The Teardown’s network of volunteers who distribute free food has been doing a donation run every Thursday night for several years. It’s a lot of really nice food, and people from around the neighborhood meet us at the porch free store on Thursday nights when the food arrives to help unload and distribute. Anything that is not taken off the free porch by Friday morning goes to the Lakewood distro, a pop-up grocery store where everything is free.
So last month when the store called and offered to let us have another donation pickup on Thursday mornings, we jumped at the opportunity. It’s even more food, in great condition. Word is already getting out in the neighborhood so people have been showing up to help unload and organize the free store and get some groceries. Today there was a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and cheese and eggs, flowers, and baked goods.
Want to get involved? We always need volunteers with the food runs throughout the week, and our weekly meal that we serve downtown in Woodruff Park every Sunday. Or you can just stop by the free store and while you are grabbing some groceries or clothes, help out by tidying up. Send us an email to see how you can plug in.
Over a year ago, Scout Schultz was murdered by the Georgia Tech police. Many in queer and radical communities were devastated, and Scout’s friends and comrades took to the streets to push back against a campus and a police force that wants queer students to die. A firey demonstration ended in brutal arrests and trumped up charges against 6 protesters.
Police circulated wanted posters of alleged troublemakers simply because they were seen at the protest. Student activists were arrested at home and even in class. Some of the arrestees were facing years in jail. The stress and fear was a tremendous burden on a community already reeling from a police murder. One of Scout’s friends who feared being targeted as a protester committed suicide. Still the Georgia Tech administration continued their campaign of repression.
But in response, a power solidarity effort came together to support the arrestees. Benefit shows raised money, supporters contributed generously to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund. Friends and comrades came to every court date, so that those being targeted wouldn’t have to face it alone. Lawyers stepped up to provide cheap or free representation.
Finally more than a year later, all the cases have been resolved. The state was forced to drop most charges, and nobody went to jail. This wouldn’t have been possible without the strength and solidarity of many people.
But while the cases are over, the struggle against the Georgia Tech administration, the police, and anti-lgbtq violence continues. We will never forget Scout Schultz!