UUs Answer the Call in Atlanta — Will You?
Democracy is Not a Crime — Stop Cop City! Recently, Revs. Dave Dunn and Jeff Jones were in jail, after stopping construction at Cop City in Atlanta with their bodies. We are happy to share that all 5 who were arrested were released from jail with misdemeanor charges!
Rev. Christina Branum-Martis, Rev. Misha Sanders, and other UUs have also recently joined others to deliver over 116,000 petition signatures collected by the Cop City Vote Coalition in support of letting Atlantans decide if they want Cop City at all. The City of Atlanta is trying a legal appeal to avoid verifying signatures, a decision that Senator Raphael Warnock and Stacey Abrams both criticized as deeply anti-democratic.
UUs will not cede ground to fascism, increased militarization of our public safety, and destruction of our green spaces. We hold deeply to the truth that there is no one singular right way to live and love. We see this flourishing in the work to Stop Cop City: some folks put their bodies in front of construction equipment, while others tediously match thousands of referendum signatures one by one, while others bring food and care for babies.
Our call to collective liberation includes all this and more — we root deeply in spiritual practice for strength and courage, we send cards and food and song and our prayers, we summon the courage to show up and out of our comfort zones again and again, and we also rest in the dark peace of night when we need it.
However you’re able, we have a way for you to join this call:
- Sign up for rapid response text alerts, to be notified of urgent actions
- Join our weekly huddle, for updates on the landscape and evolving needs
- Explore our six-lesson small group discussion guide, to explore the connection between our faith and the calls to defund policing and law enforcement
- Learn how you can support those who are arrested for resisting injustice