JJ Abrams’ production company Bad Robot donates $ 1 million to protect voting rights and ‘help combat voter suppression in court.’
JJ Abrams’ producer Bad Robot has donated $ 1 million to help protect voting rights.
In reply to Patagonia Outdoor Clothing & Gear at TwitterBad Robot said: “We listened to you and we are matching your $ 1 million commitment to protect voting rights. Bad Robot and The Katie McGrath and JJ Abrams Family Foundation are proud to donate to the Democracy Docket Legal Fund to help combat the suppression of voters in the courts. “
From Arizona to Georgia @DemocracyDocket is closely following more than 350 deprivation of rights laws in 47 states. These bills are aimed at black, brown and young voters and are direct attacks on our democracy. For more information visit https://t.co/Fela6w2z2c
– Bad robot (@bad_robot) April 8, 2021
“From Arizona to Georgia, [Democracy Docket Legal Fund] is closely following more than 350 disenfranchisement laws in 47 states, “Bad Robot added in a follow-up tweet.” These bills are aimed at black, brown and young voters and are direct attacks on our democracy. “
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Abrams and Bad Robot are the latest to speak out against recent election legislation in the US, particularly Georgia’s controversial SB 202 voting law. In response to the law, Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced that the 2021 MLB All-Star Game and the MLB Draft will no longer take place in the state. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports the voting rights of all Americans and opposes restrictions on the polls,” he said.
The MLB announcement came on the heels of a similar statement issued by ViacomCBS, condemning SB 202. “We unequivocally believe in the importance of all Americans having equal voting rights and oppose the recent voting rights law. of Georgia or any effort that impedes the ability to exercise this vital constitutional right, ”the organization said.
A 98-page blanket bill, SB 202, was passed when Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the law on March 25, 2020. It makes a number of significant changes to the state’s voting process, including downsizing of the amount of time voters can request absentee ballots and instituting stricter requirements for identity verification, along with the elimination of mobile polling sites and limitations on early voting in larger counties. Restrictions have also been placed on offering food and / or water to those waiting in line to vote.
This is not the first time Bad Robot has publicly donated millions to a social cause. In June 2020, the company announced a $ 10 million donation over a five-year period to organizations fighting against racial oppression, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police officer. Derek Chauvin. “At Bad Robot we are grateful to the many academics, activists, organizers and leaders who are fighting on the front lines of change in our systematically unjust country,” the company said.
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