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Protesters Gather In Macon Under Threat Of ICE Raids

Jul 18, 2019
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A crowd of protesters bowed their heads as Pastor Daniel Medina led them in a bilingual prayer on the steps of Macon City Hall as locals joined a worldwide candlelit vigil in protest of America’s immigration policies as part of the Lights for Liberty movement. 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were set to conduct raids Sunday in major U.S. cities, including Atlanta, over the weekend. Although the raids never happened, protestors raised awareness about the conditions in migrant detention centers — two of which are in Georgia.

Grant Blankenship / GPB

The University of Georgia continues to grapple with a difficult chapter of its history. It’s been under fire for how it handled the discovery of human remains under a school building during renovations. They appear to belong to people who were enslaved.

The growing tension recently erupted in protests. Demonstrators want reparations for descendants of slaves who built the university, including financial support for university staff and students as well as acknowledgment of the school’s history publicly and within the classroom.

GPB reporter Grant Blankenship went to Athens to witness the protests, and he talks with On Second Thought about what he found.


ATLANTA FALCONS

As tensions between football players and National Football League owners continue to build over national anthem protests, some Atlanta Falcons are trying to build a positive relationship with the police.

Team owner Arthur Blank, along with coaches and players, recently participated in ride-alongs with Atlanta police, the team said on Twitter.

 

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Around 700 law enforcement officers transformed a Georgia town into a militarized zone Saturday, after the city of Newnan approved letting members of a white supremacist group demonstrate at a public park, sparking counter protests.

Last week, the Coca-Cola Company unveiled an ambitious plan to recycle a bottle or can for every drink it sells. It’s the latest move by the Atlanta-based soda giant to address environmental concerns tied to its production. Will this plan work? We talk with environmental historian Bart Elmore, author of the book, “Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism.”

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#ATLisReady is a group that has hosted demonstrations throughout Atlanta. Mayor Kasim Reed has allegedly considered setting a curfew in response to the protests. But do curfews work?

We ask Mike Males, senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, about what the data tells us about curfews.

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Police shootings of unarmed African American men have sparked protests across the country, including in Atlanta. The protests in the city have been peaceful for the most part. But recent violence against police in Baton Rouge and Dallas have raised questions about the capacity of law enforcement officers to serve as both public servants and defenders of the peace. 

We talk with The Atlanta-Journal Constitution columnist Bill Torpy about why he thinks the way officers handle protests in Atlanta work.