Here’s how to stop AJC Reach across your entire neighborhood. This is an easy way to stop AJC Reach delivery across a wide area.
If enough neighborhoods do this, then unwanted litter across Atlanta will be greatly reduced or eliminated.
The AJC has stated in writing (documented at the bottom of this post, after the jump) that if you are a “designated representative of your HOA or community association”, you can contact Willie Leonard (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) of the AJC to direct the AJC to stop delivery of AJC Reach to your entire community.
What we did in our neighborhood: We raised the issue with the Virginia-Highland Civic Association and asked if the civic association would write such a letter to Mr. Leonard. After deliberation and vote, the president of the civic association sent the e-mail to Mr. Leonard; she received an e-mail back from Mr. Leonard, so he did in fact receive the e-mail. Since then, we have not seen any deliveries of AJC Reach in Virginia-Highland. (Thank you to VHCA board for sending the letter.)
What you can do: Ask your HOA or community association to send a similar letter to Mr. Leonard of the AJC.
Here’s a draft that you could use as a template for your neighborhood:
“Responding to the AJC’s information from Dawn Forman of AJC customer service, the Virginia-Highland Civic Association directs the AJC to permanently cease dumping any future deliveries of “AJC Reach” or other ad circulars in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood that would otherwise be delivered in the streets, sidewalks, gutters, driveways/yards, etc in the neighborhood, unless specifically requested by individual residents. Should the AJC decide to resume deliveries of AJC Reach in Virginia-Highland, the neighborhood association directs the AJC to do so via USPS; or only to those residents who specifically opt-in to receive deliveries. Neighborhood Boundaries for Virginia-Highland: “The area bounded on the north by Amsterdam Avenue and its extension to Briarcliff Road, on the south by Ponce de Leon Avenue, on the east by Briarcliff Road, and on the west by the Southern Railroad Line which is within the city limits of Atlanta constitute the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.”
If your HOA or neighborhood association sends such a letter to the AJC, please contact us so we can track this and report on it here.
Published in its entirety for your reference and for documentation, here is the original letter from the AJC that establishes that the AJC will stop delivery for an entire community with documentation from an HOA or community association:
from Forman, Dawn (CNI – AJC)
Please accept my sincere apologies that you have again received delivery of the unwanted REACH publication. I have contacted the manager of delivery operations for your address with documentation of repeat issues at your address and have requested that your address be entered into our automated bypass alert system. This should permanently stop delivery of the paper to your address.
If you are a designated representative of your HOA or community association, please contact the individual listed below to request stopping the entire neighborhood. We will need some documentation from your HOA in order to stop an entire community.
Please contact :
Mr. Willie Leonard
Customer Service Manager
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution