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Criminalizing Poverty Goes Into Overdrive

Criminalizing Poverty: During Today's Economic Crisis,
New Laws Crack Down on America's Poor and Homeless

Home Liberation 101

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Do you have a home, with heat, food, and indoor plumbing? Maybe you have a fireplace or a special room with a rec center. So many people in America have none of these things, but are trying to find ways to have the most basic housing. Michelene and Reneka are two women in Atlanta who were fed up with being homeless and bouncing between shelters in the city. With the help of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, and support of a local church and residents in the Pittsburgh neighborhood, these two women and their two kids made history in Atlanta by liberating and moving into an abandoned home. Within days this unused house soon had lights, heat, water, food and toys for the kids all donated by local supporters. But within 6 days, Atlanta Police along with representatives from M&T Bank (the absentee owner) were evicting this family and arresting the women for trespassing. This show is a report on the eviction aftermath. It runs 30 minutes.

Fannie Mae Don't Take My Home Away Part 2

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Welcome to part 2 of our report, Fannie Mae Don't Take My Home Away. In this report, you'll hear from people from around the South East who are dealing with home foreclosure, eviction and homelessness. The organizers of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta present a list of demands that they feel will help homeowners and neighborhoods hit hard by the housing bubble collapse. Despite being surrounded by police, people spoke clearly and powerfully about their experiences with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other banks that refuse to negotiate re-structuring of their mortgages and help them keep their homes. After some well placed phone calls, building security finally took the letters and the demands that the demonstrators had requested be delivered to the Fannie Mae offices. Another small win for people fighting for their future. This film runs 51 minutes.

hangout to reclaim public space

Date/Time: 
Fri, 09/14/2012 - 8:00pm
Location: 
Near Fox Theater
Ponce De Leon Ave & Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA
United States

The rich in Atlanta want to make poverty invisible downtown.  They want poor people, black people, the homeless, and anyone else they deem "unsightly" to feel unwelcome in the heart of Atlanta.  We can resist their racist, anti-poor agenda.  It's easy: just hang out where they don't want us to!

Send a message to the Atlanta elite: Downtown belongs to the people, we'll hang out where we want!
Friday, Sept. 14th, 2012 8pm
Near Fox Theater (Ponce De Leon Ave & Peachtree St NE)

This is a protest, but mostly it's a fun gathering that will make rich snobs uncomfortable.  So come ready to enjoy yourself!
Ideas for what to bring:  Friends, boom-boxes, noise-makers, food and drink to share, tables and stuff to sit on, checkers and playing cards, signs and literature about class war/panhandling/etc.

Make downtown a welcoming place for "unsightly" people!

downtown atlanta vs. the poor

The City of Atlanta is at war with the poor. In March, city council passed a sweeping anti-homeless ordinance which illegalizes sleeping anywhere on city property. This makes criminals of every person who has nowhere to sleep but an overpass, sidewalk, or park bench.

Police Evict Troy Davis Park Occupation

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Early Wednesday morning, police evicted the occupation outside Troy Davis Park in downtown Atlanta.  Nobody was arrested, but tents were seized by police, and some were destroyed.  The encampment was led and organized by homeless people.  In addition to losing their tent city, some occupiers lost all of their personal belongings.

Last month, city council passed an ordinance targeted against "urban camping", which makes all occupations on city property illegal.  The ordinance was not enforced until Wednesday, which was also when movie trailers and camera crews appeared across the street to shoot Necessary Roughness, a network TV show.

Communique for demonstration against eviction of Troy Davis Park 4/11/12

This is to accompany a demonstration against the producers of a show called Necessary Roughness that caused the eviction of the encampment at Troy Davis Park today.  The demonstration is to meet at the corner of Edgewood and Peachtree at 1:00 pm today, April 11. 

 

On Wednesday, April 11th, around 6am, the Atlanta Police Department evicted an encampment of people from the sidewalk of Troy Davis Park (formerly known as Woodruff Park). These people have been living in tents at the park since October 2011 as part of a demonstration against the corruption and greed that caused the economic crisis and put many of them in their current desperate positions.

Free Gary Johnson! Homelessness in California is now punishable by a year in jail.

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[Photo by Liberation News.  Daily protests at the Santa Cruz Courthouse from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />7:30 AM to 9:00 AM demanding freedom for protesters convicted of sleeping.]


 

Food Not Bombs: free meal in protest of militarism and waste

Date/Time: 
Sun, 01/09/2011 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
80 Mayson Ave (to cook) 650 Ponce (to serve)
80 Mayson Ave
Atlanta, GA
United States

Food Not Bombs serves a free meal each week to the homeless and anyone who's hungry in protest against the massive expenditure of resources on militarism that should be going to provide for basic human needs.  Come join us to cook the meal at 80 Mayson, serve it at 650 ponce (across from City Hall East), or clean up afterwards at 80 Mayson!  Call 404-939-7699 with questions or contact delldot at gmail. 

Food Not Bombs: free meal in protest of militarism and waste

Date/Time: 
Sun, 01/02/2011 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
80 Mayson Ave (to cook) 650 Ponce (to serve)
80 Mayson Ave
Atlanta, GA
United States

Food Not Bombs serves a free meal each week to the homeless and anyone who's hungry in protest against the massive expenditure of resources on militarism that should be going to provide for basic human needs.  Come join us to cook the meal at 80 Mayson, serve it at 650 ponce, or clean up afterwards at 80 Mayson!  Call 404-939-7699 with questions or contact delldot at gmail. 

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