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Commissioner John Eaves: CANCEL the ATL R. Kelly concert!

Creative Currents Artist Collaborative

Jul 20, 2017 — Hello All,

We recently sent a letter to Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman and Atlanta Mayoral candidate, Mr. John Eaves, to ask that he petition Live Nation to cancel the upcoming August 25th R. Kelly show at the Fulton County owned Wolf Creek Amphitheater.

Please copy and send Chairman John Eaves the email below to urge him to cancel the R. Kelly concert and not allow R. Kelly's fame to be a shield behind which he can continue to hide.

Thank you for taking a moment to stand up for young black women!

In love and in struggle,
Creative Currents Artist Collaborative

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To: john.eaves@fultoncountyga.gov
CC: liz.hausmann@fultoncountyga.gov, bob.ellis@fultoncountyga.gov, lee.morris@fultoncountyga.gov, Marvin.Arrington@fultoncountyga.gov, emma.darnell@fultoncountyga.gov

Dear Chairman Eaves:

It has come to my attention that Wolf Creek Amphitheater will be hosting the R. Kelly tour on August 25. In light of the recent allegations of sexual abuse and human trafficking taking place at his Atlanta area John’s Creek home, and his 20+ year track record of sexual assault against minors, I am writing to request that Fulton County cancel his upcoming performance.

Atlanta currently has a disgraceful child sex trafficking problem that needs to be addressed. Our city was named by the FBI as one of 14 US cities with the highest rate of children used in prostitution. On average in Georgia, 12,400 men purchase sex with young women in any given month. Approximately 100 adolescent females are sexually exploited each night locally. In Georgia, adolescent females controlled by the child sex trafficking trade are sexually exploited by an adult male on an average of three times per night.

Since 1996, R. Kelly has been brought up on numerous charges of sexual abuse against minors as young as 14 years old. He lied on legal documents to marry the then 15-year-old singer, Aaliyah. Video footage has been released of him having sex with and urinating on under-aged girls. He has been brought to trial numerous times for his crimes and either settled out of court or the charges were dropped on technicalities. He has named himself “The Pied Piper” of R&B after the children’s book character that lures kids away from their parents with music. His pedophilia and child abuse has become so flagrant that it is now an open secret that the media continues to sweep under the rug.

Atlanta and Fulton County, with our own looming sex abuse and sex trafficking problems, should take a strong and vocal stand against these crimes and their perpetrators. Wolf Creek Amphitheater and Fulton County should not be vehicles through which R. Kelly can increase his notoriety, gloss over and normalize his behavior, and continue to profit and fund his crimes against women. Although he has managed to escape conviction for his crimes, despite a mountain of physical evidence and witness testimony, Fulton County owes its citizens pre-emptive protection from these kinds of predators and should not allow his fame to be a shield behind which he can continue to hide.

I am hopeful that the Fulton County Board of Commissioners will support this initiative and urge Live Nation to cancel the R. Kelly concert. As the County’s leadership, the Board has an obligation to establish policies that promote the well-being of all county residents. This is particularly true for the vulnerable population of minor girls that live under its purview.

I look forward to your response.


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