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I RUN WITH MAUD
Help make sure Ahmaud Arbery’s killing won’t be swept under the rug
On February 23, two white men, Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, grabbed their guns, got in their truck and chased down Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old black man who apparently made the mistake of jogging in Brunswick’s Satilla Shores neighborhood. Travis McMichael shot Ahmaud dead.
Gregory McMichael told police they thought Ahmaud had been involved in a recent “string of burglaries,” even though no recent break-ins had been reported in the neighborhood and an eyewitness who made a 911 call could not name a specific criminal action on Ahmaud’s part.
Over two months later, no arrests related to Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death have been made, no charges have been filed and no grand jury investigation has been initiated.
Just this week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the New York Times began to cover the story and its unmistakable parallels to that of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black teenager shot to death by George Zimmerman in Florida in 2012. Since then, the Brunswick News’ treatment of the story has improved, starting with an editorial Tuesday calling for a thorough state investigation. A list of articles with links is below.
Ahmaud’s life mattered. Justice for his death matters to his family, his friends and his community – to all of us.
The Robert S Abbott Institute will continue to support this effort and know that you will too.
Updates and ways to help are at:
There will be a protest calling for Justice for Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse tomorrow (Friday MAY 7) at 10:AM. The information below came from Rev. Jane Page, who is friends with James Woodall, and we wanted to share it with you.
We need to have a diverse crowd there and show that the whole community demands justice.
SGHS is very concerned about potential COVID transmission at tomorrow’s protest. We plan to have our mobile health vehicle on site to provide basic first aid, mask distribution and hand sanitizer distribution. I will be running this. If you are part of a group participating in this and want masks for your group come by there and we will provide whatever you need. If you need them today call me at +18648098425. Thanks Glenn Gann
The Community Emergency Needs Fund Next Phase and Survey (Coastal Community Foundation & United Way): The committee will be meeting soon to discuss our community organizations’ response to the COVID-19 crisis. It is important that we have basic information about all agencies addressing this crisis. If you would like to be considered for funding, please let the funders know more about the work you are doing and your needs by completing this survey. If you haven’t updated your survey, please take a moment to do so.
You may access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTWH2FB.
If you have any questions or difficulties in accessing or completing the survey, please do not hesitate to contact
Or 912-265-1850 phone
St. Simons Presbyterian Church Aid for Individuals:
St. Simons Presbyterian Church is writing individual cash grants of $250/individual or $500/family to people who have been affected by Covid-19 whether that is from loss of income due to the virus of healthcare related expenses due to the virus. The application is available on the church website below (sspres.org->serve->relief fund) or can be received over the phone
912.638.2220, Ext 106.
Please share this resource with anyone you think of who might need it in the coming weeks and months. If any questions come up, don’t hesitate to call.
Rev. Annie Franklin Arvin Associate Pastor for Youth and Mission
(912) 638-2220 (office)
(828) 443-0299 (cell)
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
WE CAN ALL HELP BY TAKING ACTION IN WAYS THAT MODEL THE NON-VIOLENCE AND UNITY WE WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.
CALL OR EMAIL DISTRICT ATTORNEY TOM DURDEN’S OFFICE AND TELL HIM TRAVIS MCMICHAEL SHOULD BE ARRESTED. You can use the same talking points as for the letters to the editor below.
USE SOCIAL MEDIA
Sign the petition:
Show your support by liking and sharing from the I Run With Maud Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/irunwithmaud/
SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE EDITOR CALLING ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY TOM DURDEN AND THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION TO CHARGE TRAVIS MCMICHAEL
Letters to the editor can be very influential – district attorneys and elected officials read them as well as the paper’s subscribers and online readers. Tips and talking points are below. Please write in your own words, from your own experience.
Letters to the Brunswick News (250-word limit) can be submitted online HERE: https://thebrunswicknews.com/site/forms/online_services/letter_editor/
Letters to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (150-word limit) can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters to the New York Times are a long shot. Submission information is HERE: https://help.nytimes.com/hc/en-us/articles/115014925288-How-to-submit-a-letter-to-the-editor
TALKING POINTS YOU CAN USE:
New York Times Articles:
What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery
April 28, 2020
Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges
April 26, 2020
Atlanta Journal Constitution Article:
Video of Brunswick shooting made by one of victim's pursuers
Supporters launch a virtual campaign after fatal Brunswick shooting
May 2, 2020
Brunswick shooting summons old scars, fresh suspicions
April 27, 2020
Brunswick News Articles:
Dispatcher: 'What was he doing wrong?'
April 29, 2020
State should oversee shooting investigation
April 27, 2020
Ware DA steps away from Arbery shooting case
April 14, 2020
Liberty County DA to probe Glynn shooting
April 14, 2020
Police report sheds more light on Satilla Shores shooting
April 2, 2020
Shooting death presents conflict of interest for local DA's office
Feb 28, 2020
Police mum on circumstances behind Satilla Shores shooting
February 26, 2020