The media has decided the climate catastrophe in Puerto Rico is hardly worth covering. Environmental crises in low-income Black and Latinx communities are often downplayed or overlooked by TV news. But people are going through so much. Demand cable news give the crisis in Puerto Rico full credible coverage.
In Oklahoma, pregnant women are facing felony charges for using prescribed medical marijuana during pregnancy. Even though their babies are born healthy, they're facing possible life sentences. Black, Brown, and poor women bear the brunt of this criminalization.
Demand publishers like McGraw Hill commit to never erase Black history from their learning materials! In March, Florida passed a bill to censor conversations about slavery, racism, and oppression. Then the Dpmt of Ed rejected math textbooks with ethnically diverse names and facts about Black mathematicians. Our children deserve better!
Incarcerated people and their loved ones deserve to stay connected. But prison telecom companies charge as much as $1 a minute for calls, exploiting Black families. The Martha Wright Act would regulate how much prisons and jails can charge for calls home. Fax your rep through our site.
A Tech Transparency Project report shows Facebook is aiding the growth of hate groups on its platform, and may be helping white supremacists identify targets for violence. Let's make Facebook end paid ads for hate groups; ban groups on their “Dangerous Organizations” list; and have Mark Zuckerberg meet with racial justice leaders.
More than 1,000 people have been killed by police this past year. The latest is Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man brutally executed by police in Akron, Ohio. He was shot 60x during a routine traffic stop. Help us as we join Jayland's family in demanding accountability for his senseless death.
Color Of Change has long supported trailblazing Olympians in their fight to dismantle oppressive policies that silence Black athletes. So we applaud the decision by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee to allow political expression like raised fists and kneeling during the anthem in Tokyo this summer. We met with the committee staff, sent letters, launched a campaign — and now athletes can don phrases like “Black Lives Matter” “equality” and “justice.” In 2016, we stood up for Colin Kaepernick taking a knee. Today we're asking corporate sponsors to stand with Gwen Berry, the Pan-American gold medalist who was abandoned by sponsors and lost 80% of her income after she raised her fist on the awards podium. And we'll keep fighting for Black athletes’ right to raise their voices without sacrificing their careers — demanding the International Olympic Committee drop Rule 50, the rule punishing athletes for speaking out. This is an important marker towards justice and equality within sports.
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Proud Boys Defunded & Kicked Off Social Media
A few days before a pro-Trump mob broke into the Capitol, Stripe processed $100,000 in donations to the Proud Boys, the white nationalist group Trump gave a shout-out to on live TV during the debates. Stripe put profit over public safety – funneling money to the group that funded interstate travel, tactical gear, and legal expenses. But after tens of thousands of Color Of Change members took action, Stripe decided to permanently suspend donations to the Proud Boys and indefinitely ban all accounts affiliated with the hate group. Our No Blood Money campaign to stop financial companies from profiting off of hate continues as we make sure Stripe keeps its promise to working with violent hate groups and GiveSendGo, the fundraising site used by white nationalists like Kyle Rittenhouse and Officer Derek Chauvin.
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Social Media Sites Ban Trump
Last week, Twitter, the social media site instrumental to President Trump’s rise, permanently banned his account. This is huge. For the last 4 years, Trump has turned to Twitter to spread misinformation and lies, incite violence, announce ad hoc policies, and antagonize those who disagree with him. For years, Color Of Change has been working to hold Twitter and Facebook accountable for white nationalist organizing on their platforms. And for weeks, groups like the Proud Boys were plotting their attack on the Capitol on social media. Finally, tech execs are listening. After Trump’s armed followers broke into the Capitol and Congress had to be evacuated, we reached out leaders at both companies, telling them to shut Trump down. Facebook has suspended Trump until the end of his term. This is where real accountability begins. For too long, we'd been warning this was bound to happen. We cannot afford to let Americans live in two realities, undermining the sovereignty of our elections, peddling hate for profit, and enabling armed revolt against peaceful leaders.
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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.
Diverse Representation and Color of Change’s #ChangeMusic launched the Diverse Representation Music Database this month. Housing résumés and profiles for hundreds of professionals, it will act as a resource for hiring managers from music labels, agencies, firms, streaming platforms and others seeking to hire Black talent. Amity Paye, Color Of Change’s Sr. Director of Communications says, “This is an invitation for record labels, artists, producers and venues to take action. The music industry has excluded and exploited Black people for far too long. With this database, we are driving the music industry to commit to inclusivity.”
Heather McGhee, chair of Color Of Change’s Board interviews Ai-jen Poo on the prospects of public economic investment in child care, elder care and paid family leave. Ai-jen is a MacArthur Genius grant winner and author of the book “The Age of Dignity.” They discuss public policy at the intersection of race, inequality and social policy on the Ezra Klein show. Ai-jen is quoted, “It is essentially a house of cards for everyone. And what’s holding it together is the unpaid work of women in our families and the underpaid work of women and majority women of color as professional care workers. And it is completely unsustainable.”
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.