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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.
  • Stop Hate for Profit: Join our Facebook Boycott

    After years of being told it has a problem, Facebook is still failing to stop racist and violent speech from spreading on its platform. So Color Of Change and 8 other justice groups convinced companies to pull $7B in advertising so far.
  • Policing Doesn't Keep Us Safe. Communities Do.

    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.
  • Fire the Officers who Killed Breonna Taylor

    Because of your outcries for #JusticeforBre, the FBI has announced an investigation into the murder of Breonna Taylor. But that is not enough. Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer needs to fire the officers now!
  • Cop Shows Normalize Violent Abusive Policing

    Our newest report reveal how law 'n order dramas mis-represent the realities of prisons and policing & the writers are overwhelmingly white. It's time for TV shows that tell the whole truth.
  • Hold Your Local Prosecutor Accountable

    Prosecutors are the most powerful people in the criminal justice system. To protect our communities, we need to start holding these elected officials accountable before another tragedy occurs.
  • #JusticeforFloyd: Charge the Officers with Murder

    On May 25, George Floyd was murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police. Officers held their knee on his neck. Bystanders pleaded with them to let Floyd go as he gasped “I can’t breathe.” Help us get justice.
  • Demand Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

    25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was jogging near his home in Georgia when he was chased, shot, and killed. His death is like a modern-day lynching. A grand jury will hear his case on June 2. We're demanding the two DAs who obstructed his case resign now.
  • Fighting Back During Pandemic

    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.
  • Protect Black-owned Businesses

    Too many Black businesses have been locked out of federal coronavirus relief funds. Nearly half say they'll only be able to stay afloat for 6 months. Congress is working on the PPP, the financial relief program for small business owners. Let's make sure they include us.
  • Get Counted in the 2020 Census!

    There is a disturbing history of Black people being undercounted. Those who suppress the votes of our communities are working hard to keep us from participating in the Census too. And when we’re undercounted, our communities get underfunded and underserved. But together we can change things.

RECENT VICTORIES

Tell the National Federation of State High School Associations to lift the ban on hijabs now!

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Tell SXSW to refuse to collude with ICE!

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Tell Disney CEO, Bob Iger: #QuitTheCouncil!

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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 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

January 24, 2020

Mississippi Prison Debacle with Deaths and Riots Triggers Rally for Reform

COC led a protest – alongside Until Freedom, Team Roc, REFORM and Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition – to persuade newly elected MS Governor Tate Reeves to fix conditions at Parchman, the state’s oldest prison. Many say the state should just shut Parchman down. Seven people have been murdered in their cells, there’s evidence of mold and rodent infestations, and complaints of serious overcrowding.

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January 24, 2020

How Crime Shows Like ‘Law & Order’ Skew Our Sense of Police Behavior

New COC research reveals that TV shows about law enforcement are really good propaganda for police officers. They frequently create fictions that justify cops inflicting violence or doing an end run around people’s legal rights. When Black people are featured on these shows, they’re almost always portrayed as the perpetrators of crimes, and rarely as victims.

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January 22, 2020

Hollywood Loves Portraying POC as Bad Cops, Study Finds

This article talks about our latest report Normalizing Injustice and how depictions of crime and justice on ever-popular shows like Law & Order and Brooklyn Nine-Nine may be setting America backwards. It’s not surprising that ff the 26 programs surveyed in our report, 20 had no Black writers, or only one.

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January 20, 2020

Netflix, NBC, ABC Lead in Depictions of Wrongful Actions by People of Color in Crime Dramas, Study Finds

Our new report found that Netflix, NBC and ABC were the top offenders in the 2017-18 TV season when it came to over- and mis-representing “wrongful actions” committed by people of color working in the justice system. These shows give a skewed picture of the very real harms our system inflicts on Black people. Of course, 81% of showrunners on these shows are white men, 78% of the writers are white, and only 9% are Black.

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January 20, 2020

Bingeing on Cop Propaganda

This article talks about COC’s new research on crime TV shows and America’s ongoing, unhealthy relationship with a police-know-best mindset. This genre, it says “takes all of the mess and violence of our criminal legal system and packages it for tidy consumption.” Our report Normalizing Injustice looks at 26 different shows from the 2017–18 TV season, and examines the ways these shows are essentially functioning as propagandists for American cops.

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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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