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Color Of Change helps you do something real about injustice.

We design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.
  • Tell Comcast Not to Challenge the 1866 Civil Rights Act

    Comcast is standing with the DOJ in asking the Supreme Court to review our oldest civil rights statute. It could undo centuries of progress -- letting corporations off the hook for racial discrimination and harming Black people, businesses, and economic equality.
  • Ban Hair Discrimination

    Join COC and the CROWN coalition in making it illegal for schools and employers to discriminate against Black people who wear their hair naturally. We've already won in California and New York. Now we're fighting for federal protections.
  • Be Counted in 2020

    Black people are one of the least accurately counted populations in the US, which hurts our ability to get funding, programs, and representation in Congress. See what we're doing to make sure we're counted in next year's Census.
  • 400 Yrs Since Slavery, Black People Are Still Not Free

    Freedom shouldn't come down to how much money you have. Help us push prosecutors to end money bail and transform the criminal justice system.
  • Stand Up to the Attack on Women

    Join us as we persuade DA's to refuse to enforce abortion bans that unconstitutionally punish women, and limit and control choices about their bodies. Black women are often the first to be prosecuted for miscarriages. But we can change that.
  • Join the Fight for Justice Reform

    Watch When They See Us, Ava DuVernay's new Netflix mini-series on the Central Park Five case that gripped the nation. Learn how the criminal justice system shatters innocent Black people’s lives. Then join our campaigns to fix it.

RECENT VICTORIES

  • Tech Justice

Getting Facebook to Rein In Racist Content

With 2.3B users, Facebook is the largest communications platform in the world. This year we’ve worked tirelessly to hold Facebook accountable – persuading them to conduct their first civil rights audit and adopt stronger policies against white supremacist content. We’ve held dozens of meetings with leaders and allies inside, drawing their attention to how the platform has been used to censor Black activists and allow ads that discriminate against Black people. The fight continues. But Facebook has begun restricting racial targeting in ads, removing posts by white nationalists, and taken down posts designed to suppress voting.

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  • Media Justice

Saving Disney's Black Princess

We persuaded Disney not to whitewash their popular Black character Princess Tiana. When we saw early drawings of Tiana from the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, it was clear they had straightened her hair, thinned her nose, and lightened her skin. Our members spoke out and persuaded Disney to keep Tiana a beautiful Black princess – part of our ongoing work to improve representation of Black characters in film and TV and make sure all children see heroes who look like them onscreen.

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  • Criminal Justice

NYPD Officer Fired for Garner's Death

Five years after the tragic and unnecessary death of Eric Garner, there’s been a breakthrough in our fight for justice. We asked New York City’s mayor and police commissioner to fire Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Garner in a chokehold and refused to let him go – and after sustained pressure from COC members, they did. This kind of momentum matters in a world where police are almost never held accountable for the innocent lives they take. Though Garner’s death was ruled a homicide, until now the officers who restrained him had walked away with no consequences and their jobs intact.

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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 more than 1.5 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.

IN THE MEDIA

OP-ED: We Can’t Trust Police to Protect Us from Racist Violence

Rashad Robinson writes about how white nationalists in the police forces, and why it’s so important to continue fighting for police accountability in the wake of this month’s mass shootings. “If people in law enforcement want to be seen as experts on defeating white nationalism, shouldn’t they have to get rid of all the white nationalists in their own ranks first?”

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Facebook’s Political Bias Review Tries to Understand Why Conservatives Don’t Trust It

A new report on whether Facebook demotes conservative content ignores basic truths about how the platform hurts people of color. Rashad Robinson is quoted: “Claims of anticonservative bias are simply an attempt to distract users and the media from the conservative movement’s attacks against black communities and other marginalized groups.”

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Dems Struggle to Reach Black Millennials

Rashad Robinson is quoted in this article about how the Democrats are lagging in a real strategy to reach young, Black voters — and why it matters. “Donald Trump’s campaign is handing out literature in black barbershops right now; they’re doing micro-targeting on Facebook and have a digital strategy to engage black folks,” he said.

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Listen to Black Voters: Put Economic Justice First

Color Of Change collaborated with Demos, SocioAnalytica, and Black Futures Lab on research and polling on what Black voters want from their politicians. The Black Census Project is the “largest survey of Black people conducted in the US since Reconstruction.”

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Progressives Lay Out Racial Justice Strategy to Win Over Working-Class Whites

Rashad Robinson is quoted on how while Democrats worry about how to woo white voters that supposedly cost them the election in 2016, they are also waking up to the idea that they cannot win the presidency without mobilizing Black voters — and they cannot do that without talking about race.

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Strategic Initiatives

Democracy & Census

Black people have the power to shape our democracy and set the agenda when they speak up and turn out in elections. Through our Black Brunches we have brought together more than 20,000 people across 20 cities—including many new to politics. Going into 2020, we have tremendous opportunities to register new voters, protect voting rights, and make sure our communities are counted and represented in the 2020 Census. We are engaging local leaders and our 1.4M members to help set a progressive agenda around criminal justice reform and boost civic participation in Black communities.

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Winning Justice

No one holds more power in our justice system than prosecutors. They decide who to prosecute, what the charges will be, and routinely make decisions that destroy Black people’s lives. We are ushering in a new era of prosecutor accountability by mobilizing Black communities across the country. Already, we've pushed prosecutors and candidates in a dozen cities make pledges to cut incarceration. We continue to build momentum to end the most unjust, destructive and racist practices in our system from money bail to over-sentencing, over-policing, and sending our children to adult prisons.

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COC Hollywood

TV and film play a profound role in shaping American culture. Yet, when it comes to representation of Black people, culture, and issues, far too much of the content Hollywood produces promotes dangerous misunderstandings that holds back racial justice in the real world. COC Hollywood is our initiative to change the rules in Hollywood by ensuring accurate, diverse, empathetic and human portrayals of Black people onscreen. We consult on film and TV projects, partner with changemakers inside the industry, work to raise standards around hiring and diversity, and elevate Black stories.

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Partners and Allies

  • Color Of Change is doing important work in our communities and in our movement. From building local, Black-led power to supporting Black leadership, Color Of Change is a valued partner. Their platform has helped us change our communities, from the ground up -- whether it's to hold a district attorney accountable or to stop a corporation from preying on our communities, they are unbought and unbossed. We are proud to stand with them side by side to change the world.
    Alicia Garza
    Co-founder, Black Lives Matter Network
    Principal, Black Futures Lab
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