Friday, October 19, 2012

Still Supressing Voters of Color? Tell them NO!

I've been doing my best to ignore the phone calls, junk mail, Unsolicited E-mails and even the News around this election.  But some lies are too obscene to ignore.  How about, you can be Prosecuted for voting?

Apparently, media giant Clear Channel thinks it's a-okay to use its billboards to
intimidate voters in an effort to
keep people of color from voting.
Last week, an anonymous group started plastering Black and Latino neighborhoods in
Ohio and Wisconsin with billboards implying that people can be prosecuted for trying
to vote. Despite widespread protests,
Clear Channel has refused to take the billboards down
, claiming that they aren’t responsible for the content.
Our allies at Color of Change think that ramping up pressure on Clear Channel now,
while the media spotlight is shining, could be what it takes to get these billboards
pulled before they cause even more harm.
Tell Clear Channel to stop profiting from voter intimidation -- take the billboards down NOW!
Of course,
Clear Channel has refused to put up political billboards before
 -- in fact, just a few months ago, they refused to let us put up a billboard calling
out the corporate funders of climate change denialists The Heartland Institute, with
the reasoning “you can’t criticize a corporation.”
These billboards are part of the right-wing strategy to suppress voting in communities
of color. State governments have tried to purge voter rolls, made registering to
vote more difficult, and curbed early and absentee voting -- often at the behest
of corporate-friendly lobbying groups like ALEC. Right-wing politicians say that
these measures are meant to curb voter fraud, but so far,
no one has found a single instance of voter fraud
 that these policies would have stopped.
The real point of these laws is to make voting harder
 for poor people, students, and people of color.
Now Clear Channel -- which, surprise, surprise, is owned by Bain Capital -- is getting
in on the action and making a quick buck off of voter intimidation. Of course, the
bar has to be high for us to advocate removing a billboard, but voter intimidation
rises to that level.
It's ridiculous that Clear Channel would stop members from denouncing
corporate-sponsored climate change denial and then let some anonymous organization
intimidate Black and Latino voters. Let's stand together and hold them accountable.
Tell Clear Channel to take down these intimidating billboards.
Rob, Kaytee, and the team at
Further reading:
Ohio voter fraud billboard accused of intimidating black voters
," The Grio, 10-05-12.
Does Romney's Bain Capital Support Voter Suppression
," Daily Kos, 10-10-12.
The Myth of Voter Fraud
," Washington Post, 03-29-07.
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