Meet the CGA Interns

Name: Lola Cleavaland (She/Her) School: Emory University Major: Political Science and Economics “I had the pleasure of interning for Common Good Atlanta for almost two years while studying at Emory University. I worked with CGA in multiple capacities as a peer tutor in the classroom and an assistant site director researching pedagogy in prison classrooms.…

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I Remember by Jerry Smiley

I Remember I remember sixteen in ninety-three. I remember seventeen in ninety-four. I remember hearing boy you losing your mind? I remember Incarceration in ninety-five. I remember ooh-wee you going to that Alto spot. I remember hearing those words and my heart nearly jumping out my chest. I remember diesel fumes and cigarettes smoke. I…

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US History: Changes in the Land

Instructor: Louise Milone Fall 2021 Whitworth Women’s Facility The Whitworth students will be studying America’s development and its impact on the environment. Description: “In the late 1970s, a young graduate history student wrote a paper that in 1980 became an award-winning book. It is slim volume, but it makes a singularly important point – every…

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Words Matter by Patrick Rodriguez

“Put your hands behind your back!” “Stop right there, inmate!” “Everyone on the ground!” “You have 3 minutes to eat. Hurry up! Let’s go!” “Wake up. It’s time to go to court!” “I have Mr. Rodriguez here for the crimes listed. Mr. Rodriguez, were you using those drugs? Mr. Rodriguez, were you selling those drugs?”…

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Path Toward Peace by Michael Clark

One of the first questions people ask me when they find out I went to prison is: “How did you feel when you got out?” I often wonder if people expect me to tell them how great I felt about my newfound freedom. But the truth is my first year out of prison was quite…

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American Family Insurance & Common Good Atlanta

CGA has been honored with a donation from American Family Insurance as part of the ‘Free to Dream’ initiative. Dr. Sarah Higinbotham, co-founder of CGA, was presented with the donation at the Atlanta United game.  As part of their Uniting Atlanta Series, they created a Common Good Atlanta Video that spotlights our organization and gives…

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The Post-Pandemic Path by Michael Clark

It is with immense honor and gratitude that I find myself writing this column for the community that has supported and become a second family to me over the past year. My journey with Common Good Atlanta started last year after I applied and got rejected from the college I previously attended. I wanted to…

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