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Jan 19, 23

Justice for Tort

A dedication for Tortuguita, an anarchist who was shot and killed by police while defending the Weelaunee forest in Atlanta, Georgia on January 18th. Originally published by the Atlanta Community Press Collective.

We are devastated by the loss of our friend who was killed by the police. Tortuguita was a kind, passionate, and loving person, cherished by their community.

They spent their time between Atlanta, defending the forest from destruction and coordinating mutual aid for the movement and Florida, where they helped build housing in low-income communities hit hardest by the hurricane. They were a trained medic, a loving partner, a dear friend, a brave soul, and so much more. In Tort’s name, we continue to fight to protect the forest and stop Cop City with love, rage, and a commitment to each other’s safety and well-being.

Many people have reached out with memories and accounts of Tortuguita. They are remembered and cherished by many friends, loved ones, and people who they supported with mutual aid.

“They loved all life and people – especially their qtpoc community — deeply.“

“Tortuguita was a very kind person. They were always willing to help and take care people in need around them, especially the qtbipoc community. They were always attentive to others needs and offer always the best of them. Truly a warrior for the forest and the people! I miss them so much.”

We don’t know what happened yesterday, but we know that the police killed them while they were defending the forest.

Please reach out with accounts of Tortuguita to honor their memory to [email protected]

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Atlanta Community Press Collective is a horizontally organized community-based collective of writers and researchers in Atlanta focused on radical education and empowerment of autonomous movements.

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