Witness From the Bridge l OH State Senator Nina Turner


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March 9, 2013

Rebroadcast, OH Senator, Nina Turner

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March 16, 2013

Rebroadcast, Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers’ Committee for CRUL


March 23, 2013

Ruby Sales, SNCC and Civil Rights Movement Veteran, Freedom Warrior, Director, Spirit House Project

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April 6, 2013

“An Evening with Runoko Rashidi: His Life and Work”

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2013 Barack Obama Commemorative Calendar l Support a Black Business when you do

Get the 2013 Barack Obama Commemorative Calendar

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The historic re-election of President Barack Obama is celebrated in the Limited Edition Commemorative Barack Obama 2013 Calendar. This calendar captures the President in various settings during his first term in office. Each month features a high quality image along with first term accomplishments noted on their anniversary dates and of course traditional holidays. The item is available for purchase immediately for the holiday season, the inauguration, as well as for Presidents’ Day and Black History Month. Don’t delay because supplies are limited! Makes a nice gift for:
  • Seniors who truly recognize the significance of this milestone for the country
  • Youth who can draw inspiration from this great American story
  • Political junkies and policy wonks can reference the policy achievements listed in the calendar
  • Educators can spin-off lesson plans form the key dates and use the whole item as a learning tool
  • Collectors of all things Obama
  • Republican friends as a learning tool on Obama’s true record or just as a gag gift
  • Yourself! Once you see it, it’s something you’ll want to keep for years to come
  • Anyone who is proud of what this represents for our country




List of ALEC Task Force Members


ALEC Corporations

The following corporations were listed as members of ALEC’s task forces as of July 2011, except for the Tax and Fiscal Policy task force (March 2011). Click here for a list of corporations that have left ALEC since this list was compiled, who have been removed from the list below.



WSJ Misrepresents Personal Injury Law In Support Of ALEC Effort To Deny Asbestos Relief In Ohio | Blog | Media Matters for America

WSJ Misrepresents Personal Injury Law In Support Of ALEC Effort To Deny Asbestos Relief In Ohio


A Wall Street Journal editorial echoed right-wing talking points to endorse an Ohio bill that would restrict asbestos victims from proving their claims at trial. But the editorial, which claims “rampant fraud” exists in asbestos-related litigation, provides no evidence of systemic abuse, conceals the fact that multiple companies can be legally responsible for asbestos injuries, and fails to disclose that the state legislation is a corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council bill pushed by top Republican ALEC officials.

Asbestos kills 10,000 people annually through cancer and catastrophic lung damage. Asbestos is still legal despite the fact that it is the proven cause of an ongoing epidemic, which is why companies that continue to produce or use asbestos may be sued for asbestos-caused disease. A victim can pursue legal relief against a bankrupt asbestos company by filing a claim against its trust. Personal injury law – tort law – generally holds that multiple actors can be legally responsible for the same injury and sued separately.

The WSJ, however, obscured this general tort principle in the editorial and misleadingly accused asbestos victims of “double-dipping” by filing claims against multiple companies who may all have contributed to the harm:

via WSJ Misrepresents Personal Injury Law In Support Of ALEC Effort To Deny Asbestos Relief In Ohio | Blog | Media Matters for America.

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Thanks to Citizens United, Foreign Entities Are Meddling in Our Elections, and More


In screwed news…because of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, our worst fears have been realized: foreign entities are meddling in our elections. As investigative reporter Lee Fang of The Nation uncovered, the nation’s largest oil lobby group – the American Petroleum Institute – which spends heavily in our elections, is receiving much of its money from agents of the Saudi government. According to disclosure documents, hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the API this election cycle actually came from foreign oil companies like Aramco, which is a subsidiary of the Saudi state-run oil company and is headed up by Tofiq Al-Gabsani – one of the directors of API and a registered foreign agent for the Saudi government. Nearly all of the Saudi money spent by the API this election cycle went toward defeating President Obama and Democrats and trying to help Republicans like Scott Brown in Massachusetts. This would have been criminal before the Citizens United decision, but now trade groups like the API can spend unlimited foreign money buying our elections and never have to disclose those sources. This is one of the biggest threats to our democracy. Join the movement to overturn Citizens United and get corporate and foreign money out of our elections by going to http://www.MoveToAmend.org.


via On the News With Thom Hartmann: Thanks to Citizens United, Foreign Entities Are Meddling in Our Elections, and More.

Romney Says Obama Only Won Because He Gave ‘Big Gifts’ To Blacks And Latinos | ThinkProgress


Romney Says Obama Only Won Because He Gave ‘Big Gifts’ To Blacks And Latinos

Mitt Romney is attributing his loss in the 2012 election to the “gifts” President Obama gave to minority voters, the Los Angeles Times isreporting. Speaking to donors on Wednesday, the former Massachusetts governor praised his own campaign, but speculated that Obama won because he was “very generous” to his base:


Romney Says Obama Only Won Because He Gave ‘Big Gifts’ To Blacks And Latinos | ThinkProgress.

Frank Rich on the GOP’s Denial — New York Magazine


Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too.


Mitt Romney is already slithering into the mists of history, or at least La Jolla, gone and soon to be forgotten. A weightless figure unloved and distrusted by even his own supporters, he was always destined, win or lose, to be a transitory front man for a radical-right GOP intent on barreling full-speed down the Randian path laid out by its true 2012 standard-bearer, Paul Ryan. But as was said of another unsuccessful salesman who worked the New England territory, attention must be paid to Mitt as the door slams behind him in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s brilliant victory. Though Romney leaves no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert’s fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote, is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat—our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it—won’t disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might.


Frank Rich on the GOP’s Denial — New York Magazine.