This is it!
We need to have a strong showing. The world is watching to see how much we have in our bank account at the end of the year. They’ll view our fundraising total as an indication of our unity and strength and our ability to mount a strong campaign to take back our Majority next year.
Before they’re even sworn into office, Republican freshmen, including a half-dozen tea party supporters, are cashing in on their new corporate connections. They’re planning big fundraising events in the next couple of weeks where they’ll collect four and five figure checks from many of the same special interest lobbyists who funded vicious attack ads against Democratic candidates.
Democrats rely upon individuals like you for 75% of our fundraising revenue. It’s critical that we not fall behind in these final days of the year, or we’ll spend months playing catch up and Republicans will have a huge head start with their repeal agenda in 2011.
Thank you for your generous support and commitment to the DCCC. I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday and I look forward to working with you in the coming year.
DCCC, Executive Director
ColorOfChange.org is 5 years old!
To celebrate, we created a timeline chronicling our history and a beautiful new ColorOfChange t-shirt.
ColorOfChange is finishing its 5th year — what we’ve accomplished together is nothing short of amazing. Read the highlights below or check out our interactive timeline to learn more.
And please consider making an investment in our work together. Our tiny staff ensures that your dollars go a long way. Every contribution, whether $3, $50 or more, makes a huge difference. You can contribute online now, by clicking here:
Here are just a few examples of what we’ve accomplished together over the last five years:
- In 2007, we stopped the Congressional Black Caucus from partnering with Fox News to host a presidential debate. The debate partnership would legitimized Fox as real news and helped the channel brush off efforts to hold it accountable for its race-baiting. Instead, the debate was canceled after all the major Presidential candidates pulled out, in response to our pressure.
- Later that year, we drew national attention to Jim Crow justice in Jena, Louisiana. More than 325,000 ColorOfChange members called for justice for the Jena 6; we raised more than $200,000 to fund their legal defense; and 10,000 ColorOfChange members marched in Jena, Louisiana. In June 2009, all remaining charges against the young men were reduced.
- In the summer of 2009, more than 90,000 ColorOfChange members called on the Justice Department to investigate the Valley Swim Club in Pennsylvania, which had kicked out Black and Latino children because of their “complexion.” The DOJ launched an investigation and filed a lawsuit against the club, and the club was eventually forced to shut down.
- Starting in July 2009, in response to a consistent pattern of race-baiting from Glenn Beck, more than 285,000 ColorOfChange members asked advertisers to pull their ads from his Fox News TV show. Nearly 300 advertisers have abandoned his show, and more than a year later, all major advertisers continue to stay away. We achieved a public rebuke on a scale rarely seen, and helped to push Beck’s voice further to the extreme margins of public discourse — where it belongs.
- This year, Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the racist 100:1 disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine offenses to 18:1. ColorOfChange members had been a major grassroots force in this fight, with 60,000 of us calling on Congress to eliminate the disparity entirely, and make sentences for crack cocaine offenses equal to those for powder cocaine.
This is just a small part of what we’ve accomplished together. Imagine what we could do in 2011.
We couldn’t do this work without your voice and those of the thousands of other ColorOfChange members who have joined you to take powerful collective action on the issues we care about. To continue doing this work the best we can, we also need whatever financial support you can give. We understand that times are tough and that not all ColorOfChange members can afford a donation. But if you can, please consider helping out — any donation, no matter how small, helps when combined with the donations of thousands of others.
If you donate $30 or more, we’ll send you a beautiful new t-shirt that we designed in honor of our 5-year anniversary.
To donate, just click the link below:
Thanks and Peace,
— James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Natasha, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
December 31st, 2010
With less than 15 hours until the end of the year, we wanted to give you one last chance to make a tax-deductible donation to support the work of Repower America.
We’re forwarding a special year-end message from Vice President Al Gore below. Please take a moment to read it. Your support in these last hours of 2010 can help move us closer to a clean energy future for our planet.
Thanks for all you do, and Happy New Year!
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Al Gore
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM
Subject: Your gift
This year was an important year for the climate movement.
This year we proved that when we work together, we can be a powerful force for change in this country. Although we did not achieve what we needed to at the federal level, cities and states across the country continue to take important actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When this progress was threatened in California with the Prop 23 ballot initiative, we stepped forward and said no. And together we succeeded.
This year people, businesses and institutions all over the United States stood up and demonstrated their commitment to a clean energy future. For some people this was as simple as making one everyday decision that was more climate-friendly. Other people stepped forward and became climate leaders in their communities and their businesses and their governments. All of this together has an important impact that should never be underestimated.
We must carry this momentum forward into 2011, and your support today can help us do this.
Make no mistake: We still have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Solving the climate crisis is not something we will do easily or overnight. But we have to do it. And we are doing it.
Whether its corporate action to adopt sustainable models of doing business, or a community initiative to make an elementary school more energy efficient, the change we need is happening all around us already. But we need to accelerate this change and bring it to scale.
At the end of the day, global-scale solutions will require us to change our laws and policies. But we should not lose sight of these small victories that create the roadmap to action at a much broader level.
Next year, each one of us needs to be a leader of the climate movement. Each one of us needs to demonstrate the courage and the commitment that it’s going to take to get this done.
And if we make this choice to do this work together, I have no doubt that we can and will succeed.
Best wishes in the New Year,
It is the end of 2010 and while it is snowing a bit all over the country, it is very cold. So, the voice of reason says everyone who is going to engage this New Year with something spiked to drink should stay put get cozy, watch movies, tv listen to some music; if the weather impacts you bundle up and or go to a bed/breakfast or hotel etc. and relax.
Hypocrisy and misinformation are two things of interest that should be beat back by those of us center and or left of center.
The only reliable product of an organized religion (replace w/Republican Tea Party) is a flock of hypocrites who feel that only *their* hypocrisy is divinely sanctioned. – Siddownshaddap
One of the biggest issues i hope the Democratic Party will jump on in 2011 is the overt Hypocrisy the Republican Tea Party has engaged in since electing President Obama into office.
My Urban Dictionary says a Hypocrite is…
(1) A person who engages in the same behaviors he condemns others for.
(2) A person who professes certain ideals, but fails to live up to them.
(3) A person who holds other people to higher standards than he holds himself.
The idea that what our President has engaged in anything that even resembles hypocrisy over the last two years compared to anything that most if not all Republicans and their comrades engage in without remorse is beyond me. I offer up as just one of hundreds of “pieces” of evidence Senator John McCain as one of the most well-known Hypocrisy Actor. I think most people at least respected McCain, the man who called himself a maverick but Senator McCain, having done a full 360 turn around on just about every piece of legislation that he was for while running for President. Senator McCain, the so-called maverick is now known to be a man of questionable choices by so many. In addition there are other Hypocrisy Actors like Mitt Romney who gets Government Health Care himself voted for TARP not only created but implemented Universal Health Care in his own State, voted NO on the floor of Congress that denied the rest of Americans from getting UHC or true government health-care like he gets paid for by you and me. The list of Hypocrisy Actors though long includes Republican Fox TV host Huckabee who not only spoke out against but ran on the pro-life campaign also had serious investments in embryonic stem cell research.
I have been a firm supporter of President Obama even when it looked as if legislation would sour or are voted down. It is slightly upsetting that given past histories of ”The People” or voters giving Presidents many chances some have gotten two terms and well you know where that got us. The next obvious thing one has to wonder and question is why so many would give previous Presidents so many opportunities even after a few years of seemingly falsehoods. Yet, turn on a new President so quickly, why would so many on the side of the issues have tantrums on such a regular basis and why make threats to take back your votes in what has been the worst economy since the depression? Those things on their own would be reason enough to give a new President time to find the correction let alone implement it. It is not lost on me why this President enlisted the like so of a larry summers, tim geithner and others … it is quite simple really -they know who what why where how when things got ugly, so far the fix is in though slow. In the hypocrisy or change of mind angle, it is obvious that for me every issue the President has talked about and or used during the pre-President election days are ones in which some information given underwent a change, which in turn changed Obama’s mind, his heart and warranted a change of direction. This for me is a change i welcome … for someone to have thought, selfless action, personal judgment and view for the many opposed to or for a select few right of center or even center think a change of mind is hypocrisy? Pish paw the very definition of hypocrisy since 2008 has the picture of Senator John McCain right by it –
This President has said right from the beginning that he had an open mind to solutions given by others from the Republican Party. However, they have spent two years obstructing, saying no, scaling down possible solutions, and hearing that Corporate America sent 1.4 Million jobs offshore in a time when it should be Country first – your own country. It makes me wonder just what will it take to see that those so-called people who hired folks or create jobs are doing so but outsourcing them to China and or Mexico etc. in the name of cost efficiency.
Republican Hypocrite of the Week …by DCCC
There are so many outrageous Republican hypocrites that it’s hard to chose just one but this week – we think Rep-elect Joe Walsh of Illinois deserves a nomination!
New reports this weekend reveal that Representative-elect Joe Walsh (IL-08) believes government has done TOO MUCH for the middle class, YET he’s hired a financial services lobbyist to be his Chief of Staff and is welcoming contributions from Wall Street titan JP Morgan. Walsh ran as an anti-government outsider but is now embracing Wall Street’s agenda and argues that government takes “care of too many in the middle class.”
Voters are getting a crash course in how out-of-touch Representative-elect Joe Walsh really is after he hired a Wall Street lobbyist to run his office and said there are too many government programs, like Social Security and the Department of Education, that benefit the middle class. When Representative-elect Walsh says that government has done too much for the middle class it must warm the heart of his Wall Street staff and special interest donors – but it leaves Illinois families out in the cold. Hiring a Wall Street lobbyist as Chief of Staff is the best evidence yet that Walsh’s agenda will be driven by Wall Street’s needs, not the needs of the middle class.
below: hypocrisy over the stimulus bill
Other News …
By Isaiah J. Poole | Blog for Our Future
- Ex-autos czar Steven Rattner to apologize, pay $10 million to settle civil charges
washingtonpost.com 32 min. ago
The U.S. Senate has voted 67 to 28 to advance the nuclear arms treaty with Russia known as START. That’s the exact number needed for ratification. After this vote, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) said he has an informal agreement with Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) on amendments to the treaty. He’s joined by Foreign Relations Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), who has worked on nuclear non-proliferation for a number of years.
Senate Republicans remarks on START treaty
December 21, 2010
The Senate’s number three Republican Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has said he will vote to ratify the nuclear arms treaty with Russia known as START. Treaty opponents, Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and others spoke with reporters at the Capitol about their concerns.
Senate Republicans Press Conference on START treaty
December 15, 2010
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) along with several of his Republican colleagues spoke to reporters about the nuclear arms treaty with Russia known as START. Senate Democrats want to pass the START treaty as it’s known before the end of the year. Sixty-seven votes are required for ratification.
House Speaker Pelosi signs Post 9/11Veterans Education Assistance
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was joined by other Democratic members and veterans activists in the Capitol for a ceremony that will send a 9/11 veterans bill to President Obama. The measure builds on the the so-called new G-I bill, extending education assistance to soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.