After years of being told it has a problem, Facebook is still failing to stop racist and violent speech from spreading on its platform. So Color Of Change and 8 other justice groups convinced companies to pull $7B in advertising so far.
Because of your outrage and action, mayors across the US are promising to reassess how money is funneled to police departments. Minneapolis even voted to disband its police force. Help us change the institution of policing forever.
Because of your outcries for #JusticeforBre, the FBI has announced an investigation into the murder of Breonna Taylor. But that is not enough. Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer needs to fire the officers now!
On May 25, George Floyd was murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police. Officers held their knee on his neck. Bystanders pleaded with them to let Floyd go as he gasped “I can’t breathe.” Help us get justice.
25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was jogging near his home in Georgia when he was chased, shot, and killed. His death is like a modern-day lynching. A grand jury will hear his case on June 2. We're demanding the two DAs who obstructed his case resign now.
See what we're doing -- on economic relief, criminal justice, and 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.
Too many Black businesses have been locked out of federal coronavirus relief funds. Nearly half say they'll only be able to stay afloat for 6 months. Congress is working on the PPP, the financial relief program for small business owners. Let's make sure they include us.
There is a disturbing history of Black people being undercounted. Those who suppress the votes of our communities are working hard to keep us from participating in the Census too. And when we’re undercounted, our communities get underfunded and underserved. But together we can change things.
DoorDash to Drive Business to Black-Owned Restaurants Hurt by COVID-19
After Color Of Change led a survey on how Black and Latino businesses are faring during the pandemic, DoorDash agreed to create a new feature highlighting Black-owned restaurants. They will be working with us on a program to support and drive customers to Black merchants on the app and to reduce bias on their platform.
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Charges Dropped Against Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend After Cops Killed Her
Breonna Taylor was brutally shot and killed when cops showed up at her door unannounced in the middle of the night. Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker heard police ramming open their front door and fired a shot in self-defense, eliciting a barrage of gunfire from cops, who hit Taylor and left her dying on the floor of her hallway. Police had come to the wrong house, with no warrant, and tried to coverup their fatal mistake by acting like they were on a drug raid. After 45,000 Color Of Change members created a public outcry, Louisville’s Commonwealth Attorney agreed to drop attempted murder charges against Walker. We continue to fight for #Justice4Breonna. The FBI is now investigating her murder.
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Zoom Hires Chief Diversity Officer After Meeting with Color Of Change
As part of our ongoing work to protect Black people online, more than 35,000 COC members signed our petition raising concerns about cyber terrorism targeting Black people on Zoom. This especially matters now, with so much of life being conducted online during the pandemic. After Color Of Change reached out to the Zoom’s CEO with our demands, the company hired Damien Hooper-Campbell as its first Chief Diversity Officer. Now we expect the company to follow through on our other demands to make the platform safe for Black users.
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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.
While Democrats introduced a police overhaul package to outlaw chokeholds and no knock warrants, require body cameras and punish abusive officers, Rashad Robinson says Congress has work to do. “Right now we seem to try to solve all of our society’s problems by increasing the role and responsibility of law enforcement, and it has not worked. There are a number of places — from dealing with grand juries to all the ways in which police get so many different rules after they shoot someone and kill someone — that have to be dealt with.”
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.
This article discusses Color Of Change’s effort to get people registered and out to vote come November. “We’ve seen thousands of people flooding our website to get more information on how to vote, and I think that is a direct response to this moment that we’re in and people looking for outlets to channel their rage right now,” says Jennifer Edwards, COC’s Sr. Director of Digital Engagement and Democracy. There’s been an uptick in voter registrations — especially in battleground states Florida, Texas, and Georgia — as activists work to turn growing calls for police reforms into systemic change.
Since George Floyd’s death, labor leaders have been under pressure to sever ties with law enforcement groups and take a stand against police brutality. Color Of Change is in talks with several AFL-CIO affiliated groups to press for the removal of police unions. Scott Roberts, COC’s Sr Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns is quoted, “There’s a debate going on and we’re trying to support the folks within labor that understand that police unions are not trying to protect the humanity and dignity of all people.”
This article talks about how important it is to remember George Floyd as more than a symbol of police violence against Black people. Color Of Change Chief of Campaigns Arisha Hatch underscored that telling the full story of a person’s humanity matters, especially when mourning a death as public as Floyd’s. She is quoted, “Seeing Black people as fully human is at the core of all of the fights that we’re in. It’s our duty, our obligation to fully realize that.”