Rep. Craig Gordon column: Thank you for the privilege to serve

In The Augusta Chronicle by Maya

Many individuals have tried to describe the events that have unfolded so far this year. The word “unprecedented” has been used in abundance, most likely because we just don’t have the right adjective to describe our current events. This year will forever be etched in my memory, not only for the circumstances that we are all living through, but because …

Legislative Black Caucus honors Ahmaud Arbery, celebrates Hate Crimes Bill passage

In CBS 46 by Maya

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus gathered inside the State Capitol to celebrate the passing of the Georgia’s hate crimes bill that is soon to be signed into law after a more than five-year effort. “It just was not us, it was all the peaceful movements. It was all the rallies. It was all the emails. It was …

Georgia hate crimes law heads to governor’s desk in wake of Ahmaud Arbery shooting

In USA Today by Maya

A hate crime law in Georgia was headed to the governor’s desk Tuesday weeks after Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery was shot by armed white men in what many called a modern-day lynching. Georgia is one of only a handful of states without hate crimes legislation. The new bill, if signed by the governor, would impose additional penalties for crimes motivated by a victim’s race, …

Rep. Shelly Hutchinson files bill to ban confederate monuments from public property

In Gwinnett Daily Post by Maya

As the nationwide debate continues over the displaying of Confederate monuments and the Confederate battle flag, a legislator from Gwinnett County is leading an effort at the state Capitol to get them banned from public spaces in Georgia. State Rep. Shelly Hutchinson, D-Snellville, has authored House Bill 1212, which would prohibit Confederate monuments, as well as statues of slave owners …

Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Issues Statement on Death of Rayshard Brooks

In News by Maya

ATLANTA – State Representative Karen Bennett (D-Stone Mountain), chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), today issued the following statement in response to the recent death of Mr. Rayshard Brooks, who died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by an Atlanta police officer:

Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Issues Statement on Voting Challenges Across State

In News by Maya

ATLANTA – State Representative Karen Bennett (D-Stone Mountain), chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), today issued the following statement in response to various challenges Georgia voters have faced as they cast ballots for the state, presidential and general primary election: “For months the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus voiced its concern about the execution of statewide elections via absentee …

Senator Gail Davenport to Co-Host COVID-19 Relief Event

In Georgia Senate Press Office, News by Maya

ATLANTA (June 5, 2020) |On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Sen. Gail Davenport (D – Jonesboro) will co-host a COVID-19 relief event in conjunction with local leaders, Shiloh Baptist Church and the Clayton County Health Department. Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be available for members of the community. Masks and gloves will be provided for those in attendance, as well as …