Project 21: Press Releases

Black Activists Respond to Rittenhouse Acquittal

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Rioters Repudiated, Second Amendment Safe, Say Project 21 Members Washington, D.C. – After a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin declared Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges against him, members of the Project 21 black leadership network commented on the verdict and its implications beyond Kenosha. In particular, Project 21 members called the jury’s decision a validation of the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the rights to keep and bear arms and to defend oneself. They are also calling for calm and respect for the decision. “I am pleased to see a just verdict was reached today. Clearly, this was an act ...
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Biden Environmental Justice Agenda Has “Strong Ties” to Critical Race Theory, Say Black Activists

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Washington, D.C. - The Project 21 black leadership network blasted the Biden Administration’s “fundamentally flawed” proposal to realign the mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toward the political goal of “advanc[ing] environmental justice and equity.” In a public comment submitted to the federal government prior to a November 12 deadline, Project 21 opposed the EPA’s plan to make “environmental justice” a strategic goal - calling this “inherently incompatible” with existing agency principles of adherence to science, following existing law and transparency. “[I]n picking winners and losers,” Project 21’s comment noted, “the green lobby has pushed the government to ...
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Black Activists Oppose Shutdown of Line 5 Pipeline

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Biden Betrays “Environmental Justice” Claims By Risking Energy Poverty Washington, D.C. - Amidst soaring energy prices and predictions of a cold winter ahead, members of the Project 21 black leadership network condemned the Biden Administration for considering the shutdown of a pipeline that brings life-sustaining fossil fuels to the American people - particularly black Americans already dealing with energy poverty issues. On November 8, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that the Army Corps of Engineers was reviewing the environmental impact of the Line 5 pipeline. This could result in a shutdown of this vital piece of energy ...
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Black Activists Meet With AT&T in Support of One America News

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Project 21 Rejects NAACP Attempt to Silence News Channel Washington, D.C. - Representatives of the Project 21 black leadership network plan to meet with AT&T leaders Tuesday to urge the telecom giant to maintain its business relationship with the One America News (OAN) Network. The NAACP recently demanded that the company “drop OAN immediately.” This meeting is rescheduled for Monday, November 8. “It seems odd that a purported civil rights group like the NAACP is leveraging its reputation to try to silence a news channel,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, who is attending the meeting. “Have problems truly plaguing ...
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Black Activists Ask Supreme Court to Protect Religious Freedoms of Public Officials

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Project 21 Joins Nearly 70 Lawmakers, Faith Leaders and Groups in Support of High School Coach's Right to Pray After Games Washington, D.C. - Calling the firing of a high school football coach who prayed alone on the field after games an "overt hostility to personal religious practice," the Project 21 black leadership network joined with former Vice President Mike Pence and other leading conservatives in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to accept a case that could help protect the freedom of public officials to practice their faith without fear of punishment. "Personal religious expressions and practices are a normal part ...
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Biden’s School Discipline Idea Could Brand Teachers as Racists

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Project 21 Says “Everybody Suffers” Under “Racial Quotas” for Misbehavior Washington, D.C. - With the Biden Administration exploring a racial disparate-impact analysis of school discipline statistics, the leaders of the Project 21 black leadership network said this would set up a system of “racial quotas” of punishment in which “everybody suffers.” In a public comment submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the three co-chairmen of Project 21 wrote: Teachers shouldn’t be judged by statistics. Students deserve better classroom environments. That’s why the disparate-impact domination of discipline deserves a failing grade. It was explained that enforcing ...
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Biden’s “Social Cost” Climate Analysis Flawed

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Black Activist Advocates Instead for Analysis of Regulatory Impact on Minorities Washington, D.C. - Noting that “[i]f the predictions of the environmental ‘experts’ and their models over the course of my life were true, I’d already be dead,” Derrick Hollie of the Project 21 black leadership network asked the Biden Administration to focus on the impact of current regulations rather than speculate about future climate change. In a response to a White House request for public comment about the social cost of climate change, Hollie blasted the semantics being used by the Administration in its likely pursuit of Green New ...
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Black Activists Applaud Supreme Court Ruling for Voter Integrity

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Decision Aligns With Project 21 Brief Against Ballot Harvesting, Out-of-Precinct Voting Washington, D.C. - Affirming a major safeguard for voter integrity, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld an Arizona ban on “ballot harvesting.” Members of the Project 21 black leadership network said this decision, coupled with the recent defeat of pro-harvesting legislation in the U.S. Senate, represents a decisive blow against the infamous election practice. “Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of state legislatures to adopt voter integrity measures offering all voters an equal opportunity to vote,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “There is a huge difference ...
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Juneteenth Supporters Distance Themselves From Federal Holiday Proposal

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Black Activists Oppose Politicization of Emancipation Celebration Washington, D.C. - Despite more than twenty years of acknowledging the importance of Juneteenth, members of the Project 21 black leadership network refrained from encouraging a rush into making the emancipation-themed celebration a formal national holiday. "Juneteenth is already everything but a national holiday since 47 states, local governments and even private companies recognize it," said Project 21 member Martin Baker. "Juneteenth was an acknowledgement of the Emancipation Proclamation, which history tells us only applied to the states in rebellion. If we truly want to celebrate an all-encompassing 'freedom day,' perhaps we should ...
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LeBron James and L.A. Lakers Help Sell Confederate Merchandise

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"Hypocrite" Basketball Star Wears Logo of Retailer Marketing Confederate Flags and Robert E. Lee Lunch Bags Washington, D.C. - Despite cultivating the reputation of a social justice warrior, basketball star LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates have hit the court with the logo of online retailer Wish on their uniforms since 2017. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network criticized James, the Lakers and the NBA for political inconsistency for their relationship of a retailer that sells products honoring the Confederacy. "I wish LeBron wasn't a hypocrite, but I guess it's part of being on the woke ...
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Biden’s “Hundred Days of Divisiveness” Criticized by Black Leaders

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Project 21 Members Give President Low Marks Washington, D.C. – While President Joe Biden used tonight’s congressional address to pat himself on the back for his first 100 days in office, he received only criticism from the members of the Project 21 black leadership network. Citing the human costs of Biden’s political priorities, these black conservatives said the needs of the president’s black supporters “have been predictably ignored.” “The policy needs of black Americans always come last with liberals - regardless of the high percentage of blacks who support them,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington. “President Biden claimed his ...
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Coca-Cola Commended for Taking an Intermission From Election Advocacy

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Black Activists Challenge Soda Giant to “Launch a Campaign to Help Get IDs to Those Who Need Them” Washington, D.C. - With Coca-Cola executives finally showing interest in finding “common ground” regarding election integrity safeguards, members of the Project 21 black leadership network urged the beverage corporation to do what it takes to encourage full participation of black Americans in both political and civil life. “If Coke really wants to make an effort, instead of fighting voter identification it should launch a campaign to help get IDs to those who need them,” said Project 21 member Marie Fischer. “It’s ironic ...
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Racial Disparities Don’t Prove Discrimination

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Supreme Court Case Could Impact Election Integrity Challenges Washington, D.C. – As part of an important voting rights case being considered today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Project 21 black leadership network joined a legal brief asking the justices to remember that “[e]qual protection should ensure that government decision-making is free from the taint of racial considerations, but disparate impact liability does not allow racial impartiality.” The Court will hear arguments today in a case that may render unconstitutional many of the race-based conjectures that mark sweeping new election reforms being considered by the U.S. Congress. “Phony claims of ...
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COVID Relief Package Criticized by Black Activists for “Fiscal Irresponsibility”

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Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network criticized the $1.9 trillion spending package currently under consideration on Capitol Hill, noting that large portions of the plan are irrelevant to its stated goal of COVID-19 relief and are thus an irresponsible waste of taxpayer resources. “Rather than a package to address the challenges our nation’s economy faces, this nearly $2 trillion proposal is far more likely to make Americans worse off, not better,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. A Wall Street Journal analysis determined that $825 billion in the package could be defined as “COVID-related provisions” ...
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“Black History is American History”

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Black Conservatives Deliver Inclusive Message for Black History Month Observance Washington, D.C. – After a year of upheaval dominated by racial division, members of the Project 21 black leadership network have declared that “black history is American history.” In marking this year’s Black History Month, they noted that Americans of every ethnic background have benefitted from America’s founding values of liberty and opportunity. “Black history is American history. There is no other race or ethnicity in these United States that – despite having obviously started with the greatest disadvantage – has achieved so much politically, economically and socially in the ...
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After a Violent Year, Black Conservatives Reflect on MLK’s Message of Hope and Peace

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"Dr. King Would Not Have Approved of the Way Violence Was Used to Accomplish Social and Political Goals" Washington, D.C. - Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are available for interviews regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy as Americans prepare for the annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18. They note that many of the words and actions seen in political discourse over the past year conflict with Dr. King's ideology. "As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us not forget the barriers that have ...
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Black Activists Praise Employment Boom That Defies COVID-19 Challenges

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Trump Free-Market Policies Are Credited for “Stunning” Economic Recovery Washington, D.C. – The latest federal employment report revealed yet another month of recovery for the American workforce. Members of the Project 21 black leadership network credited the Trump Administration for policies that have brought back jobs - particularly in black communities - after businesses were devastated earlier this year by COVID-19 lockdowns. “The news just keeps getting better. The free-market policies of President Trump have lowered the unemployment rate at the fastest level in history! The jobless rate dropping from nearly 15% to under 7% in less than a year ...
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Black Activists Praise Presidential Performance on Jobs

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Employment Recovery Called “a Testament to Trumponomics” Washington, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s economic policies were responsible for last month’s improved employment numbers, said members of the Project 21 black leadership network, who credited the president with reviving an economy devastated by COVID-19 lockdowns and with helping the black community get back on its feet. “Even in a pandemic, the free-market policies of the Trump Administration are growing the economy and benefiting America - especially black America,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. "The October jobs report provided further great news about America's super-V recovery from the China-virus lockdown,” said ...
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Black Activist Slams “One-Sided” Environmental Justice Policies at Congressional Hearing

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Project 21 Member Testifies That “Environmental Justice Movement is Part of the Problem, Not Part of the Solution” Washington, D.C. – Criticizing those who see “environmental justice” as a “one-sided issue,” a member of the Project 21 black leadership network will testify today before Congress in favor of a more balanced approach in applying racial considerations to the federal grantmaking process. Project 21 member Donna Jackson is scheduled to testify at a virtual hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 2pmET. The hearing is entitled “Environmental Justice for ...
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Black Activists Applaud Defunding of “Critical Race Theory” Training

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Trump Order Would Purge “Tired, Old and Evil Idea” From Federal Employment Washington, D.C. – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network applauded the Trump Administration for seeking to defund all federal training rooted in “critical race theory,” a radical philosophy promoting a false notion of systemic American racism and pitting races against each other. “Critical race theory is bigotry, pure and simple. Its advocates should apologize to Jim Crow and South African apartheid supporters for ever offering a critical word,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “Claiming that people have characteristics and behaviors due solely to their race is ...
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