50,000 Color Of Change members spoke up and helped free Gwen Levi, a 76-year old who was re-incarcerated after missing a phone call from her case manager. Congress members are circulating a letter demanding Biden grant clemency to the 4,000+ people on home confinement today. Get your representative to sign on.
Join us in calling on Congress to pass the Break the Cycle of Violence Act, which includes $5B for gun violence prevention. Poverty produces violence, and over-policing Black communities only increases violence. It's time to try something new.
For too long, Black people have been trapped in lifelong, impossible-to-repay student loans. We shouldn't have to struggle to cover basic necessities and forgo growing personal savings, investing in our communities, and chasing our dreams — just to repay student debt.
Republicans have unleashed a serious attack on voting rights across the country. Democratic Senators need to pick a side: protect the Jim Crow filibuster or the voting rights of the Black people who got them elected.
Texas's new law provides financial incentives for random people to sue medical providers who performs abortions; other states may soon follow. Black women always end up bearing the brunt of these attacks. But DAs have incredible discretion over which cases to prosecute.
Biden promised a more humanitarian approach to immigration and to deliver racial justice. He needs to honor that promise by stopping deportations to Haiti and granting humanitarian parole to thousands of Black asylum seekers at the border.
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.
A year after George Floyd’s death and Color Of Change got Cops pulled from the airwaves, it’s back on Fox Nation. The reality series was canceled during last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests as a new awareness of how TV shows often glorify violent policing took hold. The decision has been met with anger from racial justice advocates. Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, Sr Director of Media, Culture, and Economic Justice, is quoted. “Color Of Change’s members fought for eight years to have the television show Cops canceled for a reason: It is an insidious program that distorts the truth about crime in our country and purposefully encourages the public to support the harmful behavior of police, prosecutors, and other law enforcement figures. Cops and shows like it should not be televised—on any network.”
A year ago the CARES Act prioritized the use of home confinement to release thousands of incarcerated people as COVID-19 roared through facilities. Now their future is uncertain. Color Of Change is calling for their freedom. Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts is quoted. “For this particular group of people, most are elderly or sick. Everyone has some kind of health condition that qualified them for release. All have been vetted, and it was determined they could go home. Seems if there is any group we should let remain at home, it is this group… It would make common sense, especially since the president has said he wanted to reduce the prison population.”
On Twitch, viewers can participate in a live chat while a creator is streaming, and recently there’s been a lot of “hate raids,” where hundreds of automated bot accounts flood the chat with harassment and slurs. Creators who are Black, identify as LGBTQ, and have disabilities have been outspoken about the raids and Twitch’s failure to take action. Color Of Change will soon meet with leaders at Twitch to go over demands to make the platform a safer space for Black creators. Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, Sr. Director of Media, Culture and Economic Justice says, “The most important thing is that tech organizations have to do is build out civil rights infrastructure at their companies. You have to have a team who’s consistently evaluating and seeing problems before they can even happen. If Twitch had a team like this, they would have seen the possibility of hate raids coming on.”
Slate interviewed 7 powerhouse Black women from Team USA on the racism they’ve endured — and how they are pushing back to move professional sports forward. Gwen Berry set off a firestorm for raising her fist on the podium of the Pan American Games and is sponsored by Color Of Change. She says, “We can start off with the corporations because, you know, they were the ones donating the most money… I feel like we haven’t seen enough. The problem is people care when it’s relevant, but they will move on after 48 hours or after a month or two, they don’t care about the actual results. Now, the reason that I work with Color of Change is that they have literally been doing everything in their power to make sure we see some type of changes we’ve been advocating for.”
As part of its #ChangeMusic initiative, Color of Change is partnering with Diverse Representation to launch the Black Music Executives Pipeline Program to increase the number of Black executives in the industry. While nearly 50% of professionals artists are Black, less than 10% of music executives are. T change this, the Black Music Executives Pipeline Program will select 12 participants for a three-month training program that will provide them with the tools and resources needed to build a successful career later this year. Ryan Butler, DEI Director at the Recording Academy is quoted. “As leaders in the music industry, it is up to us to usher in a new age in vision and set a new tone.”
The Recording Academy announced next year’s Grammy Awards will be produced using an inclusion rider, an important step toward making the awards more diverse. An inclusion rider is a contractual requirement designed to ensure equity and inclusion at all levels of production. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson, who helped created the #ChangeMusic initiative and is promoting the new inclusion rider, is quoted. “There are a lot of unwritten rules in the entertainment industry that create racial exclusion, and at Color Of Change, we know that to change society you have to change the rules. This inclusion rider is a written rule that will change the culture of hiring at the Grammys, and will make inclusion the norm.”