Within hours of Musk taking over Twitter, use of the n-word rose 500%. Hate speech skyrocketed. Musk himself tweeted a baseless conspiracy theory about the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband. He's supported restoring Trump's account. We cannot trust him to protect users from hate, harassment and misinformation. GM and L'Oréal have suspended their advertising. Let's push Disney and Coca-Cola to follow suit!
We can create an Internet where Black people thrive. Check out the Black Tech Agenda — a roadmap for racial equity in tech regulation. Big Tech has chased profits no matter the cos: cyber-bullying, misinformation, real world violence to Brown and Black people. But these 6 principles lay the groundwork for accountability.
Thanks to T-Mobile, conservatives now have the power to ban Black and LGBTQ history from classrooms in Texas. T-Mobile rents its cellular towers and infrastructure to Patriot Mobile, a far-right wireless provider that funded racist school board candidates in Texas. Write to T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert and tell him it's time they #DropPatriotMobile
The cost of groceries has risen 12% in a year. Why? Corporate greed. Tyson Foods, one of the largest food production companies, has artificially increased prices, out-tracking inflation and manufacturing costs to nearly double its profits. This especially hurts Black families. Ask them to roll back prices to pre-pandemic levels.
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.
Toyota Pulls Funding from Congressmembers Behind the Attack on Capitol
On January 6, 2021, hundreds of armed white nationalists burst through the doors of the Capitol while Congress was in session, threatening to kill people inside. In the wake of the insurrection, we called on dozens of corporations to stop funding crooked Congress members. We launched InsurrectionIncorporated.com, pressuring Toyota, Cigna, AT&T to stop donating to those undermining our democracy. After hundreds of Color Of Change PAC members called Toyota execs, Toyota agreed! Elected officials inciting the insurrection will NOT be allowed to hide behind their Congressional titles. And we continue to hold companies like Cigna, Intel, and JetBlue accountable for supporting those who voted against certifying the 2020 election results and are trying to disenfranchise Black voters today. This is how we protect democracy.
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Color Of Change Helps Athlete & Activist Gwen Berry Attract New Sponsors
All of Gwen Berry’s corporate sponsors dropped her after she boldly raised her fist in protest at the 2019 Pan American Games. Time and again, we’ve seen Black athletes unfairly punished for using their voice to stand up for justice. Color Of Change stepped in to sponsor Berry. We were also part of a successful campaign to get the U.S. Olympic Committee to reverse course and allow athletes to wear armbands, raise their fists, or kneel on the podium to express their political beliefs. Now we’ve persuaded AirBNB and Puma to sponsor Berry as well, which means she’ll have the proper support to succeed going into the Tokyo Olympics. In addition, we continue to demand that the International Olympic Committee drop Rule 50, and calling on major athletic companies like Nike to join us.
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Olympic Athletes Can Now Take a Stand for Justice
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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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.