Greg Bluestein and Maya T. Prabhu, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Many of Georgia’s most powerful corporations urged state lawmakers Monday to adopt a “comprehensive, specific and clear” hate-crimes law when they return to the legislative session next week.
The letter, signed by about 70 corporate executives, was the sharpest signal yet that the state’s business titans were forcefully rallying behind legislation that imposes additional penalties on crimes proven to have been motivated by bias.
“We must come together, engage in tough conversations, and find solutions to make our communities and our country a place of hope and not despair, where diversity is celebrated and justice is assured,” read the letter. “Georgia’s economic future and the dignity of our citizens depend on it.”
It was signed by executives from BlackRock, Coca-Cola Co., Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power and UPS. In addition, the leaders of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, who previously called for “swift” passage of the legislation, added their names.
The groups also launched a new website, www.passhatecrimesga.com, to further the initiative.
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