• Criminal Justice

GoFundMe Takes Down Pages to Raise Money for Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers

In the wake of Arbery’s brutal murder, we did some research and found 26 pages on GoFundMe dedicated to raising money in defense of his killers, the McMichaels. Color Of Change immediately called GoFundMe out on Twitter, reached out execs at the company, and the media. GoFundMe agreed to take down the pages within an hour. This is part of our ongoing work to make sure tech platforms don’t funnel money to white nationalist and hate groups. Companies must take a side when it comes to stopping racist violence and cannot give murderers a platform to profit. Ahmaud, who was 25 years old, Black, and simply out for a run in his neighborhood, was unarmed when the McMichaels chased him down and shot him. 

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  • Coronavirus Response

Twitter Clamps Down on Theory that “Black People Can’t Get COVID-19”

Color of Change persuaded leaders at Twitter to adopt new policies to ensure the accuracy of COVID-19 information on the site after Blue-check users were posting dangerous (and scientifically debunked rumors) that Black people were immune to the virus or would recover quickly if they caught it. This misinformation was getting thousands of retweets. COC Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter explains, ”tech companies must assume responsibility for the content on their platforms. Not only does our democracy depend on it, but now our safety does too.” After we called them out, Twitter pulled the tweets and agreed to review the accounts of those spreading these lies to better protect people of color. 

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  • Coronavirus Response

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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