Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Cop City and the Silencing of Dissent

Nation Weekly
September 15, 2023
“Tearing down trees in Black and brown communities at a moment of reckoning with the climate crisis to perpetuate the prison-industrial complex demonstrates an astounding lack of morality,” write representatives Rashida Tlaib and Cori Bush of Atlanta’s Cop City.

Last week, Georgia’s Republican attorney general doubled down on his politically motivated prosecution of protesters when he charged 61 people with state RICO charges. The message to protestors fighting for their civil rights is clear: “Dissent will be punished.”

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