Monday promises to be a big day at the Georgia legislature. It is incumbent upon us to do our civic duty by letting our voices be heard by Monday morning. In addition, if you have time on Monday morning, please again. We ask that you be respectful. Remember to give the bill number when you call, write, or visit the capitol.
SB 233, School Vouchers = Your Tax Dollars Going to Private Schools
It’s quite simple really. Instead of moving tax dollars into our public school system, the system that built our county, there is a well-funded movement afoot to take your tax dollars, give it to “business” to run schools that have ZERO oversight, do not have to comply with ADA or civil rights protections, and more. Please take this action with Fund the Future Georgia
SB 44, A Dangerous Bill with Regressive Penalties Targeting Young People
SB 44 creates mandatory minimum sentences for every offense under Georgia’s Criminal Street Gang statute; a law already applied too broadly. Proponents claim that this bill is necessary to protect young people from gang violence, but we know it will only put more Black and brown youth behind bars. Lawmakers must not return to draconian and outdated sentencing schemes, like mandatory minimums, that are ineffective as deterrents. The state must give communities the resources they need to implement proven methods for preventing and disrupting gang violence.
Please contact your State Senator and urge them to vote NO on SB 44. You can find our script and talking points below. Send an email, make a phone call, and share this action alert on social media to help stop this costly and dangerous bill.
See the talking points that the Southern Center for Human Rights has pulled together.
SB 140 – Criminalizing the Medical Treatment of Transgender Children
We heard compelling testimony on Thursday. You can watch the entire floor discussion or fast forward to 1:32
Again, this will be brought up for a vote on Monday. We want to be in touch with our state senators, the governor, and lieutenant governor. We have two tools for you to use here from Georgia Equality. All weekend, we need to flood Gov. Kemp and Lt. Gov. Jones’ offices with emails and calls opposing SB 140.
First send your message here: The talking points are in this post and email toolkit.
Once you’ve sent your message, call:
Governor Kemp: (404) 656-1776
Lt. Gov. Jones: (404) 656-5030
THEN – Contact your senator as follows:
Send a note here, talking points are included.
Then call your state senator: you can find them here or here.
For a little more information on those who are behind the war against transgender people check out this article from Mother Jones. It’s not quick, so plan on sitting with it a few minutes.