Color Of Change commissioned Global Strategy Group to conduct a poll of registered voters to better understand sentiments regarding student loan debt cancellation and elimination with an oversampling of Black registered voters.
For too long, Black people have been trapped in lifelong, impossible-to-repay student loans. With the pandemic, people are struggling to make rent and stay afloat. Now's the time to cancel student debt.
Hold Rochester police accountable for attacking a Black girl. When officers responded to a family dispute, instead of deescalating things, they handcuffed and pepper-sprayed a 9-year-old. We need trauma-informed care, not state-sanctioned violence.
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.
Keyon Harrold's son was attacked by a white woman as the SoHo hotel as security staff did nothing. The woman falsely accused the boy of stealing her phone, later returned by an Uber driver. It's time for racial bias training.
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.
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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Holding Central Park 5 Prosecutor Accountable
Far too often, prosecutors prioritize conviction rates over the truth, ruining the lives of innocent Black and Brown people. Linda Fairstein prosecuted the Central Park Five, coercing confessions and wrongfully convicting five boys from Harlem for a brutal rape they knew nothing about. They spent years in prison before being exonerated. We went after Fairstein and persuaded Simon & Schuster to stop publishing her popular crime novels, telling the company it can’t profit off someone who reinforces racist ideas of crime and justice.
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Google Bans Bail Ads
Color Of Change has been working to end money bail, which is one of the largest drivers of incarceration of Brown and Black people. People should never be locked up simply because they can’t afford to pay bail. We’ve gone after the predatory bail bonds industry, partnering with Jay-Z on a video, publishing an op-ed in the New York Times, and successfully pressing Google to pull its ads for bail. This makes it harder for bail agencies to exploit people and sets a new norm that major companies should steer clear of those profiteering from mass incarceration.
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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.
The Advocate interviews Color Of Change’s president about going head-to-head with Facebook to stop hate speech. Facebook has such a behemoth of an institution with 2.6B users that its misuse helped carve a path for Donald Trump. “It’s about holding powerful institutions accountable and forcing them to do things that they don’t want to do,” Robinson says. “What we’ve been doing at Facebook over the last several years is trying to build the energy and focus so that when we have the political power in Washington we can create new rules of the road for technology. How Facebook operates the platform day in and day out is weaponized against our communities.”
Trump’s decision to end the Census a month early will almost certainly result in a dramatic undercount of Black and Latino communities, reducing federal funding and political representation for them. Many say it’s a blatant attempt to suppress the political power of communities of color, especially in areas where coronavirus put a halt to Census outreach. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “At this point, we’re seeing an undercount of Black communities everywhere. Deep undercounts in the South. As COVID continues to rip through those communities, it is a very challenging thing to see communities that absolutely need resources that could be left out.”
Rashad Robinson is interviewed on National Public Radio on economic relief for workers during the pandemic and why lawmakers have been so slow to act. “The president has been a master at blaming other people for problems placing the burden or the problem on other people besides himself. Right now, he has no one else to blame for the economic insecurity. $600 a week to individuals when corporations have been getting huge breaks throughout this whole process… At the end of the day, still means that communities are really being kept in limbo. We do not know how much longer they’re actually going to extend it if they do.”
Recently the Duke of Sussex sat down with Color for Change President Rashad Robinson to discuss “systemic racism, compassion, hate online and using privilege for change.” Doing a livestream interview from his home in Los Angeles, Harry said, in the great uprising for racial justice, it is not “down to the Black community” but on everyone’s shoulder to take action to undo a legacy of racism in the UK and US. He says, “Charity is crucial in so many areas but it can’t fix the problem. The problems are already too big. it’s basically like bringing a bucket of water to a forest fire.” See video clips from the discuss between Prince Harry and Rashad Robinson in the original article.
Prince Harry recently held a virtual discussion with Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson on how to be a true ally in the Black Lives Matter movement, how to combat systemic racism, and how to eliminate online hate. Harry repeatedly echoed Robinson’s sentiments about racial justice. “Inequality is not unfortunate like a car accident, it has been manufactured.” Harry said, “We have to go to the root of the problem, to the source of the problem, and actually fix it there. It’s going to take every single one of us.” While crediting the younger generation for embracing the core values of activism, and continuously demanding change, he added: “[Now is the time] to act rather than just say.”
The groups behind #StopHateForProfit say even after the ad boycott, Facebook has failed to take the kind of action needed to stop the spread of hate speech on its platform. Color Of Change’s Rashad Robinson is quoted, “We put out an assessment to clarify what civil rights groups have been demanding for several years versus what Facebook has done. Despite a sweeping statement from corporate leaders that Facebook must do better to protect its Black users, the company has failed to address our demands.” For example, Facebook did not follow Color Of Change’s recommendations on how to shut down hate speech, yet told advertisers it leads the industry and its artificial intelligence is getting better and faster all the time. It also failed to add a civil rights executive to its leadership team.