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Lights for Liberty Atlanta immigration raid protest

As Atlanta immigration raids loom, hundreds protest at Lights for Liberty event on Buford Highway

Hundreds of immigration advocates gathered at Plaza Fiesta on stormy Friday evening as part of the national Lights for Liberty event protesting the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants.
Ted Terry Clarkston Mayor running for U.S. Senate

It’s official: Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry—of Queer Eye fame—will run for U.S. Senate

The young leader of Clarkston, Georgia, which has been called the most diverse square mile in America, declared today he’s running for U.S. Senate.
Johnny's Hideaway 40th anniversary

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: April 24-30

Life-sized Hot Wheels are coming to Buford with Hot Wheels Legends Tour, improv groups as far away as Los Angeles are coming to Village Theatre for Atlanta Improv Festival, and Johnny's Hideaway is celebrating its 40th anniversary with free cocktails.
Luma Mufleh Fugees Famly DVF Award

Fugees Family founder Luma Mufleh on breaking barriers, discrimination, and what’s next for her refugee nonprofit

Fugees Family founder Luma Mufleh recently earned a DVF Award, a program created by designer Diane von Furstenberg to celebrate "extraordinary women." She chats with us about the award, discrimination against refugees, and what's next for her nonprofit.
South Fulton marijuana law

The city of South Fulton passed a new marijuana ordinance. Here’s what you need to know.

In a 5-2 vote, the South Fulton city council agreed to lighten the punishment for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana to a maximum of a $150 fine with no jail time—making the punishment for pot possession more akin to a traffic citation. After Clarkston and Atlanta, this makes South Fulton the third city in metro Atlanta to reduce the penalty for possessing a small amount of pot.
He Ro

He Ro had never seen an oyster. Now the refugee is Kimball House’s most talented shucker.

He Ro arrived in Clarkston as a shy 15-year-old who had spent much of his life in a Karen refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing Burma as a child. Now a 24-year-old oyster shucker at Kimball House, the people at the restaurant have all become his friends. “They all love me."
Royal Myanmar

Cuisine to try: Burmese at Royal Myanmar

Travel to Clarkston to taste salads perfumed with tea leaves, plates of silky “tofu” made with chickpea flour instead of soybeans, and rich coconut curries.

Clarkston’s Refuge Coffee Co. finds a permanent home

Owners Kitti and Bill Murray purchased a 1960s service station at 4170 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, where they plan to build a kitchen and expand the food offerings of Refuge, their coffee shop that provides jobs and job training to refugees in Clarkston.
Fugees Academy

Soccer is a uniting force at Fugees Academy

Soccer, Fugees Academy founder Luma Mufleh says, “defines the shape of our academy. Being involved in sports, playing on a team—that crashes all barriers, including language. In some ways, it is magical. Whether they’re good or not is irrelevant."
Clarkston Georgia

Ellis Island South: Welcome to the most diverse square mile in America

Downtown Clarkston in DeKalb County extends westward from Rowland Street to Indian Creek Drive, with the old Georgia Railroad line running in between—a total of just three city blocks, give or take. And yet there may be no place in the country as kaleidoscopically, vibrantly, viscerally diverse.

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