Kris Kobach — The Top 5 Things You Need to Know


Getting to Know the Author of Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Laws

AP/John HannaKris Kobach speaks to the Kansas House Elections Committee about voter fraud. Kobach is the architect of Arizona’s S.B. 1070 anti-immigrant legislation.

It’s time to get to know Kris Kobach, the author of Arizona’s S.B. 1070 law—which had a range of racial profiling features and was largely gutted by the Supreme Court yesterday. Unfortunately the one portion upheld by the Court may still encourage racial profiling by Arizona police during traffic stops and other minor infractions. Codifying racial profiling is essential to Kobach’s long-term strategy of “attrition through enforcement.” But just who is Kris Kobach, and what does he really believe?

Here are the top five things you should really know about Kobach:

1. He works for a racist hate group whose stated purpose is to reduce the number of people of color in the United States. Kris Kobach is counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute—the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which the Southern Poverty Law Center labels a hate group. Kobach’s boss at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, Michael Hethmon, openly argues that the United States’ transition to a country where the majority of its citizens are people of color will lead to violence. And the founder of Federation for American Immigration Reform, John Tanton, wrote, “I‘ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority and a clear one at that.”

2. He’s a virulently antigay bigot. Kobach uses divisive politics and has grouped gays and lesbians together with pedophiles. During his 2004 run for Congress, Kobach accused the Human Rights Campaign of promoting “homosexual pedophilia” in an attempt to smear him.

3. He’s a birther. In his bid for Kansas secretary of State, Kobach raised the question of whether President Barack Obama’s short-form birth certificate was sufficient to prove his citizenship. Later, when called on it, Kobach backtracked and said that he believed in the president’s citizenship but still maintained that questioning his birth certificate was valid.

4. He’s a self-serving opportunist. When Kobach takes his anti-immigrant show on the road, he makes a pile of money representing local communities, often running up huge bills. Kobach co-wrote anti-immigrant laws across the country, from Farmer’s Branch, Texas; to Fremont, Nebraska; to Prince William County, Virginia; to Hazelton, Pennsylvania; to Valley Park, Missouri; to Arizona; and Alabama. Kobach’s efforts have netted him more than $6.6 million in legal fees. And while serving as secretary of state in Kansas, Kobach appeared on out-of-state media at least 101 times in just one year, with an astonishing 31 appearances just on Lou Dobbs’ shows.

5. He’s antidemocracy. Kobach ran for Kansas chief elections officer on a flimsy voter fraud platform. Using nonexistent cases of alleged voter fraud as an excuse, Kobach pushed a law that will disenfranchise thousands of Kansans. He claimed that his voter ID law does not suppress the vote of citizens, and especially minority citizens, when in reality the opposite is true. After getting this law passed, Kobach did not take the steps necessary to make it possible for citizens who lacked an ID to get one for free, as the law required. This is no doubt one reason that Kobach’s approval rating among Kansans is in the tank at 32 percent.

This is the man behind Arizona’s S.B. 1070. He’s an opportunist earning millions of dollars while working for a racist hate group, which gives him a platform on hate TV and radio shows to peddle his reactionary vision for America. The next time similarly anti-immigrant legislation surfaces in state legislatures across our nation, see if Kris Kobach is behind the effort. Then you will know the real intent of the proposed law.

Anh Phan is the Anti-Hate Table Manager at the Center for American Progress

Meet ron deSantis … or go to ontheissues.org


so, compare contrast how republicans like desantis expect his constituents to live and how he as a member of congress lives ~ why Florida needs Andrew Gillum …

  • Build Keystone XL; it’s now passed environmental concerns. (Feb 2013)
  • No EPA expansion of regulated waters. (Jul 2014)
  • Opposes restrictions on gun purchases.
  • Endorsed Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2012)
  • Member of the Republican Study Committee. (Jan 2016)
  • Founding member of the House Freedom Caucus. (Jan 2017)
  • a pro-privatization stance on Social Security
  • Opposes federal stimulus spending
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act

for more on ron DeSantis on the issues go to : ontheissues.org

Sinclair Broadcast Group~ Brandi Collins-Dexter, Color Of Change ~ SBG


Pro-Trump media giant Sinclair Broadcast Group wants to bring racist news stories into your living room.

Invest in our movement to stop their TV takeover!

FUND OUR FIGHT

Hi Friends,

I just wanted to make sure you saw this message we sent out last week about our plans to stop the pro-Trump takeover of our local news stations. Almost 750 people have donated to help us keep fighting Sinclair Broadcast Group. Take a look at this email and join them! 

Until justice is real,

–Brandi

——

Dear Friends,

“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy”

That was the line about “fake news” dozens of local news anchors were forced to repeat across the country a few weeks ago, in a parrot-like mimic of Trump’s constant attacks on the media. The line was part of a speech scripted by the channels’ ultra-conservative owners, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

To me, what’s “extremely dangerous to our democracy” is the fact that Sinclair Broadcast Group, which already owns local news channels that reach 40% of U.S. households, is about to buy another media company and expand their reach to 72% of our homes. We need your support to stop this from happening. Will you invest $1 in our campaign against Sinclair today?

This is a big fight to take on, but here’s some reasons why I believe we can win:

 

1. We’ve won before

In 2017, after over 2 years of campaigning, we got Bill O’Reilly’s show cancelled from Fox News. O’Reilly had a history of spreading racist narratives and attacking Black people, even insulting Rep. Maxine Waters live on TV.1

But after gathering 340,000 petition signatures, organizing rallies outside his studio, and the sexual harassment allegations that emerged against him, we finally got O’Reilly cancelled for good.2

We can beat Sinclair, just like we beat O’Reilly. Invest $1 today so we can keep funding that battle.

 

2. We’ve got numbers

Almost 30,000 of you have already signed our petition against Sinclair, demanding that local advertisers cut ties with the company.

If every person who signed our petition donated $1, we’d have more than enough resources to keep this fight going to the end. Will you chip in your $1 today?

 

3. We’re making big plans

We’ve got a full-time researcher on the case to dive deep and figure out who Sinclair’s top advertisers are, so we can pressure them into pulling their ads. Local news stations depend on advertising to survive, and if we can get enough advertisers to pull out, it will create huge pressure on Sinclair to drop their big merger.

We’re on the verge of finding Sinclair’s weak spots, but we need money to keep funding our research. Throw in $1 so our researcher can find the information she needs for us to beat Sinclair.

The Sinclair threat goes beyond planting Trump’s words in so many American homes. We also know that Black people are disproportionately impacted when local news gets pushed further to the right. In a report commissioned by Color Of Change, we found that local and national media consistently use anti-Black stereotypes, such as being on welfare or lacking family stability, in their reporting.3

When people hear these anti-Black reports on the “unbiased” news, it reinforces their racism. Worse, it allows politicians to play on those same stereotypes when making policies such as increased policing in Black communities and cuts to safety net programs like Medicare and food stamps.

We have research, numbers and past big wins on our side. We can beat Sinclair’s big merger. But only if we have the funds to do so. If you care about keeping Sinclair’s pro-Trump, anti-Black news out of our living rooms, invest $1 to keep us going today.

Until justice is real,

–Brandi, Arisha, Rashad, Evan, Jade, Johnny, Future, Corina, Chad, Mary, Angela, Saréya, Eesha, Scott and the rest of the Color Of Change team


References:

    1. “Rep. Maxine Waters claps back at Bill O’Reilly after hair insult”, USAToday, 28 March 2017, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/37124?t=11&akid=11059%2E1174326%2EJ39JY-
    2. “Bill O’Reilly is done”, Color Of Change, 21 April 2017, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/37125?t=14&akid=11059%2E1174326%2EJ39JY-
    3. “A Dangerous Distortion of Our Families”, Travis L. Dixon, December 2017, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/33252?t=16&akid=11059%2E1174326%2EJ39JY-

Tell Congress: Pregnant Workers Should Not Be Forced to Risk TheirHealth


Pregnant&deniedToday’s front page New York Times story, “Miscarrying at Work: The Physical Toll of Pregnancy Discrimination,” features our client, Tasha Murrell, who bravely shares her story. The piece brings to light the egregious workplace conditions and discrimination of female–especially pregnant–workers at an XPO Logistics’ Warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee.
ABB has been fighting for women like Tasha every day since our founding and we are glad that today’s New York Times piece further shines a spotlight on this incredibly important issue. It’s unacceptable that, under the law, many pregnant workers in 2018 aren’t able to get the immediate relief they need to stay healthy on the job. A 2012 Op-Ed in the New York Times, by Dina Bakst, ABB’s Co-Founder and Co-President, inspired the push for the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), and we are leading the fight in states to pass similar measures, including in the South.

Every pregnant worker in America deserves a clear right to accommodation. Tasha’s and her coworkers’ experiences demonstrate the urgency of this legislation–no pregnant worker should have to choose between her paycheck and a healthy pregnancy.

This powerful New York Times story is a CALL TO ACTION–send a letter to your Senator today urging co-sponsorship of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

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