September 24, 2013 / BY KIM LEHMKUHL Yelp! joins ALEC in midst of Zimmerman murder trial

Yelp! chose to become a private sector member of ALEC (and a member of ALEC's Civil Justice Task Force) as recently as June 28 of this year. This has since been confirmed by Yelp!'s Director of Public Policy, Luther Lowe, who also admitted on Twitter that he "can't ignore" the damage ALEC has done.

Why would Yelp! voluntarily seek to join an organization with ALEC's well-documented track record of attacks on the fundamental rights of Black folks and other people of color — particularly after more than 50 other private sector members have chosen to cease funding ALEC and publicly disassociate themselves from the group?

Today, ColorOfChange is launching a new site that makes it easy to "Tell Yelp! No," and will deliver users' comments directly to Yelp!'s CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. Take a moment to let Yelp! know what you think of its decision to fund ALEC now.

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July 23, 2013 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Bronx D.A. seeks new indictment in Ramarley Graham case

Ramarley Graham was only 18-years-old when NYPD Officer Richard Haste unlawfully broke down the door of his family’s home and shot and killed him in his bathroom without cause, February of last year. Haste was indicted on two counts of manslaughter but the charges were outrageously dropped last month when a federal judge cited a procedural error. Ramarley's family and community supporters refused to accept the decision that would have allowed Haste to get off scott-free and demanded Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson reconvene a grand jury.

Now, in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal for killing Trayvon Martin, the District Attorney's office has responded to strong community pleas for justice and convened a new grand jury that will decide to either re-indict Haste or let him walk free. ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson responded by commenting on the links between Ramarley's case and national efforts demanding accountability for affronts to the value of Black life:

"Whether it's Stand Your Ground or Stop and Frisk, we will continue to demand an end to racial profiling and policies that jeopardize the safety of young Black men like Trayvon Martin and Ramarely Graham...ColorOfChange members remain deeply committed to seeking justice for Trayvon and Ramarley. We will not be satisfied until George Zimmerman and Ramarley's killer — NYPD Officer Richard Haste – are both held accountable and until there's an end to racial profiling and the violence it creates."
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July 18, 2013 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Stopping the next Zimmerman

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, ColorOfChange has just launched a campaign urging elected officials to show leadership by stopping "Shoot First" laws — known to supporters as "Stand Your Ground" laws — which undermine public safety and senselessly put the lives of Black youth in jeopardy. We all are deeply hurt by Trayvon's killing and George Zimmerman's acquittal. However, we have an opportunity to harness our outrage and energy to demand that these laws are abolished now, or we will continue to see more Trayvon’s — not just in Florida, but also in the 31 other states with similar deadly laws.

Following the murder of Trayvon one year ago, tens of thousands of ColorOfChange members raised their voices against these racially discriminatory laws. These laws have been spread around the country by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their deep-pocketed supporters at the National Rifle Association (NRA). Since the launch of our campaign, more than 50 corporations and dozens of legislator have dropped their support for the shadowy corporate lobby, but these laws continue to threaten public safety, especially for Black people.

The movement is growing, but we need you to raise your voice with us. Read the email we sent to our members, and join us in dismantling these dangerous and deadly laws and help us hold those who want to keep them on the books accountable.

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July 17, 2013 / BY JAMAR HOOKS Unjust Zimmerman verdict unites protestors across US

Since Sunday, the day after George Zimmerman's acquittal on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin, people of all races and colors have been coming together to rally for justice for Trayvon.

In cities across the country, thousands are marching in the streets, demanding an end to racial profiling, police violence, and the criminalization of Black youth. These peaceful rallies and marches are helping us connect with each other to share our outrage, grief, and frustration, giving voice to a conversation that has been sorely lacking in the media's coverage of the trial. ColorOfChange staff attended rallies in Oakland and New York City, and you can check out our photos on our Facebook page.

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July 14, 2013 / BY JAMAR HOOKS George Zimmerman acquitted on all charges

The admitted fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman last spring ignited a national debate on racial profiling and the criminalization of Black youth. Today, Zimmerman is a free man after he was acquitted of all charges by a mostly-white jury in Seminole County, Florida.

We're still fighting for justice for Trayvon — and we need your help. Together, we can turn our grief and frustration into a movement to hold the criminal justice system accountable. We're calling on US Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division to bring federal charges against Zimmerman. Read the email we sent to our members, and join the movement to end the senseless violence perpetrated by vigilantes and police due to racial profiling.

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July 10, 2013 / BY JAMAR HOOKS Rachel and Trayvon are not on trial

In June, George Zimmerman finally went on trial for profiling, pursuing and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin — after 45 days of protest as Sanford, Florida police refused to make an arrest. From the start of the trial, there's been no shortage of victim-blaming by irresponsible media outlets.

But last week, when key prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel — Trayvon's close friend who was was speaking to him by phone just moments before he was killed — took the stand, the dehumanizing media attacks reached a disturbing new low.

This trial should be about seeking justice for a young man's violent death, and about how racial stereotypes put the physical safety of young Black men in jeopardy. But the media's crude fixation on Rachel's speech and appearance has served to reinforce and magnify dehumanizing stereotypes around both race and class.

Have you been watching the Zimmerman trial? Let us know about harmful trial coverage when you see it, and help us build a more accountable media. You can also let others know that you #RepresentForTrayvon by adding a badge to your Facebook or twitter profile picture or changing your Facebook cover photo.

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July 08, 2013 / BY CAMPAIGN STAFF Fruitvale Station and the value of young Black lives

This Friday (July 12), Sundance winner Fruitvale Station will open in select theaters around the country prior to its nationwide release on July 26. The film explores the life and murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, a young Black man who was fatally shot on a train platform by Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer Johannes Mehserle in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009. The shooting was recorded by several bystanders and ignited massive public protest demanding Mehserle be held accountable.

The film has been widely received as a humanizing and unabridged depiction of Oscar’s story. In the clip above — exclusive to ColorOfChange — actor Michael B. Jordan, who plays Oscar, reflects on how this role prompted him to consider his responsibility to live compassionately.

To see Fruitvale Station in your neighborhood, find available showtimes here. If you haven’t already, pledge to monitor the media during the George Zimmerman trial as we demand higher standards from the media for its portrayal of young Black men.

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February 25, 2013 / BY LYLA BUGARA One year after Trayvon's killing, we're still growing the movement

One year ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was unjustly pursued and killed while walking home from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida. For weeks after Trayvon's murder, police failed to take his shooter, George Zimmerman, into custody. This lack of accountability was a tragic reminder of the racism persistent in the criminal justice system and it sparked a national outrage. ColorOfChange members and our allies, have worked tirelessly to demand justice for Trayvon, and an end to Shoot First laws — the laws used to protect Trayvon's killer from justice. As a result of these efforts, Zimmerman may stand trial in June. But even with a trial date planned, we must continue to demand justice.

In honor of Trayvon's life, ColorOfChange has created a video calling on all of us to redouble our efforts in the fight for Trayvon. Watch the video above and share it with family and friends.

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February 05, 2013 / BY FANNA GAMAL Celebrate Trayvon's 18th birthday with art

Today, Trayvon Martin would have been celebrating his 18th birthday. Instead, his family and supporters around the world remember the life of the 17-year-old, gunned down while walking unarmed in Florida. To commemorate the day, community leaders have planned memorial events across the country. At ColorOfChange, our members continue to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, insist that gun-violence no longer lead to corporate profit, and fight back against media images that perpetuate racial stereotypes of Black men. 

Take a look at the beautiful Art for Trayvon Tumblr to see the kinds of positive action Trayvon's life has inspired.

Trayon Martin (Feb. 5, 1995 - Feb. 26, 2012)

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November 30, 2012 / BY FANNA GAMAL Black teenager killed over loud music, echoes Trayvon case

Last Friday, Jordan Russell Davis, a 17-year-old Florida high school student, was shot and killed during a dispute over loud music with Michael David Dunn, 45. According to Davis' father, the teenager was unarmed.

It's hard to ignore how closely the circumstances of the case echo the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was shot less than a year ago. ColorOfChange members spoke out against Florida's "Shoot First" law, which shielded Trayvon's killer from arrest and prosecution. Now, Black communities are once again feeling the devastating impact of "Shoot First," which will likely be invoked by Dunn's legal defense.

Join us in redoubling our efforts to demand that state government officials oppose "Shoot First" laws where they are under consideration and repeal them where they are in place. Read the email we sent to our members after the jump.

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