May 31, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Judith Browne Dianis at The Root: "So you think you can vote?"

Wondering whether the voter suppression bills that ALEC has pushed will affect your ability to vote? On Wednesday, The Root ran an op-ed by Advancement Project co-director Judith Browne Dianis that's aimed at voters living in states that have passed voter ID laws. These new laws threaten to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters.

Check out the article, learn how to protect your vote this election, and spread the word. Read it all at TheRoot.com.

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May 31, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF ColorOfChange applauds Wal-Mart's decision to drop ALEC

Late Wednesday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced its plans to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing policy group that has worked to suppress the Black vote. In a letter to ALEC's national chairman and executive director, Wal-Mart representative, Maggie Sans, wrote:  

"Previously, we expressed our concerns about ALEC's decision to weigh in on issues that stray from its core mission 'to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets...We feel that the divide between these activities and our purpose as a business has become too wide. To that end, we are suspending our membership in ALEC."

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May 30, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Tell Romney: Condemn Donald Trump's race-baiting

Today, ColorOfChange launched a campaign confronting GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Our members are demanding that he stop working with right-wing mogul Donald Trump, condemn his racial attacks on President Obama (including the birther conspiracy theory) and reject the use of race as a wedge issue in his campaign.

It's time to call out Romney for reaping millions from his relationship with a man who has repeatedly champtioned race-baiting in politics. Below is the email we sent to our members. Join us here. [[Full email below the jump.]]

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May 25, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Update: Officer acquitted in Chad Holley police brutality case

Last week, a jury acquitted Andrew Bloomberg, a former Houston police officer charged in the beating of 15-year-old Chad Holley in March 2010. Bloomberg is the first of four officers who will stand trial for the beating.

ColorOfChange ran a campaign demanding that U.S. Attorney General Holder investigate the brutal attack by Houston police officers, which was caught on film. As you see in the video, after the teenager (who was being pursued on suspicion of burglary) lay face down on the ground to surrender, officers dealt him a series of merciless kicks and punches to his head and torso.

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May 24, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Amazon becomes 16th company to stop funding ALEC

This morning, online retailer Amazon announced at its shareholder meeting that it will cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing policy group that has worked to suppress the Black vote. The announcement came as ColorOfChange members and hundreds of representatives from allied groups tried to deliver more than 500,000 petition signatures to the meeting in Seattle but were turned away. The petitions were signed by members of ColorOfChange, CREDO Action, People for the American Way, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, SumOfUs and Fuse Washington.

Amazon General Counsel Michelle Wilson acknowledged that her employer had heard us loud and clear... [PHOTOS after the jump...]

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May 23, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Tell your state officials: Stand against 'Shoot First' laws

Yesterday, ColorOfChange launched a campaign calling on state officials to repeal Shoot First Laws -- the dangerous law that's being used to shield George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin. Please join us in calling on elected officials in your state to stand against these laws. Here's the email we sent to our members yesterday morning.

Dear ColorOfChange Member,

Florida's 'Shoot First' law allowed Trayvon Martin's killer to walk free without formal charges — for more than a month. Shoot First laws legalize vigilante homicide, even in circumstances that would otherwise merit murder charges.

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May 22, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Education company Scantron ditches ALEC

Since ColorOfChange launched its campaign to stop corporate funding of the American Legislative Exchange Council, companies have been steadily dumping the right-wing policy group.

Scantron, a multimillion dollar for-profit education network is the latest in a string of large companies to leave ALEC behind. On Tuesday, PRWatch reported that the company:

...that makes, among other things, those ubiquitous scan forms for standardized tests (please make sure you fill in the bubble completely and clearly with a #2 pencil, etc.)...

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May 15, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Taxpayer-funded education group drops ALEC

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) announced Monday that it will not renew its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobbying group responsible for ghostwriting discriminatory voter ID laws and a host of other controversial legislation. 

NACSA and more than a dozen major corporations have announced that they've dropped ALEC since ColorOfChange members began demanding that companies stop funding voter suppression. The education group's statement reads:

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May 15, 2012 / BY MATT NELSON ACTION Tell the NC State Legislature: stop jailing our children

North Carolina is one of two states in the nation where all 16- and 17-year-olds are prosecuted as adults --even for low-level, non-violent offenses. Black youth are more likely to be arrested for minor offenses and treated more harshly than white youth at all stages of the justice system. They bear the brunt of policies that prosecute youth as adults.

Below is the email we sent to North Carolina ColorOfChange members today. We're asking them to call on their state legislators to vote this month to stop prosecuting children in the adult criminal justice system. Please take a look and pass along to someone you know in North Carolina. Together, we can get the state legislature to do what's right and raise the minimum age.

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May 11, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF A Mother's Day message from Trayvon's mom

Today, Sybrina Fulton released a powerful Mother's Day message calling for a nationwide reform of Shoot First Laws.

 “This will be my first Mother’s Day without my son, Trayvon. I know it will be hard, but with my faith, family, and the outpouring of national support, I will get through,” says Ms. Fulton.  

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May 09, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Are voter ID laws driving down Black and Latino registration?

It's not unusual that the number of registered voters takes a dip between presidential elections, but the Washington Post reports that the numbers of registered Black and Latino voters has taken a drastic dive since 2008.

Just how drastic?

Using information from a 2010 Census Bureau report, the Post asserts that the number of registered Black voters fell by 7 percent. After nearly four decades of steady increase, the number of registered Hispanic voters dropped by about 5 percent. All told, that's 2 million Black and Latino votes that have vanished, many of them in key battleground states.

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May 07, 2012 / BY KIM LEHMKUHL Tell the FCC today: Our cities need community radio

In order to meaningfully diversify media ownership and ensure access to local programming for communities of color, the Federal Communications Commission must approve hundreds of new community radio licenses in urban centers. African Americans live in cities in significantly higher percentages than the total population, but we are able to tune in to just 7 community radio stations — out of more than 800 in the nation — in our largest 50 urban centers.

The FCC is responsible for ensuring that the public airwaves serve all of the public. But until now, the big commercial media outlets — the ones that monopolize most of what we hear on urban radio — have successfully pressured the FCC to keep community radio out of their most lucrative markets. Click here to tell the FCC today: our cities need community radio!

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May 01, 2012 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Education policy group joins corporations in leaving ALEC

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards -- a policy group advocating teacher standards and performance-based pay policies for educators -- has announced that it left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on April 18, 2012.

The group joins more than a dozen major corporations that have announced they've cut ties with the right-wing policy group in the wake of the ColorOfChange campaign calling on ALEC's corporate sponsors to stop funding voter suppression. If you haven't already, please join us.

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