For years, we’ve wondered why Google, Facebook, and Twitter won’t stop promoting the kinds of conspiracy theories that led to the attack on the Capitol. The reason? Their platforms are built to foster engagement and growth--at ALL costs. It's time for legislation.
It's clear: the police charged with securing the U.S. Capitol Complex allowed white supremacists to run wild through the halls of Congress, leading to 5 deaths and putting democracy at risk. Tell Congress to investigate, stat.
John Catanzara, president of the Chicago Police Union, has gone on record defending the Capitol rioters. There's no room in law enforcement for siding with violent acts of white supremacy. #FireCatanzara now!
Imagine being labeled a criminal because you survived abuse or got a “D” in school. Several Florida schools are doing just that, creating a secret list of children that might “fall into a life of crime” based on highly sensitive information and sharing it with police. It has to stop.
Black businesses need our support, this year especially as they struggle to survive COVID-19. That's why Color Of Change is releasing a greenbook of businesses we love. Submit a Black business in your town today.
Two years ago we partnered with Ron Brown High on our voter initiative. Since then students have registered voters, done service learning, and spent hours talking to Black voters. Now you have the chance to keep the young men there learning and smiling.
Tell Speaker Pelosi we need more. Folks are hurting. The pandemic has exposed glaring inequalities as millions of Black, disabled, and low-income workers have been furloughed, laid off, and given just $1,200 to weather this crisis.
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. Finally they've suspended Trump, but only until the end of his term.
This year we’ve worked tirelessly to hold Facebook accountable – persuading them to conduct their first civil rights audit and pressing them to adopt stronger policies against white supremacist content. We’ve held dozens of meetings, drawing their attention to how the platform has been used to censor Black activists and allow ads that discriminate against Black people. The fight continues. But Facebook has begun restricting racial targeting in ads, removing posts by white nationalists, and taken down posts meant to suppress voting.
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COC Members Save Disney’s Black Princess
We persuaded Disney not to whitewash their popular Black character Princess Tiana. When we saw early drawings of Tiana from the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, it was clear they had straightened her hair, thinned her nose, and lightened her skin. Our members spoke out and persuaded Disney to keep Tiana a beautiful Black princess – part of our ongoing work to improve representation of Black characters in film and TV and make sure all children see heroes who look like them onscreen.
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NYPD Officer Fired for Murdering Eric Garner
Five years after the tragic and unnecessary death of Eric Garner, NYC mayor and police commissioner fired Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Garner in a chokehold and refused to let him go. COC members were part of a powerful coalition with dozens of groups around New York demanding justice. Though Garner’s death was ruled a homicide, until now the officers who restrained him had walked away with no consequences and their jobs intact.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Throughout much of the 20th century, segregationists relied on Senate filibusters to block legislation promising equal rights. Rashad Robinson is quoted on this piece on how racial justice activists are cautioning Democrats to be prepared for eruptions if they allow Senate Republicans to kill long overdue civil rights bills on police reform, voting rights, and investing in Black communities. “It will be unacceptable to people who have waited a long time. It will be unacceptable to people who are already skeptical of electoral politics. It will be unacceptable telling people to wait more time.”
This article talks about our new #ChangeHollywood initiative with Michael B. Jordan — a road map to transform Hollywood by investing in anti-racist content, authentic Black stories, and Black talent. On the heels of calls to #DefundThePolice, #ChangeHollywood also has a plan to take the funds being cut from law enforcement budgets and invest them into supporting Black communities.