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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”