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As the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade shook the nation, hundreds of Atlantans took to the streets Friday evening, braving the sweltering heat and humidity to demand reproductive rights.
Not everyone is able to go out and protest, and that’s okay. But there are still plenty of ways to help out those in our local community who are fighting for racial equity. Here is a roundup of local and national nonprofits, groups, and funds.
Bars and nightclubs can re-open beginning today, and many have concerns about how protesting will impact COVID-19 spread. Here’s your Monday morning update.
Starting around 3 p.m. from Centennial Olympic Park, young and old activists holding signs and chanting the names of black people killed by police marched south toward the CNN Center and through downtown before ending at the Georgia Capitol. Then they marched back toward Centennial Olympic Park where APD officers corralled the crowd in front of CNN Center. Around 7 p.m., the peaceful march and protest changed in tone as scuffles and confrontations between some protesters and police escalated into a relatively small number of protesters setting a police car on fire and spray painting the CNN Center.
"Go home," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms implored Atlanta protesters. "I cannot protect you out in those streets."
On Saturday morning, thousands gathered near the Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta to protest HB 481, a bill recently signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp that bars most abortions after six weeks.
Fighting to kneel: A Kennesaw State University cheerleader sues for the right to protest on the playing field
Similar to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, five cheerleaders for Kennesaw State University decided to kneel during the national anthem at a football game to protest unjustified killings by police officers. When the school decided to move them off the field if they were going to kneel, Tommia Dean, one of the cheerleaders, filed a lawsuit against the school's higher ups for restricting her freedom of speech.
Stepping off of the elevator onto the second floor of the High Museum of Art’s Ann Cox Chamber Wing, nearly 150 gold-painted arms raised with the Black Power fist are suspended in the air. Connected by cables, they form a shape that looks like a mix of Newton’s Cradle and a helix of DNA.
With 14 empty school desks, Atlanta artist Joseph Guay gave March for Our Lives protesters another way to speak out
As hundreds of thousands protested across the country during March for Our Lives, Atlanta artist Joseph Guay set up 14 school desks coated in blackboard paint near the Georgia capitol—one for each student killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
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