Care2 Protests Bill Cosby’s Atlanta Performance

On May 2, Care2 activists, Bill Cosby victims and their families stood outside the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Ga., to protest Bill Cosby’s last show of his “Far From Finished” comedy tour.

Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting, drugging and raping nearly 50 women. The protest was planned after a Care2 petition with nearly 34,000 signatures asking Outback Concerts, the show’s promoter, to cancel Cosby’s performance was ignored.

The protestors were joined by famed civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents 17 Cosby accusers. She was joined by Lili Bernard, an artist who came forward on Friday with allegations Cosby drugged and raped her when she guest starred on the last season of The Cosby Show.

I helped to plan and attend the protest on behalf of Care2, and overall it was a very successful event! We were joined by Kaya Thompson, a Cosby victim who shared her story with Care2 last week, as well as her loving and supportive parents, Bill and Judy Thompson. Brandy Betts, an executive assistant based in Chicago, was monumental in planning the protest in the weeks leading up to the event. Hats off to everyone involved for speaking truth to power!

The protest sought to bring attention to the plight of victims of rape and sexual assault, and a society that is often reluctant to believe them. Many of Cosby’s victims waited decades to come forward with allegations because Cosby’s privilege, fame and power made the victims assume they would not be believed. Even today, there are many people who continue to believe the victims are lying. This protest was our way to remind the world that victims of rape and sexual assault deserve to be taken seriously. Their stories need to be heard. And a just society is not one in which a violent predator is afforded a platform that provides him riches and fame.

About 1,700 people attended Cosby’s Atlanta show; the venue seats 2,750. There were rows of empty seats.

While the statute of limitations has passed in many states where alleged victims were assaulted, Allred now believes she has enough evidence to bring a criminal case against Cosby in New Jersey, where there is no statute of limitations for rape.

Check out some of the photos of the protest below.

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Care2 intern Sarah Rose, Care2 Activism Marketing and Social Media Manager Julie Mastrine, and supporter Madeline Boyer display their protest signs

Bill and Judy Thompson, mother of Cosby victim Kaya Thompson

Bill and Judy Thompson, mother of Cosby victim Kaya Thompson, hold signs and wear shirts reading “Our Daughter Survived Bill Cosby, 1988 NYC”

Kaya Thompson, Cosby victim, speaks to press

Kaya Thompson, Cosby victim, speaks to press

A moment of silence for victims of rape and sexual assault.

A moment of silence for victims of rape and sexual assault.

Brandy Betts, Care2 petition and protest organizer, and Tricia Blake-Leiner, supporter

Brandy Betts, Care2 petition and protest organizer, and Tricia Blake-Leiner, supporter, display their signs in front of Cobb Energy Centre

Jackie Rodriguez, president of Georgia NOW, and her son

Jackie Rodriguez, president of the Georgia chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and her son came out to support Cosby protestors

Lawyer Gloria Allred speaks to press

Lawyer Gloria Allred speaks to press

Lili Bernard, Gloria Allred, and Brandy Betts

Cosby accuser Lili Bernard poses with Gloria Allred and Brandy Betts

Brandy Betts takes the megaphone to send a message to Cosby supporters.

Brandy Betts takes the megaphone to send a message to Cosby supporters

A supporter holds a protest sign.

A supporter holds a protest sign

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Sarah Rose displays her signs

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Supporter Ashley (right) disrupted Cosby during his show and was escorted outside. Here, she celebrates with Gloria Allred

Photo credit (all photos): Julie Mastrine, Care2 Activism Marketing and Social Media Manager

112 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven5 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Roberto MARINI
Roberto MARINI2 years ago

thanks for posting this news

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Helga Ganguly
Helga Ganguly2 years ago

Men still show what "dogs" they are by standing up for Cosby. It took me months to get over grieving for the Cosby we lost and accepting the Cosby that is. When I read that everyone in Hollywood knew he did these things and didn't even bother to protest,then I slowly let go of the Myth and saw the man.

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Kathryn Irby
Past Member 2 years ago

What a low-life serial rapist! Pleases me that such shall be his Legacy, however! Thanx!

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Marc P.
Marc P2 years ago

Michael L.: Regarding your comment, " Marc P - 40 years ago please! I've had members in my own family as well as others connected thru marriage bring up events that took place when they were kids of inappropriate behaviour by adults that were also family or friends of the family - do you really believe in that era they would have received sympathetic reaction from parents and others in authority?"
I have no idea what your REAL experience was, but regarding MY REAL experience, I WAS believed and the person who victimized me died in prison. - And I did NOT wait 40 years to make an accusation. And you are a prime example of the tunnel vision regarding sexual assault charges. My original statement concerns the improbability of ANYONE being able to defend against claims that are 40 years old. And I FULLY believe that people would jump on the bandwagon and make false claims for profit if they thought they could get away with it. As a matter of fact, I would like to challenge all the readers that have found Bill Cosby guilty without a trial to PROVE to me that his accusers are not lying. Show me the tangible evidence that every one of them is telling the truth. (And HEARSAY is NOT evidence!)

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David W.
David W.2 years ago

Oh that's right, you can't charge him because you waited decades. Funny that. You waited long enough to make sure you can say anything you want to and never have to actually prove it.

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David W.
David W.2 years ago

I believe in due process. If you are so sure of his guilt, charge him.

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Victoria J.
Victoria J.2 years ago

40 year old allegations of 40 years are not an agenda?
Give me a break.
You care so much about rape?
Where were your voices when Ted Kennedy murdered his pregnant lover?
I heard no complaints when he remained a Senator till the day he died.
This campaign, with its organization 'stamp' (look at the signs) is so much 'paid for' BS.

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BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

Congratulations Care2 for your part in the demo!

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