After a 10 week struggle, the Mayor managed to get a slim majority on Council for the $1.5 Billion Gulch giveaway.
BUT THERE'S GOOD NEWS! We believe we can still Redlight the Gulch with your help!
Join us Thursday Dec 6th at 6pm at the Georgia Beer Garden. We’ll celebrate the work we have done so far: we did shave off $780 million from the deal and raise public awareness of misuse of mega resources. We’ll outline our plan to win this fight in the Court of Law. And we’ll hope for an interactive discussion with you about where the effort to promote residents’ interests goes next. If we all continue to participate, we can build an Atlanta that works for all of us!
This Gulch saga requires a multi-phased follow-up.
The urgent phase is to block the deal by intervening in court on December 10 to challenge bond validation. We have a strong legal team and there are serious legal vulnerabilities in this deal that they will exploit. Of course legal action is costly, even with a team that has agreed to a greatly reduced fee. So we are in a push to raise the funds.
On a longer view, our challenge is bigger than this single Gulch Ripoff. We believe that our city’s entire approach of mega-development is plunging us into deeper and deeper wealth inequality each year. We must get better at changing Atlanta's priorities from writing billionaires welfare checks to addressing residents' concerns: the affordable housing crisis, underfunded schools, potholes (we call ‘em little Gulches) all over the city, and more.
Suggested donation of $10 either at the door or via our Go Fund Me (all funding going towards legal expenses) >> https://gofundme.com/redlight-gulch-litigation?fbclid=IwAR3QEnTBcnJ5UteTfcvn2f5l5XarAXDMTAQSKB8H-9YlxnwoYS7dUpcM8yA
NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.
Redlight the Gulch really has been in a fight over what sort of city Atlanta is going to be — one run for all residents or one run for a few powerful, wealthy insiders by their pawns. Six Council Members stood firm with their constituents and we should all support them.
The Gulch Scheme has several legal vulnerabilities. Now we're forced to fight it in court, we are ready to do so. Our crack legal expert has already warned council that the sales tax exemption part of the scheme is unconstitutional. See his letter and an explainer on RedLightTheGulch.com.
Preventing this scheme from going through would save every family in the city $13,000.
Sadly, litigation is not cheap, even with attorneys working on favorable terms. We need to raise $30,000 quickly to pay the legal team to prepare filings and object at the bond validation hearings and, if necessary, to appeal. The court date is Dec 10.
It's now or never. If bond validation is not challenged, the scheme is locked in.
Hundreds (perhaps thousands) of constituents have been outraged enough to protest to their council members and attend meetings to show opposition. 90 supportive people have now contributed to the Gofundme. We're on our way and the Fundraiser on Dec 6 will take us further.