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.
Color Of Change once again held Facebook’s feet to the fire when it decided to run a misleading Trump re-election ad that implied it would take people to participate in the 2020 Census, but routed them to the “Make America Great Again” donation page instead. After we spoke out with tech accountability groups, Facebook reversed course and pulled the ad. Rashad is quoted in the Washington Post: “Going forward, harmful and misleading ads must be flagged in a pre-posting review process, not after they’ve hit hundreds, if not thousands, of news feeds.” Facebook currently has the most permissive and most damaging approach to political speech – allowing candidates to post misleading information and target specific audiences with it.
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Facebook Holds Its First Civil Rights Audit
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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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.
A British think tank reports hate groups in the US have been using Facebook and Twitter to spread false and abusive information about vice presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and other minority candidates. The research is part of a larger story of how Facebook continues to undermine democracy and civil rights. COC Vice President Arisha Hatch says everyday racist and sexist groups use Facebook to spread lies about women of color running for office. According to the study, Representatives Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were targeted the most on Facebook.
After police murdered George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement got unprecedented support, and companies were all about racial justice—there was more risk in remaining silent. But what happens as public support wavers? Arisha Hatch, Color Of Change’s vice president says she’s seen a “sea change” in how companies are racial justice issues, that they’ve got a new sense of obligation to move beyond rhetoric to real action. And it’s too late to turn back now.
The Proud Boys grew instantly famous when Trump was asked to denounce the white supremacist group and instead gave them a shout out on live TV. After we leapt into action, the group lost the host for their website and online store. “After a heads up from Color of Change, we notified one of our customers—a website hoster—who took action,” a Google Cloud spokesperson said. This is part of our ongoing work stop big tech from funding and enabling hate groups. Rashad Robinson is quoted, “Big Tech companies have the power and resources to take meaningful action, but instead turn to last-minute, knee-jerk reactions that often fail to prevent further violent harm or even death. When you allow hate groups to recruit, organize, and mobilize on your platform, it’s no longer a question whether your company cares about Black people—YOU DON’T.”
New data shows the Trump campaign strategically launched ads on Facebook to deter Black people from voting through a process known as microtargeting. Microtargeting is broadly not regulated in the US. While Facebook claims to have addressed problems in how its platform was used in 2016, experts disagree. Dr. Jennifer Cobbe says, “Facebook talks a lot about bad actors misusing its platform, but the truth is that the biggest bad actor on Facebook is Facebook.” And Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson says Facebook’s actions are “too little too late for the millions of Black voters who were disenfranchised four years ago.”
Rashad Robinson, and Color Of Change’s work to hold big tech companies accountable, is featured in Business Insider’s list of five leaders transforming America. COC’s membership has swelled from 1.7M people to 7M in 2020. Rashad is quoted, “When I have sat across the table with Mark Zuckerberg, and he has tried to defend the Daily Caller being a fact-checking news site, and Breitbart being a fact-checking site when they have advanced white nationalists, I have to say to him, ‘Then it’s hard to trust that you actually care about civil rights.”
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October 10, 2020
VIDEO: President Trump Refuses to Denounce White Supremacist Groups
Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson joined Way Too Early to recap the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and President Trump and Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacist groups.