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Local pastors post YouTube video to fight for poverty stricken communities

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Church leaders in the Vine City and English Avenue communities of Southwest Atlanta posted a 10 minute video on YouTube to show how the poor are living near from the multi-million dollar Georgia Dome.

The video was created as a response to the city of Atlanta and Atlanta Falcons organization's agreement to build a new $1.2 billion stadium.

Pastor Anthony Motley of the Lindsey Street Baptist Church said the city needs to stop making plans for the area and come to an agreement on how money will be spent to revitalize the impoverished communities.

"It is obscene to build a $ 1.2 billion stadium with poverty stricken communities in the shadow of that stadium, it is obscene it is immoral," Motley said. "We need an agreement. There is no agreement. Nothing legal, nothing!" he exclaimed.

Motley accused Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other city councilors of not holding up to agreements from the mid '90s when the Georgia Dome was built. Motley said he believes the city will do the same thing when the new stadium is built.

Atlanta City Council member Michael Bond supplied documents to CBS Atlanta News that shows the city has spent more than $42 million dollars in Vine City and English Avenue communities since 1989.

Council President Ceasar Mitchell attended a community forum on how money generated from the new stadium should be used in helping the community. Mitchell said that name calling and negative rhetoric that claims the city broke promises does not help anyone come up with a solution to the problems plaguing the area.

"My biggest concern, is a blame game," Mitchell said. "It has gone on for a while, underneath the surface. But, we have to get beyond that and figure out how to make this a productive process. There is a lot of distrust and frustration. And, for me to say you shouldn't be distrustful, or you are not justified in being distrustful, that is not the right way to react to the way of a concern that is provided to you. We have to listen to their concerns."

"There are only promises out there," Motley said. "We can't operate on the goodness of folks' hearts when there is nothing to bind them to that."

According to Bond's office, the total number of funds spent in the area from 1989, including public and private monies totals $367,743,315.

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