Ted Terry is not your average Joe - from being a self-proclaimed Berniecrat in Georgia, to his characteristic 'protest beard' - Mayor Ted of Clarkston has become a small town icon. Home to a large refugee resettlement community, Clarkston has been called the "Ellis Island of the South" and is host to a remarkable blend of cultures that Mayor Ted hopes can serve as an inspiration to diverse communities everywhere. Tune in to hear all about the young and rambunctious Mayor Ted, his plans for Clarkston, and more about how you can get involved in helping refugees right here in Atlanta.
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Ready to get involved?
- Is your City #ReadyFor100?: "The READY FOR 100 campaign is challenging 100 cities across the United States to set a target of 100% clean energy."
- International Rescue Committee, Atlanta (IRC): Click the following link to see opportunities to get involved.
- New American Pathways: A Georgia-specific organization dedicated to helping refugees (what they do).
- The Lantern Project: Founded in 2014, they are a collaboration of churches, craft educators and industry leaders that created a holistic job training and mentoring program for refugees.
Mentions and More Information
- YDKM wasn't the first to interview Mayor Ted! Check out The Economist's "Ted Versus the Machine".
- Follow Ted on Facebook and Twitter.
- The Sierra Club: Mayor Ted's full time role as Georgia Chapter Director.
- John Muir's Brief Biography, hosted by the Sierra Club: "John Muir was perhaps this country's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist." (Also Mayor Ted's beard-spiration.)
- Small Georgia Town Limits Cooperation with Immigration Agents (NBC): "Clarkston's City Council decided unanimously this week to limit the city's cooperation with federal deportation officers, becoming the first city in the state to pass a resolution limiting its cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement."
- How Clarkston is setting a precedent for decriminalizing marijuana
- The Refugee Act of 1980
- Clarkston: The Ellis Island of the South or "the most diverse square mile in America"
- Resettling the First American 'Climate Refugees' (NY Times) from Louisiana
- The Marshall Islands are Disappearing (NY Times): "Many other low-lying nations are just as threatened by rising seas. In Bangladesh, some 17 percent of the land could be inundated by 2050, displacing about 18 million people...the roughly 70,000 residents of the Marshalls, because of their long military ties to Washington, are free to emigrate to the United States."
- Drowning Kiribati (Bloomberg): "Kiribati consists of 33 islands, totaling 310 square miles surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. The population is 103,000. Nearly half live on a strip of land less than a mile wide. Over the last 20 years, the planet’s oceans have risen faster than at any time in history. Kiribati will soon be engulfed by water, and its people have nowhere to go".