Black People Politics : What Is ColorOfChange.org?

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  1. Clyde C Coger Jr

    Clyde C Coger Jr going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,




    .......Simply put, ColorOfChange is a grassroots operation consisting of Black People, originator Van Jones, etc., which has formed a political pac for the betterment of all people:

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    What Is ColorOfChange.org?

    ColorOfChange.org is comprised of Black folks from every economic class, as well as those of every color who seek to help our voices be heard. Our members are united behind a simple, powerful pledge: we will do all we can to make sure all Americans are represented, served, and protected - regardless of race or class.
    http://colorofchange.org/about/

    Color of Change is a grassroots organization that aims to strengthen the political voice of Black America. It was formed after the events of Hurricane Katrina
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_of_Change


    Recently, this organization spearheaded the beginning downfall of ALEC, by threatening to boycott companies like Coca-Cola and the like. Here's what they do:

    What We Do

    Using the Internet, we enable our members to speak in unison, with an amplified political voice. We keep them informed about the most pressing issues for Black people in America and give them ways to act. We lobby elected representatives using email, the telephone, and face-to-face meetings.




    How The Color Of Change Boycott Brought Down Glenn Beck

    Those of you who are celebrating Glenn Beck’s departure from Fox News today owe Color of Change a big thank you for creating the financial environment that ensured Beck’s eventual demise.

    http://www.politicususa.com/color-of-change-glenn-beck/





    What is ALEC? (American Legislative Exchange Council):


    ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that.Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills.

    Who funds ALEC?

    More than 98% of ALEC's revenues come from sources other than legislative dues, such as corporations, corporate trade groups, and corporate foundations. Each corporate member pays an annual fee of between $7,000 and $25,000 a year, and if a corporation participates in any of the nine task forces, additional fees apply, from $2,500 to $10,000 each year. ALEC also receives direct grants from corporations, such as $1.4 million from ExxonMobil from 1998-2009. It has also received grants from some of the biggest foundations funded by corporate CEOs in the country, such as: the Koch family Charles G. Koch Foundation, the Koch-managed Claude R. Lambe Foundation, the Scaife family Allegheny Foundation, the Coors family Castle Rock Foundation, to name a few. Less than 2% of ALEC’s funding comes from “Membership Dues” of $50 per year paid by state legislators, a steeply discounted price that may run afoul of state gift bans.
    http://alecexposed.org/wiki/What_is_ALEC?

    Coke, Pepsi and Kraft Have Pulled Out of ALEC—Is That Enough?


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    A campaign spearheaded by Color of Change (whose executive director Rashad Robinson sits on Applied Research Center’s board), and involving Campus Progress, the Center for Media and Democracy and many other civil rights groups, has been petitioning the major corporations who’ve bought in to ALEC to bow out of the organization over the voter ID legislation it has modeled, which places barriers in front of people wanting to participate in democracy at the polls. The result is Pepsi, Coke and Kraft are no longer associating themselves with ALEC, though none of them have cited the unfairness or moral wrongness of ALEC’s voter ID bill.

    http://colorlines.com/archives/2012...have_pulled_out_of_alec_-_is_that_enough.html


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  2. Gorilla

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    I had no idea that they had anything to do with that insanely huge backlash against Beck.

    They've got my money and support.
     
  3. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    .......Yes sir, almost incognito, but hard at work, grassroots style. Its good to hear they've got your support and money, but what about Destee.com; after all, I'm giving in both places.


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    i been signed up with them for a minute. they seem to be effective.
     
  5. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    .......Way to go elder, the way to go...


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    There's only ever been one time that I considered donating here: http://www.destee.com/index.php?threads/our-own-black-people-school.46082/

    I haven't seen anything since then, but maybe that could change in the future.
     
  7. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,




    .......Yes, Our Own Black School!, I remember; in fact, its where you and I first met. Correct me if I'm wrong, but you laid ground work for the moodle program/concept. Let's be encouraged there is change for the future, I'm both optimistic and hopeful it will.


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  8. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    .......More on ALEC and its powerful affiliates:



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    SOURCE: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
    President George W. Bush, left, is introduced by Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX), right, prior to speaking at the American Legislative Exchange Council in 2007. A history professor was recently targeted by Republicans in Wisconsin for focusing on ALEC's role in drafting model laws that are then introduced by Republicans in state legislatures.
    The Private Enterprise Board:
    National Chairman
    Mr. W. Preston Baldwin
    Centerpoint360
    First Vice Chairman
    Mrs. Sandra Oliver
    Bayer Corp.
    Second Vice Chairman
    Mr. John Del Giorno
    GlaxoSmithKline
    Treasurer
    Mr. David Powers
    Reynolds American
    Secretary
    Ms. Maggie Sans
    Wal-Mart Stores
    Chairman Emeritus
    Mr. Jerry Watson
    Private Enterprise Board Members
    Ms. Sano Blocker
    Energy Future Holdings
    Mr. Don Bohn
    Johnson & Johnson
    Mr. Jeffrey Bond
    PhRMA
    Mr. William Carmichael
    American Bail Coalition
    Mr. Derek Crawford
    Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Mr. Robert Jones
    Pfizer Inc
    Ms. Teresa Jennings
    Reed Elsevier, Inc.
    Mr. Kenneth Lane
    DIAGEO
    Mr. Bill Leahy
    AT&T
    Mr. Kelly Mader
    Peabody Energy
    Mr. Richard McArdle
    UPS
    Mr. Mike Morgan
    Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC
    Mr. Daniel Smith
    Altria Client Services
    Mr. Randy Smith
    ExxonMobil Corporation
    Mr. Russell Smoldon
    Salt River Project
    Mr. Roland Spies
    State Farm Insurance Co.


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    Very interesting. Something to read into. We need more effectiveness. :)
     
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    In the Spirit of Sankofa,




    .......No doubt, it figures that "boycotting" mentioned in the articles would peak your interest; it remains our most effective weapon. Don't drop your plans.


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