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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.

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

May 1, 2020

Coronavirus Has Made These Black Women’s Fight Against Cash Bail Even More Serious

This article explains how Color Of Change’s work with National Bail Out to buy women their freedom has become more important, and life-saving, as prisons and jails become epicenters of deadly COVID-19 outbreaks. As one advocate noted, “Right now, being unable to pay bail will not only cost you your freedom, but also your life.”

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April 29, 2020

Broken Ventilators Require Easier Fixes, Black Leaders Demand

Broken ventilators are the latest problem Black people bearing the brunt of coronavirus deaths have had to face. That’s why Color of Change is calling on ventilator manufacturers including Medtronic and GE to help hospitals fix the broken devices. “We’re definitely preparing to ramp up our pressure because they feel like they don’t have to be accountable in these ways and they can be dismissive of the race disparities that we’re seeing play out right now,” Brandi Collins-Dexter, COC Sr Campaign Director at Color said.

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April 29, 2020

Color Of Change Named 1 of 10 “Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Organizations of 2020”

Fast Company named Color Of Change first in its “most innovative nonprofits” list for our work with Ava DuVernay on When They See Us—the Netflix series that became a rallying cry to fix our criminal justice system. There are 2,300 elected prosecutors in the U.S. They are the most powerful people in the system. Their local elections often fall under the radar—but we’re working to change that. We already have in cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Boston.

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April 27, 2020

Funding Hate: How Online Merchants and Payment Processors Aid White Nationalists

After the 2017 deadly white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, VA, Color Of Change persuaded companies like Paypal to kick white nationalist groups from their platforms. But a new report shows dozens of hate groups are still receiving donations from Amazon, DonorBox, and Stripe. COC Sr Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter is quoted, “Let’s be clear: public speech promoting ideologies of hate always complements and correlates with violent actions.”

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April 27, 2020

Job or Health? Restarting the Economy Threatens to Worsen Economic Inequality

The pandemic has worse race and class divides in America. As work restrictions loosen another gap is emerging, between people with the power to control their exposure and those mostly Black and Brown workers forced to choose between potential sickness or certain poverty. As Rashad is quoted, “The inequality we’re seeing isn’t unfortunate like a car accident. It’s unjust. It’s being manufactured through a whole set of choices.”

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April 14, 2020

A Short Jail Stay Could Turn into a Death Sentence During COVID-19

Forbes lifts up our #FreeBlackMamas National Bailout, an effort Color Of Change participates in each year to raise bail funds and bring women home now. So many people in jail are there not because they’ve done anything wrong, but because they can’t afford to pay their way out. Women lose jobs, parental rights, and during the pandemic, staying out of jail is a matter of basic safety. That’s why Forbes features the National Bailout in their COVID-19 Giving Guide.

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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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