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ATAC (Avenging the Ancestors Coalition)
ATAC is a broad-based coalition of historians, activists, attorneys, elected officials, religious leaders, media personalities, and other tax-paying voters — descendants of the victims of the greatest holocaust in the history of humankind. ATAC has the active support of Black (and other) elected officials throughout Pennsylvania.
What Have We Done?
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.
Read ATAC Position Paper
This website is the primary reason that ATAC made history so quickly. And Doug Heller- our original and remarkably ingenious webmaster and now one of our most beloved spiritual ancestors- was the brains behind it. We therefore dedicate this website to him. We also thank and acknowledge Zion Baptist Church (Broad and Venango Streets) for allowing us to gather there for our meetings, to organize, and to honor the ancestors.