On the night of June 12, 2020, Atlanta police officers murdered Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, at a Wendy’s in south Atlanta, Georgia. This took place immediately following the high point of the countrywide uprising in which people responded to the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and countless other Black people around the United States. In response, a new wave of protest and revolt broke out across Atlanta, in which the Wendy’s burned to the ground. Armed Black demonstrators occupied the site of the Wendy’s, mourning for Rayshard Brooks and seeking to create spaces of Black empowerment.Continue reading We Are Now: The Story of an Armed No-Cop Zone in Atlanta [Video]
Atlanta. Georgia. The following article analyzes the events that took place between June 12th to July 14th at the occupation of a Wendy’s in Atlanta, the site of Rayshard Brooks’ murder by the Atlanta Police Department. Over the course of this month, a strange in-between world formed around the burned intestines of a fast food restaurant. In it, we saw one of the most militant examples of Black struggle in the country. The exemplary character of the struggle at the Wendy’s allowed the authors to experience some of the most powerful interventions—and some of the most dangerous limitations—that American rebellion confronts today. In what follows, the authors focus on three dimensions of this conflict: the effect of Black (militant) leadership, fatalism and paranoia as constitutive conditions of the event, and the function of guns and lethal force in unfolding conflict.Continue reading At the Wendy’s: Armed Struggle at the End of the World
New York City. In a time of political upheaval, pandemic, and protest comrades of Black Rose/Rosa Negra NYC Local in New York City have produced this statement.Continue reading Statement: The Necessity of Abolishing the Police and Capitalism
A retrospective on the ongoing revolt in so-called Atlanta, Georgia that has exploded in the wake of the police murders of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks.Continue reading Front Liners To The Front: A Report On The #GeorgeFloyd Uprising In #Atlanta
Atlanta. Georgia. On July 4th, the holiday that celebrates the founding of the white supremacist United States by slave owners, militants attacked the Georgia State Patrol headquarters in Atlanta, setting off fireworks inside the building.Continue reading #Georgia State Patrol Headquarters Attacked in #Atlanta
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My partner and I are awakened at 7 am on Friday morning by an emergency phone call. A family member is suicidal after a week of suffering paranoid delusions. This is one of a few crises in the last few years.
After we make a plan for support, I check my phone. A police precinct in Minneapolis was torched the night before in outrage over the murder of George Floyd and over 1000 murders of Black people at the hands of the police per year.
That day, I attend the first of many protests, inspired by the property destruction in Minneapolis, for George Floyd, Breonna Tayler and Ahmaud Arbery in Atlanta, while my partner visits the family member, and tries to convince him to voluntarily check into a hospital for an evaluation. He’s not convinced.
My partner and I get very little sleep that weekend, staying out late at protests, and staying up later glued to the news. The National Guard occupies downtown Atlanta throughout the weekend, working with multiple police departments to attack and arrest protesters. In response, cop cars are torched, businesses are looted, statues are destroyed. I text my friends in other cities, “Are you home safe?”. We brainstorm ways to support the ongoing rebellion. We research support options for the family. I have dreams of a police free world. I have dreams of a world with free healthcare for all. I have nightmares about tear gas. I have nightmares about death.
Our family member also gets little sleep that weekend, convinced an organized group is conspiring to murder him.
Early Monday morning, he attempts suicide.
After less than 24 hours at the hospital, he’s transferred to the only residential facility with a bed available, two hours from any family. He tells us the conditions inside are worse than any jail. When the weekend comes, we discover we can’t get through to anyone at the facility. When they determine he’s “stable” enough to be released, we beg for information about a long-term support plan to discover that there is none. We finally set follow up appointments for him for a week following his return home. We have no idea where the money will come from.
Initially, the ongoing protests against police brutality and my family member’s mental health crisis feel worlds apart. But after a week of being placed on hold, transferred, questioned “He doesn’t have health insurance?”– after a week of looking into every single option for ongoing support in the metro Atlanta area and being told by trusted friends, “Honestly, that place is like a prison”– I’m reminded yet again that the health care system in America is not unrelated to the systems of incarceration and policing.
We brace ourselves for what’s sure to be a long journey. When we realize that nobody is coming to save us, I try to encourage the family. “We will become experts,” I say. “There is another side of this.” “Many people have been through this before.”
But I wake up every morning before the sun– terrified.
Atlanta. Georgia. A Wendy’s restaurant was set on fire on Saturday in Atlanta following the murder of Rayshard Brooks, yet another black man killed by police. The Wendy’s had called the pigs that killed Rayshard Brooks.Continue reading Wendy’s Set on Fire After Murder of Rayshard Brooks by Police in #Atlanta