For those interested in learning more about the current issue of the state withholding funding for refugee services, there will be a special meeting of the Georgia Coalition of Refugee Stakeholders held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Clarkston Community Center located at 3701 College Avenue; Clarkston, Georgia 30021. The meeting is open to the public and will serve as a community listening session. In attendance will be George Shelton, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families; Eskinder Negash, Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement; Diane Dawson, Director of the Office of Regional Operations, Administration for Children and Families; Carliss Williams, Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families; and Kenneth Jackson, Deputy Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families. Unfortunately neither DHS Commissioner Clyde Reese nor a representative from the Governor’s Office is scheduled to attend. LSG encourages all concerned citizens to both attend the meeting and contact Commissioner Reese and Governor Deal asking them to attend also. Your presence and participation at the meeting can help bring about a resolution to this urgent issue.