Filed under: Action, Solidarity, Southeast
Report from DC on recent rally in solidarity with the ongoing struggle to Stop Cop City.
On the 9th of February, the fight against Atlanta’s “Cop City” police training range proposed for the Weelaunee Forest again came to DC. Protesters marched on Cox Enterprises (owner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper), and on Wells Fargo (a major funder of the project) with just one demand: Drop Cop City!
We were out this morning to tell @govkemp @CoxEnterprises and @wellsfargo that they must listen to the people and drop their support for the murderous #CopCity project in Atlanta #StopCopCity pic.twitter.com/cX9n3FbaNS
— ShutDownDC (@ShutDown_DC) February 9, 2023
We cannot forget the sacrifice of forest defender Tortuguita (“Tort”) who gave their life in defense of the Weelaunee Forest on January 18th, 2023. They were murdered by Atlanta Police in a blizzard of gunfire that day. Body camera footage shows four spaced shots followed by a blitz of rapid fire, then a cop saying, “You fucked up your own officer,” referring to the cop wounded in the guts by another cop’s bullet.
Even with the National Guard backing up heavy militarized police, activists are still holding out in the forest, vowing to defend the woods whatever the price may be. From March 4th to 11th, another national week of action in the forest has been called for. Reinforcements are always needed.