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Our investigation of thousands of pages of internal-affairs documents raises questions about reform at the beleaguered department.
For more than three weeks, protestors occupied the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by police. Here are the are the stories of four people who witnessed the occupation from four different perspectives.
Georgia House Bill 838 passed the legislature in June and is on Governor Brian Kemp's desk. While proponents say it provides necessary protections for police and first responders, some civil rights groups argue that it is a tool to muzzle protestors. Here's how the legislation quickly came to be and what people are saying about it.
Kawan “KP The Great” Prather’s multi-hyphenated career in the music business all started with him simply asking questions. The Vine City native hopped on the phone to chat about his storied career in the music business, making protest music, and his next ventures.
"The South Bend Commons was really founded for moments like these," say Sean Wolters and Juliet Jordan, two members of the South Atlanta community-led organization. "Our collective was founded with the idea that building and fighting go hand-in-hand."
On the evening of Friday, June 12, 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by an Atlanta Police Department officer in the parking lot of the Wendy's restaurant on University Avenue in Peoplestown.
Many Atlantans were surprised when, out of the blue on Saturday afternoon, the City of Atlanta tweeted that the citywide curfew, which had been in effect for a week and was originally planned to continue for two more nights, would suddenly be lifted. Perhaps more than anything, the curfews created intense confusion.
This time of unrest offers the chance to take a different path forward and lead the Atlanta region, the South, and the nation toward a more equitable future. We must take the lessons (both good and bad) from our courageous past to realize a New Atlanta Way.
If Atlanta’s most famous hip-hop stars want to participate in activism, they’ll have to reckon with their own elite statuses
While it’s certainly possible to both empathize with protesters and feel pained to see the city in chaos, Atlanta's mainstream hip-hop artists also benefit financially from encouraging peace. As entrepreneurs and longtime ambassadors of a city that is a hub for Black businesses, their economic success and the continued growth of Atlanta are indisputably linked. Even if they came from the Black working class and genuinely wish to advocate for them, refusing to acknowledge this reality dilutes their messages.
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