Students for a Democratic Society demands justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery by Gregory and Travis McMichael in Brunswick, Georgia. Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was fatally shot 3 times while jogging through his neighborhood. The McMichaels say that they were making a citizen’s arrest. However, footage shows the men following Arbery for two blocks before stopping him with weapons drawn. Those men approached Arbery with the intent of being violent and this situation can only be only be described as a modern-day lynching.

The issue of Black people being slain by white men with guns is a story we have heard far too many times. More so, the system of racism perpetuated throughout America has only become more apparent as a pandemic continues to spread fear in the country, especially under Trump’s racist leadership. In the last year, experiences of Black people being brutalized, shot and killed has become more visibly common. We’ve seen this through cases such as Donni Wright, age 33, who was brutalized by New York City cops which resulted in severe injuries to his back, ribs and chest, while these same officers are handing masks out to white people who are committing the same “crime”.

Moreover, the issue of white vigilantes murdering Black people isn’t a new occurrence as seen through the murder of Trayvon Martin, age 17. Trayvon Martin’s murder highlighted the failings of the courts and legal system as it allowed for the racist vigilante George Zimmerman to walk free after committing murder. These cases highlight the racial discrimination that is running rampant across America and demonstrate the continued need for students and other organizers to fight back against it.

Today, we stand in solidarity with Ahmaud Arbery’s family and the #IRunWithMaud protesters in the continued fight for justice. Students for a Democratic Society continues to stand in solidarity with Black people and continues to call for an end to racist gun violence and police violence. Furthermore, SDS calls for the indictment and conviction of Gregory and Travis McMichael for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Please visit Runwithmaud.com to sign the petition or contact DA Durden to demand he charge Gregory and Travis McMichael at tom.durden@libertycountyga.com or call 912-876-4151!
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