9 2020

Passing Georgia’s Hate Crime Law: How It Happened & What That Means

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Please join us for this week's Fighting Hate from Home webinar on July 9 at 2:30 PM ET/11:30 AM PT to discuss the historic hate crimes bill just signed into law in Georgia after two decades of hard work and tenacity, and at an inflection point on racism and bigotry in America. The webinar will share insights from former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Atlanta Journal Constitution statehouse reporter Maya Prabhu, and ADL’s Southern Division VP Allison Padilla-Goodman, who was a lead advocate for the bill.

The Georgia Enhanced Penalties for Hate Crimes Act was passed with strong bipartisan support and signed into law on June 26. ADL leads the Hate Free Georgia Coalition, which played an important role in securing the law’s passage and helping Georgia to become the 46th state with a state hate crimes statute.

This vital piece of legislation’s passage comes just months after the horrific murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks in Georgia. The law reflects 25 long years of struggling to shift the state’s political landscape, and it now offers protections to people of every race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

The enactment of this law may create new opportunities for ADL and our allies to secure hate crimes laws in the four remaining states without them – Arkansas, Indiana, South Carolina and Wyoming. It could also open doors for other legislative actions that secure justice and inclusivity for all.

During this Fighting Hate from Home webinar, join ADL, Gov. Barnes and Maya Prabhu to discuss the long struggle to get the law passed, its potential impact, and the tremendous work still ahead in Georgia and our nation to address injustice and bias.

All registrants will be emailed a link to the recording to re-watch and share.