The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless held a press conference and demonstration May 13 in front of the building it occupies on Peachtree Street. At the press conference, speakers talked about the Federal Civil Rights lawsuit the Task Force has filed that claims, according to Metro Task Force executive director Anita Beaty, "a pattern and practice of discrimination against protected classes of people by means of attacking the housing on Peachtree Street." Beaty says that the foreclosure they are currently facing is the latest example of the attempt to close down the organization and to seize the building in which they have run a homeless shelter for 13 years.
Even though the property is now owned by a corporation controlled by commercial developer Manny Fialkow, activists at the rally said they have no intention of vacating the space.
The protest ended with the formation of a "human lifeline" around the building with people linking hands and chanting, "Being poor is not a crime, hands off Peachtree Pine."
(Text by Scott Henry and Joeff Davis)