Legislators call for hate crimes bill passage

In Savannah Morning News by Maya

Savannah state legislators Sen. Lester Jackson and Rep. J. Craig Gordonled calls Tuesday for passage of a bill that would impose a minimum sentence for hate crimes. The Feb. 23 death of Ahmaud Arbery, an African American, at the hands of two white men in Brunswick spurred the two Democrats, along with Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and Rep. James Beverly, …

Georgia lawmakers renew push for a hate crime bill after Ahmaud Arbery shooting

In CNN by Maya

Georgia lawmakers are calling for changes to the state code to include hate crimes after the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while jogging through a neighborhood. Jasmine Arbery, Ahmaud’s sister, told CNN she thought the shooting was a hate crime. Arbery was black and the men involved in the shooting incident are white. This isn’t the first …

Ahmaud Arbery case leads to new push for hate crime legislation in Georgia

In WSB-TV Atlanta by Maya

GEORGIA — A murder investigation in Georgia that’s gained national attention is leading to a new push to get hate crime legislation through the general assembly, which is set to reconvene this month. We asked Gov. Brian Kemp about that video of the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery and the investigation at his news conference at the state capitol.

Death of jogger sparks outrage

In Valdosta Daily Times by Maya

VALDOSTA – “My skin color shouldn’t be a death sentence.” Valdosta resident Sydney Files has always felt this way and, like so many other people, she jogs regularly.  When she heard of the death of Ahmaud Arbery in nearby Brunswick, Files remembered why she always tracks her running routes before heading out. “I think every black person in America walks …

Coronavirus Updates: As Georgia Cases Pass 30,000, More Protective Equipment Is Planned To Come

In 90.1 FM WABE by Maya

More than 600 orders of personal protective equipment are now bound for Georgia hospitals, healthcare facilities, and testing sites, according to state health officials. Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Tuesday that this is the largest shipment of PPE to date statewide.  Kemp said the state is also delivering more supplies to Georgia Tech’s CVS test site and the state Department …

Shooting death of Georgia jogger prompts calls for state hate-crimes law

In The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Maya

The shooting death of an unarmed jogger near Brunswick drew widespread condemnation from Georgia politicians and prompted demands for a fuller investigation, the swift arrest of suspects and new calls for a state hate-crimes law. Candidates for a sweep of Georgia offices, from local posts to the U.S. Senate, criticized how authorities handled the Feb. 23 shooting death of Ahmaud …

UPDATE: Georgia surpasses 30,000 coronavirus cases

In News, Valdosta Daily Times by Maya

ATLANTA — Georgia has passed 30,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,300 related deaths. As of noon Wednesday, the state reported 30,562 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,305 related deaths. According to the Department of Public Health’s coronavirus daily status report, the 30,562 cases are up by more than 700 cases since Tuesday evening when the number was 29,839 cases and 1,294 deaths. A model — …

Ahmaud Arbery’s Shooting Death Spurs Calls for Justice, New Hate Crime Laws in Georgia

In The Root by Maya

On Tuesday, video was released showing the graphic shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery was unarmed and on a jog through a predominantly white neighborhood when Greg McMichael and Travis McMichael shot him after a brief struggle. The release of the video resulted in a Georgia prosecutor recommending the case be presented before a grand jury. To many activists and …

Georgia Legislative Black Caucus: CDC study cites racial disparity in COVID-19 cases

In On Common Ground News by Maya

ATLANTA – The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), chaired by State Rep. Karen Bennett (D-Stone Mountain), is urging Gov. Brian Kemp to reinstate Georgia’s shelter-in-place order until officials can determine why there are so many blacks suffering from COVID-19. The black lawmakers say they are concerned about a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control that shows black Georgians …

Georgia Legislative Black Caucus calls on Kemp to rescind reopen order

In The Center Square by Maya

Black lawmakers in Georgia say Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order that reopens parts of the economy puts African-Americans, who already are dying from COVID-19 at a higher rate, in jeopardy. Members of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) released a statement that denounces the order that allows certain businesses in the state to reopen Friday and Monday. “We all want …