March 30, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF In L.A. tomorrow? Check out "All in for the 99%"

If you're in Los Angeles tomorrow, don't miss All in for the 99%. The free event will showcase artists, musicians, writers and activists united to amplify the voices of the 99%. The ALL IN FOR THE 99% gallery will be open to the public with music, readings and visual art from some of the nation's most celebrated artists.

The event takes place March 31, 2012 at 400 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036 from 10:30am to 6pm and -- once again -- it's free. If you attend, be sure to share your photos and thoughts with us in the comments section.

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March 29, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Rally in DC: ALEC's gun laws & the killing of Trayvon Martin

On Thursday at the Washington DC headquarters of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), dozens of ColorOfChange members and our allies gathered in honor of Trayvon Martin. Our demand was clear: ALEC must publicly pledge to stop writing, promoting and selling the destructive "Kill at Will" bills. In Florida, it's this type of law that could stand between George Zimmerman (the man who killed Trayvon) and justice for the teenager's family.

Check out the conversation, photos, and highlights from the event here, and please let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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March 27, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF In memory of Trayvon: ColorOfChange launches a new site

We've launched a new site to help you get more deeply engaged in the movement demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Please check out the site, share your story, and let us know what you think. Together, we can help end racial profiling and senseless violence.

Visit wearetrayvonmartin.tumblr.com to find an event or vigil near you, upload your own photos and storiesdownload a poster for your window or an upcoming event, and stay in touch with the latest news and analysis.

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March 26, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF TODAY: Vigils for Trayvon & flyers we hope you'll share

Vigils are taking place around the country this evening to commemorate the month that has passed since Trayvon Martin was killed. Find out if there's a vigil near you here. And if you attend a vigil or any upcoming event related to the demand for justice, we hope you'll download one of these flyers, take it with you and ask your family and friends to do the same. ColorofChange is providing them to help build this growing movement against the targeting and dehumanization of our youth:

And take a look at photos we took last night in Brooklyn. Hip-hop artist Jasiri X was there to record a new video for his song: "A Song for Trayvon" ...

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March 26, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Jasiri X drops new video demanding justice for Trayvon Martin

Last night, ColorOfChange joined forces with Kevin Powell (activist, award-winning writer, and The Guardian blogger), Akila Worksongs and MoveOn.org to host an event demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Here's why House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn was packed: Hip-hop artist & activist Jasiri X performed his powerful track, "A Song for Trayvon," live.

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March 23, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF President Obama: "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon"

Today, President Barack Obama spoke about the Trayvon Martin tragedy. After explaining that he would expect all parents to understand the anguish the boy's parents are experiencing, President Obama said, "If had a son, he'd look just like Trayvon." Please watch, share with your friends and family and join us in demanding justice.

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March 22, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF From MoJo: "The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained"

Just now getting up to speed and want to make sure you have all the facts of this heartbreaking story straight? Mother Jones has been following the case closely and updating daily. It's a great resource that we suggest you check out.

Their reporting has pulled together key pieces of information, including the chilling 911 recordings that have been made public, details of Trayvon's last phone call, and information about the so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws. 

 

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March 22, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Thousands gather in NYC for #MillionHoodies March

More than 2,000 people rallied Wednesday night at the #MillionHoodies March in New York City. ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson joined Trayvon Martin's parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and local organizers to demand that the killer of the 17-year-old Florida boy be brought to justice.

As Rashad shared with the crowd, every day at ColorOfChange "...we hear stories from mothers about the fears they have for their young Black boys in America... the criminal justice system that does not see them as humans, does not see their humanity."

Check out our photos from this week's rally. And if you haven't already joined the campaign, please do here:

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March 21, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Trayvon Martin: CoC members on why they're speaking out

This absolutely Breaks my Heart. I have a son who just turned 18 and everyday I worry about him making it to his 30th Birthday; because like so many other Mothers and Fathers of Black Male children you PRAY they are not accused, detained, incarcerated are even Killed because of the color of their skin and the Extreme Prejudiced of others. -- Amirah B., Desoto, TX

The senseless killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin been a tragic reminder of the fears Black folks face every day in the U.S. Today, we were so moved by the powerful and insightful comments our members have left along with their petition signatures, we wanted to share some of them here:

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March 19, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Trayvon Martin: Killed for walking while Black

UPDATE: (03/21/12) DOJ announces it will investigate, ColorOfChange responds.

Today, ColorOfChange has launched a campaign calling on the Department of Justice to investigate the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Please join us.

You'll also want to check out this video created by hip-hop activist Jasiri X. In it, he tells Trayvon's story and puts to words and music what many of us are feeling as we watch this devastating story unfold in Florida. Please watch it and ask your family and friends to do the same.

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March 13, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Obama Administration blocks Texas voter ID law

Some state legislators are still working hard to control the polls through harsh voter ID laws. But on Monday, the Obama Administration took a stand against Texas lawmakers who backed a plan to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Texans. Latinos, people living in rural areas, and low-income voters would have been disproportionately affected.

So what are these new restrictions really about?

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March 08, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF ColorOfChange at SXSW: "Can Bloggers Put Hope Back into the 2012 Election?"

UPDATE: If you're in Austin Sunday, 03/11, please join ColorOfChange and Colorlines for a meet and greet at 6:30pm. Location: #321 Gables Park Plaza, 115 Sandra A. Muraida Way (near N. Lamar Blvd. & W. Cesar Chavez St.) Hope to see you there!

South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual conference showcasing cutting-edge music, film and technology, kicks off this week. On Monday, ColorOfChange ED Rashad Robinson will be there as part of a panel titled, "Can Bloggers Put Hope Back into the 2012 Election?" Watch it live at YoungVoterLive.com.

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March 06, 2012 / BY MATT NELSON Good news from Wisconsin: Judge halts voter ID law

UPDATE: (03/12/12) Court rules WI voter ID law unconstitutional.

Wisconsin's voting rights advocates just made real progress in the fight against voter suppression. Today, a Dane County (Madison) judge halted enforcement of the state's voter ID law until an April 16 trial. The judge's order notes that the Wisconsin Constitution guarantees a right to vote, which means that the Voter ID bill will likely be ruled unconstitutional at trial. Voter ID legislation has passed in at least seven states, and has been introduced in 27 others.

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