Hip Hop Caucus in 2017: Frontlines of the Resistance

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Our democracy and communities were under attack in 2017, but you fought back with us…

Hip Hop Caucus keynote address in Chicago — December 2017

Our justice, health, education, civil and human rights, environment, security, economic opportunity, and moral compass were all dramatically undercut and damaged by our elected leaders in 2017.

The inequality gap also continued to widen. Those at the top continue to flourish and build their fortunes, like an heir who just became $75 billion dollar richer from the tax bill that Congress just passed. While families without financial means and opportunities continue to be looked-over and marginalized, like the 13 year-old boy who collected cans to buy his mom a Christmas gift.

In 2017 Hip Hop Caucus was at the frontlines of the Resistance, fighting for a better future for all.

Rally on Capitol Hill for the health of our communities and planet — June 2017
Helping our friends launch the AFRICANS RISING movement in Senegal — June 2017
We helped announce U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Congressman Raul Ruiz’s “Environmental Justice Act of 2017” bill on Capitol Hill — October 2017
We led the #RespectMyVote rally in front of the White House, as Trump’s “Voter Suppression” commission met for the first time — July 2017
We led the #RespectMyVote rally in front of the White House, as Trump’s “Voter Suppression” commission met for the first time — July 2017
No Malice from The Clipse led our Respect My Vote! efforts for the elections in Virginia.

Hip Hop Caucus is optimistic for the future, but we know real change never comes easy. It is going to take our collective action, recognition of our power, and perseverance to make the difference.

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Thank you for staying involved on behalf of our communities and culture. All power to the people!

A3C Action Summit — October 2017
Our Virginia Respect My Vote team, led by No Malice, visited colleges ahead of the November elections in the Commonwealth.
Our Senior Vice President, Mustafa Santiago Ali, held a discussion with Al Gore at Netroots Nation — August 2017
Congressional Black Caucus Annual Conference Event — September 2017
We fought for environmental and climate justice!
We helped promote and encourage people to vote for “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” to win a MTV Video Music Award. The amazing song and video focuses on the injustices facing our Indigenous brothers and sisters at Standing Rock and the need to get off of the fossil fuels causing climate change. — August 2017
Supporting DC Mayor Muriel Bowser as she signed a Mayor’s Order reaffirming Washington, DC’s support of the Paris Climate Accord. — June 2017
People’s Climate Music event with Antonique Smith and Adrian Grenier at Climate Week NYC 2017 — September 2017
Members of our team visiting with our good friend Gina McCarthy, former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Members of our team paying close attention to nomination hearings on Capitol Hill — June 2017
No Malice joined us for the #RespectMyVote Rally in front of the White House — July 2017
Members of our team pose for a pic following a Protect the Arctic Rally on Capitol Hill — December 2017


#RespectMyVote Rally protests Trump’s “Voter Suppression Commission”

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Hundreds of people gathered for our #RespectMyVote Rally in front of the White House the morning of July 19th to protest Trump’s “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The conversation also grew online, as #RespectMyVote rocketed to the #3 trending topic in America on Twitter, and stayed trending all day long. In addition, over a half million people signed petitions pushing back on Trump’s plan to suppress voters, and those petitions were at the rally in front of the White House for delivery.

The commission, more appropriately known as Trump’s “Voter Suppression Commission”, is nothing more than a sham — as noted by the Washington Post — created in response to the blatant false claim of voter fraud in America.

Ever since losing the popular vote by almost three million votes in the 2016 election versus Hilary Clinton, President Trump has been obsessed with proving that there was wide-spread voter fraud. Earlier this year he claimed, without one shred of evidence, that 3–5 million Americans voted illegally during the election.

Now he is out to prove this false claim and is using the power of the Presidency (and your tax money) to set up a which-hunt team full of voter-suppressor all-stars. Each of member of the commission has a long track record of suppressing the vote and blatant attacks on the Voter Rights Act.

Instead of focusing on solutions to ensure more people are able to vote, such as modernizing voter registration, this commission is going to embark on a which-hunt in order to prove a false claim and set up the justification for actions that will make it harder for Americans to vote. They have long decided that those who are the most vulnerable in our country — young people, seniors, people of color — need to have more between them and the ballot box.

Voting is the fundamental right of our democracy. It is a cherished right that our soldiers die for. The United States should be a beacon for democracy throughout the world and lead by example. This new commission completely goes in the the opposite direction.

However, we have seen all of this before. And just as Dr. King and so many others did throughout this country’s history, we are going to fight with everything we have to protect our voting rights. We will always be there to protect voting for all.

We had a very special guest join us for the rally — No Malice, from the legendary hip-hop duo Clipse. No Malice also wrote an article about why he was there. Check out “No Malice Writes Letter ‘Why I’m Rallying at the White House’”.

Here’s what the #RespectMyVote Rally and trend online looked like: