AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon must stop amplifying the racist "replacement theory" that inspired the murder of 10 Black people in Buffalo. Nearly half of right-wing voters now believe it thanks to Fox News' Tucker Carlson, who sends racist lies into millions of homes each night, inspiring violence against our communities.
On May 14, a white nationalist murdered 10 Black people at a grocery store in Buffalo--livestreamed on Twitch. The fact that he was able to use Twitch to spread racist ideology and broadcast violence is the latest example of how the company fails to protect Black users. It's time #TwitchDoBetter and address white supremacy on its platform.
Amazon has an opportunity to do right by its workers, but continues to fall short. Under mounting pressure for a full racial equity audit, Amazon is punting. Their audit wouldn't examine whether Black workers are paid less or have limited opportunities for promotion -- or the health harms in Black and Brown neighborhoods where their warehouses are based.
On April 4, Patrick Lyoya was shot in the back of the head by a Grand Rapids MI police officer during a traffic stop. The bodycam footage shows his execution-style murder. Now officials have gone silent, refusing to share the name of the officer, who's been sent on paid leave. We will fight for Patrick.
Hair discrimination attacks the livelihood and economic vitality of Black women. This practice is racist, and it is real. Black women are frequently denied job opportunities and unfairly disciplined for wearing their natural hair. It's time for big corporations to take action.
Tracy McCarter is a Black mother and nurse from New York facing criminal charges for the death of her estranged husband. When he drunkenly attacked her, Tracy fought back. Though she called the police and gave him first aid 'til paramedics arrived, she was arrested and jailed at Rikers for 7 months. Let's get the DA to drop the charges.
In February, Texas's governor announced a directive to investigate parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming services for trans youth. There's a similar law brewing in Florida, but it can't go anywhere if prosecutors don't enforce it. Tell prosecutors to take a stand against criminalizing trans youth.
Already, 3 women have died from COVID-19 at Alderson this year. All 3 had preexisting conditions and had asked for compassionate release. The Bureau of Prisons has the power to let medically vulnerable people finish their sentences on home confinement so they don't have to risk their lives.
Conservatives are passing laws to erase Black history from our classrooms. Our teachers are under attack for telling the truth about our country's past. No one can remain silent. Join us in calling on publishers to commit to making sure their textbooks and curricula are accurate!
Gwen Levi is a 76-year old cancer survivor, grandmother, and Black woman. She is one of thousands who were deemed high risk for COVID-19, and released from prison in 2020 to finish their sentences at home. Recently, she was sent back to prison after missing a phone call from her case manager while attending a computer skills class. In just 4 days, 50k Color of Change members signed a petition calling for her release. Thanks to this public outcry, and the work of her legal team, Ms. Levi was just sent home on compassionate release – which means she is truly free and back with her family, including her 94-year old mother who she helps take care of. Meanwhile we continue to fight for clemency for the 4,000 elders under home confinement who risk being re-incarcerated on a technicality like Ms. Levi, or when the pandemic is declared over.
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Toyota Pulls Funding from Congressmembers Behind the Attack on Capitol
On January 6, 2021, hundreds of armed white nationalists burst through the doors of the Capitol while Congress was in session, threatening to kill people inside. In the wake of the insurrection, we called on dozens of corporations to stop funding crooked Congress members. We launched InsurrectionIncorporated.com, pressuring Toyota, Cigna, AT&T to stop donating to those undermining our democracy. After hundreds of Color Of Change PAC members called Toyota execs, Toyota agreed! Elected officials inciting the insurrection will NOT be allowed to hide behind their Congressional titles. And we continue to hold companies like Cigna, Intel, and JetBlue accountable for supporting those who voted against certifying the 2020 election results and are trying to disenfranchise Black voters today. This is how we protect democracy.
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Color Of Change Helps Athlete & Activist Gwen Berry Attract New Sponsors
All of Gwen Berry’s corporate sponsors dropped her after she boldly raised her fist in protest at the 2019 Pan American Games. Time and again, we’ve seen Black athletes unfairly punished for using their voice to stand up for justice. Color Of Change stepped in to sponsor Berry. We were also part of a successful campaign to get the U.S. Olympic Committee to reverse course and allow athletes to wear armbands, raise their fists, or kneel on the podium to express their political beliefs. Now we’ve persuaded AirBNB and Puma to sponsor Berry as well, which means she’ll have the proper support to succeed going into the Tokyo Olympics. In addition, we continue to demand that the International Olympic Committee drop Rule 50, and calling on major athletic companies like Nike to join us.
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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.
House Democrats are using a hearing with the Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to bolster calls to scale back legal protections for social media companies based on accusations that tech giants are failing to remove hate speech and misinformation. Although Republicans and Democrats are on polar opposite sides of the debate, they’re unified in support of the Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, speaking out. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted. “I think her expertise at really cutting through some of the lies that we hear from the platforms has been really encouraging.” Haugen will warn lawmakers not to fall into Facebook’s trap and “get caught up in a long, drawn out debate over the minutiae of different legislative approaches,” according to a copy of her opening remarks.
This week lawmakers from the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (of the Committee on Energy and Commerce) continued to hear testimony from witnesses on the state of “Big Tech,” notably the social media platforms. Whistleblowers explained the problems that still need to be addressed at Facebook. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson was one of the witnesses at the testimony. He is quoted discussing the lack of regulation for Facebook. “Somehow they exist on a completely different plane and are allowed to have a completely different set of rules than everyone else. The fact of the matter is freedom of speech is not freedom from the consequences of speech.”
Conspiracy theories and phony fraud claims are one of the biggest threats to secure elections whose results are accepted by the American people, a new report argues. The report from the Aspen Institute think tank’s Commission on Information Disorder urges a surge in federal funding to combat the sort of conspiracy theories promoted by former president Donald Trump and his allies. Given the new attacks on democracy, election officials need to be given more resources and more communication capabilities. Co-chairs of the commission are longtime TV journalist Katie Couric, Chris Krebs, and Rashad Robinson, president of the Color Of Change. Election officials have spent roughly $1 billion making elections more secure against hacking and other manipulations since 2016. But that hasn’t protected the public against a wave of phony claims aimed at degrading faith in the electoral process.
Misinformation is jeopardizing efforts to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, be it climate change, COVID-19 or political polarization, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute backed by prominent voices in media. Recommendations call for new regulations on social media platforms; stronger, more consistent rules for misinformation “super spreaders” who amplify harmful falsehoods and new investments in authoritative journalism and organizations that teach media literacy. “Hundreds of millions of people pay the price, every single day, for a world disordered by lies,” reads the report’s introduction, written by the commission’s three co-chairs: journalist Katie Couric, former White House cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs and Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change. “The path to making real change is going to require all of us,” Robinson said.
In the Ahmaud Arbery case, justice arrived despite a rigged jury selection process: 11 of the 12 jurors were white, and that was no accident. During jury selection, the defense dismissed 11 of 12 potential Black jurors. When the prosecution challenged these dismissals, the judge acknowledged that they were likely rooted in racism but refused to do anything about it. Over and over, we see the same thing, and the problem is not with the judges or lawyers — but the law. Scott Roberts, Color Of Change’s Sr Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns points to the case of Judge Olu Stevens in 2016, who threw out an all-white jury on racial grounds. “He recognized that discrimination was happening, … and he was suspended for 90 days.” In addition, “If you’re barred from registering to vote, then you’re barred from juries by default. Given that our criminal justice system is so racially biased, … this is a vicious cycle.”
The New York Times dives into America’s evolution with language and the new terms coming into play in the movement for racial justice and gender inclusion. For those pushing for changes in society, words matter — and not just in the ways you’d think. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson explains how the way we articulate ideas helps us understand who’s to blame for the current imbalances of power and where the real solutions lie. “Saying something like, ‘Black people are less likely to get a loan from the bank,’ instead of saying, ‘Banks are less likely to give loans to Black people,’ might feel like it’s just me wording it differently,” he explains. “But ‘Black people are less likely to get a loan from the bank’ makes people ask themselves, ‘What’s wrong with Black people? Let’s get them financial literacy programs.’ The other way is saying, ‘What’s wrong with the banks?’”