Vote Hope and Stevie Wonder Plan to Sign, Seal and Deliver Voters to Obama on Super Tuesday With Latest PSAs
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vote Hope intends to sign, seal and deliver voters to Obama with their latest public service announcement featuring Stevie Wonder. The video PSA, fourth in a series produced by the grassroots organization, encourages youth and underrepresented communities in California to vote during the February 5th primary. To view videos, go to: www.votehope2008.org or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=174GbeTQiQs.
Wonder, who has been a visible Obama supporter, and whose song, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" has been played during Obama rallies, hopes that his efforts will help increase both voter turnout and support for Obama. "It's time to bring this country back to a good future," says Wonder. "You've got a voice, you've got a choice. Vote for Change," he adds. The forty-five second spot features Stevie Wonder writing in Braille to spell out his candidate of choice, Barack Obama.
Other Vote Hope videos feature hip hop artist Common, and several Los Angeles-based underground lyricists (Project Blowed), who wax poetically about why they support Obama.
"I'm voting for Obama because he's just there to do some good in the world," said Common in the video.
"A voteless people is a hopeless people. I didn't vote until I got Bush's first term, then the bogus sequel," spits MC Open Mike on the video.
Wonder, Common and lyricists take their "get-out-the-vote" message straight to the people via video-sharing Web sites like YouTube, MySpace and FaceBook. Vote Hope has also produced Tu Voz, Tu Voto (Your Voice, Your Vote), a Web-based, English and Spanish-language, serial melodrama about a fictional Ortiz family and their burgeoning support for Senator Obama. All videos are available on www.votehope2008.org and on the Vote Hope YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/VoteHope2008.
Vote Hope's goal is to increase voter support for Obama in the California primary. "Increasing voter turnout among young people and communities of color in California will be critical to Obama's success," said Vote Hope founder Steve Phillips.
About Vote Hope
Vote Hope is a new statewide political network championing democracy and justice in California. Our purpose and mission is to increase voter turnout in California among young people and people of color, who are grossly underrepresented in the current state electorate.
For more information, visit www.votehope2008.org Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071113/DC07271LOGO http://photoarchive.ap.org/
Jay Smooth's Ill Doctrine: Absolutely Shocking Obama/Clinton Scandal
Absolutely Shocking Obama/Clinton Scandal
The opening part of this video about George W. Bush's speech that he made recently is pretty darn funny (apparently he changed his address or something, but I don't pay attention to W. speeches).
I'm confused about who Jay Smooth's talking to here when he follows that by pointing out the silliness of the Obama/Clinton non-handshake. Does he means the media or the general public needs to get rational? Either way, Jay, haven't you noticed that encouraging logical discourse is pointless when addressing the media or the general public?
Remember Howard Dean?
Me neither but turns out that was the guy who made a funny yell during an attempt to recharge his troops when he was running for the Democratic nomination and that yell was accepted by both the media and the general public as plenty of evidence for his unsuitability for the Presidency.
Seriously. Don't you remember?
Though it didn't say much about Howard Dean, it said a lot about the usefulness of trying to get people to get real and think logically. Ain't gonna happen so I just work with what I got.
Hey, I know my readers are a cut above the rest but don't let your intelligence convince you that logical discourse will lead to effective social change unless you can find some convincing evidence that I've missed along the way.
PS: I saw some pundits pointing out that the candidates aren't talking about the war.
Just wait tll the spring. There'll be plenty of talk then. Of course, we may be talking about Pakistan, we may be talking about Iran, we may be talking about everywhere at once. I guess we'll know soon enough.
ProHipHop Launches the ProHipHop News Center Featuring Top Entertainment, Lifestyle and Business News Blogs
The ProHipHop News Center Offers Top Hip Hop, Art, Lifestyle, Business and Web 2.0 Blog & News Mixes with Portable Feeds and Customized, Grabbable Search Widgets
Raleigh, NC (Jan. 29, 2008) - ProHipHop, the web's core resource for hip hop marketing and business news, now offers a rich selection of blog and news sources for entertainment seekers and news junkies operating on the breaking edge of digital society. The newly launched ProHipHop News Center also provides a central location for those wanting to keep an eye on such characters!
The ProHipHop News Center presents news mixes from the top hip hop magazines, websites and blogs as well as related blends on themes ranging from sneakers & streetwear to entertainment marketing to the business of blogging.
Each news mix has a customized grabbable search widget of the originating sites and is available as an RSS feed or through multiple subscription options ranging from email to Skype.
Possible Uses for the ProHipHop News Center:
Scanning daily blog posts and news items for entertainment or information gathering.
Discovering world class blogs and news sources.
Gathering or subscribing to feeds and widgets for access elsewhere.
The creation of the ProHipHop News Center brings together lessons learned in such projects as the netweed Web Directory (netweed.com/directory) and World Cypher (worldcypher.com). It is intended to expand ProHipHop's news services beyond the daily blog posts at ProHipHop and related press releases at Hip Hop Press (hiphoppress.com) to offer a more complete news gathering and information service in one central location.
"NAACP, Teamsters Call on Major League Baseball to Help End Racial Discrimination at New Era Cap"
Teamsters President Hoffa Joins NAACP Chair Julian Bond for Release of NAACP Report Documenting Racial Discrimination by MLB's Cap Manufacturer
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa asked Major League Baseball (MLB) to intervene with the MLB's exclusive on-field cap manufacturer, New Era Cap, in an effort to end racial discrimination and worker rights violations in New Era's distribution center in Mobile, Alabama. The NAACP also released today its report of the investigation it recently undertook at the request of workers at the facility.
Titled "Racial Discrimination, Repression and Retaliation at New Era Cap," the report documents conditions that include a lack of promotion of experienced black workers; poverty-level wages with significant differences in pay between black and white workers; and a fierce, retaliatory anti-union campaign, in the course of which more than 20 workers were terminated. Despite these tactics employed by the company, New Era's 111 Mobile workers voted last July to join the Teamsters.
"What the hardworking men and women at the Mobile New Era facility want is not unreasonable. They simply want the fair treatment and opportunities that all Americans should have, and that New Era has accorded its Northern workers in Buffalo. They want an end to management's racially discriminatory promotion practices, respect and a living wage in return for a hard day's work," said Julian Bond, Chairman of the Board of the NAACP.
"I am confident that Major League Baseball will join us in demanding that New Era end the disgraceful and discriminatory situation at its Mobile, Alabama facility," Bond said.
"New Era's management tactics in Mobile date back to the bad old days of the Old South, or the factory systems of the turn of the century," Hoffa said. "They have no place in today's America. And they have no place in the company that makes the official team caps for the All-American pastime."
In addition to manufacturing Major League Baseball's official caps, New Era is the supplier for a number of NBA, NHL, and collegiate teams. The company also makes popular caps for Hip Hop fans.
Hoffa's and Bond's outreach to Major League Baseball comes against the backdrop of a rising groundswell of protest against New Era's worker and human rights abuses by student groups, civil rights organizations, labor, and religious groups. These groups are going to consumers -- and to the dozens of universities that have suppliers' agreements with New Era -- to demand change in the company's treatment of its Southern workers.
"We're proud to join with the NAACP, which has fought for equality and justice in America for close to 100 years, to demand better lives and better opportunities for New Era workers. We call on Major League Baseball to do the same," said Hoffa. "We are putting New Era on notice that this effort to abolish inequality and injustice will not cease until New Era ends the discriminatory and humiliating conditions at its Mobile plant."
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the world are advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters; NAACP
CONTACT: NAACP: Hilary Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau, +1-202-463-2940, email@example.com; or Teamsters: Galen Munroe, Press Secretary, +1-202-624-6904, firstname.lastname@example.org
That's big news. The more insider support Obama gets, the more he can show that he can put together the whole package and that's going to make all the difference on Super Tuesday.
This campaign is starting to get fun now. I can't wait to hear what Billary says about this development!
You know, with all the recent concerns about Barack being positioned by the South Carolina win as the "Black Candidate", he still really needed to show he had black people's support after all those older folks came out against him.
And now, with folks like Ted Kennedy coming on board, some of these reluctant white people will have to start looking a lot more closely at Barack and that's a good thing. He needs those votes.
Update: Just got off the phone with my parents who are listening to Barack's speech following both Ted and Caroline Kennedy's endorsements. Instead of discussing, I got off the phone quick so they could soak up some magic.
They're definitely the types to be swayed by Obama's rhetorical presence and to buy into the visionary aspects so I don't want to get in the way of that.
If you've read any of my previous statements here or at ProHipHop, you know I deeply distrust the politics of emotion because that has led to many bad things but, if I start working on this, I'll definitely make use of that human tendency and probably fall victim myself before it's done.
Let's hope this guy's for real cause we need some realness in the White House.
Update 2: My mom's hooked! She may even donate money to Barack which she does not do. Ever.
Dad's still a John Edwards supporter but he'll back whoever gets the nomination and he has issues with Billary.
They're more open than most white folks I know to the possibility of Barack being President but this is a good sign in my local universe.
Despite my mom getting emotionally involved with today's speeches, she cosigns my suspicion of emotional political movements. But she really feels Barack is sincere and he definitely comes across that way.
Barack Obama in SC: A Tactical Victory & Strategic Defeat?
Corporate Takeover rounds up some of the folks who make a strong case for Barack Obama's tactical victory in South Carolina as a strategic defeat.
Leave it to Billary to flip the script by reminding us that Barack is black.
Bottom line: Barack Obama's gotta win folks across the board and not allow himself to be defined as the "Black Candidate" even though that's exactly what he is in the minds of so many cause, you know, he's black and he's a candidate.
Our culture's inability to think about race and gender at the same time along with the deeply rooted American aspirational value that treats class as a subversive concept pretty much dooms the American public to get played like this over and over again. If you're a long time reader of my more analytical posts, I hope you're starting to get the point that binary thinking is for suckers.
On the other hand, this is exactly what Obama says he's against and claims he can transcend.
If he is what he says he is, he can do this.
And if he can't get past Billary, he can't get past the Republicans.
Keep in mind that ground level dirty tricks, such as spreading racist flyers in South Carolina, would be a pretty smart thing for the Republicans to do because it undermines both Barack and Billary. And there's a long history of Republican dirty tricks in SC.
On that note, anybody know what Karl Rove's working on at the moment?
Impressive vistory by Barack Obama in South Carolina especially given the fracturing of black Democratic leadership. Can't wait to see what happens on Super Tuesday.
I really wish John Edwards would accept reality and refocus his attention on supporting Barack or Hillary Clinton. He could be jockeying for a position in the new administration rather than becoming a well-funded Kucinich. Given Hillary's incredible disses of Edwards in the past, it would be a powerful thing for him to hold a pre-Super Tuesday press conference endorsing Obama.
But he soldiers on relentlessly further damaging his political capital after losing in the only state he might have won.
I've made it clear over at ProHipHop that I don't put my faith in leaders and I could elaborate on that but I should point out that some leaders have earned my trust and I'm open to that happening with Barack.
I trust Hillary to effectively pursue her agenda, some of which I can cosign. I don't have any reason to trust Barack yet but seeing him briefly falter and then step his game up in response to the Clinton's was a nice thing. If he takes the Democratic Party's nomination he'll definitely be battle tested and ready for some trippy opposition in the general election.
Actually, I don't have a strong opinion about Barack Obama. I have a strong opinion about the politics of emotion and personality. I refuse to be manipulated and if that means I don't get to enjoy the speeches or the victory parties, so be it.
But if Barack can take the Democratic primary, I'm going to give him my full support. If Hillary wins, ditto. I can't stand to see another Republican in the White House right now.
But whoever wins, we're going to need that "street heat" that Jesse Jackson used to talk about to keep the President honest, whoever he or she turns out to be.
ProHipHop on Barack Obama, Cults of Personality, Martin Luther King, Counter Revolutionary American Gangsers & Poverty Pimps 2.0
It's hard to know when being absolutely honest is a good thing or a foolish thing, especially since it's often both, however that's what I'm best at and I opened up about some topics over at ProHipHop:
TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR CENTER FOR THE ARTS CELEBRATES AFENI SHAKUR'S 61ST BIRTHDAY WITH AN EXCLUSIVE MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION AND THEATRICAL PLAY -FEBRUARY- MARCH 2008
AFENI SHAKUR: IN HER DEFENSE CHRONICLES THE DRAMATIC EVENTS LEADING UP TO HER ACQUITTAL IN THE TRIAL OF THE PANTHER 21
IN HER DEFENSE: THE EXHIBITION OPENS FEBRUARY 1
WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF IN HER DEFENSE: THE PLAY ON FEBRUARY 22
Atlanta, GA - The Tupac Amaru Center for the Arts (TASCA) proudly announces a pair of artistic offerings entitled Afeni Shakur: In Her Defense, detailing Shakur's arrest as a member of the Black Panthers, and culminates in her acquittal on all 156 felony charges in the Trial of the Panther 21. The first part of the multimedia experience known as In Her Defense, is a gallery exhibition (February 1 - March 28, 2008) highlighting the events as they unfolded over the course of two years (1969 -1971), in which a courageous young woman defended herself against an over-zealous court system. The play, In Her Defense premieres February 22nd, and brings to life the events in a more interactive form; the two artistic endeavors aim to shed light on the power of one woman to overcome insurmountable obstacles in her quest for freedom.
In 1969, Afeni Shakur was arrested alongside other members of the renegade civil rights activist group the Black Panthers. The group was arraigned on over 156 differing charges associated with conspiring to destroy New York City department stores, subway stations, and police stations. At the time of her arrest, Shakur waived her rights to a lawyer, opting to serve as her own legal counsel. Known as The Trial of the Panther 21, the case captured the nation's headlines, and would hold the distinction at the time, of being the longest and most expensive political trial in the state of New York. Over the course of two years, Shakur would be incarcerated while awaiting her trial, released on bail numerous times, only to return to her jail cell carrying an unborn child. Shakur would ultimately prevail against the legal system, acquitted of all charges just over a month before the birth of her son ... Tupac Amaru Shakur.
On display from February 1 - March 28, 2007, In Her Defense the gallery installation is a collection of photographs, court transcripts, and television news footage documenting the courtroom drama. Amassed from numerous primary sources, including Shakur's own private collection, the documents include portions of the oral transcripts from the trial - her opening and closing arguments. The exhibit also features original television news coverage (from 1969-1971) anchored by CBS' Walter Cronkite, among other broadcast journalists.
Providing the panache only afforded in theater, In Her Defense the short play dramatizes the historical events in three scenes. Using the court transcripts, supplemented by a fictional account of Shakur's time behind bars, the play is a one-woman show supplemented by Pac's Kids performers in the roles of the other co-defendants.
In Her Defense is not just a reflection on Afeni Shakur's struggle, but a celebration of the enduring strength of the human spirit. Documenting an important time in the African American experience and the civil rights movement, it seems natural to open the gallery exhibit on the first day of Black History Month. Additionally, the exhibit continues through the end of March, to encompass Women's History Month and commemorate the conviction of one glorious woman.
The gallery exhibit is free and open to the general public. Admission to the play is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Both the Play and Exhibit will be at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA), located at 5616 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.
Afeni Shakur: In Her Defense Dates To Remember
In Her Defense: The Gallery Exhibit - February 1 - March 28, 2008
Exhibit Opening Night Reception - February 1, 2008 In Her Defense: The Play - Feb. 22 - 23; Feb. 29 - Mar. 1;
Mar. 7-8;all performances begin at 7:30pm
Play Opening Night Reception - February, 22, 2008
Art and Music Series Night - March 7, 2008
To pre-order tickets, please contact Yvette Horton or Tre' Maxie at 404-298-4222 or by email at TASF0671@aol.com. Visit www.TASF.org for more info
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The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Performing Arts is just outside Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The Center is dedicated to providing students, ages 12-18, with educational programs in the performing arts. It is a fact early arts education improves school performance, as well as offer invaluable life lessons while building self esteem and confidence. For nearly 10 years, the Center's programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities.
Teaching Tolerance Magazine Commemorates 40th Anniversary of King's Death With Lesson Plans and Special Essay by Congressman John Lewis
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In commemoration of the upcoming 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, the Spring 2008 issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance magazine includes a special teaching package about the civil rights leader and an exclusive essay by Congressman John Lewis that examines King's legacy.
The issue, released today on King's birthday, includes a color poster for classroom use that features a dramatic photo of King on one side and an extended timeline of his life on the other. Rounding out the package are a lesson plan insert with activities for all grades and Six Lessons from Jena, a guide to help educators prevent hate crimes.
Lewis, who marched with King during the civil rights movement, considers the progress made and the challenges that remain in "Reflections on a Dream Deferred." One of the most courageous figures of the movement, Lewis helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and participated in key events of the era, including lunch counter sit-ins, the Freedom Rides of 1961 and the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in 1965.
Lewis writes that today, just as when King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, our nation is engulfed in war abroad and consumed with violence and hate at home.
"A culture of violence has sprung up among us that is gnawing at the soul of our society, a culture which justifies brutality, torture and cruelty," writes the 11-term Georgia congressman. "In 1968, we could not avoid the signs of overt racism and hatred in our daily lives. Forty years later, we are still reckoning with those same symbols of hate, whether through a noose hung on a tree in Jena, La., or on a professor's door at Columbia University."
Lewis' essay and the latest issue of Teaching Tolerance can be read at www.teachingtolerance.org.
Lewis says that while blacks, women and other minorities occupy leadership positions believed impossible 40 years ago, progress must be made on other fronts before King's dream of equality is fulfilled. Our nation, for instance, spends too much on war and not enough on meeting basic human needs like health care, he writes.
"Yes, we are closer, but we still have a great distance we must travel before we build a Beloved Community, a nation and a world society at peace with itself," Lewis writes.
The new issue of Teaching Tolerance also includes timely feature stories, each with resource and classroom activity ideas:
- "Proceed with Caution" examines how simulations, a mainstay of classroom teaching, might do as much harm as good by perpetuating stereotypes, oversimplifying history and breeding conflict and trauma.
- "Opening Doors on the Border" explores an innovative program for migrant parents and children that is making a difference in schools and student success in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
- "Does My Town Have a Racist Past?" shows students how to find out if their town had exclusionary "sundown" policies, transforming a shameful history into a rich opportunity to set the record straight.
- "Making Numbers Count" illustrates how teachers can bring math to life in the classroom with lessons that show how numbers can be used to transform people, politics and communities.
As in every issue, the popular "Teaching Tools" section reviews the best multicultural books, films, posters and CDs available, and the "Activity Exchange" provides classroom ideas for early, middle and upper grades. "Story Corner," especially designed for younger students, provides a rich, entertaining fable illustrating a lesson in diversity.
Teaching Tolerance magazine, published twice a year by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is the nation's leading journal serving educators on diversity issues. In 2007, the magazine was named Periodical of the Year by the Association of Educational Publishers for the second consecutive year. The current issue is being sent free to more than 400,000 school professionals across the country.
Source: Southern Poverty Law Center
CONTACT: Rod Davis of the Southern Poverty Law Center, +1-334-956-8445