Called to account More than 70 Black executives have signed a letter calling on companies to fight a wave of voting-rights bills similar to the one recently passed in Georgia, which they say will make it harder for Black people to vote. Similar bills are being advanced by Republicans in at least 43 states, and the signatories are demanding that companies speak up more forcefully than they did in Georgia, Andrew and David Gelles report for The Times . The effort is led by Ken Chenault and Ken Frazier , the former chief of AmEx and the departing chief of Merck, respectively. "There is no middle ground here," Mr. Chenault said. "You either are for more people voting, or you want to suppress the vote." The letter did not criticize specific companies, but called on corporate America to publicly oppose new laws that would restrict the rights of Black voters, and to use their clout, money and lobbyists to sway the debate. The signers included Roger Ferguson Jr., the chief executive of TIAA; Mellody Hobson and John Rogers Jr., the chief executives of Ariel Investments; and Ray McGuire, a former Citigroup executive who is running for mayor of New York…. Read full this story
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