH6t2dczPyAHmgQe69E|More Information]

__The Rolling Stones "No Filter" Tour at Mercedes Benz Stadium__ - Postponed
[https://rollingstones.com/tour|More Information]

__Savannah Music Festival__ - Canceled, accepting donations for COVID-19 research 3/13/19
[https://www.savannahmusicfestival.org/covid-19-donations-refunds-faq/?fbclid=IwAR3mmg57Yk0OXPO3aM2qBCDoQFg64IdGvNka_aFQMEefgNI5sk_TlGoVWM4|More Information]

__Shaky Knees__ - Rescheduled for October 16-18 3/18/20
[https://www.facebook.com/shakykneesfest/photos/a.257174621081250/1863392830459413/?type=3&theater|More Information]"
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!!Events

84th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival - Postponed, date TBD 3/16/20
More Information

2020 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship - Suspended 3/13/20
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American Craft Show Atlanta - Canceled 3/11/20
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Chicken Raid 2020 - Postponed
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Civil Rights Tours Atlanta with Tom Houck - Tours are suspended until "the coast is clear"
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Inman Park Festival - postponed
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The Masters Tournament - Postponed 3/13/20
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More Information

The Rolling Stones "No Filter" Tour at Mercedes Benz Stadium - Postponed
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Savannah Music Festival - Canceled, accepting donations for COVID-19 research 3/13/19
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A Mano - Offering curbside take-out in the O4W.
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Alma Cocina - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go.
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Alon's Bakery & Market (Dunwoody, Morningside) - Take-out and delivery available.
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Argosy - Offering front door pick-up on limited items.
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Arnett's Chop Shop - Offering limited delivery
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Aurora Coffee - To-go orders
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Banshee - To-go orders, 5 - 8 p.m.
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Bar Mercado – Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up and  delivery via UberEats
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Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar - “On the Fly” menu under $10 plus full menu, with 32 oz or 64 oz growlers of draft beer. Curbside pick-up,  Monday through Sunday from 12 - 8 p.m.
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Bartaco - Tacos, sides, and margarita mix (you add the tequila) available for pick-up or delivery.
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Big Daddy Bisuits - Limited delivery and pick-up
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Big Sky Buckhead - Prepared meal service for pick-up available.
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Boggs Social & Supply - Temporarily closed, all events either canceled or postponed 3/17/20
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Boxcar - An $11 curbside menu and a customizable family-style dining menu. Monday through Sunday, 12 - 8 p.m. 470-788-8171 or order at the patio window.
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Bulla Gastrobar - Limited menu items AND pitchers of their red and white sangria available for pick-up, at 35% off!
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Brewhouse Cafe - Temporarily closed 3/18/20
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Buena Vid Tapas & Sol - offering specialty cocktails and meals for curbside pick-up.
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Buttermilk Kitchen - To-go orders with curbside pickup. A 10% gratuity will be added to be distributed amongst the staff.
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Cafe Alsace - Curbside pick-up until further notice
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Cameli's Pizza L5P - Pick-up and delivery 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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Canoe - Special takeaway menu  for curbside pick-up and daily family meal specials plus a la carte. Orders must be placed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for same day pick-up from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Half-off select beer and wine specials.
More Information

Chai Pani Decatur - Operations suspended until further notice 4/01/20
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Cibo e Beve Italian - Open for take-out, 2 - 9 p.m. daily.
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City Winery - Offering paired together 3, 6 and 12 bottle packs of their finest wines produced here in the city. Free pick-up Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3/16/20
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Cooks & Soldiers – To-go and pickup orders, delivery via UberEats, special provision packs, and "take 'n' bake" options now available.
More Information

Crave - Take-out
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Doc Chey's Memorial - Dining room closed, take-out and delivery 12 noon to 9 p.m.
More Information 

Doc Chey's Morningside - Dining room closed, take-out and delivery 12 noon to 9 p.m.
More Information 

Double Zero - Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up AND delivery or pick-up via UberEats
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The EARL - Closed indefinitely 3/16/20
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East Atlanta Farmers Market - Closed until April 16 at the earliest
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El Ponce - Curbside take-out and delivery available (adult beverages, too)
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El Taco Atlanta - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go from 5 - 8 p.m.
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Emerald City Bagels - Open for pick-up Thursday - Monday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No contact delivery service 6 to 8 a.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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Fat Matt's Rib Shack - Still serving the community, albeit via take-out and delivery (UberEats, PostMates, and doordash). Check for opening hours through 9 p.m.
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Fellini's Pizza - All locations have re-opened as of April 20, providing curb-side pick-up only via phone orders and credit card purchase. Call the location to order, pay over the phone, then call again upon arriving at the location, and your order will be brought out to you. 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM.
More Information

Figs & Honey Catering - Currently making a hard pivot into the meal delivery service with individual prepackaged meals ready for microwave or freezer
More Information

Flatiron - Curbside pick-up, 12 to 8 p.m.
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Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q - Take-out and delivery available. Catering via cold vacuum-sealed barbecue and sides for storage or reheat is available, pick-up at commissary or delivery within a five-mile radius of midtown Atlanta
More Information - Catering

Gaja - Special daily menu, pick-up 2 - 8 p.m.
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The Glenwood - Pick-up and delivery via DoorDash
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Grant Central Pizza - Food and drink pick-up
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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken - Offering curbside to-go
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Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Take-out and delivery
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Haven Restaurant & Lounge - To-go orders
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Hodge Podge Coffee - Pick-up and delivery
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Holy Taco - Curbside to-go; delivery within one mile
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Honeysuckle Gelato - Pick-up available at the Lee & White production facility.
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The Iberian Pig (Buckhead and Decatur) - Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up and delivery or pick-up via UberEats
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Hop City - Drive-thru lanes are  open at both locations (Krog, West End), Monday - Sunday from 12 - 8 p.m. Email and phone ordering available, drive-thru orders accepted.
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THe Imperial - As of April 17:Friday take-out BBQ orders, 4-7:30 p.m. Growlers,too!
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Java Lord's Coffee - Closed until further notice 3/16/20
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Joe's Coffee EAV - Curbside pick-up
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Kimball House - Taking phone orders starting at 3 p.m. Wedenesday - Saturday, for pick-up 4 - 8 p.m. 404-378-3502
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Kin No Tori Ramen- Offering take-out 3/19/20
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Kitchen Six - Prepared meals and specialty cocktails available for pick-up.
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L5 Pizza - Take-out and delivery available.
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LaFonda Latina -All locations have re-opened as of April 17, providing curb-side pick-up only via phone orders and credit card purchase. Call the location to order, pay over the phone, then call again upon arriving at the location, and your order will be brought out to you. 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM. More Information

La Tavola Italian Trattoria - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go from 5 - 8 p.m.
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The Lawrence - Craft cocktail mixers available via DoorDash or curbside pick-up. You add the alcohol!
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Le Bilboquet - Take out and delivery options available 4-9 p.m. daily
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Le Colonial - Take out and delivery options available 12-9 p.m. daily
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Little 5 Corner Tavern - Closed until further notice
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Little Rey – Curbside pick-up plus closed container beer & wine to-go
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LylaLila - New family style menu. To order, call Lyla Lila at (404) 963-2637 beginning at 2:30 p.m. for pick up from 3 - 8 p.m. Customizable wine packages available
More Information

Memphis BBQ - Curbside service is available now and additional parking spaces have been allocated for this service 3/18/20
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Midway Pub - Closed until further notice
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Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Curbside pick up and To-Go Orders for both LUNCH and DINNER from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. 3/18/20
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Napoleon's Grill - Drive-thru pick-up, family meals, and beer and wine availble.
More Information - Facebook Announcement

No. 246 – phone orders for curbside pick-up (678.399.8246) plus closed container beer & wine to-go
More Information

Nouveau Bar & Grill - College Park eatery reopens for take-out and delivery, Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 9 p.m.More Information

Park Pet Supply - (Pets gotta eat, too! - ed.) - Curbside pick-up.
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The Pig & the Pearl - Regular service suspended. Curbside pick-up available.
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Proof of the Pudding - Providing pre-prepared pick up meals.
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Publik Draft House- Check for possible take out.
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Recess – Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up AND delivery or pick-up via UberEats
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Savage Pizza - Take-out and delivery
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Sevananda - Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Slutty Vegan - Closed until April 7 at least
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So Ba - Curbside pick-up and delivery via UberEats.
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South City Kitchen Midtown - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go from 5 - 8 p.m.
More Information

Star Provisions Market & Café – Call the restaurant at 404.365.0410, ext. 4, for pick-up (with offerings from Star, Bacchanalia, Dub’s Fish Camp & Floataway Café) and delivery within 2 miles upon request
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Sugo – Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up AND delivery or pick-up via UberEats
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Superica (Avalon, the Battery) - Online ordering for curbside pick-up with margaritas to-go
More Information

Superica (Buckhead, Krog Street Market) - Online ordering for curbside pick-up with closed-container beer and wine to-go.
More Information

Sushi Yoko - Check for possible take out. 3/18/20
More Information

Sweet Auburn Barbecue - Open 12 - 9 p.m. daily for pick-up and delivery only.
More Information

Taka Sushi and Passion - Check for possible take out. 3/18/20
More Information

Taqueria Del Sol - Open for carry out/to-go.
More Information

Thai & Sushi EAV - Delivery available
More Information

The Varsity - Operations suspended until further notice
More Information

Valenza Italian - now offering limited delivery
More Information

Vero Pizzeria - now offering delivery
More Information

We Suki Suki - Delivery via Postmates
More Information

Whiskey Bird - Take-out and delivery menu available: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, from 4-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
More Information

The Wing Bar - Curbside pick-up
More Information

Wrecking Bar Brew Pub - Curbside pick-up Noon to 8 p.m. last orders accepted at 7 p.m.
More Information

Zesto - Take-out and delivery
More Information"
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!!!While many restaurants started to re-open for regular, dine-in service on Monday, April 27, provided they follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines, many restuarateurs in the Atlanta area have chosen not to until the CDC and World Health Organization offer enough data and statistics to satisfy their concerns that it is safe to do so. Again, check the individual businesses before planning to go out.
__A Mano__ - Offering curbside take-out in the O4W.
[https://www.amanoatl.com|More Information]

__Alma Cocina__ - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go.
[https://buckhead.alma-atlanta.com|More Information]

__Alon's Bakery & Market__ (Dunwoody, Morningside) - Take-out and delivery available.
[https://alons.com|More Information]

__Argosy__ - Offering front door pick-up on limited items.
[http://argosy-east.com/|More Information]

__Arnett's Chop Shop__ - Offering limited delivery
[http://arnetteschopshop.com|More Information]

__Aurora Coffee__ - To-go orders
[http://www.auroracoffee.com/|More Information]

__Banshee__ - To-go orders, 5 - 8 p.m.
[https://www.banshee-atl.com/|More Information]

__Bar Mercado__ – Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up and  delivery via UberEats
[https://www.barmercadoatl.com|More Information]

__Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar__ - “On the Fly” menu under $10 plus full menu, with 32 oz or 64 oz growlers of draft beer. Curbside pick-up,  Monday through Sunday from 12 - 8 p.m.
[https://app.upserve.com/s/barleygarden-alpharetta|More Information]

__Bartaco__ - Tacos, sides, and margarita mix (you add the tequila) available for pick-up or delivery.
[https://bartaco.com|More Information]

__Big Daddy Bisuits__ - Limited delivery and pick-up
[http://www.bigdaddybiscuits.com|More Information]

__Big Sky Buckhead__ - Prepared meal service for pick-up available.
[https://bigskybuckhead.com|More Information]

__Boggs Social & Supply __- Temporarily closed, all events either canceled or postponed 3/17/20
[https://www.instagram.com/p/B92AL0LJ5ux/|More Information]

__Boxcar__ - An $11 curbside menu and a customizable family-style dining menu. Monday through Sunday, 12 - 8 p.m. 470-788-8171 or order at the patio window.
[https://www.boxcaratl.com|More Information]

__Bulla Gastrobar__ - Limited menu items AND pitchers of their red and white sangria available for pick-up, at 35% off!
[https://bullagastrobar.com|More Information]

__Brewhouse Cafe__ - Temporarily closed 3/18/20
[http://www.brewhousecafe.com|More Information]

__Buena Vid Tapas & Sol__ - offering specialty cocktails and meals for curbside pick-up.
[https://www.buenavidatapas.com|More Information]

__Buttermilk Kitchen__ - To-go orders with curbside pickup. A 10% gratuity will be added to be distributed amongst the staff.
[https://buttermilkkitchen.com|More Information]

__Cafe Alsace__ - Curbside pick-up until further notice
[https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-Alsace-118851609562/?tn=,d,P-R&eid=ARBh3m6UdySZQV76QHfYVsLTBh7lYoKtNI3bRIeYQ4TuU23QXU57Jt8zlv28_9lt20G6Ht_HQlk-0nvm|More Information]

__Cameli's Pizza L5P__ - Pick-up and delivery 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
[https://www.camelispizza.com/|More Information]

__Canoe__ - Special takeaway menu  for curbside pick-up and daily family meal specials plus a la carte. Orders must be placed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for same day pick-up from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Half-off select beer and wine specials.
[https://www.canoeatl.com|More Information]

__Chai Pani Decatur__ - Operations suspended until further notice 4/01/20
[https://www.chaipanidecatur.com|More Information]

__Cibo e Beve Italian__ - Open for take-out, 2 - 9 p.m. daily.
[https://www.ciboatlanta.com|More Information]

__City Winery __- Offering paired together 3, 6 and 12 bottle packs of their finest wines produced here in the city. Free pick-up Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3/16/20
[https://citywinery.com/atlanta/|More Information]

__Cooks & Soldiers__ – To-go and pickup orders, delivery via UberEats, special provision packs, and "take 'n' bake" options now available.
[https://chgrestaurants.com/|More Information]

__Crave__ - Take-out
[https://cravel5p.com/|More Information]

__Doc Chey's Memorial__ - Dining room closed, take-out and delivery 12 noon to 9 p.m.
[https://direct.chownow.com/order/6223/locations/8204|More Information] 

__Doc Chey's Morningside__ - Dining room closed, take-out and delivery 12 noon to 9 p.m.
[https://direct.chownow.com/order/6223/locations/8203|More Information] 

__Double Zero__ - Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up AND delivery or pick-up via UberEats
[https://doublezeroatl.com|More Informatio]n

__The EARL __- Closed indefinitely 3/16/20
[https://www.facebook.com/EARLeav/|More Information]

__East Atlanta Farmers Market__ - Closed until April 16 at the earliest
[https://www.facebook.com/EAVFarmersMarket/|More Information]

__El Ponce__ - Curbside take-out and delivery available (adult beverages, too)
[https://www.elponce.com|More Information]

__El Taco Atlanta__ - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go from 5 - 8 p.m.
[https://eltaco-atlanta.com|More Information]

__Emerald City Bagels__ - Open for pick-up Thursday - Monday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No contact delivery service 6 to 8 a.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
[https://www.emeraldcitybagels.com|More information]

__Fat Matt's Rib Shack__ - Still serving the community, albeit via take-out and delivery (UberEats, PostMates, and doordash). Check for opening hours through 9 p.m.
[https://www.facebook.com/fatmattsribshack/|More Information]

__Fellini's Pizza__ - All locations have re-opened as of April 20, providing curb-side pick-up only via phone orders and credit card purchase. Call the location to order, pay over the phone, then call again upon arriving at the location, and your order will be brought out to you. 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM.
[https://fellinisatlanta.com|More Information]

__Figs & Honey Catering__ - Currently making a hard pivot into the meal delivery service with individual prepackaged meals ready for microwave or freezer
[https://www.figsandhoneycatering.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImbSXwr-u6AIVRdyGCh2LHw7iEAAYASAAEgLqb_D_BwE|More Information]

__Flatiron__ - Curbside pick-up, 12 to 8 p.m.
[flatironatl.com|More Information]

__Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q__ - Take-out and delivery available. Catering via cold vacuum-sealed barbecue and sides for storage or reheat is available, pick-up at commissary or delivery within a five-mile radius of midtown Atlanta
[http://foxbrosbbq.com|More Information] - [http://foxbrosbbq.com/fox-bros-home.html|Catering]

__Gaja__ - Special daily menu, pick-up 2 - 8 p.m.
[gajaeav.com|More Information]

__The Glenwood__ - Pick-up and delivery via DoorDash
[https://www.facebook.com/theglenwoodatl/|More Information]

__Grant Central Pizza__ - Food and drink pick-up
[gajaeav.com|More Information]

__Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken__ - Offering curbside to-go
[https://www.facebook.com/GusFriedChickenAtlanta/|More Information]

__Hattie B's Hot Chicken__ - Take-out and delivery
[https://order.hattieb.com/menu/hattie-bs-atlanta|More Information]

__Haven Restaurant & Lounge__ - To-go orders
[https://havenatl.net|More Information] 

__Hodge Podge Coffee__ - Pick-up and delivery
[https://us.orderspoon.com/hodgepodge720|More Information]

__Holy Taco__ - Curbside to-go; delivery within one mile
[https://us.orderspoon.com/hodgepodge720|More Information]

__Honeysuckle Gelato__ - Pick-up available at the Lee & White production facility.
[https://www.honeysucklegelato.com|More Information]

__The Iberian Pig__ (Buckhead and Decatur) - Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up and delivery or pick-up via UberEats
[https://www.theiberianpigatl.com|More Information]

__Hop City__ - Drive-thru lanes are  open at both locations (Krog, West End), Monday - Sunday from 12 - 8 p.m. Email and phone ordering available, drive-thru orders accepted.
[https://www.hopcitybeer.com|More Information]

__THe Imperial__ - As of April 17:Friday take-out BBQ orders, 4-7:30 p.m. Growlers,too!
[https://www.facebook.com/ImperialDecatur/|More Information]

__Java Lord's Coffee__ - Closed until further notice 3/16/20
[https://www.javalordscoffee.com/|More Information]

__Joe's Coffee EAV__ - Curbside pick-up
[https://www.facebook.com/JoesCoffeeEAV/|More Information]

__Kimball House__ - Taking phone orders starting at 3 p.m. Wedenesday - Saturday, for pick-up 4 - 8 p.m. 404-378-3502
[http://www.kimball-house.com|More Information]

__Kin No Tori Ramen__- Offering take-out 3/19/20
[https://www.kinnotoriramenbar.com/|More Information]

__Kitchen Six__ - Prepared meals and specialty cocktails available for pick-up.
[https://www.talech.com/biz/ordering/206678/Kitchen-Six-Decatur-GA#/menu|More Information]

__L5 Pizza__ - Take-out and delivery available.
[http://www.little5pizza.com/|More Information]

__LaFonda Latina__ -All locations have re-opened as of April 17, providing curb-side pick-up only via phone orders and credit card purchase. Call the location to order, pay over the phone, then call again upon arriving at the location, and your order will be brought out to you. 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM. [https://lafondaatlanta.com|More Information]

__La Tavola Italian Trattoria__ - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go from 5 - 8 p.m.
[https://latavolatrattoria.com|More Information]

__The Lawrence__ - Craft cocktail ''mixers'' available via DoorDash or curbside pick-up. You add the alcohol!
[https://www.thelawrenceatlanta.com|More Information]

__Le Bilboquet__ - Take out and delivery options available 4-9 p.m. daily
[https://www.lebilboquetatlanta.com/contact-and-directions|More Information]

__Le Colonial__ - Take out and delivery options available 12-9 p.m. daily
[https://order.lecolonial.com/menu-atlanta|More Information]

__Little 5 Corner Tavern__ - Closed until further notice
[http://www.thecornertavern.com/little-5/|More Information]

__Little__ __Rey__ – Curbside pick-up plus closed container beer & wine to-go
[https://www.littlerey.com|More Information]

__LylaLila__ - New family style menu. To order, call Lyla Lila at (404) 963-2637 beginning at 2:30 p.m. for pick up from 3 - 8 p.m. Customizable wine packages available
[https://www.lylalilaatl.com|More Information]

__Memphis BBQ __- Curbside service is available now and additional parking spaces have been allocated for this service 3/18/20
[https://memphisbbqco.com/|More Information]

__Midway Pub__ - Closed until further notice
[https://www.themidwaypub.com/|More Information]

__Nakato Japanese Restaurant __- Curbside pick up and To-Go Orders for both LUNCH and DINNER from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. 3/18/20
[https://www.facebook.com/NakatoRestaurant/|More Information]

__Napoleon's Grill__ - Drive-thru pick-up, family meals, and beer and wine availble.
[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158730564123455&set=a.10150095065303455&type=3&theater|More Information] - [https://www.facebook.com/napoleonsGrill/?tn=,d,P-R&eid=ARDTxjo896HuNXBM0FbuHcycxtEUGkPVDzwCIQh1EiON_OK5KakQd7HWl_li_dPzwenS28JpIeEv38aA|Facebook Announcement]

__No. 246__ – phone orders for curbside pick-up (678.399.8246) plus closed container beer & wine to-go
[http://www.no246.com|More Information]

__Nouveau Bar & Grill__ - College Park eatery reopens for take-out and delivery, Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 9 p.m.[https://nouveaubar.com|More Information]

__Park Pet Supply__ - (Pets gotta eat, too! - ed.) - Curbside pick-up.
[" www.parkpetsupply.com"|More Information]

__The Pig & the Pearl__ - Regular service suspended. Curbside pick-up available.
[https://www.thepigandthepearl.com|More Information]

__Proof of the Pudding__ - Providing pre-prepared pick up meals.
[https://proofatl.square.site|More Information]

__Publik Draft House__- Check for possible take out.
[https://www.publikatl.com|More Information]

__Recess__ – Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up AND delivery or pick-up via UberEats
[https://www.recessatl.com|More Information]

__Savage Pizza__ - Take-out and delivery
[http://savagepizza.com/|More Information]

__Sevananda__ - Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
[http://www.sevananda.coop/|More Information]

__Slutty Vegan__ - Closed until April 7 at least
[https://www.sluttyveganatl.com|More Information]

__So Ba__ - Curbside pick-up and delivery via UberEats.
[http://www.soba-eav.com|More Information]

__South City Kitchen Midtown__ - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go from 5 - 8 p.m.
[https://midtown.southcitykitchen.com|More Information]

__Star Provisions Market & Café__ – Call the restaurant at 404.365.0410, ext. 4, for pick-up (with offerings from Star, Bacchanalia, Dub’s Fish Camp & Floataway Café) and delivery within 2 miles upon request
[http://www.starprovisions.com|More Information]

__Sugo__ – Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up AND delivery or pick-up via UberEats
[https://sugorestaurant.com|More Information]

__Superica__ (Avalon, the Battery) - Online ordering for curbside pick-up with margaritas to-go
[http://www.superica.com|More Information]

__Superica__ (Buckhead, Krog Street Market) - Online ordering for curbside pick-up with closed-container beer and wine to-go.
[http://www.superica.com|More Information]

__Sushi Yoko__ - Check for possible take out. 3/18/20
[https://www.facebook.com/Sushi-Yoko-Japanese-Restaurant-128714090522727//|More Information]

__Sweet Auburn Barbecue__ - Open 12 - 9 p.m. daily for pick-up and delivery only.
[https://www.sweetauburnbbq.com|More Information]

__Taka Sushi and Passion__ - Check for possible take out. 3/18/20
[https://www.takasushiatlanta.com/|More Information]

__Taqueria Del Sol__ - Open for carry out/to-go.
[http://www.taqueriadelsol.com/georgia/georgia/index.html|More Information]

__Thai & Sushi EAV__ - Delivery available
[http://eavthaisushi.com/|More Information]

__The Varsity__ - Operations suspended until further notice
[https://www.thevarsity.com|More Information]

__Valenza Italian__ - now offering limited delivery
[http://valenzarestaurant.com|More Information]

__Vero Pizzeria__ - now offering delivery
[http://vero-pizzeria.com|More Information]

__We Suki Suki__ - Delivery via Postmates
[https://wesukisuki.com/|More Information]

__Whiskey Bird__ - Take-out and delivery menu available: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, from 4-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
[http://www.eatwhiskeybird.com|More Information]

__The Wing Bar__ - Curbside pick-up
[www.thewingbaratl.com|More Information]

__Wrecking Bar Brew Pub__ - Curbside pick-up Noon to 8 p.m. last orders accepted at 7 p.m.
[http://www.wreckingbarbrewpub.com/|More Information]

__Zesto__ - Take-out and delivery
[http://zestoatlanta.com|More Information]"
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  string(11798) " DriveThruSignhigh 1024x616 1 E1473897761367  2020-03-19T21:00:54+00:00 DriveThruSignhigh-1024x616-1-e1473897761367.jpg    covidpage Where to eat, what's open for drive-thru and deliveries, and how to order from your fave place in order to support local businesses 30178  2020-06-30T19:24:00+00:00 Atlanta guide to restaurants, eating, pick-up, and delivery during the Coronavirus pandemic will.cardwell@gmail.com Will Cardwell CL COVID Team  2020-06-30T19:24:00+00:00  !!!While we are doing our best to update these listings in a timely manner, it is strongly advised that you click on the "More Information" links provided to read the latest information posted by the establishment.
!!!While many restaurants started to re-open for regular, dine-in service on Monday, April 27, provided they follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines, many restuarateurs in the Atlanta area have chosen not to until the CDC and World Health Organization offer enough data and statistics to satisfy their concerns that it is safe to do so. Again, check the individual businesses before planning to go out.
A Mano - Offering curbside take-out in the O4W.
More Information

Alma Cocina - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go.
More Information

Alon's Bakery & Market (Dunwoody, Morningside) - Take-out and delivery available.
More Information

Argosy - Offering front door pick-up on limited items.
More Information

Arnett's Chop Shop - Offering limited delivery
More Information

Aurora Coffee - To-go orders
More Information

Banshee - To-go orders, 5 - 8 p.m.
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Bar Mercado – Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up and  delivery via UberEats
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Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar - “On the Fly” menu under $10 plus full menu, with 32 oz or 64 oz growlers of draft beer. Curbside pick-up,  Monday through Sunday from 12 - 8 p.m.
More Information

Bartaco - Tacos, sides, and margarita mix (you add the tequila) available for pick-up or delivery.
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Big Daddy Bisuits - Limited delivery and pick-up
More Information

Big Sky Buckhead - Prepared meal service for pick-up available.
More Information

Boggs Social & Supply - Temporarily closed, all events either canceled or postponed 3/17/20
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Boxcar - An $11 curbside menu and a customizable family-style dining menu. Monday through Sunday, 12 - 8 p.m. 470-788-8171 or order at the patio window.
More Information

Bulla Gastrobar - Limited menu items AND pitchers of their red and white sangria available for pick-up, at 35% off!
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Brewhouse Cafe - Temporarily closed 3/18/20
More Information

Buena Vid Tapas & Sol - offering specialty cocktails and meals for curbside pick-up.
More Information

Buttermilk Kitchen - To-go orders with curbside pickup. A 10% gratuity will be added to be distributed amongst the staff.
More Information

Cafe Alsace - Curbside pick-up until further notice
More Information

Cameli's Pizza L5P - Pick-up and delivery 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
More Information

Canoe - Special takeaway menu  for curbside pick-up and daily family meal specials plus a la carte. Orders must be placed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for same day pick-up from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Half-off select beer and wine specials.
More Information

Chai Pani Decatur - Operations suspended until further notice 4/01/20
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Cibo e Beve Italian - Open for take-out, 2 - 9 p.m. daily.
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City Winery - Offering paired together 3, 6 and 12 bottle packs of their finest wines produced here in the city. Free pick-up Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3/16/20
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Cooks & Soldiers – To-go and pickup orders, delivery via UberEats, special provision packs, and "take 'n' bake" options now available.
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Crave - Take-out
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Doc Chey's Memorial - Dining room closed, take-out and delivery 12 noon to 9 p.m.
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Doc Chey's Morningside - Dining room closed, take-out and delivery 12 noon to 9 p.m.
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Double Zero - Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up AND delivery or pick-up via UberEats
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The EARL - Closed indefinitely 3/16/20
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East Atlanta Farmers Market - Closed until April 16 at the earliest
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El Ponce - Curbside take-out and delivery available (adult beverages, too)
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El Taco Atlanta - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go from 5 - 8 p.m.
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Emerald City Bagels - Open for pick-up Thursday - Monday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No contact delivery service 6 to 8 a.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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Fat Matt's Rib Shack - Still serving the community, albeit via take-out and delivery (UberEats, PostMates, and doordash). Check for opening hours through 9 p.m.
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Fellini's Pizza - All locations have re-opened as of April 20, providing curb-side pick-up only via phone orders and credit card purchase. Call the location to order, pay over the phone, then call again upon arriving at the location, and your order will be brought out to you. 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM.
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Figs & Honey Catering - Currently making a hard pivot into the meal delivery service with individual prepackaged meals ready for microwave or freezer
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Flatiron - Curbside pick-up, 12 to 8 p.m.
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Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q - Take-out and delivery available. Catering via cold vacuum-sealed barbecue and sides for storage or reheat is available, pick-up at commissary or delivery within a five-mile radius of midtown Atlanta
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Gaja - Special daily menu, pick-up 2 - 8 p.m.
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The Glenwood - Pick-up and delivery via DoorDash
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Grant Central Pizza - Food and drink pick-up
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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken - Offering curbside to-go
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Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Take-out and delivery
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Haven Restaurant & Lounge - To-go orders
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Hodge Podge Coffee - Pick-up and delivery
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Holy Taco - Curbside to-go; delivery within one mile
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Honeysuckle Gelato - Pick-up available at the Lee & White production facility.
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The Iberian Pig (Buckhead and Decatur) - Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up and delivery or pick-up via UberEats
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Hop City - Drive-thru lanes are  open at both locations (Krog, West End), Monday - Sunday from 12 - 8 p.m. Email and phone ordering available, drive-thru orders accepted.
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THe Imperial - As of April 17:Friday take-out BBQ orders, 4-7:30 p.m. Growlers,too!
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Java Lord's Coffee - Closed until further notice 3/16/20
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Joe's Coffee EAV - Curbside pick-up
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Kimball House - Taking phone orders starting at 3 p.m. Wedenesday - Saturday, for pick-up 4 - 8 p.m. 404-378-3502
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Kin No Tori Ramen- Offering take-out 3/19/20
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Kitchen Six - Prepared meals and specialty cocktails available for pick-up.
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L5 Pizza - Take-out and delivery available.
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LaFonda Latina -All locations have re-opened as of April 17, providing curb-side pick-up only via phone orders and credit card purchase. Call the location to order, pay over the phone, then call again upon arriving at the location, and your order will be brought out to you. 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM. More Information

La Tavola Italian Trattoria - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go from 5 - 8 p.m.
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The Lawrence - Craft cocktail mixers available via DoorDash or curbside pick-up. You add the alcohol!
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Le Bilboquet - Take out and delivery options available 4-9 p.m. daily
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Le Colonial - Take out and delivery options available 12-9 p.m. daily
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Little 5 Corner Tavern - Closed until further notice
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Little Rey – Curbside pick-up plus closed container beer & wine to-go
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LylaLila - New family style menu. To order, call Lyla Lila at (404) 963-2637 beginning at 2:30 p.m. for pick up from 3 - 8 p.m. Customizable wine packages available
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Memphis BBQ - Curbside service is available now and additional parking spaces have been allocated for this service 3/18/20
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Midway Pub - Closed until further notice
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Nakato Japanese Restaurant - Curbside pick up and To-Go Orders for both LUNCH and DINNER from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. 3/18/20
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Napoleon's Grill - Drive-thru pick-up, family meals, and beer and wine availble.
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No. 246 – phone orders for curbside pick-up (678.399.8246) plus closed container beer & wine to-go
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Nouveau Bar & Grill - College Park eatery reopens for take-out and delivery, Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 9 p.m.More Information

Park Pet Supply - (Pets gotta eat, too! - ed.) - Curbside pick-up.
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The Pig & the Pearl - Regular service suspended. Curbside pick-up available.
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Proof of the Pudding - Providing pre-prepared pick up meals.
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Publik Draft House- Check for possible take out.
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Recess – Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up AND delivery or pick-up via UberEats
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Savage Pizza - Take-out and delivery
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Sevananda - Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Slutty Vegan - Closed until April 7 at least
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So Ba - Curbside pick-up and delivery via UberEats.
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South City Kitchen Midtown - Fifth Group restaurant selling food, beer, and wine to-go from 5 - 8 p.m.
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Star Provisions Market & Café – Call the restaurant at 404.365.0410, ext. 4, for pick-up (with offerings from Star, Bacchanalia, Dub’s Fish Camp & Floataway Café) and delivery within 2 miles upon request
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Sugo – Food & alcoholic beverages for pick-up AND delivery or pick-up via UberEats
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Superica (Avalon, the Battery) - Online ordering for curbside pick-up with margaritas to-go
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Superica (Buckhead, Krog Street Market) - Online ordering for curbside pick-up with closed-container beer and wine to-go.
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Sushi Yoko - Check for possible take out. 3/18/20
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Sweet Auburn Barbecue - Open 12 - 9 p.m. daily for pick-up and delivery only.
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Taka Sushi and Passion - Check for possible take out. 3/18/20
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Taqueria Del Sol - Open for carry out/to-go.
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Thai & Sushi EAV - Delivery available
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The Varsity - Operations suspended until further notice
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Valenza Italian - now offering limited delivery
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Vero Pizzeria - now offering delivery
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We Suki Suki - Delivery via Postmates
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Whiskey Bird - Take-out and delivery menu available: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, from 4-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
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The Wing Bar - Curbside pick-up
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Wrecking Bar Brew Pub - Curbside pick-up Noon to 8 p.m. last orders accepted at 7 p.m.
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__Major disaster declaration approved for Georgia__ - FEMA 3/29/20
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__Most American will get coronavirus stimulus check in April__ - Here's how it works The Week 3/26/20
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__Coronavirus: Act Now__ - A model intended to urge fast responses
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__Coronavirus and the Homeless __- National Alliance to End Homelessness
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__COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation__ - National Institutes of Health
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__GA Secretary of State Raffensperger takes steps to protect safety of and voter integrity in Georgia__ - 3/24/20 [https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/raffensperger_takes_unprecedented_steps_to_protect_safety_and_voter_integrity_in_georgia|article]

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Since Georgia began 'reopening,' risk of exposure to coronavirus has increased 42% Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos, 5/4/2020 article

What will the future of concerts look like after the pandemic? Jim Sullivan, WBUR, 5/4/2020 article

Trump administration models predict daily death toll to nearly double by June - Live Updates, The New York Times 5/4/2020 article

The coronavirus pandemic is fracturing our notion of a truly united states in America - Donald F. Kettl, MarketWatch, 5/4/2020 article

The risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Georgia has increased by more than 40% since the state reopened for business - Kevin Murnane, Forbes, 5/4.2020 article

Listen: The Georgia Experiment - Who does the state's reopening serve? The Atlantic, 5/1/2020 podcast

While Trump minimizes the toll, government orders 100,000 new body bags - Jonathan Allen, Phil McCausland, and Cyrus Farivar, NBC News 4/30/2020 article

Coronavirus was 'not manmade or genetically modified': U.S. spy  agency - Mark Hosenball, Reuters, 4/30/2020 article

Fauci warns reopening states: 'You can't just leap over things'- Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, April 30, 2020 article

We still don't know how the Coronavirus is killing Us - David Wallace-Wells, NY Mag, 4/26/2020 article

Saving your health, one mask at a time (why it is important to wear a mask) - Peter Tippett, MD PhD, CEO CareMESH, 4/7/2020 / posted 4/26/2020 article

Atlanta's mayor told people to ignore Georgia governor's decision to reopen businesses - Eliza Relman, Business Insider, 4/24/2020 article

As Georgia reopens nail and hair salons, lawyers say companies may  be putting themselves at risk - Abby Haglage, Yahoo Life, 4/24/2020 article

You want to get out of the house? Will you bet your life on it? - Tony Paris, Creative Loafing 4/21/2020 article

Front runner for country's dumbest governor to reopen essential bowling alleys, nail salons Friday - Bess Levin, Vanity Fair, 4/20/2020
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There are four requirements for reopening the U.S. amid COVID-19. Americans won't tolerate all of them. Peter Weber, The Week, 4/20/20 article

Most Americans reject anti-lockdown protests - Andrew Romano,Yahoo News article

Promoters want live music to return this fall. Not so fast, say medical experts - Ethan Milman, Rolling Stone, 04/17/2020 article

Free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing nowavailable in Atlanta - Rebekka Schramm, CBS-46, 4/6/2020 article

Georgia state senator Bruce Thompson, hospitalized for COVID-19, travels to his Florida vacation home - huffpost.com 4/2/20 article

Veteran rock guitarist Larry Campbell on battling coronavirus - Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone 4/2/20 article

More young people in the South seem to be dying from COVID-19. Why? - The Atlantic 4/2/20 article

Can coronavirus be spread through talking or breathing? - CNN 4/2/20 article & video

U.S. taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator ... the company is selling versions of it overseas - Mother Jones 4/1/20 article

High-dose vitamin C has treated 50 moderate COVID-19 patients -Collective Evolution 4/1/20 article

Getty Museum asks people to recreate paintings with stuff at home - Sad And Useless - 3/31/20 article

Fauci predicts up to 200K deaths in U.S. - Rolling Stone 3/30/20 article

London restores Abbey Road crosswalk during coronavirus closures - Consequence of Sound 3/26/20 article

Dyson designs new ventilator in 10 days — KDVR/CNN Wire 3/26/20 article

Cheesecake Factory tells its landlords it won't be able to pay April rent - CNN Business 3/26/20 article

Germany rolls out €50 Billion Aid Package for artists and cultural businesses, putting other countries to shame - ArtNet 3/25/20 article

Major streaming services and tech companies join MusiCares in support of COVID-19 relief fund - grammy.com article

New York City death toll spikes 110% in 36 hours- NBC New York 3/25/20 article

Fed team failed to follow National Security Council's pandemic playbook - Politico 3/25/20 article

Jimmy Carter Presidential Center asks for donations to be redirected for coronavirus relief - Axious - 3/24/20 article

Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger takes steps to protect safety of and voter integrity in Georgia - 3/24/20 article

'A total joke:' The US's busiest airport is skipping coronavirus screenings - Vice 3/24/20 article

White House asnd Senate leaders reach a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package deal
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Since Georgia began 'reopening,' risk of exposure to coronavirus has increased 42% Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos, 5/4/2020 [https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/5/4/1942549/-Since-Georgia-began-reopening-risk-of-exposure-to-coronavirus-has-increased-42|article]

What will the future of concerts look like after the pandemic? Jim Sullivan, WBUR, 5/4/2020 [https://www.wbur.org/artery/2020/05/04/coronavirus-pandemic-music-industry-concerts?fbclid=IwAR3DONmj7pG9knxnfY3yALDteQmxvuIKQtVXSseolpFho6YbbytaprwaKGY|article]

Trump administration models predict daily death toll to nearly double by June - Live Updates, The New York Times 5/4/2020 [https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/04/us/coronavirus-updates.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20200504&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=headline®i_id=42390502&segment_id=26577&user_id=b73d8ee0683de3a4bc1ed7ed7d74cc63#link-7b42d0f5|article]

The coronavirus pandemic is fracturing our notion of a truly united states in America - Donald F. Kettl, MarketWatch, 5/4/2020 [https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-fracturing-our-notion-of-a-truly-united-states-in-america-2020-05-04|article]

The risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Georgia has increased by more than 40% since the state reopened for business - Kevin Murnane, Forbes, 5/4.2020 [https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2020/05/04/the-risk-of-exposure-to-covid-19-in-georgia-has-increased-by-more-than-40-since-the-state-reopened-for-business/?fbclid=IwAR0R6GFN1zcx_hhgJmE7j4XeL1yrI5WDrndj_N_jLNL0utNLs98QsZ1ndTI#37544fa021b9|article]

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Coronavirus was 'not manmade or genetically modified': U.S. spy  agency - Mark Hosenball, Reuters, 4/30/2020 [https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-not-manmade-genetically-modified-150153158.html|article]

Fauci warns reopening states: 'You can't just leap over things'- Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, April 30, 2020 [https://www.yahoo.com/news/fauci-warns-reopening-states-cant-121804092.html|article]

We still don't know how the Coronavirus is killing Us - David Wallace-Wells, NY Mag, 4/26/2020 [https://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2020/04/we-still-dont-know-how-the-coronavirus-is-killing-us.html?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR1vshXia5w_doOs8VcsmcB9tBxMSTmtIe-tsexNFRPgCU9ENHYNqtGt7io|article]

Saving your health, one mask at a time (__why it is important to wear a mask__) - Peter Tippett, MD PhD, CEO CareMESH, 4/7/2020 / posted 4/26/2020 [https://www.linkedin.com/content-guest/article/saving-your-health-one-mask-time-peter-tippett-md-phd?fbclid=IwAR0f9lg9TMUyRJM9mT2wFHXBeUvFrekcmaksmJIvfFgnG_zvbVabsxBZiBk|article]

Atlanta's mayor told people to ignore Georgia governor's decision to reopen businesses - Eliza Relman, Business Insider, 4/24/2020 [https://www.yahoo.com/news/atlanta-mayor-keisha-bottoms-tells-141728013.html|article]

As Georgia reopens nail and hair salons, lawyers say companies may  be putting themselves at risk - Abby Haglage, Yahoo Life, 4/24/2020 [https://www.yahoo.com/news/as-georgia-reopens-nail-and-hair-salons-lawyers-say-companies-may-be-putting-themselves-at-risk-184717335.html|article]

You want to get out of the house? Will you bet your life on it? - Tony Paris, Creative Loafing 4/21/2020 [https://creativeloafing.com/content-470490-you-want-to-get-out-of-the-house-will-you-bet-your-life-on|article]

Front runner for country's dumbest governor to reopen essential bowling alleys, nail salons Friday - Bess Levin, ''Vanity Fair'', 4/20/2020
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There are four requirements for reopening the U.S. amid COVID-19. Americans won't tolerate all of them. Peter Weber, The Week, 4/20/20 [https://www.yahoo.com/news/4-requirements-reopening-u-amid-104148101.html|article]

Most Americans reject anti-lockdown protests - Andrew Romano,Yahoo News [https://www.yahoo.com/news/yahoo-news-you-gov-coronavirus-poll-most-americans-reject-antilockdown-protests-124259347.html|article]

Promoters want live music to return this fall. Not so fast, say medical experts - Ethan Milman, ''Rolling Stone'', 04/17/2020 [https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/promoters-doctors-different-concert-timelines-985662/?fbclid=IwAR27E0ZXYmg2ImyzbtRhnyrC0hLmVIhbMBi6JRW0AgQGmMVwEEEbtAUYIJ4|article]

Free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing nowavailable in Atlanta - Rebekka Schramm, CBS-46, 4/6/2020 [https://www.cbs46.com/news/free-drive-thru-covid-19-testing-now-available-in-atlanta-with-quick-results/article_f2edeab0-7829-11ea-b67b-1b19e4533098.html?fbclid=IwAR2ZqdGsEl3dLin3GV5W4dCzx3ukqAN2xdkvcaDWEGemRoTQJDZqHcm5lOU|article]

Georgia state senator Bruce Thompson, hospitalized for COVID-19, travels to his Florida vacation home - huffpost.com 4/2/20 [https://www.huffpost.com/entry/georgia-state-senator-bruce-thompson-coronavirus-st-george-island-florida_n_5e84e13ac5b6927805068192?fbclid=IwAR3voQ9OCf7wMajSEIl22p0xfteZdpxoyohzcpNGUOkk7nXNRJXuuxq9elw|article]

Veteran rock guitarist Larry Campbell on battling coronavirus - ''Rolling Stone'', Rolling Stone 4/2/20 [https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/larry-campbell-coronavirus-interview-976353/?fbclid=IwAR2F9I_zOEzy2zJOLLhSFr_wdT3kKpEEeOSczrHStc45TgOuMm1DPrO34uo|article]

More young people in the South seem to be dying from COVID-19. Why? - ''The Atlantic'' 4/2/20 [https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/04/coronavirus-unique-threat-south-young-people/609241/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share&fbclid=IwAR2GICIFT6ihoDEaHKojLLvSdBKVJvS52JlOY-hk8nV1ZSH6DRK-e_jxdEQ|article]

Can coronavirus be spread through talking or breathing? - CNN 4/2/20 [https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/health/aerosol-coronavirus-spread-white-house-letter/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2Rw_fBVGC_genzOxpfY72zdSt6oZxrMKIyup-J4CjqOWWMLNJa8-BDFTQ|article & video]

U.S. taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator ... the company is selling versions of it overseas - ''Mother Jones'' 4/1/20 [https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/04/taxpayers-paid-millions-to-design-a-low-cost-ventilator-for-a-pandemic-instead-the-company-is-selling-versions-of-it-overseas/?fbclid=IwAR3yLpK6_xkI0u8kFQadkN3VWrK4ATXkKU9zQDIk818otaDCxVOI8Gdi2Ao|article]

High-dose vitamin C has treated 50 moderate COVID-19 patients -Collective Evolution 4/1/20 [https://www.collective-evolution.com/2020/03/29/high-dose-vitamin-c-has-successfully-treated-50-moderate-to-severe-covid-19-patients/?fbclid=IwAR1pjOyQNQkDRSk1NGJ7qxjUsIOoUKfGBRrAMyhoa5tlsQNsxHjHhL9sh_M|article]

Getty Museum asks people to recreate paintings with stuff at home - Sad And Useless - 3/31/20 [https://www.sadanduseless.com/recreated-art/?fbclid=IwAR2sJvSEwnvQqf21JJlSuMLCf4VNap4gfYFKsJ2svZBTKG423-dmybnu1bI#.XoSCzI7_6fE.facebook|article]

Fauci predicts up to 200K deaths in U.S. - ''Rolling Stone'' 3/30/20 [https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/with-fauci-conspiracy-theories-swirling-from-trump-supporters-the-doctor-predicts-up-to-200k-u-s-deaths-974848/|article]

London restores Abbey Road crosswalk during coronavirus closures - Consequence of Sound 3/26/20 [https://consequenceofsound.net/2020/03/london-restore-abbey-road/?fbclid=IwAR1_UOYCQNFXBciW626SmjpthuTEObSY4DqWQPwSgI1rCz28wbYKN5UMANk|article]

Dyson designs new ventilator in 10 days — KDVR/CNN Wire 3/26/20 [https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/james-dyson-designed-a-new-ventilator-in-10-days-hes-making-15000-for-the-pandemic-fight/?fbclid=IwAR3WInsa8XpPvWG1eSW1Vpa_Uo-1Hc2BLEJV1oa480WRsmKoPr_vHz2Y6LE|article]

Cheesecake Factory tells its landlords it won't be able to pay April rent - CNN Business 3/26/20 [https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/business/cheesecake-factory-april-rent-coronavirus/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2rW_puQ-amiDgNr9eAevWvjNS6xQ4_cLPs7RNkoHHg6AA0y1Ey7AmPIW0|article]

Germany rolls out €50 Billion Aid Package for artists and cultural businesses, putting other countries to shame - ArtNet 3/25/20 [https://news.artnet.com/art-world/german-bailout-50-billion-1815396?fbclid=IwAR3lnn4nkHQVYOWlJlh8fnDqQwWEx2_79KasSaqLApCmiKXWk7MwfD3F_qc|article]

Major streaming services and tech companies join MusiCares in support of COVID-19 relief fund - grammy.com [https://www-grammy-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.grammy.com/musicares/news/major-streaming-services-and-tech-companies-join-musicares-support-covid-19-relief?amp&fbclid=IwAR3bM9zaVs7dlJu_niIUawdEgd0UXy5eQw7bHdTZy41hLBxIAR6Lb_advnM|article]

New York City death toll spikes 110% in 36 hours- NBC New York 3/25/20 [https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/ny-covid-19-cases-doubling-every-3-days-feds-say-self-quarantine-after-visit-to-nyc/2343128/|article]

Fed team failed to follow National Security Council's pandemic playbook - Politico 3/25/20 [https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/25/trump-coronavirus-national-security-council-149285?fbclid=IwAR1gN4MNVKVsHOBuy8NU_-rIEYtQqKD2h14gJNANiALEnaBlmKyEgEZAE9o|article]

Jimmy Carter Presidential Center asks for donations to be redirected for coronavirus relief - Axious - 3/24/20 [https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-jimmy-carter-donations-a8345b25-d10b-4298-bd1f-7d4d5429e404.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic&utm_content=1100&fbclid=IwAR3LHTojX53xzph2BnNOar7u5R_2Dw4WEeMcpNnSMaK7ZImPJJmKcwg2Vrc|article]

Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger takes steps to protect safety of and voter integrity in Georgia - 3/24/20 [https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/raffensperger_takes_unprecedented_steps_to_protect_safety_and_voter_integrity_in_georgia|article]

'A total joke:' The US's busiest airport is skipping coronavirus screenings - ''Vice'' 3/24/20 [https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8847dg/a-total-joke-the-uss-busiest-airport-is-skipping-coronavirus-screenings?utm_campaign=sharebutton&fbclid=IwAR0g_um2GucQNDFaKuLDXe1sYBPNSz5FcmNdIVSBs7_ngz91qWQDXwgu_Uo|article]

White House asnd Senate leaders reach a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package deal
[https://www.yahoo.com/news/congress-closing-nearly-2-trillion-122126952.html|More Information]

'Bond girl' Olga Kurylenko tests positive for coronavirus -Yahoo 3/16/20 [https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/james-bond-actress-olga-kurylenko-144629905.html|article]

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Since Georgia began 'reopening,' risk of exposure to coronavirus has increased 42% Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos, 5/4/2020 article

What will the future of concerts look like after the pandemic? Jim Sullivan, WBUR, 5/4/2020 article

Trump administration models predict daily death toll to nearly double by June - Live Updates, The New York Times 5/4/2020 article

The coronavirus pandemic is fracturing our notion of a truly united states in America - Donald F. Kettl, MarketWatch, 5/4/2020 article

The risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Georgia has increased by more than 40% since the state reopened for business - Kevin Murnane, Forbes, 5/4.2020 article

Listen: The Georgia Experiment - Who does the state's reopening serve? The Atlantic, 5/1/2020 podcast

While Trump minimizes the toll, government orders 100,000 new body bags - Jonathan Allen, Phil McCausland, and Cyrus Farivar, NBC News 4/30/2020 article

Coronavirus was 'not manmade or genetically modified': U.S. spy  agency - Mark Hosenball, Reuters, 4/30/2020 article

Fauci warns reopening states: 'You can't just leap over things'- Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, April 30, 2020 article

We still don't know how the Coronavirus is killing Us - David Wallace-Wells, NY Mag, 4/26/2020 article

Saving your health, one mask at a time (why it is important to wear a mask) - Peter Tippett, MD PhD, CEO CareMESH, 4/7/2020 / posted 4/26/2020 article

Atlanta's mayor told people to ignore Georgia governor's decision to reopen businesses - Eliza Relman, Business Insider, 4/24/2020 article

As Georgia reopens nail and hair salons, lawyers say companies may  be putting themselves at risk - Abby Haglage, Yahoo Life, 4/24/2020 article

You want to get out of the house? Will you bet your life on it? - Tony Paris, Creative Loafing 4/21/2020 article

Front runner for country's dumbest governor to reopen essential bowling alleys, nail salons Friday - Bess Levin, Vanity Fair, 4/20/2020
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Georgia state senator Bruce Thompson, hospitalized for COVID-19, travels to his Florida vacation home - huffpost.com 4/2/20 article

Veteran rock guitarist Larry Campbell on battling coronavirus - Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone 4/2/20 article

More young people in the South seem to be dying from COVID-19. Why? - The Atlantic 4/2/20 article

Can coronavirus be spread through talking or breathing? - CNN 4/2/20 article & video

U.S. taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator ... the company is selling versions of it overseas - Mother Jones 4/1/20 article

High-dose vitamin C has treated 50 moderate COVID-19 patients -Collective Evolution 4/1/20 article

Getty Museum asks people to recreate paintings with stuff at home - Sad And Useless - 3/31/20 article

Fauci predicts up to 200K deaths in U.S. - Rolling Stone 3/30/20 article

London restores Abbey Road crosswalk during coronavirus closures - Consequence of Sound 3/26/20 article

Dyson designs new ventilator in 10 days — KDVR/CNN Wire 3/26/20 article

Cheesecake Factory tells its landlords it won't be able to pay April rent - CNN Business 3/26/20 article

Germany rolls out €50 Billion Aid Package for artists and cultural businesses, putting other countries to shame - ArtNet 3/25/20 article

Major streaming services and tech companies join MusiCares in support of COVID-19 relief fund - grammy.com article

New York City death toll spikes 110% in 36 hours- NBC New York 3/25/20 article

Fed team failed to follow National Security Council's pandemic playbook - Politico 3/25/20 article

Jimmy Carter Presidential Center asks for donations to be redirected for coronavirus relief - Axious - 3/24/20 article

Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger takes steps to protect safety of and voter integrity in Georgia - 3/24/20 article

'A total joke:' The US's busiest airport is skipping coronavirus screenings - Vice 3/24/20 article

White House asnd Senate leaders reach a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package deal
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!!Tuesday, July 7, 2020
There are now 2,967,423 individuals in the United States that have  encountered COVID-19 to-date. The numbers will likely top 3 million tomorrow.

Here is the update of the 2,967,423 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,187,059 cases or 40.5 percent of the 2,967,423 total cases today, 40.6 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,601,129 individuals or 55.1 percent of the total 2,967,423 individuals, 54.9 percent yesterday.
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 128,649 deaths or 4.4 percent of the total 2,967,423 cases today, 4.5 percent yesterday.


New cases grew by 50,586 in the past 24 hours, the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 14,741 cases offset by 34,947 individuals moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts — and account for 50.7 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*California — 6,891 new cases in the past 24 hours, 4,625 yesterday
*Texas — 9,054 new cases in the past 24 hours,  5,183 yesterday
*Florida — 6,336 new cases in the past 24 hours, 10,059  yesterday
*Arizona — 3,352 new cases in the past 24 hours, 3,536 yesterday.
The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for 12.3 percent of the new cases since yesterday — the percentage that these states represent of all cases in the U.S. has declined over the course of the last 48 hours:

*Georgia — 1,548 new cases in the past 24 hours, 2,197 yesterday*
*South Carolina — 1,533 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,461 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,851 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,329 yesterday
*Alabama — 925 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,091 yesterday
*Mississippi — 357 new cases in the past 24 hours, 226 yesterday.
* A drop of more than 50 percent from last Friday’s high.


Here is where the four early case states are in new cases, they account for 2.9 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

New York — 583 new cases in the past 24 hours, 631 yesterday
New Jersey — 417 new cases in the past 24 hours, 304 yesterday
Massachusetts — 163 new cases in the past 24 hours, 136 yesterday
Michigan — 326 new cases in the past 24 hours, 360 yesterday.

The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 378 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, compared to the 251 deaths that posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases totaled 15,198 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, 840 cases less than the 16,038 cases yesterday.

The number of individuals who have battled COVID-19 and recovered over a national 14-day recovery period and are back to daily life totals 1,636,596 individuals — 36 percent of a higher number than the number of individuals active with COVID-19.

!!Monday, July 6, 2020
Here’s a headline that you won’t see in the mainstream media today:The number of people who have survived COVID-19 is 162 times more than the number who have died from it in the past 24 hours.

The number of fully-recovered — as defined in national U.S. tracking, based on a consistent 14-day time period — now stands at 1,601,129 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. this morning. On the front page of this morning’s Wall Street Journal is an article about how much COVID-19 survivors are in demand by the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

There are now 2,916,837 individuals in the U.S. that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date. That number will likely reach over three million by Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

One percent of the U.S. population calculates out to 3.3 million. To put this in perspective, there were 56 million flu cases, 740,000 hospitalizations, and 62,000 deaths between 10/2019 and 3/2020 in the U.S. That is, 17.0 percent of the U.S. Population battled the flu.

Here is the update of the 2,916,837 individuals in the U.S. that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this Monday morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,187,059 cases, or 40.6 percent of the 2,916,837 total cases today, 41.6 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,601,129 individuals, 54.9 percent of the total 2,916,837, 53.8 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 128,649 deaths, or 4.5 percent of the total 2,916,837 cases today, 4.5 percent yesterday.
New cases grew by 44,530 in the past 24 hours as of 12:01 this morning, the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 3,711 cases, offset by the 40,564 individuals moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts — and account for 52.6 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*California — 4,625 new cases in past 24 hours, 3,718 yesterday
*Texas — 5,183 new cases in past 24 hours,  5,382 yesterday
*Florida — 10,059 new cases in past 24 hours, 11,458 yesterday
*Arizona — 3,536 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,695 yesterday.
The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for 17.2 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*Georgia — 2,197 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,826 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,461 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,854 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,329 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,092 yesterday
*Alabama — 1,091 new cases in past 24 hours, 997 yesterday
*Mississippi — 226 new cases in past 24 hours, 990 yesterday.
Here is where the four early case states are in new cases, they account for 3.6 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*New York — 631 new cases in past 24 hours, 863 yesterday
*New Jersey — 304 new cases in past 24 hours, 208 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 136 new cases in past 24 hours, 210 yesterday
*Michigan — 360 new cases in past 24 hours, 406 yesterday.
The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 251 as of 12:01 a.m. today compared to 254 deaths that posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases totaled 16,038 as of 12:01 a.m. today… 21 cases more than the 16,017 cases yesterday.

!!Sunday, July 5, 2020
There are now 2,872,307 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

In the United States in the last five days, the number of individuals tested totals 2,755,120. The number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 totals 254,461. The number of individuals that have died totals 2,233. And the number of individual who have recovered after the national 14-day recovery time period totals 148,418.

Here is the update of the 2,872,307 individuals in the U.S. that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m.ET this Sunday morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,183,348 cases or 41.2 percent of the 2,872,307 total cases, 41.6 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,560,565 individuals or 54.3 percent of the total 2,872,307, 53.8 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 2,872,307 cases today or 4.5 percent of the total or 128,398 deaths, 4.5 percent yesterday.


While new cases grew by 45,182 in the past 24 hours, the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 6,298 cases — offset by the number of active cases moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts — and account for 51.3 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*California — 3,718 new cases in past 24 hours, 6,314 yesterday
*Texas — 5,382 new cases in past 24 hours, 7,343 yesterday
*Florida — 11,458 new cases in past 24 hours, 9,488 yesterday
*Arizona — 2,695 new cases in past 24 hours, 4,433 yesterday.


Note that while Florida increased, the other three states decreased.

The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for 17.2 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*Georgia — 2,826 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,784  yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,854 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,831 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,092 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,054 yesterday
*Alabama — 997 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,754  yesterday
*Mississippi — 990 new cases in past 24 hours, 914 yesterday.


Here is where the four early case states are in new cases, they account for 3.6 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*New York — 863 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,134 yesterday
*New Jersey — 208 new cases in past 24 hours, 306 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 210 new cases in past 24 hours, 290 yesterday
*Michigan — 406 new cases in past 24 hours, 497 yesterday.


The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 254 as of 12:01 a.m.today compared to 616 deaths that posted yesterday. The percentage of individuals dying directly or indirectly from COVID-19 in the U.S. has dropped one full percentage point in the past 10 days from 5.5 percent of all cases to 4.5 percent of all cases in the U.S.

The number of “critical/serious” cases did increase more for the first time in about a month — 16,017 cases as of 12:01 a.m.this morning. This is an increase of 89 cases nationally.

The number of fully-recovered as defined in national U.S. tracking based on a consistent 14-day time period along with testing at the end of 14-days now stands at 1,560,565 individuals.

!!Saturday, July 4, 2020
There are now 2,827,125 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

Here is today’s update on the 2,827,125 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and their break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,177,050 cases or 41.6% of the 2,827,125 total cases, 41.6% yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,521,931 individuals or 53.8% of the total 2,827,125 individuals, 53.8% yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 128,144 deaths or 4.6% of the total 2,827,125 cases, 4.6% yesterday.


While new cases grew by 54,904 in the past 24 hours the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 29,488 cases, offset by the number of active cases moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts and account for 50.2% of the new cases:

*California — 6,314 new cases in past 24 hours, 9,352 yesterday
*Texas — 7,343 new cases in past 24 hours, 7,535 yesterday
*Florida — 9,488 new cases in past 24 hours, 10,109 yesterday
*Arizona — 4,433 new cases in past 24 hours, 3,333 yesterday.


The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for an additional 17.0% of the new cases. The share of new cases that these states represent continues to grow:

*Georgia — 2,784 new cases in the past 24 hours, 3,472 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,831 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,782 yesterday
*North Carolina — 2,054 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,855 yesterday
*Alabama — 1,754 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,149  yesterday
*Mississippi — 914 new cases in past 24 hours, 870 yesterday.


Here is where the four early case states are in new cases:

*New York — 1,134 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,035 yesterday
*New Jersey — 306 new cases in past 24 hours, 415 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 290 new cases in past 24 hours, 195 yesterday.
*Michigan — 497 new cases in past 24 hours, 582 yesterday.


The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 616 as of 12:01 a.m. today compared to the 676 deaths posted yesterday. The increase in new cases that started to climb more than a week ago are having limited, if any impact, on the number of deaths resulting from COVID-19.

The number of “critical/serious” cases grew by 32 cases across the U.S. — 15,928 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today. The increase in new cases that started to climb more than a week ago are having limited, if any impact, on the number of “critical/serious” cases resulting from COVID-19.

The number of fully-recovered — as defined in national U.S. tracking based on a consistent 14-day time period along with testing at the end of 14-days — now totals over 1.5 million at 1,521,931 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, an increase of 24,800 individuals.

For the local Greater Athens area, here are the numbers from 12:01 a.m. ET this morning compared to the numbers shared on Thursday in advance of the July 4th travel:

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And a word to fellow Athenians. While you might hear about the coronavirus frat parties and the increase of positive cases among “students,” even here in the shadows of the oldest state university in the United States, the majority of new active cases are taking place among individuals age 55+ and a hard-working labor base of mostly Hispanic-Latinos age 25-44. Take a moment this 4th of July weekend and reach out to the local Food Banks and Hispanic-Latino outreach programs.

Enjoy this Fourth of July Holiday weekend. We still reside in the greatest nation in the world.

!!Friday, July 3, 2020
There are now 2,772,221 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

There is an increase in cases. The cases are concentrated in a very defined set of states, and, within each core state, the cases are defined to specific ZIP-Codes within key cities like Miami-Dade County, Houston, Phoenix, LA, Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, and Columbia-Charleston.

Here is the update of of percentages of the 2,772,221 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 41.6% of the 2,772,221 total cases today or 1,152,250 cases as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 41.1% yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME —53.8% of the total 2,772,221 individuals or 1,492,443 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 54.2% yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 4.6% of the total 2,772,221 cases today or 127,528 deaths as of 12:01a.m. ET, 4.7% yesterday.
The four states with the most new cases — California, Texas, Florida and Arizona — posted the highest counts and account for 53.0% of the new cases. The share of new cases that these states represent is growing:

*California — 9,352 new cases in past 24 hours, 6,497 yesterday
*Texas — 7,535 new cases in past 24 hours,  8,240 yesterday
*Florida — 10,109 new cases in past 24 hours, 6,563 yesterday
*Arizona — 3,333 new cases in past 24 hours, 4,877 yesterday.


Here is a breakdown of the total cases tracked in each of these top four states as tracked by The COVID Tracking Project and organized by The Atlantic Monthly Group by race/ethnicity as issued at 7 a.m. this morning:

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*Native-Americans account for 80% of each of the state numbers noted

The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for an additional 15.9% of the new cases. The number of new cases in these states is also growing:

*Georgia — 3,472 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,946 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,782 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,520 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,855 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,256 yesterday
*Alabama — 1,149 new cases in past 24 hours, 917 yesterday
*Mississippi — 870 new cases in past 24 hours, 653 yesterday.


Here is a break-down of the total cases in each of the five southeastern states as tracked by The COVID Tracking Project and organized by The Atlantic Monthly Group by race/ethnicity as issued at 7a.m. this morning:

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Here is where the four early case states are in new cases:

*New York — 1,035 new cases in past 24 hours, 769 yesterday|New Jersey — 415 new cases in past 24 hours, 285 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 195 new cases in past 24 hours, 261 yesterday
*Michigan — 582 new cases in past 24 hours, 361 yesterday.


The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 687 as of 12:01 a.m. today compared to 676 deaths that posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases has not increased… in fact it is lower in the past 7 days than it was in the previous 7 days — 15,896 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today.

The number of fully-recovered, as defined in national U.S. tracking based on a consistent 14-day time period along with testing at the end of 14-days, now totals 1,492,443 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. today — an increase of 22,482 individuals.

FYI, there is a new campaign running on top cable networks in prime time television to secure donations of serum from COVID-19 survivors. The ads I have seen ran on HGTV, USA, DIY-TV and Food Network.

!!Thursday, July 2, 2020
There are now 2,714,985 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.The current “hit rate” ratio of the number of tests conducted in the U.S. (34.8 million) and number of individuals identified with COVID-19 in the U.S. (2.7 million) is 13:1. In the past two days, 1,666,129 new COVID-19 tests have been conducted. and 97,139 new COVID-19 cases have been detected. That translates to a hit rate of 17:1 in the past two days. There is a delay in when a test is administered and when the results come back, but since its true on both sets of numbers, they remain comparative.Here is todays update of the percentages of those2,573,112 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 41.1 percent of the 2,714,985 total cases or 1,118,183 cases as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 41.0 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME —54.2 percent of the total 2,714,985 individuals or 1,469,961 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 54.2 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 4.7 percent of the total 2,714,985 cases today or 126,841 deaths as of 12:01 a.m.ET, 4.8 percent yesterday.
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The four states with the most new cases — California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona — posted the highest counts and account for 51.2 percent of the new cases.

*California — 6,497 new cases in past 24 hours, 7,906 yesterday
*Texas - 8,240 new cases in past 24 hours,  7,959 yesterday
*Florida - 6,563 new cases in past 24 hours., 6,093 yesterday
*Arizona - 4,877 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,223 yesterday.
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The total number of CURRENTLY ACTIVE COVID-19 cases in these four states totals 454,719 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning.

Five southeastern states accounted for an additional 14.2 percent of the new cases:

*Georgia — 2,946 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,874 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,520 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,755 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,256 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,663 yesterday
*Alabama — 917 new cases in past 24 hours, 879 yesterday
*Mississippi — 653 new cases in past 24 hours, 680 yesterday
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The total number of CURRENTLY ACTIVE COVID-19 cases in these four states totals 106,726 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning.

As Americans, we cannot travel to most of Europe.  As a Georgian, I cannot travel to New York.

Here is where the four early case states are in new cases:

*New York — 769 new cases in past 24 hours, 508 yesterday
*New Jersey — 285 new cases in past 24 hours, 554 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 261 new cases in past 24 hours, 114 yesterday
*Michigan — 361 new cases in past 24 hours, 505 yesterday.


The total number of CURRENTLY ACTIVE COVID-19 cases in these four states totals 432,744 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning.

The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 676 as of 12:01 a.m. today, compared to 746 deaths posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases has not increased… in fact it is lower in the past seven days tracked than it was in the previous seven  days — 15,898 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today.

For the local Athenians reading this… I hear a lot of concern about what is taking place in Greater Athens — with some folks I speak to thinking that the active cases in Greater Athens has doubled.  Here is an update of the Athens numbers that I posted last Saturday:

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!!Wednesday, July 1, 2020
There are now 2,663,888 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

The mainstream media elects to share the total number of individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since it was first discovered in the United States in the beginning of 2020 rather than report current active cases. When a person contracts the coronavirus and develops COVID-19, the coronavirus stays active — in that the coronavirus can be passed from their body to others — for five to six days. Individuals identified as active with COVID-19 are asked to remain quarantined for 14 days. After that time period, they cannot pass COVID-19 to others. This is shared to help explain to readers the numbers I track and report versus what is reported in mainstream media.

The actual numbers of how many people are active with COVID-19 is dramatically less than the total numbers. As of today, that number is 41.0 percent of the total number that is being reported.

Here is today’s update of the percentages of those 2,573,112 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this Wednesday morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 41.0 percent of the 2,573,112 total today or 1,093,242 cases as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 41.3 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME —54.2 percent of the total 2,573,112 individuals today or 1,444,481 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 53.9 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 4.8 percent of the total 2,573,112 or 126,165 deaths as of 12:01 a.m.ET, 4.8 percent yesterday.
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The number of U.S. COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours set a new record high of 1,010,405 tests bringing the total number to 34,199,918 tests completed to-date.  There were nearly as many tests completed in 24 hours here in the U.S. as there are active cases, 1,010,405 tests compared to 1,093,242 active cases.

California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona posted the highest counts and account for 52.5 percent of the new cases:

*California — 7,906 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 6,896 yesterday
*Texas — 7,959 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m.,  6,135 yesterday
*Florida — 6,093 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 5,264 yesterday
*Arizona — 2,228 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 3,076 yesterday.
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These southeastern states accounted for an additional 14.8 percent of the new cases:

*Georgia — 1,874 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 2,207 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,755 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 1,324 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,663 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 1,537 yesterday
*Alabama — 879 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 1,734 yesterday
*Mississippi — 680 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 675 yesterday.
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The number of “critical/serious” cases has not increased. In fact it is lower in the past seven days than it was in the previous seven days — 15,935 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today."
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!!Tuesday, July 7, 2020
There are now __2,967,423__ individuals in the United States that have  encountered COVID-19 to-date. The numbers will likely top 3 million tomorrow.

Here is the update of the 2,967,423 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,187,059 cases or 40.5 percent of the 2,967,423 total cases today, 40.6 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,601,129 individuals or 55.1 percent of the total 2,967,423 individuals, 54.9 percent yesterday.
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 128,649 deaths or 4.4 percent of the total 2,967,423 cases today, 4.5 percent yesterday.


New cases grew by 50,586 in the past 24 hours, the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 14,741 cases offset by 34,947 individuals moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts — and account for 50.7 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*California — 6,891 new cases in the past 24 hours, 4,625 yesterday
*Texas — 9,054 new cases in the past 24 hours,  5,183 yesterday
*Florida — 6,336 new cases in the past 24 hours, 10,059  yesterday
*Arizona — 3,352 new cases in the past 24 hours, 3,536 yesterday.
The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for 12.3 percent of the new cases since yesterday — the percentage that these states represent of all cases in the U.S. has declined over the course of the last 48 hours:

*Georgia — 1,548 new cases in the past 24 hours, 2,197 yesterday*
*South Carolina — 1,533 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,461 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,851 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,329 yesterday
*Alabama — 925 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,091 yesterday
*Mississippi — 357 new cases in the past 24 hours, 226 yesterday.
* A drop of more than 50 percent from last Friday’s high.


Here is where the four early case states are in new cases, they account for 2.9 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

New York — 583 new cases in the past 24 hours, 631 yesterday
New Jersey — 417 new cases in the past 24 hours, 304 yesterday
Massachusetts — 163 new cases in the past 24 hours, 136 yesterday
Michigan — 326 new cases in the past 24 hours, 360 yesterday.

The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 378 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, compared to the 251 deaths that posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases totaled 15,198 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, 840 cases ''less'' than the 16,038 cases yesterday.

The number of individuals who have battled COVID-19 and recovered over a national 14-day recovery period and are back to daily life totals 1,636,596 individuals — 36 percent of a higher number than the number of individuals active with COVID-19.

!!Monday, July 6, 2020
Here’s a headline that you won’t see in the mainstream media today:The number of people who have survived COVID-19 is 162 times more than the number who have died from it in the past 24 hours.

The number of fully-recovered — as defined in national U.S. tracking, based on a consistent 14-day time period — now stands at 1,601,129 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. this morning. On the front page of this morning’s ''Wall Street Journal'' is an article about how much COVID-19 survivors are in demand by the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

There are now 2,916,837 individuals in the U.S. that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date. That number will likely reach over three million by Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

One percent of the U.S. population calculates out to 3.3 million. To put this in perspective, there were 56 million flu cases, 740,000 hospitalizations, and 62,000 deaths between 10/2019 and 3/2020 in the U.S. That is, 17.0 percent of the U.S. Population battled the flu.

Here is the update of the 2,916,837 individuals in the U.S. that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this Monday morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,187,059 cases, or 40.6 percent of the 2,916,837 total cases today, 41.6 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,601,129 individuals, 54.9 percent of the total 2,916,837, 53.8 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 128,649 deaths, or 4.5 percent of the total 2,916,837 cases today, 4.5 percent yesterday.
New cases grew by 44,530 in the past 24 hours as of 12:01 this morning, the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 3,711 cases, offset by the 40,564 individuals moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts — and account for 52.6 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*California — 4,625 new cases in past 24 hours, 3,718 yesterday
*Texas — 5,183 new cases in past 24 hours,  5,382 yesterday
*Florida — 10,059 new cases in past 24 hours, 11,458 yesterday
*Arizona — 3,536 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,695 yesterday.
The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for 17.2 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*Georgia — 2,197 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,826 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,461 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,854 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,329 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,092 yesterday
*Alabama — 1,091 new cases in past 24 hours, 997 yesterday
*Mississippi — 226 new cases in past 24 hours, 990 yesterday.
Here is where the four early case states are in new cases, they account for 3.6 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*New York — 631 new cases in past 24 hours, 863 yesterday
*New Jersey — 304 new cases in past 24 hours, 208 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 136 new cases in past 24 hours, 210 yesterday
*Michigan — 360 new cases in past 24 hours, 406 yesterday.
The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 251 as of 12:01 a.m. today compared to 254 deaths that posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases totaled 16,038 as of 12:01 a.m. today… 21 cases more than the 16,017 cases yesterday.

!!Sunday, July 5, 2020
There are now 2,872,307 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

In the United States in the last five days, the number of individuals tested totals 2,755,120. The number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 totals 254,461. The number of individuals that have died totals 2,233. And the number of individual who have recovered after the national 14-day recovery time period totals 148,418.

Here is the update of the 2,872,307 individuals in the U.S. that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m.ET this Sunday morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,183,348 cases or 41.2 percent of the 2,872,307 total cases, 41.6 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,560,565 individuals or 54.3 percent of the total 2,872,307, 53.8 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 2,872,307 cases today or 4.5 percent of the total or 128,398 deaths, 4.5 percent yesterday.


While new cases grew by 45,182 in the past 24 hours, the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 6,298 cases — offset by the number of active cases moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts — and account for 51.3 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*California — 3,718 new cases in past 24 hours, 6,314 yesterday
*Texas — 5,382 new cases in past 24 hours, 7,343 yesterday
*Florida — 11,458 new cases in past 24 hours, 9,488 yesterday
*Arizona — 2,695 new cases in past 24 hours, 4,433 yesterday.


Note that while Florida increased, the other three states decreased.

The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for 17.2 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*Georgia — 2,826 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,784  yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,854 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,831 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,092 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,054 yesterday
*Alabama — 997 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,754  yesterday
*Mississippi — 990 new cases in past 24 hours, 914 yesterday.


Here is where the four early case states are in new cases, they account for 3.6 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*New York — 863 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,134 yesterday
*New Jersey — 208 new cases in past 24 hours, 306 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 210 new cases in past 24 hours, 290 yesterday
*Michigan — 406 new cases in past 24 hours, 497 yesterday.


The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 254 as of 12:01 a.m.today compared to 616 deaths that posted yesterday. The percentage of individuals dying directly or indirectly from COVID-19 in the U.S. has dropped one full percentage point in the past 10 days from 5.5 percent of all cases to 4.5 percent of all cases in the U.S.

The number of “critical/serious” cases did increase more for the first time in about a month — 16,017 cases as of 12:01 a.m.this morning. This is an increase of 89 cases nationally.

The number of fully-recovered as defined in national U.S. tracking based on a consistent 14-day time period along with testing at the end of 14-days now stands at 1,560,565 individuals.

!!Saturday, July 4, 2020
There are now 2,827,125 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

Here is today’s update on the 2,827,125 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and their break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,177,050 cases or 41.6% of the 2,827,125 total cases, 41.6% yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,521,931 individuals or 53.8% of the total 2,827,125 individuals, 53.8% yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 128,144 deaths or 4.6% of the total 2,827,125 cases, 4.6% yesterday.


While new cases grew by 54,904 in the past 24 hours the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 29,488 cases, offset by the number of active cases moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts and account for 50.2% of the new cases:

*California — 6,314 new cases in past 24 hours, 9,352 yesterday
*Texas — 7,343 new cases in past 24 hours, 7,535 yesterday
*Florida — 9,488 new cases in past 24 hours, 10,109 yesterday
*Arizona — 4,433 new cases in past 24 hours, 3,333 yesterday.


The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for an additional 17.0% of the new cases. The share of new cases that these states represent continues to grow:

*Georgia — 2,784 new cases in the past 24 hours, 3,472 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,831 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,782 yesterday
*North Carolina — 2,054 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,855 yesterday
*Alabama — 1,754 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,149  yesterday
*Mississippi — 914 new cases in past 24 hours, 870 yesterday.


Here is where the four early case states are in new cases:

*New York — 1,134 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,035 yesterday
*New Jersey — 306 new cases in past 24 hours, 415 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 290 new cases in past 24 hours, 195 yesterday.
*Michigan — 497 new cases in past 24 hours, 582 yesterday.


The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 616 as of 12:01 a.m. today compared to the 676 deaths posted yesterday. The increase in new cases that started to climb more than a week ago are having limited, if any impact, on the number of deaths resulting from COVID-19.

The number of “critical/serious” cases grew by 32 cases across the U.S. — 15,928 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today. The increase in new cases that started to climb more than a week ago are having limited, if any impact, on the number of “critical/serious” cases resulting from COVID-19.

The number of fully-recovered — as defined in national U.S. tracking based on a consistent 14-day time period along with testing at the end of 14-days — now totals over 1.5 million at 1,521,931 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, an increase of 24,800 individuals.

For the local Greater Athens area, here are the numbers from 12:01 a.m. ET this morning compared to the numbers shared on Thursday in advance of the July 4th travel:

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And a word to fellow Athenians. While you might hear about the coronavirus frat parties and the increase of positive cases among “students,” even here in the shadows of the oldest state university in the United States, the majority of new active cases are taking place among individuals age 55+ and a hard-working labor base of mostly Hispanic-Latinos age 25-44. Take a moment this 4th of July weekend and reach out to the local Food Banks and Hispanic-Latino outreach programs.

Enjoy this Fourth of July Holiday weekend. We still reside in the greatest nation in the world.

!!Friday, July 3, 2020
There are now 2,772,221 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

There ''is'' an increase in cases. The cases are concentrated in a very defined set of states, and, within each core state, the cases are defined to specific ZIP-Codes within key cities like Miami-Dade County, Houston, Phoenix, LA, Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, and Columbia-Charleston.

Here is the update of of percentages of the 2,772,221 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 41.6% of the 2,772,221 total cases today or 1,152,250 cases as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 41.1% yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME —53.8% of the total 2,772,221 individuals or 1,492,443 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 54.2% yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 4.6% of the total 2,772,221 cases today or 127,528 deaths as of 12:01a.m. ET, 4.7% yesterday.
The four states with the most new cases — California, Texas, Florida and Arizona — posted the highest counts and account for 53.0% of the new cases. The share of new cases that these states represent is growing:

*California — 9,352 new cases in past 24 hours, 6,497 yesterday
*Texas — 7,535 new cases in past 24 hours,  8,240 yesterday
*Florida — 10,109 new cases in past 24 hours, 6,563 yesterday
*Arizona — 3,333 new cases in past 24 hours, 4,877 yesterday.


Here is a breakdown of the total cases tracked in each of these top four states as tracked by The COVID Tracking Project and organized by The Atlantic Monthly Group by race/ethnicity as issued at 7 a.m. this morning:

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*Native-Americans account for 80% of each of the state numbers noted

The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for an additional 15.9% of the new cases. The number of new cases in these states is also growing:

*Georgia — 3,472 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,946 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,782 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,520 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,855 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,256 yesterday
*Alabama — 1,149 new cases in past 24 hours, 917 yesterday
*Mississippi — 870 new cases in past 24 hours, 653 yesterday.


Here is a break-down of the total cases in each of the five southeastern states as tracked by The COVID Tracking Project and organized by The Atlantic Monthly Group by race/ethnicity as issued at 7a.m. this morning:

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Here is where the four early case states are in new cases:

*New York — 1,035 new cases in past 24 hours, 769 yesterday|New Jersey — 415 new cases in past 24 hours, 285 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 195 new cases in past 24 hours, 261 yesterday
*Michigan — 582 new cases in past 24 hours, 361 yesterday.


The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 687 as of 12:01 a.m. today compared to 676 deaths that posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases has not increased… in fact it is lower in the past 7 days than it was in the previous 7 days — 15,896 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today.

The number of fully-recovered, as defined in national U.S. tracking based on a consistent 14-day time period along with testing at the end of 14-days, now totals 1,492,443 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. today — an increase of 22,482 individuals.

FYI, there is a new campaign running on top cable networks in prime time television to secure donations of serum from COVID-19 survivors. The ads I have seen ran on HGTV, USA, DIY-TV and Food Network.

!!Thursday, July 2, 2020
There are now 2,714,985 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.The current “hit rate” ratio of the number of tests conducted in the U.S. (34.8 million) and number of individuals identified with COVID-19 in the U.S. (2.7 million) is 13:1. In the past two days, 1,666,129 new COVID-19 tests have been conducted. and 97,139 new COVID-19 cases have been detected. That translates to a hit rate of 17:1 in the past two days. There is a delay in when a test is administered and when the results come back, but since its true on both sets of numbers, they remain comparative.Here is todays update of the percentages of those2,573,112 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 41.1 percent of the 2,714,985 total cases or 1,118,183 cases as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 41.0 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME —54.2 percent of the total 2,714,985 individuals or 1,469,961 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 54.2 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 4.7 percent of the total 2,714,985 cases today or 126,841 deaths as of 12:01 a.m.ET, 4.8 percent yesterday.
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The four states with the most new cases — California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona — posted the highest counts and account for 51.2 percent of the new cases.

*California — 6,497 new cases in past 24 hours, 7,906 yesterday
*Texas - 8,240 new cases in past 24 hours,  7,959 yesterday
*Florida - 6,563 new cases in past 24 hours., 6,093 yesterday
*Arizona - 4,877 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,223 yesterday.
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The total number of CURRENTLY ACTIVE COVID-19 cases in these four states totals 454,719 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning.

Five southeastern states accounted for an additional 14.2 percent of the new cases:

*Georgia — 2,946 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,874 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,520 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,755 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,256 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,663 yesterday
*Alabama — 917 new cases in past 24 hours, 879 yesterday
*Mississippi — 653 new cases in past 24 hours, 680 yesterday
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The total number of CURRENTLY ACTIVE COVID-19 cases in these four states totals 106,726 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning.

As Americans, we cannot travel to most of Europe.  As a Georgian, I cannot travel to New York.

Here is where the four early case states are in ''new'' cases:

*New York — 769 new cases in past 24 hours, 508 yesterday
*New Jersey — 285 new cases in past 24 hours, 554 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 261 new cases in past 24 hours, 114 yesterday
*Michigan — 361 new cases in past 24 hours, 505 yesterday.


The total number of CURRENTLY ACTIVE COVID-19 cases in these four states totals 432,744 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning.

The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 676 as of 12:01 a.m. today, compared to 746 deaths posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases has not increased… in fact it is lower in the past seven days tracked than it was in the previous seven  days — 15,898 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today.

For the local Athenians reading this… I hear a lot of concern about what is taking place in Greater Athens — with some folks I speak to thinking that the active cases in Greater Athens has doubled.  Here is an update of the Athens numbers that I posted last Saturday:

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!!Wednesday, July 1, 2020
There are now 2,663,888 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

The mainstream media elects to share the total number of individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since it was first discovered in the United States in the beginning of 2020 rather than report ''current active cases''. When a person contracts the coronavirus and develops COVID-19, the coronavirus stays active — in that the coronavirus can be passed from their body to others — for five to six days. Individuals identified as active with COVID-19 are asked to remain quarantined for 14 days. After that time period, they cannot pass COVID-19 to others. This is shared to help explain to readers the numbers I track and report versus what is reported in mainstream media.

The actual numbers of how many people are active with COVID-19 is dramatically less than the total numbers. As of today, that number is 41.0 percent of the total number that is being reported.

Here is today’s update of the percentages of those 2,573,112 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this Wednesday morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 41.0 percent of the 2,573,112 total today or 1,093,242 cases as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 41.3 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME —54.2 percent of the total 2,573,112 individuals today or 1,444,481 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 53.9 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 4.8 percent of the total 2,573,112 or 126,165 deaths as of 12:01 a.m.ET, 4.8 percent yesterday.
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The number of U.S. COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours set a new record high of 1,010,405 tests bringing the total number to 34,199,918 tests completed to-date.  There were nearly as many tests completed in 24 hours here in the U.S. as there are active cases, 1,010,405 tests compared to 1,093,242 active cases.

California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona posted the highest counts and account for 52.5 percent of the new cases:

*California — 7,906 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 6,896 yesterday
*Texas — 7,959 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m.,  6,135 yesterday
*Florida — 6,093 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 5,264 yesterday
*Arizona — 2,228 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 3,076 yesterday.
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These southeastern states accounted for an additional 14.8 percent of the new cases:

*Georgia — 1,874 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 2,207 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,755 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 1,324 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,663 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 1,537 yesterday
*Alabama — 879 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 1,734 yesterday
*Mississippi — 680 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 675 yesterday.
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__The number of “critical/serious” cases has not increased__. In fact it is lower in the past seven days than it was in the previous seven days — 15,935 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today."
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  string(25120) " AdobeStock 330971967 Copy  2020-07-01T14:33:43+00:00 AdobeStock_330971967 copy.jpeg    thenumbers Tallying the cost 31920  2020-07-04T14:25:00+00:00 Coronavirus: The Numbers — July 2020 tony.paris@creativeloafing.com Tony Paris Mark Kooyman  2020-07-04T14:25:00+00:00  Mark Kooyman is the CEO/Discovery Chief at EXPERIENCE Insight Group, Inc. and a well-regarded market research guru who lives in Atlanta. Mark has been preparing the daily numbers for friends and family and has been kind enough to let us publish his results.

!!Tuesday, July 7, 2020
There are now 2,967,423 individuals in the United States that have  encountered COVID-19 to-date. The numbers will likely top 3 million tomorrow.

Here is the update of the 2,967,423 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,187,059 cases or 40.5 percent of the 2,967,423 total cases today, 40.6 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,601,129 individuals or 55.1 percent of the total 2,967,423 individuals, 54.9 percent yesterday.
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 128,649 deaths or 4.4 percent of the total 2,967,423 cases today, 4.5 percent yesterday.


New cases grew by 50,586 in the past 24 hours, the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 14,741 cases offset by 34,947 individuals moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts — and account for 50.7 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*California — 6,891 new cases in the past 24 hours, 4,625 yesterday
*Texas — 9,054 new cases in the past 24 hours,  5,183 yesterday
*Florida — 6,336 new cases in the past 24 hours, 10,059  yesterday
*Arizona — 3,352 new cases in the past 24 hours, 3,536 yesterday.
The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for 12.3 percent of the new cases since yesterday — the percentage that these states represent of all cases in the U.S. has declined over the course of the last 48 hours:

*Georgia — 1,548 new cases in the past 24 hours, 2,197 yesterday*
*South Carolina — 1,533 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,461 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,851 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,329 yesterday
*Alabama — 925 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,091 yesterday
*Mississippi — 357 new cases in the past 24 hours, 226 yesterday.
* A drop of more than 50 percent from last Friday’s high.


Here is where the four early case states are in new cases, they account for 2.9 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

New York — 583 new cases in the past 24 hours, 631 yesterday
New Jersey — 417 new cases in the past 24 hours, 304 yesterday
Massachusetts — 163 new cases in the past 24 hours, 136 yesterday
Michigan — 326 new cases in the past 24 hours, 360 yesterday.

The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 378 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, compared to the 251 deaths that posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases totaled 15,198 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, 840 cases less than the 16,038 cases yesterday.

The number of individuals who have battled COVID-19 and recovered over a national 14-day recovery period and are back to daily life totals 1,636,596 individuals — 36 percent of a higher number than the number of individuals active with COVID-19.

!!Monday, July 6, 2020
Here’s a headline that you won’t see in the mainstream media today:The number of people who have survived COVID-19 is 162 times more than the number who have died from it in the past 24 hours.

The number of fully-recovered — as defined in national U.S. tracking, based on a consistent 14-day time period — now stands at 1,601,129 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. this morning. On the front page of this morning’s Wall Street Journal is an article about how much COVID-19 survivors are in demand by the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

There are now 2,916,837 individuals in the U.S. that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date. That number will likely reach over three million by Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

One percent of the U.S. population calculates out to 3.3 million. To put this in perspective, there were 56 million flu cases, 740,000 hospitalizations, and 62,000 deaths between 10/2019 and 3/2020 in the U.S. That is, 17.0 percent of the U.S. Population battled the flu.

Here is the update of the 2,916,837 individuals in the U.S. that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this Monday morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,187,059 cases, or 40.6 percent of the 2,916,837 total cases today, 41.6 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,601,129 individuals, 54.9 percent of the total 2,916,837, 53.8 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 128,649 deaths, or 4.5 percent of the total 2,916,837 cases today, 4.5 percent yesterday.
New cases grew by 44,530 in the past 24 hours as of 12:01 this morning, the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 3,711 cases, offset by the 40,564 individuals moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts — and account for 52.6 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*California — 4,625 new cases in past 24 hours, 3,718 yesterday
*Texas — 5,183 new cases in past 24 hours,  5,382 yesterday
*Florida — 10,059 new cases in past 24 hours, 11,458 yesterday
*Arizona — 3,536 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,695 yesterday.
The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for 17.2 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*Georgia — 2,197 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,826 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,461 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,854 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,329 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,092 yesterday
*Alabama — 1,091 new cases in past 24 hours, 997 yesterday
*Mississippi — 226 new cases in past 24 hours, 990 yesterday.
Here is where the four early case states are in new cases, they account for 3.6 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*New York — 631 new cases in past 24 hours, 863 yesterday
*New Jersey — 304 new cases in past 24 hours, 208 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 136 new cases in past 24 hours, 210 yesterday
*Michigan — 360 new cases in past 24 hours, 406 yesterday.
The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 251 as of 12:01 a.m. today compared to 254 deaths that posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases totaled 16,038 as of 12:01 a.m. today… 21 cases more than the 16,017 cases yesterday.

!!Sunday, July 5, 2020
There are now 2,872,307 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

In the United States in the last five days, the number of individuals tested totals 2,755,120. The number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 totals 254,461. The number of individuals that have died totals 2,233. And the number of individual who have recovered after the national 14-day recovery time period totals 148,418.

Here is the update of the 2,872,307 individuals in the U.S. that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m.ET this Sunday morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,183,348 cases or 41.2 percent of the 2,872,307 total cases, 41.6 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,560,565 individuals or 54.3 percent of the total 2,872,307, 53.8 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 2,872,307 cases today or 4.5 percent of the total or 128,398 deaths, 4.5 percent yesterday.


While new cases grew by 45,182 in the past 24 hours, the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 6,298 cases — offset by the number of active cases moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts — and account for 51.3 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*California — 3,718 new cases in past 24 hours, 6,314 yesterday
*Texas — 5,382 new cases in past 24 hours, 7,343 yesterday
*Florida — 11,458 new cases in past 24 hours, 9,488 yesterday
*Arizona — 2,695 new cases in past 24 hours, 4,433 yesterday.


Note that while Florida increased, the other three states decreased.

The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for 17.2 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*Georgia — 2,826 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,784  yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,854 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,831 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,092 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,054 yesterday
*Alabama — 997 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,754  yesterday
*Mississippi — 990 new cases in past 24 hours, 914 yesterday.


Here is where the four early case states are in new cases, they account for 3.6 percent of the new cases since yesterday:

*New York — 863 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,134 yesterday
*New Jersey — 208 new cases in past 24 hours, 306 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 210 new cases in past 24 hours, 290 yesterday
*Michigan — 406 new cases in past 24 hours, 497 yesterday.


The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 254 as of 12:01 a.m.today compared to 616 deaths that posted yesterday. The percentage of individuals dying directly or indirectly from COVID-19 in the U.S. has dropped one full percentage point in the past 10 days from 5.5 percent of all cases to 4.5 percent of all cases in the U.S.

The number of “critical/serious” cases did increase more for the first time in about a month — 16,017 cases as of 12:01 a.m.this morning. This is an increase of 89 cases nationally.

The number of fully-recovered as defined in national U.S. tracking based on a consistent 14-day time period along with testing at the end of 14-days now stands at 1,560,565 individuals.

!!Saturday, July 4, 2020
There are now 2,827,125 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

Here is today’s update on the 2,827,125 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and their break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 1,177,050 cases or 41.6% of the 2,827,125 total cases, 41.6% yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME — 1,521,931 individuals or 53.8% of the total 2,827,125 individuals, 53.8% yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 128,144 deaths or 4.6% of the total 2,827,125 cases, 4.6% yesterday.


While new cases grew by 54,904 in the past 24 hours the total number of ACTIVE cases increased by 29,488 cases, offset by the number of active cases moving into RECOVERY.

The four states with the most new cases posted the highest counts and account for 50.2% of the new cases:

*California — 6,314 new cases in past 24 hours, 9,352 yesterday
*Texas — 7,343 new cases in past 24 hours, 7,535 yesterday
*Florida — 9,488 new cases in past 24 hours, 10,109 yesterday
*Arizona — 4,433 new cases in past 24 hours, 3,333 yesterday.


The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for an additional 17.0% of the new cases. The share of new cases that these states represent continues to grow:

*Georgia — 2,784 new cases in the past 24 hours, 3,472 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,831 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,782 yesterday
*North Carolina — 2,054 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,855 yesterday
*Alabama — 1,754 new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,149  yesterday
*Mississippi — 914 new cases in past 24 hours, 870 yesterday.


Here is where the four early case states are in new cases:

*New York — 1,134 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,035 yesterday
*New Jersey — 306 new cases in past 24 hours, 415 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 290 new cases in past 24 hours, 195 yesterday.
*Michigan — 497 new cases in past 24 hours, 582 yesterday.


The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 616 as of 12:01 a.m. today compared to the 676 deaths posted yesterday. The increase in new cases that started to climb more than a week ago are having limited, if any impact, on the number of deaths resulting from COVID-19.

The number of “critical/serious” cases grew by 32 cases across the U.S. — 15,928 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today. The increase in new cases that started to climb more than a week ago are having limited, if any impact, on the number of “critical/serious” cases resulting from COVID-19.

The number of fully-recovered — as defined in national U.S. tracking based on a consistent 14-day time period along with testing at the end of 14-days — now totals over 1.5 million at 1,521,931 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, an increase of 24,800 individuals.

For the local Greater Athens area, here are the numbers from 12:01 a.m. ET this morning compared to the numbers shared on Thursday in advance of the July 4th travel:

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And a word to fellow Athenians. While you might hear about the coronavirus frat parties and the increase of positive cases among “students,” even here in the shadows of the oldest state university in the United States, the majority of new active cases are taking place among individuals age 55+ and a hard-working labor base of mostly Hispanic-Latinos age 25-44. Take a moment this 4th of July weekend and reach out to the local Food Banks and Hispanic-Latino outreach programs.

Enjoy this Fourth of July Holiday weekend. We still reside in the greatest nation in the world.

!!Friday, July 3, 2020
There are now 2,772,221 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

There is an increase in cases. The cases are concentrated in a very defined set of states, and, within each core state, the cases are defined to specific ZIP-Codes within key cities like Miami-Dade County, Houston, Phoenix, LA, Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, and Columbia-Charleston.

Here is the update of of percentages of the 2,772,221 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 41.6% of the 2,772,221 total cases today or 1,152,250 cases as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 41.1% yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME —53.8% of the total 2,772,221 individuals or 1,492,443 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 54.2% yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 4.6% of the total 2,772,221 cases today or 127,528 deaths as of 12:01a.m. ET, 4.7% yesterday.
The four states with the most new cases — California, Texas, Florida and Arizona — posted the highest counts and account for 53.0% of the new cases. The share of new cases that these states represent is growing:

*California — 9,352 new cases in past 24 hours, 6,497 yesterday
*Texas — 7,535 new cases in past 24 hours,  8,240 yesterday
*Florida — 10,109 new cases in past 24 hours, 6,563 yesterday
*Arizona — 3,333 new cases in past 24 hours, 4,877 yesterday.


Here is a breakdown of the total cases tracked in each of these top four states as tracked by The COVID Tracking Project and organized by The Atlantic Monthly Group by race/ethnicity as issued at 7 a.m. this morning:

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*Native-Americans account for 80% of each of the state numbers noted

The five southeastern states that have been identified previously as experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases account for an additional 15.9% of the new cases. The number of new cases in these states is also growing:

*Georgia — 3,472 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,946 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,782 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,520 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,855 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,256 yesterday
*Alabama — 1,149 new cases in past 24 hours, 917 yesterday
*Mississippi — 870 new cases in past 24 hours, 653 yesterday.


Here is a break-down of the total cases in each of the five southeastern states as tracked by The COVID Tracking Project and organized by The Atlantic Monthly Group by race/ethnicity as issued at 7a.m. this morning:

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Here is where the four early case states are in new cases:

*New York — 1,035 new cases in past 24 hours, 769 yesterday|New Jersey — 415 new cases in past 24 hours, 285 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 195 new cases in past 24 hours, 261 yesterday
*Michigan — 582 new cases in past 24 hours, 361 yesterday.


The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 687 as of 12:01 a.m. today compared to 676 deaths that posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases has not increased… in fact it is lower in the past 7 days than it was in the previous 7 days — 15,896 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today.

The number of fully-recovered, as defined in national U.S. tracking based on a consistent 14-day time period along with testing at the end of 14-days, now totals 1,492,443 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. today — an increase of 22,482 individuals.

FYI, there is a new campaign running on top cable networks in prime time television to secure donations of serum from COVID-19 survivors. The ads I have seen ran on HGTV, USA, DIY-TV and Food Network.

!!Thursday, July 2, 2020
There are now 2,714,985 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.The current “hit rate” ratio of the number of tests conducted in the U.S. (34.8 million) and number of individuals identified with COVID-19 in the U.S. (2.7 million) is 13:1. In the past two days, 1,666,129 new COVID-19 tests have been conducted. and 97,139 new COVID-19 cases have been detected. That translates to a hit rate of 17:1 in the past two days. There is a delay in when a test is administered and when the results come back, but since its true on both sets of numbers, they remain comparative.Here is todays update of the percentages of those2,573,112 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 41.1 percent of the 2,714,985 total cases or 1,118,183 cases as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 41.0 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. with 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME —54.2 percent of the total 2,714,985 individuals or 1,469,961 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 54.2 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 4.7 percent of the total 2,714,985 cases today or 126,841 deaths as of 12:01 a.m.ET, 4.8 percent yesterday.
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The four states with the most new cases — California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona — posted the highest counts and account for 51.2 percent of the new cases.

*California — 6,497 new cases in past 24 hours, 7,906 yesterday
*Texas - 8,240 new cases in past 24 hours,  7,959 yesterday
*Florida - 6,563 new cases in past 24 hours., 6,093 yesterday
*Arizona - 4,877 new cases in past 24 hours, 2,223 yesterday.
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The total number of CURRENTLY ACTIVE COVID-19 cases in these four states totals 454,719 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning.

Five southeastern states accounted for an additional 14.2 percent of the new cases:

*Georgia — 2,946 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,874 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,520 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,755 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,256 new cases in past 24 hours, 1,663 yesterday
*Alabama — 917 new cases in past 24 hours, 879 yesterday
*Mississippi — 653 new cases in past 24 hours, 680 yesterday
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The total number of CURRENTLY ACTIVE COVID-19 cases in these four states totals 106,726 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning.

As Americans, we cannot travel to most of Europe.  As a Georgian, I cannot travel to New York.

Here is where the four early case states are in new cases:

*New York — 769 new cases in past 24 hours, 508 yesterday
*New Jersey — 285 new cases in past 24 hours, 554 yesterday
*Massachusetts — 261 new cases in past 24 hours, 114 yesterday
*Michigan — 361 new cases in past 24 hours, 505 yesterday.


The total number of CURRENTLY ACTIVE COVID-19 cases in these four states totals 432,744 as of 12:01 a.m. this morning.

The number of deaths either directly or indirectly linked to COVID-19 totaled 676 as of 12:01 a.m. today, compared to 746 deaths posted yesterday.

The number of “critical/serious” cases has not increased… in fact it is lower in the past seven days tracked than it was in the previous seven  days — 15,898 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today.

For the local Athenians reading this… I hear a lot of concern about what is taking place in Greater Athens — with some folks I speak to thinking that the active cases in Greater Athens has doubled.  Here is an update of the Athens numbers that I posted last Saturday:

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!!Wednesday, July 1, 2020
There are now 2,663,888 individuals in the United States that have been tracked with having encountered COVID-19 to-date.

The mainstream media elects to share the total number of individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since it was first discovered in the United States in the beginning of 2020 rather than report current active cases. When a person contracts the coronavirus and develops COVID-19, the coronavirus stays active — in that the coronavirus can be passed from their body to others — for five to six days. Individuals identified as active with COVID-19 are asked to remain quarantined for 14 days. After that time period, they cannot pass COVID-19 to others. This is shared to help explain to readers the numbers I track and report versus what is reported in mainstream media.

The actual numbers of how many people are active with COVID-19 is dramatically less than the total numbers. As of today, that number is 41.0 percent of the total number that is being reported.

Here is today’s update of the percentages of those 2,573,112 individuals in the U.S. that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to-date and how they break down in terms of status as of 12:01 a.m. ET this Wednesday morning:

*ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. — 41.0 percent of the 2,573,112 total today or 1,093,242 cases as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 41.3 percent yesterday
*FULLY-RECOVERED COVID-19 CASES IN THE U.S. 14-DAY NATIONAL RECOVERY TIME —54.2 percent of the total 2,573,112 individuals today or 1,444,481 individuals as of 12:01 a.m. ET, 53.9 percent yesterday
*DEATHS DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY FROM COVID-19 — 4.8 percent of the total 2,573,112 or 126,165 deaths as of 12:01 a.m.ET, 4.8 percent yesterday.
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The number of U.S. COVID-19 tests completed in the past 24 hours set a new record high of 1,010,405 tests bringing the total number to 34,199,918 tests completed to-date.  There were nearly as many tests completed in 24 hours here in the U.S. as there are active cases, 1,010,405 tests compared to 1,093,242 active cases.

California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona posted the highest counts and account for 52.5 percent of the new cases:

*California — 7,906 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 6,896 yesterday
*Texas — 7,959 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m.,  6,135 yesterday
*Florida — 6,093 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 5,264 yesterday
*Arizona — 2,228 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 3,076 yesterday.
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These southeastern states accounted for an additional 14.8 percent of the new cases:

*Georgia — 1,874 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 2,207 yesterday
*South Carolina — 1,755 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 1,324 yesterday
*North Carolina — 1,663 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 1,537 yesterday
*Alabama — 879 new cases in past 24 hours as of 12:01 a.m., 1,734 yesterday
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