Last Friday, Jordan Russell Davis, a 17-year-old Florida high school student, was shot and killed during a dispute over loud music with Michael David Dunn, 45. According to Davis' father, the teenager was unarmed.
It's hard to ignore how closely the circumstances of the case echo the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was shot less than a year ago. ColorOfChange members spoke out against Florida's "Shoot First" law, which shielded Trayvon's killer from arrest and prosecution. Now, Black communities are once again feeling the devastating impact of "Shoot First," which will likely be invoked by Dunn's legal defense.
Join us in redoubling our efforts to demand that state government officials oppose "Shoot First" laws where they are under consideration and repeal them where they are in place. Read the email we sent to our members after the jump.More »
Yesterday Democracy Now! aired a segment on the historic Walmart Black Friday strike. Last Friday — on the busiest shopping day of the year — workers and their supporters protested Walmart's abusive employment pratices at more than 1,000 store locations. Although Walmart's Black Friday sales reportedly brought in substantial profits for the company, the strikes successfully sent Walmart a powerful message about demanding fair wages and treatment — and we're just getting started.
Please take a few moments and join us by calling Chairman of the Board Rob Walton to demand he meet with Walmart workers and improve working conditions for all employees. Our script helps make the call easy.More »
For the first time in Walmart's 50-year history, workers are speaking out about endemic worker abuse and low wages. This Friday — Black Friday — workers across the country plan to strike to protest poor working conditions if Walmart refuses to come to the table to meet with workers who are demanding respect.
Support this historic movement for workers' rights — check out the CAN Action Center's list of Black Friday strikes and stand with workers in your neighborhood.More »
Leading public policy research organization Demos recently released a report confirming the benefits of a retail wage increase. According to "Retail's Hidden Potential," if retail giants such as Walmart that employ more than 1,000 workers were to increase the average salary to $25,000, the positive ramifications would reverberate throughout society. Here are a few of the report's highlights:
- Increasing the wage floor to $25,000 would affect 5 million workers, and lift 734,075 people and their families out of poverty.
- The increased wages would cost retail giants only 1% of their profit.
- The new wage floor would create anywhere from 100,000 to 132,000 new jobs and increase GDP by at least 11.8 billion.
Read the full report here. And after you're done, join us in supporting Walmart workers in the fight for good jobs and a decent working environment.More »
This year Walmart workers and community allies, like ColorOfChange.org, are coming together to stand up for good jobs and a decent working environment. As the nation’s largest private employer, Walmart has made the choice to pay paltry wages at an average of $8.81/hour or $15,576/year. Over the years, Walmart has fought efforts by associates to improve the conditions by firing workers and cutting back hours.
Join us today — take a few moments to place a call to Chairman of the Board Rob Walton to demand he meet with Walmart workers and improve working conditions for all workers. Our script helps make the call easy.More »
Today, ColorOfChange launched a campaign calling for the Board of Directors of Walmart to stop retaliation and to meet with workers about better pay and working conditions. For over a year Walmart retail workers have been calling for the company to address issues with scheduling, benefits, wages, safety and respect in the workplace. Until now, the company’s response has been swift and retaliatory— attempting to silence workers by imposing unfair disciplinary actions, cutbacks on hours and even firings.
Walmart workers are calling for a massive strike on the retail industry’s most important shopping day of the year— Black Friday. Join us and support Walmart workers. Read the email we sent to our members after the jump and be sure to take action here.
Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests: Richard Kim, Executive Editor of The Nation magazine; Maya Wiley, Founder of the Center for Social Inclusion; Johnathan Cohn, Senior Editor at the New Republic Magazine; and Lizz Winstead, Co-Creator of The Daily Show — discuss what voters were saying when they cast their ballot for Obama. What will Obama's mandate be in the next four years? In other words, what do voters want the way 'forward' to look like?
What do you think voters want from Obama in the next four years? After you watch the video, leave us a comment and tell us what you think.More »
Last week, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) confirmed that it will rule on a case which threatens the core of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The case, brought forth by Shelby County, AL, specifically questions section 5 of the law and the constitutionality of Congress' 2006 decision to renew the legislation for an additional 25 years.
The Voting Rights Act is considered one of the most important and effective pieces of civil rights legislation and remains crucial to maintaining suffrage for people of color. Challenges to the law are not new, but the Court's acceptance of the case raises substantial concerns for voting rights advocates.
In his first post-Election Day interview, Congressman Paul Ryan offered a troubling explanation of President Obama's re-election when he stated, "the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.”More »
This election, right-wing attempts to limit the voting power of Black folks, elderly folks, and low-income communities was ruthless. From last-minute voting restrictions in Ohio, to misinformation and intimidation campaigns in Wisconsin — our right to vote was challenged at almost every turn.
In addition to GOP suppression efforts, the tragic events of Hurricane Sandy left many wondering what election turnout would be this year. On November 6, 2012 that question was answered as voter turnout in our communities hit record highs, again.More »
Bill O'Reilly spoke on Fox News Tuesday night, mourning America's changing demographics and apparent shift in political power.
In this brief clip, O'Reilly expresses a familiar paranoid frustration that we've seen throughout the election season. While his motives may be suspect, his point is not entirely wrong. People— indeed, all people— are "entitled to things."
I'd like to congratulate President Barack Obama on his re-election to our country's highest office. Throughout the election, the choice couldn't have been more clear. President Obama's commitment to fight for everyday people during his next term, stood in stark contrast to the failed economic and social policies of the other party.
Despite billions of dollars spent to keep our community away from the polls, once again, Black folks voted in record numbers to keep him in the White House.
But if we've learned anything over the last four years, it's that the things that we're fighting for—a fair economy, access to health care, less restrictions on voting, solutions to the housing crisis and criminal justice reform—won't happen without our continued pressure.More »
The re-election of President Obama was a major victory won by the tireless efforts of people of color. Strategic organizing, powerful determination, and record-breaking turnout fought back against months and months of voter suppression tactics.More »
Right-wing voter suppression group, True the Vote, was banned from "monitoring" election stations in Ohio. Controversy surrounding the group escalated today as the organization faces allegations of forging signatures, as HuffPost explains:
The Houston-based group, which is dedicated to challenging the legitimacy of voters it considers suspect, had its status as an official vote monitor denied in Franklin County, after the necessary number of candidates to assign poll observers withdrew their support for the group, according to the Dispatch.
Elections officials in Franklin County told the paper that some of application forms requesting observer status for the group's Ohio branch, the Voter Integrity Project, appeared to have supporting names that were falsified or forged.
Read the rest of the article here.More »
A women in Cuyahoga County, Ohio goes to vote at her regular voting station only to find that there is no record of her name. Watch the #VideoTheVote above and share.More »
UPDATE: The machine is now back in use after being recalibrated. It is now functioning properly.
An electronic voting machine in Pennsylvania has been removed after a video tape showed the machine registering a vote for Obama as a vote for Romney.
Watch the video above.
Tuesday, an article by ThinkProgress revealed the right-wing voter suppression group, True the Vote, may have committed a 5th degree felony by submitting unauthorized signatures in Franklin County, Ohio. Volunteers from the group were attempting to sign up as poll watchers in predominately African-American precincts. The article on ThinkProgress today explains:
Volunteers with True the Vote, a Tea Party group that claims it is trying to fight voter fraud by challenging the right of voters to vote, may have committed fraud themselves. Plunderbund, an Ohio-based political blog, reported Monday that members of the group attempted to sign up as poll observers in African American-heavy precincts in central Ohio, but may have forged signatures to do so.
Read the full article here. And don't forget to check the ColorOfChange blog for more Election Day news.More »
Registered voters in west and north Philadelphia are arriving at the polls to find their names absent from the rolls. As a result, voters are left with the option of voting provisionally or not voting at all, with a number of folks leaving in frustration. Provisional ballots can remain uncounted for as long as seven days after Election Day.
The independent weekly news source CityPaper has the details:
"We think it's a real concern," said a staffer at The Committee of Seventy, which monitors elections in Philadelphia. Voter ID, he says, is "not the central problem in Philadelphia today: [it's] the messy administration of this election. The phones are just ringing off the hook. We're fielding calls about people who are not in the polling books."
Some poll workers are not even instructing people that they can file provisional ballots...
"This is something we've never seen before," says Democratic 23rd ward committeewoman and poll watcher Lisa Starks, emphasizing that the names of even long time voters are not showing up.
To read the full story click here.
Internal Romney campaign documents, obtained by ThinkProgress, reveal the Romney campaign has been encouraging poll watchers in Iowa and Wisconsin to deceive election workers and the public. Training materials distributed by the Romney campaign contain false election information that could mislead voters.
Clearly, the agenda here is to decrease turnout by complicating the process. Read more after the jump.More »
UPDATE: 1/8/13 Wendy's fast food chain has cut down the hours of 100 workers to only 28 hrs/week, just below the 32 hrs/week required to qualify for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
UPDATE: 11/14/12 Murray Energy has fired 160 workers. Both Papa John's Pizza and Applebee's have threatened to fire workers due to Obama's re-election and the myth that the Affordable Care Act will cause excessive financial burdens.
High-profile Republican politicians and business owners have launched a coordinated effort to deliver votes to the GOP — by threatening workers' jobs.
Major companies such as Murray Energy, Rite-Hite, Wynn Resorts, and the Koch Brothers' Georgia-Pacific are leveraging intense pressure on their employees to vote against President Obama, or else. In the words of Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel: "The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration."More »
On the heels of a victory in getting billboards removed in Ohio and Wisconsin that dangerously discouraged members of our community from voting, ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson tells BET.com about the importance of voting and our obligation to fight back against voter intimidation:
We're making a strong push to mobilize Black voters in the last 6 days leading up to Election Day on November 6. We need people across the country to hear this message, and need your help to do it.More »
It's just days before the election and while some of us have spent months preparing for this moment, we still don't know exactly how November 6th will play out. That's why we need you to tell us. Long lines? Poll challengers? Great experience?
Sign up for Video the Vote and join the thousands of people filming their experience on Election Day. Then, share it with the world.More »