On May 25, George Floyd was murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police. Two officers held their knee on his neck. Numerous bystanders pleaded with them to let Floyd go as he gasped “I can’t breathe.” Help us get justice.
25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was jogging near his home in Georgia when he was chased, shot, and killed in cold blood. His death is like a modern-day lynching. A grand jury will hear his case on June 2. We're demanding the two DAs who obstructed his case resign now.
Black people are still being denied tests and turned away from hospitals across the US while misinformation on COVID-19 is spreading on social media. Color Of Change created a guide to getting care. Help us get it out and into newspapers across the country.
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.
Too many Black businesses have been locked out of federal coronavirus relief funds. Nearly half say they'll only be able to stay afloat for 6 months. Congress is working on the PPP, the financial relief program for small business owners. Let's make sure they include us.
It is not a matter of if but when Coronavirus will hit prisons and jails. Outbreaks will spread like wildfire due to close quarters and unsanitary conditions, endangering everyone inside and out. If federal and state officials act now, they can help protect us all.
Many people live paycheck to paycheck. With Coronavirus, many part-time, hourly and contract workers will lose months of wages and won't be able to cover basic costs like housing or healthcare. It's time for universal, basic income.
There is a disturbing history of Black people being undercounted. Those who work hard to suppress the voices and the votes of our communities are also working hard to keep us from participating in the census. And when we’re undercounted, our communities get underfunded and underserved. But together we can change things.
Preserving Access to Healthy Food for Black in the Pandemic
Black people disproportionately live in “food deserts” where healthy produce and meat are hard to come by. And during the pandemic, getting access to safe high-quality food is even harder though it’s one of the best ways to stay healthy. After a Color Of Change member in Los Angeles launched a campaign on OrganizeFor, Capri Retail Services agreed to reopen its Crenshaw Farmers Market, serving a Black neighborhood without many other good options.
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Amazon and Barnes and Noble to Vet COVID-19 Info
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that tech companies and content producers hold themselves to high standards around the accuracy of the information they’re spreading. Companies initially let rumors proliferate about the virus, from the idea that Black people can’t catch COVID-19 to the lie that drinking bleach will cure you. These were endangering Black people’s lives, so Color Of Change members took a stand and successfully pressed booksellers Amazon and Barnes and Noble to take down misleading materials from their sites and vet all COVID-19 information going forward.
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People in Prison Get Free Calls During COVID-19
During this pandemic, it’s so important to stay in touch with loved ones, especially for people in prison where the risk of outbreaks are among the highest in the world. Price-gouging by telecommunication companies who service prisons and jails is a serious problem; the industry scrapes $1.2 billion from poor people and communities of color every year. That’s why Color Of Change launched a campaign to take the burden off and make sure people in federal prisons can call home for free. After 18,000 members spoke up and signed our petition, federal prison officials relented. Now we’re asking leaders at state prisons, county jails, and detention centers across the country to follow suit.
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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.
Rashad Robinson is quoted in this profile on Jim Clyburn, the lawmaker who helped deliver the Black vote to Joe Biden in South Carolina. “The primary results underscored lessons candidates would do well to heed: Black voters can make or break a campaign. From Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropping out after seeing no pathway to the Black vote after South Carolina, to Biden taking home many Southern states, the message is clear.”
Amid COVID-19 and heated budget negotiations, New York is quietly trying to undo reforms to end money bail. Color Of Change’s Criminal Justice Campaign Director Clarise McCants is quoted, “What Gov. Cuomo is proposing will send legally innocent people into jails to die. With the horrific conditions we’re seeing at jails across the state, anything but getting people out of those cages is a death sentence.”
Color Of Change’s Senior Director of Digital Engagement & Democracy Jennifer Edwards explains why it’s so important to be part of the 2020 Census and how it’s the young, the poor, and people of color who get passed over. More than 800,000 Black people were missed in 2010 which robs our community of investment in public education, roads, services, and most importantly, political power. Get counted today at my2020census.gov.
In his augural COVID-19 column with BET, Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson explains the adage that “When America gets a cold, Black people get the flu.” And the coronavirus is no ordinary flu. This pandemic is a public and financial crisis for Black people, but we have the power to help one another get the care and support we need.
People in prison are sitting ducks when it comes to COVID-19 outbreaks. Behind bars, testing and healthcare is lacking, and the idea of staying 6 feet apart is a joke. That’s why Color Of Change is pressuring prisons to let people out now, before disaster hits. Our Criminal Justice Campaign Director Malachi Robinson is quoted, “There’s going to be a huge explosion of cases. Rather than expose more people, they should start releasing them swiftly.”
In New York, with national shortages of hand sanitizer in the face of COVID-19, the governor has ordered people in prison to make 100,000 gallons of it to be distributed to New Yorkers for free. But with the prisons facing their own coronavirus crisis, the people making the hand sanitizer can’t even use it themselves.