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Legislation Action Alert - Georgia Hate Crimes Bill (HB426)

MUSC Action to OPPOSE the Georgia Hate Crimes Bill

 

There are four states that do not have a Hate Crimes Bill: Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Wyoming. Georgia is currently in the fight of its life. Black boys and men are being killed at an alarming rate. In Georgia, two examples are the execution of Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks. Ahmaud Arbery was hunted down and executed by Gregory and Travis McMichael, while being filmed by William Bryan. Rayshard Brooks was shot twice in the back and then kicked as he lied dying, by Officer Garrett Rolfe.

As the bill was written, it aimed at protecting Black Georgians from hate crimes. In a last minute move, Senator Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, amended the bill to include first responders. Adding this protection puts an occupation that one chooses, on the same level as a citizen who did not choose to put their lives at risk. First responders already have protections. The "Back the Badge Act" passed in 2017 by the GA Senate increased penalties for certain laws against public safety officers.

This bill is not the bill we want passed. Please oppose HB426 that contains the first responder protection.

 

Call To Action

 

#ProtectThem by demanding the Georgia Senate amend HB426 or vote it down.

Please contact these officials. Tell them that you OPPOSE the HB426 if it includes protections for first responders.

  • Demand the first responder portion of the bill be removed
  • Demand that if the first responder portion can’t be removed, that the senators vote no

 

Each email is pre-filled. Just click link, sign, and send.

John Porter, Chief of Staff, Office of Lt. Governor – Geoff Duncan
1-404-656-5030
john.porter@ltgov.ga.gov

 

Bill Cowsert, Senator, GA
1-404-463-1366
bill.cowsert@senate.ga.gov  

 

Butch Miller, Senate Pro Tem
1-404-656-6578
butch.miller@senate.ga.gov  

 

Mike Dugan, Senate Majority Leader
1-404-656-7872
mike.dugan@senate.ga.gov  

 


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