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?Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
It is no secret that music culture, pop culture and flat-out Hip-Hop culture has been used to influence voter turnout. Just look at the ‘Vote or Die’ or ‘Rock the Vote’ campaigns, who claim to have influenced the record turnout of young voters in the 2008 election of President Barack Obama. From his ability to code switch to his acute understanding of black youth culture, Obama is arguably America’s first “Hip-Hop President.” He has undoubtedly galvanized the Hip-Hop generation like no other President has before. With the importance of young voters of color for this upcoming election the question now is: Can an endorsement from today’s leaders in Hip-Hop influence this upcoming election?Read more
We don't have the full story. The police officer violated Sandra Bland's constitutional rights and more. So why is the prosecutor sidestepping the facts and attacking Sandra Bland's character instead? This behavior by prosecutors is an all to common behavior of America's all white prosecutors.Read more
An analysis of the Democratic Presidential staff rosters as reported in FEC filings on July 1st, 2015 show estimates of diverse hires amongst top Presidential campaigns in their initial hiring wave.
INCLUSV, a diversity hiring initiative & project of PowerPAC+, the group who did the Fannie Lou Hamer report audit, recently carried out this analysis by examining the salary and payroll expenditures listed on each candidate's FEC report, matching these expenditures to available information in the voter file, and performing additional quality control analysis based on Inclusv’s vast national network. This effort aims to raise awareness and call for campaigns across the progressive infrastructure to make inclusive hiring practices a priority moving forward. Moving forward, the initiative calls for each campaign to internally track and transparently publish diversity figures quarterly.Read more
A black-brown coalition, born under former Mayor Harold Washington and reborn in the candidacy of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, is poised to elect the first Latino mayor in Chicago on April 7th. Big population shifts and the promise of progressive pushback to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's school privatization efforts and just plain mean-spirited governance style set the table for one of the most important races this year. With early voting double what it was for the initial mayoral election with 72,000 ballots already cast, according to the Chicago Board of Elections, this could be Chuy Garcia’s election win.Read more