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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Tell CBS: Stop profiting from violence, hate, and white supremacy

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

CBS CEO Les Moonves enjoys profiting from Trump’s hate and violence. 

Tell Him: You’re Fired!

Dear Friend,

“Go Donald! Keep getting out there!”
“Bring it on, Donald, go ahead, keep going.”

Those words aren’t the cheerleading of a regular Donald Trump supporter. They are the words of one of the highest paid CEOs in the world, Les Moonves of the CBS Corporation. It’s no secret that big media corporations have been making big money off this circus of a presidential election, but Les Moonves has gone way beyond that by admitting that the more harm Trump's campaign does to our communities, the more money CBS makes.

Tell the CBS Corporation’s Board of Directors to fire Les Moonves for supporting Trump's violence and racism.

In comments at a Morgan Stanley conference Les Moonves admitted that his cheerleading for Trump’s campaign “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.” Moonves didn’t even say this with any sense of remorse. At one point he even said: “the money’s rolling in, this is fun.”1

Les Moonves wouldn’t have used the word “fun” to describe Trump’s campaign if he more deeply felt the violence being done to our communities by Trump's words and actions. Recently, a Black protestor, Rakeem Jones, was sucker punched in the face as he was peaceably leaving a Trump rally.2 The Trump supporter who punched Jones later said in an interview, "next time we might have to kill him," and there have been more than 30 separate documented incidents of Trump supporters attacking our communities.3 Unless enough of us stand up and do something about it, these violent incidents will continue.

One of the best places to start is by pushing back against one of Trump’s biggest sources of power: his relationships with the media. Not many media people are more powerful than CBS CEO Les Moonves. After blatantly adding fuel  to Trump's dangerous campaign, Moonves has made himself vulnerable.

Tell the CBS Corporation’s Board of Directors to fire CEO Les Moonves.

Trump isn’t a joke anymore. He’s the Republican front runner. In the coming days and weeks, Trump’s going to get a much more serious look from a lot of people and so will his supporters  from KKK members to CBS CEO Les Moonves.

Trump isn’t going to stop being hateful. But if enough of us stand up to do something about it, the CBS Corporation will have no choice but to fire its CEO Les Moonves and send a message to all big media that cheerleading for Trump’s hate and supporting the campaign's violence is unacceptable

Tell the CBS Corporation to fire Les Moonves.

Thank you for all you do and ¡adelante!

–Matt, Favianna, Oscar, Erick, and the Presente.org team.

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:
1. “CBS CEO: ‘For Us, Economically, Donald’s Place in This Election Is a Good Thing’” The Intercept. February 29, 2016
2. “Trump protester sucker-punched at North Carolina rally, videos show.” Washington Post. March 10, 2016
3. “Trump Hate Map.” America’s Voice.