Bottles of water set up in front of the Atlanta Capital, the heart of political power in the US state of Georgia to fight against an electoral law. With this gesture, religious leaders have chosen to express their anger against the “Election Unity Act 2021” announced by Republican Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday, March 25th. They accuse him of wanting to limit the access of African-Americans to the vote.
The nearly 100-page text specifically prohibits the distribution of water and food within 50 meters of polling stations and within seven meters of each voter’s queue. Especially in the African-American districts, it is not uncommon for queues of hundreds of meters to form at the entrances to the ballot boxes, resulting in hours of waiting. These restrictions include reducing the number of ballot boxes available on the street, reducing voting hours and the deadline for requesting a proxy.
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“What the Georgia General Assembly did yesterday was an attempt to stifle the voices and votes of the people.”, Announced Friday, March 26, by the recently elected Bishop of Georgia, Rafael Warnock. Coming into his church after Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first black Democrat to be elected, which was historically taken over by the Republicans.
Religious leaders in Georgia have also spoken out against what they consider to be an attack on African Americans. In this case of the “Bible Belt,” they represent one-third of the population and more than half the population of the capital, Atlanta.
«Jim Crow 2.0
At the call of many faith associations, a demonstration will begin on Thursday the 1stThere is April from a church in Atlanta to the Capitol to leave bottles of water for elected officials in Georgia. “We will share water with them, an act they want to ban”Graham Younger, Georgia’s director of Hope in Public Life, who fights for democracy and racial equality. Protesters also drop bottles outside the door of Governor Brian Kemp’s house.
“This is actually Jim Crow 2.0”Mahan Pastor Paul R. Smith lamented on local television, referring to the racial segregation laws in force in the southern states between 1877 and 1964. “As a community of believers we believe it is our duty to take a stand against it [la loi] », he said.
Religious leaders are trying to change the text along with a lawsuit brought by other minority rights groups, arguing that it violates the US Constitution.
Pressure on companies
To put pressure on the governor of Georgia, these religious leaders are appealing to the multinational corporations that have historically been established in the state. “If they refuse to oppose this law, we will boycott their companies.”, Attacked Methodist Bishop Reginald Jackson, who heads about 400 African-American churches.
A few days later, Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines each pointed out that they were opposed to many aspects of the text and were working to change it. Other companies like Home Depot or UPS can follow them.
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Similar laws have been enacted in states led by elected Republican officials, such as Iowa. Elsewhere, in Texas, Arizona or Florida, other projects are being discussed since the presidential election won by Democratic nominee Joe Biden. His opponent, former Republican President Donald Trump, has repeatedly backed the massive fraud that could have cost him. Allegations formally dismissed by US courts.
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