Join President and Founder Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq. along with Co-Host and Chair Board, Daryl D. Jones, Esq., Every Tuesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Attorney Daryl Jones and Barbara Arnwine will rotate in asking questions during the show. The questions included below are designed to provide a guide but are not the only possible questions, nor may they be asked in the exact same order.
This Igniting Change Radio Show on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 will feature Radio Show Co-Hosts and Transformative Justice Coalition Co-Leaders Attorneys Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones in discussion with TJC Executive Committee members, Terry McNeill and Dianne Wilkerson about Monday’s developments in the Hate Crimes Trial against Travis and Greg McMichaels and William “Roddie” Bryan including closing arguments, the Judge’s instructions and the state of Jury Deliberations. We will contextualize this trial against the backdrop of the rise in Hate Crimes in general in the United States.
Attorney Daryl Jones and I will rotate in asking questions during the show. The questions included below are designed to provide a guide but are not the only possible questions, nor may they be asked in the exact same order.
The first and second segment of our show will feature a discussion with Co-Hosts Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones and TJC’s Executive Committee members Dianne Wilkerson and Terry McNeil regarding the recent major developments in the Hate Crimes case against the three murderers of Ahmaud Arbery. Attorneys Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones will report directly from the grounds of the Federal Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia.
As you might recall, on January 31st. TJC Co-Leaders and Attorneys Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones worked with Wanda Cooper Jones, Marcus Arbery and Family to successfully have the Judge reject a proposed plea deal between the US DOJ and the defendant McMichaels for which they had not been consulted and the terms of which they adamantly opposed. The Arberys were determined to have the truth about the numerous racial hate-filled text, Facebook posts, and other statements that all three defendants had made over the years and immediately before the slaying of Ahmaud. The plea agreement would have kept most of this evidence under seal and out of the public’s purview. That following Friday, Travis and Gregg McMichael withdrew their guilty pleas, as the settlement was no longer in effect, placing their fate in the decision of the jury.
On Monday, February 13th, the final selection of the jury was completed with 9 white jurors and 3 Black jurors from the 40+ surrounding counties constituting the Southern District of Georgia. That afternoon, the Hate Crimes Trial started with Opening Statements from the US Department of Justice and the Defendants’ counsel representing Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William Bryan. The US DOJ presented a powerful argument highlighting the shocking and brutally ugly record of racially hate filled anti-Black texts, emails and social media postings and other exchanges in which the defendants repeatedly used vicious and derogatory racial slurs including calling Blacks repeatedly by the N-word, monkeys, animals and local racial terms. These texts also lauded vigilantism and threatened the use of gun violence against Blacks.
Throughout the week of February 14-20th, the US DOJ presented 20 witnesses and a slew of forensic digital evidence detailing the many communications of hate made by the defendants. The defense only presented one witness. Judge Wood excused the jury for the weekend.
Monday, February 21st the trial resumed with closing argument from the United States and the Defense. After hours of argument, that afternoon, Judge Wood instructed the jury and sent it to deliberate.
Our show will also highlight TJC and Arbery Family plans for the Commemoration of the 2nd Anniversary of the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery on February 23, 2020.
Our third segment will discuss the interplay between Racial Hate and Violence and the fight for voting rights. We will spotlight TJC’s daily Black History Month series and compare the Arbery case to the Emmett Till case and other historical events.
In our final segment, we will preview the 2022 Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee being held on March 3-6th to mark the anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the sacrifices of so many leading to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A major goal of these outstanding annual gatherings is to commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday by rededicating thousands to continue the fight for voting rights. Among the many superb events planned for the Jubilee are the workshops to provide information and skills training to wage the current fight for voting rights. The Transformative Justice Coalition is sponsoring 3 workshops on March 4-5th. In light of the vicious voter suppression assault sweeping our nation, this year’s Selma events are of the highest importance. We will also share with our national audience plans for the subsequent 5 day March from Selma to Montgomery, designed to recreate the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King and so many others.
Our distinguished and expert guests will provide special insights into the urgent work we all must engage to insure voting rights and justice for Ahmaud Arbery.
These are the issues we will cover during this show.
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The topic of our show is “America’s Legacy of Hate!: 100% #JusticeForAhmaud Hate Crimes Trial Update, Hate Crimes in the US, Black History Month, Bloody Sunday Commemoration, Selma to Montgomery March, March 3-11th.”
The Transformative Justice Coalition continues to fulfill its pledge to the Ahmaud Arbery Family for 100% #JusticeForAhmaud by providing support during the Hate Crimes Trial. During the last 2 weeks, TJC Co-Leaders, Barbara Arnwine and Daryl Jones, were joined by TJC Director of Election Protection, Attorney Lynn Whitfield directly on the ground in Brunswick, Georgia for the daily uplifting of the Arbery Family. We will discuss recent developments in the case and our plans to commemorate the second anniversary of the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery on February 23, 2020.
The Hate Crimes Trial of the McMichaels and Bryan for the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery is being held against a backdrop of a severe rise in Hate Crimes throughout the US. We will discuss this disturbing trend and the implications for the fight for racial justice in the US.
For the month of February, the Transformative Justice Coalition is publishing a daily Black History Month Series. This series has been very popular. We will discuss our favorite moments and persons of the African American presence in the United States. We’ll also discuss the historic ties of the Emmett Till case to the Ahmaud Arbery case.
On March 3-6, the annual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee will be held. This year’s events will highlight our strategic response to the vicious and brutal assault on the right to vote throughout the United States. Given the significance of the 2022 MidTerm Elections, there will be a reenactment of the full 5 day Selma to Montgomery March from March 7-11th. The Transformative Justice Coalition will sponsor 2 workshops on March 4 and 1 workshop on March 5th. In addition, TJC will join the Poor People’s Campaign and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition on March 7th for the first full day of the March to Montgomery and Black Voters Matter on March 9th for its segment of the March.
We will continue to examine the 2021-2022 onslaught of voter suppression by state legislatures resulting in 34 disenfranchising laws passed in 19 states and a slew of gerrymandering in several key states, many states are poised to pass more voter suppression laws in these first 2 months of 2022. It is more urgent than ever that the federal government protect voters of color and vulnerable voters against these wrongful measures by state legislatures. The US DOJ is suing Texas and Georgia for violating voting rights but this national wave of voter suppression is too large to be addressed by litigation or organizing alone. Indeed, in the last months of 2021, disturbing articles recounted the purging of Black election officials from boards of election in Georgia. In Michigan, there is a concentrated assault to restrict voting rights. In North Carolina and other states there are major controversies over the extreme partisan gerrymandering. These and other negative voter suppression developments underscore the urgent need for the US Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to mandate federal standards to protect the rights to vote and impose review of voting and electoral legislation, practices and procedures proposed by states and jurisdictions with histories of voter discrimination. And the DC Statehood Admissions bill passed by the U.S. House has also been pending in the Senate for months.
Our show is designed to educate our audience on recent developments in this fight for 100% #JusticeForAhmaud, the rise in Hate Crimes in the US, Black History Month and the Selma Jubilee Commemoration and March to Montgomery and to share opportunities for engagement.
Attorney Terry McNeill is the Secretary for the Transformative Justice Coalition. Director of Election Protection, a Political Consultant, Radio Host and former ED of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the National Organization for Women.
Dianne Wilkerson is the Treasurer of the Transformative Justice Coalition, one of the most renowned advocates for racial justice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a celebrated political strategist.
100% #JUSTICEFORAHMAUD AND HATE CRIMES CASE
RISE IN HATE CRIMES IN US
TJC BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES