Area activists to demonstrate against Georgia voting law, Home Depot’s financial support

  • The Home Depot on Route 2 in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The entrance to the Home Depot on Route 2 in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 4/6/2021 3:27:27 PM

GREENFIELD — Local activists Joseph “JJ” White and Al Norman, along with others unhappy with Home Depot’s financial support for lawmakers who backed the controversial voting law that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed last week, will gather at the local store’s entrance on Route 2 on Wednesday to demonstrate their opposition.

In a press release, White and Norman, both of Greenfield, said they will be joined by others starting at 2 p.m. to hold signs and urge people to boycott the retailer. Norman is urging people to call Home Depot at 800-466-3337.

“People should call to tell the company to begin working to repeal the voter suppression law,” Norman said.

“I’m a Home Depot customer, and I shop there two or three times per week,” White said in the release. “By demonstrating and joining the boycott, we want to show to show Home Depot that customers in Franklin County, Massachusetts care about voting rights in Georgia and all over America.”

Voting rights advocates say the law will disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color. The law includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run.

CNBC has reported that Home Depot, headquartered in Atlanta, has given at least $30,000 to Gov. Kemp and the lawmakers who sponsored the bill. The company would not confirm whether it will continue to back lawmakers that support the new voting law, and Newsweek reports that Home Depot has not directly addressed the controversial voting law itself.

Norman said anyone who wants to join Wednesday’s protest should bring a sign, wear a mask and stand at least 6 feet away from others. He said Massachusetts State Police have been informed about the protest on Route 2 and have said it’s “OK” as long as protesters don’t interfere with traffic or create a hazard.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-9591 or afritz@recorder.com.




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