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 wasjoined byLili 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’sprivilege, 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 poseswithGloria 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

123 comments

Sue H
Sue H8 months ago

2018, he Is finished and hopefully he will be preforming in jail.

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cara d
cara d8 months ago

guess he is out

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Peggy B
Peggy B8 months ago

nOTED

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Peggy B
Peggy B8 months ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M8 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M8 months ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M8 months ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M8 months ago

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Danuta W
Danuta W8 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R8 months ago

This article is 3 years old...

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