Yesterday, ColorOfChange announced that two of America's biggest household names have dropped ALEC -- the right-wing lobby group that has pushed discriminatory voter ID laws throughout the country. We announced the companies' departure at a press conference timed to ALEC's meeting in Utah. Now 30 companies have made the decision to part ways with ALEC since ColorOfChange launched its campaign late last year.
ColorOfChange applauds these corporations' decision to do the right thing. Now it's time for others, including corporate giant eBay, to do the same.
Using data from the NYPD, New York radio station WNYC mapped all street stops by police that resulted in the recovery of a gun last year. The digital map reveals that most stop and frisks are concentrated in mostly Black and Latino communities. But most guns were recovered from people outside of those areas -- meaning police aren't finding guns where they're looking the hardest.More »
In New York City and nationwide, people are stepping up efforts to end discriminatory Stop and Frisk policies that damage lives and communities. Now the movement to stop these police practices has a new anthem: the Jasiri X song "10 Frisk Commandments," which he released today in partnership with This Week in Blackness.
The song tells a painful but real story about the encounters many in Black and Brown communities know all too well. In the process, Jasiri X offers a code of conduct for surviving police harassment.More »
On July 10th, Mitt Romney spoke at the 103rd annual NAACP convention in Houston, TX. Prior to the event, reporters speculated about Romney's intentions, arguing that he was attempting to increase his popularity amongst Black voters specifically and persuade moderates and progressives that he stands closer to the political center than he seems. Romney's 25-minute speech made no mention of voter ID laws, which are eroding the hard-earned gains of the Civil Rights movement. Instead, his speech was filled with superficial and vague references to equality with a direct statement of intent to repeal "Obamacare."
In light of the ongoing economic crisis — including stubbornly high rates of joblessness and food insecurity — it's imperative that healthy food, hungry people and struggling family farmers come first. Melissa Harris-Perry breaks down the Farm Bill and what's at stake for Black folks when we talk about food stamps (also known as SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), food insecurity and economic justice.More »
Stop and frisk policies destroy lives and communities, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly continue to defend the practice. Recently, tens of thousands took to the streets demanding that the mayor and commissioner end stop and frisk and hold the NYPD to a higher standard of policing that does not include harassment, abuse and racially-biased tactics.
Today we redoubled our efforts to join those in NYC and across the nation. Read the email we sent to our members after the jump, and join us here.
Republicans haven't missed an opportunity to push voter ID restrictions into law before the November elections. So early this month when Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, a Republican, refused to sign two measures that would have placed harsher ID requirements on the state's voters, it came as a political surprise to many.
Snyder did sign a host of other bills aimed at election changes, but he stopped short of the measure that would require voters to present identification before obtaining an absentee ballot. He also refused to sign a bill that would have required voters to check a citizenship box before receiving a ballot. Snyder's actions stand in contrast to many in his party who have been aggressively pushing similar laws throughout the country.More »
Companies are still fleeing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobby group responsible for pushing discriminatory voter ID laws throughout the country.
Today, ColorOfChange.org announced that it has received word from five new companies that say they will no longer fund ALEC. John Deere, CVS Caremark, MillerCoors, HP, and Best Buy have all made the decision to end their membership in the organization, joining the roughly 20 companies that have already parted ways with ALEC since ColorOfChange members began demanding an end to corporate-sponsored voter suppression.More »