Home Depot to be boycotted by Sixth District AME Church, Gov. Kemp responds

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FILE – In this May 18, 2016, file photo, people approach an entrance to a Home Depot store in Bellingham, Mass. Home Depot is paying out one-time bonuses of up to $1,000 in cash to its hourly workers in the U.S., citing the recent tax overhaul. Home Depot Inc. said Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, that […]

ATLANTA (WJBF) – Georgia sixth district AME Church Leaders have announced a boycott of Home Depot.

The group made the announcement during a news conference in Atlanta.

This is in response to the Georgia Voting Law that was recently signed by Governor Brian Kemp.

Recently the Coca-Cola Company arranged a summit meeting between faith leaders and corporate executives from several other Georgia-based Companies.

Home Depot chose not to attend that meeting but released the following statement:

We’ve decided that the most appropriate approach for us to take is to continue to underscore our statement that all elections should be accessible, fair and secure and support broad voter participation, and to continue to work to ensure our associates in Georgia and across the country have the information and resources to vote. 

For example:

We provide tools and resources for our associates to engage directly with their local legislators. 

We also promoted voter participation in the last election through our internal Get Out The Vote initiative, confirming 15,500 voter registrations among our associates. 

We matched more than 1,800 associates with local opportunities to volunteer at polling locations across the country, including 600 technology worker volunteers in Atlanta to support complex technology issues and cybersecurity related to the election. 

We also donated 9,200 plexiglass dividers across Georgia to help meet poll station safety requirements.

Meanwhile, Governor Kemp gave his response to the boycott during a press conference shortly after.

In a Facebook post, the Governor stated, “The left will do whatever it takes to cancel anyone who doesn’t agree with their political agenda. They are coming for your business next. We will not back down.”

NewsChannel 6’s Archith Seshadri is covering this story today, he’ll have more on NewsChannel 6 at 6.

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