Georgia NAACP Issues Statement on the Passage of Hate Crimes Bill


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ATLANTA, GA -- The Georgia General Assembly passed the Hate Crimes Bill, #HB426, and is headed to Governor Brian Kemp for signature to become law.

“We are grateful to Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan for working with the civil rights community to create a statute that protects Black Georgians from hateful bigotry,” says Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP.

Once signed, this law would be a great step forward in a long road ahead of building a state that truly is a place for all human beings to live peacefully. "My family thanks everyone for not letting my son's death be in vain. I know he is still with us and this law is evidence of that and I look forward to being present when it is signed," Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery said

The Georgia NAACP stands in full support of this bill and asks for swift action by the state legislature. "The Georgia NAACP is excited to continue working with legislative leadership in reforming Georgia's criminal legal and electoral system so that the legacy of those murdered by dehumanizing violence wont be in vain," concludes Rev. Woodall.


About Georgia NAACP

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at

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