Interesting Name For A PAC Backing Obama

The Harrisburg, PA newsite reports on an Obama-backing super PAC that plans to push gun control in meetings tomorrow with NAACP leaders from Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York.

The name of this PAC is 1911 United. I have absolutely no clue where the 1911 in their name comes from but it seems strange to hear 1911 connected with a push for gun control.

Members of 1911 United plan to engage community leaders in a conversation about how gun violence has impacted their communities. The work is part of research the group is conducting as it prepares to to lobby Congress to pass gun control legislation.

Representatives of 1911 United plan to meet with NAACP leaders from Harrisburg, York and Lancaster as they make their way to Chicago, which has one of the worst homicide rates in the nation.

The super PAC is comprised of members of Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities, although they will be acting as individuals, according to a press release.

Local tour organizers Jesse Rawls, Sr. and Homer C. Floyd will hold a press conference at 11 a.m., Tuesday at the Martin Luther King Jr. City Government Center in Harrisburg. Floyd retired last year as longtime executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

The NAACP has launched a nationwide campaign calling for tougher anti-gun laws and increased programs to fight gun violence.

The 1911 United campaign will make its way to Chicago, where it plans to spend 30 days working in communities there hard hit by gun violence.

The comments on this story are not exactly complimentary to this group. That said, I was amused by the one that suggested the group should have been called the “Colt 1911 United Plan”.

7 thoughts on “Interesting Name For A PAC Backing Obama”

  1. It's 1911 united because it was created in 2011 by members of two traditionally african american fraternities, each of which was formed in 1911. The clue is in their Facebook headline "nupes and ques…". Nupes are members of Kappa Alpha Psi and Ques are members of Omega Psi Phi.

    1. Thanks for the clarification on their use of 1911. I thought it might be something like that. Still, the coincidence of both their name and Browning's creation is quite interesting.

  2. They've apparently been around since before last year's election. Several spots on their web site refer to activities in preparation for the vote in November 2012.

  3. Evan beat me to it. This is a PAC formed by members of two fraternities. (I am a member of the original one – Alpha Phi Alpha). But don't worry – these fools don't even give back to HBCU's or political organizations. this will be more hype and getting their name on a list to feel important. If they have to chose between giving to this and a weekend at the shore, well, surf's up.

    -Dirk DIggler

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