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Michelle Obama Launches Voter Registration Campaign with Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Janelle Monae

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Michelle Obama
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Former First Lady Michelle Obama and some other famous friends will launch a new voter registration nonprofit called When We All Vote.

In addition to the Hamilton creator and the first lady, the co-chairs of the national nonpartisan organization include actor Tom Hanks, country music stars (and spouses) Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, basketball player Chris Paul and singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe.

Through extensive social media and digital outreach, the national organization aims to increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote and who actually show up to the polls on election day.

The launch video shows Obama and Miranda personally making voter registration calls, reminding the other co-chairs to vote in every election, “school board, state house, all of them,” Obama instructs.

“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power,” Obama says in a statement in When We All Vote’s press release. “And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election: for mayor, governor, school board, state legislature and Congress. The leaders we elect to these offices help determine just about every aspect of our lives and our democracy. So the future of our families, our communities and our country belongs to those of us who show up, cast our votes, and make our voices heard.”

When We All Vote aims to increase voter registration rates in all 50 states hoping to make waves in a political landscape where registration rates are low. In 2014, more than 1/5th of eligible American citizens were not registered to vote, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts research cited in the press release.

When We All Vote is embracing a three-pronged strategy to achieve its registration and participation oriented goals: volunteer recruitment; improved voter registration processes; and increased conversation across the United States. This approach will involve recruiting on-the-ground people and organizations in all 50 states, and extensive social media and digital outreach. When We All Vote is also partnering with corporate, education and civic institutions to reach voters nationwide, according to the press release.

“Voting is a small act that proves that we are a democracy a government of the people and by the people. It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn’t just represent a small some not just the most powerful but all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union,” Hanks says in a statement.

Monáe adds in a statement, “It’s gonna be our generation that corrects the mistakes of our past and creates a more inclusive future that works for us all. As voters, we are the ones that hold the power to make this dream a reality.”

Protest for Social Justice

 

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Colin Kaepernick, right, and Eric Reid kneeling during the national anthem before an N.F.L. game last year. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

Written By: Keter Crosby

The National Anthem has become the topic of discussion this week after coaches and players protest on NFL Sunday by taking a knew during its singing across the league. Former San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has become a household name most notably for his kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem last year.

Colin Kaepernick’s protest has stirred up a lot of controversy starting last year and entering into this current season. Resulting, in outcries for a cultural ban of the NFL in the black community. We must first reiterate the reason why Colin took a knee protesting the flag in the first place. Last year the ex-NFL quarterback took a knee to protest the murdering of black males in America by police officers. This protest had nothing to do with Military veterans; this has everything to do with the unjust treatment of Blacks and Minorities in America.

This ongoing protest has drawn a lot of attention by the national media. Nick Cannon has always been vocal about social justice and equality. He joined members of the community in St. Louis, Missouri who were marching after Jason Stockley’s acquittal for killing Anthony Lamar Smith. These protests have been receiving more attention after POTUS stated “Get these sons of b****es off the field”.

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#Stand4What? #Food4Thought /via @NickCannon #SpokenSundays #StandForWhat #poetry Swipe 👈🏾 (Full poem on Facebook.com/NickCannon) Stand For what?! You want me to stand for a song that continues to remind me of all the harms that have done me wrong? Stand for what?! For your Army that none of our sons truly belong Stand for what? The 100 years it took them to convince Congress to become the anthem after 40 failed attempts Stand for what? Your forefathers who really just Pimps. Stand for What? A song about War, not freedom That's how you want to lead them Brainwash your people? that's how you want to treat em Slavemasters whips to Cops night sticks, that's how you continue to beat em. Stand for what the beginning of Slavery in 1619 Or the end of those Black Marines of 1814 That's really what the lyrics are about They may have taken the word slave out but they forget to remove the slave connotations from their brains and they mouth The mentality to make America Greater than your imagination is how you pout Hating because we burned down their White House Gave proof through the night, that its light out For the old elitist white man thinking Drunk off they ass with power at baseball games singing and drinking Man stand for what? Stand for something or fall for dumb shit! Stand for what To salute the Red White and Blue, on a Flag where my Colors not reflected Stand for what To uphold laws that were embedded to have my community negatively affected Stand for what Your racist systemic melodies of mind manipulating rhetoric? Did you know the government pays Sports organizations for plays, to make people more patriotic This MK Ultra Soul control needs to stop it I can still love my country and hate that fucked up song about rockets, and bombs bursting air Reminds me of Charlottesville's vicious glares And police shootings with no care like the dash cameras wasn't there. Stand for what Monuments and statues of old slave masters Constant reminders of our nations disasters The Heros in Houston, the Doctors, the Poets and the Pastors. That's who I want to shape our greatness after I honor and respect our men and women of service But we've been taught to idolize wars wi

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I believe those remarks speak volume about the current state of the nation. I am not now nor will I ever be a fan of silent protest and marching. Protests, rallies, and marches are easily dismissed by the main stream media and very seldom taken seriously. When has this country ever stood up for the rights and freedoms of all its citizens? When has the concerns of the misrepresented or disenfranchised ever been addressed on a national scale?

This country’s very system of politics and government has been built off the oppression of the minority. We cannot forget the history of the country because history without fail will repeat itself. What is under scrutiny? The systematic mistreatment of not just the minority, but the voiceless majority is under protested. The rhetoric explaining the righteousness and honor of this American system is spread by those that have a voice of influence in the media and news.

                  The truth will never see the light of day when the liars of this system are controlling your access to information. It is not a person that we are warring against. Nor is it a group of people that we are in opposition to.  American ideologies has conditioned people to justify the murder of unarmed civilians. It is the indoctrination of American people that is the true adversary.

The national attention that this protest is receiving can either be good or bad. It can either bring light to an existing problem or it can cause a further racial divide. One thing is for sure, the struggle for equality and justice continues. We as a people must realize the grave injustice that has struck this country.

 

Wells Fargo Rejected a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Card Design!

Wells Fargo has proven to many that your freedom to express yourself will not be happening with them!

Rachel Nash, a Baltimore city school teacher, tried to customize her Wells Fargo bank card using the company’s online card designer to “reflect what’s important to you.”

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Customized Wells Fargo Cards

Rachel designed her card all black with the words “Black Lives Matter” and her design was rejected by Wells Fargo. Two days after she submitted her image online, she received an email Thursday morning informing her that her design did not meet the company’s guidelines.

 In speaking with the Washington Post, Rachel says that she simply wanted to use her card design to start conversation with “cashiers and others she interacts with while she buys groceries, gets coffee, dines at restaurants — wherever and whenever she uses her debit card.”

 Nash is not giving up. She has submitted another design to Wells Fargo. This one says “Black People Are Important.”

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But that, too, will be rejected, Wells Fargo told The Post.

According to the customer service reps, Black Lives Matter is too political.

 “As soon as I said ‘Black Lives Matter,’ [the customer service agent] said, ‘Oh, that’s why it got rejected.’ She said Wells Fargo ‘didn’t want to be associated with any antisocial or offensive organizations,’ ” Rachel recalled.

“She said that if ‘Black Lives Matter’ were on my card, it might offend people,” Rachel said. She eventually reached a supervisor who repeated the original reasoning that the phrase was “offensive and antisocial.”

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Wells Fargo

 

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A Wells Fargo spokesman said on Friday that it rejected Nash’s image because company policy “prohibits political and trademarked or copyrighted images.”

 But “Black Lives Matter” is a movement, not a trademarked brand. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected applications to trademark “Black Lives Matter” for clothing sales because the slogan is “commonly used in rallies dedicated to raising awareness of civil rights, protesting violence, and conveying the message of support for the same.”

 Kris Dahl, the spokesman, said that customers who submit images such as the ‘fist’ Nash used must typically prove they created them.

 Dahl said in an emailed statement that the company will be reaching out to Nash to apologize for the way she was treated on the phone because “it did not correctly reflect the reason for the decline and was counter to our commitment to treating our customers with respect.”

 “The purpose of our Card Design Studio service is to give customers the opportunity to personalize their cards, and its guidelines aim to preserve the political neutrality of our products,” the statement said. “Wells Fargo respects individuals’ right to their opinions and causes, and when Wells Fargo rejects or approves an image, that’s not a reflection of Wells Fargo’s rejection or endorsement of the customer’s political view or cause.”

 

The saga highlights the sensitive line businesses walk between appealing to consumers and avoiding offense while protecting their brands. A swastika would warrant a clear rejection, Dahl said. As would a Confederate flag.

 

What about a card with the words “Choose Life” for those who oppose abortion rights?

 “Generally speaking, we would err on the side of caution as to what is considered political,” Dahl said in an interview.

 The company has a litany of rules stating which types of designs are unacceptable, including trademarked logos, images of celebrities and copyrighted cartoon characters. Wells Fargo will also reject “violent, offensive, anti-social, or death imagery,” sexual content, dead animals, political or religious imagery and “socially unacceptable or discriminatory” signs as well as images of flags — except the American flags featured in the company’s photo gallery, according to the original rejection email Nash received.

 There’s also a gay pride collection of pre-approved images including a rainbow flag and a “We are family” button next to a pink triangle. Dahl told The Washington Post that Wells Fargo is comfortable in its support for gay rights and does not consider rainbows to be a political statement.

 

He said Wells Fargo similarly celebrates black history and culture through its “Untold Stories” collection of credit card images rolled out in February during Black History Month. The images include a boombox and a black family embracing one other.

 

Nash shared her disappointment over the bank’s rejection of her Black Lives Matter design with her students during a discussion about financial literacy.

 “These banks are very excited to sign my kids up for credit cards as soon as they get to college, but they are not supporting the people who live in my city,” Nash said. “It’s hard for students to hear that big businesses they expect to be inclusive are not. And a lot of them said they don’t feel like doing business with Wells Fargo.”

 Who wants to bank where there are limits to how you express what you believe in?!

Wells Fargo Rejects Black Lives Matter Card
Wells Fargo…Really?