Within hours of Musk taking over Twitter, use of the n-word rose 500%. Hate speech skyrocketed. Musk himself tweeted a baseless conspiracy theory about the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband. He's supported restoring Trump's account. We cannot trust him to protect users from hate, harassment and misinformation. GM and L'Oréal have suspended their advertising. Let's push Disney and Coca-Cola to follow suit!
We can create an Internet where Black people thrive. Check out the Black Tech Agenda — a roadmap for racial equity in tech regulation. Big Tech has chased profits no matter the cos: cyber-bullying, misinformation, real world violence to Brown and Black people. But these 6 principles lay the groundwork for accountability.
Thanks to T-Mobile, conservatives now have the power to ban Black and LGBTQ history from classrooms in Texas. T-Mobile rents its cellular towers and infrastructure to Patriot Mobile, a far-right wireless provider that funded racist school board candidates in Texas. Write to T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert and tell him it's time they #DropPatriotMobile
The cost of groceries has risen 12% in a year. Why? Corporate greed. Tyson Foods, one of the largest food production companies, has artificially increased prices, out-tracking inflation and manufacturing costs to nearly double its profits. This especially hurts Black families. Ask them to roll back prices to pre-pandemic levels.
In Oklahoma, pregnant women are facing felony charges for using prescribed medical marijuana during pregnancy. Even though their babies are born healthy, they're facing possible life sentences. Black, Brown, and poor women bear the brunt of this criminalization.
Preserving Access to Healthy Food for Black in the Pandemic
Black people disproportionately live in “food deserts” where healthy produce and meat are hard to come by. And during the pandemic, getting access to safe high-quality food is even harder though it’s one of the best ways to stay healthy. After a Color Of Change member in Los Angeles launched a campaign on OrganizeFor, Capri Retail Services agreed to reopen its Crenshaw Farmers Market, serving a Black neighborhood without many other good options.
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Amazon and Barnes and Noble to Vet COVID-19 Info
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that tech companies and content producers hold themselves to high standards around the accuracy of the information they’re spreading. Companies initially let rumors proliferate about the virus, from the idea that Black people can’t catch COVID-19 to the lie that drinking bleach will cure you. These were endangering Black people's lives, so Color Of Change members took a stand and successfully pressed booksellers Amazon and Barnes and Noble to take down misleading materials from their sites and vet all COVID-19 information going forward.
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People in Prison Get Free Calls During COVID-19
During this pandemic, it’s so important to stay in touch with loved ones, especially for people in prison where the risk of outbreaks are among the highest in the world. Price-gouging by telecommunication companies who service prisons and jails is a serious problem; the industry scrapes $1.2 billion from poor people and communities of color every year. That’s why Color Of Change launched a campaign to take the burden off and make sure people in federal prisons can call home for free. After 18,000 members spoke up and signed our petition, federal prison officials relented. Now we’re asking leaders at state prisons, county jails, and detention centers across the country to follow suit.
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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.
Hollywood creatives took to Twitter weighing in on NBC’s refusal to air the 2022 Golden Globes because of the awards’ preference to bestow honors on white-led projects. Many praised the network’s decision as a step in the right direction. Ava DuVernay, who fearlessly explores racial inequality in films like “Selma” and “13th” and has been a champion of industry reform, thanked all of the creatives “who took a stand to make this so.” Color Of Change called the decision “a testament to the power” of their coalition. “We, along with the #TimesUp coalition, made our demands for the HFPA and Golden Globes clear. We also made it clear if they were not met, we expected NBC to keep their word about pushing the industry forward on race and diversity. The work to #ChangeHollywood continues: stay tuned for more.”
Color Of Change Vice President Arisha Hatch writes about how Biden’s backslide on student debt forgiveness is a major step backwards in fulfilling the pledges he made to Black voters during his campaign. “Student loan debt is not just a national economic issue—it is also a racial justice issue at its core.” Between the racial wealth gap, predatory lending practices, and Black families’ limited access to bank loans, Black students just don’t have the same access to high quality education. Color Of Change just released a survey that shows 84% of Black voters support eliminating student debt. 40% want Biden to make sure any student admitted to public college can finish without taking on loans.
The guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd is just the beginning of a long journey for officials to step up and enact real solutions that change the conditions Black people face at the hands of police, and move us towards true justice and reinvestment in our communities. Color Of Change is running campaigns to support the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department’s practices, to fund non-policing public safety programs, and end qualified immunity once and for all.
Three years after Frances McDormand mentioned the idea of an inclusion rider in her 2018 Oscars acceptance speech, a reimagined version has been launched. Color Of Change’s #ChangeHollywood joined Pearl Street Films and Endeavor Content to release an updated version. The new ‘n improved rider focuses on inclusive hiring, hiring targets, and resources to increase representation of women and people of color throughout Hollywood. All the tools are available at www.inclusionrider.org. COC President Rashad Robinson says, “So far, few executives, studios, productions and agencies in Hollywood have actually backed up their statements about racial equity with action. These crucial resources will help raise the industry’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.”
A charter amendment to replace the Minneapolis Police Department is one step closer to going before voters in November. Yes 4 Minneapolis, a coalition of 20+ racial justice and community activist groups including Color Of Change, delivered 20,000 signatures to officials at City Hall. Their proposed amendment would replace the police department with a new Department of Public Safety and shift authority over police from the mayor to the City Council. They city is under pressure to overhaul policing since George Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin in May 2020. Antonio Williams said he had spoken with many Minneapolis residents who experienced brutality, injustice and indifference at the hands of city police. “Give us a chance, give us a choice to choose something new that works for all people.”
After George Floyd, many Democratic voters and politicians found themselves getting a crash course in racial inequality. Biden, who was responsible for the 1994 crime bill that spurred mass incarceration, is now vowing to make confronting systemic racism and uplift Black people a tenet of his administration. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted in this New York Times’ article on how Biden is evolving with the country when it comes to race and justice. “Biden is actually being Biden by being inside of all of the ways in which the current landscape is sending him messages. That is good, but I don’t want to be classifying this as some sort of out-front radical leadership. That would really not represent everything that could be possible if we leaned in more.” There’s still so much at stake from overhauling policing and investing in public safety to student loan forgiveness.