Civil rights groups call for Masters, MLB All-Star Game, film industry to boycott Georgia over election law

FILE - In this April 4, 2007, file photo, cloudy skies appear above the clubhouse at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) (AP 2007)

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. – From sports to Hollywood, Georgia’s new election reform law is causing a stir.

Some civil rights groups are calling for the Masters Tournament, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and the film industry to boycott the state of Georgia.

This comes after the state passed its election reform law last week. The Republican-backed measure puts new voting restrictions in place.

Some Georgia voters believe the new bill provides election security, while others feel it’s voter suppression. Local activists say the law hurts minority voters and feel it’s crucial to look at pulling major events from the state.

The National Black Justice Coalition is calling on the PGA Tour and the Masters to pull the event that is scheduled for next week in Augusta. The group is also urging pro golfers to refuse to play in the state.

The MLB All-Star Game is set for Atlanta this summer, but the players’ union is now open to discussing the possibility of moving the game.

Even Hollywood directors are speaking out, such as James Mangold, known for movies like “Walk the Line,” who tweeted: “I will not direct a film in Georgia.”

Fer-Rell Maloan Sr. is the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southeast Georgia. He feels boycotting is the right thing to do.

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