Avenging The Ancestors Coalition
What Have We Accomplished?
- ATAC won the battle for the historic President's House Slavery Memorial to honor our courageous ancestors who were enslaved by President George Washington at America’s first “White House,” which was in Philadelphia at the current site of the new Liberty Bell Center at 6th and Market.
- ATAC is winning the ongoing and reactivated battle to get Dr. Edward Robinson’s African-centered 'Infusion' educational project permanently and pervasively infused into the Philadelphia school district’s official curriculum.
- Through its “NOT Over Our Dead Bodies!” Committee, ATAC is leading the battle to end the desecration of The Bethel Burying Ground. This is the cemetery containing the remains of at least 5,000 Black men, women, and children from the 1800s that are defiled under a trash dump and a city playground in South Philadelphia.
- ATAC is assisting “Heeding Cheyney’s Call” in the battle to save Cheyney University- the oldest Black institution of higher learning in America- from decades-long racial discrimination by the Commonwealth of PA.
- And most immediately, ATAC is battling, through its “F(ilm) The Police!” Committee, to criminalize, punish, and ultimately end police brutality
As we avenge the ancestors, we also support the living. ATAC is ready, willing, and able to form any committee to assist you with any battle that’s important to you for the protection of our ancestors, our people, and our community- but you must be willing to lead that committee!
What Have We Accomplished Regarding The Slavery Memorial/President's House?
- ATAC spearheaded a letter-writing campaign, garnering over 15,000 signatures.
- ATAC held large and vocal demonstrations annually, usually on July 3, from 2002-2007, in connection with the Slavery Memorial/President's House project.
- In October 2003, ATAC helped secure $1.5 million from Mayor John Street of Philadelphia toward funding the Slavery Memorial/President's House project.
- ATAC provided substantial documentation to U.S. House Appropriations Committee member Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania who was instrumental in securing an amendment to the Interior Department's 2003 budget requiring the National Park Service to develop plans for the Slavery Memorial/President's House site, including an "appropriate commemoration" of the nine enslaved African descendants there.
- In August 2005, primarily through the efforts of Congressman Fattah along with the assistance of Congressman Robert Brady of Pennsylvania, $3.6 million in federal funding was made available for the site and the commemoration.
2017 ATAC Rally
Portions of the 2017 annual Avenging The Ancestors Coalition's (ATAC) Fourth of July rally at Independence Mall dedicated to telling the truth about US history, slavery and the "founding fathers".