Atlanta shuts down for football, rain and Trump

(Photo via Twitter – @brianherrienn) UGA running back Brian Herrien and rapper Quavo on the field after the 2017 SEC Championship.

The state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta have been shut down due to football, freezing rain and President Donald Trump. As Alabama and Georgia prepare to battle it out at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the 2018 College Football National Championship, the huge SEC game even attracted the attention of Trump, who will visit the city to attend tonight’s game.

Unfortunately, there is a significant threat of freezing rain in some parts of Georgia and the metro Atlanta area. Because of this threat and expected traffic due to the game, schools have been closed in the metro Atlanta area. In addition, state and local government offices will close early. There are also protests being planned to greet Trump as he visits Atlanta.  On Sunday, the Atlanta chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), posted to Facebook:

“The Atlanta NAACP will not be officially participating in a protest outside at the game. Trump has made a terrible decision and is disrupting it with his presence. We respect those who choose to do so, and we fully expect some groups who will be protesting outside the game. We will not let the President’s visit go without a response. If you are lucky enough to attend the game, we encourage you to bring a white towel to wave simulating a blizzard while the president is in the packed stadium. Trump supporters mockingly call the opposition snowflakes, but when we come together we create a mighty storm. We are presently working with a number of civil rights/social justice organizations and we will share additional plans as appropriate. We urge you to pay particular attention to our Twitter feed during the game.”

The championship begins at 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and Kendrick Lamar is also scheduled to perform a free halftime concert at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. It is recommended that people work from home if possible and use MARTA if they plan to travel to Atlanta today.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

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