REI Condemns Voter Suppression Legislation
Apr 8, 2021
REI is committed to broadening civic engagement and advancing racial equity within the co-op and across society at large. The idea that one person is guaranteed one vote is foundational to both our co-op and our democracy.
We condemn voter suppression efforts and stand with the communities, advocates, and legislators working to protect and improve voter access across the country.
In recent weeks, legislators around the country have introduced hundreds of bills aimed to restrict voting rights and suppress the voices of those who have long been marginalized. These efforts are not necessary reforms, but a renewed attack on the fundamental right to vote. While our democratic processes can always be improved, making it harder for people to participate in that process is not an improvement.
Every election is an opportunity for us to create the change we want to see in our world. As the U.S. confronts overlapping crises in public health, racial equity and climate change, we as a purpose-driven co-op have the responsibility to work to ensure everyone has the chance to participate in the democratic process.
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 168 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.