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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.
  • COVID-19: Protect People in Prison

    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.
  • Don't Make the Most Vulnerable Pay for COVID-19

    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.
  • Bail Bonds Are Predatory Lending

    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.
  • Protect Body Positive Black Idols

    Popular trainer Jillian Michaels has been making headlines, for attacking Lizzo in a familiar racist way. For too long doctors and fitness experts have used weight as a proxy health – shaming Black women with larger bodies. But we can demand better.
  • Connecticut: Make Prison Calls Free

    Telecom companies are lining their pockets by preying on people with loved one behind bars. In Connecticut, a 15-min call costs $5. And local governments take a cut. But together, we can end this.
  • Close Parchman Prison in Miss.

    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.
  • Stand for Justice, Not Fear

    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.
  • 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.

RECENT VICTORIES

  • Tech Justice

Facebook Holds Its First Civil Rights Audit

This year we’ve worked tirelessly to hold Facebook accountable – persuading them to conduct their first civil rights audit and pressing them to adopt stronger policies against white supremacist content. We’ve held dozens of meetings, 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 meant to suppress voting.

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  • Media Justice

COC Members Save 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 Murdering Eric Garner

Five years after the tragic and unnecessary death of Eric Garner, NYC mayor and police commissioner fired Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Garner in a chokehold and refused to let him go. COC members were part of a powerful coalition with dozens of groups around New York demanding justice. 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 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.

IN THE MEDIA

February 22, 2020

Hilton Hotel To Host Neo-Confederate Group Conference During Black History Month

Color Of Change is pressing Hilton to stop the Sons of the Confederate Veterans from holding a major gathering at their hotel. Campaign director Brandi Collins-Dexter is quoted: “Allowing this hate-filled organization space at your hotel validates its existence and intentions. They, much like neo-Nazis, recognize Confederate iconography as an expression of white supremacy and the deadly ways it intersects with this country’s toxic legacies of racism.”

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February 21, 2020

#OscarsSoWhite Is Still Going Strong

Our Twitter takeover and work with #OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign is mentioned in this piece as the Oscars runs up against the same problem it’s had for decades: a lack of diversity. “Presented without comment,” Rashad tweeted. “In 2017: 18 Black nominees In 2018: 13 Black nominees In 2019: 15 Black nominees In 2020: 5 Black noms #OscarsSoWhite #Oscars.”

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February 14, 2020

How Rashad Robinson, Racial Justice Activist, Spends His Sundays

The New York Times profiles a day in the life with COC President Rashad Robinson – from interviewing Democratic presidential candidates to pushing forward strategies to overhaul our criminal justice system to good old-fashioned Sunday brunch. Since Rashad took charge of COC, the organization has grown by more than a million members.

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February 6, 2020

TV Cop Shows Affect Real-World Policing, Study Says

Rashad explains how crime TV shows – and how they distort our understanding of our justice system – shapes how people look at crime, injustice, and racist violent policing in the real world. “These shows paint this magical space in cities like New York and Chicago where people of color exist but somehow racism doesn’t.” These shows rarely depict how disproportionately Black people are targeted by police or how bias is baked into the system.

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February 2, 2020

Superbowl Ads Dialed Up Fun as an Antidote to Politics

Superbowl ads went for fun over serious this year. The big exception: an NFL ad about the devastation police violence has on families. But many were quick to point out the league’s hypocrisy given the exile of Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee. Rashad tweeted, “Every attempt by the @NFL to rehabilitate its image among Black viewers will ring hollow as long as Kaepernick is still unsigned to an NFL team. You cannot co-opt his message and blackball him at the same time.”

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January 26, 2020

Are Crime Shows Slowing Justice Reform?

This article explores the political and social impact of crime TV shows, and dives into the data in our latest report Normalizing Injustice. Rashad is quoted: “Only someone who doesn’t have to suffer the consequences of a criminal justice system would say that these shows are apolitical.” Indeed, fictional misrepresentations of the criminal justice system on TV may be thwarting much-needed reforms in the real world.

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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 1.7M 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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