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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to Host National Cities for Action Convening at Atlanta City Hall

Post Date:05/07/2019 12:40 PM

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to Host National Cities for Action Convening at Atlanta City Hall


Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Welcoming Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Cities for Action


Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Welcoming Atlanta will host the national Cities for Action (C4A) Convening at Atlanta City Hall. The convening will bring together 30 national and 10 local mayor’s office representatives to develop pro-immigrant strategies at the local level. 

Through this convening cities will engage in a collaborative dialogue that will frame the strategy that C4A member cities will use to protect local communities against anti-immigrant federal policies and help develop innovative, inclusive programs and policies. Convening members will be joined by keynote speaker Sarah Stillman, staff writer at The New Yorker with a focus on immigration policy and the criminal justice system. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will provide welcome remarks at noon. 

Key topics to be discussed include developments at the southern border, the 2020 census, understanding how the federal “public charge rule” impacts local communities, how to establish offices of immigrant affairs in member cities, and how to navigate relationship with local immigration enforcement representatives.  Strategies will also be shared on how to replicate legal defense funds to protect immigrant communities against deportation like the City of Atlanta’s Access to Justice Project.

Cities for Action is a coalition of over 175 U.S. mayors and county executives advocating for pro-immigrant federal policies and launching innovative, inclusive programs and policies at the local level. C4A launched in December 2014 by when two dozen mayors gathered in New York to commit to a set of principles and actions to support and uplift immigrant residents.  Today, C4A members collectively represent nearly 70 million people and over 17 million foreign-born residents across the United States. Cities for Action advocates for pro-immigrant federal policies that create stronger cities. 

For additional information please visit For more information on Cities for Action please visit:


Thursday, May 9, 2019
12 p.m. – Mayor’s remarks at 2:00 p.m.


Atlanta City Hall – Old Council Chambers
68 Mitchell Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303




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