Cop City is a $90 million dollar, 381 acre police militarization center.
The Stop Cop City Referendum Campaign has launched a ballot referendum to let the people of Atlanta decide.The campaign is collecting signatures for a referendum to stop the police militarization center. It represents the true Atlanta community, which is a diverse, passionate, widespread coalition of Atlanta residents, human rights organizations, educators, faith leaders, youth, students, and everyday Atlantans who are fighting for an Atlanta that works for everyone not just corporations and powerful politicians.See how the people in Atlanta are fighting big money, corporate interests behind Cop City with this StoryMap and how you can help.
What is Cop City?
“The Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, or Cop City, is a plan to cut down at least 85 acres of forest land in Southeast Atlanta to build a police militarization center that includes a pretend city for police to train in urban warfare and control tactics. It would be built in a majority Black area of DeKalb County, which would only worsen the environmental racism and pollution that residents already experience.Cop City was designed by the Atlanta Police Foundation, a corporate-funded private organization, and approved by a City Council and Mayor that have continually ignored the voices of residents. Cop City is an anti-democratic deal struck behind closed doors, backed by corporate money, and full of corruption. It does not represent the people of Atlanta.” – Stop Cop City Vote
Brutal campaign to suppress protestors
“Manuel (Tortuguita) Terán, one of the protesters was shot and killed by police officers, who fired at least fifty-seven rounds. Authorities claimed that Terán was armed and shot first, but an autopsy did not provide evidence that Terán discharged a weapon. The officers involved were not wearing body cameras.OVer forty protesters were charged with domestic terrorism. A number of them had their bail paid by the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, which is run by a nonprofit. A month later, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation sent swat teams to arrest three of the fund’s organizers, on charges of money laundering and charity fraud.” – The New YorkerDonate to Stop Cop City Referendum Campaign
Sign the petition
Organizers have field teams at our Eastside location, Monday to Saturday11am to 8pm and Westside location, Monday to Sunday, 11am to 8pm with a petition ready for you to sign. You can be in and out in less than 5 min! You must sign the petition in person (old fashioned pen to paper) in order for it to be counted.
Park Avenue Baptist Church, 486 Park Ave SE (Entrance on Sydney Ave), Atlanta, GA 30312 (Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm)
American Friends Service Committee, 711 Catherine St SW (Entrance on Mayland Ave), Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30310 (Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm)If you’re interested and able to help others to sign the petition, they’d love to have you canvass! Find a shift that works for you.Check if you were registered to vote in Atlanta in the 2021 election here.TakeAway: Sign the referendum to Stop Cop City if you area eligible to vote in Atlanta. Otherwise volunteer or donate to help the campaign.Deepak
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