The Georgia Public Service Commission gave Georgia Power and other gas utilities permission to shut off our electricity and gas starting on July 15th, all while we are dealing with an unprecedented public health and economic crisis in Georgia. As of July 21, Georgia Power had disconnected 1,536 customers, and Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas had disconnected about 6,800 customers.
These shutoffs will disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income families that are at greater risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19. "The disconnection of Black, Brown and poor residents' utilities in the state of Georgia is a form of systemic environmental injustice," said Valerie Hill Rawls, director of the New Georgia Project Black + Green Agenda, a Sierra Club partner.
Take action now: Tell the members of the Georgia Public Service Commission to block Georgia Power and other gas utilities from shutting off essential services. Remember to add a personal message saying why this matters to you.
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