June 30, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act, demonstrates power of elections

Last week the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care initiative, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This is fantastic news for the Black Americans. We are twice as likely as whites to be uninsured, we have more than double the rate of infant mortality, we face more than twice the rate of diabetes-related deaths than whites — and the list goes on. The national health care plan will bring down health insurance premiums across the board as well as ban exclusions for pre-existing conditions. The law will make health care access attainable for the estimated 48 million Americans — and 7 million Black Americans — without health insurance.

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June 26, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Tell Congress: Protect food stamps and family farms

We all need regular access to nutritious, sustainably-grown and affordable food. That's why protecting federal food assistance programs and Black family farms is an issue that affects us all. Right now, Congress needs to hear from everyday people who are trying to feed their families in this struggling economy — not just representatives of Big Agribusinesses that place profits over people.

Join us to tell Congress to protect food stamps and family farms. You can read the email we sent to our members today after the jump...

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June 24, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Top PA GOP politician admits voter ID is a partisan move

At a recent Pennsylvania Republican State Committee meeting, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) made clear the partisan motivation behind voter ID laws. In listing achievements of the Pennsylvania GOP -- some as a result of ALEC model legislation -- Turzai said, "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: Done.” As the video shows, his statement is met by applause from the Republican audience.

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June 21, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF ColorOfChange applauds Dell's decision to cut ties with ALEC

Today, tech industry giant Dell dropped its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the group that has pushed discriminatory voter ID legislation throughout the country. A representative confirmed that the company would no longer fund ALEC in an email obtained by ColorOfChange.

With its decision, Dell becomes the 20th corporation to announce that it's left ALEC since ColorOfChange launched its campaign to stop corporate-funded voter suppression. We applaud the company for doing the right thing and encourage corporations still standing by ALEC to follow suit. 

If you haven't already, please join our campaign here

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June 21, 2012 / BY KIM LEHMKUHL State Farm says it helps Black youth, but funds ALEC?

Capitalizing on LeBron James' heightened visibility during the much-hyped NBA finals — which is enjoying its highest ratings in eight years — State Farm is heavily promoting an eye-catching public service announcement featuring the celebrity spokesman. The ad graphically illustrates the devastating effects of a stunted education on a young Black man's life prospects, then reassures us: "State Farm and LeBron are helping kids graduate."

But if State Farm cares so much about our kids, why is it still funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)?

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June 18, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Tea Party icon ties immigration decision to FL voter purge

Last week, politicians on the far right were quick to question the Obama Administration's decision to offer relief to 800,000 undocumented youth. Rep. Allen West (R-FL) appeared on the Fox News program "American Newsroom" and asked, "Is this one of those backdoor opportunities to allow people in the next five months to get the opportunity to vote?" As we've told you, Gov. Rick Scott, also of Florida, is trying to purge 180,000 voters, 87% of whom are people of color.

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June 18, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Unite the two New Yorks: End discriminatory marijuana arrests

UPDATE: (06/19/2012) State lawmakers fail to reach an agreement on unlawful, racially-biased marijuana arrests this legislative session.

Today, ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson had an op-ed in the Huffington Post calling on state lawmakers to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and end the racially biased and unlawful marijuana arrests that destroy lives and communities.

The op-ed comes in the wake of the New York City Council's vote last week to pass a resolution demanding the same thing of state legislators -- that they make the violation similar to a traffic ticket that would not lead to an arrest. Here's an excerpt from the op-ed:

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June 14, 2012 / BY CHARLENE CARRUTHERS Coalition delivers 370k signatures to repeal "Shoot First" laws

This week, Trayvon Martin's parents joined the Second Chance on Shoot First Coalition to deliver 370,000 petition signatures to a meeting of Florida's Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws yesterday. The petition delivery and press conference featured powerful testimonies calling for an end to "shoot first" laws nationwide.

More than 32,000 of the signatures came from ColorOfChange members who signed a petition demanding that the law that was used to justify George Zimmerman's actions come off the books in Florida and across the nation.

 

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June 13, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL US Commission on Civil Rights to investigate "Shoot First" laws

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has voted to launch an investigation into so-called "stand your ground" laws. The laws, which permit the use of deadly force in cases of self-defense, have come under scrutiny after playing a key role in the defense of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida earlier this year. In its proposal, the commission cited potential racial bias in the laws' implementation as the chief reason for the probe.

Members of the ColorOfChange community know well the connection between "stand your ground" and the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC, a far-right policy group, has pushed the laws in almost two dozen states.

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June 12, 2012 / BY ARISHA HATCH Florida's voter purge leads to competing lawsuits

Last week, we told you about Gov. Rick Scott's appalling voter purge in Florida. In a state that George W. Bush "won" by only 573 votes in 2000, Scott is trying to purge 180,000 voters, 87% of whom are people of color. Under this new mandate, voters who don't prove their eligibility within 30 days will be automatically dropped from the voter roll -- a move that will keep thousands of eligible voters from the ballot box.

Yesterday, Scott went one step further by suing the Department of Homeland Security in order to obtain further information to conduct his illegal voter purge...

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June 12, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF ColorOfChange applauds Johnson & Johnson's decision to ditch ALEC

Today pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced that it will no longer fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). After standing by the shadowy policy group for months, the company finally responded to the thousands of voices demanding they leave ALEC. In a press release, ColorOfChange applauded the corporations decision noting that...

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June 11, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Why is Johnson & Johnson still standing by ALEC?

UPDATE: (06/12/2012) Johnson & Johnson announces it has dropped ALEC membership

Last week, we started running radio ads highlighting the relationship between Johnson & Johnson and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The ads are running in four cities, including one close to the company's New Jersey headquarters.

Listen to the ads here, then check out our op-ed on in today's Star-Ledger. And if you haven't already joined our campaign calling on corporations to cut ties with ALEC, please join us here.

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June 11, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF WATCH: Rashad Robinson on the influence of money on politics

ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson tells a Politico reporter why Mitt Romney's tenure at the private-equity firm Bain Capital is fair game for criticism this election season.

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June 05, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Tell the NY Senate: Stop unlawful, racially-biased marijuana arrests

Today, ColorOfChange and partners including Drug Policy Alliance launched a campaign calling on members of the New York State Legislature to stop unlawful, discriminatory marijuana arrests.

Black and Latino New Yorkers experience a different New York from that experienced by their White counterparts. By supporting legislation that's now backed by Gov. Cuomo and a bipartisan coalition, lawmakers in Albany can keep young people of color from being saddled with criminal records that can exclude them from school, work and other important opportunities.

Check out a moving video on this topic above, and read the email we sent to our members after the jump. Please join the campaign here.

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