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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Occupy Atlanta and Atlanta Hip Hop Day join forces

Hip hop artist Killer Mike aka Mike Bigga spoke to reporters in Woodruff Park today
  • Gwynedd Stuart
  • Hip hop artist Killer Mike aka Mike Bigga spoke to reporters in Woodruff Park today
Atlanta hip hop artist Killer Mike (who goes by Mike Bigga these days) spoke to reporters and supporters in Woodruff Park this morning, a sort show of solidarity between the Atlanta hip-hop community and Occupy Atlanta.

According to spokesman George Chidi, Occupy Atlanta is teaming up with Atlanta Hip Hop Day, a two-day music fest already scheduled (and permitted) to take place in Woodruff Park on October 22 and 23 and headlined by music legend Afrika Bambaattaa.

Killer Mike is among the artists scheduled to perform during the festival. Wearing a shirt with "REVOLT" written in bold print across his chest, Killer Mike said he could identify with the Occupy movement.

"There's not enough opportunity for young people to take advantage of the American dream," he said. He also expressed surprise that more everyday Atlantans weren't participating in the demonstration (about 50 tents are set up at the moment). He said he wanted to challenge more people to get on board, although a recording deadline — his album is due on Monday, he said — would prevent him from frequenting the park with any regularity.

Important to note: the festival takes place several days after the deadline Mayor Kasim Reed set for protestors to vacate the park. The message appears to be, "We're not going anywhere."

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Occupy Atlanta

Occupy Atlanta

This is a gallery of images documenting the Occupy Atlanta protests in Atlanta. The "occupation" started October 7 with hundreds of people gathering in Woodruff Park. Occupy Atlanta is part of a growing number of protests across the United States that started with a gathering of protesters in New York City called Occupy Wall Street.

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