Ep. 68: Cop City and rape culture

In this episode, Jess and Aja discuss Cop City and the #StopCopCity campaign in Atlanta through the lens of rape culture, expanding into other areas of local and state politics and their connection to the foundations of white supremacy, capitalism, and colonization. The two pull on personal experiences, their own healing journeys through abolition and political education, and feminist theory to consider how these dynamics play out—both in our external world and our internal world.

This episode originally aired on WRFG Atlanta 89.3 FM on Fri., Feb. 25, 2022.

Jess & Aja refer to a letter that Aja wrote to a former Atlanta city councilmember leading up to the council’s vote to authorize the ground lease for Cop City, following another tragic event that took place in Aug. 2021—the abduction and murder of 27-year-old Mariam Abdulrab, a bartender in Atlanta.

Access the letter, which is only referenced and not read verbatim, here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G94IMkVLm7UU4AP4YtTRQxfpEEdzg6zEFyCeVDmX0y8/edit?usp=sharing

Read Aja’s curtain-raiser piece about Cop City (a good intro piece for those unfamiliar with this important issue in Atlanta) published in the Intercept in Aug. 2021 here: https://theintercept.com/2021/08/11/atlanta-police-training-center/

Read Aja’s piece featured in The Appeal, “Why Atlantans are pushing to stop Cop City” here: https://theappeal.org/atlanta-cop-city-police-training-facility/

Read “Cop City & the prison industrial complex in Atlanta” by Micah Herskind here: https://www.mainlineatl.com/cop-city-and-the-prison-industrial-complex-in-atlanta/

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