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Color Of Change helps you do something real about injustice.

We design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.
  • COVID-19: Protect People in Prison

    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.
  • Don't Make the Most Vulnerable Pay for COVID-19

    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.
  • Bail Bonds Are Predatory Lending

    Join us in telling Canadian company Fairfax Financial Holdings - the largest backer of bail bonds in the US - to divest from the industry. Many other companies have based on the shady lending practices, so often levied against Black people.
  • Protect Body Positive Black Idols

    Popular trainer Jillian Michaels has been making headlines, for attacking Lizzo in a familiar racist way. For too long doctors and fitness experts have used weight as a proxy health – shaming Black women with larger bodies. But we can demand better.
  • Connecticut: Make Prison Calls Free

    Telecom companies are lining their pockets by preying on people with loved one behind bars. In Connecticut, a 15-min call costs $5. And local governments take a cut. But together, we can end this.
  • Close Parchman Prison in Miss.

    We're calling on Governor Reeves to fix conditions at Mississippi's oldest prison or close it. 7 people have been murdered in their cells, there’s mold and rodents, 5 men sleeping on a floor, no working toilets. For too long, the problems at Parchman have been ignored.
  • Stand for Justice, Not Fear

    Prosecutors and police are launching campaigns to stoke fear and roll back the real progress we've made on ending money bail, restoring the right to vote, and decriminalizing marijuana. See what we're doing to hold onto these wins.
  • Be Counted in 2020

    Black people are one of the least accurately counted populations in the US, which hurts our ability to get funding, programs, and representation in Congress. See what we're doing to make sure we're counted in next year's Census.
  • 400 Yrs Since Slavery, Black People Are Still Not Free

    Freedom shouldn't come down to how much money you have. Help us push prosecutors to end money bail and transform the criminal justice system.

RECENT VICTORIES

  • Media Justice

#DropOReilly

We did something that we were told was impossible. When we first launched this campaign in 2014, people told us that we were no match for Bill O’Reilly. That no amount of public pressure, especially not from a Black organization, could ever change anything at Fox News. Our resources and time would be better spent elsewhere.

But our members spoke and we listened. And Fox News has officially announced that Bill O’Reilly’s platform for anti Black vitriol and misogyny has been canceled.

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  • Criminal Justice

Defending the Jena Six

In 2007, Color Of Change rallied our emerging community to bring a national spotlight to the Jena 6: funding a new legal team, forcing abusive officials to face national scrutiny, and changing the course of events.

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  • Power & Voice

Targeting and Weakening ALEC

In 2011, Color Of Change led a winning strategy to target a dangerously influential, secretive right-wing policy promoter, forcing more than 100 of its corporate sponsors to withdraw support.

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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 MEDIA

January 20, 2020

Bingeing on Cop Propaganda

This article talks about COC’s new research on crime TV shows and America’s ongoing, unhealthy relationship with a police-know-best mindset. This genre, it says “takes all of the mess and violence of our criminal legal system and packages it for tidy consumption.” Our report Normalizing Injustice looks at 26 different shows from the 2017–18 TV season, and examines the ways these shows are essentially functioning as propagandists for American cops.

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January 10, 2020

TV Crime Shows Present a Warped View of Our Criminal Justice System

COC’s new report shows how crime series on TV shape and distort the way Americans see policing and prisons. These inaccurate portrayals create a culture where people think the justice system is fair and is working, contrary to the stats and what legal experts, activists, and those studying the system have found.

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December 16, 2019

Community Asks for More Transparency in Top Cop Search

COC organized a rally of more than 200 Philadelphia residents. Alongside D.A. Larry Krasner, they are pressuring the mayor to make the search for a new police commissioner transparent and focused on candidates ready to reform how the city approaches policing.

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December 7, 2019

OP-ED: Los Angeles County’s District Attorney Must Go, and Here’s Why

Rashad Robinson and Cal State University professor Melina Abdullah write about the wave of progressive prosecutors who’re helping right our criminal justice system and usher in reforms. In LA, however, where Black people are incarcerated at 5x the rate of white people, communities of color continue to be neglected. Ed Buck’s case is a perfect example.

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December 6, 2019

The Real 2020 Battle Lines: ‘Hope’ Versus ‘Change’

Rashad offers his analysis of why some Democrats are focusing on hope and others on systemic change this year. “If you believe that we achieved what we needed to achieve in the Obama years, you’re a healer. If you had a different opinion about what we could achieve, and we didn’t quite get there, then you might be a fighter: because you recognize that the forces that stood in the way of so much of what Obama wanted to do are not going to be disrupted just by bringing people together.”

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December 5, 2019

Pinterest & The Knot Will Stop Promoting Wedding Content That Romanticizes Former Slave Plantations

After COC reached out to wedding planning sites Pinterest and The Knot, both have agreed to stop promoting former slave plantations as sites for weddings and to stop using language that romanticizes their history. The Knot is working closely with COC to create new guidelines for vendors. Zola also said they’d stop listing plantations as venues and will work with COC to ensure their policies “are inclusive and make everyone feel welcome.”

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Strategic Initiatives

Democracy & Census

Black people have the power to shape our democracy and set the agenda when they speak up and turn out in elections. Through our Black Brunches we have brought together more than 20,000 people across 20 cities—including many new to politics. Going into 2020, we have tremendous opportunities to register new voters, protect voting rights, and make sure our communities are counted and represented in the 2020 Census. We are engaging local leaders and our 1.7M members to help set a progressive agenda around criminal justice reform and boost civic participation in Black communities.

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Winning Justice

No one holds more power in our justice system than prosecutors. They decide who to prosecute, what the charges will be, and routinely make decisions that destroy Black people’s lives. We are ushering in a new era of prosecutor accountability by mobilizing Black communities across the country. Already, we've pushed prosecutors and candidates in a dozen cities make pledges to cut incarceration. We continue to build momentum to end the most unjust, destructive and racist practices in our system from money bail to over-sentencing, over-policing, and sending our children to adult prisons.

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COC Hollywood

TV and film play a profound role in shaping American culture. Yet, when it comes to representation of Black people, culture, and issues, far too much of the content Hollywood produces promotes dangerous misunderstandings that holds back racial justice in the real world. COC Hollywood is our initiative to change the rules in Hollywood by ensuring accurate, diverse, empathetic and human portrayals of Black people onscreen. We consult on film and TV projects, partner with changemakers inside the industry, work to raise standards around hiring and diversity, and elevate Black stories.

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