“A Political Prosecution: 61 Cop City Opponents Hit with RICO Charges by Georgia’s Republican AG”
Georgia is intensifying its crackdown against opponents of Cop City, with the state’s Republican attorney general announcing sweeping indictments of 61 people on racketeering charges over protests and other activism related to the $90 million police training facility planned to be built in Atlanta.”
“They are choosing to use the legal process in an essentially violent way to target protesters,” says attorney Devin Franklin with the Southern Center for Human Rights, which is organizing legal representation for the defendants in the case. Keyanna Jones, a Stop Cop City organizer with Community Movement Builders, who notes the indictments are dated from May 25, 2020, the day Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. “The government is simply upset that people seek to … use their First Amendment right to protest when we see injustice coming from those in authority.”- Democracy Now
Where is CopCity? Who are the corporate supporters of Cop City? Which protestor was killed? Arrested? Follow along with this 90 second video and get more details in this StoryMap to understand how the Corporate Empire is striking back against resistors protesting Cop City.
Storytell with videos
Bernice King, quoted her father, Martin Luther King Jr, in his 1957 speech “Give Us the Ballot” in a letter that called on Atlanta city leaders to “put it to a public vote.” “The participation of the people must be welcome. Atlanta cannot be a city that closes its ears to its most vulnerable residents, who have been made so by historically discriminatory, destructive, and undemocratic policies and practices.”
How can grassroots groups draw attention to their cause and mobilize supporters? How can they do this quickly with little staff, money and skills? Check this StoryMap about what’s happening in Atlanta and then read on to see how it was created, and applying the same visual storytelling technique for your cause.
This video was created with the free iMovie app. Learn more about how activists can create videos and obtain pro bono help here. Music credit StarWars.
Mobilization for an evolving issue
Grassroots groups are at a disadvantage. They cannot afford slick marketing consultants nor budgets to produce fancy videos like corporations. And their supporters do not own big media empires. How can they get their story heard against such powerful forces? Move fast with storytelling using videos and StoryMaps to mobilize supporters.
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Vote To Stop Cop City: Atlanta’s Fight Against Corporate Control (Aug 12, 2023)
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