This Juneteenth, celebrate with a free mix from DJ Tay paying homage to the Black experience. It's 98 minutes of Black history, Black joy, and Black liberation that pairs perfectly with some of the digital events we'll be hosting.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Guns were the leading cause of death in 2019 for young adults 20-24, accounting for more the deaths of young Black men. We need Congress to act to protect communities targeted by gun violence. We’re calling on Congress to pass the American Jobs Plan.
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.
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.
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.
For decades people in the music industry turned a blind eye to R. Kelly’s blatant sexual and emotional abuse of women and girls. We teamed up with dream hampton to promote and elevate her docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which was streamed 25M times – then went after RCA, successfully pressuring them to drop R. Kelly from their label. This sends a message to all artists and record labels – you can no longer profit off of abusers and hold out artists who exploit women and girls as cultural icons.
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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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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
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
Protocol features Color Of Change’s work since 2013 — led by Arisha Hatch, Rashad Robinson and Brandi Collins-Dexter — to hold tech companies accountable for racist propaganda, misinformation, and letting algorithms put sensationalism and profits above people of color. Since George Floyd’s killing and the nation’s reckoning on racial justice and the organization’s role in organizing #StopHateForProfit, a $7B ad boycott, the stakes have gotten higher. Color Of Change has a seat at the table with execs at the big tech companies. But are they ready to take responsibility for their inaction?