Hourly workers face a difficult decision every election - vote or work. In Black areas prone to voter suppression, wait times can be hours. And this year is especially tough. This election matters. Our votes matter. Let's act like it.
This year is different. Between COVID-19 and constant violent rhetoric targeting Black people and mail-in voters, we need Congress to take a stand and fund states in need. It's a matter of protecting our health and our democracy.
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.
White supremacists are using PayPal to fundraise for Kyle Rittenhouse, the man who killed 2 protestors in Kenosha WI. We can't let PayPal keep funneling money to hate groups and ignore the ways their platform is being used.
Black people aren't vulnerable. We're under attack -- by the systems that consistently deny us affordable housing, healthcare, and livable wages. Racism is America's real "preexisting condition." Learn how we're organizing for change.
After 5 years trying to get Mark Zuckerberg to stop hate online, Facebook is still allowing white nationalist groups to recruit new members and incite violence. In Kenosha, they were alerted before the shooting and chose not to act. This can't continue.
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 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.
Yet again, Facebook is under fire for letting people incite violence on its platform. The company didn’t respond when users sounded the alarm about a militia group issuing a “call to arms” online before the violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which left two people dead. Facebook told users the page didn’t meet its criteria for removal but ended up taking down the page — after armed militias took to the streets. “This crisis of hate-fueled violence requires immediate, drastic action from Facebook and all other platforms on which these groups gather,” says Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson. “Facebook’s superficial policy changes mean nothing when they aren’t enforced.”
Four days after a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer shot Jacob Blake 7 times in the back, the Milwaukee Bucks chose not to take the floor for a playoff game. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson commented, “The team is absolutely right” to demand leaders in Wisconsin “actually prosecute and hold police accountable. At the state and the federal level, we need to end qualified immunity. We actually need to seriously deal with the swollen police budgets and the militarization of police. And that money should be divested and invested in things that we know keep people safe and make communities whole.”
There’s a disparity among nominees of color on the Emmy ballot this year, which reflects a disconnect within the industry at large. Though more Black performers are being nominated, people of color still account for less than 15% of the writers and directors nominated. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted on the ways the industry has yet to let non-white people have decision-making power. “We can’t mistake presence for power. Power is the ability to change the rules.”
BET covers our #JusticeForJake campaign after the announcement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice that the officers involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave, not fired or charged. The facts are clear. Jake Blake broke up a fight. He walked away and headed to his car. As he entered his car, an officer grabbed his shirt to hold him in place and shot him 7 times in the back in front of his children.
Twitter is cracking down fake accounts about Black people abandoning the Democratic Party, the latest propaganda to try to influence November’s elections. One post got 11,000 retweets by claiming they were a lifelong Democrat pushed to vote Republican by Black Lives Matter. Color Of Change’s Brandi Collins-Dexter said simulating Black people’s identity is a common tactic to delegitimize movements. “The point is to provide ammunition against Black people for policymakers so they can point to things that are being said, allegedly from a Black person’s account, to reinforce the idea that Black Lives Matter is a terrorist threat and put them on equal footing as white nationalists.”
Color Of Change’s ongoing work to end money bail is featured in this article as COC President Rashad Robinson shares stories of how, growing up, he would watch his family scrape together bail for an uncle. He is quoted, “From our research and advocacy, we found that big insurance companies were—and still are to this day—reaping profits off the bail industry. As we started digging more, the story of Kalief Browder made things more transparent.” If people are too poor to pay for their freedom, they can end up behind bars for months.