atl-silent-protest-450x397By John Ruch

The Georgia NAACP and Black Lives Matter are planning protests in response to the shooting of two black men by police tonight and Saturday.

According to the Georgia NAACP’s Twitter account, a protest is slated for tonight, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Boulevard, in Downtown.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Black Lives Matter movement will hold “silent protests” at Buckhead’s Lenox Station from 2 to 6:3o p.m and at Downtown’s Peachtree Center Station from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The announcements on Twitter and Facebook indicate they will push for a boycott in response to the latest controversial killings of black men and boys by police officers, including Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla.; Tyre King in Columbus, Ohio; and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C.

“We are going where the money is to send a silent message,” the ATL Silent Protest tweets and Facebook posts say of the choice of the Buckhead location. “No bullhorns, no talking, no chanting, just pure silence,” says another post.

The protest announcement calls for people to bring snacks, water, duct tape, and signs saying, “Don’t Shop Here” and “Black Lives Matter.” The announcement adds that “all are welcome.”

In July, there were five nights of protests throughout the city after police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.  Lenox Station was the launching spot for the massive “ATLisReady” protest, also related to Black Lives Matter, that marched through Buckhead to the Governor’s Mansion and secured activists a meeting with Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. The city responded to a list of protester demands afterward, but only after a follow-up meeting fell apart, and largely by claiming that the police department already operates in the ways protesters want.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.