Hip Hop Caucus Statement on the Loss of Activist Manuel Esteban Paez Terán

Hip Hop Caucus is grieving the loss of activist Manuel Esteban Paez Terán aka Tortuguita, who was killed by Atlanta police on January 18 for protesting deforestation and the construction of a law enforcement training facility known as ‘Cop City.’ The killing of Manuel is a sickening reminder of the risks that people of color face when advocating for our health, our safety, and our planet. Environmental and climate racism, and police brutality are tools of white supremacy and are intrinsically linked. We join with those who are protesting this tragic incident of state-sanctioned violence as we honor Manuel’s life.

About Hip Hop Caucus 

Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.