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Why is City Council Bulldozing a Forest?

In a move that underscores the strong ties between policing, Atlanta City Government, and corporate elites, Atlanta’s ruling class is plotting to demolish a large portion of historic forest to construct a new, privately funded $80,600,000 cop training facility — equipped with a shooting range, and space for weapons and explosions testing, and burning buildings tests. This plan not only ignores residents’ demands to reduce the scope and size of policing in Atlanta, but it also follows an undemocratic process and ignores community needs. (Stay up to date with coverage from Mainline Zine!)

While it’s clear now more than ever that our elected City Council intends to prioritize development projects and capitalist interests over the needs of working people, we have the power to organize against their plans!

So, what’s the timeline?

At the June 16th City Council Finance Committee meeting, members voted to table the ordinance until August 16, 2021. Below, we’ve outlined a few key dates between now and then where we plan to make our voices heard!

  • Public Input session for Dekalb residents Thurs. July 29 @ 6 PM.
  • City Council Meeting Mon. Aug. 2nd. Leave public comment at Sun. Aug. 1 @ 404-330-6001!
  • Finance Committee Wed. Aug. 11. Leave public comment Tuesday Aug. 10 4-7 PM @ 404-330-6066!
  • City Council Meeting Mon. Aug. 16. Leave public comment Sun. 8/15 4-7 PM @ 404-330-6001!

See call script & more here.

Corporations, Cops, and Cash — Oh, my!

The land is being leased to the Atlanta Police Foundation — a board of corporate ghouls which acts as the PR machine for the Atlanta Police Department, actively gentrifies neighborhoods and funds mass surveillance projects. The APF’s training facility will be supported by the Atlanta Committee for Progress, a committee of over 40 corporate elite figures, including the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and Cox. These close relationships underscores the ties between policing and capitalist interests, and the Mayor and City Council’s endorsement of this proposal exemplifies their alignment with corporate elites over the working-class people of Atlanta.

We want community, not cops!

After a year of uprisings in response to police violence in which Atlanta residents were brutally teargassed, tased, and shot with rubber bullets by APD officers, it is disgraceful that City Council intends to offer more physical space and resources with which APD can practice brutalizing residents. True safety in Atlanta will not be attained via increased policing, militarization, and carceral punishment — and it will only be made worse by the construction of cop city! Atlanta City Council must be held accountable to everyday working class people, and provide for people’s basic needs — including food security, clean water, housing, public and mental health care, and education. Learn more!

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The Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America (ATL DSA) is one chapter of the largest socialist organization in the United States, with over 1,000 members. Defund APD, Refund Communities (DARC) is our campaign to transfer resources and decision-making power back to the community, divest from APD by reinvesting in public services, and re-envision public safety in our city. We believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few.

Read our June 15 #StopCopCity Press Release

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