We have good news.
We asked you to work over the weekend to stop Georgia’s right-to-hate legislation, and you did.
Hundreds of you took action, and Georgia lawmakers and businesses heard you!
After lawmakers were flooded with calls and emails urging them to stand strong against discrimination, a key committee meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. today, was canceled.
What’s more, in the wake of a similar bill becoming law in Indiana, Georgia businesses have started to speak out.
Yesterday, Georgia’s own MailChimp, a $12.8 million company with 250 employees, took a strong public stand against SB 129, and urged Georgia lawmakers to oppose this bad bill.
We ARE making progress, but this fight is NOT over.
If we want to stop this dangerous bill for good, more companies need to speak out publicly NOW.
Will you ask Georgia businesses like Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines to speak out against SB 129?
Your actions have already made a difference, but we can’t stop now.
Over the weekend, Home Depot, the Atlanta Hawks and AmericasMart Atlanta all made it clear that they don’t support discrimination legislation.
And just last night, MailChimp issued this public statement:
“As a privately held company, we don’t normally comment on public policy. However: We do not support SB 129 or any other discriminatory legislation. We ask Georgia’s lawmakers to join the voices in their community that are saying no to discrimination and intolerance. We’re extremely concerned that this legislation would be harmful to people, cities, and businesses in our state. It also opposes many of our own company’s values: inclusiveness, diversity, equality, and respect.”
Employees at MailChimp now know that their bosses won’t tolerate the right-to-discriminate legislaton.
But, employees at Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines aren’t so lucky.
So far, these iconic Georgia brands have been silent as Sen. McKoon’s bill marches toward passage.
Last year, the bill died in committee once Coca-Cola and other Georgia corporations took a strong, public stand against legislation that “would allow a business to refuse service to an individual based on LGBT, or other status.”
But, this year, as Sen. McKoon’s bill has moved forward, Coca-Cola and Delta have been silent.
That’s simply unacceptable.
It’s time to kill this bill.