In mid-2014, PowerPAC+ released the results of an audit of the Democratic Party’s spending on minority-owned or minority principal consulting firms. Spoiler alert: the spending was a measly 1.7%.
Six months later, Democrats are meeting with Hispanic-business owners and have Latino hires in the pipeline, but not much else to show. Here’s more from Buzzfeed:Continue >>
This Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced her U.S. Senate bid to replace Senator Barbara Boxer who is retiring next year. We are thrilled at the opportunity to support a progressive that represents California and the nation.Continue >>
The Washington Post recently declared the new 114th Congress as “one of the most diverse in American history,” comprised of nearly 20 percent women and just over 17 percent of which is people of color. Which is to say, Congress is still 80% White and 80% male.Continue >>
2014 was a turning point for the multi-racial majority in politics. We are fighting everyday to build political power to address the inequality and injustice we face. So here are six reasons to celebrate happy and strong new year for our families and the community...Take a look:Continue >>
A look back at the victories, supporters, and endorsed candidates of PowerPAC, the organization that created the country's first super PAC to engage voters of color for Barack Obama's presidential bid. Features California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Former NAACP President Ben Jealous among others.
After two decades of approving stringent ‘tough on crime’ policies that created a massively overcrowded prison system with the worst recidivism rate in the nation, California voters are now bringing their state to the forefront of progressive criminal justice reform.
Prop 47, which reduces low-level drug crimes and property crimes valued at under $950 from felonies to misdemeanors, passed on Election Day with 59 percent of the vote. Here’s a look at what that means for California moving forward.Continue >>
Last month, President Obama used executive action to reshape the country's immigration policy. The President's action means that millions of undocumented people will not face deportation and many will be able to work legally. However, these actions won't help the 7 million undocumented people who don't qualify under administration relief. We need comprehensive immigration reform and only Congress can do that. So that leaves us to ask - who does this policy benefit and will this help undocumented people come out of the shadows?
In a wide-ranging conversation with PowerPAC+'s Amy Chen, Annette Wong, Immigrant Rights Program Manager for Chinese for Affirmative Action, a civil rights organization that has advanced equality, created coalitions and addressed the needs of marginalized communities for over forty years, shares what's at stake for the Asian American immigrant community.Continue >>
We are outraged that a St. Louis County grand jury allowed police officer Darren Wilson to walk free after killing unarmed teen Michael Brown, over a 100 days ago. But this isn’t the end of our fight for justice. The solution is long-term political change in Ferguson and across the country. Only then will we have higher standards for policing, an end to profiling and respect for our communities.Continue >>
While Democrats will spend the next couple of months figuring what went wrong after a tough election in 2014, we're proud to say PowerPAC+ candidates brought a glimmer of hope for progressives on Election Day. Read on to learn which leaders are leading the progressive charge and how they're fighting for us.Continue >>
Campaigns & Elections magazine recently released their annual 'Influencers 50 'list, a list of key players who will be influencing the upcoming election cycle. PowerPAC+ Chair Steve Phillips and Senior Advisor Julie Martinez Ortega were featured on the list for their work on the 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report, which examined the Democratic Party's lack of diversity in consultant spending in the past two election cycles.