The GLBC Gazette provides weekly updates of what is happening at the State Capitol.
APRIL 5, 2021
FROM OUR CHAIR
Since our establishment in 1973, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) has been the conscience of the Georgia State Capitol. We speak on behalf of the communities historically overlooked and underrepresented. Our efforts push the political conversation towards justice, equity, and inclusion. More importantly, our vigilance leads to the passage of public policy that addresses the needs and concerns of all Georgians.
The 2021 General Assembly was no different. We spoke against legislation when needed and spoke up for legislation when required. Overall, the voice of the people was heard in the State Capitol during the 40 days we were in session.
Collectively, the work of our 68 Senate and House members is guided by legislative priorities representing our concerns as citizen representatives and reflecting the challenges facing our constituents, ally organizations, and community partners. Now more than ever, the Caucus is necessary. Two years ago, our persistence led to the passage of hate crimes legislation. During this past session, we were instrumental in the repealing of the antiquated citizen’s arrest statute. GLBC members were also influential in the adoption of measures to address healthcare, public safety, and education.
Overall, we strive to be change-agents in key areas such as health and welfare, education, social and criminal justice, employment and economic empowerment, and other emerging sectors to make sure our constituents remain top-of-mind when decisions are being made.
Thank you all for the prayers, support, activism, and strength you offered us. Yet, as we all know, the session may have ended but the work continues.
Senator Tonya P. Anderson
Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Chair
Members of the Georgia Senate celebrating Sine Die marking the end of the 2021 legislative session
Senator Gloria Butler, GLBC member Senate Democratic Leader
Senator David Lucas, GLBC Executive Board Member
GLBC Hosts Town Hall on the Georgia Integrity Act of 2021
On March 31st the GLBC held a town hall to discuss how the Georgia Integrity Act of 2021 impacts Black voters. Participating in the discussion were representatives of Fair Fight, American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, African Methodist Episcopal Church 6th Episcopal District, Black Voters Matter Fund, and the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners.
GLBC Press Conference in Opposition to the Georgia Integrity Act of 2021 Becoming Law
On March 29th Sen. Tonya Anderson (D – Lithonia), chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) rallied at the Capitol with other members of the GLBC, New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund, and Fair Fight to discuss their opposition to the Election Integrity Act of 2021. (Above are photos of the speakers.)