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SOCIAL ADVOCACY/NONPROFIT/COVID-19 RELIEF

Post-election: How movements, not politicians will lead the way (Nonprofit Quarterly) 2020 has revealed our world's real heroes from essential workers, migrant farmers, health professionals, teachers, and food bank providers. As we gather to watch the election, it is necessary to understand that voting is a tool that can steer the world in the right direction. Still, people's movements rather than those elected will be much more impactful post-election.  

Voters approve support for affordable housing nonprofits (WABE) Two items on the ballot were approved in support of affordable housing nonprofits in Atlanta and the state. Those two include a statewide referendum designed to help charities like Habitat for Humanity and then a tax break, which will benefit community land trusts and nonprofits that sell homes to families that make less than the median income. 

Rapper donated to Atlanta poll workers (News One) Rapper Big Boi teamed up with World Central Kitchen and Postmates to deliver 150 meals to poll workers throughout the city. He is known for his philanthropic efforts and dedication to community support. 

Atlanta Hawks owner invests in Black entrepreneurship (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Billionaire Tony Ressler and his wife Jami Gertz have committed to donating $5 million to the H.J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the nation's largest nonprofit for Black entrepreneurs. 

JEWISH COMMUNITY

Mental health in the Jewish Community (PR Newswire) Mental illness and addiction have increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Dove Foundation, an Atlanta based non-profit, has started a campaign #QuietingTheSilence, to publish personal stories to Jewish individuals about mental health and substance abuse. 

Matzo ball soup hotline at UGA (Red and Black) UGA Hillel's of Georgia began offering a service for students to call and have matzo ball soup delivered to them if they are sick. The program is run by the staff of Hilles of Georgia and includes soup delivery and a follow up check in to make sure the student is recovering.  

HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE

Cookbooks to escape reality (NY Times) Cookbooks are recipe collections that dive into histories, culture, and stories from every part of the world. Food editor Samin Nosrat reflects on how cookbooks have allowed him to escape these confusing and unprecedented times. 

Atlanta restaurants permanently closed due to COVID-19 (Eater Atlanta) While most restaurants how pivoted to outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery, some have not been able to stay afloat during the pandemic. Eater Atlanta compiled a list of some popular Atlanta restaurants and bars closing due to COVID. 

What recovery for Atlanta hotels looks like (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Experts and investors say there is both good and bad news for the hospitality and hotel industry. Numbers will improve and business will return to normal but that will most likely not happen for the next five years.  

REAL ESTATE/BUSINESS

Georgia Tech building wins design award (ENR Southeast The Kendeda Building for Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech has won an award for Best Green Project. It is the first global example of using salvaged materials from movie sets and incorporating other sustainable and environmentally friendly building techniques.   

Megaformer Pilates studio opens in West Midtown (What Now) The third Atlanta location for Stellar Bodies opened in West Midtown, The Works last month. The Pilates class focuses on a combination of resistance, low-impact, and muscle lengthening workouts to target specific muscle groups and create a powerful workout class. 

SweetWater Brewing Company gets new owner (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Aphria Inc, a Canadian cannabis company, is buying the well know brewing company, SweetWater. The two companies believe their strengths and unique product offerings in their industries will allow them to create a robust business model moving forward.  

ARTS

Atlanta quilt artist on display in New York museum (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Atlanta-based artist Dawn Williams Boyd's work focuses on themes in politics, history, and justice. While previously displayed throughout smaller venues in Atlanta, right now her textile work can be found in The Gansevoort Gallery in New York City. 

New curator of African Art appointed at High Museum (Culture Type) Lauren Tate Baeza, the former director of exhibitions at The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, has been announced as the new curator of African Art at the High Museum. 

Local artists use creativity to ring in holiday seasons (Atlanta Intown) As the holidays begin, different local artist groups have gotten creative to bring joy through art to people around despite the pandemic.

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