JANUARY 05, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL You helped protect Pell

In just three days, more than 30,000 ColorOfChange members joined our campaign to protect Pell grants. The bill that finally passed Congress wasn't perfect: it reduced the number of semesters students can receive funding. But the maximum award was preserved, and current recipients will still be eligible for the grant. The ColorOfChange community helped prevent $900 million in cuts.

ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson put it best in an interview with the Amsterdam News when he said, "The end goal is, how do we shift the culture about education in this country and work to make it a right rather than a privilege? It's not about the haves having access to education, but everyone having education."