September 24, 2013 / BY KIM LEHMKUHL Yelp! joins ALEC in midst of Zimmerman murder trial

Yelp! chose to become a private sector member of ALEC (and a member of ALEC's Civil Justice Task Force) as recently as June 28 of this year. This has since been confirmed by Yelp!'s Director of Public Policy, Luther Lowe, who also admitted on Twitter that he "can't ignore" the damage ALEC has done.

Why would Yelp! voluntarily seek to join an organization with ALEC's well-documented track record of attacks on the fundamental rights of Black folks and other people of color — particularly after more than 50 other private sector members have chosen to cease funding ALEC and publicly disassociate themselves from the group?

Today, ColorOfChange is launching a new site that makes it easy to "Tell Yelp! No," and will deliver users' comments directly to Yelp!'s CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. Take a moment to let Yelp! know what you think of its decision to fund ALEC now.

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July 18, 2013 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Stopping the next Zimmerman

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, ColorOfChange has just launched a campaign urging elected officials to show leadership by stopping "Shoot First" laws — known to supporters as "Stand Your Ground" laws — which undermine public safety and senselessly put the lives of Black youth in jeopardy. We all are deeply hurt by Trayvon's killing and George Zimmerman's acquittal. However, we have an opportunity to harness our outrage and energy to demand that these laws are abolished now, or we will continue to see more Trayvon’s — not just in Florida, but also in the 31 other states with similar deadly laws.

Following the murder of Trayvon one year ago, tens of thousands of ColorOfChange members raised their voices against these racially discriminatory laws. These laws have been spread around the country by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their deep-pocketed supporters at the National Rifle Association (NRA). Since the launch of our campaign, more than 50 corporations and dozens of legislator have dropped their support for the shadowy corporate lobby, but these laws continue to threaten public safety, especially for Black people.

The movement is growing, but we need you to raise your voice with us. Read the email we sent to our members, and join us in dismantling these dangerous and deadly laws and help us hold those who want to keep them on the books accountable.

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July 14, 2013 / BY JAMAR HOOKS George Zimmerman acquitted on all charges

The admitted fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman last spring ignited a national debate on racial profiling and the criminalization of Black youth. Today, Zimmerman is a free man after he was acquitted of all charges by a mostly-white jury in Seminole County, Florida.

We're still fighting for justice for Trayvon — and we need your help. Together, we can turn our grief and frustration into a movement to hold the criminal justice system accountable. We're calling on US Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division to bring federal charges against Zimmerman. Read the email we sent to our members, and join the movement to end the senseless violence perpetrated by vigilantes and police due to racial profiling.

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February 25, 2013 / BY LYLA BUGARA One year after Trayvon's killing, we're still growing the movement

One year ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was unjustly pursued and killed while walking home from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida. For weeks after Trayvon's murder, police failed to take his shooter, George Zimmerman, into custody. This lack of accountability was a tragic reminder of the racism persistent in the criminal justice system and it sparked a national outrage. ColorOfChange members and our allies, have worked tirelessly to demand justice for Trayvon, and an end to Shoot First laws — the laws used to protect Trayvon's killer from justice. As a result of these efforts, Zimmerman may stand trial in June. But even with a trial date planned, we must continue to demand justice.

In honor of Trayvon's life, ColorOfChange has created a video calling on all of us to redouble our efforts in the fight for Trayvon. Watch the video above and share it with family and friends.

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January 09, 2013 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Rashad Robinson: "We understand that the NRA doesn't do its work alone"

ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson appeared on Current TV's The War Room Friday to discuss our campaign urging ALEC's corporate funders to take a stand against profit-driven gun violence. Thanks to ALEC's deep, decades-long relationship with the NRA, a hard push to enact "model" bills designed to expand the gun market — at any cost — has long been a cornerstone of ALEC's legislative agenda.

ALEC is the driving force behind the infamous "gun show loophole" widely discussed in the 1990s, more accurately described as a private sale loophole. In over 30 states, the loophole permits anyone who isn't a licensed firearms dealer to sell an unlimited number of guns with no criminal background check or mental health check — and with no real liability for making sales to straw purchasers engaged in gun trafficking. Unsurprisingly, ALEC's loophole now drives 40% of all gun sales in the United States.

ALEC's work to ensure that as many people purchase as many guns as possible, knowing that more guns mean more homicide, is why we're demanding that corporations cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council. Watch the video above and join our campaign.

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January 04, 2013 / BY JOHNNY MATHIAS Tell ALEC's corporate funders to stop sanctioning profit-driven gun violence

For decades, the NRA and ALEC have worked hand in glove to pass legislation designed to increase gun sales — regardless of the human cost. In the wake of the shooting tragedy in Newtown, the NRA has unabashedly called for even more guns in our communities, recommitting itself to blocking commonsense efforts to reduce gun violence.

That's why today ColorOfChange launched a campaign highlighting ALEC's relationship with the NRA and renewing our call to ALEC's corporate funders to cut ties with the group. It's time these corporations draw the line: continuing to fund ALEC helps push NRA-drafted gun access laws that devastate our communities, and elevates gun industry profits over human lives.

Check out the email we sent to ColorOfChange members today, and join us here.

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November 30, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Black teenager killed over loud music, echoes Trayvon case

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.

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September 28, 2012 / BY KIM LEHMKUHL Rashad Robinson on ALEC's "free-market enterprise" con

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — the corporate "bill mill" known primarily for pushing discriminatory voter ID laws through statehouses across the country — is bleeding members. Since ColorOfChange began drawing attention to ALEC's voter suppression efforts last year, 40 major corporations and 70 state legislators have publicly disavowed any relationship with the group.

In the midst of this PR disaster, ALEC is grasping at straws to try to polish its image. Last week, Executive Director Ron Scheberle tried to convince readers of the San Francisco Chronicle that ALEC is a natural ally of tech startups and small-business entrepreneurs. Scheberle failed to mention that ALEC continually pushes legislation designed to protect entrenched special interests by killing off the competition.

Today, the Chronicle is featuring ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson's response to Scheberle's op-ed, and to ALEC's cynical attempts to whitewash its record.

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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 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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