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Producers Guild opposes restrictive Georgia voting law – Deadline

The Producers Guild of America has joined the growing chorus of Hollywood guilds opposed to Georgia’s restrictive new voting laws. “The Producers Guild of America strongly opposes the Georgia Voters Bill as an attempt to restrict the votes of under-represented groups, particularly black Americans,” the PGA tweeted this evening. “Full access to the vote is the foundation of our American democracy and it is imperative for us to rigorously protect these rights for all Americans.”

Earlier today, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and National Executive Director David White said, “We oppose any effort to suppress the constitutional rights of Americans, including our members. It is clear that there is a lot of work to be done to make our communities more just, equitable and safe. This includes protecting the sacred right to vote. The more voices and points of view we see at the polls, the stronger our democracy and our people will be. We encourage SAG-AFTRA members around the world to speak up, stand up against injustices and support laws designed to level the playing field. ”

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WGA executives on Friday warned that the new law could impact Georgia’s film and television industry. “The WGA and its members do not decide whether film and television projects are produced in Georgia,” WGA West President David Goodman and WGA East President Beau Willimon said in a statement. “But we have members who live and work in the state – many of whom are BIPOCs (Blacks, Aboriginals and People of Color), and who are deeply troubled by the new law and the damage it is doing to them and to people of color. their state. Together, we oppose all efforts to suppress voting, including this new regressive law. If Georgia wants to take advantage of the thousands of good jobs our industry brings to the state, it cannot attack the democratic rights of its own people. “

The new law, passed by the Republican-dominated Georgia legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, includes provisions for strict new voter identification requirements for absent voters, prohibits election officials from sending by mail requests to vote by correspondence to all voters, severely limits the number of ballot papers. drop boxes and makes it illegal to offer food or water to voters who line up to vote. Supporters of the law say it is designed to prevent voter fraud. Opponents call it voter suppression. President Joe Biden called it an “atrocity” and “Jim Crow in the 21st century”.

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