This week read about Rep. Park Cannon being arrested after the governor signed a bill that changed Georgia's election system, and a trans student winning a case when he was targeted by the school district while participating on the swim team in 2016.
Out Lawmaker Arrested as Governor Signs Elections Bill
Georgia State Capitol patrols arrested state Rep. Park Cannon outside Gov. Brian Kemp’s office door as he announced the signing of SB 202, a bill that introduces dramatic changes to Georgia’s election system. Cannon is facing two felonies of obstructing law enforcement and disrupting a general assembly session after repeatedly knocking on Kemp’s door to witness the signing.
“I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression,” Kemp wrote in a tweet following her release from jail. “I’d love to say I’m the last, but we know that isn’t true.”
Videos of Cannon’s arrest went viral and sparked a national outcry from those who compared the incident to the protests of last summer and the civil rights movement. President Joe Biden condemned Cannon’s arrest and the passing of the bill.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end. We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act,” Biden released in a statement on March 26.
School District Settles with Trans Student For 300K
Coon Rapids High School. Photo Credit: Joseph Wold, Wikimedia Commons.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District will award $300,000 in the case of a transgender student whom the district targeted in 2016 while participating on the boy’s swim team.
When the school board relegated Nick H. to a segregated locker room to prepare for swim meets, he’d already been using the boy’s locker room with the rest of his teammates for months. According to Nick, the action by the district led to bullying and threats from his classmates.
In addition to the payout, the district must recommit to affirming students of all gender identities, and training all students, staff and board members on upcoming policy changes.
“I never want any student to experience the discrimination and cruelty I experienced from the adults at my school,” Nick said in a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. “It means a lot to see the courts protect transgender students like me.”