Civil rights activists, community organizations, community leaders, and gun rights groups will come together In Atlanta on Tuesday, December 10th for a town hall meeting on stand your ground law, hosted by Georgia Senator Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta).
Georgia’s self-defense statute specifically uses the words ”no duty to retreat”, effectively creating a stand your ground law.
The meeting is set for 7:00 p.m. at First Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Avenue SE in Atlanta. Fort said the town hall meeting would be an opportunity for the community to hear about the political, legal, and community implications involved with the repeal of stand your ground law in Georgia.
Senator Fort announced the forum last month, a week before the state was shaken by the tragic death of a Georgia man with Alzheimer’s disease, 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook, who was gunned down after ringing the doorbell at a house in Walker County on November 27.
Fort will reportedly be joinedby clergy, community, labor, political, civil rights, and gun rights representatives including Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, Atlanta NAACP, Georgia Gun Sense Clergy, Georgia Rural Urban Summit, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions, Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council, Young Democrats of Georgia, Young Democrats of America and Georgians for Gun Safety. A page for the event is set up on facebookby the Milleniums Movement.
Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow Coalition recently filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s stand your ground law, that included the families of two men affected by the law – James Christopher Johnson III, a 25 year-old African-American man, killed at a nightclub in March this year by a white man who was acquitted using stand your ground, and Herman Smith, Jr., 21, an African-American man sentenced to life in the killing of Cardarius Stegall at a birthday party last November.
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