(64.) Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Our Mission, at
(69.) Press Release, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, Growing
He spearheaded the creation of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network in July 2001--a "coalition of hip-hop artists, record company executives, Civil Rights leaders, [and] community activists," according to its executive director, former NAACP head minister Dr.
In the June 2002 issue of The Source--a hip-hop organ so popular it's the largest-selling music magazine on newsstands nationwide--Russell Simmons and Benjamin Chavis (then Benjamin Muhammad) published "Power Movement," an essay detailing a fifteen-point agenda for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. (Until recently, the organization's headquarters were at The Source.) The "social, political and economic development and empowerment of our families and communities" ranks highest; environmental concerns also rate, as Point 15 protests the targeting of low-income communities for toxic waste dumps and other environmentally hazardous developments.
Other groups, such as the Recording Artists' Coalition, Country Music Association, Gospel Music Association, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
, Jazz Alliance International, R&B Foundation, and SESAC, are working in conjunction with the Recording Academy to stop illegal file sharing.
Simmons also runs the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
, founded in 2001 to promote economic and social justice.
"The basic financial issues not discussed are what are the tools you need to get ahead and not fall into a hole and keep good credit," says Simmons, co-founder and chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
. The tour began in Detroit in March, with celebrities and financial experts targeting 18- to 35-year-olds and educating them on basics such as banking, credit repair, and homeownership.