#Blackoutday2020 – We Buy Black

We’ve already succeeded in raising awareness of the power of our dollars! With 2 million supporters, all united around the mission of economic solidarity to fight systemic racism, we’ve made it clear that it’s a new day!

Today, elected officials, corporations and organizations are addressing systemic racism at all levels…from the board room to senior management, staffing, policies and brand names. We’ve made it clear that we will no longer tolerate injustice and inequality.

Let’s celebrate the success of #BlackOutDay2020 and continue the movement! #BlackLivesMatter #BlackMoneyMatters

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On July 7th, #BuyBlack, #BankBlack…or keep your money in your pocket!

Pre-Order Reverend Sharpton’s New Book Today

Rev. Al Sharpton appeared on Morning Joe on MSNBC to discuss Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads, his forthcoming book now available for pre-order. He finished the book in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and warns the reader to be vigilant about our society moving in a direction where “we are more concerned about profits that we are about people.” The book acts as a practical guide for all readers to engage themselves as citizens and rise up.

Rev. Al Sharpton Calls Upon Faith Leaders To Discontinue Services

AMID THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, REV. AL SHARPTON CALLS UPON FAITH LEADERS TO DISCONTINUE GATHERINGS & SERVICES FOR PALM SUNDAY & HOLY WEEK LEADING INTO EASTER.


Rev. Al Sharpton (NAN), Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, and the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) Convene National Conference Call to Discuss the Need for Pastors to Discontinue Services That Aren’t Online
(April 1, 2020) – Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton convened a call with the heads of the nation’s largest historically Black religious denominations and other faith leaders to call on clergy to refrain from having church services as we head into Palm Sunday and Easter Holy Week. The public appeal is being made following the arrest of a Louisiana megachurch pastor for holding Sunday services and a separate criminal action against a Florida pastor, who held services over the weekend that drew large crowds, willfully violating a local coronavirus stay-at-home order.
According to Rev. Al Sharpton “I have been arrested over thirty times for civil rights and civil disobedience—twice for ninety days and another forty-five days for standing up for people’s civil and human rights. These separate incidents involving leaders of faith putting people’s lives in danger is not a matter of civil or human rights, nor is it a statement of faith. It is self-aggrandizing, reckless behavior of those Shepherds who would risk their sheep rather than lead their sheep.”
Under the leadership of Reverend Al Sharpton and NAN Board Chair Reverend W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC), a series of calls will continue to be conducted to discourage the growing number of churches that say Palm Sunday and Holy Week should be observed in person.

Rev. Sharpton & NAN Staff Providing Meals at House of Justice

“NAN—one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations—has joined forces with World Central Kitchen to transform its sites into community kitchens to prepare meals for those in need,” reported NewsOne. “The NAN’s Harlem-based headquarters as well as a site in Newark, New Jersey are being utilized to make thousands of meals to deliver to senior citizens, low-income families and reentry program participants. Cognizant of the current state of food insecurity—specifically within impoverished and underserved communities—Rev. Sharpton was determined to alleviate obstacles for those facing hunger.”

The World Central Kitchen, founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, has provided disaster relief in the midst of global emergencies. The nonprofit donated 3.7 million meals after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and provided food following natural disasters in Haiti and Mozambique. “With the traditional safety nets like school feeding programs, childcare services, and senior centers closing, many in our communities will not be able to provide for their families,” said Reverend Sharpton. “Our partnership with World Central Kitchen is to ensure our community that we are here for them. In times of stress and struggle, we all need to support one another.”

 

NAN’s Virtual Townhall Meeting Provides Answers

Nearly 3,000 people participated in National Action Network’s first virtual townhall meeting. The event, held on Sunday, March 29, 2020 and moderated by Reverend Al Sharpton included leading health experts, academicians and U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who talked about the stimulus bill that Congress recently passed that provides some economic relief to Americans.

The 90-minute townhall included Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association;  Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Family Medicine physician and associate professor in the department of Family Medicine at Rowan University—School of Osteopathic Medicine; and Dr. William F. Tate IV, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and professor at Washington University St. Louis.  Participants in the webinar had the opportunity to ask questions. If you missed the webinar, you can watch it here. The next townhall meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, 2020.  Stay tune to www.nationalactionnetwork.net for more information.

Civil rights leaders calling on Congress to address impact of Coronavirus on Black Americans

The nation’s leading civil rights organizations have requested an urgent meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer regarding racial equity in the coronavirus response proposal.

Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League; Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable; NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network, insisted that coronavirus response legislation must take racial equity into account.

“As we often say, when white America catches a cold, Black America gets pneumonia, and never has that metaphor been more apt,” Morial said. “Urban communities of color are likely to suffer the brunt of the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis and any legislative response must contain targeted relief.”

“We’re concerned about the impact it will have on children who are out of school and don’t have the broadband internet access they need for digital learning at home,” Campbell said, “And comprehensive paid family leave for all is needed now more than ever.”

“Low-income workers, who are disproportionately African-American, are the least likely to have paid sick leave,” Johnson said. “Black workers are more likely to face short-term layoffs or total loss of employment. How is the country going to address their plight?”

Sharpton noted that urban neighborhoods and communities of color often lack access to quality health care facilities.

“What efforts will be made to make testing freely available in urban and poor communities?” Sharpton asked. “We need to make sure that the relief offered in any coronavirus response plan does not bypass the communities most in need.”

The leaders said discussions would include the possibility of making some provisions of the response plan permanent.

Update On Presidential Primary

The primaries have concluded and the field of 16 presidential candidate for the Democratic Party has come down to the last two men standing former VP Joe Biden and his opponent Bernie Sanders. Sanders had been ahead of Biden until his come back last week in South Carolina and the seven other states which has restored Biden’s lead as front runner for the Demo’s party candidate. The question circulating among many who are talking about this important race is, “Who can beat the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania?” Many millennial voters feel that this could be another internal problem and fixed for Biden to win even though voter turnout has been favorable for Sanders. Mostly do to this promise of student tuition reduction or forgiveness, health care for all and his other more fashionable campaign promises but can Bernie beat 46-1? Sounds good and even looks better on paper, however, if the DEMO’s loose the House and can’t gain any seats in the Senate the fight will be how will Sanders keep or fulfill any of these campaign promises. No matter who is the DEMO candidate, the most important matter is in November to GET OUT and VOTE. Another four years of who is in leadership could be a disaster! Stay tuned, the fight has just begun. KEEP THE FAITH!

 

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Rev. Sharpton Receives Leadership Award at Urban One Honors Ceremony

Rev. Sharpton for receiving the REPRESENT Leadership Award from Cathy Hughes and Alfred Liggins as apart of Urban One Honors Award Ceremony. The event heralded the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, fashion, sports, education, and the community. Footage of the awards is schedule to air on MLK day, January 20th, 2020.