Call/email the Mayor and City Council and let them know that an $90 million cop academy is not what we need to keep our communities safe! Atlanta City Council should call a referendum on cop city to let the people of Atlanta have a voice!

Below are some optional talking points for your message to City Council. Feel free to write your own script and talking points—the more personalized you can make your message, the better!

  • My name is _____ and I am a resident and voter in Atlanta. I live in City Council district ______. 
  • I oppose the lease of public land to the privately owned, corporate-funded Atlanta Police Foundation. Voters are paying close attention to your stance on Cop City, and issues related to policing and incarceration. Like Joyce Sheperd, we will vote you out!
  • This project has attracted nationwide negative publicity to the city of Atlanta. It is a lopsided project that will benefit corporations and developers while harming citizens.
  • Cops and cop academies do not keep people safe! This training facility will be used to train cops to better use violent repression tactics against Atlanta civilians, weapons and explosives testing, and dangerous shooting ranges. There is NO evidence this project will train cops in much-needed de-escalation tactics.
  • The city must use these funds instead to address the housing crisis through creation of affordable housing, addressing systemic inequality with better public services, attracting community gardens and farm-share programs to serve the many food deserts, improving inefficient public transportation, and aiding our homeless communities who feel the effects of increased wealth disparity the most.
  • The approval of the Atlanta Police Foundation project lacked a democratic process. The surrounding residents in DeKalb county were not consulted prior to this proposal to lease the land. City Council has a responsibility to seek community input when making decisions (including renters and low-income community members, NOT just homeowners and the business community!)
  • You should support holding a binding referendum on Cop City on the ballot in this November’s elections. Let the residents of Atlanta democratically decide whether they believe this is what’s best for their city. If we do not hold a referendum, it only underscores that the city is forcing this project on the city in an undemocratic and authoritarian fashion.
  • Please vote NO on any public funds for Cop City or any increase in police funding in this year’s City of Atlanta’s budget.

To call individual Council Members outside of the public comment period, use the following contact info below. Find your city council representative and district information here.

If you live in Dekalb County, and want to contact your Dekalb Commissioner, you can go here to find contact information for your commissioner and ask them to pass a referendum on Dekalb to stop cop city, and revoke the permit to the City of Atlanta to allow construction.

Mayor Andre Dickens
(voted in support of the project in 2021) • (404) 330-6004

Bryan Thomas
Communications Director, Mayor Dickens

Council President •  Doug Shipman • (404) 330-6052

At-Large 1  • Michael J Bond
(voted in support of the project in 2021) • (404) 330-6770

At-Large 2 • Matt Westmoreland
(voted in support of the project in 2021) • (404) 330-6302

At-Large 3 • Keisha Sean Waites • (404) 330-6041

District 1 • Jason Winston • (404) 330-6039

District 2 • Amir Farokhi • (404) 330-6038

District 3 • Byron Amos • (404) 330-6046

District 4 • Jason Dozier • (404) 330-6047

District 5 • Liliana Bakhtiari • (404) 330-6048

District 6 • Alex Wan • (404) 330-6049

District 7 • Howard Shook
(voted to support the project in 2021) • (404) 330-6050

District 8 • Mary Norwood • (404) 330-6051

District 9 • Dustin Hillis
(voted to support the project in 2021) • (404) 330-6044

District 10 • Andrea Boone
(voted to support the project in 2021) • (404) 330-6055

District 11 • Marci C. Overstreet
(voted to support the project in 2021) • (404) 330-6054

District 12 •  Antonio Lewis • (404) 330-6053