Religious leaders try to keep pressure on Home Depot over Georgia voting law
Religious leaders from across Georgia gathered outside a Home Depot location in DeKalb County on Monday as they continued to call on the company to denounce the state’s new voting law.
It has been two weeks since the group, which represents more than 1,000 churches across the state, called for a nationwide boycott of The Home Depot.
Bishop Reginald Jackson of the AME Church in Georgia said that during these two weeks, other states have passed or are considering bills that would add restrictions on voting. Jackson says Home Depot and other national brands must speak out forcefully against these bills and in support of federal voting rights protection.
“Don’t expect us to give you our money without you giving us your support,” Jackson said. “So we call on Home Depot: come out of the shadows and join us in this fight.”
Jackson says his coalition intends to “nail down” false allegations of electoral fraud in 2020, Georgia’s new voting law and racism.
As he spoke, Jackson and other religious leaders held nails between their fingers, “As you have noticed, we hold nails in our hands, these are not Home Depot nails,” he said. -he says.
Home Depot maintains that “all elections must be accessible, fair and safe” and that the company supports “broad voter turnout”. The company also notes that it promotes voter registration, encouraged volunteering at polling stations, and provided technical support and protective gear during the 2020 elections in Georgia.
After Georgia Governor Brian Kemp enacted Senate Bill 202 in late March, Jackson threatened to boycott not only Home Depot, but also Georgia-based brands Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines. He later singled out Home Depot after Coke and Delta participated in a voting rights roundtable.
Jackson says Kemp’s claim that the new law expands access to the vote only applies to rural areas where voters are predominantly white.
“If you live in parts of the state that are beneficial to it, that can be true,” Jackson said. “But most black people in Georgia live in Fulton, Gwinnett and Clayton counties. And that makes it harder for us to vote. We therefore invite Governor Kemp to come and discuss the veracity of SB 202. ”
Despite pouring rain on Monday, Jackson and a dozen other preachers crossed a busy street and briefly strolled inside Home Depot before reappearing outside for a prayer,
“Home Depot ignored the black church,” Reverend Timothy McDonald said with First Iconium Baptist Church. “Home Depot didn’t write a single letter, didn’t send a single text message, didn’t send us a single message to recognize the power of the Black Church.”