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Church leaders call for Home Depot boycott over Georgia voting curbs

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By Hilary Russ and Joseph Ax

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Black religious leaders in Georgia representing more than 1,000 churches called on Tuesday for a boycott of Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), accusing the home improvement giant of failing to take a stand against the state's new Republican-backed curbs on voting.

In a statement, Bishop Reginald Jackson, who oversees Georgia's African Methodist Episcopal churches, said Home Depot had rejected requests to discuss the new law.

Other Georgia-based corporations - including Delta Air Lines Inc (NYSE:DAL) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) Co - have sat down with activists and issued statements opposing the voting restrictions. Coca-Cola also hosted a meeting of several companies on April 13 with faith leaders.

"If you as corporate leaders do not believe and lack the courage to speak out against this legislation, we will not spend our money to purchase your products," Jackson said.

The Georgia legislation imposed new requirements for absentee ballots, restricted drop boxes and barred people from offering food and water to voters waiting in line.

Republican lawmakers in numerous states have used former President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud to back state-level voting changes they say are needed to restore election integrity. Opponents say the laws disproportionately harm minority voters.

Home Depot said on Tuesday it believes "all elections should be accessible, fair and secure and support broad voter participation" and that it would "continue to work to ensure our associates in Georgia and across the country have the information and resources to vote."

It also said it ran its own initiatives, including registering more than 15,000 of its associates to vote.

More than 100 U.S. companies, including Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), Ford Motor (NYSE:F) Co and Starbucks Corp (NASDAQ:SBUX), have declared their opposition to new voting limits. Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game from Atlanta, citing Georgia's legislation.

Republican Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday defended the law, telling reporters it will make balloting more secure while expanding weekend early voting.

"This insanity needs to stop," he said. "It's time that hardworking Georgians know that instead of boycotting great companies like HD, we should be supporting them."

At a news conference to announce the campaign, several pastors warned that the boycott would escalate if Home Depot did not forcefully denounce the law.

"This is not a Democratic or a Republican issue; this is a moral issue," said Jamal Harrison Bryant of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. "We are telling Home Depot: It is always the right time to do the right thing."

Church leaders call for Home Depot boycott over Georgia voting curbs
 

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Rick Baier
Rick Baier Apr 21, 2021 6:26AM ET
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If going to your local D.MV and obtaining a I.D card is to complex of a task for you. Then I don't want you voting for my future.
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon Apr 21, 2021 6:26AM ET
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if one registers to vote they already produced proper ID. learn to spell and use the word TOO properly. or is that TOO complex? and why is giving food or water to someone il line to vote a misdemeanor now? why were so many secure and locked voting boxes removed? it all falls under voter suppression aimed to keep poor people and people of color from voting. duh!
Mark Jannetty
Mark Jannetty Apr 21, 2021 3:36AM ET
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there are no new voting limits!!! so tired of these "news companies " out right lying to fit their narrative.
Stuart Jim Cray
Stuart Jim Cray Apr 20, 2021 8:58PM ET
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Since when did Home Depot, a company who sells wood and tools become the overseers of how we vote?? What kind of communist garbage is this? This is flat out fake.
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon Apr 20, 2021 8:58PM ET
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check the amount of dollars donated to gain vote for the capitalist practice of giving rich corporations huge tax breaks.
William Smith
William Smith Apr 20, 2021 7:15PM ET
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There are NO voting curbs. All lies by the leftists to push their hate.
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Apr 20, 2021 4:47PM ET
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The US Constitution grants each state legislature (not judges and governors) the right to conduct their own elections as they see fit with the only requirement being a free and fair election.  Unlike the last one which state legislatures are now going to remedy making the next one much more difficult to rig
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon Apr 20, 2021 4:47PM ET
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rig???
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 20, 2021 4:39PM ET
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21 black leaders just wrote a letter saying the Georgia laws are NOT racist.
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YouTube Account Apr 20, 2021 4:18PM ET
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"the state's new Republican-backed curbs on voting." - This is HORRIBLE writing. The law requires people to show ID when they vote. Any adult not capable of obtaining, possessing, and showing ID to vote should not have their vote recorded due to failure to thrive. I hate how seemingly every media (be it mainstream, social, or tangential) seem to portray this same marxist bias in every article they post.
Ron Tinari
Ron Tinari Apr 20, 2021 3:59PM ET
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Sick of these stories, I come on this site for the bottom line of companies, not politics. Reuters = Pravda.
William Smith
William Smith Apr 20, 2021 3:59PM ET
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Actually Pravda looked remarkably honest compared to media in America today.
Angus Malarkey
Angus Malarkey Apr 20, 2021 3:50PM ET
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HD earnings skyrocket due to fewer cases of shoplifting .
William Smith
William Smith Apr 20, 2021 3:50PM ET
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Careful Angus, the truth is not allowed.
Charles Barnes
Charles Barnes Apr 20, 2021 3:32PM ET
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HD lives matter
Jabie Bulie
Jabie Bulie Apr 20, 2021 2:30PM ET
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I am boycotting your church !!!
matthew panos
matthew panos Apr 20, 2021 1:56PM ET
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Such baloney. Agreed-time to shop at HD
Scott Runkle
Scott Runkle Apr 20, 2021 1:29PM ET
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what a bunch of bs
Tom Woosley
Tom Woosley Apr 20, 2021 11:41AM ET
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A state has some very suspicious activity during both the general and run-off elections, then takes action to preserve democracy, and that is considered "voter suppression"... What nonsense! I hope more states wake up and correct the mistakes made in the past election! No company can possibly represent the views of all their employees. If members of management want to voice their own opinions, fine, but as a company, I doubt those views are shared by all employees and possibly not even a majority of employees. Stand your ground Home Depot!
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Apr 20, 2021 11:41AM ET
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GO Q!
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon Apr 20, 2021 11:41AM ET
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the only suspicious activity was by republican candidates and lawmakers.
Al Morrison
Al Morrison Apr 20, 2021 11:05AM ET
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Time to go shopping at Home Depot!
Merideth Cohen
Merideth Cohen Apr 20, 2021 10:47AM ET
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I have No respect for the journalist who wrote this opinionated article and false statements. Home Depot gets my vote for staying a-political and smart enough to stay out of this ginned up controversy over Georgia’s voter reforms.  Hang tough Home Depot there are many more shoppers who will buy from you if you do then those who will cave to the charlatans.
Steve Blevins
Steve Blevins Apr 20, 2021 10:41AM ET
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Buy HD. Sell KO and DAL.
Ken Tesch
Ken Tesch Apr 20, 2021 10:26AM ET
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Delawares voting rules are more restrictive than Georgia's, let's Unincorporate our businesses there.
Dianna Ganzhorn
Dianna Ganzhorn Apr 20, 2021 10:24AM ET
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Bet people at Home Depot can at least spell church the correct way. The journalist put “chruches.”
Thomas Russo
Thomas Russo Apr 20, 2021 10:13AM ET
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shopping as exclusively as I can at Home depot.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Apr 20, 2021 10:04AM ET
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Reuters # again. Why not writing the truth, it is black religous leaders.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Apr 20, 2021 10:04AM ET
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Sorry, but I think "religious leaders" covers all colors. Odd that you need to know what color is doing what.
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YouTube Account Apr 20, 2021 10:04AM ET
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Chris Cummins  objection denied. The information is relevant.
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Me comment Apr 20, 2021 9:56AM ET
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I've switch all my building supply orders to Home Depot and I know many other contractors, plumbers and electrician that are doing the same.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Apr 20, 2021 9:56AM ET
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Lol u r a jack of all trades.
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon Apr 20, 2021 9:56AM ET
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bet you didn' t
buylow sellhigh
buylow sellhigh Apr 20, 2021 9:52AM ET
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Well done Home Depot! Stand your ground and don't get involved in the corruption and evil that is tearing this country apart, aka the Democrats and extreme liberals. There is a reason we have voting day and not voting week! We also have absentee ballots with strict rules for qualification. These people need to stop playing the race card and grow the f'up, put on you big boy pants and take responsibility for who you are as a person and stop blaming everyone for your short comings!
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Apr 20, 2021 9:52AM ET
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I'm now a coke drinker and book my flights with Delta
William Smith
William Smith Apr 20, 2021 9:52AM ET
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You'll always have plenty of empty seats on the flights and the shelves will always be stocked at the grocery store.
Nikhil Mehta
Nikhil Mehta Apr 20, 2021 9:43AM ET
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I love HD
 
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