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Black Lives Matter, Today and Always

The horrifying events of the last few weeks — lynchings of Black people, at the hands of the state and its citizens — are not new. Police forces have been terrorizing Black communities for decades, and across our country, Black bodies continue to be criminalized and discarded. The people marching in the streets are demanding more than a criminal case. More than a guilty verdict. They are demanding liberation, accountability, and the freedom to live a full and vibrant life. In Georgia, we know that justice cannot be won by operating only in the paradigm presented by the criminal legal system. We know that we must continue to seek to address both the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by state violence, mass incarceration, and other systems of oppression. In the words of Ella Baker, “Until the killing of Black [people], Black [parents’ children] becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white [parent’s child], we who believe in freedom cannot rest.” 

We cannot rest.

If you are planning to protest, please read the below tips, from Charlene Carruthers and Law4BlackLives, and please wear a mask. If you would like to lend support financially, please consider contributing to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund.