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A call for a mass mobilization against the KKK in Georgia at Stone Mountain Park on February 2nd.
On February 2, 2019, the Ku Klux Klan are planning a white power rally to spread their message of hate. They want us to be afraid of them. We must organize to oppose them.
If the Klan holds another Rock Stone Mountain II rally on February 2, 2019, we must be present in large numbers, bearing a bouquet of tactics to prevent them. We must bring a clear message: Hate has no place here.
Rock Stone Mountain II main organizer John Michael Estes currently begging for funding on white nationalist Facebook. Estes writing about a white supremacist "after event party" following the Feb 2nd rally. #RockStoneMountain @flowerunited
(More on Estes: https://t.co/ZJgtMadE6O) pic.twitter.com/aKmI0iocyt
— Atlanta Antifascists (@afainatl) January 3, 2019
Why Stone Mountain?
Stone Mountain is the birthplace of the modern KKK and a continued site of historical importance for the Klan. The carvings of Confederate generals on the side of the mountain were commissioned by white supremacists as a testament to the values of the Old South.
The KKK rally at Stone Mountain is one month away! Spread the word where you work, your neighborhood, your churches/places of worship, your union halls, etc… community support/action is needed to stop white supremacists organizing where we live!#noklan https://t.co/RWxGd8xbL2 pic.twitter.com/OTfshgmZjz
— F.L.O.W.E.R. (@flowerunited) January 2, 2019
The Park was purchased by the state of Georgia as a direct affront to the Civil Rights movement. The preservation of the monument (and others like it) is enshrined into Georgia law. This racist legacy lives on, and organized white supremacists, emboldened by the election of Trump, want us to be afraid.
In the face of all these horrors, we are not powerless.
Immediately after the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, 40,000 people took the streets to shut down white supremacists in Boston. Across the Southeast, Confederate monuments – once thought untouchable – came crashing down through protest and mass action. In April 2016, anti-racists converged on Stone Mountain to shut down the KKK.
Political tensions have grown over the last few years, and white supremacists have been steadily bolstered by rhetoric from Trump and other political leaders. Anti-immigrant attacks, border militarization, anti-semitism, sexual assault, and the erasure of trans-identity are daily battles. The president has even attacked birthright citizenship: the cornerstone of legal rights for minorities in this country. Pipe bombs are mailed to public figures who criticize Trump. Far-right militias are forming across the nation, and white supremacists are becoming more public and outspoken. Violent attacks against minorities at synagogues and Black churches have escalated since Dylann Roof’s massacre in 2015.
And here in Georgia, thousands of mishandled votes this November showed us that politics alone cannot stop the violence. If we want to change this reality, we must organize.
— F.L.O.W.E.R. (@flowerunited) December 8, 2018
All out Atlanta
Atlanta Black Cross
Atlanta Food Not Bombs
Atlanta General Defense Committee
Atlanta Industrial Workers of the World
Atlanta Resistance Medics
Atlanta Solidarity Fund
Asheville Anti-Racism (NC)
A World Without Police
De-Confederate Austin (TX)
Feed the People Farms
Gainesville Redneck Revolt (FL)
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee – Atlanta chapter
Jewish Antifascist Coalition of the Triangle (NC)
Lexington Anti-Racist Action (KY)
Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America
Mississippi Rising Coalition
North Georgia Socialist Rifle Association
On Our Own Authority! Publishing
One People’s Project
Socialist Coalition of North Georgia
The Atlanta Straight Edge
The Final Straw radio show
Tidewater Industrial Workers of the World (VA)
Young Democratic Socialists of America
Workers Solidarity Alliance – Atlanta
Progressive Student Alliance at Georgia State University
Raleigh-Durham General Defense Committee (NC)
Raleigh-Durham Industrial Workers of the World (NC)
Southern Coordinating Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World
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