Mayor Reed,

The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and religion for all Americans, regardless of belief, and you have publicly advocated for making Atlanta “a more welcoming city for all of her citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race, and religious beliefs.” In light of this, your decision to terminate Atlanta's distinguished Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran — a public servant with more than three decades of experience who has served President Obama as U.S. Fire Administrator and was unanimously confirmed as Atlanta’s fire chief —constitutes the absolute height of hypocrisy. 

Chief Cochran, exercising his legally protected rights, expressed his religious convictions in his recent book. He even cleared its contents with your own Ethics Office Director. Despite this, you chose to fire him simply because you disagree with his religious beliefs. This action is not only un-American, it constitutes intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination.

We live in a rich, diverse society. A society with differing viewpoints and beliefs, a society of open discourse in which tolerance and inclusion makes it possible for us to disagree with respect. We also live in a society that values equality, including the notion that everyone has the right to publicly express deeply held beliefs without fear of persecution or reprisal. People of faith – who are a significant part of America’s rich rainbow of diversity – share the same fundamental rights as all other groups.

Chief Cochran and the citizens of Atlanta should all have the right to equal application of equal protections under the law. If one group is protected for its beliefs, all groups must be protected.

By signing this petition, I join my fellow citizens in a united call for tolerance, fairness, and equality for all.

I am asking you to: 

  1. Immediately reinstate Chief Cochran.
  2. Apologize for your unjust actions against Chief Cochran.  
  3. Ensure that no person of faith in Atlanta will be singled out by your administration simply due to the expression of their religious convictions.


As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, a holiday honoring an Atlanta native who bravely stood for equality and civil rights, I call on you to respect and honor his legacy. As Dr. King famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

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Mike Waller
Adam Hotchkiss
Libby Wingo
Laurie Kinser
Marc Morris
Daniel Smith
Charles Bennett Jr.
Barb Melland
Robert sheldahl
Marian Tison
Lynn Mcintyre
Raymond Rupert
Tom Hicks Jr
Tony Moore
Barbara Parker
Bob Merwin
Paul Kampmann
Kim Fogleman
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  • Michael Nelson
  • Mike Waller
  • Jim Durley
  • Adam Hotchkiss
  • Libby Wingo
  • Laurie Kinser
    I see everyday how we have to support the gays rights, witch craft, immigrants and a whole lot more. Well i want my religious freedom , freedom of speech and immigrants to be deported and no longer allowed in the United States. And i want you Mayor Reed fired and Chief, Kelvin Cochran reinstated.
  • Marc Morris
  • Kory Slaatthaug
    Christians are the pillars of the community, silence them and the community will suffer and be unstable!
  • Daniel Smith
  • Charles Bennett Jr.
  • Barb Melland
    Persecuting opposing views is unAmerican. You are not a mayor in Nazi Germany!
  • Laurie Chapliin
  • Judy Bair
  • Sign our petition to have @KasimReed extend equal protection to ALL, even Christians! #ExtinguishIntolerance
  • Robert sheldahl
  • Bill Major
    I am very surprised that this mayor was so influenced by the LGBT community in taking this action. Polls have shown that a majority of the Black community DO NOT SUPPORT the LGBT anti-God, anti-American, anti-Christian positions they continue to push throughout our honest, Christian society and undermining our Christian values. God Bless America!!
  • Marian Tison
    Let freedom of speech reign…. This is a great country and let it continue to be so….
  • Lynn Mcintyre
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  • Tom Hicks Jr
  • Steven Coy
    As a mayor it is not your job to do what you did especially when you are a Muslim who is allowed to lie to the infidels. As a person who is in a cult not a religion of peace as witnessed all over the world and in Paris, I feel you should step down as a Racist that you are. This Country was brought about by the Christian Faith not a cult of hate. Reinstate this man he has a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO EXPRESS HIS RELIGION AND FAITH IN A REAL GOD NOT MOHAMMED THE FAKE.
  • Tony Moore
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  • Bob Merwin
  • fred sharp
    Being a Christian isn’t a crime.
  • Paul Kampmann
  • Sign our petition to have @KasimReed extend equal protection to ALL, even Christians! #ExtinguishIntolerance
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