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Kaelen Felix Illustrates an Oprah Winfrey article for 360 MAGAZINE

Oprah Winfrey Virtual Town Halls

Oprah Winfrey announced plans Monday to host virtual town halls in states that look to play a large role in the upcoming election.

As part of OWN’s OWN YOUR VOTE get-out-the-vote initiative, the town halls will be a non-partisan effort to encourage, inspire and support voters across the country before Nov. 3.

The events are free and open to the public, and you can register in advance by clicking right here.

She will host an event for voters in Wisconsin Oct. 26, voters in North Carolina Oct. 27, voters in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania Oct. 28 and voters in South Carolina Oct. 29. All of the town halls will begin at 8 p.m. ET.

Winfrey will speak with local voters in an effort to acquire adequate resources, information and inspiration to create a more informed voting base. Local voters, national thought leaders, voting rights experts and others who can provide insight and resources to voters will join her.

Speakers at the town halls include Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Representative Gwen Moore, Kristen Clarke, Vi Lyles, Kamilia Landrum, Andrea Hailey, Tameika Isaac Devine, Arisha Hatch, Tamika D. Mallory and Sherrilyn Ifill.

Representatives from women’s organizations will also attend, like Dr. Glenda Glover, Beverly E. Smith, Melanie Campbell, Glynda Carr, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Dr. Kimberly Leonard, Rasheeda S. Liberty and Valerie Hollingsworth Baker.

For this event, OWN YOUR VOTE has partnered with the following organizations: 

Advancement Project National Office

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

AME Church Social Action Commission

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Fair Fight Action

Higher Heights Leadership Fund

Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights

The Kapor Center

The King Center (Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc.)

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Links, Incorporated

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)

National Council of Negro Women

National Urban League

Power Rising

Power to the Polls

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated

Sistahs in Business Expo

Vote Run Lead

Vote.org

VoteAsIf.org

When We All Vote

Woke Vote

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

You can also learn more about OWN YOUR VOTE by clicking right here.

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Final Presidential Debate

By Hannah DiPilato 

The final presidential debate took place on Thursday. Significantly less chaotic than the first debate, both candidates were able to express their opinions on certain issues and to respond to the moderator, Kristen Welker‘s, questions, for the most part. 

The first unavoidable topic presented was the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Current President Donald Trump took over the first question claiming that a vaccine would be distributed as soon as a few weeks from now. He claimed the military is ready to distribute 100 million vaccinations. He also placed emphasis on the fact coronavirus is a worldwide problem as well as emphasizing his own recovery.  

Presidential candidate Joe Biden came in with a rebuttal focusing on families that have lost loved ones as a result of the pandemic and how Trump will not take responsibility for these deaths. He also used the statistic that a predicted 200,000 Americans would die before the end of 2020 at the current rate. Trump disagreed with this and compared coronavirus to the Swine Flu which occurred while Joe Biden was Vice President. 

Welker then led the conversation to lockdowns as a result of Covid-19. Biden began by saying he plans to shut down Covid, not the country. He wants to get places with high reproduction rates under control. 

Trump’s main point was that schools should reopen because children aren’t the main concern in relation to the pandemic. He talked about his son’s rapid recovery and his belief schools should open. 

“I don’t look at this as blue states and red states, we’re the United States,” said Biden. However, he quickly followed this statement by saying upticks have been seen mostly in red states. Trump responded that America should not shut down, but instead just protect the elderly and those at high risk. 

After a significant amount of time discussing coronavirus, the topic switched to national security. Biden questioned why Russia, China and Iran are interfering with the election and Trump has not taken any measures to handle this. Trump refuted this saying nobody is tougher on Russia than himself and pointed fingers at Biden saying Russia is paying Biden a lot of money. 

Biden then explained how he has never taken money from another country but points a finger at Trump who has overseas accounts, pressuring Trump to reveal his tax records. Trump then explained he prepays his taxes and that he would love to release the taxes as soon as he can. He stressed that the IRS “treats him very badly.” 

The next main topic of the debate was American families, beginning with a focus on healthcare. Trump wants to create a healthcare plan that is better than Obamacare while always protecting those with preexisting conditions. He accused Biden of wanting to eliminate private healthcare. 

Biden responded that he supports private insurance and no one would lose their private insurance under his plan. He said he wants to continue Obamacare as Bidencare He explained he wants everyone to have a public healthcare option and he plans to lower drug prices and insurance premiums. Trump also compared Biden to the United States Senator Bernie Sanders, but Biden said he disagreed with Sanders’ plans. 

Welker asked both candidates if this was the right time to raise the minimum wage considering the Covid-19 pandemic. Trump explained he would consider raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, but that minimum wage heavily depends on the state. On the other hand, Biden believes everyone deserves a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour in order to live without multiple jobs. 

Many people have previously had issues with how Trump has handled immigration laws in the past. His views have not seemed to change since he said illegal immigrant children are brought by “coyotes and bad people” to America as a ploy to get into the country. 

Biden’s response was that the children were not brought by “bad people” but parents that deserve equality. If he were to be elected, he plans to make more undocumented people citizens and able to stay in the United States. Trump then responded that if you take in a rapist or murder ICE then has to come to find them and only those with the “lowest IQ” will come back to get caught. 

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought systemic racism into the media, so Welker ensured both candidates addressed these issues. Biden gave a very sympathetic response where he spoke about wanting to learn more about systemic racism and that he understands the hardships families of color go through. He touched on white privilege and institutionalized racism as well and believes there should be less imprisonment for drug problems. 

Trump claimed that “no one has done what I’ve done” regarding racism. He claimed he has great relationships and that that he “is the least racist person in the room.” This was ironic considering the Kristen Welker is a person of color. He also claimed he has done the most for racism since Abraham Lincoln. 

Nearing the end of the debate, the topic of conversation was climate change. Trump explained he created a lot of “programs” to battle climate change but was being incredibly vague. He explained America has a very good carbon emission and he defended his decision to back out of the Paris Accord. 

“We don’t have much time, we’re going to pass the point of no return, return the next eight to 10 years,” said Biden on the topic. Biden wants more industries to transition to clean energy and he has a plan to have 100% clean energy by 2050. 

At the end of the debate, each candidate was asked to speak directly to those that did not vote for them if they were elected. Trump explained he wanted to make the country successful, how it was before the pandemic. He expressed that he has been able to have the best unemployment rate for minorities and how he wants to cut taxes, unlike Biden. 

Biden clarified that he represents everyone, whether someone voted for him or not. He said he would emphasize hope over fear and science over fiction. He wants to help the economy, end systemic racism and promote clean energy. He concluded by saying what is on the ballot is the character of the United States.

The aftermath of the debate on social media was less prominent compared to the first debate, but there were still a few highlights. Rapper 50 Cent said he will be voting for Trump because of Biden’s tax plan.

“Yeah, I don’t want to be 20 Cent. 62 percent is a very, very, bad idea. I don’t like it,” said the rapper on Tuesday. 

Presidential candidate illustration

Presidental Campaign Money

By Hannah DiPilato

Both President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden have splurged a fair amount on their 2020 presidential campaigns. Biden’s campaign along with his allies have spent an estimated $600 million while Trump’s campaign and his supporters have spent a little over $400 million. 

Over $1 Billion has been spent between the campaigns on TV advertisements in only 13 states alone according to an NPR analysis from the tracking firm Advertising Analytics. This money is being used to target six states: Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Arizona. TV ads may be playing a larger role in the presidential campaign this year because of the pandemic keeping so many Americans at home watching TV. 

Tracked by Ad Age Datacenter, for the presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races, campaign spending has now surged past $3 billion. This hefty amount includes TV, radio and digital ad spending. The digital ad spending includes Facebook and Google properties only for presidential candidates. 

This is “the most expensive election in history,” according to CNBC. The expected total spending for the 2020 election is predicted to be a whopping $10.8 billion according to the Center for Responsive Politics. This prediction takes into account both presidential and congressional races. CRP has recorded the election has already cost $7.2 billion, so the $10 billion milestone isn’t far out of reach. 

“The 2018 election smashed fundraising records for midterms, and 2020 is going to absolutely crush anything we’ve ever seen — or imagined — before,” Sheila Krumholz, executive director of CRP, said in a statement. “This is already the most expensive presidential election in history and there are still months of election spending to account for. The unanswered question is whether this will be the new normal for future elections.” 

So far Biden has topped the charts for his advertising spendings. Between September 28 and October 11, Biden estimated spendings have been $55,928,770 and his ads have aired about 80,452 times. Trump trails Biden with estimated total spending of $31,796,960 and 32,011 airings in the same time period. 

The Biden campaign has been able to air ads in 17 states, even though there are many fewer states considered a close race. The campaign cost continues to grow over the expected TV budget of $280 million. “If we didn’t have the resources we had now, we’d be having to make [some] hard choices right now,” said one Biden campaign official.

Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, said the campaign has “more than sufficient air coverage.” He also stated that the campaign has spent more than the Biden campaign in different areas such as Facebook ads. 

The Biden is not shying away from spending and they plan to keep spending as much cash as possible until the campaign concludes. However, in the event the result of the race is contested, the Biden campaign is reserving money for legal fights.

Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Mail-in Ballots

People For the American Way’s Latinos Vote! Radio in Iowa

People For the American Way’s Latinos Vote! Program announced a Spanish-language radio ad buy in Iowa, focused on Senator Joni Ernst’s failures, disastrous record on health care, the importance of protecting Iowans with pre-existing conditions and the call to vote her out in November. People For’s Latinos Vote! program was one of the first groups to air Spanish-language ads about Ernst’s record.

“Seguro médico,” a 60 second ad, which began airing last week, will air several times a day, through October 25, across the state on Spanish-language radio stations including stations in Des Moines, Sioux City, and Cedar Rapids.

The ads begin airing amid growing concern about the lack of outreach to Latino communities during this 2020 presidential election cycle. There are an estimated 32 million eligible Latino voters nationwide and an estimated 67,000 eligible Latino voters in Iowa, which represents 3 percent of all eligible voters in the state–enough to turn the tide in a state where polling suggests both Joni Ernst and Donald Trump are losing ground. This year Latino voters will be the largest racial or ethnic minority participating in a presidential election. Only 12.65 million Latino voters went to the polls in 2016.

“For nearly four years, Latinos in Iowa have watched Joni Ernst stand behind Donald Trump’s hateful, bigoted policies and rhetoric while simultaneously working to dismantle their health care,” said President of People For the American Way Ben Jealous. “Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, Joni Ernst has indicated she will vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett, a notoriously anti-health care judge, to the Supreme Court. Enough is enough. These ads are a reminder of what another term with anti-health care, Trump-enabling Joni Ernst looks like.”

“Latinos in Iowa and across the country, who have felt a disproportionate impact from the coronavirus pandemic, count on their health care”  said People For the American Way board member, civil rights and labor leader Dolores Huerta. “Joni Ernst has worked with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, end protections for pre-existing conditions, and make it harder for Iowans to get the health care they need. It is time for her to go.”

RADIO SCRIPTS

English:

Raquel: Pablo – I’m worried about dad’s healthcare insurance. He has pre-existing medical conditions and the Republicans don’t seem to care about covid! He’s not up to date with his medications and he could get ill with the virus! Little brother, we have to do something!

Pablo: Raquel I know. Republican Senator Joni Ernst has failed us so much. She values money and her millionaire friends more than the community. She voted against people with pre-existing medical conditions … all to make more millionaire friends.

Raquel: That’s why we have to vote for Teresa Greenfield because she will advocate/fight so that all of us have access to healthcare in order to have medical insurance for our families. Have some spirit little brother! To improve things, we must vote for Democrat Teresa Greenfield for the Senate!

Disclaimer: People For the American Way is responsible for the content of this advertising. Paid for by People For the American Way independent of any candidate or candidate committee.

Spanish:

Raquel: Ay Pablo – Me preocupa el seguro médico de papá. Tiene condiciones médicas preexistentes y a los republicanos parece no impórtarles lo del covid! No está al día con sus medicamentos y se pueda enfermar con el virus. Hermanito tenemos que hacer algo!

Pablo: Lo sé Raquel. La Senadora republicana Joni Ernst nos ha fallado tanto. Ella valora más el dinero y sus amigos millonarios que a la comunidad. Ha votado en contra de personas con condiciones preexistentes médicas…todo para hacer más millonarios a sus amigos.

Raquel: Es por eso tenemos que votar por la Teresita Greenfield, porque ella si va a luchar para que todos tengamos cuidado de salud accesible y podamos tener seguro médico para nuestras familias. Animo hermanito. Para mejorar las cosas, votemos por la demócrata Teresa Greenfied para el Senado!

Disclaimer: People For the American Way es responsable por el contenido de este anuncio. Pagado por People For the American Way independiente de cualquier candidato o comité de candidatos.

ABOUT LATINOS VOTE

People For the American Way’s Latinos Vote! program exposes and counters anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies. Through electoral work and issue-based campaigns, we hold groups, leaders and influencers accountable for the harm they do to immigrant and Latino communities. For nearly ten years, we’ve run bilingual paid and earned media campaigns in swing states where the Latino vote can be decisive.

El programa Latinos Vote! de People For the American Way expone y combate la retórica y las políticas anti-inmigrantes y anti-latinos. Nuestro programa se organiza mediante trabajo electoral y campañas basadas en temas especificos. En estas areas hacemos responsables a los grupos, líderes y a personas de influencia por el daño que causan a las comunidades inmigrantes y latinas. Por casi diez años, hemos realizado campañas pagadas y logrado campañas ganadas en medios bilingües destinadas a ganar en los estados claves donde el voto latino puede ser decisivo.

ABOUT PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: HERE.

States of Change

Larry Sultan, Dad on Bed, 1984 from the series Pictures from Home © Larry Sultan

ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS JOIN FORCES TO GET OUT THE VOTE AND FIGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION IN KEY SWING STATES WITH “STATES OF CHANGE”

Work from 150+ American Photographers & Artists to Support 42 Local Groups October 13-18, http://statesofchange.us/

States of Change is an online print sale fundraiser in support of local groups working on the ground in five key swing states (AZ, FL, MI, PA and WI) to fight voter suppression and to get out the vote. States of Change is organized in partnership with Movement Voter Project.The fundraiser runs online at statesofchange.us from October 13th to 18th at midnight PST, featuring prints from 150+ artists and photographers priced at $150.

Movement Voter Project has selected 42 of the best and most impactful local community-based organizations, with a focus on youth and communities of color, working in five key swing states. These organizations work to get out the vote, fight voter suppression, organize communities to grow their power and build infrastructure that will lead to lasting change. In this short period of time before the election, groups are working on everything from early vote education and mobilization to polls protection to fighting voter disenfranchisement. 

Participants include Alec Soth, Catherine Opie, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman, Dawoud Bey, Ed Ruscha, Gordon Parks, Hank Willis Thomas, Kim Gordon, Larry Sultan, Mario Sorrenti, Nan Goldin, Robert Frank, Sally Mann, Sharon Lockhart, Stephen Shore, Steve McCurry,and the list goes on and on. 

The team at States of Change explains, “There’s the prevailing sense that the country and our democracy are spinning out of control, and that we are powerless to stop it. We didn’t want to become resigned to a sense of darkness and had to act. Inspired by the change artists made with the Pictures for Elmhurst project, we decided to band together to support these amazing non-profits. Every dollar we donate will make a real and direct impact on voter turnout.”

Billy Wimsatt, Founder & Executive Director of MVP, states, “Movement Voter Project is honored to partner with States of Change and world-renowned photographers to support critical voter organizing in the top 5 battleground states. Together, we are funding incredible local organizations that will get out the vote in the final weeks and continue their vital life-saving work beyond Election Day.”

Follow us on Instagram and #statesofchange2020. More information and prints are available at www.statesofchange.us.

John Divola Untitled, circa 1980 Courtesy of the artist

ABOUT THE PRINTS:

Prints are available for $150 plus shipping costs. All prints are the same size, 10 x 12 inches, with a smaller printed area that is variable depending on the aspect ratio of the photograph. Prints are available in an open edition and are unsigned.All prints are made on Canson Platine Fibre Rag 310. This is a premium 100% cotton paper that offers the look and aesthetic of the original darkroom baryta fiber print and complies with the ISO 9706 standard for maximum longevity. Prints are made from digital files using archival inkjet printing—sometimes referred to as pigment printing, or gicleé printing. This method is the current industry standard for photographic printing.Printing services for this fundraiser are being provided by Light Work. An amount of $15.50 will be deducted from the cost of each print to offset expenses for production and fulfillment. All net proceeds go to the Movement Voter Project.

ABOUT US:

States of Change was made by a small group of artists and friends trying to make a difference. We are:Mitchell Barton, Matthew Booth, Alice Braccini, Trevor Clement, Jim Goldberg, Gregory Halpern, Alessandra Sanguinetti and Korey Vincent.For their generous assistance and support we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Claire Davis, Jason Fulford, Africia Heiderhoff, Kristen Lubben, Jody Rojac, Nicole Meade, Ian Simmons, Susan Meiselas and Ahndraya Parlato. And, of course, none of this would be possible without our participating artists’ generosity.

Movement Voter Project works to strengthen progressive power at all levels of government by helping donors –big and small –support the best and most promising local community-based organizations in key states, with a focus on youth and communities of color. We support hundreds of incredible organizations that both turn out unlikely voters and organize communities to grow their power and create transformation, from policy to the streets. We believe that supporting local movement vote groups is the most effective and most cost-effective strategy to transform our country. Learn more at movement.vote.

Grassroots Organizations The 2020 general election hinges on the outcome in these five states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona. Now more than ever, we need to invest in local groups working on the ground in these states. They know how to organize their own communities, and they’ve been building trust with voters since long before the current crisis. They need our support to win in November and build toward the future we want to see. Learn more on our Organization’s Page. 

CONTACT

info@statesofchange.us

www.statesofchange.us

Khalik Allah Out The Box, 2011 © Khalik Allah / Magnum Photos

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS:

The list of contributing artists includes many of the top commercial and fine art photographers working today: Aaron Schuman / Abelardo Morell / Adam Pape / Ahndraya Parlato / Alec Soth / Alessandra Sanguinetti / Alex Majoli / Alfredo Jaar / Amani Willett / Amy Troost / Andrea Modica / Andres Gonzalez / Ann Weathersby / Anthony Hernandez / Ari Marcopoulos / Arthur Ou / Bayeté Ross Smith / Brian Ulrich / Bryan Schutmaat / Bryson Rand / Camille Seaman / Carmen Winant / Carolyn Drake / Carrie Mae Weems / Cass Bird / Catherine Opie / Chris McCaw / Christian Patterson / Christopher Anderson / Cindy Sherman / Clara Balzary / Curran Hatleberg / Daniel Gordon / Daniel Shea / Danna Singer / Dannielle Bowman / Danny Lyon / David Maisel / David Levinthal / Dawoud Bey / Deanna Templeton / Diana Markosian / Dionne Lee / Doug DuBois / Dru Donovan / Ed Panar / Ed Ruscha / Ed Templeton / Eli Reed / Elinor Carucci / Emily Shur / Emmet Gowin / Eric Gottesman / Eva O’Leary / Fumi Ishino / Gerard Gaskin / Gordon Parks / Gregory Eddi Jones / Gregory Halpern / Gus Powell / Hank Willis Thomas / Hannah Price / Hannah Whitaker / Henry Horenstein / Ike Edeani / Irina Rozovsky / Jack Pierson / James Casebere/ James Welling / Janet Delaney / Jason Fulford / Jeffrey Whetstone / Jim Goldberg / Joel Fisher / Joel Sternfeld / John Divola/ John Gossage / John Lehr / John Pilson / Jon Feinstein / Jon Rubin / Jonathan Gardenhire / Katy Grannan / Ken Light / Khalik Allah / Kim Gordon / Landon Nordeman / Larry Sultan / Laura Letinsky / Laura McPhee / Laurel Nakadate / Lelanie Foster / Leonard Suryajaya / Liz Cohen / Lorie Novak / Luc Sante / Mario Sorrenti / Mark Steinmetz / Matt Sayles / Matthew Connors / Matthew Leifheit / Matthew Porter / McNair Evans / Melissa Catanese / Meron Menghistab / Michael Christopher Brown / Michael Schmelling / Mike Mandel / Milagros de la Torre / Mimi Plumb / Mitch Epstein / Moyra Davey / Nan Goldin / Nelson Chan / Nicholas Muellner / Pacifico Silano / Penelope Umbrico / Peter Sutherland / Peter van Agtmael / Pixy Liao / Raymond Meeks / Renée Stout / Ricardo Nagaoka / Richard Misrach / Richard Mosse / Richard Renaldi / Robert Frank / Roe Ethridge / Ron Jude / Rosalind Fox Solomon /Rose Marie Cromwell / S*an D. Henry-Smith / Sally Mann / Samantha Box / Sara Cwynar / Sasha Phyars-Burgess / Sasha Rudensky / Sean Pressley / Sebastian Kim / Shane Lavalette / Sharon Core / Sharon Lockhart / Sheila Pree Bright / Sinna Nasseri / Stacy Kranitz / Stephen Shore / Steve McCurry / Suha Traboulsi and Walid Raad / Susan Meiselas / Susan Worsham / Tabitha Soren / Tanya Marcuse / Tim Davis / Todd Hido / Tommy Kha / Trevor Clement / Victoria Sambunaris / Wendy Ewald / Yto Barrada / Zoë GhertnerMark Steinmetz

T.V. Illustration for 360 Magazine by Kaelen Felix

Bravo Presents “Race in America: Our Vote Counts”

With less than a month away from the most pivotal election in decades, media is increasingly involving themselves in the political conversation. Bravo counts down to the election of a lifetime with a pivotal conversation, Race in America: Our Vote Counts,” airing Sunday, November 1, at 10 PM ET/PT. The special will also be simulcast on E!. In this election, the Black vote is more important than ever before. Ten Bravolebrities and celebs are coming together to talk about the issues America faces today and to put it all in the context of Black history. The 90-minute special from Executive Producers Leslie D. Farrell and Dorothy Toran is produced by Lauren Grace Media. Kandi Burruss is also an Executive Producer. For a sneak peek, please visit here.

Host Nina Parker returns to the roundtable with celebs from across the NBC broadcast and cable entertainment networks for an open dialogue on the power of the black vote on both a local and national level. The discussion will also cover the vital role that local elections play in changing the system, the changes this new generation can make with their vote, and what effect the pandemic could have on people going to the polls. From the doctors speaking on how to safely vote in person to an emotional conversation on Black people’s voting experience and how it has affected them more than any other race in the country, this compelling special strives to educate, speak to the key issues, and ignite Americans to exercise their right to vote. The panelists include:

Gizelle Bryant from “The Real Housewives of Potomac”

Dr. Britten Cole from “Married to Medicine Los Angeles”

Zuri Hall from “Access Hollywood”

Dr. Heavenly Kimes from “Married to Medicine Atlanta”

Dr. Damon Kimes from “Married to Medicine Atlanta”

Tamica Lee from “Southern Charm New Orleans”

Jon Moody from “Southern Charm New Orleans”

Dr. Wendy Osefo from “The Real Housewives of Potomac”

Barry Smith from “Southern Charm New Orleans”

Justin Sylvester from “E! News”

All of these celebrities are working to use their platform to fuel productive conversations about race and politics in America. Tune in on November 1, just two days before election day, to take part in the national discussion. “Race in America: Our Vote Counts” is produced for Bravo by Lauren Grace Media with Leslie D. Farrell and Dorothy Toran serving as executive producers. Kandi Burrus is also an Executive Producer.

Presidents Illustration for 360 Magazine by Maria Soloman

Safe and Secure Use of Ballot Drop Boxes in CA

California will make ballot drop boxes more widely available in the November 2020 election than in any previous election.California Common Cause supports this unprecedented expansion in voting access because voters in the the November 2020 election must contend with dual threats:

1. The pandemic, which will make many uneasy with voting at a polling place or vote center.
2. Decaying trust in the United States Postal Service and the vote-by-mail process, because of sustained but unsubstantiated attacks from loud voices in our national politics.

Ballot drop boxes solve both problems. They give voters a safe, secure method to return a vote-by-mail ballot that is controlled and operated by the county elections office, without requiring voters to visit an in-person site or use the mail.

California voters should use official ballot drop boxes with confidence. County-run ballot drop boxes are tamper-proof, are governed by a strict set of safety protocols, and are required to meet language and disability access requirements. Ballots picked up from ballot drop boxes are managed with tight chain-of-custody controls.

Voters should look up official, county-operated ballot drop boxes located near them

Unfortunately, the California Repubulican Party has created informal or unofficial ballot drop boxes that may confuse or mislead voters and create distrust in official ballot drop boxes.

Background and context are important. In 2016, California passed a law expanding voters’ ability to transmit their ballot to a third party for return. Previously, only a family or household member could return a voter’s vote-by-mail ballot. Under revised law, any third party trusted by the voter can return the voter’s vote-by-mail ballot, provided that the third party is not paid to do so on a per-ballot basis. A relevant example would be a resident of a care home, who can authorize a trusted staff member of the home to return the resident’s ballot on their behalf. The California GOP has argued that its informal drop boxes are legal under this expanded ballot return law.

More importantly for California voters, informal ballot collection sites that are disguised as official ballot drop boxes may trick community members who wish to return their ballot at an official ballot drop box. These unofficial “official” ballot drop boxes create confusion about and erode trust in voting procedures. Interfering with voters’ ability to cast their ballots is unlawful under California law.

California Common Cause encourages every California voter to:

  • Look up where official, county-operated ballot drop boxes are located near them
  • Sign up for Ballot Trax, to get email and text alerts about the status of their ballot, and to confirm that their ballot is counted

Voters in California have several options for returning their ballots. In addition to using an official ballot drop box, voters can return their vote-by-mail ballots by mail or at any voting site on Election Day or in the early voting period. Voters can also vote in person, on Election Day or in the early voting period. County voter information guides and county elections websites should list in-person voting locations.

Zoom Where It Happens

KEKE PALMER, WANDA SYKES, LORETTA DEVINE, LATANYA RICHARDSON-JACKSON,JACKEE HARRY AND BLAIR UNDERWOODTO BE FEATURED IN EPISODE 3“ZOOM WHERE IT HAPPENS”TONIGHT, OCTOBER 6 AT 6PM PST / 9PM EST SERIES DESIGNED TO IGNITE VOTER AWARENESS, PROTECTION AND TURNOUT

More Than 100,000 Registered to Watch the Series Since Its September 8th PremiereNew Episodes to Stream on Zoom Up to Election Day 2020 To Mobilize Voters

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. PST/ 9:00 p.m. EST, actors Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, Loretta Devine, Latanya Richardson-Jackson and Blair Underwood will appear in episode three of “Zoom Where It Happens,” the live table read series presented by Black women artists to raise awareness, intention and activation around voting rights. In partnership with Zoom, the third table read in the series will re-enact the iconic sitcom “227” and will be directed by Christine Swanson, produced by Emmy nominee Stephanie Allain and hosted by original “227” co-star Jackée Harry.

For the third installment of “Zoom Where It Happens,” Palmer will play Sandra, Sykes will portray Pearl, Richardson will portray Mary, Devine will assume the role of Rose Lee, and Underwood will appear as multiple male characters. The production team of this series also includes Richardson-Jackson, Ryan Bathe, Aisha Hinds, Cynthia Erivo, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Rashida Jones, Stefanie and Quentin James, Channing Dungey, Karen Richardson, Issa Rae and Ava DuVernay.

“Zoom Where It Happen” launched on September 8 with an episode of “Golden Girls” that attracted more than 100,000 RSVPs. The series returned on September 22 with a re-imagining of “Friends,” which included a livestream to Youtube once Zoom reached its registration capacity. It will continue with a rotating cast of actors up to Election Day 2020.

In addition to offering an evening of culture and live entertainment, “Zoom Where It Happens” aims to catalyze voters and amplify the fight for voting rights and electoral justice. To gain access to the free show, viewers register with their mobile numbers and sign up to receive ongoing election information from various social impact organizations. This week’s performance will connect viewers to PushBlack, the nation’s largest nonprofit media group for Black Americans. All episodes are live one-time only events, produced and performed on a volunteer basis.

Registration is open now here.

Follow the official hashtag #ZoomWhereItHappens for updates on tonight’s show and future “Zoom Where It Happens” episodes.

Sen. Harris HBCU Interview

BET DIGITAL PRESENTS “BLACK AMERICA VOTES: HBCU STUDENTS INTERVIEW SEN. KAMALA HARRIS” PREMIERES ON NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Sen. Harris Discusses Education, Employment and Social Justice with HBCU Student Leaders from Spelman College, North Carolina A&T University, Hampton University, Tuskegee University and Howard University

Hosted by Emmy-nominated actor, producer, and media personality Terrence J

Watch, post and share the exclusive BET Digital News Special:
https://www.bet.com/video/news/politics/2020/kamala-harris-interview-hbcu-students-2020-election-video.html

On the heels of the first-ever National Black Voter Day launched by BET’s nonpartisan #ReclaimYourVote campaign, BET Digital will stream an exclusive conversation with Senator Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic Vice Presidential nominee with students and youth activists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Hosted by Emmy-nominated actor, producer, and media personality Terrence J, the virtual dialog “Black America Votes: HBCU Students Interview Sen. Kamala Harris” will feature political discourse between Sen. Harris and a cohort of student leaders including a student body president, editor-in-chief of a student newspaper, and a president of young Democrats; representing the often unheard millennial voice for many first-time voters in the most significant election in a generation. BET will stream the entire conversation on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 22, across BET’s digital platforms: BET.com, BET’s Facebook pages including BET, BET News and BET Her. Clips from the special will also be shared to BET’s Twitter accounts.

The news special will address issues that are front and center on these students’ respective campuses. The panelists will consists of various HBCU students across critical states that are vital to the November election, including Sen. Harris’s alma mater Howard University (Washington, DC), Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro, NC), Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia), and Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Alabama).

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Presidents Illustration for 360 Magazine by Maria Soloman

Biden’s Fight to Lead

By Hannah DiPilato

Joe Biden is leading in the polls against Donald Trump for the upcoming presidential election. 

Although Hillary Clinton was also in the lead for most of her 2016 campaign and even won the popular vote, she lost due to the electoral college. As of now, Biden is not only leading the popular vote, but there is also evidence that he is ahead when it comes to the electoral vote.

Swing states are critical in deciding the fate of the election. According to a recent poll tracker, Ohio and Iowa, both swing states, are leaning more towards Trump. However, swing states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Arizona and Wisconsin are showing Biden in the lead. 

Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Nevada will be vital for Trump in the upcoming election. Currently, however, the polls are showing that Biden is ahead. Nevada has swung more democratic in recent years, as their demographic of voters has changed from Caucasian voters that leaned right to a larger proportion of working-class minorities. Wisconsin has historically voted democratic from 1988 to 2012, and Trump only had the lead by a small percentage in 2016. Minnesota also generally votes democrat, but Trump believes he could be successful by campaigning to voters in rural areas. What will be necessary for Biden to see victory are securing the few states that Hillary Clinton wasn’t able to obtain – currently he leads in those crucial states. 

Even with his current lead, the fight is not over for Biden. In a Mammoth University poll, Biden was leading in Pennsylvania by thirteen percent in July, but this number had already shrunk to four percent by late August. Earlier in the year, with more media coverage on the Black Lives Matter movement, many democratic activists made sure to stress the importance of voting among younger generations which was helping Biden with votes. Now that the media coverage of the movement has become less prominent, this could explain the change in percentages from July to August. 

Although certain surveys are showing Biden in the lead, the race is still close. According to U.S. News, this is usually how the election plays out. Guy Cecil, chair of the Democratic SuperPAC Priorities USA said to reporters during a conference call that the United States is “still dealing fundamentally and structurally, with a very close election.” The electoral college votes could swing either way, meaning nothing is ever certain in an election. 

The most important thing to recognize is that these polls can never be fully accurate and can lean one way or another based on who is participating. Depending on the demographics of the people surveyed, along with who chooses to respond at all, these polls are only an estimate. 

After the recent and unfortunate death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many younger generations have been pushing strongly that everyone needs to vote. The death of Ginsburg could allow Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to select another supreme court justice making the supreme court lean more towards the right. However, in Obama’s last year of office McConnell led a blockade against Obama’s ability to nominate another justice with so little time left as president. Biden commented on this issue and said, “Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg.” The death of Ginsburg so close to November could end up swinging the votes significantly in the upcoming election. However, just like the polls, it all depends on who chooses to participate.