Voting rights activist and former Georgia Rep. Stacy Abrams (D.) said on Wednesday that the current boycott of Georgia’s businesses failed to condemn the state’s new controversial voting rights law as “unnecessary.” , Although she hinted that they might be needed in the election. future.
in Monographs published by USA TodayThe former Georgia Democratic governor’s nominee responded to increased calls from voters to boycott companies such as Coca-Cola in Georgia and Delta Air Lines because they did not immediately condemn the full voting bill that was signed into law last week.
The legislation imposes some restrictions on voting in the state, including requiring photo identification to submit absentee ballots and limiting the number of ballot box positions.
Others called for major sporting events to be moved out of Georgia to put pressure on state legislators to cancel some of the new laws, while Hollywood actors and directors called on others in the entertainment industry to direct movies and other projects outside of Peach State. The place. .
Abrams wrote Wednesday:A black, a Southerner, and an American, I respect and defend the right to boycott-the improvement of civil rights depends to a large extent on economic boycott. “
She added: “Until we hear a clear, unequivocal statement that the Georgia company is threatened, I can̵
However, the founder of the voting rights advocacy organization Fair Fight Action added: “One lesson of the boycott is that the pain of deprivation must be shared in order to make it sustainable.”
“Otherwise, those with limited mobility will bear the brunt. After that, they work hard to win.” Abrams continued. “Boycott is a complicated matter and requires long-term action.”
Abrams A video posted to Twitter A similar argument was outlined on Wednesday and explained that although she understood the call to boycott, “Black, Latino, AAPI [Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders] The Native American voters who are most suppressed under SB 202 are also the most likely to be harmed by potential Georgian boycotts. ”
Video: Thanks to the efforts of activists, organizers, and related organizations, we prevented GA Republican lawmakers from passing its key part of the voter’s wish list to suppress. Now, business leaders must exert influence and show that they stand with the voters. #gapol pic.twitter.com/A3b0McaI1s
-Staceya Abrams (@staceyabrams) April 1, 2021
Abrams continued in the “USA Today” column: “There is no doubt that people of color, especially black voters, are willing to endure the suffering of boycotts,” adding: “But I don’t think it is necessary-however .”
Abrams argued: “The upcoming events and movies in Georgia will speak out about the law. They will hire SB 202 targets: young people, people of color, and minimum wage workers. They want to elect leaders for their own economic safety. war.”
She added: “I ask you to bring the company to Georgia. If you are already here, stay and fight.” “Stay and vote.”
Abrams then outlined proposals for Georgia companies to take substantial actions to promote voting rights, including encouraging companies doing business in other states to consider passing similar laws.
Voting rights activists also urge companies to use their voices to support federal voting rights legislation and allocate the funds they usually donate to political candidates to help ensure that poor and minority communities get voting rights in Georgia.