Press Advisory: Testimony of ACLU of Georgia Policy Analyst at House Higher Education Committee
HB995 would roll out a red carpet for student organizations at Georgia’s public colleges and universities to discriminate in their membership and leadership
Niccole Robinson, Policy Analyst of the ACLU of Georgia, will testify in opposition to the discriminatory sections of HB995.
Georgia House Higher Education committee hearing on HB995
Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 606
Monday, March 2, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.
HB 995 would have a chilling effect on the important protections Georgia’s public colleges and universities have to bar discrimination.
The oldest public university in America – the University of Georgia – prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.
Discrimination remains a real concern in Georgia. A few years ago at Valdosta State, black students were removed from a rally for then-candidate Donald Trump. People assumed that their race meant they were protestors, rather than students with a legitimate interest in a major political candidate for President, just like the white students who were present.
“As currently worded, HB995 would roll out a red carpet for student organizations at Georgia’s PUBLIC colleges and universities to discriminate in their membership and leadership,” said Niccole Robinson, policy analyst with the ACLU of Georgia. “The American ideals of free speech must never be used as a shield for discriminatory conduct.”