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Voter Registration Taking Place at Black Panther Screenings

For a long time I’ve questioned why organizations haven’t held voter registration drives at geek events like conventions.

One organization seems to have heard my screams as Electoral Justice Project has launched #WakandaTheVote which is allowing those seeing Black Panther to register to vote.

Founded by Kayla Reed, Jessica Byrd and Rukia Lumumba, the organization’s goal is to register as many voters as they can at theaters.

Reed said:

This weekend we wanted to meet our people in Wakanda. We know that for some it’s a superhero world, but we know that the world we deserve is still waiting to be built — and we want to build it! This upcoming spring and November 2018 midterm elections are an important step in building that new world, and we want to take every opportunity to engage our communities in the conversation of electoral justice. We will be registering people to vote at movie theaters across the country so that we can #wakandathevote at the ballot box.

Over 1,000 individuals responded to the organizations call for help. The organization is focused on educating and motivating Black voters as well as launching an “intensive campaign manager institute” in the spring called Electoral Justice League.

Can’t make a screening and need to register to vote? Text WAKANDA to 91990. You can also register to vote with the handy widget on the right side of our site.

Today is Election Day in the US. Go VOTE!

Today is election day in many locations throughout the United States and we’re asking you to get out, vote, and make your voice heard!

There’s Gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia as well as Legislative elections in both of those states. Many states have local elections, special elections, and ballot measures.

Over half of the states have elections and you can get the full list here. You can also find information here.

Voting is the most powerful thing you can do to make your voice heard and participate in our nation. Don’t sit on the sidelines, get out and take part in democracy.

Live Long and Run for Congress? Star Trek Actor Running for Congress.

Actor J.G. Hertzler, who played Klingon General Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is running for Congress against Rep. Tom Reed in New York’s 23rd District which extends along New York’s border with Pennsylvania from the shores of Lake Erie in Chautauqua County to the suburbs of Binghamton in Tioga County. Hertzler filed last week with the Federal Elections Commission to run as a

In the announcement, he said he “disagree(s) with everything Reed supports, including his unrelenting support of Trumpster.”

Hertzler filed last week with the Federal Elections Commission to run as a Demcorat for the seat.

But, there’s a twist!

Hertzler will be making appearances some times as himself and some times as Mark Twain. Hertzler sees this as a “valentine” to Samuel Clemens who used the pen name of Twain. Hertzler sees Twain as a brilliant humorist for all ages.

Hertzler is currently an elected town board member in Ulysses, NY.

(via The Hill)

South Carolina Democrat Archie Parnell Channels House of Cards to Win Frank Underwood’s Seat

While we don’t normally cover the popular Netflix show House of Cards, we do cover politics so it feels right to cover Democrat Archie Parnell who is attempting to win in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, the same seat the fictional Frank Underwood held on the show.

The online comical ad features the show’s theme music, reproductions of Kevin Spacey‘s dramatic soliloquies and memorable lines.

 

Michael Kelly, the actor who plays Doug Stamper on the series, tweeted Parnell’s ad showing approval. In the show, Stamper is Underwood’s White House chief of staff and former director of strategy.

Parnell is a former congressional staffer and business official with Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil.

 

Brianna Wu is Planning a Run for Congress

brianna-wuThe 2016 elections were a little over a month ago but folks are already thinking about and preparing for the 2018 midterm elections (and don’t forget to vote in local elections in 2017 for those that have them!). Game developer Brianna Wu is one of those people and has decided to run for U.S. House of Representatives. Though she hasn’t officially announced (and may never actually do so) she posted the picture to the left on her Facebook page and confirmed her intentions to Venture Beat.

Wu runs the Giant Spacekat indie game studio with Amanda Warner in the Boston area and has been very outspoken when it comes to sexual harassment, harassment in general, gender rights, and Black Lives Mater. She has been the target of death threats and harassment herself standing up to it and the GamerGate community.

Wu, a Democrat, plans to run in Massachusetts and is currently assembling her campaign team but it is being reported that Cory Doctorow will be advising.

“My main agenda will be economic. Here in Massachusetts, taxpayers spend an amazing amount on subsidizing education – particularly with infrastructure. But then students and entrepreneurs take that investment by our state to San Francisco or Austin,” she said. “I think we can do a much better job keeping startups here in our state. Also, look at the game industry, which has been devastated here in Boston with the loss of Irrational and others.

“I’d hope to serve on the House technology subcommittee. It was very disturbing to me to see members of the House tie the Mirai botnet (malware that hijacks computers) to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), simply parroting special interests. It’s an example of how our tech policy doesn’t serve the American people. We need people making policy that actually understand technology, that understand the assault on our privacy. It’s a national security issue, and we’re failing badly.”

I will be adding legal experts on cyber-bullying and revenge porn to my advising team soon,” she said. “The reason I decided to run is simple: [President-elect Donald] Trump is terrifyingly now in the White House. I can’t sit by making pleasant video game distractions for the next four years while the constitution is under assault. Hillary [Clinton] ran a brave marathon, and now it’s time for women of my generation to pick up that baton and commit to public service.

The other reason I’m running is because I’m ready for a bolder Democratic Party. I didn’t personally support Sanders in the primary, but he tapped into a very powerful disconnect between our party’s leadership and our base. We want leaders that will fight for us, and all too often the Democrats don’t stand up to the fringe extreme of the Republican Party. I’ve been called a lot of names over my career, but I’ve never been told I’m scared of a fight. You know just how passionate I am about women in tech. But I believe we’ve hit an asymptote with what activism in tech can accomplish. People are aware of the problem, but all that’s getting done is window dressing. We don’t need more catered women in tech lunches, we don’t need speeches – we need structural bias against us to stop. And I think women in tech serving in the legislative branch is the next step forward.

It’s unknown what district she’ll be running in if she decides to take the official plunge. The current nine member delegation is all of the Democratic party so she’d have to challenge someone in the primary, a difficult task. Of the nine, two are women. Congresswomen Katherine Clark has been outspoken on some of the issues Wu brings up. Clark, who represents the fifth district, even introduced legislation addressing swatting, doxxing, and cybercrime and is a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, and Subcommittee on Research and Technology.

We’ll absolutely be covering this as it develops.

 

Listen to Fandom Uniting Against Trump on Graphic Policy Radio on Demand

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Since the election of Donald Trump as President many have been wondering what they can do to make their voice heard, get involved to fight what may be coming, and fight against the hate that’s been unleashed. Many in entertainment and fandom have been voicing their displeasure with the election and are working to add not just their voices but also their talent to the mix. Joining this politically focused episode of Graphic Policy Radio is Andrew Slack, co-founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, and Rafael Shimunov, the Creative Director at Working Families Party. Both will talk about some of their plans and give ideas on how you can get involved.

Andrew Slack is the creator and co-founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, Odds In Our Favor, Superman Is An Immigrant, The Rebel Alliance, and now the Hamilton Alliance as he builds a network called imagine Better. He’s the Civic Imagination Fellow at Civic Hall. His work is focused on using the power of stories to unleash the civic imagination through a methodology he calls “cultural acupuncture.” Follow him on Twitter @andrewslack.

Rafael Shimunov is the Creative Director at Working Families Party, a growing progressive party that works inside and outside of the Democratic Party by challenging corporate Democrats with progressive Democrats. Follow him on Twitter @rafaelshimunov.

You’re Not Going to “Red State” Cons Now, But Where Were You When?

2016-11-12_1604A few comic creators are making it known they will not be planning on attending conventions in “red states,” those that voted for Donald Trump in the past election. Humberto Ramos wrote a very impassioned reason why, and George Perez has also indicated he will be doing the same after his 2017 commitments are through.

What I am about to write is not to slam these two creators in particular, but to throw this out there to the comic community as a whole and get everyone to think.

I aks this in all seriousness why now? Why declare this boycott now?

In 2010 Arizona passed SB 1070 which racially profiled individuals in a crack down on “illegal immigrants.” The legislation was racist then and is racist now. And even though the Supreme Court has overturned some of the legislation, some of the worst parts still remain. Where was the protest from the comic community then? Why did so many of you flock to the Amazing Arizona Comic Con which began in 2011 and return for years since? Where was the protests then? Where were people proclaiming they wouldn’t attend?

In 2015 then Indiana Governor, now Vice-President Elect, Mike Pence signed SB 101 the “Religious Freedom Bill” that made national news. It caused an outcry and Gen Con, on the of the largest gaming conventions in the world threatened to leave. They’re contractually there for a few more years. And while it’s not so much a comic convention as it is a game convention, there’s more comic related items there than ever before. The outcry was fierce from the Gen Con community, but again are you, or have you attended other actual comic shows in the state since it was passed?

In March 2016 North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, the bathroom bill that discrimantes against transgender individuals. The NCAA relocated championships over the law. The NBA moved it’s All-Star Game over it. How many of you pledged to not go to the conventions there?

Every day women and people of color who are comic fans, journalists, and your fellow creators are bullied and harassed online. Where are you when that happens? Did you call their concerns over stories or art censorship? Did you knee-jerk defend other creators? Or did you listen to the concerns some had to say?

For the publishers who claim to be “progressive” where are you during all of the above? Going to those conventions? Choosing to pass? Will these “progressive” publishers help their creators who may lose their health insurance when the Affordable Care Act is repealed? Do they offer these creators “fair” deals?

There’s a bit of hypocrisy and contradiction about suddenly not going to “Red State” conventions when you haven’t spoken out about the above. It’s now as if “Trump’s America” affects you and you suddenly give a shit. For many “Trump’s America” has been here for quite some time.

It’s great to suddenly “see the light” and come around but we also need to challenge and question individuals for their past actions or lack of them. Those same individuals need to think about it when they’re challenged too and own up to failures.

Get Out and Vote this Tuesday!

This Tuesday, November 8 is the US election and we’re encouraging everyone to get out and vote if you haven’t done so already. We know this is an election where emotions are running high and even if you don’t want to vote for anyone running for President, there’s still lots of local races, ballot initiatives, bonds, and more to vote on, and some of these may set the direction of the country even more than the President! This election is much more than a Presidential race (though you might not know it) and every elected position impacts you.

You still have a lot of time to figure out everything you’ll be voting for and Local Vote has a handy website to find out what you need to know in voter guides. If you need to find your polling place or what’s on your local ballot Vote 411 can help.

Most importantly, get out and vote this Tuesday!

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Today is National Voter Registration Day – So Register to Vote Here!

Today is National Voter Registration Day. We want you to take advantage and make sure to register to vote so you can make your voice heard in this year’s election and the elections to come! If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about the state of the country or politics.

I don’t care about your political leaning or who you plan on voting for, just do your civic duty and register to vote. We’ve taken the opportunity to do our part by using Rock the Vote’s handy widget to make it easy for you to register right here or click the image above and get the process started.

As a site, we’ve taken it up as a task to register as many individuals as we can. So, if you’re not, do so and help spread the word!

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