16 years after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, Ida struck, leaving thousands of people stranded and facing more than a month in their homes without power. We're calling on hotels to house hurricane survivors for free. Moments like these show which companies really care about Black lives.
On August 13, Kayla Bolden partnered with Twitch on “Stand Up To Cancer,” an event to raise money for cancer research. Twice, 400 bots dropped in and bombarded Kayla with racist slurs. And Twitch did nothing to stop it. It's time for Twitch to do better.
For too long, Black people have been trapped in lifelong, impossible-to-repay student loans. The Chair of the House Committee on Education has a responsibility to “build an America where everyone can succeed.” Tell him it's time to eliminate student debt.
Join us in calling on Congress to pass the Break the Cycle of Violence Act, which includes $5B for gun violence prevention. Poverty produces violence, and over-policing Black communities only increases violence. It's time to try something new.
Police unions are one of our biggest roadblocks to reform. SB 710 would require prosecutors who've taken donations from police unions to recuse themselves from cases involving cops. It's a crucial step towards real justice.
Last summer, Google pledged its support for Black people. Instead, they've blocked companies from using “Black Lives Matter” to tag videos while allowing ads on content tagged "White Power” or “White Lives Matter.” This is heinous. It's time for an audit of how Google's policies and practices affect Black people.
In Pasco County, Florida we're fighting to protect Black and Brown students from police surveillance. Help us shut down programs targeting children and stop law enforcement from accessing student info without consent.
Police officers in Nassau County, Long Island can now sue people for harassment without proof -- retaliation for last year’s protests, and an attempt to silence those who speak out against racial injustice. But we won’t be silenced. Let's stop this bill before it's signed into law.
50,000 Color Of Change 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 now.
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. We are now pushing Google to conduct a full racial equity audit of their business policies and practices too.
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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.
Kamala Harris has broken through one of the final glass ceilings for women with this election, becoming the first female vice president in the US. A record 130 Black women were congressional candidates this election cycle and Black women were a driving force behind Biden’s victory over Trump. Color Of Change Vice President Arisha Hatch says the support of Black women must be reflected in Biden’s policy agenda. “When we’re talking to Black women, especially out in the field, they want to see a competent response to a pandemic… They want to see shifts in the way that our families are policed, overpoliced and overincarcerated. … They want to be able to put food on the tables for their kids and send them to schools that are not only safe but allow their children to live their best lives in the future.”
Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is interviewed by Brian Lehrer in the wake of Biden-Harris’s historic victory. Rashad talks about the powerful message this sends to politicians who base their campaigns in demonizing immigrants and people of color. He says, “Racial justice helped to propel this win. We had seen a bottoming out of enthusiasm (in voter registration) until the uprisings the summer…. We saw those people then to go to polls. We saw real changes in prosecutor offices across the country from big wins in Chicago and LA and Orlando and across Georgia.”
Biden wants his administration to “look like America.” His transition team is a start. So far, 46 percent of Biden’s transition staff are people of color and more than half — 52 percent — are women. Advocates say they welcome the administration’s focus on representation but that is just a first step. They’ll be keeping an eye on Biden’s policy proposals. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “How that representation translates into what they deliver is what’s most important to me. We are going to look for who’s going to stand up to corporate power.”
The 2020 elections, after the mass uprisings against racial injustice, were seen as a test for criminal justice reforms. This was especially true for progressive DAs. In Chicago, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx won her bid for re-election. She is the first Black woman to lead the 700-attorney office and is one of the country’s most prominent progressive prosecutors. In Austin, Texas, voters overwhelmingly chose Jose Garza, a former public defender, to serve as the DA of Travis County. Color Of Change’s Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts is quoted. “We think we caught a lot of those folks off guard. They weren’t ready for a movement that would focus on prosecutor elections.”
COC President Rashad Robinson writes about how In the US, the rules are still rigged against Black success. With grassroots organizing and protest, we can change that. Because whether it’s the rules of work in an Amazon warehouse, the rules for police in our neighborhoods, or the rules that determine which schools and hospitals get funding, which diseases get researched, which businesses get COVID relief loans, the rules are still rigged against us. Corporations still exploit Black people without consequences—and it’s still costing us our lives.
Madame Noire spoke with Color Of Change Vice President Arisha Hatch about the 12th hour support for Trump from celebrities like Ice Cube and what to make of Black men who support Trump. Hatch says a lot of them may be drawn in by toxic masculinity. “I’m not confident that a lot of Black men are actually identifying with Trump and his message, although I understand that’s the narrative… There are a set of men in this country who are nostalgic for days long ago and are resistant to the idea that women should be equal partners, that women are competent decision makers, that we shouldn’t be harassed in the workplace… And rich Black men can make an argument that they’re voting in their economic interests. In order to vote as a rich person, you have to close your eyes to the racist, cultural things being promoted by Trump. Rich white people have the privilege of doing that. I don’t believe that rich Black men do.”