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James Rucker
James Rucker is Chairman and Co-founder of and Citizen Engagement Laboratory (CEL). Founded in the wake of Katrina, is the leading online citizen lobby for African-Americans and their allies. CEL was founded three years later to serve as an incubator and accelerator for online organizing efforts and has helped create or support efforts like,, and Prior to co-founding and CEL, James was director of grassroots mobilization at

Entries by James Rucker

How Can Black People Trust Hillary Clinton After the 2008 Campaign?

(640) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 9:01 AM

Hillary Clinton appears to be playing cynical racial politics again, as she did in 2008. It’s just got a different look and feel.

Today, Clinton is wrapping herself in the flag of Obama to appeal to Black voters, arguing that she’s the candidate who will address the needs of Black...

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Net Neutrality, Civil Rights, and Big Telecom Dollars

(8) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 9:55 AM

You might not know it, but the reason you're able to read this article, the reason you found out about happened in Ferguson when you did and how you did, the reason you're able to participate in activism on the Internet, is because of the way the Internet has worked...

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Obama's Victory -- The Landslide You Couldn't See

(36) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 3:40 PM

President Obama's reelection was decisive in terms of electoral votes, but the narrower result in the national popular vote has those on the left arguing that the president has a mandate, with those on the right saying he doesn't.

On its face, it seems an understandable debate. How people vote...

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Victory! ColorOfChange Campaign Helps Drive Beck Off of Fox News

(3) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 8:28 AM

Fox News has announced that Glenn Beck's TV show will end later this year. This is great news, and it wouldn't have happened without the efforts of members. Since our campaign began in 2009, more than 285,000 of us demanded that Beck's advertisers stop supporting his show,...

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Congressional Black Caucus Staffer: Members Are "Actively Shilling" for For-Profit Colleges

(5) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 4:59 PM

The Obama administration is taking action to hold accountable for-profit colleges that prey on low-income students. But some Democrats in Congress — including several members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) — are siding with Republicans to block the administration's efforts.

Hundreds of thousands of people go...

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Accountability: Who Else Will Go the Way of Congressman Bobby Rush?

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 2:34 PM

No member of Congress is beyond reproach. Every member of Congress should be open scrutiny of their record, and every member should be judged by his or her record. It's critical to an effective democracy.

Last week, Congressman Bobby Rush's record of carrying water for big telecom corporations — at...

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A Key Victory for Net Neutrality

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 9:37 PM

While the White House and the FCC sold us out on net neutrality, yesterday produced an important victory in the fight for an open internet. Congressman Bobby Rush, who should have been a shoe-in for a subcommittee position with authority over the internet, was denied the position after nearly...

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Lewis: A Civil Rights Icon Calls for Net Neutrality

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 3:06 PM

Congressman John Lewis was a witness to history growing up in Alabama during the 1950s. Inspired by the Montgomery Bus Boycott -- as well as hearing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the radio -- the future congressman decided at a young age to dedicate his...

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A Key, Unknown Player in Civil Rights Groups' Attack on the Open Internet

(8) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 1:34 PM

Last Wednesday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed Network Neutrality rules that he claims will save the open Internet.

As another FCC commissioner has attested, these rules will do no such thing. Instead, they will allow the big broadband companies, like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, to erect...

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Congressman Rush Avoids the Real Issue

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 3:13 PM

Last Thursday I wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asking that she not endorse Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) in his effort to become Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet (CTI). The reason is simple — Congressman Rush has been a leading...

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It's Time to Be Bold: Democrats and Black America

(10) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 2:31 PM

Originally published on the Root.

In the wake of large Republican gains in this week's election, many in the media are relating a familiar and predictable storyline to explain them: that in the two years since Democrats claimed the White House and large majorities in both houses of Congress,...

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Victory -- ABC News Drops Andrew Breitbart

(63) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 5:50 PM

ABC News just announced that they've rescinded their invitation for Andrew Breitbart to be any part of their election night coverage. This comes directly after and CREDO Action members signed more than 125,000 petitions and made more than 2000 calls to leadership ABC and their parent...

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Help Turn Off Fox

(198) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 4:20 PM

Have you ever looked up at the television at a local business -- your gym, an auto shop, a bar or restaurant -- only to find Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly shouting down at you? Often without thinking about it, many businesses and...

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Google, Verizon, and You

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 3:39 PM

There was a time not long ago when it was easy to believe that Google was a different kind of company — one that considered the public good as well as the bottom line in making decisions. My, how a week changes things.

Google had once

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Tell President Obama to Reinstate Shirley Sherrod

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 3:39 PM

This morning, we launched a petition calling President Obama to reinstate Shirley Sherrod at the USDA, and to stop caving to right-wing smear campaigns.

More than 20,000 members have signed it in just a few hours. You can join us by clicking here.

It's recently been reported that...

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Help Expose and Confront Tea Party Racism

(20) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 3:49 PM

Earlier this week, the NAACP formally called on the Tea Party to address the racism that has been a significant, persistent part of their movement. The NAACP is right to confront the Tea Party -- and the way that some Tea Party leaders have reacted illustrates just how necessary this...

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Deliver a Message to CBC Members: Protect the Internet

(4) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 6:25 PM

Ever since the FCC decided to reclassify broadband as a communication service -- preserving its basic regulatory authority over high-speed Internet -- the big telephone and cable companies have been on the attack.

One telecom industry front group, Americans for Prosperity, announced a $1.4 million ad blitz to...

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CBC Members: Don't Help the Telecom Industry Destroy the Open Internet

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 3:29 PM

The big phone and cable companies are pulling out all the stops in their campaign against network neutrality, the set of principles which keep the Internet free from corporate gatekeeping and censorship.  Part of that campaign involves enlisting members of Congress to echo their talking points, and right now, telecom...

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Mr. President: Time to Take the Wheel on Net Neutrality

(16) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 2:50 PM

In 2007, President Obama campaigned on the promise that he would "take a back seat to no one" in his support of Network Neutrality, the principle that stops Internet service providers from deciding which websites load fast, slow, or not at all. But if the press reports this week...

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Demand the GOP Stop Inciting and Supporting Hate

(45) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 5:56 PM

The hateful acts that occurred at the tea party rally in Washington this weekend were not isolated incidents -- they are part of a growing pattern of violent rhetoric, racially charged imagery, and paranoid conspiracy theories emerging from the Republican party's grassroots supporters.

Republicans officials have contributed to this atmosphere...

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