Our campaign at democracyincolor.org has published the 2016 Fannie Lou Hamer Report Cards to evaluate U.S. Senate campaigns, as well as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and their independent expenditure effort on their outreach to and engagement with communities of color.
Racial justice defines the issues this political season. Stay up to date with the latest with these highlights from recent coverage of New York Times bestseller Brown is the New White and the national dialog on how people of color are central to the progressive future of our country.
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Early last year, PowerPAC+ founder and chairman Steve Phillips announced he was writing a book. The book was to be named Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. Eloquently written and data-driven, this groundbreaking and compelling book must be a bestseller. The country is hungry for analysis that helps explain the role of race in politics today - and using history and numbers proves why voters of color are the center of the Democratic Party.
A bestselling book about race and politics could start a movement and it could help frame the public discourse and the coverage of the 2016 presidential and senate races this year and beyond.
It was a tremendous group effort - including organizational partnerships, media outreach, event planning, video promotion, reviews and commitments to leverage the data-rich content in political campaigns, advocacy groups, and classrooms. Reviews came in, and they validated the power of the message:
"Steve Phillips is not only an author writing about the potential of a “New American Majority.” He is one of its gifted architects, an innovator with deep roots in electoral politics and a passion for connecting people of every race and background in common purpose. His energetic book, Brown is the New White, is both a fascinating exploration of today’s rapidly changing demographic landscape and an opportunity to see the future through the eyes of one of America’s most engaging public servants and progressive political minds." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
This winter, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will preside over an Affirmative Action case that is no stranger. In 2013, the court heard a case where a white woman, Abigail Fisher, contended that she was not granted admission to the University of Texas at Austin because of her race. SCOTUS upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s racially conscious admission policy, returning the case to the lower court by holding that the “the lower courts had been too deferential to the school administrators in evaluating the affirmative action program.” But now the case reappears before the Supreme Court this term. Many do not suspect that the conservative bloc of the Court will let the opportunity to revoke this program escape them and will instead, “take matters into their own hands.” Is this a mistake?Continue >>
New reports from NBC News find that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has begun to focus extensive hiring efforts on Latino-owned community outreach consultants. The hiring decisions come as a direct result of the findings from the PowerPAC+ Fannie Lou Hamer Report. The report, researched and authored by Dr. Julie Martínez Ortega, found that 98% of the money spent by the Democratic Party committees went only to White-owned consultancies, despite the incredible diversity of the Democratic Party.Continue >>
The Young Democrats of America (YDA) National Convention this August in Los Angeles featured former Maryland Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley and U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) who urged over 700 young, progressive Democrats to focus on critical issues before and after the 2016 election: criminal justice reform, income inequality, and racial justice, to name a few.Continue >>
The Movement for Black Lives Conference in Cleveland, Ohio a couple weeks ago ended with a officer pepper-spraying a large group of #BlackLivesMatter activists, but what’s not getting attention is the brave Black women who were on the front-lines of that protest.Continue >>