For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 19, 2016
What’s Next? Athens Anti-Discrimination March Recap
The Anti–Discrimination March was a success! This march took place in Downtown Athens on MLK Holiday January 18th, 2016. An estimated 400 protesters gathered in the streets to rally against discrimination in downtown Athens, Ga. And it was wonderful to witness Black, Brown, White and various local citizens, and community leaders marching side by side against racism or prejudicial treatment in our city. Yet, the fight is not over! The next step is to push for and an enforceable Discrimination Ordinance and the creation of an Athens Civil Rights Committee. Therefore, organizers will also launch an online petition for the passing of an independent Athens Civil Rights Committee, similar to the one in place in Atlanta, Ga, and various other cities.
Why? because we believe this could be an effective way of reviewing and enforcing the Discrimination Ordinance, put in place to curbdiscrimination 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.”
In addition, United Group of Artist will release an (United Against Discrimination) window decal/sticker that symbolizes “equality.” A local business owner can show their support by obtaining this sticker and posting it on their front door or window.
A follow-up meeting will be held February 7, 3-5 pm at Athens-Clark County Library. Organizers, Mokah-Jasmine Johnson and Knowa Johnson of UGA Live, Athens for Everyone, and the Clarke County NAACP, will be in attendance. Thank you for supporting the movement.
For Media inquiries contact:
Tim Denson via email at TimMDenson@gmail.com or 706-372-068