Poster: War in the Neighborhood
This poster, attached below, is made to be printed on 11x17 paper and posted around town everywhere.
"On April 8th, residents at Edgewood Courts apartments confronted dozens of Atlanta police officers who were attacking a crowd of people. What made this event remarkable was not the repression -- beatings and arrests are standard police behavior -- but that people fought back.
The specific events are not clear to us, but we understand this struggle as another moment of the endless conflict between populations and the police designed to control them: Oakland 2010, Seattle 2011, Anaheim 2012, and East Flatbush, Brooklyn a few weeks ago. All over the country, neighborhoods have organized to resist their common enemy: the cops.
The recent repression in Edgewood Courts, however, must be seen in its unique context. The City of Atlanta has begun a process of "revitalization" and redevelopment of large parts of the city. But for whom?
Developers, capitalists, businessmen, and tourists. Their goal is not to eradicate drugs or crime from the area, but to annihilate the people who stand in their way, the forces that are obstacles to the growth of profit and the escalation of control.
This was not the first time the people living in Edgewood Courts fought the police and we do not expect it to be the last. A week ago, youth congregating at the Edgewood playground were instructed to disperse by the police and refused to follow orders. Rumor has it that someone threw a brick at a cop who drew his shotgun on the crowd of kids.
We are excited by these events and inspired by the courage of the neighborhood. We know that the first step is always the hardest, but we hope to see uncontrollable situations continue to emerge from the self-organized struggle against the police.
What will it take to get the police out of this neighborhood for good?"