The Kony 2012 campaign has now gone viral in its attempt to bring international attention to the horrendous crimes of Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony. But Jezebel warns that the non-profit that’s behind the film, Invisible Children, has a somewhat shady past of its own. Here’s more from Jezebel, which notes that if you really want to donate money to Uganda, there are more direct ways to do it. (For the record, Invisible Children responded to Jezebel here.)
The American radical right grew “explosively” in 2011 according to a report issued Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The rise of hate groups is believed to be fueled by antagonism toward President Obama, resentment toward changing racial demographics and the slumped economy.
“The dramatic expansion of the radical right is the result of our country’s changing racial demographics, the increased pace of globalization, and our economic woes,” Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and editor of the new report, said in a statement.
“For many extremists, President Obama is the new symbol of all that’s wrong with the country - the Kenyan president, the secret Muslim who is causing our country’s decline,” Potok said. “The election season’s overheated political rhetoric is adding fuel to the fire. The more polarized the political scene, the more people at the extremes,” Potok went on to say.
On Monday I shared a story about Lakota Indians in South Dakota blocking two tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their land. One of the women who stood in front and blocked the giant big rigs was a 92-year-old grandmother.
On Tuesday morning I got an email from one of her family friends and I thought it could serve as inspiration for us all. Here’s the note that Colorlines.com reader Coya A. forwarded to us:
In the middle is my grandmother, Marie Randall, she is 92 years old! and my cousin Andrew Ironshell, they are part of the group of Lakota Oyate who prevented the TransCanada/XL Pipline trucks from crossing the border into the Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of the Oglala Lakota! I am so proud of my people and I will stand by them anytime and anyday!!
Today’s love goes to Maria Randall for standing up in what she believes in and being an inspiration to us all!
Katy Butler, a 16-year old from Ann Arbor, Mich., delivered more than 200,000 signatures to the Motion Picture Association of America on Wednesday urging them to change the rating of the documentary “Bully” to PG-13 so more young people can see it.
“I just heard that the Motion Picture Association of America has given an “R” rating to “Bully” — a new film coming out soon that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools,” Butler wrote in her Change.org petition. “Because of the R rating, most kids won’t get to see this film. No one under 17 will be allowed to see the movie, and the film won’t be allowed to be screened in American middle schools or high schools.”
But shortly after Butler delivered the signatures the chairman of the Classification and Rating Administration of the MPAA said she “shares Katy’s goals of shining a light on the problem of bullying,” but that the rating will not change.
“Katy Butler’s efforts in bringing the issue of bullying to the forefront of a national discussion in the context of this film are commendable and we welcome the feedback about this movie’s rating,” Joan Graves said in a statement. “We hope that her efforts will fuel more discussion among educators, parents and children.”
Rush Limbaugh apologized last week for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” but his laters have to make you wonder if he has any regrets.
According to ABC News Limbaugh has lost 42 advertisers but he told his listeners today that “everything’s cool,” that those advertisers have little if any impact on the show’s revenues.
A billboard portraying a black man with a metal collar around his neck has sparked controversy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, according to PennLive.com
The billboard that reads “Slaves, obey your masters,” was paid for by americanatheists.org. According to PennLive.com the sign is in the city’s most racially diverse section.
Laurene Powell Jobs, the wife of the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, has been a supporter of the DREAM Act for years. That’s according to a Washington Post profile of leaders in the Silicon Valley that support the bill that would give undocumented students a path to legalization.
This Dollar Shave Club commercial (that takes confidence cues from the Old Spice man) had me until they introduced Alejandra—the scenes comes across like she’s the butt of the joke.
On Wednesday morning Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook announced a new iPad will be on sale March 16th.
But consumer watchdog group SumOfUs.org has launched a new petition calling on Apple to release workers’ clock-in and clock-out data for the last 4 months to prove that the new iPad was made without forcing workers into illegal and dangerous levels of overtime.
Several studies have found black students are suspended more often and for smaller infractions across the country but new data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday shows Los Angeles’ black students are getting it the worse.
Mitt Romney won six states on Tuesday including Ohio, Idaho, Virginia and Massachusetts. The presidential hopeful celebrated his wins in Massachusetts but his victory speech was interrupted twice by DREAM Act supporters.
While speaking about the promise of America and the need to fix the economy, undocumented youth held up posters that read “VETO ROMNEY, NOT THE DREAM ACT.” One of the protesters shouted “then why would you veto the DREAM Act Sir.”
“We love this country; we want to serve this country,” the protestors repeated until they were escorted out.
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On Monday the Georgia Senate passed a bill that would ban undocumented students from Georgia’s 60 public colleges. If Senate Bill 458 becomes law undocumented students will not be able to attend state colleges even even if the student can pay full tuition upfront.
“Georgia’s already got a ban of sorts on undocumented students attending its top five most competitive schools. This law would expand the ban to the entire state college network,” said Julianne Hing, Colorlines.com’s immigration reporter.
Terry Malloy of the activist network the Yes Men just confirmed that the “Three Strikes, You’re In” website is a hoax. The website raised eyebrows this morning by declaring that the NYPD had teamed up with McDonald’s to offer free happy meals to disaffected residents who had been targeted by the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. The website has been taken down.
Here’s what Malloy told Colorlines.com Tuesday afternoon:
Three Strikes, You’re In is a press relations stunt. But Stop and Frisk is a bigger press relations stunt. People in New York talk about ideas like broken windows policing, but what we want them to do is to consider what it does to a younger person’s mind to know that they’re targeted any time they leave their homes. How does that impact our society?
This is a project with the Yes Lab, run by the Yes Men. They’re teaching activists how to do what’s called ‘culture jamming’, where the idea is to create some kind of stunt, or hoax, if you will, that will attract enough attention that the media will want to go more into the story.
The ploy, it seems, worked in piquing the media’s interest in the story. Malloy said he’s gotten calls “from ABC News, Bloomberg News and Business Insider Magazine” and that the ACLU has also been in touch.
On Tuesday, McDonald’s denied participating in a campaign called “Three Strikes, You’re In!” that rewarded New Yorkers who have been victims of NYPD’s stop and frisk policies with a Happy Meal. The parody campaign identified itself as a partnership between the NYPD and McDonald’s 365Black campaign that highlights the corporation’s work in the African American community.
“The site has been taken down—the campaign was fabricated and McDonald’s is not participating in this program with the NYPD,” Beletra Atwaters, a McDonald’s representative told Colorlines.com on Tuesday afternoon.
Kaela, Kris Humphries’ older sister, has signed on with Ford Model’s Plus Size division.
“The division that brought you Crystal Renn, Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring among others is excited at the prospect of bringing this beautiful, engaging young woman to markets worldwide,” the agency said in a release. “A true size 16-18, Kaela will be in a league of her own.”
Ms. Humphries, 29, is mixed race - her father is half white and half black, her mother is white.
(h/t Fashionista)(Photo: Ford Models)
Five more advertisers announced they will no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, bringing the total number to 20. But industry insiders say most ad dollars are simply moved around temporarily and sometimes they even come back.
“While ad exits make headlines, they don’t necessarily account for typical sponsorship cycles,” Brian Steinberg wrote in the marketing industry magazine Ad Age on Monday. “Advertisers may appear to leave, but they more often simply move to the sidelines. Sometimes, they even come back.”