Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has co-signed a letter with nearly 50 U.S. mayors and executives to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Frank Cissna demanding that the agency reduce the backlog of over 753,000 citizenship applications and reduce the time it currently takes to process citizenship applications down to six months, on behalf of a quarter of a million immigrants with pending applications who reside in their cities. At the end of March 2018, Atlanta had a backlog of 21,006 citizenship applications with some lawful permanent residents (“LPRs”) waiting as long as 20 months for their applications to be processed. In June, Bottoms signed an executive order that prohibits the city jail from accepting any new ICE detainees and called on the Trump Administration to enact humane and comprehensive measures to fix our broken immigration system. Last week, Bottoms convened the first meeting of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Immigrant Detention—a body comprised of City officials, immigrant rights activists and legal experts.

The Atlanta Hawks are looking to staff more than 900 new jobs in preparation for the opening of the transformed Philips Arena upon completion of its $192.5 million renovation.  Part-time supervisory and non-supervisory positions will be available in a number of different areas, including guest services, security, housekeeping, food service, and more. To learn more about available jobs at the all new Philips Arena, visit

On Aug. 18, WoodRUFF Bark Presents: Doggy Con, a pup-filled homage to Dragon Con, will feature a parade and costume contest judged by Karen Anderson of Tiny Doors ATL, owners of Joystick Gamebar Brandon Ley and Johnny Martinez, and doggo Instagram celebrity Reuben the Bat Dog. The event will also feature doggy-centric vendors and community partners, including Dragon Con and Lifeline Animal Project. Registration is just $10, and proceeds go directly back to supporting Woodruff Park programs. The first 25 to register will receive a commemorative Doggy Con tote with artwork by Rachal Duggan, and all registrants will receive free Woodruff Park and Dragon Con swag. Visit this link to register.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.