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Make Hank Aaron's Milwaukee site of 2021 MLB All-Star Game
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Major League Baseball decided to move the 2021 All-Star game out of Atlanta in response to the Georgia legislature's passage of restrictive voting policies. In honor of the passing of baseball great Hank Aaron, the new site should be Milwaukee. Aaron played in both Milwaukee and Atlanta.
Why is this important?
Major League Baseball took a principled stand in support of increasing voter participation when it decided to move this year's All-Star game out of Atlanta in response to the GA legislature passing voting restrictions. The best symbolic alternative location would be Milwaukee for three reasons:
1. The MLB All-Star game provides significant economic benefits to the host community. In 2020, Milwaukee lost the anticipated economic benefits of the Democratic National Convention, when the in-person convention was cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
2. Milwaukee is an important home of the current social justice movement. Milwaukee is a community dealing with a legacy of extreme de facto segregation, and Wisconsin is a state with significant inequities in outcomes for its black citizens. Wisconsin is one of the states most effected by partisan gerrymandering, another practice that seeks to take power away from the voting public.
3. Hank Aaron started and ended his storied career in Milwaukee, playing there 11 seasons before the franchise moved to Atlanta, and playing his last two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. Baseball's true Home Run King, was a contemporary of Jackie Robinson's, and faced discrimination with class and determination. Hank Aaron passed away in January 2021, and will be honored at the 2021 All-Star Game.