Tag Archives: racism

Vogue has declared it the Era of the Booty…really?

Read the linked story and share your thoughts.


Is it possible to talk about race without being called a racist?

If you share your fears regarding another race are you racist? If you say you are more comfortable among your own race are you a racist? Is it possible to talk about race without being branded a racist? How can we overcome if we can not talk honestly? Share your thoughts.

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson to sell his interest in the team because of a 2012 email

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Should the minimum wage be $15?

Fast food workers are striking in many big cities today. What do they want? They want the minimum wage raised to $15. What do you think?

Let My People VOTE: PICO Leaders Announce New Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday,September 4, 2014

Contact: Kawana Lloyd, 202-544-8411, ext 110 (office); 240-472-2860 (cell)

Let My People VOTE: PICO Leaders Announce New Campaign to Engage

1 Million Black, Latino and Faith Voters this Fall

Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis and President of the North Carolina Chapter of NAACP Rev. William Barber II will Join Let My People VOTE Virtual Faith Summit Tonight

Washington, DC — Today, prominent clergy, faith leaders, and advocates with PICO National Network officially announced a new national campaign called Let My People VOTE. This will be a massive multi-racial and multi-faith-based effort, spanning 15-states, to engage and turn out 400,000 new or low-propensity voters in the 2014 election and beyond, whose voices have been ignored and who have been systematically locked out of the voting process.

The driving goal behind Let My People VOTE is a commitment to engage voters whose voices have been most marginalized in our cities and states. In congregations across America this fall, people of faith will aim to have one million person-to-person conversations about what freedom in America could and should look like, and how to use our right to vote as a way to bring us closer to that vision. To achieve this goal PICO National Network and federations will be training leaders, building prophetic congregational teams, engaging in base building, and meeting voters where they are: in the pews, on their phones, and at their doors.

“What we plan to do is unleash the power of faith voters,” said Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies and PICO’s Live Free campaign (formerly Lifelines to Healing). “PICO’s Let My People VOTE campaign is founded on the shared belief that God calls us together across race and faith, knowing that every single child of God deserves to live an abundant life with dignity and respect.”

As part of the campaign, PICO federations recently began roll-outs in several states, in the last few weeks, with the recruitment and training of thousands of grassroots leaders. Local leaders also plan to dramatically increase mobilizing voter registration and voter education efforts in cities such as Ferguson and St. Louis, Mo, because of the recent crisis, and states where the campaign will take root include: California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York.

Tonight, civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis and the President of the North Carolina state chapter of the NAACP, Rev. William Barber II will join PICO clergy and lay leaders from across the country for a Virtual Faith Summit. Speakers will give testimony to the ways we are transforming the lives of their congregations and communities by affirming the humanity of all pf God’s children.

“Faith leaders and advocates will seek to empower and engage voters in black, Latino, and poor communities to realize our power to help heal our nation by voting and encouraging our neighbors to do the same,” said Pastor McBride. “When we show our power as people of faith, we make a profound impact.”

•Engage and turn out to vote 400,000 African-American, Latino, Asian-American, and faith voters, who voted in 2012 but not 2010 and are unlikely to vote in 2014 without direct contact by people from their communities and an issue environment that speaks to their identity and economic pressures.
•Collect 187,000 ballot signatures to place measures on the ballot on minimum wage, paid sick days, early voting, sentencing reform and voter re-enfranchisement.
•Register 48,500 new voters in counties with large racial gaps in voter registration and fast growing Latino populations. We will register voters through congregations, aiming for 100% registration of eligible voters in leading congregations.
•Recruit and train 12,600 grassroots leaders in 800 congregational teams to strategically engage their neighbors and congregation-members, with an overall goal of 80 percent of shifts being filled by volunteers.
•Pass pro-working family ballot measures in California (Sentencing Reform), Massachusetts (Earned Sick Time), Las Cruces, New Mexico and Oakland, CA (Minimum Wage).


“After spending time in Ferguson, MO, where we were tear-gassed and saw the pain in the faces of thousands of black youth asking for fair treatment from law enforcement, I came back knowing now more than ever that we are engaged in a battle, spiritually and systemically, against the demons of racism in our country,” said Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, PA. Rev. Tyler traveled with PICO’s interfaith organization POWER to Ferguson calling for justice and listen to a community in grief. He continued, “We need to bring out faith from the pews to streets. It is a fight for our lives – and voting is one of the primary tools in the struggle.”

Bishop Jaime Soto, Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, CA, discussed the importance of civic engagement and voter education around immigration reform and Prop 47 in California. “With faith, we gave birth to this nation. It is takes faith to continue to build the strength of the American union. People of faith cannot let faith be disenfranchised,” said Bishop Soto. “Hard-working immigrant families cannot be left in the shadows and prisons do not make good schools or good health programs. People of faith believe that we Californians can do better than that.”

Jennifer Romero, a DREAMER, immigration reform leader from Aurora, CO, shared the story about losing her mother to deportation. “I’m tired of the pain my community faces. It’s time to go out there and tell our communities that their voices really do matter.”

“In Louisiana, it’s very simple. Our state’s incarceration rate is the highest the nation. But our community has the power to create and systemic change. We have a moral obligation to talk to voters about how some certain policies impact human lives,” said Pastor Antoine Barriere, Household of Faith, New Orleans, LA.

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PICO National Network, the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States, working with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations.

The beauty of White Privilege is you don’t realize you have it

Over the past few days I have listened to the debate regarding white privilege. Some argue it simply does not exist and others argue that it is one of the impediments that stops the economic ascension of minorities, but is it real? Yes it is very real. The privilege is granted at birth when you automatically receive the benefit of the doubt. Share your thoughts.

Rev. Al Sharpton says stop the “ghetto pity party”…why are people surprised?

Yesterday Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at Michael Brown’s funeral. He took the police to task and he cried for justice for Michael Brown. Sharpton surprised some when he also took on the black community. He chastised the community and told them to stop having ghetto pity parties. he told them to stop the disrespect that is shown on a daily basis in the community. The irony is that some people are surprised that Sharpton took this trek, but we can not continue to just criticize external influences without acknowledging the internal demons that are loose on the streets. Sharpton 2.0 is not the Sharpton of back in the day. He is not looking at the issue with blinders on. He is looking at the issue from a 360 angle and that viewpoint will mke people of both hues uncomfortable.

Al Sharpton’s Double Edged Eulogy…a Right wing Analysis

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There will be a Funeral in Ferguson Today

A parent should never have to bury their child, but today the parents of Michael Brown will have to do that. The nation will debate the shooting but today a family is grieving. Grieving for the life lost and the future never to be realized. In the midst of the controversy the loss seemingly takes a backseat, but as a parent can you imagine what the parents are feeling this morning? This is not a black or white issue this is a parent issue. Today on the day that Brown will be buried let’s call a truce on the war of words. Let’s stop with the thug talk and let’s just respect the parents and the family. They are going to do something incredibly hard today–bury their child and that is a pain no one wants to endure.

Why is Don Lemon letting Talib Kweli control this interview?

Why is Don Lemon letting Talib Kweli run this interview? Share your thoughts.


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