Hourly workers face a difficult decision every election - vote or work. In Black areas prone to voter suppression, wait times can be hours. And this year is especially tough. This election matters. Our votes matter. Let's act like it.
This year is different. Between COVID-19 and constant violent rhetoric targeting Black people and mail-in voters, we need Congress to take a stand and fund states in need. It's a matter of protecting our health and our democracy.
Join us in making sure Congress protects the USPS. It's an essential part of the infrastructure that lets people vote, bank, receive medicine and food safely during pandemic. This is an economic justice, a racial justice, and a voting rights issue.
White supremacists are using PayPal to fundraise for Kyle Rittenhouse, the man who killed 2 protestors in Kenosha WI. We can't let PayPal keep funneling money to hate groups and ignore the ways their platform is being used.
Black people aren't vulnerable. We're under attack -- by the systems that consistently deny us affordable housing, healthcare, and livable wages. Racism is America's real "preexisting condition." Learn how we're organizing for change.
After 5 years trying to get Mark Zuckerberg to stop hate online, Facebook is still allowing white nationalist groups to recruit new members and incite violence. In Kenosha, they were alerted before the shooting and chose not to act. This can't continue.
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.
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.
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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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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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 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.
The New York Times covers Color of Change’s celebrity social media freeze and ad boycott levied at Facebook. In July companies pulled $7B in advertising as part of #StopHateForProfit. Vice President Arisha Hatch is quoted. “Our goal at Color Of Change is definitely longer term systemic change and specifically legislative change. That takes time and boycotts give people something small, easy and strategic that they can do to actually win real world change for Black people.” The Times says the boycott campaign was “wildly successful” in educating people and shaming the company to do more to stop the spread of hate and misinformation on its platform.
Breonna Taylor’s mother has spoken out after Kentucky’s Attorney General announced that none of the officers involved in Taylor’s killing would be charged with her death. Scott Roberts, Color Of Change’s Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns joined CBS News to discuss how the justice system has failed, and why protesters continue to call for the defunding of police. Watch the full interview by clicking the logo above.
Color Of Change’s new PSA takes a humorous approach to the fact that too many white people have proven they can’t be trusted to use 911 responsibly – and it’s costing Black people their safety and sometimes their lives. After a summer of watching police kill unarmed Black people, and white people call the police on Black people who aren’t doing anything wrong, we decided to craft a response. Watch this video where we release a new emergency number for all the ‘Karens’ out there. The original video appeared on NowThis news.
One week after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, WNYC interviews Color Of Change Vice President Arisha Hatch for its Every Vote Counts series. Arisha shares how Black voters are thinking about the voting process this year, especially in key battleground states. Black voters are one of the Democratic Party’s most reliable voting blocs but this year there a significant generational gap between younger Black people who feel alienated from traditional politics and older Black voters who are loyal to BIden and the Democratic Party. Hear the audio at www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/politics-amy-walter/episodes/look-scotus-nomination-fight.
The announcement that Kentucky will not charge the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor show that while Black Lives Matter and racial justice may have grabbed the country’s attention, we still don’t have much to show for it in policy reform. While a majority of Americans say “major changes” to policing are needed, Congress and state legislatures have yet to act. Color Of Change’s Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts says a huge part of the problem is police unions. “They, to my knowledge, haven’t seen a reform yet that they like. The police unions aren’t really a group that’s going to come to the table and say, ‘Hey, let’s compromise.’ They’re real hard-liners. I would classify them as extremists, frankly.”
Read the New York Times’s feature on Color Of Change as we reach 15 years of building momentum for racial justice. The article explores how we got from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to the global protests after George Floyd’s death, the fight to fix Big Tech and create power during COVID-19, and where the movement is going next. Rashad Robinson is quoted: “We’ve taken risks, we’ve been smarter about who we are and we’ve, in many ways, had to walk into rooms where people expected one thing from us and we’ve been able to do a lot more things. And that’s the story of Black people in America.”