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We are the 99% We will no longer remain silent!
We are the 99% We will no longer remain silent!

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We are the 99%. We are homeowners, renters, students and community members.

I hereby pledge that until the banks do their part to help homeowners and to fix the economy, by writing down mortgage principal to current home values, I will:

I will support homeowners resisting wrongful foreclosure evictions.
I will resist any attempt by the bank to take my home.
If they come to foreclose, I will not go.

Sign the pledge!

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Occupy Atlanta Rocks Manuel’s Tavern
Just a tiny sample of the awesome. Thank you Aviva and the Flying Penguins, Stoni Taylor, Drew Cline, Elizabeth Fields, Shabaka 2012, Midnight, Frankie Sinn, Lady Morrighan, and everyone else who made the night amazing!

TODAY @ 7:00 PM Atlanta General Assembly in Woodruff Park, ATL GA
Join Us and have your voice heard!

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Celebrate the New Year by bringing a loud cheer to those inside the Detention Center... Bring the Noise!
Dec 31 @ Atlanta City Detention Center
9:30 PM - 10:15 PM

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Occupy Atlanta Stands With the Waiters Family and All Victims of Violence

Occupy Atlanta is a non-violent movement. While we cannot always control who attends events we plan or support, we strongly urge everyone to respect the intentions and ethical foundations of events organized by Occupy Atlanta and the other groups we forge connections with. In particular, the event in Union City last night was intended to send a strong and solemn message about police brutality and the toll it is taking on our community. We do not condone the actions taken by the few individuals last night that have seemingly overshadowed the message of the many, as well as the wishes of the Waiters family. Occupy Atlanta is firm in its resolve to protest police violence and will continue on the path of organized non-violent protest, which is a core principle of the OWS movement.

We stand in solidarity with all people and communities that have been impacted by police violence and will continue stand with them to ensure that they are not marginalized or forgotten. We respect their grief and desire to create a more peaceful world. We hope that we can continue to work together to create strong communities that are united by respect and compassion.

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Look out for the The Global Square in January! the online occupation.

Occupy Geeks Are Building a Social Network for the 99%

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Last chance to purchase OccupyAtlanta Raffle Tickets ONLINE benefiting our Legal Fund

Occupy Atlanta Variety Show! Dec 29 @ Manuel's Tavern, Atlanta GA
Thursday, December 29, 2011
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

And boy, do we have variety. Poetry, belly dancing, music, juggling…you name it. Plus a raffle. Prizes include art from the paintbrush of the talented Kimlee Davis, and more. Hosted by Art for the People.

Raffle tickets will be $5 in advance, $10 at the door. You need not be present to win.

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Demand Justice for Ariston Waiters!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Occupy Atlanta Demands Justice for Recent String of State Murders

This Wednesday, December 28th at 7:00 pm, Occupy Atlanta will join the Union City community and the family of 19-year old father Ariston “Asteroid” Waiters in a rally at Union City City Hall.

Come out to the art gallery and studio at Peachtree and Pine this Wednesday starting at 4:00pm as we make signs and other materials for this action. We will be meeting promptly at 5:30pm in Troy Davis Park to carpool to Union City which is just south of Atlanta. Transportation will be leaving in waves and no later than 6:15pm. We will join other endorsing groups such as the NAACP, National Action Network, and The Malcolm X Grassroots Organization, among others, in a rally on Union City, City Hall.

Please bring drums, banners, signs, your voice, and all appropriate expressions of love and rage.

4:00pm sign and banner making

Peachtree and Pine Art Gallery and Studio, 4th Floor
477 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

5:30pm van/carpooling to Union City
Troy Davis Park
91 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, Georgia

7:00pm rally on Union City, City Hall
5047 Union Street
Union City, GA 30291-1455

Asteroid was gunned down in cold blood by a Union City cop on Wednesday December 14th. Asteroid was unarmed and posed no danger to anyone yet he was executed with two rounds to his back. He was shot in the back! There is no excuse for that!

The Union City police initially tried to claim that Asteroid was involved in a physical altercation with an officer as they arrived on the scene of an alleged fight amongst school aged children. Every single eyewitness agreed that Asteroid was not involved in any altercation but was in fact running in the opposite direction of the police when he was murdered.

Amber Dorsey and Darren Turner told investigators they were on a neighbor’s back porch December 14 when they saw 19-year-old Ariston Waiters being gunned down by a Union City police officer. “I saw Ariston look back then run and ‘Pow’, the officer shot him,” Dorsey said. “He continued to run then, ‘Pow’, the officer shot him again.”

Union City police immediately began an official cover up. Union City police are guilty of intimidating the eyewitnesses to the shooting during their interrogation by having the murderer in the same room. Would you feel comfortable speaking out about a murder with the murderer in the room while his co-workers interrogated you?

“That breaks every known protocol when interviewing someone regarding a shooting,” Attorney Mawuli Davis told CBS Atlanta. “It should have never happened, and there has to be some action taken against all of the officers involved who were trying to interrogate and intimidate these two young people.”

The Union City police is also accused of holding witnesses for an excessive amount of time in order to prevent them from speaking to the GBI. Union City police are also reported to have torn up witnesses statements. Sadly, these intimidation tactics are all too common.

As a community we cannot stand for these attempts to intimidate witnesses and cover up the circumstances of the death of this young father. Some action must be taken, and an organizer of this Wednesday’s rally is calling for justice for Asteroid and the people of Union City. But what does justice look like for the dead?

No unlikely murder conviction for this homicidal cop will reunite Asteroid with his daughter or partner. No monetary settlement will buy back the trust of the community. What is Asteroid’s mother supposed to do with her boy dead?

Our communities have a cop problem. Sadly, Asteroid isn’t even the latest youth slain in a recent string of killings by police in Metro Atlanta. One week ago police ended the life of a 15 year old boy that has been described as mentally ill. Before that Joetavious Stafford was shot under almost identical circumstances as Asteroid including multiple shots to the back, wildly differing eyewitness statements from what the police allege, and an evident official cover up. We must stop these killings.

Come out on Wednesday with Occupy Atlanta as we join the Union City community and Asteroid’s family at the City Hall. Others are calling for justice, and we will stand with them, but we will be calling for retribution against this murdering authority and the system of state violence he is but one part of.

We are not likely to find what we need through official investigation, prosecution, citizen review boards, civil litigation, or apologies. Just look at how the Kathryn Johnston shooting was handled. But we can work together outside these institutions that are either closed to us (meaningful investigation, prosecution) or that a facade (review boards).

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Happening Today at Occupy Atlanta!

3:00 PM Rooftop Gardens Project Meeting - Peachtree & Pine 4th floor

4:00 PM - Interfaith Prayer Hour - Morehouse School of Religion on the campus of the Interdenominational Theological Center at Bennett Hall

4:00 PM - OATL x OWS Tech Ops, Website, and IT Meetup! - Woodruff Park

5:00 PM - Media Committee Meeting - Woodruff Park
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