Georgia Faith Leaders Call Home Depot Boycott Over Voting Law
A group of black religious leaders representing more than 1,000 churches in Georgia call for a boycott of home improvement stores over the silence of hardware stores on the state’s new voting law. “I don’t think this is just a political issue,” Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, who leads the effort, told The New York Times. “This is an issue dealing with securing the future of this democracy, and the greatest right of this democracy is the right to vote.” Jackson, who oversees all 534 African clergy episcopal churches in Georgia, said: “We have shown indifference and lack of response to calls from clerics as well as from other groups to speak against the law,” Home Depot said. Democrats have been critical of the new law, claiming that it makes it more difficult for individuals, especially black voters, to exercise their right to vote, but some opponents, including Stacey Abrams, responded accordingly. I’m begging people not to boycott the state. “Blacks, Latin Americans, AAPIs, and Native American voters are the most oppressed [the new law] Most likely to be hurt by a potential boycott in Georgia. Don’t boycott us to our friends. Stay and fight, stay and vote for my fellow Georgians, “Abrams said earlier this month. Aunna Dennis, Secretary-General of the Georgia branch of the Common Cause, opposed calling for a boycott of the Home Depot. “We can’t fully support boycotts in Georgia,” Dennis said. “Boycotts hurt working class people, but businesses need to be accountable for where to put their money.” But a coalition of religious leaders called boycotts “necessary evil.” I’m thinking. “Unfortunately for those affected by this, would millions more be affected if they did not have the right to vote?” Chief pastor of the New Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. Jamal H. Bryant said: “But for good to happen, it must happen.” The group also noted that boycotts were used in the civil rights movement, and their call for action “warned” other state legislatures. It was suggested that it was a “shot”. “This isn’t just about Georgia. We’re talking about threatened American democracy,” said Rev. Timothy McDonald III, pastor of Atlanta’s first Iconium Baptist Church. “We have to use all the power and power we have, our spiritual strength, including our dollars, to help people understand that this is a national campaign. The bill denies accusations that it aims to curb voting, and the law does not set new limits on voting time, allowing state elections without restricting voter access. He points out that it is safer. They claimed that the law was misrepresented. The Home Depot is headquartered in Peach County and is also one of the largest employers. Other major Georgian companies, including Coca-Cola and Delta, are opposed to the new law, but Home Depot isn’t. The company’s only comment on the issue came earlier this month. “The most appropriate approach we should take is to continue to emphasize our belief that all elections must be accessible, fair and safe. Mr Jackson said that faith leaders are Home Depot. He said he had spoken and upheld a lawsuit against Georgia law, openly opposed similar bills in other states, and called for support for John Lewis’s voting rights law in Congress.