Want to watch the Presidential Debates Online?

Did you know that it is illegal to show clips of Presidential Debates on YouTube? That’s because TV networks have exclusive rights to the video. That’s ridiculous, don’t you think? If these people are running for public office, then the things they do to campaign should be publicly available, right?

We thought so too, which is why we signed this letter to the Democratic and Republican National Committees urging them to put the debates into the public domain. It is time for us to fight for access to the media and for access to information.

The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, is about presenting information that’s useful and important to you. We do this on everything from politics to relationships to health. Politically speaking, information, and access to information, is of the utmost importance. This include being able to see Presidential Debates.

To join us in taking action on this, call the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000) and Republican National Committee (202-863-8500) to express support for this proposal. I also encourage you to see where your favorite candidate stands on this issue.

One Love. One II.


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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

2 responses to “Want to watch the Presidential Debates Online?”

  1. Anonymous says :

    All information regarding any president and or public office should be available to we, the people of this country at any time.

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