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Colin Kaepernick Starts Million Dollar Donations to Community Organizations

San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is living up to his pledge to donate $1 million to community groups….

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KAEPERNICK BEGINS ‘MILLION DOLLAR PLEDGE’

Two months ago, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick pledged to donate $100,000 a month for the next 10 months to organizations that work toward goals consistent with his message of fighting racial inequalities.

Kaepernick also promised to develop a website that would track his donations and create transparency with his charitable causes.

On Friday, Kaepernick posted an announcement on his Instagram page that he has started the “Million Dollar Pledge.”

On www.Kaepernick7.com, Kaepernick reveals a total of $200,000 in pledges to organizations in San Jose, Milwaukee, Chicago, Dallas and New York for the months of October and November.

“The mission of the Colin Kaepernick Foundation is to fight oppression of all kinds globally, through education and social activism,” according to the website.

The site includes an itemized breakdown of specifics of how the money for his donations will be spent. Here are the organizations to receive the first two months of pledges:

October
Silicon Valley De-Bug, San Jose: $25,000
Causa Justa/Just Cause, San Jose: $25,000
Urban Underground, Milwaukee: $25,000
Mothers Against Police Brutality, Dallas: $25,000

November
Black Youth Project, Chicago: $25,000
Gathering For Justice/Justice League, New York City: $25,000
Communities United for Police Reform, New York City: $25,000
I Will Not Die Young Campaign, Milwaukee: $25,000

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Military Supports Clinton 3-1 in Donations

In a reversal of a long standing difference, the active Military are donating near 3 – 1 in favor of Clinton.

Members of the military giving three times as much to Clinton as to Trump

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Active and retired members of the military have been showing far more support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than for her Republican rival, at least as measured by the checks they’ve written to her campaign.

Individuals who listed their employers as the U.S. Department of Defense or major branches of the military, or who say they’re retired from one of those, have contributed a total of $972,709 to both nominees so far this year. Clinton has claimed $771,471 of the contributions, or nearly 80 percent.

All major branches of the armed forces – including the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard – have favored Clinton to a much greater degree than GOP nominee Donald Trump. Members of the Army have contributed more than other branches of the service this cycle, giving a total of $191,712 to the two presidential hopefuls, 72 percent of which went to Clinton.

Meanwhile, it’s the Air Force that has given the largest portion of its contributions to Trump, though it still favors Clinton by a lot. Trump received 39 percent of the $110,711 given to the two candidates by people connected to the Air Force.

(Our analysis includes donors giving more than $200; candidates don’t have to provide identifying information about smaller donors to the public.)

If this seems surprising, consider this: Up until the primaries were over, the military favorite was Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), who received $374,600. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came in a close third after Clinton.

“People assume the military leans Republican, but I think that has fundamentally changed in the 21st century,” retired Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett said.

Barnett, who has contributed $600 to Clinton campaign so far this cycle, also said that since a single person in the Oval Office can commit the country to war, those in uniform are certainly willing to put some money on the line to help elect a leader they believe has the right skill set. “The last thing we want to see is our men and women in uniform going into a war we don’t need” due to ego, lack of judgment or some other personal flaw, Barnett added.

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The donation numbers are in stark contrast to the Military Times poll of preferences.

Retired members of the military seem particularly aghast at the thought of a Trump presidency, based on their contributions this cycle. Of the $135,392 that came from former service members so far, only 2 percent has gone to the brash businessman’s campaign.

Of course, history has shown that campaign contributions don’t necessarily reflect the results at the polls. Despite Obama’s victory in contributions from the military, 2012 Gallup data showed that veterans preferred Romney by 24 points over Obama.

Ramapo College Professor Jeremy Teigen, who studies military and politics, warned that while Clinton — and before her Obama — may be more popular with members of the military who donate to candidates, “that does not mirror the partisan voting tendencies of the military overall. We know, for instance, that the officer ranks trend substantially toward the GOP while the enlisted ranks trend less so but still toward Republicans.”

That Republican leaning has become more pronounced since the draft ended in the 1970s, Teigen said. “Now that the military is entirely self-selected, mostly male, and somewhat more likely to come from conservative social contexts, the men in the armed forces vote for Republican candidates and identify with the Republican Party more than not,” he said. (Teigen noted that less is known about the political leanings of women in the military.)

The New York Times reported on Thursday that veterans are turning to Trump, feeling abandoned by establishment politicians. Veterans featured in the story have called the nominee, “genuine,” and “a breath of fresh air.”

But University of Maryland Professor Emeritus David Segal said he’s seen more veterans against Trump than for him.

“Honestly, there’s not much enthusiasm for Clinton either, but veterans around me seem to have far less distaste for [Clinton] than Trump,” Segal said. “Trump does not value veterans, and in fact, insults families of veterans who have died in combat,” a reference to Trump’s tirades against the Khan family, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention in July.

Segal, who directs the Center for Research on Military Organization, said there are also concerns among military members that Trump is likely to get the U.S. into another war. He said Clinton, though somewhat hawkish herself, has a good understanding of working diplomacy, having served as secretary of state,

Earlier this year, Trump showed strong support for the use of nuclear weapons during a television interview, saying, “Somebody hits us within ISIS, you wouldn’t fight back with a nuke?” He continued, “Then why are we making them? Why do we make them?”

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in You Know It's Bad When...

 

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Even Trumps Lawyer Supports Hillary

Trump’s lawyers know a scumbag when they see one…

Trump’s lead lawyer donated to Clinton after joining case

Daniel Petrocelli’s support for Clinton undermines Trump’s widespread claims of bias in the Trump University case.

In the middle of the firestorm over Donald Trump’s racially based attacks on the judge overseeing the Trump University lawsuits, the billionaire GOP nominee went on Sean Hannity to rant against the plaintiffs’ law firm for paying Hillary Clinton large sums of money for speeches.

“The law firm gave hundreds of thousands — I think it was $900,000 or $700,000 — in speaking fees to the Clintons,” Trump said on Tuesday. “Plus, they contributed tremendous amounts of money to the campaign.”

“The whole thing is disgusting,” Trump added.

But Trump’s lead lawyer in the case has Clinton ties of his own.

Federal filings show that Daniel Petrocelli has donated to Clinton over the years, and even contributed $2,700 to her campaign after Trump brought him on to the politically fraught case.

The fact that Trump’s own lawyer in the class-action cases has been an avid Clinton backer undermines his accusations of bias in the case, not only against the plaintiffs’ lawyers but also against U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who Trump says has an “inherent conflict of interest” because of his Mexican heritage.

Records with the Federal Election Commission show that Petrocelli has donated to several Democrats over the course of more than 15 years, including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore and, in February of 2016, to a joint fundraising committee supporting Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet.

 

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2016 in The Clown Bus

 

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Federalists Buy Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason U

The State of Virginia has some great schools. University of Virginia and Virginia Tech are certainly considered in the group of top Universities in the country. Fast rising Virginia Commonwealth University has emerged from being a sleepy inner city school in Richmond, whose Medical College of Virginia and Computer Digital Arts Programs make significant contributions to the state. Both UVA and VA Tech have opened extension campuses in Northern Virginia to serve the Washington Area’s needs for Undergrad and Grad worker in the high tech and STEM Fields.Nearby University of Maryland is a powerhouse, with highly noted programs in Computer Software, Artificial Intelligence, and the STEM Fields.

Then there is George Mason, a commuter school which seems utterly disconnected from the high tech region which the college supposedly serves.

Why?

Funding. George Mason has been the darling of conservative donors for the past 20 years. Major donations each year from folks like the Scaife Foundation fund “academic” chairs in Economics for folks like black conservative Walter Williams. The Law School has a large an active Federalist Society, a racist group in suits which pursues legalized Jim Crow. No wonder the school recently received a $30 million donation from the Koch Brothers and an anonymous donor to name the Law School after Scalia.

ASS Law…Indeed.

Scalia School of Law Renamed to Avoid Vulgar Acronym

What’s in a name? Just ask George Mason Universityofficials, who announced last week the law school would be renamed to honor the late U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.

Officials said on March 31 the new name would be the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University.

Social media, predictably, erupted over the acronym, which became the subject of ridicule, so officials at the Washington area school quickly decided to change the name.

“The name initially announced… has caused some acronym controversy on social media. The Antonin Scalia Law School is a logical substitute. We anticipate the naming will be effective on July 1, 2016 pending final approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia,” the school’s dean, Henry Butler, said in a letter to students and alumni.

The law school was first prompted to change its name after receiving $30 million in donations, $10 million of which came from the Charles Koch Foundation and the other $20 million from an unnamed donor.

 

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Who’s Your Daddy? About Black Folks and Charity

That Christian spirit… Don’t believe it?

Check this out.

Charitable Donations: Blacks Outpace Whites

Black Emplyees Influence Corporations to Give

Reuters is reporting today on a study showing that African American donors give higher percentages of their incomes to charity than their white counterparts, with nearly two-thirds of black households make charitable donations, worth a total of about $11 billion a year. And it’s not just a little more: that number means black donors turn over a full 25 percent more of their incomes than white donors annually, according to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors research.  The results have many wondering why more African Americans don’t self-identify as philanthropists.

From Reuters:

But they don’t see themselves as big players in the charitable arena, and that presents an image problem, say experts like Judy Belk, a senior vice president for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

“African Americans have been very uncomfortable with the title of philanthropist,” Belk said. “If you don’t see role models who look like you when people start talking about issues related to philanthropy, you start believing, ‘Hey, maybe I’m not a philanthropist.'”

Belk said she got so weary of hearing this that she helped produce a 12-minute video released in November, dubbed, “I Am A Philanthropist,” which features diverse faces, races and ethnicities of donors and grant-makers. .  .

The report cites black churches as a historically important repository of giving, but notes that other important causes are coming to the fore.

While religious giving was the largest charitable category overall, it leveled off in dollar terms in 2010, according to Giving USA, a Chicago-area foundation that publishes philanthropy data and trends. At the same time, contributions for the arts increased almost 6 percent, a trend that was consistent across all racial groups.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Giant Negros, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Sean Penn Lays it on the Line About Haiti Aid

There is a huge stinking dead elephant in the room right now concerning Haiti. BTx3 has been working on this since shortly after the quake in January – so I’m fairly well versed on the problems (an there are a mess of them).

The issue here is that after committing nearly $10 billion to a 10 year recovery plan for Haiti, things hit a roadblock. The inborn corruption which has dominated Haiti’s serial failure for the past 80 years showed no sign of abatement in the face of the country’s most terrible catastrophe. Indeed – by some estimates over $150 million worth of the delivered $850 million in AID so far has been “disappeared” either by street “pirates” or by a group of corrupt Government officials (who by no means represent anything but a portion of the Government officials in the country)…

Resulting in the promised AID being suspended. There was a meeting at the United Nations back on April 30th where the 22 Nations which are footing the $10 billion laid down the law. There would be no more money as long as the corrupt officials held power. The donor nations KNOW WHO THEY ARE. The crooks got to keep what they stole, as long as they just left…

The problem is – the corrupt officials are sitting on lots of ill gotten gains. They are not the ones living under blankets strung out over the mud in the massive refugee “cities” which have sprung up full of people displaced by the quake damage. They also know that under current conditions an additional 200,000 or more could die due to typhoid or some other epidemic embarrassing the first world countries into acquiescence.

Business as usual in Haiti.

In the meantime, some basic shit isn’t happening. The 1.3 million folks living under blankets in “tent” cities aren’t seeing much hope of getting out of those cities, they aren’t getting enough food, and the medical support is strained to the limit. Violent criminal gangs are again roaming the streets, while the police – who lost 2,000 of their 8,000 man force and nearly half their equipment are struggling just to provide basic law enforcement, against at leat one, and possibly two “super gangs” who now outnumber the police force.

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Posted by on May 19, 2010 in News

 

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Some American Corporations Donations to Haitian Relief Effort

Some major American corporations are bellying up to the bar to support relief efforts in Haiti.

This is by no means a complete list, as companies are joining by the hour – so if some companies are missing – that isn’t to say they haven’t made a donation or effort. Hopefully, some companies are taking a longer view. While immediate disaster relief is of the utmost urgency today, the long term needs are going to be in rebuilding infrastructure, housing, and sanitation. As such, donations of building materials and tools might be of huge value. I also notice from this list that none of the Energy companies seem to have stepped up yet. Hopefully they are taking the long view…

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS), Jefferies Group Inc. (NYSE: JEF) are each contributing $1 million to relief efforts.  Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) said today it is contributing $100,000.00.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) has pledged $600,000.00… $500,000 in cash and and $100,000 in pre-packaged food.  Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) is donating $500,000.00 and more than 1 million meals. Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) said that The Rite Aid Foundation is making a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.  Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) will donate $1 million to support the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is donating of $500,000.00 to be matched with donations from Arcos Dorados, the company that operates nearly 1,700 McDonald’s restaurants in Latin America, and combined are estimated to total at least $1 million.  Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) is directing $500,000.00.  The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) committed $1 million each.  Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) and General Mills (NYSE: GIS) are each giving $250,000.00.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is committing $1,000,000.00 and The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) pledged $100,000.00.  CA Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) donating up to $200,000 via $50,000 grant and up to $150,000 in employee matches.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) pledged $50,000 donation to Telecoms Sans Frontieres to support relief work in providing telecom to victims in Haiti; while AT&T wireless customers can send donations to the Red Cross through a text message to be added to the customer bill.  Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) said its Verizon Foundation awarded $100,000 in grants to World Vision and Food for the Poor and it will match 1-to-1 every dollar donated by Verizon employees to the two approved non-profit organizations of up to $1,000 per employee.

Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) is ponying up $250,000.00 and waving outbound fees to Haiti for seven days.  MoneyGram International Inc. (NYSE: MGI) is cutting its transfer charge to $1 for payments sent to Haiti and awarded a $10,000 grant to the Pan American Development Foundation.

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) pledged up to $250,000 to match employee contributions to Red Cross disaster relief efforts; this is up to $250 per employee.    United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is contributing more than $1 million in cash and in-kind support through its UPS Foundation, including $500,000.00 in cash and services for shipment of supplies and working with charities.

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) pledged $1 million via cash and medicine or nutrition.  Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) is donating $2 million and will match staff donations dollar per dollar.  Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) from the Humana Foundation is contributing $100,000.00, which could be up to $150,000.00 total via employee matching.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2010 in General

 

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