A message from John Lewis … a repost and reminder … Rest In Peace Sir


Decades after I marched in Selma, I’m watching injustice rear its ugly head again.

I didn’t shed blood on the bridge in Selma for my right to vote — just to let this President and Russia’s President poison our elections.

I didn’t get beaten by angry mobs for my right to vote — just so this President could appoint a Supreme Court Justice that would eliminate our rights.

And my dear friends didn’t die in protest of inequality — just to watch this President treat our immigrant brothers and sisters like criminals.

After violence between neo-Nazis and good people in Charlottesville, I witnessed this President place equal blame on both sides. I simply won’t stomach that — If you can’t stomach it either will you donate $5 and join me?

I watched this President rip newborn infants from their mothers’ arms, put them into cages, and leave them separated for weeks on end. I refuse to let his reign of terror continue — If you’re with me, will you donate $5?31

I witnessed this President cower before a foreign adversary and invite further interference in our democratic process. I think our leaders should protect our country from all threats — foreign and domestic — Will you donate $5 if you agree?

This President is an enemy to the democracy I spilled blood to protect.

He must be stopped. And we are the only people who can stop him.

If — and only if — we band together, will we save our democracy. None of us can do it alone. I know better than anyone it takes a movement of people taking a stand.

Democracy depends on us,

Congressman John Lewis

 

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Sinclair Broadcast Group~ Brandi Collins-Dexter, Color Of Change ~ SBG ~ repost and please donate


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

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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-

Invest in our fight to #StopSinclair!


Sinclair Media Group has the potential to be more dangerous than Fox News. We’re possibly days away from an FCC decision that may allow Sinclair’s acquisition of the Tribune Media Company, which would allow Sinclair to pump their right-wing propaganda masquerading as trusted local news into 72% of U.S. homes. Even worse, Sinclair could use their propaganda machine to tip the scales for conservative candidates in elections across the country this year. We can’t allow this to happen. Will you invest in our campaign against Sinclair today?

To stop Sinclair from negatively impacting key 2018 elections, we need to move fast. If we can push local businesses that rely on Black dollars to pull advertising from Sinclair stations, we can force Sinclair to return editorial control to trusted local journalists. While Sinclair might be a huge company, each local station relies on local advertisers to stay profitable. If we can get key local leaders and advertisers to fight Sinclair, we can stop the flow of right-wing propaganda ahead of these key elections.

We need your support now to help us fight back against this right-wing takeover of our local media. With your help we’ll:

    • Support and work with news directors actively fighting back against Sinclair
    • Pay for researchers to identify the most important congressional races where Sinclair might have undue influence and push businesses that rely on Black dollars to pull advertising from those stations
    • Empower communities to organize against Sinclair stations that will have significant impacts on key elections this year. This is a critical election year and we can’t afford to lose seats in Congress because of Sinclair’s propaganda

The Sinclair threat goes beyond influencing elections. 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.

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 (or more) to keep us going today.

Change Of Color

NAACP Silent Protest Parade, New York City 7/28/1917


The National Association of the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Silent Protest Parade, also known as the Silent March, was held in New York City on Saturday, July 28, 1917, on 5th Avenue. This parade came about because the violence acted upon African Americans, including the race riots, lynching, and outages in Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, and other states.

One incident in particular, the East St. Louis Race Riot, also called the East St. Louis Massacre, was a major catalyst of the silent parade. This horrific event drove close to six thousand blacks from their own burning homes and left several hundred dead.

James Weldon Johnson, the second vice president of the NAACP, brought together other civil rights leaders who gathered at St. Phillips Church in New York to plan protest strategies. None of the group wanted a mass protest, yet all agreed that a silent protest through the streets of the city could spark the idea of racial reform and an end to the violence. Johnson remembered the idea of a silent protest from A NAACP Conference in 1916 when Oswald Garrison Villard suggested it. All the organizations agreed that this parade needed to be comprised of the black citizens, rather than a racially-mixed gathering. They argued that as the principal victims of the violence, African Americans had a special responsibility to participate in this, the first major public protest of racial violence in U.S. history.

The parade went south down 5th Avenue, moved to 57th Street and then to Madison Square. It brought out nearly ten thousand black women, men, and children, who all marched in silence. Johnson urged that the only sound to be heard would be the “the sound of muffled drums.” Children, dressed in white, led the protest, followed by women behind, also dressed in white. Men followed at the rear, dressed in dark suits.

The marchers carried banners and posters stating their reasons for the march. Both participants and onlookers remarked that this protest was unlike any other seen in the city and the nation.  There were no chants, no songs, just silence. As those participating in the parade continued down the streets of New York, black Boy Scouts handed out flyers to those watching that described the NAACP’s struggle against segregation, lynching, and discrimination, as well as other forms of racist oppression.

James Weldon Johnson wrote in his 1938 autobiography, Along This Way, that “the streets of New York have witnessed many strange sites, but I judge, never one stranger than this; among the watchers were those with tears in their eyes.”

Sources:
Jessie Carney Smith, Linda T. Wynn, Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience (Visible Ink Press, 2009); James Weldon Johnson, Along This Way:  The Autobiography of James Weldon Johnson (New York: Penguin Classics, 2008); James Barron, “A History of Making Protest Messages Heard, Silently,” The New York Times (June 2012); “Snippet From History #2: The Negro Silent Protest of 1917,” http://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/2013/02/28/snippet-from-history-2-the-negro-silent-protest-of-1917/; “The Negro Silent Protest Parade,”

https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/maai2/forward/text4/silentprotest.pdf.