#ShutItDownATL / Solidarity for Black Bodies Action

Written By Katherine Bryant

Photographs by Filomene Morrison

How does power move through institutions? Systems? Communities? Bodies? How can we localize power and grapple with it? What are the leverage points of this power – and how can you access them?

A good way to find out is to get upset, grab a handmade sign, and head downtown.Shut it Down

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, hundreds, perhaps nearly a thousand, congregated at Underground Atlanta in response to the Grand Jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. It was pretty easy to find the crowd – after passing about 6 different news trucks, we saw the 103.3 FM tent, live broadcasting the protest. Another sign was the presence of three helicopters continuously circling above the crowd.

The event began with a 4-minute moment of silence, which had been requested by the Brown family after the announcement of the…

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