This week, Aja talks with Kamau Franklin of Community Movement Builders in Atlanta about the recent city council vote in which council members voted to table Cop City legislation that would have authorized a ground lease of 381 acres of green space to Atlanta Police Foundation for $10 a year. This means that Cop City was in fact stopped — at least until the vote that is scheduled to take place on Sept. 7. The unexpected turn raises a lot of questions for Atlantans, journalists, and organizers. In this episode, we discuss the vote, how we got here as a city, and what could happen next.
In the intro, Aja takes a much-needed moment of reflection of Mariam Abdulrab. The restaurant community in Atlanta mourns as another tragedy ripples through the city, and we stand in solidarity with those communities as well as survivors of violence.
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“How we got here” highlight reel via Mainline’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mainlinezine/
Aja’s article featured in The Intercept: https://theintercept.com/2021/08/11/atlanta-police-training-center/
The People’s Town Hall recording: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=414307796658247&ref=watch_permalink
It’s Going Down feature detailing the history of the Old Atlanta Prison Farm by Atlanta Community Press Collective: https://itsgoingdown.org/slave-labor-overcrowding-and-unmarked-graves-the-buried-history-of-atlanta-city-prison-farm/