Color Of Change commissioned Global Strategy Group to conduct a poll of registered voters to better understand sentiments regarding student loan debt cancellation and elimination with an oversampling of Black registered voters.
For too long, Black people have been trapped in lifelong, impossible-to-repay student loans. With the pandemic, people are struggling to make rent and stay afloat. Now's the time to cancel student debt.
Hold Rochester police accountable for attacking a Black girl. When officers responded to a family dispute, instead of deescalating things, they handcuffed and pepper-sprayed a 9-year-old. We need trauma-informed care, not state-sanctioned violence.
For years, we’ve wondered why Google, Facebook, and Twitter won’t stop promoting the kinds of conspiracy theories that led to the attack on the Capitol. The reason? Their platforms are built to foster engagement and growth--at ALL costs. It's time for legislation.
Keyon Harrold's son was attacked by a white woman as the SoHo hotel as security staff did nothing. The woman falsely accused the boy of stealing her phone, later returned by an Uber driver. It's time for racial bias training.
It's clear: the police charged with securing the U.S. Capitol Complex allowed white supremacists to run wild through the halls of Congress, leading to 5 deaths and putting democracy at risk. Tell Congress to investigate, stat.
Twitter Adds Protections Based on Race & Ethnicity to Its Content Policy
In another win towards stopping the spread of hate online, Twitter announced it will expand its “dehumanization content policy” to protect people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, and caste. This move reflects the power of Color Of Change members and the Change the Terms coalition, which met with Twitter executives in 2018 and have been pushing the company to take a stronger stance since. It’s a huge step towards protecting Black social media users and getting rid of racist and violence-inciting tweets. Until now, Twitter has been slow to reign in far-right extremists, letting misinformation around the elections to spread. Going forward our focus will be on ensuring that Twitter enforces the new policy. Examples of the kind of content that will now be banned can be found here.
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Incarcerated People Fighting Wildfires Finally Eligible for Jobs When They Get Out
For decades, our country has unfairly relied on prison labor — and nowhere is this more obvious than in California, where thousands of people behind bars help fight fires each fall, risking their lives for $1 an hour. In response to a Color Of Change campaign, California Governor Gavin Newsom just signed an order expunging felonies off firefighters’ records. This means that people who fight fires while incarcerated can now join the firefighting ranks and build a real career based on their training and experience once they’re out. It’s high time we end discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, and stop erecting barriers to jobs, housing, and full participation in society. And we will continue our fight to make sure incarcerated firefighters are fully compensated and valued for their work.
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Rochester’s Police Chief Resigns as Quest for #JusticeforDaniel Continues
Our campaign seeking justice for Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old Black man in need of mental health help who was killed by cops in March is gathering steam. Rochester’s police chief and deputy police chief both resigned after body camera footage was released showing what we all knew: Daniel should be alive today. For a week straight, organizers held protests and 77,000 COC members spoke out demanding the officers be fired, charged, and the city changes how it responds to mental health crises. Daniel’s brother had called police for help, explaining he was a threat to no one but himself. Instead, they brutalized Daniel and knelt on his back ’til he couldn’t breathe. We will not relent. Our quest for justice continues as we press Rochester’s mayor and city council to pass legislation that requires medical professionals — and not armed cops — to respond to medical calls.
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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.
The Hollywood Reporter looks at Color Of Change Hollywood’s work–releasing Normalizing Injustice and going behind the scenes to work with TV writers and producers. One writers’ room at a time, the group is shifting how policing is portrayed on TV and pushing Hollywood to tell the truth about what Black people experience at the hands of law enforcement and our criminal justice system. “What we see on TV impacts the way we vote, the way we react to people and even whether we believe Black Lives Matter is a terrorist organization,” says Culture & Entertainment Director Kristen Marston.
Kamala Harris has broken through one of the final glass ceilings for women with this election, becoming the first female vice president in the US. A record 130 Black women were congressional candidates this election cycle and Black women were a driving force behind Biden’s victory over Trump. Color Of Change Vice President Arisha Hatch says the support of Black women must be reflected in Biden’s policy agenda. “When we’re talking to Black women, especially out in the field, they want to see a competent response to a pandemic… They want to see shifts in the way that our families are policed, overpoliced and overincarcerated. … They want to be able to put food on the tables for their kids and send them to schools that are not only safe but allow their children to live their best lives in the future.”
Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is interviewed by Brian Lehrer in the wake of Biden-Harris’s historic victory. Rashad talks about the powerful message this sends to politicians who base their campaigns in demonizing immigrants and people of color. He says, “Racial justice helped to propel this win. We had seen a bottoming out of enthusiasm (in voter registration) until the uprisings the summer…. We saw those people then to go to polls. We saw real changes in prosecutor offices across the country from big wins in Chicago and LA and Orlando and across Georgia.”
Biden wants his administration to “look like America.” His transition team is a start. So far, 46 percent of Biden’s transition staff are people of color and more than half — 52 percent — are women. Advocates say they welcome the administration’s focus on representation but that is just a first step. They’ll be keeping an eye on Biden’s policy proposals. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “How that representation translates into what they deliver is what’s most important to me. We are going to look for who’s going to stand up to corporate power.”
The 2020 elections, after the mass uprisings against racial injustice, were seen as a test for criminal justice reforms. This was especially true for progressive DAs. In Chicago, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx won her bid for re-election. She is the first Black woman to lead the 700-attorney office and is one of the country’s most prominent progressive prosecutors. In Austin, Texas, voters overwhelmingly chose Jose Garza, a former public defender, to serve as the DA of Travis County. Color Of Change’s Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts is quoted. “We think we caught a lot of those folks off guard. They weren’t ready for a movement that would focus on prosecutor elections.”
COC President Rashad Robinson writes about how In the US, the rules are still rigged against Black success. With grassroots organizing and protest, we can change that. Because whether it’s the rules of work in an Amazon warehouse, the rules for police in our neighborhoods, or the rules that determine which schools and hospitals get funding, which diseases get researched, which businesses get COVID relief loans, the rules are still rigged against us. Corporations still exploit Black people without consequences—and it’s still costing us our lives.