For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 18, 2016
Local citizens and community leaders will March in downtown Athens to Push for Enforceable Anti-Discrimination Ordinances & Athens Civil Rights Committee
On January 18th, 2016 organizers of the Anti–Discrimination March, taking place in Downtown Athens will use MLK day to march & rally for justice and equality in Downtown Athens.
Organized by, Mokah-Jasmine Johnson and Knowa Johnson of UGA Live, Athens for Everyone, and the Clarke County NAACP, were encouraged with the passing of the Discrimination Resolution at January’s Mayor & Commission meeting, but that can only be the first step. An enforceable Discrimination Ordinance and the creation of an Athens Civil Rights Committee is needed. While agreeing with the spirit and language of the Discrimination Resolution, components must be put in place to ensure there is a fair & proper way to enforce the intentions behind the resolution and investigate violations.
An independent Athens Civil Rights Committee (previously referred to as ACC Human Relations Commission), similar to the one in place in Atlanta, could be an effective way of reviewing and enforcing a Discrimination Ordinance, put in place to curb discrimination occurring not only in bars but in all Athens-Clarke County businesses. As the ACC Resolution states, “the Mayor and Commission of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County condemns unlawful discrimination in any form and hereby call upon all businesses serving the public within the boundaries of Athens-Clarke County to act in a non-discriminatory fashion.” The Organizers would strongly encourage an Athens Civil Rights Committee to be a diverse body.
The Anti–Discrimination march will begin at the UGA Arch at 4pm and march through downtown Athens before ending at City Hall at 5pm with a rally, including guest speakers, and protesters.
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