Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY: Atlanta Community, Faith, Labor and Elected Leaders Stand in Unison in Opposition to Draconian Senate Bill Designed to Intimidate Working Families

A diverse array of Atlanta's community leaders will unite at the IBEW Building on Thursday morning to stand in opposition to Senate Bill 469 - a politically-driven bill intended to intimidate Georgia's working families.

The bill, which would criminalize certain kinds of economic justice pickets, will burden public safety officers, who are already contending with reduced resources due to budget cuts and overcrowded jails.

SB 469 is part of a broad effort to weaken the middle class in order to benefit the 1%. The bill shares characteristics of model legislation from ALEC, an out-of-state, secretive, corporate-funded council that hands state legislators laws designed to benefit CEOs.

What: Press conference of community leaders opposing SB 469 - a draconian bill that threatens free speech in Georgia and seeks to silence protestors standing up for economic justice

Who:
Human rights advocate Martin Luther King III
Georgia State AFL-CIO President Charlie Flemming
State Sen. Nan Orrock, representing Georgia's 36th Senate District
Rev. Timothy McDonald, pastor of the First Iconium Baptist Church of Atlanta
Georgia's working families and other leaders to be announced

When: Thursday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: IBEW Building Auditorium; 501 Pulliam Street, SW; Atlanta, Ga. 30312