When you didn’t read the bill … and it cost your state $3billion

CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The GOP voted to strip millions of their health care yesterday, and some in the media covered it like a sporting event. Several Republicans aren’t even sure of what they voted for — like Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), who didn’t realize the bill would cost his state $3 billion.

on this day 5/11 1995 – The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.

0330 – Constantinople, previously the town of Byzantium, was founded.

1573 – Henry of Anjou became the first elected king of Poland.

1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor.

1689 – French and English naval battle takes place at Bantry Bay.

1745 – French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army at Fontenoy.

1792 – The Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray.

1812 – British prime Minster Spencer Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.

1816 – The American Bible Society was formed in New York City.

1857 – Indian mutineers seized Delhi from the British.

1858 – Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.

1860 – Giuseppe Garibaldi landed at Marsala, Sicily.

1889 – Major Joseph Washington Wham takes charge of $28,000 in gold and silver to pay troops at various points in the Arizona Territory. The money was stolen in a train robbery.

1894 – Workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Illinois went on strike.

1910 – Glacier National Park in Montana was established.

1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

1934 – A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a “Dust Bowl.” The storm was one of many.

1944 – A major offensive was launched by the allied forces in central Italy.

1947 – The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.

1949 – Siam changed its name to Thailand.

1960 – Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.

1967 – The siege of Khe Sanh ended.

1985 – More than 50 people died when a flash fire swept a soccer stadium in Bradford, England.

1995 – The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.

1996 – An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades. All 110 people on board were killed.

1997 – Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM’s chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion player.

1998 – India conducted its first underground nuclear tests, three of them, in 24 years. The tests were in violation of a global ban on nuclear testing.

1998 – A French mint produced the first coins of Europe’s single currency. The coin is known as the euro.

2001 – U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his decision to approve a 30-day delay of the execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh had been scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2001. The delay was because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had failed to disclose thousands of documents to McVeigh’s defense team. (Oklahoma)

Investigate Trump’s ties to Russia

Trump is undermining U.S. democracy


Demand Congress to start an independent commission to investigate Trump’s, Pence’s and all senior aides’ ties to Russia.



Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn just resigned after he was caught in a lie about communication with Russia.1

But here’s the scary, yet unsurprising, part: Trump’s administration knew Flynn lied about Russia an entire MONTH ago. And leaks from Trump aides say the only reason Trump pushed him out was because of news stories about the incident.2 Things were so bad, that Flynn was under threat of being BLACKMAILED by the Russian government.3 Trump is putting our country’s safety and democracy at risk. Now isn’t the time to let him and his fascist administration’s lies go unchecked.

It’s past time for Congress to investigate Trump’s administration–and they need to do it NOW before it’s too late.

Tell Congress: Start an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.

This is first and foremost about democracy. While Trump is lying about millions of voter fraud cases, the real threat to our democracy is  Putin’s involvement in our election and Russia’s illicit ties to Trump and his administration. But even more threatening is Congress’ refusal to do anything about it. Black people have fought to make our democracy real and we won’t stand for any threats, foreign or domestic, to our ability to participate in free and fair elections.

There’s too much evidence pointing to a cover-up of what could be acts of treason by Trump’s administration. Let alone the terrifying reality that Trump and the Russian government might have rigged the 2016 presidential election.  During the 2016 presidential campaign, phone records indicate that members from Trump’s campaign team had repeated contact with senior Russian officials a year before the election.4 Even Trump said at a campaign rally that “he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.”5 More disturbing, a report released publicly in January by U.S. intelligence agencies revealed that the Russian government intervened in the presidential election.6 And now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who campaigned aggressively for Trump, is refusing to remove himself from any role that would involve an investigation.7 But Congress has a unique opportunity to once and for all stand up to Trump and his illegitimate presidency.

Demand Congress investigate Trump and restore the integrity of democracy back into the hands of the people.

We certainly cannot rely on Senate Republicans to do any investigation. A transparent, fair and honest investigation should be:

  • run by an independent commission that can formulate a much broader and deeper investigation than the Senate Republicans on the Intelligence Committee.
  • contain public hearings that require testimony from President Trump, Vice President Pence, Attorney General Sessions and other top aides in the Trump administration.
  • and should force the administration to release all relevant tapes, documents, and records.

What the Trump Administration is doing is more than an insult — it’s an injustice. For every battle to dismantle Jim Crow and abolish “separate but equal” laws, to make sure a person has the right to vote, to earn a fair wage, to gain access to quality education, to hold police and prosecutors accountability, to live and love freely, Black people have been on the frontlines. Too many people will suffer from Trump’s attack on our democracy — we can’t let that happen.

Congress can no longer pretend there’s a real leader in the White House. This has gone on long enough.

Sign the petition. 

Until justice is real,

Rashad, Arisha, Scott, Anay, Clarise, and the rest of the Color Of Change team


  1. “GOP Senate Intel Member: Exhaustive investigation into Trump-Russia connections needed following Flynn resignation, ” CNN, 02.14.2017.  http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7476?t=9&akid=7436.1174326.5SsE1E

  2. “Flynn’s Downfall Sprang From ‘Eroding Level of Trust’,” The New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7477?t=12&akid=7436.1174326.5SsE1E
  3. “White House was warned Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia, ” CNN, 02.14.2017 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7478?t=14&akid=7436.1174326.5SsE1E
  4. “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence, New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7479?t=16&akid=7436.1174326.5SsE1E

  5. “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence, New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7479?t=18&akid=7436.1174326.5SsE1E

  6. “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence, New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7479?t=20&akid=7436.1174326.5SsE1E

  7. “Jeff Sessions Resists Pressure to Remove Himself in Russia Inquiries, New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7480?t=22&akid=7436.1174326.5SsE1E

Indigenous territories are being subject to violence and the rights of indigenous communities threatened

“Where are we going to live? If our homes are destroyed, what future awaits our upcoming generations?”
– Ronald Suárez, Shipibo indigenous activist

Ronald Suárez Maynas, president of the Shipibo Conibo Xetebo Council, outlined the serious threats facing the Peruvian Amazon during the 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The indigenous communications expert from the Shipibo people demanded that the Peruvian government guarantee and expedite processes of communal land titling, put the brakes on natural resource extraction, and suspend all mega-projects that pose a threat to uncontacted indigenous communities, especially projects tainted by corruption.

Suárez explained before the Permanent Forum how indigenous territories are being subject to violence and the rights of indigenous communities threatened. He demanded that governments, in particular the Peruvian government, recognize the self-determination of his indigenous people.


In Memory of Bob Marley … 5/11/1981


Bob Marley’s Empire

Though Bob Marley died of melanoma on May 11, 1981, the singer’s popularity remains alive as ever. His ongoing celebrity has helped Marley’s estate continue to make money (according to Forbes magazine, Marley earned $21 million in 2015, making him the deceased star with the fourth-highest income; proceeds go to his 11 children and his widow). While some of these earnings were from music — more than 75 million of his albums have been sold — Marley’s post-mortem income also reached the stratosphere because his name and image are now used in numerous business endeavors. Here are some of the most interesting products that are tied to the artist and his legacy.