Dear JP Morgan Chase and Stripe: Sign The Petition


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Here is the Petition:

Dear JP Morgan Chase and Stripe:In October 2020, Color Of Change called on JP Morgan Chase and Stripe to cease and desist processing donations to Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal defense fund. Just three months later, these same corporations have once again decided to finance and mobilize white nationalist violence and terrorism by processing donations to Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio. JP Morgan Chase and Stripe consciously and continually prioritize profit over Black lives and public safety. 

We are demanding that JP Morgan Chase and Stripe immediately cease payment processing for Enrique Tarrio on the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo, permanently ban accounts associated with the Proud Boys or any white nationalist hate group, and desist from further servicing GiveSendGo and other white nationalist hate sites. 

As the world’s most widely used online payment processing services, JP Morgan Chase and Stripe have the power and ethical responsibility to shut down cash flow to white supremacists. Black lives depend on it, and your stated commitments to stop profiting from white nationalist hatred and violence command it. 


Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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Demand That JP Morgan Chase and Stripe Cut Ties with GiveSendGo – Sign The Petition


Demand That JP Morgan Chase and Stripe Cut Ties with #GiveSendGo and Shut Down Cash Flow to Proud Boys Leader, Enrique Tarrio!

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, the Proud Boys stormed the United States Capitol building with clear intentions of intimidating D.C. residents, starting conflict to advance their racist agenda, and lethally threatening anyone that stood in their way. Once again, JP Morgan Chase and Stripe financedmobilized, and even profited from these acts of white domestic terrorism. 

Earlier this week, Enrique Tarrio was arrested and charged with property destruction and possession of two high-capacity firearms. On December 12th, the Proud Boys leader torched a Black Lives Matter banner belonging to Asbury United Methodist Church—a historic Black church in Washington, D.C.—and on January 4th returned “armed and ready” to intimidate Black people and incite racial violence at Wednesday’s “Overturn the Election” rally.

Within hours of Enrique Tarrio’s arrest, GiveSendGo began using JP Morgan Chase (through WePay) and Stripe to process donations for his legal defense and related white nationalist causes—such as medical assistance for any Proud Boys injured while assaulting protestors and travel expenses for those seeking to attend the “Stop the Steal” event or other white nationalist rallies. In the past 48 hours alone, GiveSendGo has raised nearly $300,000 for the Proud Boys. 

JP Morgan Chase and Stripe have an ethical duty and moral responsibility to shut down cash flow to white supremacists. According to Stripe’s Terms and Conditions any organization that “engages in, encourages, promotes, or celebrates unlawful violence to any group based on race…” must be restricted from using the platform. While JP Morgan Chase lists “hate, violence, racial intolerance, and terrorism” as prohibited merchant activities. The Proud Boys are a known white supremacist hate group, and GiveSendGo is a known white supremacist hate site. JP Morgan Chase and Stripe have consciously prioritized profit over Black lives and public safety.

Corporations cannot continue to build wealth at the expense of Black lives nor with the help of Blood Money. We are calling on JP Morgan Chase and Stripe to cease payment processing for Enrique Tarrio on the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo, ban accounts associated with the Proud Boys or any white nationalist hate group, and desist from further servicing GiveSendGo and other white nationalist hate sites, effective immediatelyBlack lives depend on it, and their stated commitments to stop profiting from white nationalist hatred and violence command it.

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The War on Poverty at … never forget


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What People Really Think About Poverty

On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” “It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won. The richest nation on earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it,” said Johnson.

50 years later, many of the programs that were passed in that era still exist and have helped keep millions out of poverty. In fact, the poverty rate would be nearly double today without them. But without a doubt, poverty still exists in this country.

The perception continues to be that there is a wide ideological gap across the county of what government’s role is in extending the ladders needed to increase economic mobility and lift people out of poverty. On this anniversary, the Center for American Progress and Half in Ten commissioned a poll to ask Americans what they really think about poverty in the United States. The findings might surprise you:

1. Between one-quarter and one-third of Americans experience direct economic hardship. Sixty-one percent of Americans say their family’s income is falling behind the cost of living, compared to just 8 percent who feel they are getting ahead and 29 percent who feel they are staying even. Anywhere from 25 to 34 percent of Americans-and even higher percentages of Millennials and people of color-report serious problems in the past year falling behind on rent, mortgage or utilities payments; affording necessary medical care; keeping up with credit card payments; or having enough to money for food.  Fifty-four percent of Americans say that someone in the immediate or extended families is poor — a 2-point increase since 2008 and an 18-point increase since 2001.

2. Americans blame economic conditions, not personal responsibility, as the reason people live in poverty in this country.  Almost two-thirds (64 percent) believe that most people who live in poverty do so because of bad economic conditions like low-paying jobs, compared to only one-quarter who think it is because the poor make bad decisions. Even white conservatives believe by a 2:1 margin (63 percent to 29 percent) that poverty is driven by socioeconomic factors and conditions rather than poor personal decision-making.

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3. There is almost unanimous agreement that government has a responsibility to fight poverty. An overwhelming 86 percent of Americans agree with the belief put forward by President Johnson 50 years ago.

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4. There is widespread support for a national goal to cut poverty in half within 10 years. Seven in 10 Americans–including a majority of those identifying as white conservatives–support this goal.

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5. Americans also express very strong support for a number of policies to help reduce poverty rates, particularly with jobs, wages, and education but also on more traditional safety net items. Among the proposals garnering strong support are emergency unemployment benefits, increasing the minimum wage, universal pre-kindergarten, and expanded nutrition assistance. Congress should take note.

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You can check out the complete results of the poll HERE. Our colleagues have also put together a variety of other resources on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. Be sure and check those out HERE.