Since more than 86,000 ColorOfChange.org members called on MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan there has been no sign of the right-wing correspondent on the airwaves. Last week, we delivered more than 275,000 petition signatures to MSNBC from ColorOfChange and CREDO Action members. But MSNBC refuses to say whether Buchanan will return, and they seem to think they can hide him away for a while and let this blow over.
In the Media
For anyone who thought legal disenfranchisement was a thing of the past, think again. The 2012 campaign season -- which will pick up speed in the wake of the elections held around the country today -- may well bring the harshest attack on voting rights in decades. A blitz of new voter identification restrictions have flooded state legislatures, threatening to disenfranchise millions of voters who don't have the money, transportation or paperwork to secure necessary IDs. A report from the Brennan Center for Justice finds that the majority of these voters are from groups traditionally viewed as part of the Democratic base. But whatever their party affiliation, the new legislation stands to limit the participation of millions of African-American, Latino, young and elderly voters.
Late last week ColorOfChange urged members to participate in "Move Your Money Day" on November 5, 2011. The push on Saturday was part of an ongoing international campaign to get as many people as possible to move their money from large corporate banks to local banks and credit unions.
ColorofChange.org members consistently pressured Congress to eliminate the disparity in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine offenses, so recent news of a halt in prison population growth is of particular importance to our community. Low-income Black and Latino communities have been devastated by discriminatory drug policies -- policies that have contributed to placing in one in nine Black men between the ages of 20 and 34 behind bars. Victories in the past year have begun to turn the tide.
Welcome to the new blog! Today's launch is part of our ongoing effort to provide the ColorOfChange community with opportunities to be in conversation with our staff and each other. We have a six-year track record if engaging you in rapid response online campaigns that have lasting impact, and we see this blog as yet another path to advancing political power for Black America and our allies.
Power & Voice
Color Of Change Responds to Reports that FCC’s Pai Will Scrap Net Neutrality: “This is an attack on 21st century civil rights.”
Chairman Pai’s plan to gut the FCC’s net neutrality rules will devastate Black communities. Net neutrality is essential to protecting our free and open Internet, which has been crucial to today’s fights for civil rights and equality.
The New York Times
We can turn our presence into power.
When Fox News failed to hold former anchor Bill O’ Reilly accountable for his prejudicial banter on the network, Color Of Change, a racial justice advocacy group, decided to organize against O’Reilly and his plaftform.
Companies like United, IBM, and Delta promote themselves as champions of diversity and inclusion. So why have they been bankrolling a television star who, in the span of just one week, earned headlines for sexually harassing female colleagues and mocking
Power & Voice
“Today Senate Republicans voted to turn back the clock on our country by confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is a dangerous and reckless pick. As a federal judge he even went so far as to condone a trucking company which argued that a Black employee should have remained with a broken trailer and risk freezing to death rather than leaving to protect himself. From our right to vote to reproductive rights, Gorsuch’s lifetime appointment poses a grave threat to our freedoms."
“As horrifying as these new revelations of sexual harassment are, no advertiser can claim it’s the first time they’re hearing about O’Reilly’s long, documented history of sexism and racism. From physically abusing his ex-wife and sexually harassing one of his producers to lying about being attacked during the 1992 Los Angeles riots and denigrating Congresswoman Maxine Waters on-air, Bill O’Reilly’s track record of sexual harassment and race baiting is hardly a secret.