Author: LaDawn LBJ Jones

GBI Request for Ahmaud Arbery

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations tweeted, “The GBI has not been requested to investigate the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.”  Why is that language important? Who can request the GBI investigate a criminal matter in Georgia?  On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was exercising in his community near Brunswick, Georgia. Without cause, he was chased

Reopen, but Don’t Forget

First there was this … Despite the growing threats of COVID -19 the Georgia Legislative session continued with “proper precautions.”  Then there was this … Sick Senators. And… That were hospitalized. Despite the precautions several Georgia Senators became ill, were diagnosed with COVID 19, and hospitalized.  Luckily they all had the great state provided health

College Park Election Marks a Milestone

College Park, Georgia was incorporated as a city in 1891.  One hundred and twenty nine years later it will swear in the first woman and first minority mayor in its entire history.  Bianca Motley Broom was elected overwhelmingly in the municipal run-off election last night.   Beating out longtime incumbent Mayor Jack Longino.  Longino faced a

Be BRAVE this Indigenous Peoples Day!

I never even heard of Ryan Helsley before last week.   The Cardinals pitcher apparently caused an upset in the athletic world after he boldly forced people to acknowledge something they already knew.  The Brave’s tomahawk chop is offensive and reinforces a stereotype created centuries ago.  Per usual, sports fans were more upset that their team

Why We Care About Hair

It may be time for the Dekalb School Board or the Georgia Legislature to tighten the reigns on the freedom of their schools to create rules.  The freedom given to a Dekalb County elementary school,  Narvie J. Harris Theme School, has caused a problem at the start of this school year.   During this year’s

Top Twenty of 2020 Democratic Primary

The road to the White House runs straight through Georgia. The chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, Senator Nikema Williams has a new mantra.  She is right. Tonight, begins a two night debate with the top twenty Democratic 2020 candidates.  Partly thanks to the national groundwork laid by Stacey Abrams’s gubernatorial campaign and her potential

The Reason Does Not Change the Treason

This session the Georgia Legislature passed Senate Bill 77, which expands protection of confederate monuments in Georgia.  The bill now gives private groups the right to sue any government or person for removing a monument that “recounts the military service of any past or present military personnel of this state; the United States of America