S3 Ep 14: Showing Up w/ Alyssa Milano

Many Grassroots Organizations have found themselves in a competition for support from donors. Unfortunately, organizations vying for attention have created a circumstance where groups step on each other for resources, leaving those who need help the most buried.  Rev Yearwood speaks with Actress, Activist, and Author Alyssa Milano about her work connecting organizations to people on the ground in the movement. Alyssa dives into the realities of being a celebrity activist, cancel culture, and the backlash for speaking up for justice.  

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hip Hop Caucus and Global Partners Unite for Three Parallel Climate Summits

Earth Week Will Also See Multiple Days Of Climate Action 

On Earth Day, April 22, global activists, international leaders, and influencers will come together for the second-annual multi-hour Earth Day Live

WASHINGTON, D.C. — EARTHDAY.ORG along with lead organizers Education International, Hip Hop Caucus, and Earth Uprising are organizing three separate parallel climate action summits on April 20 and 21 ahead of the Biden Administration’s global leaders’ climate summit. The parallel summits are focused respectively on climate literacy, environmental justice, and a broad range of youth-led climate-focused issues. Earth Week will also bring thousands of groups and millions of voices together to stand up for climate action and bring awareness to humanity’s greatest existential threat. On Earth Day, EARTHDAY.ORG will bring together its partners, activists, educators, researchers, musicians, artists, influencers and more for its second-annual Earth Day Live.

“This Earth Day, we have an important opportunity to challenge world leaders to see climate change for what it is – a pressing global security threat, one that threatens everyone and everything but particularly our most vulnerable people and places,” said Kathleen Rogers, President of EARTHDAY.ORG.

April 20
The three days of climate action begin on April 20th with the global youth climate summit led by Earth Uprising, in collaboration with My Future My Voice, OneMillionOfUs and hundreds of youth climate activists. The global youth summit will consist of panels, speeches, discussions, and special messages with today’s youth climate activists including Greta Thunberg, Alexandria Villaseñor, and Licypriya Kangujam. The four-hour digital summit will address the progress that has been made on their main issues of concern, including the creation of green jobs, climate literacy, civic skill training, environmental justice, biodiversity protection and sustainable agriculture. In the lead up to the event, the youth organizers will put together a short list of demands that they want addressed at the Biden Administration’s climate summit.

“President Biden bringing together world leaders to discuss climate change on Earth Day is a major turning point in global climate action! This youth-led summit will bring together global youth climate activists to prepare a message for President Biden on the eve of his historic summit. Youth around the world are experiencing some of the worst effects of climate change right now. We’re suffering from extreme weather, pollution, civil unrest, and the loss of lives and livelihoods. Our summit will identify the key issues and solutions most important to youth. The future of our generation is at stake and it’s important for our voices to be heard!” said Alexandria Villaseñor, Founder of Earth Uprising.

“World leaders need to see climate change as an urgent political issue. The world is already experiencing adverse extreme weather events like floods, droughts, heat waves, cyclones, locusts and extremely polluted air at the same time. These are all the impacts of climate change. The United States must take a leadership role in the shift to sustainable production and consumption to end this crisis and shift from the carbon economy to the green economy. It must put in place policy that would draw investment into resource efficiency and reduction of waste. In doing so, it will provide a template for other developing countries as well,” said Licypriya Kangujam, 9-year-old Climate & Environmental Activist.

In the evening on April 20, the Hip Hop Caucus and its partners will present the “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit. This digital event will examine climate and environmental justice, connecting the climate crisis to issues of pollution, poverty, police brutality, and the pandemic, all within a racial justice framework.

“Climate and environmental justice were on the ballot in November. The same Black and Brown voters that decided the election for President Biden, are the same communities that have been most impacted by environmental injustice and who are most threatened by climate disaster. This Earth Day, we expect President Biden to reinforce our affirmation that ‘We Shall Breathe’ by announcing bold climate action based on equity and justice domestically and globally,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Founder, Hip Hop Caucus.

April 21
On April 21, Education International will lead the “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit.” The multilingual virtual summit will span several time zones and feature prominent activists from every continent, focused on the crucial role that educators play in combating climate change and why we need transformative climate education now. 

Susan Hopgood, President of Education International, said, “The fight against climate change  must have an  education face  and a teacher’s voice in every area of the world.  The planet is  in  crisis  and I  strongly believe that teachers and educators have a critical role to play in  combating the environmental destruction, human suffering and  social injustice that will  certainly occur if climate change continues at current rates.”

“Teachers know that the most important long-term investment our societies can make towards a sustainable future is ensuring every student is literate about climate science and equipped with the civic knowledge and skills to change course,” said David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International. “All world leaders must commit to creating the necessary educational space and resources so that students learn the world’s most important lesson. In launching this campaign, the world’s educators are determined to realize our students’ right to know, do and exist.”

April 22
Parallel to the Biden Administration’s global climate summit, EARTHDAY.ORG will produce its second Earth Day Live digital event on April 22. The multi-hour multi-channel livestream will include segments taking place around the world starting at noon Eastern Time. Workshops, panel discussions, and special performances will focus on Earth Day’s 2021 theme, Restore Our Earth, which examines natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. Topics will include climate and environmental literacy, climate restoration technologies, reforestation efforts, regenerative agriculture, equity and environmental justice, citizen science, cleanups, and beyond. World climate leaders, grassroots activists, nonprofit innovators, thought leaders, industry leaders, artists, musicians, influencers, and more will be involved.  

For more information about Earth Day 2021, please visit: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/

About EARTHDAY.ORG
EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at: https://www.earthday.org

About Hip Hop Caucus
Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Learn more at: www.hiphopcaucus.org

About Education International
Education International is the global voice of educators and the world’s largest, most representative global organization of education unions. With more than 32.5 million members in 384 organizations in 178 countries and territories, Education International works to promote peace, democracy, social justice and equity through education and the collective strength of teachers and education employees. Learn more at: https://www.ei-ie.org

About Earth Uprising
Earth Uprising is a global, youth-led non-profit organization focused on climate education, climate advocacy, and youth mobilization. Through its strong network of activists from all around the world, partnerships with other groups, and local, national, and international campaigns and actions, it aims to bring attention to, and spur action based on the latest science regarding the climate crisis. Earth Uprising provides the tools, resources, and connections young people need to take direct action in their communities. Learn more at earthuprising.org

Press Contacts:
EARTHDAY.ORG: Olivia Altman altman@earthday.org

Hip Hop Caucus: media@hiphopcaucus.org

Education International: Cristina Banita Cristina.Banita@ei-ie.org or Rebeca Logan rebeca.logan@ei-ie.org

Earth Uprising: media@earthuprising.org

Hip Hop Caucus Celebrates Rep. Deb Haaland’s Appointment as Secretary of the Department of the Interior

Nationwide– Following news that President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Congresswoman Deb Haaland as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Hip Hop Caucus issued the following statement:

“Rep. Deb Haaland’s selection to lead the Department of Interior is one of the most powerful and important appointments by President-elect Biden, and today we celebrate,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Founder of Hip Hop Caucus. “Not only is this historic, as she is the first Native person to hold a cabinet position, she is the right person at the right moment to lead this Department: she will set a precedent on how to equitably work with tribal communities and how to make a just transition to solve the climate crisis. 

“A lifelong activist, Rep. Haaland joined the movement at Standing Rock and is respected by her peers in Congress and across the nation. Today, we uplift our Native brothers and sisters. This appointment provides leadership in a Department that has long been responsible for our country’s exploitation of tribes. We will call on her for leadership on issues such as returning land back to Native people and championing climate and environmental justice. We look forward to her bringing a breadth of experience to this appointment by elevating these issues to the forefront of our national discourse and action.”

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About Hip Hop Caucus

Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.

Hip Hop Caucus on Biden, Harris Victory

LOS ANGELES– Today, in response to former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris being declared the next President and Vice President of the United States, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Founder and President Hip Hop Caucus, released the following statement:

“The people have spoken and decisively rejected hate and divisiveness. Tonight we celebrate this historic win, as Sen. Harris becomes the first woman and person of Black and Asian-American descent to be our Vice President.”

Across the country, we have watched as our communities continue to suffer from dangerous and harmful policy, rhetoric, and systemic violence. Many are understandably at their breaking point given the enormous hardships of this year, in particular — from the pandemic, the economy, and just the overall uncertainty that the future holds.

Hip Hop Caucus nonpartisan campaigns engaged tens of thousands of voters this cycle, but elections are always only the beginning of the work. The struggle for climate justice, racial justice, economic justice, and civil rights continues, and now we will hold our new administration to account – to not merely tackle the crises the last administration created – but to make this a place where all of us can thrive.

Today the work continues, with this new leadership to achieve better outcomes in 2021 and beyond.”

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Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.

Hip Hop Caucus on Election 2020: We Must Count Every Vote

LOS ANGELES – Today, as we await the results of who has won the Presidential election, with former Vice President Joe Biden on track for an electoral college victory, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Founder and President Hip Hop Caucus, released the following statement:

“The basis of American democracy is that we pick our leaders – our leaders do not pick their voters. This election is not over until we count every vote. Whether we are Black or white, Indigenous or newcomer, Latinx or Asian, we know that for democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all. In our democracy everyone counts, no exceptions.

The candidates have had their say, and now it is time for the will of the people to determine the outcome. In this election, voters have turned out to make their voices heard in record-shattering numbers. We must count every vote and swear in the President that the people have chosen.

Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of American democracy. So much is on the line in this election – our lives, our health, our jobs, our democracy.  We The People determine our own future – through voting. No other option is acceptable.”

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About Hip Hop Caucus

Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.

Hip Hop Caucus Responds to Fatal Police Shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.

LOS ANGELESFollowing the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. and the subsequent protests in Philadelphia, Hip Hop Caucus issued the following statement:

“We demand the police officers who murdered Walter Wallace be charged to the fullest extent of the law,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Founder of Hip Hop Caucus. “Philadelphians are right to be outraged. Walter Wallace Jr.’s family had called for an ambulance to help with a mental health crisis, not for police to shoot their loved one dead in the street. Walter Wallace deserves justice. Black people deserve justice. ” 

“People are rightfully taking to the streets in Philadelphia to demand justice while people across the country are taking their demands for Black lives to matter and an end to police brutality to the polls,” continued Rev. Yearwood Jr. 

“This systematic brutality has gone on for as long as enslaved Black people were brought to this country 401 years ago and 2020 is the year of truth. Hip Hop Caucus calls for defunding the police and investing in community-led solutions for public safety, health, and opportunity. And we call on state and local officials in Philadelphia to protect the rights of people to protest this outrageous miscarraige of justice and to protect everyone’s right to vote in the current election.”  

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About Hip Hop Caucus

Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.

Hip Hop Caucus Demands Structural Court Reform in Response to Republicans’ Illegitimate Supreme Court Confirmation

“Our lives are on the line and it’s time for Congressional Democrats to fight like it.”

LOS ANGELESFollowing today’s Senate floor vote for Amy Coney Barrett’s seat on the Supreme Court, Hip Hop Caucus issued the following statement:

“Today’s sham Senate vote is nothing short of a complete legislative coup,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Founder of Hip Hop Caucus. “Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have undermined the will of the American people with this Supreme Court confirmation and exposed themselves as lying hypocrites. Let there be no doubt that Americans are taking notice.

“In the middle of a once in a century pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 people and pummeled us into an unprecedented economic crisis, Republicans have hijacked our democracy and prioritized a political power grab over coronavirus relief. This illegitimate confirmation threatens our health care, our planet, our voting rights, our civil rights and women’s reproductive rights. 

“Our lives are on the line and it’s time for Congressional Democrats to fight like it. They must move forward with structural reforms like abolishing the filibuster and court expansion immediately to ensure our institutions truly represent the will and interests of the majority of Americans. Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump do not get to dictate what this country looks like for generations to come.”

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Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.

Grammy Award-Winning Ozomatli team up with Corazón Latino and Hip Hop Caucus for Soy Latino, Sí Voto Get Out the Vote Concert

With nearly 32 million eligible Latino voters – 13 percent of eligible voters in the United States – groups connect with climate justice voters via music, culture

Miami, Florida – Corazón Latino and Hip Hop Caucus have partnered with LA-based Latino urban, hip-hop and rock band Ozomatli to inspire and engage Latino voters across the nation –  and in key swing states – to get out the vote via their respective Soy Latino, Sí Voto and Respect My Vote! campaigns. The band is a past Grammy award winner for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album and Best Alternative Music Album.

This year, nearly 32 million eligible Latino voters – 13 percent of eligible voters in the United States – could make a significant impact on the outcome of the election. If engaged equitably with inclusive language and cultural appeal on the issues they care about most, Latinos will be more likely to take their all-important voices and votes to the ballot box. 

Ozomatli will be going LIVE on Facebook and YouTube this Sunday at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT.
“Ozomatli takes firm stances on various social justice issues. Our work focuses on giving voice to Latino culture, opportunity to children, fighting for workers’ rights, and promoting global unity and peace amongst people, cultures and nations,” said Raul Pacheco, Ozomatli’s lead vocals and guitar player.

“We’re honored to partner with Ozomatli, whose internationally renowned music, will help us inspire and encourage U.S. Latino voters to exercise their right to vote and make their voices heard. We must all vote with our families and our Madre Tierra in mind,” said Felipe Benitez, Executive Director of Corazón Latino, a national non-profit organization that seeks to generate social, environmental, and conservation initiatives that foster natural resource stewardship.

“We are pleased to partner with Ozomatli and Corazón Latino to get out the vote. Our communities will raise our voices and flex our power at the polls on November 3rd because democracy is truly on the ballot in this election. Ozomatli’s music and social justice leadership is legendary and together we will ensure that our votes for a just and sustainable world are respected,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, a national non-profit, nonpartisan organization that inspires young people to participate in elections, policymaking and service projects.

In early October, Corazón Latino launched its bilingual Soy Latino, Sí Voto peer-to-peer online civic engagement campaign with the goal to connect with 50,000 voters leading up to Election Day, while helping communities to overcome in-person voting challenges brought about by the global pandemic.

The campaign, hyper-focused in Arizona, Florida, Puerto Rico, now expanding engagement in Michigan, hits on issues that affect Latino communities in the United States, including climate justice and environmental protection.

For more information on Soy Latino, Sí Voto check out Corazón Latino’s press room. For details on volunteering and being a part of this campaign using the grassroots organizing app Reach and the VoteAmerica platform, visit:  https://forms.gle/9D1TdbtE5KRPZNkq. For more information on Hip Hop Caucus’ Respect My Vote! campaign, visit: respectmyvote.com.

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Corazón Latino is a national non-profit organization that seeks to generate social, environmental, and conservation initiatives that foster natural resource stewardship. Corazón Latino mobilizes the passion, love, unity, solidarity, and resources of individuals, communities, organizations, and government entities to advance the common good. Visit us at http://www.corazonlatino.us.

Corazón Latino is based in Washington, DC, with active programming and offices in Arizona, California and Puerto Rico.

Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. HHC’s Respect My Vote! campaign, is the longest running, most successful Hip Hop voter engagement campaign ever. For more information visit: www.respectmyvote.com.

The Climate Reality Project, EarthDay.org, & Hip Hop Caucus Join Forces For Star-Studded Virtual Event To Mobilize Voters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On October 24, The Climate Reality Project, EARTHDAY.ORG, and Hip Hop Caucus are teaming up to present Your Vote, Your World, a virtual livestream event. Just 10 days out from the most important election in generations, Your Vote, Your World brings together activists, artists, musicians, and cultural icons to explore what’s at stake this November and highlight the important role young Americans will play in this historic election.

Your Vote, Your World is presented in partnership with the American Public Health Association, Black Millennials for Flint, Broadway Green Alliance, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, Corazón Latino, LCV Chispa, MOVE Texas, National Wildlife Federation, NAACP Youth and College Division, One Up Action, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Plus1Vote, Poor People’s Campaign, Repairers of the Breach, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, Vote Early Day, Voto Latino, and When We All Vote.

The virtual event will rally young voters to shape the next chapter of America’s history. Americans under the age of 39 make up 37 percent of the electorate, and as the largest and most diverse voting bloc in the country, these individuals have the power to make their voices heard on the issues they care about most.

The incredible lineup of celebrities, activists, artists, and elected officials participating in Your Vote, Your World includes:

  • Al Gore, Founder and Chairman, The Climate Reality Project
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and Founder, Hip Hop Caucus
  • Stacey Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight Action
  • Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation
  • Saad Amer, Founder and Director, Plus1Vote
  • Bishop William J. Barber II, President, Repairers of the Breach; and Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
  • Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University
  • Charlie Bonner, Communications Director, MOVE Texas
  • Don Cheadle, Actor
  • China Chow, Actress
  • Catherine Coleman Flowers, 2020 MacArthur Fellow
  • Philippe Cousteau Jr., Filmmaker and Conservationist
  • Ashlan Cousteau, Journalist and Conservationist
  • Shepard Fairey, Artist
  • Jason Gooljar, Digital Engagement Director, EARTHDAY.ORG
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Actor
  • Lil Dicky, Rapper and Actor
  • Derrick Lewis, National Field Organizer, NAACP Youth and College Division
  • Kori Malia, Extinction Rebellion
  • Dave Matthews, Musician
  • Thomas Middleditch, Actor
  • Ozomatli, Band
  • Kevin Patel, Founder, OneUpAction
  • Kal Penn, Host, Kal Penn Approves This Message
  • Questlove of the Legendary Roots Crew
  • Mark Ronson, Music Producer and DJ
  • Dr. Yusef Salaam, Activist and Member of the Exonerated 5
  • Adesina Sanchez, Tech Expert and TV Host
  • Drew and Jonathan Scott, TV Personalities
  • Lauren Singer, CEO, Package Free and Founder, Trash is For Tossers
  • Stephanie Shepherd Suganami, Digital Influencer and Environmental Advocate
  • Zeke Thomas, DJ and Activist
  • Alexandria Villaseñor, Founder, Earth Uprising
  • Danni Washington, Science Communicator and TV Host
  • Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson, Author and Co-Founder of The All We Can Save Project
  • Calum Worthy, Actor

“This election could very well determine whether we summon the will to solve the climate crisis, address systemic racism, and save our democracy,” said Al Gore. “And while there is so much at stake, I have never been more hopeful, thanks to the young leaders who continue to demonstrate their vision for a better, fairer future. The single most important thing we can do to make that vision a reality is vote this November.”

“This election comes at a critical time for both our country and our planet. Each of us has the right and responsibility to vote. Our event, Your Vote, Your World, is focused on providing our audience with the necessary information to make voting easy. The stakes for our democracy, our planet, and our future have never been higher, and voting is the first step to protect all three,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of EARTHDAY.ORG.

“Young people hold the power to fundamentally transform our country and build a future where we all thrive. Our lives, our planet and our civil rights are all on the line this November, and the time is now time to energize, organize and mobilize to the polls. Hip Hop Caucus, through our Respect My Vote! campaign, is proud to join so many incredible activists and artists at Your Vote, Your World to celebrate the power of our diverse voices,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Founder, Hip Hop Caucus.

The virtual event will be streamed on Amazon Music’s Twitch Channel and YourVoteYourWorld.org, beginning at 1:00pm ET.

For more information about Your Vote, Your World, please visit YourVoteYourWorld.org.

About Hip Hop Caucus (www.hiphopcaucus.org)

Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.

About The Climate Reality Project

Founded by Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is working to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, we are spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.

About EARTHDAY.ORG

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at earthday.org

Press Contacts:

Hip Hop Caucus

media@hiphopcaucus.org

The Climate Reality Project

press@climatereality.com

EARTHDAY.ORG

Olivia Altman

altman@earthday.org

Hip Hop Caucus on the Supreme Court’s Granting of the Trump Administration’s Request to Halt the Census Count

“This move will severely damage and create irreversible effects on our democracy”

LOS ANGELESAfter extending the deadline to count every person in America due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration reversed course, and the Supreme Court has now granted the administration’s emergency request to halt the census count by two weeks. Today, Hip Hop Caucus issued the following statement:

“Our highest court has decided to play politics with the fundamental right of every person in this country to be counted. We are now in a place where the Supreme Court is helping this administration alter our Census count,” said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Founder of Hip Hop Caucus.

“This move will severely damage and create irreversible effects on our democracy. A shortened census will exacerbate underrepresentation of our most vulnerable populations for a generation. We will see a larger undercounting of communities of color, undocumented people, houseless individuals, poor and young people,” continued Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.. “This decision will disproportionately reduce our communities’ representation in reallocated congressional seats and Electoral College votes for the next decade.

“Extending the census period is critical considering counting efforts in this unprecedented pandemic have prevented Census workers from going door-to-door as in previous decades. Halting the census is a cynical and unconscionable political ploy to further limit federal funding and political representation for the most vulnerable.” 

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Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.