The People's Budget Athens
The People's Budget Athens began the summer of 2020 in an effort to push the Mayor and Commission to defund the Athens Clarke County police and invest in the Athens community.
From their website: "We ask that Athens-Clarke County redistributes funding to positive social services, small businesses, health care services, and other institutions that support the Black, brown, and poor communities in Athens."
People's budget Athens has been hosting a series of people's assemblies to both educate on and construct a budget that reflects the communities in Athens. If you want to sign up for their assemblies, visit their website.
The People's Budget Athens also houses the mutual aid hotline set up a little over a year ago through the Athens Mutual Aid Network. This hotline, answered by volunteers, is a place where folks needing aid can call and receive monetary help. However, this hotline needs community funding: help your neighbor so they can help you. You can donate to this hotline, which means your money will go to Athens neighbors in need, here:Donate to the Athens Mutual Aid Network Hotline
Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement
Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement's Freedom Fund was created to obtain "supplies, to amplify our message, for bail relief, and for legal defense of those in need. Our first amendment guarantees our right to assembly, and we will support all of those threatened when they exercise that freedom." To donate to this fund or to AADM in general, visit the links below!
---> AADM Freedom Fund
AADM has created a proposal for a police advisory board created by community members. A petition for this advisory board, designed by United Campus Workers of UGA can be found here - please consider signing! They'll take signatures until the mayor and commission discuss the proposal in June.
AADM will be hosting an Athens Day of Jubilee Vigil and Rally to "honor and celebrate the day Union soldiers came and freed the 5,000 enslaved African Americans of Athens in 1865. There will be a libation ceremony located at UGA's Baldwin Hall to honor the people buried at that land before the building's construction. This event begins at 6:00 PM and will include a march to the UGA arch at 7:00 PM.
Keep updated with upcoming AADM events, including a Justice for Black Lives Rally in late May.
---> Become a member here
The Linnentown Project
In the early 1900s, Linnentown was an autonomous Black economy. In 1962, Linnentown was violently removed to make room for what are now the "luxury" student apartments of Brumby, Russell, and Creswell Hall. This was the work of the Federal Renewal Program in conjunction with the City of Athens and select US officials. The Linnentown project started a few years ago, under the research of Joey Carter, a philosophy doctorate and local organizer, to call for the beginning of reparations and redress for violence against and the loss of Linnentown. This project is the first of its kind in Georgia in its demand for reparations and redress, and is led by a council of Linnentown community members and descendants. It's resolution that you can find at redressforlinnentown.com, was accepted by the Mayor and Commission this past February and now the process for redress moves forward with the following measures:
"Acknowledgement and apology for wrongs, in the form of a formal proclamation, the installation of an onsite Wall of Recognition, recommendations for a Black History center, education efforts for the public at-large and other means as may be appropriate; Material redress for today and tomorrow’s Athenians including but not limited to formal participatory budgeting powers for residents to make recommendations for operational and capital projects for the economic and infrastructural support of Athens Black communities; Outreach to former residents and descendants to the greatest extent possible to participate in this work; Research and archival work to include a document repository, oral histories, and narrative histories; Invitation to other partners, including state and federal government offices, to bolster these efforts."