WGA hints at repercussions on Georgian film industry of voter suppression law – Deadline

The WGA today spoke out against Georgia’s new voter suppression law, suggesting that the state’s burgeoning film and television industry could suffer if allowed to run. Supporters of the law say it is designed to prevent voter fraud.

“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 message to their members. “But we have members who live and work in the state – many of whom are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and Colored), and who are deeply troubled by the new law and the damage it is doing to them and to 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.

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The new law, imposed by Georgia’s Republican-dominated legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, includes provisions for strict new voter identification requirements for absent voters; prohibits election officials from mailing postal ballot requests to all voters; severely limits the number of ballot boxes and makes it illegal to offer food or water to voters who line up to vote. President Joe Biden called it an “atrocity” and “Jim Crow in the 21st century”.


“One of the most valuable characteristics of democracy is the right of the people – all people – to have their voices heard,” WGA Chairs told their members. “The Writers Guild of America exists to ensure that the people who create stories for a living have a voice in decisions that affect their careers – how their work is valued, how constant changes in the industry affect their ability to earn. their lives doing the work they love.

“The right to vote is an even more fundamental aspect of ensuring that people’s voices are heard. The right to vote for the representatives who run the government and make the laws. The right to vote without restrictions based on income or geography or party or race. We must not be naive: Georgian politics, for many years, has been a battleground in the struggle to overcome the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow and structural racism. This week Georgia has taken a giant step backwards in that fight.

“The fight for everyone to vote concerns us all. Depriving a person of the right to vote deprives us all of a true representative democracy. Our government is better when it is shaped by everyone, not just some of us. The Voter Suppression Bill, which was hastily passed by the Georgian legislature and hastily signed by the governor, violates these basic principles of democracy, and it cannot stand.

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