This Art Basel, join us for Health, Wealth + Power -- a virtual journey and immersive experience with 4 groundbreaking artists. The exhibit is sure to captivate the mind and illuminate ideas to redefine policing and safety for Black people. It'll be up December 3rd + 4th 10am - 8pm EST.
Today tech is dominated by a few mega-companies. We’ve watched Facebook, Google, and Amazon get bigger and bigger. These monopolies leave us at risk; it's why we still have to deal with misinformation and voter suppression online. It's time for antitrust reform!
Wisconsin is protecting a violent white supremacist over the safety of protestors. Kyle Rittenhouse was declared not guilty for 2 murders -- 0 accountability for taking protestors' lives. Wisconsin's leaders need to make a public commitment to squashing any anti-protest bills that put racial justice protesters in danger.
Police foundations are a threat to democracy and Black lives. And you know their sponsors: Verizon, Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon, Bank of America, Target, AT&T, Uber among others. We can't let companies say they support Black people and keep giving to those who harm us.
Monopolies are why healthcare and medication costs continue to skyrocket, why misinformation is still rampant on Facebook, and why small Black-owned businesses struggle to compete. We're asking Congress to invest in antitrust laws that will help promote racial justice.
Twitter Cracks Down on Right-Wing Media Pundit for Glorifying Kenosha Killing
All year Color Of Change has aggressively been pressing tech giants to crack down on hate speech and stop spreading racist calls to violence. Twitter recently put its new policy into practice – deleting a post from Ann Coulter applauding Kyle Rittenhouse for murdering two nonviolent protestors. Twitter has assured us that they won’t tolerate tweets encouraging vigilante violence like we’ve seen in recent months. We will continue to push them to do more to seek out those with millions of followers using their platform to fuel white nationalism and anti-Black violence.
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Twitter Bans Hate Content & Permanently Bars KKK Founder David Duke
After a year of consistent pressure by Color Of Change members, Twitter agreed to a new policy banning hate speech and permanently suspending Ku Klux Klan founder David Duke from the platform. Duke repeatedly violated Twitter’s rules against promoting violence against people based on race, religion, or ethnicity. He used social media to spread his message of white supremacy, regularly insulting and threatening Black people, Jewish people, women, and LGBTQ people. We will continue to work with Twitter to make sure they fully enforce their new “no hateful conduct” rules — to keep hateful rhetoric online from fueling real-world violence and to crack down on misinformation around the upcoming elections and COVID-19.
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#StopHateForProfit Coalition Leads $7B Advertising Boycott Against Facebook
For years, Color Of Change has demanded Facebook stop hate speech, calls to violence, racist lies, and housing discrimination on its platform. We’ve pressed Facebook to do more to protect Black people online and pushed them to release a civil rights audit of their practices. But they continue to put profits above people. So we joined with the NAACP, Anti-Defamation League, and several other justice groups to launch #StopHateForProfit. Together we’ve persuaded more than 200 major corporations to pull $7B in advertising from Facebook during the month of July. And we’re just getting started. With the lies Trump continues to spread about voting fraud, the calls for violence against protestors, and the implications for November’s elections and the pandemic in allowing misinformation to spread, we simply have too much at stake.
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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.
Activists gathered a year after George Floyd was murdered to unveil five new community murals calling for defunding the NYPD. Organizations behind the artwork include Color Of Change, Communities United for Police Reform, Arab American Association of NY, Justice Committee, Make the Road NY and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. COC Campaign Director Malachi Robinson said their demands had not changed over the past year. “What we were demanding was transformation, for real change and for the end of police terrorizing Black and Brown communities. We are saying no more police and no more mass incarceration. We’re saying we need to invest in our communities and the things that keep our communities really safe.” The groups are demanding City Council defund the NYPD by $1B and invest it in youth programs.
A year after George Floyd’s death, activists report the fight for racial justice is far from over. Scott Roberts, senior director of criminal justice at Color of Change, reminds us Floyd was ultimately killed because police were called over an alleged counterfeit $20 bill. “We have over-invested in policing as a solution. There are better alternatives to address violence and crime in our communities.” Since the police killings of Rayshard Brooks and Daniel Prude, Color Of Change has been working in Minneapolis and Rochester to reorganize city priorities, decrease police budgets, and reallocate funds to alternative programs. He says, “Our job is to take that energy from protest movements, direct it into the campaigns for systemic change. Obviously, we still have a long way to go… outrage alone is not going to change policing.”
One year after uprisings for racial justice, Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is interviewed about whether business leaders’ commitment to Black people and social justice is standing the test of time. “Change was never going to happen overnight. So many of the corporations that spoke up have deep systemic challenges that can’t be solved with a tweet, a statement, a diversity committee.” Floyd’s murder changed Black Lives Matter from a controversial movement to a corporate mantra virtually overnight. Fortune 1000 companies poured billions of dollars into programs designed to address racism and hit new benchmarks on diversity. But it’ll take more than a year of funding to rectify racial wealth disparities in the US.
A new analysis of best picture nominees over the last seven years shows racial and gender representation on-screen and behind-the-camera hasn’t changed that much since a national conversation on diversity in Hollywood exploded. The numbers reveal that the Oscars are still so white — and predominantly male. The data exposes patterns of inequality and exclusion where, even today, many films nominated for Best Picture have no Black actors or actors of color in major roles. Black and Brown actors tend to only appear in significant numbers in films about people of color. Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, which started the #ChangeHollywood initiative, says this has to change. “When people are shut out from power and the ability to actually have power in terms of being able to tell their own stories, it has a major impact.”
The Chauvin trial was Minnesota’s first criminal case to be televised and livestreamed. Racial justice activists believe this is a key step towards accountability from our legal system – letting people see how a criminal trial works and the arguments used to undermine justice and blame Black victims. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson, who tweeted his analysis of each day’s proceedings, agrees. “We oftentimes just see the trial and we don’t have any video of the killing.” This time, “we saw the crime, and now we’re seeing the trial.” It’s especially important, he says, for the public to see arguments “being made on behalf of police officers… laws that incentivize police to kill us without accountability.”
Hollywood creatives took to Twitter weighing in on NBC’s refusal to air the 2022 Golden Globes because of the awards’ preference to bestow honors on white-led projects. Many praised the network’s decision as a step in the right direction. Ava DuVernay, who fearlessly explores racial inequality in films like “Selma” and “13th” and has been a champion of industry reform, thanked all of the creatives “who took a stand to make this so.” Color Of Change called the decision “a testament to the power” of their coalition. “We, along with the #TimesUp coalition, made our demands for the HFPA and Golden Globes clear. We also made it clear if they were not met, we expected NBC to keep their word about pushing the industry forward on race and diversity. The work to #ChangeHollywood continues: stay tuned for more.”