The organizations are calling for major sporting events to be moved out of Georgia after the state passed a controversial voting law on Thursday.
Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association, said the players are ready to discuss moving the annual All-Star Game in July, which is generally played in Atlanta, though they haven’t had a conversation with the league about it. subject, according to the Boston Globe.
An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times also called for MLB to move the All-Star game.
The National Black Justice Coalition, a black and LGBTQ civil rights group, said in a statement that golfers should refuse to play in the Masters, an annual tournament at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Course, unless the law.
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“The PGA Tour and Masters Tournament are committed to helping diversify golf and address racial inequalities in this country, and we hope that they will not only speak out against Georgia’s new racist voter suppression law, but also take action, “the statement read. .
The law was signed Thursday by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp after quickly passing through the state legislature.
Activists have also called for a boycott of Atlanta-based companies like Coca-Cola that have not expressly spoken out against the new law.
“Ford v Ferrari” and “Logan” director James Mangold tweeted Thursday: “I will not direct a movie in Georgia.”
“Georgia has been using cash to steal movie jobs from other states that allow people to vote. I don’t want to play there,” Mangold told The Wrap. “I’m not telling anyone else what to do. I just can’t work there until this changes.”
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said he would not buy Coca-Cola products until the problem is resolved.
But Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., said such boycotts would hurt low-income people. “That would hurt middle class workers and people fighting poverty,” King tweeted. “It would increase the damage of both racism and classism.”
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The law standardizes the voting hours from 9 a.m. M. At 5 p. M. Or 7 a. M. A 7 p. M. Requires two early voting Saturdays instead of one and makes two Sundays optional for early voting. It continues to allow absentee voting without offering a reason, but requires a state-issued ID to request a ballot.
The law also prohibits the delivery of food and water to voters waiting in line at the polls and shortens the runoff elections from nine to four weeks.
By law, the polls are also limited. They will be posted in early voting locations, but will only be available while the precincts are open. The law also tilts some power over elections to state legislators and the Georgia State Board of Elections.
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The law would also remove electoral authority from the Georgia secretary of state, allowing the Republican-controlled legislature to appoint a chairman of the state board of elections.
The bill came after a Democratic sweep of two Senate seats and the presidential vote in Georgia, and repeated and unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud by former President Trump.