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GA Faith Leaders Hold Virtual Press Conference Calling on the General Assembly to Immediately Pass Hate Crimes Bill


June 3, 2020​


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123
Austin Schuler, aschuler@faithinpubliclife.org, (540) 280-3393
Graham Younger, gyounger@faithinpubliclife.org, (678) 739-8584

GA Faith Leaders Hold Virtual Press Conference Calling on the General Assembly to Immediately Pass Hate Crimes Bill 

Atlanta, Ga. — On Thursday, June 4, at 2 p.m., Georgia faith leaders will hold a virtual press conference calling on the Georgia Assembly to immediately pass the Georgia Enhanced Penalties for Hate Crimes Act, HB 426. Faith leaders will also demand that state law enforcement officials not attack or hinder those peacefully protesting the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. 

Georgia is one of only four states in the U.S. that do not have a hate crimes prevention law. Over 150 people of faith have already signed a statewide petition urging the General Assembly to pass this game-changing legislation.

As people of faith, we know that Black lives are sacred. Black lives matter. We demand that black lives matter to our government. Georgia’s legislative session will begin again on June 15th, and starting now Georgia’s faith leaders will work for racial justice and counter white supremacy at every level of government – from police precincts, to the courthouse, to the Gold Dome, to Washington, DC.

What: Black Lives Matter to God Virtual Press Conference

When: June 4 at 2 p.m.

Where: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79584818679?pwd=MXVPbjFidGxkU1VlaG5mMkNyd0Nidz09

Password: 123


Rabbi Peter Berg, The Temple

Min. Shavonne Williams, Faith in Public Life Organizing Ambassador   

Rev. Timothy McDonald III, First Iconium Baptist Church

Dr. Tony Lankford, First Baptist Church, St. Simons Island

Pastor Darryl Ford II, IKON Community Church


Faith in Public Life is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good. Together, we are leading the fight to advance just policies at the state and federal level. Our network of 50,000 leaders engage in bold moral action that affirms our values and the human dignity of all.

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