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Registering For Health Insurance Under Obamacare Also Registers You To Vote

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REPUBLICANS FURIOUS (OF COURSE)

SEP 27, 2013 - JTMP believes health care is a human right and a civil right, and we support steps like Obamacare that takes us toward a better system. We actually support Medicare For All, but hopefully this is a step towards a more universal and fairer system in doling out health care to our citizens. Turns out the Affordable Heath Care Act has an added benefit on top of getting people more access to our health care system, it automatically registers one to vote, and that is totally pissing off conservatives. Why are they always angry when our government tries to make it easier to vote? They fought the Motor Voter Bill, they hate early voting, etc. Addiciting Info has a great article on it, and how the roll out of Obamacare may crush their efforts of voter suppression at the state level they have been engaged in recently. Read more on AddictingInfo.org here. If you want to start your Obamacare registration check out HealthCare.gov, and register to vote...AND VOTE! Especially for midterms and the local and state level elections. VOTE EVERY TIME, EVERY ELECTION! 

APlomb Clothing Promotes Activism as Currency

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SEP 12, 2013 - JTMP is a strong supporter of new and fairer forms of capitalism, and we strongly support cooperatives and employee-owned businesses like Publix; and we ran across a great project going on with online retailer Aplomb we just had to tell you about. They have turned their website into a forum where people exchange ideas about important issues and build up votes to use as currency. Art work is inspired, and that art is then put on their t-shirts that the "Creative Conspiracy", as they call themselves, can buy with their accumulated activist work credit they have done online.

JTMP caught up with Ryan from Aplomb in an email interview, and he was nice enough to tell us about how it all began. Ryan explained to JTMP that Aplomb started back in 2006 with his observation on how little you could pay artists in the t-shirt apparel business, and he also felt other injustices within the apparel industry were happening. Their "streetwear brand" t-shirt apparel business would pay as little as $200 for the artist's work, and didn't even have to give them credit. He says in the interview, "Something that stuck out was how ridiculous 'lifestyle' brands were. It was crazy that people would actually pay or buy into someone's lifestyle. That is when the epiphany started." Ryan then went on to say, "I would get people involved in the brand, use their ideas to provide significant meaning in the products we sold instead of promoting another 'lifestyle'. I would pay artists fairly and promote them along with the people's ideas instead of ourselves. In an industry that promotes the promotion of self we knew we had the opportunity to change things by putting the fans and the artists first."

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Jumaane Williams Goes From Hip Hop Videos to New York City Council

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AUG 27, 2013 - Activist, actor, Tech Grad and now the New York City Council. Jumaane Williams, whose art is acting and appeared in several Hip Hop music videos, has always been involved in his community and his activism. From addressing the problem of affordable housing in New York City, to the un-Constitutional and racist "Stop and Frisk" policy that overwhelmingly targets inner-city blacks and Hispanics; he has been out there on the front lines fighting the good fight. Mr. Williams is a Native Brooklyn, and early on appeared in Hip Hop music videos for EPMD and Solo; and in 2009 he got elected to the New York City Council as a Democrat that represents Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands and parts of Midwood and Canarsie. Mr. Williams helped shepherde two bills that reined in the "Stop and Frisk" policy. Check out his City Council page here, and read more about him on NYDailyNews.com here.  (photo credit: council.nyc.gov)

Hillary Clinton Joins Condemnation of Harsh North Carolina Voter Suppression Bill

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August 13, 2013 - Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined the condemnation of the harsh and Draconian voter suppression bill that North Carolina Republican state lawmakers and Republican Governor Pat McCrory passed and signed yesterday, saying it "reads like the greatest hits of voter suppression". She also weighed in on the recent gutting of the federal voting rights act and the effort by Republican state lawmakers across the country enacting laws making it harder for people to vote. Speaking in San Francisco yesterday she said, "In the weeks since the ruling, we've seen an unseemly rush by previously covered jurisdictions to enact or enforce laws that will make it harder for millions of our fellow Americans to vote." 

JTMP urges our supporters to contact your state lawmakers and governor, and tell them you do not support voter suppression efforts, and demand they start making it EASIER for Americans to vote, NOT HARDER. The USA.gov website has a great place for you to find out how you can contact your state lawmakers and governor, check it out HERE. Watch the C-Span video of her speech yesterday at the American Bar Association conference below.  (Photo credit: US Department of State)

NC Governor Pat McCrory Quietly Signs Bill Making Voting Harder

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August 12, 2013 - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory quietly signed a bill making it much harder for many North Carolinians to vote, such as eliminating early voting and requiring specific forms of ID one would need to show at the poll to exercise their right to vote at the polls. Republicans on the state level across America have been pushing aggressively to make it harder for people to vote, but some say this effort by state Republicans in NC is Draconian and harsher than most. Although there has been zero evidence of this supposed "voter fraud" in the state, Governor McCrory signed the bill that even stops young people aged 16 and 17 from registering early so they are ready to vote when they turn 18. JTMP is all about urging young kids to get involved in our elections, and this is just absurd. There has always been a low participation by young people in our democratic process, and this is not just unnecessary, but undermines what our government should be doing, which is encouraging people to participate in their civic duty of voting and making it easier for them to vote. This is a clear attempt at trying to put hurdles in front of voters that tend to vote for Democrats. In 2012, over 70% of African-Americans took part in early voting with the "Souls to the Polls" on Sundays after they attended church service, and they tend to vote Democratic. This blatant attempt at circumventing our democratic process and making it harder for Americans to vote is outrageous, and thankfully, as Ari Berman of The Nation reports, 2 lawsuits have already been filed challenging the law. Read more on Charlotte Observer here.  (Photo credit: State of North Carolina website)

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