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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.
  • Release Women from Danbury Today!

    Nearly two years after the start of the pandemic, more than half of the women currently incarcerated at Danbury Federal Institution Camp in Connecticut have tested positive for the virus and are being denied proper medical care. It's time to let these women go home.
  • Biden, Grant Clemency for Thousands!

    We won the campaign to keep thousands of elders home, now we need clemency to get them free! Keeping people on home confinement isn't enough — the DOJ still has discretionary power to decide who will be sent back to prison. President Biden has the power to fix this.
  • Delta, Stop Influencing the CDC

    Despite COVID-19 rates skyrocketing, Delta Airlines pushed the CDC to shorten the isolation period for people with COVID from 10 days to 5. Delta’s greed puts their workers and passengers at risk. Tell Delta’s CEO to update its isolation policy, extend workers’ sick pay, and retract its request to the CDC.
  • Pass the Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act

    Black people are routinely denied hosing and business loans, and given higher insurance rates — because of the algorithms industries rely on. Algorithms often replicate human biases. With this bill, DC could be the first city to outlaw discriminatory algorithms and undo racist lending practices.
  • Tell Senate Dems to End the Filibuster

    Legislators need to pick a side: the #JimCrowFilibuster, or the voting rights of Black people. We've seen more than 250 new bills restricting voting rights since the 2020 elections. It has to stop. Tell your Senator to pass the Freedom to Vote Act today.
  • Demand Gov. Newsom Close 8 Prisons by 2025

    The People’s Plan for Prison Closure identified some of the worst prisons in California. Join us in demanding CA's governor close these prisons and work to create safe and vibrant communities through jobs, housing, food, and education — not incarceration.
  • No Budget Increase for MPD!

    Tens of thousands of Minneapolis residents voted for a new approach to safety, and Mayor Frey promised police accountability. But his 2022 budget would increase MPD's budget by ~20% and fails to adequately fund the Office of Violence Prevention. Black people are tired of feeling unsafe. It's time for a change!

RECENT VICTORIES

  • Tech Justice

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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  • Criminal Justice

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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  • Criminal Justice

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.

IN THE MEDIA

August 1, 2021

Black Women Leading the Fight For Voting Rights

Alarmed by a wave of bills sweeping state legislatures and a Supreme Court decision many say will dismantle voting rights, Black women are taking courageous steps to fight back. Over four days of collective action, leaders held a town hall, rally, and protest on Capitol Hill. After being arrested and released, some of the women sat down with Vice President Kamala Harris about the “moral” and “spiritual” imperative to protect voting. Rep. Jackson Lee underscored that the filibuster was not part of the Constitution – and instead was created specifically to block equal rights and voting rights as far back as the 1800s. Color Of Change continues to lead a campaign to get rid of the filibuster, which has been invoked time and again to stop laws affirming the rights of Black and Brown people.

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August 1, 2021

Rep. Hank Johnson Arrested at Voting Rights Protest

Congressman Hank Johnson was arrested with Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson, and Cliff Albright, founder of Black Voters Matter for protesting the Senate’s failure to protect voting rights. Their protests are meant to direct attention to the For the People Act, Democratic legislation blocked by Senate Republicans as GOP lawmakers in a number of states pass a series of voting restrictions. Rashad is quoted, “It was worth the risk to use our power to demand voting rights protections for Black people, and all communities, in our country.” Seven states have passed laws to expand officials’ ability to purge voters from registration rolls or put voters at risk of having their names improperly removed – all swings state where Black people turning out has changed the outcome of elections.

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July 20, 2021

‘I Won’t Shut Up.’ Team USA Hammer Thrower Berry Talks Protest & the Olympics

Olympian Gwen Berry says her actions are often misunderstood. Berry believes her intentions are misunderstood. By raising her fist or turning around during the national anthem, she says, “I’m not saying I’m not proud to represent America. If anything, I am being extremely American by stating my rights. By exercising my constitutional right to say, I believe in freedom and justice for us all. I am protesting for America to be good for everybody. And just not for the elite or the white supreme.” After the 2019 Pan American Games, Berry lost her sponsors – and the majority of her salary – for speaking out. Recently, with help from Color of Change, Berry got a $15,000 sponsorship from Puma.

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July 17, 2021

Gwen Berry’s Podium Protest Shows the Olympics Are About More than Sports

Gwen Berry has a track record of speaking out on injustice. Two summers ago, after winning gold at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Peru, she raised a fist on the podium and was slapped with a yearlong probation for violating international rules that prohibit protests inside stadiums and during ceremonies. It cost Berry her sponsors, including Nike. Color of Change eventually stepped in, pressuring companies to support Berry so she could continue being a professional athlete. Puma recently backed her with a $15,000 paycheck, equipment and apparel, and a campaign called “She Moves Us.” When this year’s Olympic track and field trials kicked off, she greeted the crowd with a raised fist and a t-shirt reading “athlete activist.”

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July 15, 2021

America’s First Black Billionaire Calling for $14 Trillion in Reparations

Robert L. Johnson, America’s first Black billionaire, is calling on the federal government to pay reparations, saying over the last 200 years, “Black folks have been denied $13-15 trillion of wealth.” He urged lawmakers to pass a decades-old bill that would set the stage for reparations, HR 40, which would create a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations for descendants of slaves. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted. “HR 40, when it’s passed, will not actually provide reparations for anyone, but what it will do is move us on the road to be more truthful and in direct conversation about what happened. We’re also seeing local communities have these conversations.”

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July 7, 2021

Color of Change & Diverse Representation Start Black Music Executives Pipeline

As part of #ChangeMusic, Color of Change has partnered with Diverse Representation to launch the Black Music Executives Pipeline Program. The program will help record labels, publishers, video production companies, streaming services and touring companies to quickly identify and hire Black executive. The idea is to bridge the gap between the high number of Black artists in the industry and disproportionately low number of Black executives representing them. Color Of Change’s interim Chief Marketing & Storytelling Officer Amity Paye is quoted. “The Black Music Executives Pipeline Program is a crucial step in the ongoing fight to end the music industry’s decades-long history of discrimination and exclusion of Black professionals.”

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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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