25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was jogging near his home in Georgia when he was chased, shot, and killed in cold blood. His death is like a modern-day lynching. A grand jury will hear his case June 2. We're demanding the two DAs who obstructed his case resign now.
See what we're doing -- on economic relief, criminal justice, access to healthcare -- to stand up for our communities and make sure leaders address the ways COVID-19 is hitting Black, Brown, and poor people the hardest.
It is not a matter of if but when Coronavirus will hit prisons and jails. Outbreaks will spread like wildfire due to close quarters and unsanitary conditions, endangering everyone inside and out. If federal and state officials act now, they can help protect us all.
Many people live paycheck to paycheck. With Coronavirus, many part-time, hourly and contract workers will lose months of wages and won't be able to cover basic costs like housing or healthcare. It's time for universal, basic income.
Join us in telling Canadian company Fairfax Financial Holdings - the largest backer of bail bonds in the US - to divest from the industry. Many other companies have based on the shady lending practices, so often levied against Black people.
We're calling on Governor Reeves to fix conditions at Mississippi's oldest prison or close it. 7 people have been murdered in their cells, there’s mold and rodents, 5 men sleeping on a floor, no working toilets. For too long, the problems at Parchman have been ignored.
Prosecutors and police are launching campaigns to stoke fear and roll back the real progress we've made on ending money bail, restoring the right to vote, and decriminalizing marijuana. See what we're doing to hold onto these wins.
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.
GoFundMe Takes Down Pages to Raise Money for Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers
In the wake of Arbery’s brutal murder, we did some research and found 26 pages on GoFundMe dedicated to raising money in defense of his killers, the McMichaels. Color Of Change immediately called GoFundMe out on Twitter, reached out execs at the company, and the media. GoFundMe agreed to take down the pages within an hour. This is part of our ongoing work to make sure tech platforms don’t funnel money to white nationalist and hate groups. Companies must take a side when it comes to stopping racist violence and cannot give murderers a platform to profit. Ahmaud, who was 25 years old, Black, and simply out for a run in his neighborhood, was unarmed when the McMichaels chased him down and shot him.
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Twitter Clamps Down on Theory that “Black People Can’t Get COVID-19”
Color of Change persuaded leaders at Twitter to adopt new policies to ensure the accuracy of COVID-19 information on the site after Blue-check users were posting dangerous (and scientifically debunked rumors) that Black people were immune to the virus or would recover quickly if they caught it. This misinformation was getting thousands of retweets. COC Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter explains, ”tech companies must assume responsibility for the content on their platforms. Not only does our democracy depend on it, but now our safety does too.” After we called them out, Twitter pulled the tweets and agreed to review the accounts of those spreading these lies to better protect people of color.
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Preserving Access to Healthy Food for Black in the Pandemic
Black people disproportionately live in “food deserts” where healthy produce and meat are hard to come by. And during the pandemic, getting access to safe high-quality food is even harder though it’s one of the best ways to stay healthy. After a Color Of Change member in Los Angeles launched a campaign on OrganizeFor, Capri Retail Services agreed to reopen its Crenshaw Farmers Market, serving a Black neighborhood without many other good options.
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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 1.7 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.
Join us each week until the pandemic is over as Black leaders talk about the ways we can build power in this moment. We’re proud to partner with Blavity to deliver an honest, Black-led discussion about the pandemic and its impact on Black people. You’ll hear from Color Of Change’s criminal justice, economic justice, voting rights, and media and culture change experts on all the ways coronavirus is affecting us and what we can do about it.
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every aspect of our society and exposing deep, systemic inequalities that mean Black communities will be hit harder than most. As the news changes minute-to-minute, BET and Color Of Change are teaming up to make sure Black people have the clear and focused information we need to take action, protect ourselves, and support the most vulnerable in our community.
In his latest Guardian column, Rashad explains how the failed and corrupt response to COVID-19 is killing Black businesses, jobs, votes, and people. That’s why Color Of Change’s Black Response and activism are critical now. He writes, “Even with factories shut down all across the country, one thing America never stops manufacturing is widespread racial injustice.”
This article talks about Color Of Change’s and other groups’ digital and distance organizing work to ensure the COVID-19 response takes care of Black people and all those hardest hit. Rashad is quoted, “It’s really hard to overstate the critical moment we are in as a people, given how this virus has ripped through our community. We know the pain will not be shared equally.”
Black workers continue to step up to support and protect the entire country, at great risk to their own health. Nearly 80% of Black people in America work outside their homes in service related jobs. Too many of these heroes’ needs aren’t being met. But there are ways we can protect those who continue to sacrifice are keep the country running — fair pay, benefits, time off, protective gear, job security. Don’t let corporations treat essential workers as disposable.
This article explains how Color Of Change’s work with National Bail Out to buy women their freedom has become more important, and life-saving, as prisons and jails become epicenters of deadly COVID-19 outbreaks. As one advocate noted, “Right now, being unable to pay bail will not only cost you your freedom, but also your life.”