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Sign our petition seeking the Georgia State Legislature pass House Bill 426 relating to Hate Crimes. The Bill Over the past three years, the Georgia State Legislature has failed to pass a hate crime bill. Georgia is one of four states without a hate crime law. House Bill 426 relating to Hate Crimes has passed the Georgia House and is stalled in the State Senate. Specifically, if passed, the bill will enact “the Georgia Enhanced Penalties for Hate Crimes Act.” Recent Events On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was jogging through a neighborhood near his home in Brunswick, Georgia. At that time, George McMichael and Travis McMichael observed Arbery jogging and they confronted him with guns. However, when Arbery tried to defend himself from one of the gun wielding white men, he was savagely shot and killed by the man and his son. The unsettling and graphic video of the brutal killing of Ahmaud Arbery has circulated on various news outlets and on social media. Such imagery conjures up memories from days gone by of unarmed black men and women being hunted by white lynch mobs. Sadly, Georgia does not have a hate crime law that would address this unspeakable tragedy. Omega cannot and will not sit idle. We will take action. Omega joins other social justice advocates demanding the State of Georgia pass a Hate Crime law. Malcolm X once taught us, “You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.” Please sign the attached petition. We will forward this petition, along with a letter of support to the bill's authors. Furthermore, call Governor Brian Kamp @ 404-656-1776 and Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan @ 404-656-5030 to voice your support for HB 426.