ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson recently sat down with GritTV's Laura Flanders to discuss our ongoing campaign to get major corporations to end their membership in ALEC. The shadowy lobby group has pushed model legislation that suppresses the Black vote.
In the clip above, Rashad discusses how the voices of hundreds of thousands of ColorOfChange members are holding some of the world's biggest companies accountable for their actions and why ALEC's far-reaching influence in Congress must come to an end.
Check out the video above, and don't forget to register to vote and get more information on voter ID laws at vote.colorofchange.org.More »
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — the corporate "bill mill" known primarily for pushing discriminatory voter ID laws through statehouses across the country — is bleeding members. Since ColorOfChange began drawing attention to ALEC's voter suppression efforts last year, 40 major corporations and 70 state legislators have publicly disavowed any relationship with the group.
In the midst of this PR disaster, ALEC is grasping at straws to try to polish its image. Last week, Executive Director Ron Scheberle tried to convince readers of the San Francisco Chronicle that ALEC is a natural ally of tech startups and small-business entrepreneurs. Scheberle failed to mention that ALEC continually pushes legislation designed to protect entrenched special interests by killing off the competition.
Today, the Chronicle is featuring ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson's response to Scheberle's op-ed, and to ALEC's cynical attempts to whitewash its record.More »
UPDATE: (09/12/12) The state Supreme Court will review the lower court's ruling tomorrow, with proceedings televised live on Pennsylvania Cable Network at 9:30am local time.
On Wednesday, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson refused to halt implementation of Pennsylvania's discriminatory voter ID law — claiming that the state's "asserted interest in protecting public confidence in elections" is sufficient to outweigh the voting rights of 1.6 million largely Black and brown citizens who may be unconstitutionally barred from the polls this November.
The scale of the potential disenfranchisement in Pennsylvania is so vast because the state has one of the most restrictive voter ID laws on record — a coup for the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which since 2009 has invested heavily in passing such laws nationwide.More »
Yesterday, ColorOfChange announced that two of America's biggest household names have dropped ALEC -- the right-wing lobby group that has pushed discriminatory voter ID laws throughout the country. We announced the companies' departure at a press conference timed to ALEC's meeting in Utah. Now 30 companies have made the decision to part ways with ALEC since ColorOfChange launched its campaign late last year.
ColorOfChange applauds these corporations' decision to do the right thing. Now it's time for others, including corporate giant eBay, to do the same.
Companies are still fleeing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing lobby group responsible for pushing discriminatory voter ID laws throughout the country.
Today, ColorOfChange.org announced that it has received word from five new companies that say they will no longer fund ALEC. John Deere, CVS Caremark, MillerCoors, HP, and Best Buy have all made the decision to end their membership in the organization, joining the roughly 20 companies that have already parted ways with ALEC since ColorOfChange members began demanding an end to corporate-sponsored voter suppression.More »
Last week the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care initiative, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This is fantastic news for the Black Americans. We are twice as likely as whites to be uninsured, we have more than double the rate of infant mortality, we face more than twice the rate of diabetes-related deaths than whites — and the list goes on. The national health care plan will bring down health insurance premiums across the board as well as ban exclusions for pre-existing conditions. The law will make health care access attainable for the estimated 48 million Americans — and 7 million Black Americans — without health insurance.More »
Today, tech industry giant Dell dropped its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the group that has pushed discriminatory voter ID legislation throughout the country. A representative confirmed that the company would no longer fund ALEC in an email obtained by ColorOfChange.
With its decision, Dell becomes the 20th corporation to announce that it's left ALEC since ColorOfChange launched its campaign to stop corporate-funded voter suppression. We applaud the company for doing the right thing and encourage corporations still standing by ALEC to follow suit.
If you haven't already, please join our campaign here.More »
Capitalizing on LeBron James' heightened visibility during the much-hyped NBA finals — which is enjoying its highest ratings in eight years — State Farm is heavily promoting an eye-catching public service announcement featuring the celebrity spokesman. The ad graphically illustrates the devastating effects of a stunted education on a young Black man's life prospects, then reassures us: "State Farm and LeBron are helping kids graduate."
But if State Farm cares so much about our kids, why is it still funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)?More »
This week, Trayvon Martin's parents joined the Second Chance on Shoot First Coalition to deliver 370,000 petition signatures to a meeting of Florida's Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws yesterday. The petition delivery and press conference featured powerful testimonies calling for an end to "shoot first" laws nationwide.
More than 32,000 of the signatures came from ColorOfChange members who signed a petition demanding that the law that was used to justify George Zimmerman's actions come off the books in Florida and across the nation.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has voted to launch an investigation into so-called "stand your ground" laws. The laws, which permit the use of deadly force in cases of self-defense, have come under scrutiny after playing a key role in the defense of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida earlier this year. In its proposal, the commission cited potential racial bias in the laws' implementation as the chief reason for the probe.
Members of the ColorOfChange community know well the connection between "stand your ground" and the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC, a far-right policy group, has pushed the laws in almost two dozen states.More »