Joint Statement in Response to Today’s Historic Vote to Approve the Georgia Hate Crimes Bill

June 23, 2020

Attributable to the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Chamber of Commerce

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Attributable to the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Chamber of Commerce

“Today marks a truly unprecedented moment in Georgia history. Our state and local leaders, business community, civic organizations, and our neighbors chose unity and helped to pass a comprehensive hate crimes bill in a historic and overwhelming bi-partisan vote. 

“To our elected officials: You heard the cries of our citizens and acted with integrity. We commend you for doing what is right for the future of Georgia. The leadership of House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, along with the entire body of the Georgia General Assembly, was instrumental in making this effort a success. Rep. Chuck Efstration, Rep. Calvin Smyre, Sen. Harold Jones, and Sen. Bill Cowsert led courageously to pass a hate crimes bill, and we are now standing on the right side of history.

“To our business leaders and civic organizations: You have proven once again that the spirit of collaboration is alive and well in our state. Working together, we can get things done for the common good. You led from the heart and seized this opportunity to advocate for a change that will continue to drive our state’s reputation as the number one place to do business. 

“To all the men and women across Georgia: You had the courage to speak up for the good of our children and grandchildren, and your voices were heard. You proved that while we may not agree on every point, we come together to do what is right.

“All Georgians are better off because we stand together against hate.”

Katie Kirkpatrick, Metro Atlanta Chamber, President & CEO

Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO