They Want to Build a Cop City. We Don’t Need It.

By Brandon M

All opinions are the author’s own and are not representative of any models pictured.

If a budget can reveal character, then so too can an investment. 

It’s been a  year and a half out from the public onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. How far have we come?

Workers, once labeled “heroes,” are now being forgotten and exploited more than ever before. Let’s remember that the sentiment was never genuine for those forced back to their jobs on the frontlines amid a global public safety crisis – with no real material benefits to show for it, all while the corporations they work for are clocking record profits. 

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#StopCopCity Banner Drop, 8/14

On Monday, the coalition to oppose the destruction of the Old Prison Farm and replace it with a massive police training facility (a “Cop City”) saw a major victory in the tabling of the proposal until September 7.

Atlanta DSA has been a leader in this coalition and will continue to fight to make sure community voices are heard in this process. To get involved, visit atldsa.org/StopCopCity

Over last weekend, many Atlanta DSA members got together to share their message with the city. Shown in this post are some photos from the event, courtesy of Brandon Mishawn.

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Cop City Is Not What Atlanta Needs

The controversy over building the proposed Cop City on 150 acres of the Old Atlanta Prison Farm on Key Road is fraught with false narratives, including those in a recent AJC op-ed by George Turner, former Atlanta chief of police. These narratives remain regurgitated by police, reinforce the misunderstood objectives of the City Council, and result in a distorted view of the urgency of law enforcement needs. Police attempt to control the narrative with cooperation by corporate media such as the AJC, whose parent company is paying for Cop City to be built.

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A Case Study in Manufacturing Consent

Last week, Fox 5 Atlanta interviewed two leaders of Atlanta DSA, including a lead organizer of the chapter’s recently started “Stop Cop City” campaign opposing the Atlanta Police Foundation’s plans to demolish 300 acres of public forest land. While it is refreshing to see a mainstream news station platform socialist organizers, the nature of the coverage and the interview reveals the way our corporate-funded media attempts to influence public opinion in the name of objectivity.

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