Call the Charlottesville Police Department and demand justice #DROPTHECHARGES for Deandre NOW


DeAndre Harris was brutally beat by white supremacists in Charlottesville and is now facing felony charges. 

Commonwealth Attorney Warner D. Chapman must drop charges against DeAndre Harris now! 

TAKE ACTION!

 

DeAndre Harris, a young Black man, 20 years old, was brutally beaten by six white supremacists during the Charlottesville attacks in August. He is now being charged with felony charges of “unlawful wounding” by an accuser who Charlottesville police have yet to identify. The accuser, who is believed to be a member of a white supremacist group, is using this charge as a form of retaliation against DeAndre Harris.

DeAndre Harris, a victim, is being charged with a crime, while the white supremacists who beat him until he was bloody remain free.

The white supremacist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia in August is another painful and ugly stain in the U.S. It is a constant reminder that white violence and the vicious attacks on Black folks are seen as a common practice with no accountability. With a White House led by Trump and Sessions who promote and push an agenda that criminalizes and silences Black communities and communities of color, it’s no surprise right-wing, white supremacists are emboldened to act violently. When Trump referred to the attacks in Charlottesville, he said “there is blame on both sides”. By pressing charges against DeAndre Harris, the Commonwealth’s Attorney is both agreeing with and supporting Trump’s racist statements. The Commonwealth’s Attorney is choosing to blame and press charges against people on “both sides”. However, there is only one side that is guilty here– and that’s the white supremacists and klansmen who were in Charlottesville holding tiki torches, chanting racist antics, and running cars into crowds of people.

Join us in demanding that Commonwealth Attorney Warner D. Chapman immediately drop all charges against DeAndre Harris.

The accuser is saying that Harris instigated the fight. However, video footage clearly shows differently. Harris was actually attacked after police dispersed the August 12th white nationalist rally. Our communities deserve justice. The criminal justice system continues to lock up and kill Black people at alarming rates without impunity. Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Warner D. Chapman must do the right thing and drop the charges. As the chief law enforcement officer, it is vital that he uses his leadership to heal communities inflicted by this violence in Charlottesville.

This morning, DeAndre turned himself in to the Charlottesville Police Department and was released. This means that we still have time to get his charges dropped, we need your support now to make sure all charges are dropped before a court date is scheduled. 

We all need to stand up together in order to get these charges dropped immediately.

Sign the petition.

Until justice is real,

Rashad, Arisha, Scott, Kristen, Clarise, Anay, Enchanta, Malaya,Katrese, and the rest of the Color Of Change team

2017 Election Calendar and Results: 7 Special Congressional and State Elections


NOV. 7 
Utah Special House Election
To replace Jason Chaffetz, who resigned from Congress on June 30, in the Third Congressional District.
New Jersey
Governor, state legislature and mayor
Virginia
Governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state legislature
New York
New York City mayor, city council and municipal offices. Statewide referendum.
Maine
Statewide questions
Ohio
Statewide ballot measure
Georgia
Atlanta mayor

White Supremacy in the White House ~ Donna De La Cruz, Reform Immigration FOR America


Reform Immigration FOR America

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The White House just released a list of “immigration principles and policies,” the foundation for Trump’s plans for immigrants in the United States, and it’s sickening. It reads like a white supremacist wish list, demonizing immigrants and attacking communities of color.

Trump keeps pushing a white supremacist agenda, and we need to fight him every step of the way. Call the White House comment line at 888-907-5441 and tell them that Trump’s attacks on immigrants are unacceptable.

At a moment when Trump should be working with Congress to secure protections for 800,000 young Americans at risk of losing their DACA status after he terminated the program, here’s what Trump is doing instead:

  • Demanding money to build his expensive and ineffective border wall.
  • Demanding money to hire 10,000 more ICE agents who will ramp up detentions and deportations that tear families apart.
  • Attacking the sanctuary cities that protect the members of their communities, harshly penalizing them if they don’t comply with his new rules.
  • Cracking down on the undocumented workers that help revitalize America’s economy (while he, his children, and other wealthy CEOs continue to ship good jobs overseas).

Trump doesn’t care about the real contributions immigrants make to our economy, and he doesn’t care about the families and communities he’s destroying with his harsh enforcement practices. But we won’t let him do this. And if we stand together, we will win, because love will always triumph over hate.

Let’s flood the White House comment line today. Call 888-907-5441 and tell Trump that you reject his principles of hate.

Thanks for taking action,

Donna De La Cruz
Reform Immigration FOR America

Friday the 13th …


To be sure, we have all thought about the history of Friday the 13… right

just another rant …

 I think we have all used it as an excuse, but if you take everything our POTUS has had to address over the last eight years you hope that other superstition about everything happening in sevens is right around the corner.  The 114th and now the 115th Congress, controlled by Republicans meets less, holds more hearings all paid for by taxpayers, debates and votes on legislation that does NOT always support their constituents or their best interests. They are the epitome of what Friday the 13 is all about and while voters were warned, we had eight years of experiencing the wrath of the party of no … why? because people continue to stay home instead of exercising their right to vote … #MidTermsMatter

In addition, the 2017 calendar is giving us 2 Friday the 13ths which happens more often than not but reports are that our fellow Americans in the northeast apparently get more snow blizzards with extreme cold … which can lead to flooding, while the NW is experiencing more than enough rain to make up for some drought

We must all remember that this is not only disaster weather season it is also when Republicans go into full campaign mode.  We used to think that government is there when all else has failed.  The fact is the Party of No says one thing does another hoping the voter sees nothing.  Unfortunately, unlike the tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding that happens mostly Republican States, we see the disaster that seems atypical of the Republican Party of No. We all need to question those States with Republicans in control who have not in my opinion invested enough money or effort in making sure all their constituents are safe, have an emergency plan, a place to go or transportation to evacuate. Though, if you listen they want and advocate less government, less taxes, less debt, less spending unless their state needs money to plug their budgets or women who dare want need reproductive rights …  just a few of several examples of why in this election year people need to be more aware.

We all know a vote for Rand Paul is a vote for going back in time when a certain group treated Women and Minorities like things or inanimate objects. In fact, the current class and culture warfare is enough to see why we the People should not vote for any Republican until they stop the racism, discrimination and that family values platform that takes women back to a time when being seen but not heard and producing babies all the time was the norm. It is not a healthy way to live and all I have heard from Republicans are unhealthy attitudes toward women, gays, children, and people of colour, who they really want to control and or disenfranchise at the ballot box. We only have to look at the number of brown and black men in our jails and or prisons, who more often than not are charged excessively compared to white defendants.

I think we all agree that this has to be the worse time or moment to be President of the US yet, if folks would do their research, the improvements or changes are moving us into the right direction but change takes time.  Though we all heard about the meetings and requests for money from Wall Street and Banks by Republicans as reported by talking heads on cable or hearing Speaker Boehner made a visit and held a presser which showed him shaking hands with one if not both Koch brothers.

Speaking of Money, it is important to be reminded of the stimulus, which Republicans voted down but knew they were all going to get for “their” constituents anyway, gave out big checks and took credit for the money while bashing and stating the Obama Administration is spending excessively.  Who knew that Republican Governors would plug their budgets, give the stimulus to their “special interest groups”, or make big bold statements at ribbon cuttings. I guess it should have been obvious to us that Republicans had an agenda that included eliminating social programs or persons employed by the State or Federal government. They say the best middle class jobs are created by small business people but the fact is most are public service positions.  It is important to remind folks that Republicans say stop spending, stop entitlements and continue to be the Party of No while being pro-Wall Street, pro-Banks; maybe doing backroom deals or fund-raising with folks like the Koch bros for the upcoming elections; in spite of We the People.  The question is …why if in the right state of mind anyone would vote Republicans into Political Office in the upcoming midterms knowing that it will be bringing back the status quo. The change in 2014 means voting for members of Congress who will have the courage in this vile environment to put People before Profit and Party, at this moment it is a Democratic Party. We all know that did not happen so our next attempt to get the positive change we need is to vote for the Democratic Party all down the ballot in 2016.

In my utopia, among the obvious those wanting to be in public service would be required to believe in equal rights for everyone, true Reforms of entities that gamble while creating products meant to fail that impact or demolish our economy locally and globally.

Nevertheless, that is just my dream and ok, it’s Friday the 13th