CBO ~~ April 2014


April 25 is World Malaria Day


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Are you enjoying March Madness or is your bracket busted like mine? Perhaps you’ve moved on and are looking forward to the Masters Tournament or this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.If you have sports on your mind – or even if you don’t – I have a challenge just for you. Get active this April:Compete to Beat Malaria! April 25 is World Malaria Day, so the entire month of April our supporters across the country are taking sports challenges to help us send 25,000 bed nets to families in Africa.

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The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has sports in its DNA. Since 2006, hundreds upon hundreds of supporters have leveraged their passions for sports to raise money and send nets while doing what they love.

  • You’ve probably heard about Jordan Freer, who was the youngest girl to swim across the San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz. She raised enough money to send 300 bed nets to Africa.
  • You may have heard how the Loomis Chaffee varsity soccer team turned their huge rivalry game into a charity event for Nothing But Nets.
  • And did you know that for every three-pointer basketball star Stephen Curry makes during the season, he donates three bed nets to families in need?

Everyone can take a sports challenge with Nothing But Nets. Whether you run, swim, or play basketball, you can help raise critical funds and save lives. No sports challenge is too big or small and we have the tools you need to get started.  Every $10 you raise helps us purchase and distribute life-saving bed nets with our UN partners.

And if sports aren’t your thing, there are tons of other ways to get involved! Take action this month and help us send 25,000 nets to protect families in Africa from malaria.

Together, we can defeat malaria. Get active this April and make World Malaria Day the most exciting yet!

Thanks,
Chris Helfrich
Director, Nothing But Nets

P.S. – Need more inspiration? There are lots of ways to Compete to Beat Malaria while doing what you love most.

Protect Voting Rights ~~ NAACP Petition ~~ History


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Tell your representatives they must act NOW to protect voting rights

The Supreme Court just made a major decision that impacts voting rights for every American. In striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act — but leaving Section 5 untouched — there is no longer a mechanism in place to prevent states with a history of voter disenfranchisement from enacting such laws.

While this is a setback, it is by no means the end of the game. The Supreme Court’s decision gives Congress complete authority to ensure no person is denied the right to vote.

Communities of color, and young, women, elderly, and disabled voters are at risk. Tell Congress to take immediate action to protect the voting rights for millions of Americans. Sign our petition today.
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Voting is a Right NOT a Privilege ~~ 50 yrs ~~ The Struggle continues


Dear @ChiefJusticeRoberts

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana

 

On March 7, 1965, hundreds of brave unarmed nonviolent women and men dared to March for African Americans right to vote.

The fact is that less than 1% of eligible Blacks voted or registered to vote.

People organized a Peaceful Protest March from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery. However, as those protesters crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Montgomery. The police, some riding horses were ready for violence decided to engage in excessive use of force, which included brutally beating protesters with billy clubs, others sprayed water as well as tear gas at these kids, while journalists and photographers witnessed.

The brutal reaction by the police was not only caught on tape it forced then President Johnson, who was once against civil rights programs as a Senator to call on Congress for equal voting rights for all on March 15.

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The Voting Act of 1965 was signed into law on August 6; is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.

That day that started out peacefully quickly descended into an awful ugly March of death for the right to vote called ,”Bloody Sunday”.

Now, some 48 years later, a new “Jim Crow” era has emerged with a major step backward in the fight for civil and voting rights. There are conservative states targeting not only African Americans but also Senior citizens, first time voters, early voting, Students, low income, immigrants and the undocumented though Republicans call them (illegals) Dreamers. In addition, Governors from RedStates are allowing election officials to purge voters, people without birth certificates were given limited or completely denied access to the voting booth failing to meet new voter ID regulations in time and were treated like possible (illegals). This  is the 21st Century; we should be on a progressive path toward equality for all not one that will re-engage folks in the act of racism or exclusion leading to suppressing participation in the election process. This year, new stricter voter ID legislation is pending in thirty-one states. This includes, voter ID proposals in thirteen states with proposals to strengthen existing voter ID laws in ten states, and eight states that will amend the new voter ID laws passed in 2011.

We need to push back  on all attempts to suppress the right to Vote.

With so much at stake, it is time to stop sitting on the sidelines. If we are going to succeed, Conservative lawmakers NEED to hear our Voices.

We cannot let the naysayers turn back the clock on Voting Rights or the next generation.

Thank You for Taking Action

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They’re Defending Lawlessnes​s Now?


MediaMattersweekly_email_header_logo_altSome other things I’ve read this week: Grace Wyler’s reporting on how right-wing militias are mobilizing, an examination of David Foster Wallace’s warnings about irony, Sarah Kliff’s explanation of the recent Census changes, and Simon Maloy’s advice for reporters covering Paul Ryan.

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Pure Hypocrisy

BundyConservative media have spent years accusing the Obama administration of lawlessness. But now they’re lining up to defend a rancher who refuses to even acknowledge the existence of the federal government: http://mm4a.org/Q6GzVK Related: Media Matters Investigative Reporter Joe Strupp spoke to Nevada journalists, who told him that the rancher is clearly breaking the law: http://mm4a.org/1kye9Py

From The Fringe To The Mainstream

IngrahamABC News announced that it has hired right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham as a contributor. She regularly uses inflammatory rhetoric to be a voice for the fringe: http://mm4a.org/1m0k2aq Related: Laura Ingraham is one of the right-wing radio hosts whose shows have deep financial ties to the tea party: http://politi.co/Qr0ApD

 

 

FEATURED VIDEO

BoehlertEric Boehlert and Chris Hayes discussed why the conservative outrage machine embraced the lawless rancher in Nevada: http://mm4a.org/Rk87I5

SPEAKING OUT

Lily LedbetterMedia Matters Radio spoke with Lilly Ledbetter about conservatives like Fox News who pretend the gender pay gap does not exist: http://mm4a.org/1khQPW7

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

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Five White People On Fox News Discuss “Race In America”