Call Dekalb County Office of Planning & Sustainability to reject the Cop City permits

Call on Rick Cunningham, deputy director of the Dekalb County Office of Planning and Sustainability, to deny the Atlanta Police Foundation’s permits for tree clearing.

  • 404-371-2155 ext. 3
  • 470-633-8223

Call and email to tell Dekalb County to deny permit application #1245564.

Stop Cop City Call-in Script

I’m calling to express my serious concern regarding the pending permit #1245564 with the Dekalb Office of Sustainability & Planning. It’s unacceptable to allow tree clearing at this site. Dekalb County government must deny land disturbance permits for the Old Atlanta Prison Farm for the following reasons:

  • Uninvestigated reports of unmarked graves
  • No ESA Phase II Environmental Report
  • Failure to address storm water concerns
  • Historic & religious significance of the land
  • Severe ecological impact to southwest Dekalb, the South River, and nearby neighborhoods

Thanks for hearing my concerns and for refusing to issue these permits.

Community Demands Dickens Cancel Lease & Resign as Mayor

An Open Letter From Community Demanding the Mayor’s Immediate Cancellation of APF’s Lease and Resignation

Atlanta residents and community organizations call for the immediate resignation of Mayor Andre Dickens in light of the police murder of a protestor, Manuel “Tortuguita” Paez Terán, by a joint task force, including the Atlanta Police Department, in Intrenchment Creek Park on Wednesday, January 18th, 2023. 

Over a week has passed since the murder of Terán, and Mayor Dickens has still failed to condemn the killing of the innocent 26-year-old by police, instead opting to condemn protestors and parrot the rhetoric of extreme right-wing governor, Brian Kemp. Within a few hours of the shooting, Dickens tweeted support for the injured state trooper and completely ignored the death at the hands of a task force which included Atlanta police officers on his watch. As a growing number of Atlanta residents, national and global news outlets, and human rights and environmental organizations worldwide call for an investigation of the police narrative of Tortugita’s death, Dickens has dismissed their concerns. He has refused to bring any scrutiny to the one-sided and unsubstantiated recounting of events. Dickens has yet to offer condolences to the slain protestor’s family.

When Atlanta Police murdered Rayshard Brooks in 2020, then-Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms accepted the resignation of APD Chief Erika Shields. In contrast, for the entirety of his term, Mayor Andre Dickens has refused to hear Atlanta residents’ growing call against the proposed police training facility known as Cop City. In fact, prior to becoming Mayor, Dickens voted to lease forest land to the Atlanta Police Foundation to build the unpopular police training facility. In a TV interview just days after Tortuguita’s death, Mayor Dickens attempted to paint the mass uprising of 2020 against police brutality as a call for more policing—a willful ignorance or manipulated retelling which shows Dickens is totally out of touch. Mayor Dickens has refused to come out against the domestic terrorism charges levied against peaceful protestors despite the American Civil Liberties Union and other legal experts warning against the baselessness of such charges. The use of these charges––clearly meant to chill free speech and intimidate supporters of the Stop Cop City movement––is increasing daily. Mayor Dickens has stood by as police violence and rhetoric towards protestors has steadily ratcheted up, including the use of chemical agents and militarized raids on small groups of protestors engaged in civil disobedience. Less than a month ago, Atlanta City Council members and activists rang the alarm about the dangers of escalated police violence after an aggressive raid on peaceful protestors on December 13th. Rather than use this as an opportunity to listen or reverse course, Dickens ignored the concerns of council members and his own constituents. Mayor Dickens’ lack of intervention in protecting Atlanta protestors and residents led directly to the fatal raid last week.

Dickens’ actions are occurring against the backdrop of the closure of one of the city’s two large vital hospitals, the Atlanta Medical Center, late last year. Dickens allowed Atlanta’s already completely overwhelmed hospital system to now operate with only one Level 1 Trauma center for the entire city. His championing of Cop City occurs against the backdrop of a continued investment in the gentrification of Atlanta and a continued disinvestment of affordable housing for a city identified as having the country’s highest level of wealth inequality. Mayor Dickens can somehow find $90 million dollars for Cop City, one third of which will come from tax payer money. Still, he can’t find money to keep our already overwhelmed hospitals open or to finance much-needed affordable housing. Dickens claims to be representing the will of Atlantans in pushing forward with Cop City, instead it seems he is heeding the calls of private philanthropy, the Atlanta Police Foundation, and a small and influential group of lobbyists who speak more for Buckhead than the vast majority of our city. The evidence is clear: we no longer have confidence in Dickens’ ability to govern the City of Atlanta. 

Andre Dickens must immediately terminate the lease of the Weelaunee Forest to the Atlanta Police Foundation and resign his post as Mayor. 


7 Directions of Service

A World Without Police

Abolitionist Teaching Network

Atlanta Justice Alliance

Atlanta Radical Art

Beyond Extreme Energy

Black Futurists Group

BlackOUT Collective

Buford Highway People’s Hub

Bvlbancha Liberation Radio

Center for Third World Organizing

Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment

Citizens for Public Schools

Climate Justice Alliance

Coalition Against Death Alley

Community Movement Builders

Demilitarize Atlanta 2 Palestine


Endangered Species Coalition

Extinction Rebellion Delaware 

First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta – Social Justice Guild

Georgia Detention Watch

Georgia Human Rights Clinic

Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

ikiyA collective

Indigenous Environmental Network

Indigenous Peoples Power Project, IP3

Jersey House Studio

Jewish Voices for Peace

Just Mathematics Collective

Mariposas Rebeldes

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition 

Mobile Homecoming

Movement Rights

NDN Collective

North American Indian Center of Boston

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

NW Yonkers for Black Lives Matter

Oil Change International

Our Rights DC

Palestinian Youth Movement

Pueblo Action Alliance

Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ)

Showing Up For Racial Justice, Boston

Solutions NOT Punishment Collaborative (SnapCo/Snap4freedom)

South Asian Fund For Education Scholarship and Training inc

Students for Justice in Palestine (University of Chicago)

The Ruckus Society

Tallahassee Food Not Bombs 

Treaty Walkers

Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalist Mass Action

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Weelaunee Coalition



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