Two dangerous new “Riot Bills” that would punish people for peacefully protesting are making their way through Wisconsin. They are retaliation for last year's racial justice protests -- and would give police the power to criminalize anyone at a "riot" with a $10,000 fine and up to 9 months in jail. We have to stop this!
Today tech is dominated by a few mega-companies. We’ve watched Facebook, Google, and Amazon get bigger and bigger. These monopolies leave us at risk; it's why we still have to deal with misinformation and voter suppression online. It's time for antitrust reform!
Police foundations are a threat to democracy and Black lives. And you know their sponsors: Verizon, Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon, Bank of America, Target, AT&T, Uber among others. We can't let companies say they support Black people while giving to those who hurt us.
14 people have lost their lives in NYC jail custody this year. 64-year old Victor Mercado caught COVID-19 and died from it in jail because he couldn't afford the $100,000 bail set for his case. This is a humanitarian crisis. Tell Manhattan DA Cy Vance to free people from Rikers now.
By funneling private money into policing without oversight, police foundations bankroll violence against Black people. A year after the NYPD promised to disclose its contributions, we still don't know how much they get through the NYC Police Foundation.
Monopolies are why healthcare and medication costs continue to skyrocket, why misinformation is still rampant on Facebook, and why small Black-owned businesses struggle to compete. We're asking Congress to invest in antitrust laws that will help promote racial justice.
Republicans have unleashed a serious attack on voting rights across the country. Democratic Senators need to pick a side: protect the Jim Crow filibuster or the voting rights of the Black people who got them elected. Pass the Freedom to Vote Act.
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.
Forbes features Rashad Robinson as an innovative leader working to dismantle racism by tackling it from all directions. Going into the elections, Color Of Change stepped up efforts to stop voter suppression and reaffirm the right to vote. But in a year when economic and social inequalities between white and Black people gained global attention, the organization has been seizing the moment and building power for Black people in nearly every area from corporate accountability and economic relief during COVID-19 to how police are portrayed and racism is often rendered invisible on TV.
In 2020, after the murder of George Floyd, nearly every major corporation pledged their commitment to solving racial inequity. But what can they really do? Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson says it’s important to fix the systems that exclude Black people rather than trying to blame or change people. The most productive areas to focus on are: hiring, promotions, and performance reviews that influence career mobility; equity in who gets to represent the company externally; and investing resources in accountability.
Congress says it wanted the US Small Business Administration to ensure that PPP loans prioritized small businesses in “underserved” markets, meaning low-income communities, rural areas and businesses owned by people of color, women and veterans. But by time it told lenders that, nearly all the loans had been issued. A survey by Color Of Change and UnidosUS found Black and Hispanic business owners were often denied help, and many feared their firms would not last the year. COC’s Vice President Arisha Hatch is quoted, “Instead of providing desperately needed relief to qualifying small businesses, the PPP propped up so many barriers and reinforced so many racial inequities.”
The Hollywood Reporter looks at Color Of Change Hollywood’s work–releasing Normalizing Injustice and going behind the scenes to work with TV writers and producers. One writers’ room at a time, the group is shifting how policing is portrayed on TV and pushing Hollywood to tell the truth about what Black people experience at the hands of law enforcement and our criminal justice system. “What we see on TV impacts the way we vote, the way we react to people and even whether we believe Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization,” says Culture & Entertainment Director Kristen Marston.
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.”