See how we're building an ever stronger movement in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others. Together, we can end the war on Black people.
Join us in making sure Congress protects the USPS. It's an essential part of the infrastructure that lets people vote, bank, receive medicine and food safely during pandemic. This is an economic justice, a racial justice, and a voting rights issue.
We can't let those who call the shots in college sports keep putting profits above the lives of the players. So many Black players are already at high risk of COVID. And they're unpaid. Let's protect them.
See how Color Of Change and Michael B. Jordan are teaming up to transform Hollywood by investing in Black creatives and anti-racist content while pushing for a more just, inclusive, and equitable film 'n TV industry.
Already, mayors in 14 cities have come together to push for guaranteed basic income. Let's get others to join suit. People have taken huge financials hits during the pandemic. They deserve help making ends meet in uncertain times.
Because of your outcries for #JusticeforBre, the FBI has announced an investigation into the murder of Breonna Taylor. But that is not enough. Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer needs to fire the officers now!
Because of your outrage and action, mayors across the US are promising to reassess how money is funneled to police departments. Minneapolis even voted to disband its police force. Help us change the institution of policing forever.
See what we're doing -- on economic relief, criminal justice, and access to healthcare -- to stand up for our communities and make sure leaders address the ways COVID-19 is hitting Black, Brown, and poor people the hardest.
Twitter Bans Hate Content & Permanently Bars KKK Founder David Duke
After a year of consistent pressure by Color Of Change members, Twitter agreed to a new policy banning hate speech and permanently suspending Ku Klux Klan founder David Duke from the platform. Duke repeatedly violated Twitter’s rules against promoting violence against people based on race, religion, or ethnicity. He used social media to spread his message of white supremacy, regularly insulting and threatening Black people, Jewish people, women, and LGBTQ people. We will continue to work with Twitter to make sure they fully enforce their new “no hateful conduct” rules — to keep hateful rhetoric online from fueling real-world violence and to crack down on misinformation around the upcoming elections and COVID-19.
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#StopHateForProfit Coalition Leads $7B Advertising Boycott Against Facebook
For years, Color Of Change has demanded Facebook stop hate speech, calls to violence, racist lies, and housing discrimination on its platform. We’ve pressed Facebook to do more to protect Black people online and pushed them to release a civil rights audit of their practices. But they continue to put profits above people. So we joined with the NAACP, Anti-Defamation League, and several other justice groups to launch #StopHateForProfit. Together we’ve persuaded more than 200 major corporations to pull $7B in advertising from Facebook during the month of July. And we’re just getting started. With the lies Trump continues to spread about voting fraud, the calls for violence against protestors, and the implications for November’s elections and the pandemic in allowing misinformation to spread, we simply have too much at stake.
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AirBNB Launches Project to Expose & Reign in Discrimination on its Platform
After a year of Color Of Change working with AirBNB to address housing discrimination online, the company has launched Project Lighthouse—an initiative to expose, track, and stop discrimination by people renting or reserving apartments on their site. Its goal is to figure out how names and profile photos create a perception of a person’s race, then use that information to develop new features that ensure people of color are treated fairly and equally on AirBNB. The company plans to create a tech team whose job is to fight bias, have hosts confirm reservations before seeing guests’ photos, and recruit more people of color to host. AirBNB also set new benchmarks for increasing the number of people of color on their staff and Board of Directors to boost diversity there.
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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 1.7 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.
Throughout much of the 20th century, segregationists relied on Senate filibusters to block legislation promising equal rights. Rashad Robinson is quoted on this piece on how racial justice activists are cautioning Democrats to be prepared for eruptions if they allow Senate Republicans to kill long overdue civil rights bills on police reform, voting rights, and investing in Black communities. “It will be unacceptable to people who have waited a long time. It will be unacceptable to people who are already skeptical of electoral politics. It will be unacceptable telling people to wait more time.”
This article talks about our new #ChangeHollywood initiative with Michael B. Jordan — a road map to transform Hollywood by investing in anti-racist content, authentic Black stories, and Black talent. On the heels of calls to #DefundThePolice, #ChangeHollywood also has a plan to take the funds being cut from law enforcement budgets and invest them into supporting Black communities.
D.C.’s mayor had Black Lives Matter painted in the streets a few blocks from the White House as a show of support for George Floyd and the calls to end police violence. The irony is, many of the leaders calling for racial justice have been obstacles to overhauling local departments ’til now. That’s why activists are skeptical that these symbolic gestures will lead to real change. COC’s Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts is quoted, “The people who have had the power to address this have ignored it. It took a video of someone literally being strangled to death for over 8 minutes, and uprisings all over the country, for politicians to listen to what Black communities have been saying for decades.”
Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson writes on his recent meeting with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s failure to take civil rights seriously. In the end, Zuckerberg has too much to gain financially by continuing to pander to Trump and his racist supporters. “In 2020, Facebook’s indulgent and laissez-faire policies have enabled hateful harassment, rampant misinformation and disinformation, and the suppression of Black organizers… Zuckerberg sees white nationalism – and racism in general – as a political issue of right versus left, instead of a moral issue of right versus wrong.”
This article explains that although Black women are often victims of racial violence and leading groups like Black Lives Matter, they are rarely upheld as symbols of the movement for racial justice. The murder of Breonna Taylor may change that. Arisha Hatch, Color Of Change’s vice president says that the media often doesn’t take the deaths of Black women seriously. “It sometimes feels like when Black women are victims, we don’t get the same amount of attention. It can signal a hierarchy in terms of who matters.” She has noticed in her 8 years at Color of Change a trend in headlines that often render Black and trans women who are killed invisible.
Instagram has long been the social media platform where people go to escape. But now the Black Lives Matter movement pushed the platform into racial politics and it’s increasingly where white Gen Z’ers are getting an education in solidarity and how to be an ally. Color Of Change’s Sr. Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter says, “Instagram has always been Blacker, more Latinx, younger — groups that are on the front lines right now in a number of ways… For us, the personal is political, and it’s hard to untangle those two.”