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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.