‘Listening Sessions’ series announced by GLBC to discuss Race, Respect, and Accountability
Sept. 1, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. – The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) issued a statement Friday, stating that the organization, which is made up of the 60 black legislators in the Georgia General Assembly, “is very disappointed by the threat of physical violence made via Facebook by a member of the Georgia General Assembly on August 29, 2017. As members of a body that represents the interests of all Georgia constituents, we understand we bring multiple viewpoints to the Gold Dome. However, there is an expectation to be professional and respectful as we advance those viewpoints.”
“While it is understood that on occasion there will be strong, polar-opposite positions on sensitive issues affecting the citizens of Georgia, threats of physical violence and words of intimidation from a member of the Georgia General Assembly or anyone is not acceptable under any circumstances.
“This behavior cannot and will not be accepted or tolerated. The GLBC will neither condone nor allow threats to any citizen of this great state of Georgia by anyone. We have contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and asked for an investigation of the threats made.
“This incident and others we have witnessed in Georgia and around the country require a civil discourse in which all members of our communities can be heard. The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, in collaboration with other civic leaders, will host a series of Listening Sessions around the state to engage constituents in a conversation about race, respect, and accountability.
“The future of Georgia hinges on our ability to work together. The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus looks forward to having these community conversations with our constituents as well as our colleagues under the Gold Dome,” concluded Sen. Lester G. Jackson III, Chairman of the GLBC, speaking for the members.