Submitted by NLPC Staff on Thu, 05/14/2009 - 10:05
NLPC today released a special report titled Mainstreaming Demagoguery: Al Sharpton’s Rise to Respectability. It is a thorough examination of the character, career and impact of the controversial Reverend by Dr. Carl Horowitz of the NLPC staff.
Sharpton has been the subject of extensive media coverage and criticism in the past. But nothing so far has delved into Sharpton’s beliefs and tactics the way this report does. In particular, the report seeks to set the record straight, with details of Sharpton’s history, which includes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence.
"Diversity training" is a term that describes a brief, but intensive program of lectures, presentation of written and audio-visual materials, and perhaps most ominously, participation in role-playing exercises, all of which are intended to heighten employee awareness of potential sources of racial and ethnic conflict. The report argues that diversity training is counterproductive and instead results in weakened company morale and increased racial resentment.
AFA president Don Wildmon is asking PepsiCo to become “neutral” on the issue of gay marriage by ending support for the groups. Wildmon’s complaints echo those of NLPC, made in 2006 and 2007, of a liberal political bias in the company’s giving. At that time, NLPC objected to PepsiCo’s financial support for groups founded by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
Submitted by NLPC Staff on Fri, 04/24/2009 - 01:56
NLPC is sponsoring a Boeing shareholder proposal to allow a shareholder vote on any “golden parachute,” or excessive executive severance agreement. The same proposal received an impressive 38% of the vote last year, despite being opposed by Boeing’s management. The Boeing annual meeting is in Chicago on Monday, April 27.
Submitted by NLPC Staff on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 01:00
Today the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) asked Neil M. Barofsky, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), for a formal review of the sponsorship by Bank of America and Citigroup of the Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Conference currently taking place in New York City. The January 13-16 event is one of two of Jesse Jackson’s annual fundraisers.
For decades Rev. Jesse Jackson has picketed, prayed and negotiated on behalf of unions, and now the Chicago Tribune has uncovered what the unions do for Jackson. Some give money to Jackson's groups, and a few pick up costs for salary and benefits' packages for Jackson's staffers. Among those benefiting from the arrangement with the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Int'l Union was Karin Stanford, Jackson's ex-mistress and ex-employee. In 1999, Stanford received a salary rate of $35,000 from HERE plus health-care and other benefits, according to HERE.
Jackson's solicitations to unions are blunt according to Gary Massoni of Rainbow/PUSH Coalition: "When Rev. Jackson meets with union leaders, he says, I've been involved in labor rights. I've got three things I want you to do," and asks the bosses to put "someone on the staff payroll," take part in his events, and make a "cash contribution." HERE boss John W. Wilhelm praised Jackson: "He's been with us on strikes all over the country." Other unions which have reportedly given are NEA, IATSE, USWA and locals of UFCW and SElU.