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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.
  • A Toolkit for Reimagining Safety

    One year after George Floyd was murdered, our fight continues to alter a system that continues to threaten, harm, and kill Black people. Chauvin's trial may be over, but the movement for racial justice is not. See how we're advocating for systemic change.
  • Stand with Justice for Greenwood!

    Tulsa’s leaders repeatedly denied reparations to the descendants and survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Now, on the 100th anniversary, the Centennial Commission and city received $30 million for its celebration. We're demanding they give 80% to those still waiting for justice.
  • DOJ, Investigate the Minneapolis PD

    One guilty verdict for one officer is not enough. Chauvin isn't the only abusive cop in Minneapolis. We’re calling on the DOJ to investigate police departments with a track record of threatening Black lives — for civil rights violations and inappropriate use of force.
  • Fire the Cop Who Killed Daunte

    Brooklyn police officer Kim Potter murdered Daunte Wright. And she knows how to cover it up because she helped other cops avoid accountability as a former police union president. She resigned to try to escape punishment but we continue to fight for justice.
  • Congress, End Qualified Immunity

    Qualified immunity stops us from holding police officers accountable for the lives they've taken and harms they’ve inflicted on Black people. We need accountability — to do that, we have to repeal laws that unfairly protect police.
  • Biden, Protect Black Migrants

    The Biden Administration has sent 1,300 Haitian migrants including babies and pregnant women back to Haiti during a violent political crisis. Many more have been locked in cages in detention centers. For years the U.S. backed Haiti's dictatorship. We can't turn our back on Haitians now.
  • Black Patients' Guide to COVID-19 Vaccine Out Now

    Color Of Change teamed up Dr. Ruth Arumala to share best practices for combatting COVID-19 in the Black community. Get answers to your questions about the vaccine, distribution, and how to protect yourself.
  • Tell Biden to Eliminate Student Debt

    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.
  • Hold Companies Accountable for the Insurrection

    Toyota, JetBlue, AT&T, T-Mobile and Cigna are backing out of promises to pull funding from members of Congress who supported the insurrection in January. This is unacceptable. We're demanding they stop funding hate.
  • We Need to Regulate Big Tech!

    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.

RECENT VICTORIES

  • Criminal Justice

NYPD Officer Fired for Murdering Eric Garner

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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  • Criminal Justice

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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  • Criminal Justice

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.

IN THE MEDIA

September 25, 2020

Police Reforms Stall Despite New Wave of Activism

The announcement that Kentucky will not charge the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor show that while Black Lives Matter and racial justice may have grabbed the country’s attention, we still don’t have much to show for it in policy reform. While a majority of Americans say “major changes” to policing are needed, Congress and state legislatures have yet to act. Color Of Change’s Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts says a huge part of the problem is police unions. “They, to my knowledge, haven’t seen a reform yet that they like. The police unions aren’t really a group that’s going to come to the table and say, ‘Hey, let’s compromise.’ They’re real hard-liners. I would classify them as extremists, frankly.”

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September 20, 2020

Color of Change: Tackling Systemic Racism One Strategy at a Time

Read the New York Times’s feature on Color Of Change as we reach 15 years of building momentum for racial justice. The article explores how we got from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to the global protests after George Floyd’s death, the fight to fix Big Tech and create power during COVID-19, and where the movement is going next. Rashad Robinson is quoted: “We’ve taken risks, we’ve been smarter about who we are and we’ve, in many ways, had to walk into rooms where people expected one thing from us and we’ve been able to do a lot more things. And that’s the story of Black people in America.”

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September 20, 2020

Regina King, Zendaya Emmy Wins Highlight Historic Year for Black Actors

After an unprecedented number of Black performers received Emmy nominations this year, a record number of Black performers took home trophies. Color Of Change’s President Rashad Robinson is quoted: “I don’t want to discount what it means for Black performers to be recognized in ways that they should be. But we can’t mistake presence for power. Power is the ability to change the rules. It’s like, ‘Oh we’re going to do something for this community this year,’ but even the act of doing something for someone else creates who is mainstream and who is [on the] margins — who is inside and who needs to be let in.”

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September 15, 2020

Not So White Emmys: A Blip, or Real Progress on Diversity?

From Insecure’s cast of Black women to the Muslim-American star of Ramy, 2020’s Emmy nominations are an unprecedented show of recognition for people of color on TV. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted on how nominations open doors for other Black, Asian, and Latino actors and shape perceptions in the real world. “What these awards represent is the industry’s way of letting people in, of creating access to jobs and opportunities. It dictates the stories we get to see in the world about who we are, and that has deep implications on the unwritten rules about how we are treated.”

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September 10, 2020

Election Night Simulation: What Happens In A Contested Election?

Color Of Change Vice President Arisha Hatch helps tease out Election Night scenarios and explain how activists are preparing for Trump to falsely and prematurely declare himself winner. See what we’re doing to make sure people can vote safely, our votes are counted, and social media companies know they’ll be held accountable for spreading misinformation or aiding and abetting Trump’s illegitimate power grabs. Watch the full video at https://youtu.be/C3W3–AED0Y

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September 4, 2020

Only 7% of People Behind Bars Have Access to Soap & Basic Necessities to Stop COVID-19

Common Dreams covers Color Of Change’s and Essie Justice’s new report on the impact of the pandemic on incarcerated people and people with incarcerated loved ones. What we found is horrifying: COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in prisons and jails because of lack of healthcare and access to necessities like soap and disinfectant. The report calls attention to the harm Black women are enduring as the pandemic has aggravated the financial insecurity, childcare responsibilities, isolation, and physical and psychological stresses. We surveyed more than 700 people in 45 states: 62% of respondents said their loved ones behind bars are scared they will lose their lives to COVID 19. Read the report at LivesOnTheLine.org

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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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