Georgia gave the Democrats the power of the big-three majority, the White House, the U.S. House, but most so importantly the Peach State gave them the Senate. That allows the Dems to chair all of the committees and move through initiatives that have stood waiting for decades. So, the Republicans decided to throw open all the stops and pass absurd anti-voter laws in 23 states. Fortunately, the Democrats are made of stronger stuff, and this is what they are doing.
The Georgia state legislators implemented a whole slew of issues to decrease the number of voters and increase their odds of winning. They cannot win any other way than by cheating. Just look at the gerrymandering maps. These men and women cut the number of Sundays Georgians can vote by 75 percent. People will have to get appropriate IDs. The GOP reduced voting hours to hinder workers’ chances of getting to the polls and increased the long, long lines.
Some voters have had to wait 10 hours in line, already. So, the Republican lawmakers made it a crime to hand out water on hot days. It appears, the GOP fell off the edge of absurdity with that one.
Georgia activists told major corporations headquartered in their state that they would boycott the company’s products if they did not denounce the GOP-backed bill to limit voter access. Well, those companies ignored the Georgian Democrats, and they will soon learn this was no idle threat.
The activists will launch a boycott of one of the state’s top companies, Coc-Cola Company, which is headquartered in Atlanta.
The AME Sixth Episcopal District told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a statewide boycott is in the works. That means no more Cokes until the company publicly decries the Republican voting measures.
Bishop Reginald Jackson told the Journal-Constitution that he hopes this boycott will show:
‘[If] Coca-Cola wants Black and brown people to drink their product, then they must speak up when our rights, our lives and our very democracy as we know it is under attack.’
‘We will speak with our wallets. This past summer, Coke and other corporations said they needed to speak out against racism. But they’ve been mighty quiet about this.’
Granted, Georgia GOP lawmakers dropped their plans for ending Sunday voting early and eliminating no-excuse absentee voting. But that was not enough.
Coca-Cola came out with a tepid response for the Journal-Constitution:
‘[Coca-Cola favors a] balanced approach to the elections bills that have been introduced in the Georgia Legislature this session. The ultimate goal should be fair, secure elections where access to voting is broad-based and inclusive.’
The Georgia House votes on its draconian legislation Thursday. The bill must be completed by next Wednesday, at the end of its legislative session. Coca-Cola wrote in its statement:
‘We believe voting is a foundational right in America and access should be broad-based and inclusive.’
‘Throughout the legislative session, we have been active with the Metro Atlanta Chamber in expressing our concerns and advocating for positive change in voting legislation. We, along with our business coalition partners, sought improvements that would enhance accessibility, maximize voter participation, maintain election integrity and serve all Georgians.’
Coca-Cola also stated that it was “aligned” with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s issues regarding the bills. Atlanta-based Home Depot and Delta Air Lines also said that they support voter rights. Then, out of the other side of their mouths, they refused to denounce the Republicans’ law, CNN Business reported.
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s statement read:
‘[The Chamber] supports accessible and secure voting while upholding election integrity and transparency. Simply put, we believe that it should be easy to vote, hard to commit fraud and that Georgians should have faith and confidence in secure, accessible, and fair elections.’
Right. These companies should realize that Georgians have not been kidding, and American Democrats are in the mood to support one another.
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