Major League Baseball officials sent a strong message Friday to the city of Atlanta by withdrawing the all-star and upcoming draft presentation to challenge the new SB202 law that would reduce access to voting in the city. State of Georgia.
The National Black Justice Coalition, a black civil rights group, has called for sports programs to be moved to support.
“Last week, with current and former players, we held traditions with teams to get their perspective,” Major League Baseball Commissioner Rod Manfred said of breaking the news. I decided that the best way to showcase our values was to change the all-star game and draft this year. ”
The city where the two events will take place has not yet been selected.
The passage of Bill SB202 a week ago has angered US President Joe Biden.
The law seeks to reduce the number of ballot boxes set up on public roads to receive ballots. It strengthens identity checks for postal voting and makes it illegal to give food or water to people queuing on election day.
Earlier this week, the NFL club Atlanta Falcons protested, urging themselves to enter the election easily. As the National Black Justice Coalition wants, the other sporting events that actors can choose to address their dissatisfaction is the Masters Golf Tournament, which takes place from April 8 to 11 in Augusta.