Recently, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-I’ll.) announced the House of Representatives voted in H.R. 35, The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act and the bill successfully passed in the House 410-4. Now it goes to the Senate next for consideration with currently a 20% chance of this bill being enacted. We want increase the percentage of the chance of this bill passing by signing this petition.
This legislation is long overdue with more than 100 year in the making. This bill was passed in the House on the heels of a tragic event a few days prior when Ahmaud Arbery, 25 was Lynched on Feb 23 by a white man in Brunswick, Georgia -three days before the anniversary of the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin. No one has been arrested or charged in Mr. Arbery’s killing. “For too long, lynching has not been classified as a federal crime, but to borrow a quote from Rev. King, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,”said Rep. Bobby L. Rush.
Signing this petition will send a strong and clear message to the nation that we will not tolerate bigotry and we want this bill passed in the Senate and signed into law.