On Jan. 20, the Georgia January 20 coalition will hold a People’s Inauguration, demanding that the City of Atlanta declare itself a sanctuary city by addressing a list of demands to protect the human rights of our communities. The coalition will gather at 11 a.m. for a march starting from the Troy Davis Park.
According to a statement from protest organizers, “The Georgia J20 Coalition is a solidarity-building partnership of local community grassroots organizations and networks, faith-based organizations, and labor unions. The Georgia J20 is led by impacted communities, who know that the growing climate of hatred, bigotry, anti-Black racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia has poisoned our political process and damaged our society’s moral compass. As our nation continues to move toward a more right-wing, corporatist and exclusive form of leadership, we seek to lift up the concerns of our communities and our neighbors. We affirm the resilience and self-determination of our people who are the most directly impacted by forces of oppression. We will continue to center our voices and amplify our initiatives. We will organize, strategize and build unity in our defense and will continue to follow the guidance and leadership of our communities. We seek to create a sanctuary space to support and defend our communities’ human rights from a system rooted in income inequality, white supremacy, racism and misogyny. We realize that in unity and solidarity there is strength.”
Member organizations of the Georgia January 20th Coalition include: A World Without Police, Black Lives Matter Atlanta, Compassionate Atlanta, the Council on American-Islamic Relations: Georgia Chapter, Create Community 4 Decatur, Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), Georgia AFL-CIO, Georgia Detention Watch (GDW), Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition (GPJC), Georgia WAND, Industrial Workers of the World General Defense Committee (IWW GDC), Interfaith Peace Builders, Jewish Voice for Peace – Atlanta, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America (MADSA), National Lawyers Guild – Georgia Chapter, Project South, Respetrans -Georgia Chapter, Showing Up for Racial Justice – Atlanta, Solutions Not Punishment Coalition (SNaP-Co), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Southerners On New Ground (SONG), United Students against Sweatshops Georgia State University, US Human Rights Network , and Workers World Party.