“Hello, I’d like to speak to the man behind the curtain.” Let’s talk to Rupert Murdoch.

Action #1 – Continue to de-FOX-ify your life.

We have, like many groups, advised people to cut off their unwitting financial support of FOX News, a right-wing propaganda machine masquerading as a media empire. And as there’s more than one way to attack this issue, so we offered a variety of options here.

Meanwhile, the poison continues. Tucker Carlson, who promotes white nationalist viewpoints on his widely watched show, gave a sympathetic and unquestioning platform to Charles Murray, a social scientist who uses racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor. Meanwhile, a report released last Friday by the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters showed that the majority of vaccine-related segments that Fox News aired over the past two weeks “repeatedly fearmongered about and downplayed the need for continued vaccination campaigns.”

So what do we do now?

In 2019, the Intercept published an article: “The Problem at Fox News Is Not Just Tucker Carlson — It’s the Murdoch Family Who Owns and Controls the Network: It’s not enough to criticize the racist anchors on Fox News. The Murdoch family is responsible for what happens there. Let’s talk about them

…It’s absolutely correct to direct our anger at the terrible people we see on Fox and the terrible things they say, but they are not the worst culprits or the most powerful ones. Remember the Watergate-era saying, “follow the money”? Do that with Fox News and you’ll quickly realize that the people responsible for its hateful programming — the people who can shut it off in an instant but don’t because they approve of it or are too cowardly to take a stand against it — are Rupert Murdoch and his heirs, who founded and own a controlling stake in the network’s parent company.

In fact, let’s talk to Rupert...

Action #2 – Write an email, a letter or a postcard to Rupert Murdoch. Copy his son.

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This Memorial Day, remind your legislators of what’s important.

  • Action #1: Honor delayed too long. Medals for all the “Harlem Hellfighters!”
  • Action #2: No one left behind – paying off our war debt to living soldiers. Pay for their health care!
  • Action #3: What we can do now about the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Today we’re honoring two Memorial Days, one to honor soldiers who died in far-flung places defending our democracy, and one for the Black men, women and children of Tulsa, OK, who suffered a war at home, 100 years ago.

For both of them, let’s do a some quick actions in their honor. Fill up your legislators’ voicemail boxes and stack up messages in their email accounts.

Action #1: Honor delayed too long.

Minimal script for representatives: I’m [calling/emailing] from [zip code] to thank Rep. [___] for supporting H.R.3642 —To award a Congressional gold medal to the 369th Infantry Regiment, commonly known as the “Harlem Hellfighters”, in recognition of their bravery and outstanding service during World War I.

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Who owns American history? The GOP’s battle against Critical Race Theory and what we can do about it.

  • Action #1: Tell your legislators to vote against any legislation that suppresses accurate scholarship on America’s history and the effect of that history on Americans today.
  • Action #2: Ask college and university presidents to boycott students from states that outlaw or limit the teaching of Critical Race Theory and the accurate portrayal of America’s history.
  • Quick Definitions of Terms: History, Critical Race Theory, Historical Revisionism.

The GOP thinks they can still control the narrative…The nation’s revulsion at the daylight executions of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd demanded historical context of the violence done to Black citizens. Opened in 2018, our country finally possesses a museum and a memorial dedicated to the more than 4400 lynching victims who died between 1877 and 1950, opened with unflinching detail in Montgomery, Alabama. (Watch the dedication here.)

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