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Dickens Sets First ‘Training Day’ for Nightlife Crime Initiative

Your AM Rundown: Plus, two of metro Atlanta’s most diverse cities are at the center of a Juneteenth debate.

Mayor Andre Dickens plans to host the city's first nightlife training session with local bars and clubs aimed at combating crime. (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

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Here’s what to know for today: 

  • Training Day” is here. Earlier this month, Mayor Andre Dickens announced plans to launch a “Nightlife Division” aimed at addressing public safety concerns by coaching staff at local bars and clubs on preventative measures. This Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dickens and the city will host workshops at Atlanta City Hall on topics tied to de-escalation tactics, active shooter response and community engagement. Get more info here.
  • Clark Atlanta University is mourning the loss of its founding president, Thomas W. Cole Jr. Cole led the consolidation plan for Atlanta University and Clark College after taking on the top leadership post for both schools in 1987. He went on to become the founding president of Clark Atlanta a year later once the two schools were combined.
  • This week, questions have emerged about automatic voter registration in the state. Why? Recent data suggests that local voters who registered through the DMV decreased from 79% in 2020 to 39% in 2021.
  • Two diverse cities in metro Atlanta are at the center of local discussions about celebrating Juneteenth in Georgia. In Tucker, the government decided against closing city buildings or giving staff the day off. In Marietta, the City Council voted in favor of recognizing the holiday but got vetoed by the mayor. Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday.

ICYMI: On Monday, the Atlanta City Council had its latest public meeting. Couldn’t make it? Here’s the full video recording of what went down at City Hall.

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