It's time! Trump is once again provoking violence to avoid accountability, calling on supporters to "take our nation back" as prosecutors prepare to indict him. Big Tech are his accomplices. Unless we want another Jan. 6th on our hands, Big Tech must permanently ban Trump from their platforms.
Join the fight to hold District Attorneys, the most powerful people in the criminal justice system, accountable to Black communities. Together we have the power to make prosecutors work for the people they are elected to serve—and transform our criminal justice system.
Despite the clear risks "Cop City" poses to Black people in Atlanta, Coca-Cola continues to donate to the Atlanta Police Foundation as they build out this $90M policing training complex. Cop City would further militarize policing, train the kind of "elite forces" that amp up rather than deescalate violence, and make people of color less safe.
For weeks, activists have occupied the site for Cop City in Weelaunee Forest to try to halt construction. On Jan. 18, GA state police shot and killed one of them. As the movement against Cop City's grown, police have become violent with protesters. It's time corporations like Target, Wells Fargo, and Truist Bank pull their financial support of the project through the Atlanta Police Foundation.
The Florida Department of Ed (DOE) is banning AP African American Studies, robbing Black students of the chance to see their histories take center stage. A member of the DOE is a Walmart exec, which has thousands of Black employees in the Florida school system. Walmart needs to stand up for Black students.
On Jan. 7, Memphis police pulled over Tyre Nichols for reckless driving. Body cameras show they pinned him on the asphalt and savagely beat him as he begged for his life. He died days later. Help us make the Memphis PD end pretextual stops, give the Community Review Board the power to hold officers accountable, and disband the street crimes unit that killed Tyre.
Communities know what keeps them safe — and it’s not police. This is what public safety could and should look like. Read our guide on how the federal government can advance community safety with evidence-based policies we developed with Civil Rights Corps and Vera Action.
Florida Housing Complex Forced to Stop Illegally Evicting Black Families
Last January we launched a rapid response campaign following a wave of evictions at Holly Court Apartments in Tampa. Victoria Lee, a tenant there, used our OrganizeFor platform to mobilize thousands of members and amplify tenant demands to fix the plumbing, honor leases, and support tenants who’d been illegally pushed out. Many families were given eviction notices on New Year’s Eve for no reason at all and given just 30 days to find a new home. One mother reported having to go to the corner store to use the bathroom as raw sewage backed up in her tub. Management all but ignored calls for help and she had to call out of work for days because she couldn’t shower. After the online petition and a sleep-in protest, Palm Communities agreed to honor residents’ leases, provide temporary housing for displaced residents, and resolve maintenance issues. Housing is a human right, but far too often greed and profit trump the needs of Black and low-income residents who live in buildings owned by private equity firms. Your calls and text messages kept residents in their homes!
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AT&T Pulls Funding from White Nationalist Network
With your help, we pressured AT&T to stop funding the far-right network One America News. OAN was a major vehicle for Trump, and has continued to provide a “friendly” platform for his allies. We've seen correspondents use racial slurs, call for the execution of election officials, suggest shooting unhoused people – all without consequence. OAN consistently promotes hate-filled content, and disseminates dangerous misinformation about the 2020 elections and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, with the goal of provoking their audience. Research revealed a major reason for the network's success was support from AT&T. AT&T should know better. So thousands of Color Of Change members wrote to AT&T CEO John Stankey, and we were heard. One America Network has been removed from DirectTV. This is another step towards making sure the media isn’t allowed to amplify racist lies that lead to real-world violence against Black people.
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Biden Grants Clemency to 70 People on Home Confinement
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve fought to get incarcerated people who pose no risk to their communities but could fall deathly ill with COVID sent home. On April 26, 2022, nearly 150,000 Color Of Change members helped convince President Biden to free 70 people on home confinement. That means they can live independently, pursue their dreams, spend time with friends and family without electronic monitors or other dehumanizing conditions of confinement. It is historic for a president to grant so many clemencies in their first term. But thousands more people deserve to be free – and risk being sent back due to minor technicalities or bureaucratic errors. People on home confinement have had to turn down jobs or miss funerals because they’re outside of the range they’re allowed to travel. Biden promised he'd end mass incarceration and cut the prison population in half. Help us hold him to that.
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Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 7 million members, we move decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people. Until justice is real.
Since Elon Musk took over Twitter last October, many big-name advertisers have paused spending on the platform. Ads historically make up 90% of Twitter’s revenue. Many blame the lack of confidence in Musk to control and moderate what’s spread on the platform. Major corporations don’t want to jeopardize their “brand safety” by being associated with openly racist, sexist, or hateful content. Color Of Change has launched a campaign pressuring advertisers to drop Twitter because platform continues to promote harmful content while Musk turns a blind eye, or worse, contributes to the slurs and conspiracy theories. COC President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “What we hear from Elon every single day gives us new outreach and entree to advertisers.”
Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson contributed to this op-ed on the DOJ’s move to investigate Memphis police for their abuse of force, which led to the death of Tyre Nichols. Unnecessary traffic stops kill Black people all the time. Of the more than 1,000 people killed by police each year, 10% involve traffic stops. Nearly half are for issues as minor as a broken taillight or tinted windows. There’s no reason to send armed cops to deal with these issues. Rashad writes with the presidents of the Vera Institute for Justice and Center for American Progress, “As three Black men, we know firsthand the worry of whether the everyday act of driving will end in tragedy for ourselves, our brothers and sisters, or nieces and nephews and children… Changing the way traffic stops happen in this nation is foundational to any discussion about police reform. By reforming them, federal, state and local leaders can save countless lives.”
23 people including a legal observer were arrested at ongoing protests at “Cop City” and charged with domestic terrorism. For years, Color Of Change has been raising the alarms that residents overwhelmingly oppose the $90M mega-police training complex being built outside Atlanta — and that elite police forces lead to the kind of violence that killed Tyre Nichols. Color Of Change Sr. Campaign Director Kyle Bibby says, “We have a problem in the United States with how deeply unimaginative our leaders are in addressing crime. All we do is increasingly militarize our police. We increase funding, but that doesn’t actually address real systemic issues that lead to crime. People in the community would like to see that money go towards housing, education programs, violence prevention, mental healthcare.” Meanwhile the controversy around Cop City continues. In January, a 26-year-old environmental activist was killed by officers at the protest there.
Twenty people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism for protesting “Cop City,” a huge police training facility being built near Atlanta. Police shot and killed 26-year-old environmental activist Manuel Esteban Paez Terán during a raid of the protest encampment there in January. Color Of Change has been working alongside activists in Atlanta to make the case that the facility will only harm Black communities and that militarizing law enforcement makes us all less safe. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “This just takes up a lot of space in a Black community … and it provides more access, more tools, and more resources to an institution that actually needs more accountability.” Those arrested for violence in connection with the protests face a felony sentence of up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
Crypto platform Coinbase has gutted all its anti-racist safeguards. In August 2021 the company made changes that flew under the radar, removing a promise not to “incite, threaten, facilitate, promote, or encourage hate, racial intolerance, or violent acts against others” from its terms of service. Color Of Change Vice President Jade Magnus Ogunnaike says this “sends a clear message: Coinbase does not care about the safety and well-being of Black people who use their site.” After George Floyd’s murder, Coinbase did the opposite of many companies voicing their support for side racial justice; it banned internal discussions of political issues, prompting cries of racism from Black employees. Jade says, “Without strong content moderation policies, Coinbase will continue to put Black consumers, their own employees and stakeholders in harm’s way.”
Even with some major first term victories under President Biden’s belt — including the Inflation Reduction Act, America’s most ambitious legislation ever on climate — enthusiasm for the president is lackluster from Democrats and Republicans alike. There have been frustrations over police reform and votings rights, in particular the failure to get the George Floyd Policing Act passed, which could cause disillusionment among Black voters. Activists say Biden needs to more aggressively call out the Republicans who are standing in the way of progress. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted. “There’s a reason why we don’t have those pieces of legislation and it’s not President Biden. But if he doesn’t tell a story for people about why we didn’t win those things, who stood in the way of those things, who is profiting from preventing those things, he will be blamed by people.”