In the month following the passage of legislation officially calling for the closure of ACDC and the public call for Taskforce Nominations, the selection committee received nearly 200 applications. After much deliberation, the final tally and official appointments are here! 25 members of our community were chosen to lay the foundation for the process of closing and repurposing the extra jail into a Center for Wellness & Freedom.
Two formerly-incarcerated Women on the Rise members who lead their own projects and Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative Director, Toni-Michelle Williams were appointed to the Taskforce, along with 10 other Campaign Alliance members including Southern Center for Human Rights, Georgia Detention Watch, Southerners On New Ground, Black Futurist Group, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and more. The Pre-Arrest Diversion has been asked to join the Advisory Committee.
Anchor organizations of the #CloseTheJailATL #CommunitiesOverCages Campaign, Women on the Rise and the Racial Justice Action Center will help lead the process with Executive Director of Women on the Rise, Marilynn Winn as a co-chair and Director of the Racial Justice Action Center, Xochitl Bervera sitting on the Advisory Committee.
Formerly-incarcerated rappers//actors//community advocates T.I. and Scrapp DeLeon are also among those selected.
We know not everyone who applied made it to the final round but this process still needs your voice! The first meeting of the Taskforce is free and open to the public.
Join us on Tuesday July 16th 4:00PM - 6:30 PM Old Council Chambers, located on the third floor of Atlanta City Hall (68 Mitchell St. SW)