Georgia voting rights activists are putting pressure on companies including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot and UPS to counter Republican-led efforts to limit early voting. and by mail in the southern state.
The campaign, which includes newspapers, billboards and online advertisements, as well as off-corporate protests, mark the latest test of American business after a year in which business leaders are Karma takes a high stance against racism.
“Many companies are alike. . . has made bold statements about racial justice. They are committed to racial equality and to heal a non-racist country, ”said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, one of the groups to lead the campaign.
“Now it makes me wonder: are their claims easy to understand? Are their claims just a marketing ploy? “… ‘
Bruce Freed, president of the Center for Political Responsibility, says companies “openly embrace hypocrisy,” noting the threat this poses to the bottom line of brands’ profits. consumption.
Coca-Cola was one of the sponsors of Georgia’s senators, he said, who financed controversial bills, while Home Depot was one of the 46 companies that sponsored the Consular Commission. State religion, a Republican Party, brought in 144,700 USD for candidates in Georgia in the last election.
Contact with FT, Delta and Home Depot underscored their support for voter wide participation and “safe” elections. UPS said it is “working to ensure fair access to polls and the integrity of the statewide electoral process,” and is supporting legislation to advance those goals. Coca-Cola did not respond to a request for comment.