ABOUT ATHENS CIVIL RIGHTS COMMITTEE
An Athens Civil Rights Committee , formed by the Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the community, would develop trust and participation with disenfranchised citizens and address the broader challenges our community faces. Click HERE to learn more about ACRC and how it can benefit our community.
WHY THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE SHOULD BE CHANGED
1.) The scope of the Ordinance is too small. It addresses only certain discriminatory behaviors by certain types of bars.
2.) The Ordinance does not address broader issues of Discrimination and Civil Rights that our community faces.
3.) The Ordinance is not convincing to the marginalized populations of our community regarding discriminatory practices in Athens and AthensClarke County. The Board of Commissioners does not represent the demographic diversity of our community.
4.) The Ordinance does not adequately define or fund a procedure for processing illegal discrimination complaints.
5.) It is up to the Attorney only to decide whether a complaint is valid or not. The ordinance says that a sworn written complaint must be submitted to the Attorney’s Office. Then the Attorney will conduct a preliminary investigation. If the Attorney finds reasonable grounds, the Attorney shall institute the administrative action. If the Attorney does not find reasonable grounds, it is up to the claimant to institute an administrative proceeding.
6.) Under the ordinance, the validity of a complaint must be tested by the Attorney. The “teeth’ of the ordinance, contained in 6-3-15, are contingent upon a conviction. Evidence that is likely to convince the Attorney and ultimately a judge would be difficult for an individual to gather without the assistance of an advocate.
For more info contact Mokah Johson at 678 835 8497