Atlanta’s power structure has escalated its crackdown on the courageous activists opposing construction of Cop City. With an indictment last week, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr charged 61 activists with violating the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law. Georgia is claiming that the diverse collection of activists, mutual aid groups, bail funds, and movements critical of unchecked policing are engaged in a criminal conspiracy. The charges reflect tactics used to criminalize dissent and social justice activism since the first Red Scare – one of the most repressive eras in U.S. history.
Another target of the indictment is mutual aid. For activists, mutual aid is an essential way to secure and provide for basic needs; for the state of Georgia, it is evidence of a conspiracy. The indictment is a direct attack on the lifeblood of social movements: solidarity.
Like Cop City itself, the indictment is born of backlash, white supremacy’s response to Black-led protests. Indeed, the indictment backdates the anti-Cop City effort to the 2020 protests, which happened nearly a year before plans for the police training compound were even announced.
The defiant struggle against Cop City carries on, and we are proud to support it.
Watch Sadaf Doost, our attorney and Bertha Justice fellow discussing our recent lawsuit seeking to compel the Pentagon, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security to provide information on the thousands of Afghan evacuees arbitrarily detained in third countries and the U.S.’s role in such detention. Watch the interview on Democracy Now!'s website.
The lawsuit was brought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and cites the reports of brutal treatment at facilities, which are largely coordinated, facilitated, or under the control of the U.S. government. Learn more about the lawsuit on our website.
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