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This very special edition of the Igniting Change Radio Show on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022, entitled “Justice For Ahmaud: The Power of Voting in Fighting Hate Crimes”, will broadcast live from Brunswick, Georgia and will feature guest hosts Atty. Lynn Whitfield, National Bar Association-Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) Election Protection Fellow and Director of the Good Trouble Voting Rights Institute, and Dr. Karen McRae, first woman President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Organization of Concerned Black Men, (CBM) Inc. and Transformative Justice Coalition Board Member. Radio Show Co-Hosts and Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) Co-Leaders Attorneys Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones will appear as guests discussing TJC’s August 6th #AndStillIVote National Broadcast and the August 8th, 2022 federal sentencing of Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan, for committing federal hate crimes and other offenses in connection with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
Be sure to invite your friends to listen live at WOL 1450 AM in the Greater DC Metro Region, and nationwide and globally on the Internet at WOLDCNEWS.com and BarbaraArnwine.com. Listeners can call in with questions at 800-450-7876.
Please note, during the show there are 3 hard stop commercial breaks at 12:13 PM Eastern Time, 12:28 PM ET and 12:43 PM ET. We will stop all guests from speaking right before each break.
During the first half of the show, guests Barbara and Daryl will discuss the upcoming primaries; their time in Brunswick Georgia and the ongoing fight for “100% of Justice for Ahmaud”; their upcoming trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; TJC’s August 6th #AndStillIVote National Broadcast; and TJC’s August 8th TeleTown Hall which was broadcasted Live from Brunswick, Georgia.
During the second segment of the show, guests Barbara and Daryl will discuss the U.S. Department of Justice’s role in fighting hate crimes and police violence and misconduct. In particular, they will focus on the DOJ’s success in the prosecution and sentencing of the Arbery killers. In addition, there will be a discussion of the DOJ’s announcement last week of their civil rights and other charges against the 4 officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, and the pattern or practice investigation of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department.
During the third segment of the show, there will be a discussion of the special street naming ceremony in Brunswick, Georgia being held on August 9th in honor of Ahmad Arbery. Also, TJC Co-Leaders Arnwine and Jones will discuss their upcoming trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Primary.
During the last segment of the show, there will be a discussion of TJC’s upcoming Election Protection and Voter Restoration programming. A highlight of this segment will be the announcement of the return, in September, of the Good Trouble Voting Rights Institute.
BACKGROUND ON THE SHOW
“On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was murdered in a racially-motivated hate crime while jogging in Satilla Shores, a neighborhood near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia. Three white men racially profiled him…[Although their cover story was that Ahmaud was a burglar responsible for recent break-ins and thefts in the area, that not only isn’t true but they knew that a White man had been on camera engaging in stealing, which they knew before they murdered Ahmaud. The White thief was never apprehended]. The three men chased Arbery in their trucks, using the vehicles to illegally confine him as he tried to run away. Two of the men, Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, were armed and in one vehicle, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, was in another vehicle. After several minutes, Travis McMichael got out of his truck and threatened Arbery with a shotgun. Arbery attempted to defend himself and Travis shot him three times, murdering him. Bryan recorded their pursuit and murder of Arbery on his cell phone.
Members of the Glynn County Police Department (GCPD) arrived on the scene soon after the shooting, but no arrests were made for more than two months. The GCPD said the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office first advised them to make no arrests then Waycross District Attorney George Barnhill twice advised the GCPD to make no arrests, once before he was officially assigned to the case, and once while announcing his intention to recuse due to a conflict of interest. At the behest of Gregory McMichael, a local attorney provided Bryan’s video to local radio station WGIG, which published the video on May 5. The video went viral on YouTube and Twitter. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested the McMichaels on May 7 and Bryan on May 21, charging them with felony murder and other crimes.
The case was ultimately transferred to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office. On June 24, 2020, a grand jury indicted each of the three men on charges of malice murder, felony murder, and other crimes. Their trial began in November 2021 in the Glynn County Superior Court; all three were convicted on November 24 of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Travis McMichael was further convicted of malice murder. On January 7, 2022, the McMichaels were sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole plus 20 years, with Bryan sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 30 years. On February 22, 2022, the three men were found guilty in a federal court of attempted kidnapping and the hate crime of interference with rights, while the McMichaels were also convicted of one count of using firearms during a crime of violence.”
“The local authorities’ handling of the case resulted in nationwide criticism and debates on racial profiling in the United States. Many religious leaders, politicians, athletes, and other celebrities condemned the incident. Georgia Attorney General Christopher M. Carr formally requested the intervention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the case on May 10, 2020, which was granted the following day. Former Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson was indicted in September 2021 for “showing favor and affection” to Gregory (her former subordinate) during the investigation, and for obstructing law enforcement by directing that Travis not be arrested. In the aftermath of the murder, Georgia enacted hate crimes legislation in June 2020, then repealed and replaced its citizen’s arrest law in May 2021.”
Watch the video below to see the reactions of Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones, Co-Leaders of the Transformative Justice Coalition, on the Roland Martin Unfiltered web show when Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers were Found Guilty On All Counts In Federal Hate Crime Trial:
As of February 23rd, 2022, “the state of Georgia will recognize Feb. 23 of each year as Ahmaud Arbery Day, for the Black jogger who was chased down and killed on a residential street near Brunswick exactly two years ago.
The Georgia House of Representatives passed a resolution earlier this month honoring Arbery and urging people to jog 2.23 miles annually to advocate for racial equality.
On Monday, August 8, 2022, “a federal judge in the Southern District of Georgia…sentenced Travis McMichael, 36, to life plus 10 years in prison; and his father Gregory McMichael, 66, to life plus seven years in prison; and William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, to 35 years in prison, for committing federal hate crimes and other offenses in connection with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a young Black man, who was jogging on the public streets of a Brunswick neighborhood when he was chased down and shot to death in February 2020.”
Watch the video below on First Coast News to see Barbara and Daryl’s reactions right before the August 8th sentencing news: Barbara Arnwine of Transformative Justice Coalition speaks before sentencing of Arbery’s killers
Atty. Lynn Whitfield
National Bar Association-Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) Election Protection Fellow and Director of the Good Trouble Voting Rights Institute
Dr. Karen McRae
first woman President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Organization of Concerned Black Men, (CBM) Inc. and Transformative Justice Coalition Board Member
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