Download our 2021 Athletes and Activism Olympic Watch Party Toolkit. Learn more about the history of Black activism, our demands to get the International Olympic Committee to stop silencing Black athletes, and host your own watch party.
Sha’Carri Richardson & Brianna Rollins-McNeal should be going to Tokyo. But the US Anti-Doping Agency is invoking archaic “war on drugs” rules to suspend both women for marijuana use--in a state where it's legal--putting their careers in jeopardy.
50k COC members spoke up and helped free Gwen Levi, a 76-year old grandmother and cancer survivor who was re-incarcerated after missing a phone call from her case manager. Let's free all elders on home confinement.
We are calling on corporate sponsors to stand up against the International Olympic Committee's Rule 50, which punishes athletes who raise their voice for change. We've come too far to tell Black athletes to “shut up and play.”
A year ago we persuaded 1,200 corporations to boycott advertising on Facebook for their failure to stop racism and white nationalist organizing on their platform. The company conducted a civil rights audit--but refuses to adopt most of the recommendations in it.
A year's passed since George Floyd was murdered and there are STILL charges on the books against him in Texas—for allegedly selling $10 worth of drugs. We are calling on the TX Board of Pardons & Paroles and Gov. Greg Abbott to posthumously pardon Floyd.
We need Congress to pass legislation addressing the impacts of slavery. With 190 co-sponsors and a vow to “study reparations,” there is unprecedented support for H.R. 40. The time to vote is now! Call your rep in Congress to move this bill forward.
We are calling on New York City Council members to immediately reallocate $1B of the NYPD’s $10B operational budget back to communities in NYC. Black New Yorkers shouldn't have to live in fear of the police.
Google was quick to issue statements of support for Black people following the murder of George Floyd, but their business practices tell a different story. They blocked ads tied to Black Lives Matter videos while allowing them for white nationalist groups.
America's police-driven approach to public safety is not working, esp. not for Black communities. For years, activists urged us to rethink how we keep communities safe. Now US Rep. Cori Bush introduced the People’s Response Act to protect people. Tell your Representative to cosponsor it.
For too long, Black people have been trapped in lifelong, impossible-to-repay student loans. With the pandemic, people are struggling just to make rent and stay afloat. Now's the time for our president to cancel student debt.
Tell your governor to say no. 34 states are introducing 81 new punitive anti-protest bills to try to roll back the people power that led to the biggest leap for racial justice in generations. We can't afford to go backwards now.
Following intense pressure from COC members and direct engagement with our team, Facebook announced it would no longer allow white nationalist content on its platform. Banning white nationalism and separatist speech on Facebook and Instagram is a huge blow to efforts to spread white supremacy, raise money for anti-Black hate groups, and recruit others. It sets an important new standard to keep racist, violent philosophies off of social media and out of mainstream media. While Facebook still has more to do to ensure this policy is properly enforced, it is a significant step forward that will help keep us safer on and offline.
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NY, CO, TX, MD Take a Stand Against Money Bail
In 2019, we scored a number of victories to end money bail. Bail is used to imprison innocent people who don’t have the funds to pay their way out while awaiting trial. In NY and CO, we worked with grassroots groups to support the passage of historic legislation that will slash the jail and prison population. Our campaign to embolden progressive prosecutors to end money bail continues too. In Prince George, MD, the State’s Attorney announced her office will no longer request cash bail. In Bexar County, TX the DA recommends people who cannot afford bail be released unless they’re specifically a “flight risk.” Pre-trial detention has ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands of Black and Brown people from Sandra Bland to Kalief Browder and mires many more in impossible debt.
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Wedding Sites Back Away from Plantation Weddings
After Color Of Change reached out to wedding planning sites Pinterest and The Knot, both companies agreed to stop promoting old slave plantations for weddings and stop using language that romanticizes their history. Now the Knot is working with Color Of Change to create new guidelines for vendors. Zola said they’d stop listing plantations and will work with us to ensure their policies “make everyone feel welcome.” Our campaign took off in the media, and was covered in outlets from the FOX and ABC News to the New York Times. With this victory, we sent a clear message to the wedding industry: there’s nothing romantic about slavery. This win moves us one step closer to a world where it is no longer acceptable to make millions by exploiting Black people’s suffering.
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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.
As Election Day nears, Democrats are scrambling to counter disinformation campaigns, complicated absentee ballot requirements and changes in polling locations likely to primarily harm Black and Latino voters. After information surfaced that Trump’s campaign targeted 3.5M Black voters in 2016, Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson commented, “This has been the fear, and this has been what we’re raising our voices about. We are facing a tax that we can’t always see until they’ve hurt us,” referencing poll taxes that once kept Black Americans from voting.
According to a report by British News Channel 4, the 2016 Trump campaign compiled data on over 200M American voters, placing the word “deterrence” beside the names of 3.5M Black voters–the citizens they did not want to vote on election day. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted saying, “This investigation confirms what we’ve always known: Trump and his campaign are actively trying to keep Black Americans from voting. While the Trump campaign looks to lure Black voters with a flimsy policy agenda, we are seeing his true colors. The findings of this investigation should be a wake-up call to Black voters.”
As the country prepares for record turnout from both Democrats and Republicans during pandemic, voter suppression tactics remain strong as ever, especially in states like Texas. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson says efforts to limit voting by Black people often have the opposite effect. “Recent history shows that attempts to suppress Black people’s votes have been met with higher levels of voting and enthusiasm.” That’s exactly what Color Of Change is working towards.
Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson appears on Way Too Early to recap the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and President Trump and Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacist groups. Rashad said, “We need to recognize it’s not just the Proud Boys, it’s not just the other white nationalists that have been given entree to raise their voices, to stoke violence, to commit violent acts — it’s that they’ve been enabled. And they’ve been enabled by big institutions and corporations.”
Facebook’s platform is overrun with hate speech and disinformation. This article asks, does it really want to solve the problem? Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change and one of the leaders behind the #StopHateForProfit boycott targeting Facebook is quoted. “I don’t want to sound naïve, but until recently I was willing to believe that they were committed to making real progress. But then the hate speech and the toxicity keeps multiplying, and at a certain point you go, Oh, maybe, despite what they say, getting rid of this stuff just isn’t a priority for them.”
This year we’re up against a new tactic to suppress the Black vote: social media memes aimed at convincing young people their vote can’t stop racism or anti-Black violence. Voter depression narratives can be difficult to dislodge but Color Of Change is fighting back. Vice President Arisha Hatch says, “While voters prone to not turn out might not see the importance of electing a president and the impact on their lives, we are having a conversation with them about the daily decisions that prosecutors make that are causing harm in Black communities. And when we engage in that conversation their mentality begins to shift.” She is also having closed-door meetings with Facebook, Google and Twitter, to discuss what they need to do to ensure that their platforms aren’t being used to disenfranchise Black voters.