The NAACP has sent a letter to the players’ association of multiple professional sports leagues, asking free agents to consider signing with teams that are not in Texas due to the organization’s criticism of legislative actions taken in Texas earlier this year. anus.
“Now we are pleading with you: If you are a free agent and considering a job in Texas, look elsewhere. The Texas government will not protect your family, ”said the letter, which was signed by NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and NAACP Texas State Conference President Gary Bledsoe.
“Demand that Texas homeowners invest in their rights and protect their investments. Texas is not safe for you, your spouse, or your children. Until the legislation is repealed, Texas is not safe for anyone, ”the two continued.
In a press release, the NAACP specifically noted several actions taken by the Governor of Texas. Greg abbottGreg AbbottTexas House to Launch Investigation into Vicente Gonzalez School Library Books Will Run in Different Texas Districts After Abbott Signs New Map Abbott Signs Sports Bill Targeting Transgender Students in Texas MORE (R), including the signing of an electoral bill that critics say will limit access to the vote, the signing of an abortion law that effectively bans abortions after six weeks, and most recently the signing of a new map of Congress as law.
“As we watch an incomprehensible assault on basic human rights unfold in Texas, we simultaneously witness a threat to constitutional guarantees for women, children, and underserved communities. In recent months, Texas lawmakers have passed archaic policies, disguised as laws, that directly violate women’s privacy rights and freedom of choice, restrict access to free and fair elections for black and brown voters, and increase the risk of contracting coronavirus. ”Wrote the two NAACP leaders.
“If you are a woman, avoid Texas. If you are black, avoid Texas. If you want to reduce your chances of dying from coronavirus, avoid Texas. “
The letters were sent to the National Football League Players Association, the National Basketball Players Association, the National Hockey League Players Association, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the National Association. of Female Basketball Players.
In reaction to Texas’ new abortion law last month, Salesforce announced that it would help any employee who wants to leave the state.
However, Abbott has claimed that state policies are actually driving business to Texas.
During an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” Abbott claimed in early September that Texas was seeing more businesses coming to its state because they like the state’s social policies and business environment.
“People vote with their feet and this is not at all holding back companies coming to the state of Texas. In fact, it is speeding up the process of companies coming to Texas in particular, Morgan, curiously, are leaving the very liberal state of California, ”Abbott said.
The Hill has contacted Abbott’s office for comment.