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Outraged. To my core. I think next cycle, I’ll fly to Atlanta and hand out water, order pizzas, whatever is needed for people waiting in a ballot line. Now, I’m looking for “good trouble”.

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Giving may be proscribed, but selling might be OK. I'll sell you a bottle of water for a nickel and a slice of pizza for a dime. My food truck is parked right over there if you want more.

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Technicalities. I’ll leave that to my lawyer. I can’t say I’m going to be upset with a criminal record saying “sold or gave food and water to voters.“ Never had a criminal record, but this is one I would accept.

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Same for me, Roland. I am 75. Except for one speeding ticket no other criminal record. Going to jail for a good cause sounds like a worthy contribution.

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We'd need to be sure natl media is there to show live video of we silver-hairs being cuffed for providing water in 90 heat. THAT's where the power is. Also, find out how much bail will cost and have that cash in your pocket.

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Let's do it!

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Does getting thrown in jail at the age of 3 for wandering away from home, scream/crying for my mommy when the "authorities" picked me up off the street count? Otherwise, I'm in!

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You're cool, Lynell. The statute of limitations on toddler terrorism has expired.

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Funny...now. Maybe not so much then.

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What a great way to sully our reputations.

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If you're a 3rd party they can bust you. If, however, you fly to Atlanta and provide that material support away from the polling place I don't think they can touch you. I'm not an attorney, though...

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My birthdays in early Nov. it will be my 50th. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

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I'll give you my phone number if you decide to visit. You can walk to my polling place from our house, so you can "stage" your pizza stand here. I can contribute to your bail fund, too.

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Appeals were readied long ago, and immediately filed today. It should take a while for the GA and other suppression bills to become enforceable law. Still, there is no time to waste.

Lovers of democracy can commit mass civil disobedience by providing "illegal" humanitarian aid in Georgia. If the police use fire hoses and dogs again, it'll look just as bad as it did in the 1960s.

Nancy and Ted, you may see me there. Save me a seat.

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Much was accomplished in 1960s. I was there.

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First protest 1961, at age 6, with Albert Bigelow, John Lewis's Freedom Rider partner. Bert and Sylvia helped found the Quaker meeting that raised me. It's time to stand on the shoulders of these giants.

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First protest in 1965 against Vietnam War while a grad student at Berkeley.

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Yes, we were not caught unawares. Now the many challenges will come. I'm really looking forward to our reunion. Everyone's welcome.

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Shoulder 2 shoulder ( just please wear a mask!)

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Me too— the Gunga din delegation from MA—my birthday is also in early November.

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Already vaccinated, and we'll add birthday cake to the menu! My nextdoor neighbors are Dems, so some of you could probably park in their driveway once ours is full. . . .

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Can Vermonter delegates join the Gunga din in MA?

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My son turns 21 in Nov. Great way to celebrate him and help preserve a future that’s brighter.

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Can you explain the GD reference, please? I know the film and poem, but not in this context.

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There will be several polling places to attend. Cannot think of a better way to spend pent up travel drive from this at home year. Voters will need help finding hidden drop boxes too. And so much more.

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Just make certain you’re vaccinated. It’s adding to those statistics that’s troubling.

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Nancy you are a rock star!

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Sweet!

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I see a for democracy “fieldtrip” forming!

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Mitzi A Plus

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I'm sure there's a loophole or two. What exactly is the definition of "give?"

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What if a person sells water for 10 cents a bottle? What if another person, independent of the first, hands out dimes?

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10 bottles for 1 cent

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Get ur ice cold ballot water here! I got ice cold democracy water here( like at a baseball game)

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Nobody said you couldn’t SELL water!

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What if we just go in and have them arrest 1,000's of us for being good human beings? You cannot/should not legislate our votes, water, food.

Is this not the party of bathtub sized government and they are legislating food and water? Stop this nonsense.

All this experimental humans need to be kicked out of our government and shipped to Moscow. So much for my trying to find the best qualities in one another and amplifying it.

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"Experimental human beings" "shipped to Moscow" Now that's an idea!

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Yeah, or a penny! Stop us and ur em peddling my business! That’d be awesome

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Might need a license, as soon as they catch on

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The rights of the corporate voter...Perfect, Ted!

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Yep, you are a winner! On the team!

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Good old American ingenuity at work

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You'd probably need a Vendor Permit from the city and they would probably deny it or some rule about "fair value prices" or other b/s

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Good trouble....

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No mention of dimes in the bill, so should be fine.

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What % of Atlanta cops are African American? I think it unenforceable. Ur gonna see protests prior, by the police themselves and/or mass resignations. Every institution of govt and most private enterprises are diverse. GA legislature can try to dream that magically away, but it is concrete and real. Their resolve will wither as this firestorm grows and grows. Hopefully the courts strike it down. If not, we are all coming to Georgia, “all of us this time.”

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It is a turning point in any revolution when the police side with the people and turn against the government.

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Never happen.

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I wish you were right, I truly do. I think the courts may strike down parts of this law, but otherwise this scenario is highly unlikely. Boycotts might actually work, though. But the idea that there will be a mass uprising is not supported by history. We have tolerated and rationalized away much worse outrages than this.

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Which history, and when? And what counts as an uprising? Not solely violent rebellion, that's for sure. There are many examples all through history.

On April 20, 1861 (we'll observe it next month), 250,000 Unionists rallied in NYC's Union Sq for democracy and freedom. During the Civil War 500,000 enslaved people liberated themselves by escaping to Union lines, many serving in the military. A leading scholar, Steven Hahn, has a chapter titled "Did we Miss the Greatest Slave Rebellion in Modern History?" Preserving democracy today looks to be as important as expanding human liberty then.

More recently, the violent white backlash against civil rights provoked a nationwide wave of revulsion leading directly to the Civil and Voting Rights Acts in 1964-5. The Georgia GQP is setting up a very similar scenario. Also, the Nuclear Freeze movement significantly impacted the arms race. I know; I was at the great 1982 rally in Central Park with 800,000 of my closest friends.

P Ackerman, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict

S Hahn, A Nation Under our Feet

____, The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom

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I’m definitely envisioning this road trip

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What is the loophole in our Constitution that allow states take away our rights to vote? Or to provide water. WTF? Why is a gun more important than a vote to a republican? Are we back in the insane asylum so quickly? I just woke up and am mad as hell.

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Because it just is.

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Guns can be used to stop POC and Dems from voting.

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Oh, silly me. That makes supremely white sense.

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I thought we were going to have a period of calm but no. The liars and thieves are at it in full strength trying to take away the shreds of democracy that we have managed to salvage in the past four years years

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"Officer, I didn't 'give' it to them; I made it available and they helped themselves."

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What's their definition of 3rd party?

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Anyone who's not a voter or a fascist?

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You can probably still pull into GA, buy yourself an AR15, and patrol the voting lines though. You know, to protect voters from food and water.

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Anyone who is not white, male, straight, and Republican

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It will be very interesting to read the actual wording of the bill and see what the loopholes are. I have no doubt there will be many people looking for them and exploiting them.

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Georgia Senate Bill 202 - link to a pdf of full text

https://www.legis.ga.gov/api/legislation/document/20212022/201498

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95 pages of corrupt legislation

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Syd, You're funny. That last line was very Clintonesque.

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There's always more than one way to skin the proverbial cat. (with apologies, I have no idea where that saying comes from)

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In 1840, American humorist Seba Smith first indicated as much in her short story “The Money Diggers” when she wrote: “As it is said, 'There are more ways than one to skin a cat,' so are there more ways than one of digging for money.” Courtesy of Google.

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Nor do I, but I remember my father using it frequently.

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Just don’t ask the cat 🙀

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Amazon could launch an "Operation Water Drop" with a fleet of their drones. Would a drone qualify as a "third party" and a "drop" qualify as "give"?

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As long as the bottles are Coca Cola Branded "dasani". We dont want Bezos getting any ideas about controlling our water supply.

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For sure Ted let’s keep Bezos out of our mission

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Ahhh, that was my first laugh reading all this. Thank you.

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Give yourself (and GA) a present of democracy, Ted.

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GA is the boiling pot of democracy and no matter how many disgusting laws they pass I think GA will be fine.

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As a young man I lived outside Atlanta, working and training one winter. Love Atlanta! Can’t wait

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Newly married and from IN, I lived in what is now Greene’s district! I loved GA.

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Aren't you glad you moved! AR15s on all of the campaign signs. Of course, they're cashing their relief checks. Now that's a group that would benefit from reeducation.

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As a transplant, I love it too. It's changing, as are many places in this country.

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See you there

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I would gladly go to jail for giving away food and water.

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Looks like a really good use of my time as well. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about retiring. When I do, if this shit is still going down, it’ll be time for me to travel to the South. I am getting really pissed off.

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Me too. Just saying, if we're in jail we can't help.

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That might not be true, if there are enough of us.

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In your case (Morning, Daria!!) you'd be headed north-ish?

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Yes. (Morning, Lynell!)

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Me too good trouble

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Does anyone know if "water" was explicitly stated in the bill? If so, and nothing was said about Gatorade, etc., this could be an exposed loophole.

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Lynell the Gatorade loophole— that solves the problem.

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HAHA, but don't laugh, if they explicitly said "water" and somebody offers Gatorade, they can't be arrested because they didn't offer water. Killers have gotten off on technicalities like this!

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Lynell I’m not sure I’d feel much safer with all the guns.

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Civil disobedience....

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I just saw this politician from Georgia defending his parties changing the rules and not being able to get food and water to people standing in the line. It is a chance for people to “campaign “and they don’t want people doing that to people in the line they say. 😡

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Yeah, did they ask said politician why the lines on one side of town are so long and the wait horrendous? As a white man, I’ve never had to wait more than a few minutes at most. In fact I think less than a minute in my whole life, mostly walk up and vote. I think I only have had to wait while they check my ID. I’m 49 and have never missed voting in a major election. What’s happening in Georgia is appalling.

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So the obvious solution is to open up more voting sites, extend the hours of early voting, reinstate voting on Sunday. I do not buy his despicable response.

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“These forces of evil are well financed and determined”- Sen Raphael Warnock

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Good morning, Ted. Waiting for HCRs Letter, no doubt, as am I.

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Busted! GOod morning back at ya

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Nobody said you can’t SELL food or water - maybe a penny apiece?

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Love you ted

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🙏 luv u 2 Roland

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With you every step.

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This once feisty sometime activist—now using a wheelchair— is coming with you. I haven't had such a glorious prospect since singing folk songs along with Joan Baez. Imagine those uptight people trying to jail an immobile old woman handing out water.

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Sounds like we need a HCR Brigade in Georgia!

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My plan is to offer to hold their place in line while they go get food & drink off site(& really close by).

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Just was thinking the same thing.

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I’m with you!!!

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Yes! If ever we need civil disobedience, it is now, against these democracy-fearing laws.

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Georgia shoved this law through with zero debate and with every intention of choking the life out of the non white vote in Georgia. Kemp is a disgrace for signing. Every Georgia voter who has the wherewithal must to go to the polls with a cooler/knapsack full of bottled water and sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, and share as needed. Voters are not a 3rd party, they can't be busted for providing food and water. Voters helping other voters will make sure no one leaves the line and loses their ability to vote because their belly was empty.

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I'm here in Georgia, John Lewis was my wonderful Congressman, and I can only imagine how devastated he would be with Kemp and his horrors. But it makes me think back to when GA was going to go along with, one of the southern states, can't remember at the moment, to try and ban abortions. They were trying hard to push it though until some of the big corporations, Coca Cola, Home Depot, UPS all put pressure and they backed down. There was another one .. sorry I'm really tired, where it was the Delta Flight attendents got their union to back them and refused to fly(safety concern) and again Kemp back down. GA politicians are so bought and paid for and in debt to these corporations, that is where his vunerability is. Atlanta is very proud of their big corporations and their reputation and those corporations know the power of the people. I think that is the way to go. It hurts their business and their worldwide reputation to be seen supporting such anti-democratic decisions and such blatent racism. As for the water for those in line- makes me think they took the idea when ICE would arrest people for giving water to dehydrated weak refugees- they are going with that look. That will not fly with corporations either.

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Corporations definitely have a role to play in preserving democracy. Some short-sighted CEOs will hop aboard the GQP autocracy train. Yet I believe that many will see, or can be made to see, that only a free society can be a consumer society where businesses have enough customers. But they have to be constantly pressured. Remember after Jan 6 when many corps backed off from funding GQP candidates? (More $$$ goes to PACs anyway.) Well, anyone know right now if they've stood strong since then?

These are dangerous days. Still, an aroused populace, a Democratic majority and a critical mass of corporate clout looks pretty potent as a bulwark of democracy. We shall see.

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No assumptions. Be a VOICE be a PEST and rally your friends to FOR THE PEOPLE ACT..

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Judd Legum has good threads on corporate backers of these voter suppression bills by supporting the sponsors:

httpss://mobile.twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1375230249957490695

Stopping donations to republicans after the Jan 6 insurrection was a temporary thing. Most of them are back.

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Corporate donors to sponsors of voting restrictions:

https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1375232588818886660?s=20

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Morning, Ellie!! Scrolling down to your other post, I see how to find where companies are donating. Thanks!

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Predictable but sad

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They wouldn’t be doing all of this if they weren’t panicked about their own demise as a party.

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As a 40 year former Republican I say good riddance, they have become worse than useless. I watched our president’s press conference yesterday and I’m convinced that he’s a good one!

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The comparison speeches of Biden and T***P on Brian Williams looked more like a SNL skit. What a mockery the reps have tried to make of our democracy and the country. What the hell is driving them to be such blatant anti-American fools? Tar pits, I say.

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No tar pits. RIP Sabre tooth tigers and woolly mammoths!

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I have a feeling the Republican party is in early stages of its death throes. Probably going to be quite a ride.

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I can envision a rally where the former guy screams Only I Can Vote! And Giv Kemp applauds

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If so, they're hoping it's a murder/suicide.

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No, it was short lived.

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Good points for a tired gal. Georgians have to fight like hell. Loud voices in front of corporate offices and calls to the companies. John Lewis is our light through this long, continuous battle.

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Bingo. Imagine ten million people calling and threaten to boycott those GA based brands u mention. Those republicans will wither under corporate pressure

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So how do we effectively lobby corporations?

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telephone calls, letters, sit-ins directed to top executives and press department as well as the local press

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Fire up your devices, warm up your typing fingers...

Top 10 largest companies in Georgia:

The Home Depot

400,000 employees

"The company is 38.5% female and 41.0% ethnic minorities...with 52.2% Democrats and 47.2% Republicans."

https://corporate.homedepot.com/

United Parcel Service

335,520 employees

"The company is 27.0% female and 37.5% ethnic minorities...with 52.0% of employees identifying as members of the Republican Party."

http://www.investors.ups.com/

Randstad USA

125,000 employees

"The staff at Randstad USA...is 54.1% female and 39.0% ethnic minorities...It has an unusually high proportion of employees who are members of the Democratic Party, at 77.0%."

https://www.randstadusa.com/about/leadership/

Delta Air Lines

86,564 employees

"The company is 45.3% female and 41.0% ethnic minorities...with 52.0% of employees identifying as members of the Republican Party."

https://news.delta.com/tags/delta-leadership-committee

Arby’s

74,000 employees

"The company is 57.1% female and 32.2% ethnic minorities...with 56.0% of employees identifying as members of the Democratic Party."

https://press.arbys.com/

The Coca-Cola Company

62,600 employees

"The company is 23.6% female and 41.1% ethnic minorities...with 54.0% of employees identifying as members of the Democratic Party."

https://www.coca-colacompany.com/company/leadership

Hansen Beverage

"The company is 23.6% female and 41.1% ethnic minorities...with 54.0% of employees identifying as members of the Democratic Party."

Contact: ?

Cox Media Group

55,000 employees

"The company is 48.6% female and 41.3% ethnic minorities...It has an unusually high proportion of employees who are members of the Democratic Party, at 70.0%."

Contact: ?

Cox Enterprises

55,000 employees

"The company is 40.4% female and 41.2% ethnic minorities...with 54.0% of employees identifying as members of the Democratic Party."

https://coxenterprises.com/corporate-responsibility

Genuine Parts Company

48,001 employees

"The company is 30.4% female and 39.3% ethnic minorities...It has an unusually high proportion of employees who are members of the Republican Party, at 77.0%."

https://www.genpt.com/contact.html

https://www.zippia.com/advice/largest-companies-in-georgia/

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I just called the corporate office of Randstad in GA and spoke with a nice woman who didn’t know about this law. She asked where I got my information and I mentioned HCR’s Facebook page which she said she would check out. She said she would pass on my concern and request to the administrative office. She was alarmed that this law was passed without any information about it.. I.e., she had t heard anything about it. It felt really encouraging to speak with her, as she was interested and wanted to know more. So call, call, call! And mention HCR’s Facebook or subscription site and wake folks up.

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HCR with 1.4 million followers!

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By now it's all over the national news. Mention media they've heard of.

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Excellent!

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I called Home Depot. The number on the website is not as good as the following one: 1-800-466-3337, option 7, then option 5. I then reached a customer service representative who took my message - taking the trouble to ask questions and understand it - and passed it along. If anyone can figure out how to contact the brass directly, that would be a good idea as well.

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Four ceo email addresses:

Craig_Menear@homedepot.com

ctome@ups.com (Carol Tome)

edward.bastian@delta.com

jquincey@coca-cola.com (James Quncey)

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Thank you! Am calling them right now!

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Twitter.

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Thank you Heather, and thank you Ellie, Georgia SHAME should be a wake up call to filibuster reform before we all find we are locked out of our precious democracy process.

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Here’s what I found for Home Depot. I’ll look up others in this list and post as I find them.

The Home Depot, Inc. Headquarters Contacts.

Corporate office address, contact information and phone numbers for the The Home Depot, Inc. Headquarters.

Write a review or read complaints from other customers.

The Home Depot, Inc. Headquarters Phone Number and Contacts.

Company Website

http://www.homedepot.com

Related

Home Depot

Corporate Address

2455 Paces Ferry Rd. Nw

Atlanta, GA

30339

Company Contact

Craig Menear

Position

Chairman and CEO

Phone Number

(770) 433-8211

Fax Number

(770) 384-2356

Employee Count

331,000

Twitter IDs

@HomeDepot

Home Depot Email Info – Hoem Depot CEO Email address.

Mr Craig Menear CEO

Home Depot Ceo Email Address Craig_Menear@homedepot.com

Home Depot Corporate Office Phone Number 770-433-8211

Personal Twitter twitter.com/HomeDepot

What is Home Depot’s Corporate Office Phone Number?

Home Depot’s Headquarters phone number is: 1-770-433-8211.

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I hope you don't mind, but I copied and pasted this to my FB page to reach more people. I did remove any info that would tie it back to you. Thanks for the info

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When you call, write, etc. complain about the bill/law, be very specific about the section you're against. If you read the bill, you may be surprised at what's in it that isn't blanket voter suppression, but clarity on election operations.

For example, the bill removes the Secretary of State as the Chair of the States Election Board which is established before each election. The Secretary of State is an ex officio member, but non voting. The chair must be nonpartisan and there's criteria for that position. Why this is important, it is this Board that determines if an elections supervisor is to be removed.

Interestingly, Georgia's 6th District Legislator, Rep. Lucy McBath (D) has introduced into the US House HR 1274 - Election Official Integrity Act which prohibits an elected Senior Elections Officer, i.e. Secretary of State, can interfere with the results and outcomes of a Federal Election.

Also, the Bill requires the Attorney General to establish a hotline to report voter fraud during election season.

It addresses people standing in line for hours and requirements to rectify that.

And Section 33 focuses on the water and food spin thrown around.

In short, help the corporations focus on an issue and not the whole bill. It's a lot easier to correct that way.

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This is from a FB post, but may find this helpful on some of the worst parts of the bill; SEB can challenge any votes they don't like - such as small Democratic Black communities, No weekend voting for Run offs.

This photo will be their legacy- 7 white males, in front of a portrait of a plantation in South Georgia, taking us back to Jim Crow South politics, behind closed doors, shortly after the bill passed both chambers, breaking with convention of having their legal team review the bill before signing, and with having a public signing of the bill.

This is not hyperbole! This is real. They just signed a 95 page bill that lets them take over the State Election Board and let’s the SEB take over county election boards they don’t like; limits absentee voting and drop boxes; allows any voter to challenge the registration or ballot of an unlimited amount of voters during an election; criminalizes being a good neighbor and giving someone a snack in a long line; creates legal hurdles for nonprofits to register and engage eligible voters; essentially eliminates the ability for most people to vote in runoffs (no weekend voting) and much more. This bill will cost counties and cities untold amounts of money to implement, and has set many counties up for failure with unrealistic timelines and requirements (see above about being able to takeover counties they don’t like).

What’s next- we sue for things that are unconstitutional and we mobilize for the next election! See, what they fail to realize is they have only shown people just how powerful their vote is. In 2020 people showed up and did not leave, and we will do that again. They have exposed their intentions, showed their hand, and now we will resiliently, strategically, and courageously put it all on the table to show them they did NOT WIN!!

Let this moment and this image be your fuel. Let’s practice during municipal elections of 2021, so we can work out the kinks and figure out what we need to do. Let’s overwhelm them in the 2022 primaries, pushing the system to the brink, so we know what the system can and cannot handle. And in the 2022 General Election, let’s elect a NEW Governor, flip state chambers, and keep Raphael Warnock in place to fight for us in Washington!

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FOLKS, LARRY'S COMMENT ABOVE IS CRUCIAL IN RECOGNIZING THE DANGER TO VOTING RIGHTS THAT GEOGIA'S BILL REPRESENTS.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights has been clear about the confusion liable to happen as a result of this bill, thus making it easy for the board to dismiss local election officials providing opportunities to tamper with election results. A link to The Lawyers' Committee is below for a clearer understanding of the crucial 'small print' within Georgia's voting bill.

Larry, Would it be possible for you to elucidate this aspect of the bill? The link is below.

There appears to be doubt that voters' lines will actually be addressed. More to the point, portions of this bill seem aimed at making it more difficult for support groups to help get voters to the polls, comfort them on the lines, etc., with the aim to disrupt volunteer organizations enabling older people, workers and minorities get to the polls.

https://lawyerscommittee.org/project/voting-rights-project/

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Thumbs up for your organization, Ellie! Thanks.

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Thank you for this info!

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Thank you for this information. I also shared it on my FB page. My activist friends and I will make good use of it!

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So the devil is down in Georgia, for sure, but he's hanging out with the fiddle player. Johnny. So what are we to do? Delta Airlines is providing a huge vaccination site for free:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/delta-airlines-georgia-partner-to-create-free-covid-vaccination-sites-at-atlanta-airport/

And way back in December, Delta also used their passenger jets to get vaccines across the country: https://www.newstribune.com/news/business/story/2020/dec/06/delta-prepares-for-covid-19-vaccine-shipments/851603/

Did Delta advocate for the Governor of Georgia's latest voter suppression law? do we "cancel" Delta because its corporate affiliation is with a party we do not like? I am asking because I really don't know.

Same thing with UPS. While I habitually use "Save the USPS" for sending my packages, I love UPS because, unlike their competitor, they leave my packages on my covered porch:

Delivery of vaccines in December 2020: https://www.npr.org/2020/12/13/946101104/ups-executive-vaccine-shipments-will-reach-distribution-centers-monday-morning

Home Depot and Habitat for Humanity:

https://latfusa.com/article/2021/3/home-depot-partners-with-habitat-for-humanity/

Can you see my dilemma?

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The answer is not to boycott these companies, but to lobby them. Ask THEM to put pressure on the Georgia legislature and Governor. Ask them to stand with their customers and enjoy loyalty and superb press nationally as a result.

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For some companies a strong lobbying movement will work. For other companies, i.e. Nestlé, even though they are not on this list only boycotting made them change their ways. It is indeed a hard choice.

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Thanks for pointing this out. Everything is a two-edged sword isn’t it.

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Thank you Ellie. If the law has already been passed, can pressure on these companies make a difference at this point? I am more than happy to call and write them and any where else that will make a difference. I’m just wondering what can be done after this despicable law has been passed.

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The law can be repealed. That is what happened when North Carolina passed one of those stupid bathroom bills. Businesses including sports franchises threatened to leave. The bill was repealed.

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Yes, to make your voice heard about how bad the voting bill just passed and enacted by the governor - disappointed in state reps not supporting the people of Georgia just their own personal power and to spread the word for support of FOR THE PEOPLE ACT 2021

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Thank you for this info Ellie. It’s going to be a busy day online.

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Wow! Thanks! I'll be busy today. Many, many thanks for this.

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Oops...just saw this post of yours, Ellie. Will follow suit!!

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Add in social media campaigns. As I recall youth when learning that some of their clothes were being made by women in Bangladesh under horrible conditions, they stopped buying the product. The company changed.

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Who are the CEO s and board members of coke Home Depot and?

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I going to sleep, ted. Look it up. That's what I'm going to do. Also get list of big bus in Georgia.

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Do you mean bus companies so folks can travel there?

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let's collude with Michael Moore

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Hit 'em in the profit margin, it's the only place they feel anything!

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We hand out cokes and Dasani water or Pepsi and their water brand? Hmmmm? What’s it gonna be? U know what, we get coke to donate Dasani water bottles. They pay for it.

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Good morning! Excellent idea, Ted!

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You hit them in their $$ bottom line. Boycott them, boycott the state. Let them know. Write letters, make phone calls. Here are the 10 Georgia-based companies with the largest employees, followed by a link to the 100 top Georgian companies.

I will let our local Home Depot and UPS know that I am not going to buy from them until this illegal, racist, voter rights and voter warfare across our country are halted immediately. We have this power, use it.

The Home Depot

United Parcel Service

Randstad USA

Delta Air Lines

Arby’s

The Coca-Cola Company

Hansen Beverage

Cox Media Group

Cox Enterprises

Genuine Parts Company

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Perfect, Penelope. This is very helpful.

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Here's 4 email addresses for you, Ruth. Four ceo email addresses:

Craig_Menear@homedepot.com

ctome@ups.com (Carol Tome)

edward.bastian@delta.com

jquincey@coca-cola.com (James Quncey)

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Facebook works both ways.

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You bring us hope, Margaret. I would add that I think John Lewis would not be deterred by this not-so-new effort to depress the vote; that Stacey Abrams is "on it." I have faith that the voters in Georgia will find a way. I myself will shine a light where I can!

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No, I did not mean to imply that. I think he would feel betrayed and hurt by seeing his progress being wiped out by white men behind closed doors. Of course, he would always be up for a fight for what is right! Always!

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Maggie, I was more intending to remind myself outloud about Lewis and Abrams!

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"GA politicians are so bought and paid for and in debt to these corporations..." If you think that only the Republicans are indebted to corporations, I can assure you that buying political outcomes is a non-partisan practice across both parties at the national, state, and local levels. I'm not suggesting that we not lobby them hard in GA, but let's not let the Dems off the hook. They too rely on huge corporate funding. It's one reason HR1/SB1 is an important start to cleaning up our democracy.

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NATIONAL BOYCOTT OF COCA COLA and HOME DEPOT?! Be sure and tell them why.

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Just throwing this in here, MaryPat. Marc Ellis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marceelias/status/1375287710257008642?s=20

It sounds like he's saying he's in court about this?

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Great work. Lynell. He is the best. I couldn't tell if he's heading for court, but that is possible.

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I have secured the email address of the 6th District AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia. It is run by Bishop Reginald Jackson. If you are willing, leave me a reply off this post just stating your name and state. I will forward on to the Bishop as a petition in support of the church who is opposing the S202 Bill.

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Penelope Simpson Adams, Vermont

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MaryPat Randall, Michigan.

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Thanks, Penelope, MaryPat, and Kim. We did not receive enough names to file a petition, so we won't be sending one. Just wanted to let you know!

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Kim C. Danner, Washington State

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MaryPat, Has a NATIONAL BOYOTT been called? Which is the umbrella organization that called. Asking because I need to back up who has called it and contact info. Thanks.

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Here's news re cocoa cola:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/georgia-activists-call-for-coca-cola-boycott-over-deafening-silence-on-voting-rights/ar-BB1eXGo6?ocid=uxbndlbing

Georgia Chamber of Commerce weighs in in support of Activists. Several businesses are referred to in this WaPo article as being in alignment with Chamber of Commerce:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/03/15/georgia-voting-business/

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Thanks Linell! Gives great hope!!

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Did you see this? Rep. Cannon arrested for knocking on Kemp's door while he was signing the voting bill:

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/26/981471672/police-arrest-georgia-lawmaker-as-governor-signs-law-overhauling-elections

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Yes, Kimberley. It was very upsetting to see her surrounded by about 6 or 7 members of law enforcement

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Good ol' bully boys

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Thank you for the link. Who believes a bill is honorable and good for the people if it must be signed under guard in secret?

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Well said.

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Also the Film Industry carries a great deal of weight here, the money they bring to the city is tremendous, not to mention the bragging rights, of Hollywood South.

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First person who comes to mind is Tyler Perry. I can't imagine he is too happy about all this.

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This is the best approach. pressure on the Corps.

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Good points’

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However the Republican legislators can throw out the vote and make their own decision. Voters can vote but no guarantees their votes will count. Disgraceful and very unsettling

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This is the really evil part of the bill! That is out right taking away a person's legal vote!

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I agree! The water is gratuitous cruelty, but it’s the lines requiring the water that are the problem.

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You're right. Though every common sense thing that can be done should be done. Where the hell are we headed?

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This must not stand.

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Do The People of America have rights to vote that cannot be taken away? I am so fricking confused by our country all the time. Thank you repubs for showing us how your evility finds every loophole possible to destroy us. Who needs enemies?

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They’re doing the same thing in Arizona.

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and 43 (!) other states

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