Black people elected President Biden, and we haven’t forgotten the promises he made to us on the campaign trail. With Justice Breyer announcing his retirement, Biden has the opportunity to put a Black woman that shares our values of justice and freedom on the US Supreme Court.
Women in federal prisons are dying of COVID-19 needlessly! Incarceration, especially at minimum security level facilities like FPC Alderson, should never be a death sentence. The Bureau of Prisons can grant medically vulnerable people compassionate release or home confinement.
For years prison telecom companies have made enormous profits off of incarcerated people and their loved ones, charging up to $15 for a 15-minute phone call, raking in $1.4 billion a year. This would fix that. Both bills would give incarcerated people 90 minutes of free phonecalls a day.
Daniel Prude should be alive today. His law would make sure police aren't the first response to mental health crises, create a statewide council dedicated to deescalation, and make sure the state embraces trauma-informed, culturally-competent care. Let's stop treating mental health as a public safety problem.
Legislators need to pick a side: the #JimCrowFilibuster, or the voting rights of Black people. We've seen more than 250 new bills restricting voting rights since the 2020 elections. It has to stop. Tell your Senator to pass the Freedom to Vote Act today.
Nearly two years after the start of the pandemic, more than half of the women currently incarcerated at Danbury Federal Institution Camp in Connecticut have tested positive for the virus and are being denied proper medical care. It's time to let these women go home.
We won the campaign to keep thousands of elders home, now we need clemency to get them free! Keeping people on home confinement isn't enough — the DOJ still has discretionary power to decide who will be sent back to prison. President Biden has the power to fix this.
Black people are routinely denied hosing and business loans, and given higher insurance rates — because of the algorithms industries rely on. Algorithms often replicate human biases. With this bill, DC could be the first city to outlaw discriminatory algorithms and undo racist lending practices.
Gwen Levi is a 76-year old cancer survivor, grandmother, and Black woman. She is one of thousands who were deemed high risk for COVID-19, and released from prison in 2020 to finish their sentences at home. Recently, she was sent back to prison after missing a phone call from her case manager while attending a computer skills class. In just 4 days, 50k Color of Change members signed a petition calling for her release. Thanks to this public outcry, and the work of her legal team, Ms. Levi was just sent home on compassionate release – which means she is truly free and back with her family, including her 94-year old mother who she helps take care of. Meanwhile we continue to fight for clemency for the 4,000 elders under home confinement who risk being re-incarcerated on a technicality like Ms. Levi, or when the pandemic is declared over.
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Toyota Pulls Funding from Congressmembers Behind the Attack on Capitol
On January 6, 2021, hundreds of armed white nationalists burst through the doors of the Capitol while Congress was in session, threatening to kill people inside. In the wake of the insurrection, we called on dozens of corporations to stop funding crooked Congress members. We launched InsurrectionIncorporated.com, pressuring Toyota, Cigna, AT&T to stop donating to those undermining our democracy. After hundreds of Color Of Change PAC members called Toyota execs, Toyota agreed! Elected officials inciting the insurrection will NOT be allowed to hide behind their Congressional titles. And we continue to hold companies like Cigna, Intel, and JetBlue accountable for supporting those who voted against certifying the 2020 election results and are trying to disenfranchise Black voters today. This is how we protect democracy.
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Color Of Change Helps Athlete & Activist Gwen Berry Attract New Sponsors
All of Gwen Berry’s corporate sponsors dropped her after she boldly raised her fist in protest at the 2019 Pan American Games. Time and again, we’ve seen Black athletes unfairly punished for using their voice to stand up for justice. Color Of Change stepped in to sponsor Berry. We were also part of a successful campaign to get the U.S. Olympic Committee to reverse course and allow athletes to wear armbands, raise their fists, or kneel on the podium to express their political beliefs. Now we’ve persuaded AirBNB and Puma to sponsor Berry as well, which means she’ll have the proper support to succeed going into the Tokyo Olympics. In addition, we continue to demand that the International Olympic Committee drop Rule 50, and calling on major athletic companies like Nike to join us.
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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.
Heather McGhee, chair of Color Of Change’s Board interviews Ai-jen Poo on the prospects of public economic investment in child care, elder care and paid family leave. Ai-jen is a MacArthur Genius grant winner and author of the book “The Age of Dignity.” They discuss public policy at the intersection of race, inequality and social policy on the Ezra Klein show. Ai-jen is quoted, “It is essentially a house of cards for everyone. And what’s holding it together is the unpaid work of women in our families and the underpaid work of women and majority women of color as professional care workers. And it is completely unsustainable.”
House Democrats are using a hearing with the Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to bolster calls to scale back legal protections for social media companies based on accusations that tech giants are failing to remove hate speech and misinformation. Although Republicans and Democrats are on polar opposite sides of the debate, they’re unified in support of the Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, speaking out. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted. “I think her expertise at really cutting through some of the lies that we hear from the platforms has been really encouraging.” Haugen will warn lawmakers not to fall into Facebook’s trap and “get caught up in a long, drawn out debate over the minutiae of different legislative approaches,” according to a copy of her opening remarks.
This week lawmakers from the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (of the Committee on Energy and Commerce) continued to hear testimony from witnesses on the state of “Big Tech,” notably the social media platforms. Whistleblowers explained the problems that still need to be addressed at Facebook. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson was one of the witnesses at the testimony. He is quoted discussing the lack of regulation for Facebook. “Somehow they exist on a completely different plane and are allowed to have a completely different set of rules than everyone else. The fact of the matter is freedom of speech is not freedom from the consequences of speech.”
Conspiracy theories and phony fraud claims are one of the biggest threats to secure elections whose results are accepted by the American people, a new report argues. The report from the Aspen Institute think tank’s Commission on Information Disorder urges a surge in federal funding to combat the sort of conspiracy theories promoted by former president Donald Trump and his allies. Given the new attacks on democracy, election officials need to be given more resources and more communication capabilities. Co-chairs of the commission are longtime TV journalist Katie Couric, Chris Krebs, and Rashad Robinson, president of the Color Of Change. Election officials have spent roughly $1 billion making elections more secure against hacking and other manipulations since 2016. But that hasn’t protected the public against a wave of phony claims aimed at degrading faith in the electoral process.
Misinformation is jeopardizing efforts to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, be it climate change, COVID-19 or political polarization, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute backed by prominent voices in media. Recommendations call for new regulations on social media platforms; stronger, more consistent rules for misinformation “super spreaders” who amplify harmful falsehoods and new investments in authoritative journalism and organizations that teach media literacy. “Hundreds of millions of people pay the price, every single day, for a world disordered by lies,” reads the report’s introduction, written by the commission’s three co-chairs: journalist Katie Couric, former White House cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs and Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change. “The path to making real change is going to require all of us,” Robinson said.
In the Ahmaud Arbery case, justice arrived despite a rigged jury selection process: 11 of the 12 jurors were white, and that was no accident. During jury selection, the defense dismissed 11 of 12 potential Black jurors. When the prosecution challenged these dismissals, the judge acknowledged that they were likely rooted in racism but refused to do anything about it. Over and over, we see the same thing, and the problem is not with the judges or lawyers — but the law. Scott Roberts, Color Of Change’s Sr Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns points to the case of Judge Olu Stevens in 2016, who threw out an all-white jury on racial grounds. “He recognized that discrimination was happening, … and he was suspended for 90 days.” In addition, “If you’re barred from registering to vote, then you’re barred from juries by default. Given that our criminal justice system is so racially biased, … this is a vicious cycle.”