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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.

RECENT VICTORIES

  • Criminal Justice

Incarcerated People Fighting Wildfires Finally Eligible for Jobs When They Get Out

For decades, our country has unfairly relied on prison labor — and nowhere is this more obvious than in California, where thousands of people behind bars help fight fires each fall, risking their lives for $1 an hour. In response to a Color Of Change campaign, California Governor Gavin Newsom just signed an order expunging felonies off firefighters’ records. This means that people who fight fires while incarcerated can now join the firefighting ranks and build a real career based on their training and experience once they’re out. It’s high time we end discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, and stop erecting barriers to jobs, housing, and full participation in society. And we will continue our fight to make sure incarcerated firefighters are fully compensated and valued for their work.

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  • Criminal Justice

Rochester’s Police Chief Resigns as Quest for #JusticeforDaniel Continues

Our campaign seeking justice for Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man in need of mental health help who was killed by cops in March is gathering steam. Rochester’s police chief and deputy police chief both resigned after body camera footage was released showing what we all knew: Daniel should be alive today. For a week straight, organizers held protests and 77,000 COC members spoke out demanding the officers be fired, charged, and the city changes how it responds to mental health crises. Daniel’s brother had called police for help, explaining he was a threat to no one but himself. Instead, they brutalized Daniel and knelt on his back ’til he couldn’t breathe. We will not relent. Our quest for justice continues as we press Rochester’s mayor and city council to pass legislation that requires medical professionals — and not armed cops — to respond to medical calls.

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  • Tech Justice

Twitter Cracks Down on Right-Wing Media Pundit for Glorifying Kenosha Killing

All year Color Of Change has aggressively been pressing tech giants to crack down on hate speech and stop spreading racist calls to violence. Twitter recently put its new policy into practice – deleting a post from Ann Coulter applauding Kyle Rittenhouse for murdering two nonviolent protestors. Twitter has assured us that they won’t tolerate tweets encouraging vigilante violence like we’ve seen in recent months. We will continue to push them to do more to seek out those with millions of followers using their platform to fuel white nationalism and anti-Black violence.

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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

July 31, 2020

How Law & Order’s Dick Wolf Is Reimagining His Shows In The Wake Of The BLM Protests

As the nation ignited with police brutality protests this spring, TV cop shows started to catch a lot of flak. Reality shows that glorify policing, notably Cops and LivePD, were the first to go under sustained pressured from Color Of Change. Then attention turned to Dick Wolf, creator of Law & Order. Now the king of the police procedural is scrambling to save one of TV’s most lucrative franchises. Color Of Change continues to call out such shows, saying that the genre spreads dangerous misinformation about our criminal justice system and essentially functions as a “PR machine for the police.”

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July 30, 2020

Prosecutor: No Charges for Officer in Michael Brown’s Death

This week St. Louis County’s prosecutor announced he will not charge the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, a dramatic decision that reopens old wounds amid national outrage over police violence. This marks the third time prosecutors investigated and opted not to charge Darren Wilson. The issue has taken on new life since George Floyd’s death in May. Color Of Change’s Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts says that the announcement reveals show just how badly our “criminal justice system fails Black communities by allowing police to operate with impunity.”

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July 30, 2020

After Worldwide Protests Against Police Brutality, What Does the Future of Cop TV Shows Look Like?

Is 2020 time for a change in all-too-familiar TV narratives? Crime and police dramas are some of the most popular shows on all 4 major networks. They account for 20% of shows last season. 80% of the writers for these shows are white. Color Of Change’s recent report Normalizing Injustice breaks down how these shows reinforce dated and racist stereotypes, often writing Black characters as one-dimensional characters who are perpetrators, victims of their own choices, and endorses of illegal actions taken by those around them.

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July 30, 2020

Television Ad Demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor Broadcast to Louisville Homes

Across Louisville, there’s a new TV ad — created by UltraViolet, Color Of Change, and Black Lives Matter — making sure Breonna Taylor’s name is not forgotten. The 26-year-old was shot 8 times when e Louisville police officers entered her apartment erroneously, the wrong address on a no-knock warrant, unannounced and by force in the middle of the night. The ad calls out the mayor and attorney general, asking them to fire, arrest and charge the officers involved in Taylor’s death, then directs people to a petition on JusticeforBreonna.org.

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July 29, 2020

Change Laws that Shield Police, STL Prosecutor Says

After another failed attempt to charge the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri six years ago, leaders say it’s time to change the laws that shield police. St. Louis’ reform-minded DA Wesley Bell says legislators need to take a hard look at the laws that protect police from prosecution. His message that has gained momentum since George Floyd’s death ignited a national reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality. Color Of Change’s Scott Roberts says the fact the cop who killed Brown hasn’t stood trial “reinforces the importance of making the systemic changes necessary to end overpolicing and the structural racism” built into our system.

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July 25, 2020

#ChangeHollywood: Michael B. Jordan, Color of Change Launch Roadmap to Inclusion

On the heels of racial justice protests that erupted across the US, Color Of Change has launched a new initiative urging film and TV studios and production companies to invest in anti-racist content, authentic Black stories, and Black talent. Actor and producer Michael B. Jordan is leading the call for more inclusion, diverse stories, and greater representation for people of color in Hollywood. Jordan is quoted, “This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to #ChangeHollywood.”

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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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