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285 South is a newsletter dedicated to telling the stories of the diverse communities that make up metro Atlanta.

The region has seen immense demographic changes in the past 20 years alone - especially in the growth of its immigrant and refugee communities. The shifts here have been analyzed in political terms - but what do they mean on a human to human level?

By subscribing to 285 South, you’ll learn about the people living through and embodying the changes here, receive monthly event calendars on what’s happening in immigrant Atlanta, lists of resources, and news roundups from those around the region covering stories impacting diverse communities.

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285 South is supported through a partnership with Canopy Atlanta, local media nonprofit dedicated to community-led journalism.

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A news publication centering the stories and perspectives of immigrant and refugee communities in metro Atlanta - the heart of the New South.


Sophia Qureshi

I write about immigrant communities in Atlanta - a place I grew up in and that my parents have lived in for 30 years. I'm a Writer-in-Residence for Canopy Atlanta, and my stories have been featured in Atlanta Magazine and Atlanta History Center.