Journey for Justice: The NAACP’s “Journey for Justice” will be coming through Athens next week. Activists are marching 860 miles from Selma, AL, to Washington, DC, to promote criminal justice reform, voting rights, a living wage and public education, with rallies and teach-ins along the way, and a social media campaign using the hashtag #JusticeSummer.
According to GDOT, marchers will be coming into Athens from Winder on Atlanta Highway Sunday, Aug. 16 and winding through downtown before heading up North Avenue, Hull Road and Highway 29 to Danielsville. With UGA still getting geared up, it should make for an interesting weekend.
Driving to Atlanta?: If so, be aware that the Georgia Department of Transportation is resurfacing Highway 316, and lanes will be closed every weekend except Labor Day, likely through next May. Currently, workers are repaving the westbound outer lane around Lawrenceville. Ramps will be closed at Highway 120, Riverside Parkway and Sugarloaf Parkway.
Sunday Buses: Athens Transit is launching Sunday bus service Aug. 16, and for the first four Sundays, it’s free. Buses on routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 20 and 25 will run from 7:45 a.m.–9:45 p.m. Go to athenstransit.com for more information.
The progressive political group Athens for Everyone is raffling off prizes to people who post photos of themselves on the bus with the hashtag #SundayBus. Several restaurants—including White Tiger, Heirloom Cafe, Big City Bread and the World Famous—are offering discounts to customers who ride the bus to brunch (just ask the driver for a transfer pass to show your server). Visit athensforeveryone.com/sundaybus for a full list of participating restaurants.
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