A newly formed task force charged with finding a new use for Atlanta’s city jail includes criminal justice reform volunteers, activists, council members and rapper T.I. The city announced the 25 members named to the task force in a news release late Tuesday, six weeks after deciding to create a task force to repurpose the Atlanta City Detention Center.
“My mayor’s name is Keisha,” or “Atlanta’s got a mayor named Keisha” became a catchphrase, a hashtag, and a mantra splashed across t-shirts. It was shouted and sang with equal parts reverence, excitement, disbelief, and joy—but, in some circles, it was said with skepticism and caution. All skinfolk aren’t kinfolk, so Black people around the nation waited to see how Bottoms would navigate her power.
We all know that Black trans women are among the most marginalized demographics in the population, and SNaP Co got started some years ago through an initiative to address that in Atlanta. As Kamau Walton, SNaP’s media director, describes it: the goal of SNaP is to discover and rally for actual solutions to problems facing Black and Brown trans women without punishment and criminalization. Another leader of the organization, Jamie Freya, said about the goals of the march and rally: “it’s gonna be a space to heal, to be celebrated, to be affirmed, to be uplifted. That’s what it’s really gonna give immediately.”