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.
Target Raises Minimum Wage, Making COVID-19 Pay Increase Permanent
After Color Of Change sent a demand letter urging Target to pay their frontline employees a living wage, the company agreed to raise its base wage to $15 an hour. That means full-time and part-time employees will benefit from the $2 “hazard pay” increase announced during COVID-19. While Target saw a surge in sales and largely kept stores open during the pandemic, their workers have raised concerns about hazard pay and health benefits. This is part of our ongoing work to show companies pledging to fight racism and injustice how they can start with the way they value and compensate their own employees, many of whom are people of color. Before we spoke out, Target’s salary bump was slated to expire in July—as many retailers are phasing out their pandemic bonuses.
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DoorDash to Drive Business to Black-Owned Restaurants Hurt by COVID-19
After Color Of Change led a survey on how Black and Latino businesses are faring during the pandemic, DoorDash agreed to create a new feature highlighting Black-owned restaurants. They will be working with us on a program to support and drive customers to Black merchants on the app and to reduce bias on their platform.
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Charges Dropped Against Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend After Cops Killed Her
Breonna Taylor was brutally shot and killed when cops showed up at her door unannounced in the middle of the night. Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker heard police ramming open their front door and fired a shot in self-defense, eliciting a barrage of gunfire from cops, who hit Taylor and left her dying on the floor of her hallway. Police had come to the wrong house, with no warrant, and tried to coverup their fatal mistake by acting like they were on a drug raid. After 45,000 Color Of Change members created a public outcry, Louisville’s Commonwealth Attorney agreed to drop attempted murder charges against Walker. We continue to fight for #Justice4Breonna. The FBI is now investigating her murder.
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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.
In the weeks since George Floyd was killed, nearly every US industry has come under pressure to face their shortcomings when it comes to racial equality. In music, the Recording Academy just announced it will team up with Color Of Change to launch a set of initiatives to open the industry. Valeisha Butterfield Jones from the Academy said, “They’ve done great work in the TV and film industries, and we saw opportunity for us to do similar work to drive change and amplify the voices of Black people and creators in music through a partnership.”
Dataminr helped law enforcement monitor the protests that swept the country after the killing of George Floyd, tipping police off to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators. COC Sr. Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter says, “We know that law enforcement agencies spend a breathtaking amount of money to aggressively track, target, and surveil Black communities. Twitter can’t have it both ways, courting Black activists and marketing themselves as the preeminent tool for organizing against injustice, while turning a blind eye to companies contracting with them for surveillance.”
As more big brands pledged to stop advertising on Facebook — costing the company $7B so far — Zuckerberg reversed his stance and agreed to put a warning label on posts that break its hate speech and harmful content rules. Previously Facebook refused to remove, punish, or call out content so long as it was considered newsworthy. But it appears #StopHateforProfit, organized by Color Of Change, the NAACP, and Anti-Defamation League is having an impact. The question remains whether Zuckerberg will take the kind of action needed to stop white nationalist and hate groups from proliferating.
This article explains how COVID-19 will further devastate communities of color if officials don’t let more people out of prisons and jails. Color Of Change helped launch #ClemencyWorks, circulating petitions urging governors to grant clemency to the most vulnerable people behind bars. More than 70 organizations nationwide have signed on, calling on “DAs, mayors, sheriffs and judges, locally elected people who have the ability to drastically decarcerate” to do the right thing according to Scott Roberts, COC’s Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns.
First Unilever, one of Facebook’s top advertisers, joined the #StopHateForProfit boycott, then Coca-Cola said it would suspend its advertising. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “This brings us a huge step forward in holding Facebook accountable for enabling hateful, denigrating and discriminatory content against Black people. Facebook leaders should understand the gravity of this movement for civil rights and take urgent steps to remedy its harms, including implementing a permanent civil rights infrastructure. Facebook cannot afford to look away anymore.”
As officers responsible in the killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks have now been arrested and charged, justice remains elusive for Breonna Taylor. Cases of Black women killed by police are historically overlooked and neglected, Scott Roberts, Color Of Change’s Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns says. “It can drift away from our memory and next thing we know the folks who need to be held accountable feel like the pressure is lessened and they don’t have to act. However, we have to keep this on our minds and on our hearts.”