Communities know what keeps them safe — and it’s not police. This is what public safety could and should look like. Read our guide on how the federal government can advance community safety with evidence-based policies we developed with Civil Rights Corps and Vera Action.
31-year-old Keenan Anderson, a father and schoolteacher, died after being needlessly tased by LAPD. Keenan flagged down police after a minor traffic accident and was treated like a criminal. He was held face down on the asphalt, and repeatedly tased as he begged for his life. He went into cardiac arrest and died. We're fighting to restrict the use of Tasers and remove LAPD Chief Michel Moore.
For weeks, activists have occupied the site for Cop City in Weelaunee Forest to try to halt construction. On Jan. 18, GA state police shot and killed one of them. As the movement against Cop City's grown, police have become violent with protesters. It's time corporations like Target, Wells Fargo, and Truist Bank pull their financial support of the project through the Atlanta Police Foundation.
The racial wage gap has gotten worse since pandemic. Workers at Applebee’s in New York, Alabama and Illinois are demanding the restaurant chain pay workers at locations in non-white neighborhoods what they pay workers in predominantly white ones. All workers deserve safe working conditions and a livable wage.
A National Institute of Environmental Health study shows chemical hair straighteners increase the risk of uterine cancer. Lye-based relaxers contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that trigger breast cancer too. Black hair care products are killing women. But companies won't change their ingredients without pressure from big retailers!
Within hours of Musk taking over Twitter, use of the n-word rose skyrocketed. Musk has supported restoring Trump's account. We cannot trust him to protect users from hate, harassment and misinformation. GM and L'Oréal have suspended their advertising. Let's push Disney and Coca-Cola to follow suit!
We can create an Internet where Black people thrive. Check out the Black Tech Agenda — a roadmap for racial equity in tech regulation. Big Tech has chased profits no matter the cos: cyber-bullying, misinformation, real world violence to Brown and Black people. But these 6 principles lay the groundwork for accountability.
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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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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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.
A year after George Floyd’s death and Color Of Change got Cops pulled from the airwaves, it’s back on Fox Nation. The reality series was canceled during last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests as a new awareness of how TV shows often glorify violent policing took hold. The decision has been met with anger from racial justice advocates. Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, Sr Director of Media, Culture, and Economic Justice, is quoted. “Color Of Change’s members fought for eight years to have the television show Cops canceled for a reason: It is an insidious program that distorts the truth about crime in our country and purposefully encourages the public to support the harmful behavior of police, prosecutors, and other law enforcement figures. Cops and shows like it should not be televised—on any network.”
A year ago the CARES Act prioritized the use of home confinement to release thousands of incarcerated people as COVID-19 roared through facilities. Now their future is uncertain. Color Of Change is calling for their freedom. Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts is quoted. “For this particular group of people, most are elderly or sick. Everyone has some kind of health condition that qualified them for release. All have been vetted, and it was determined they could go home. Seems if there is any group we should let remain at home, it is this group… It would make common sense, especially since the president has said he wanted to reduce the prison population.”
On Twitch, viewers can participate in a live chat while a creator is streaming, and recently there’s been a lot of “hate raids,” where hundreds of automated bot accounts flood the chat with harassment and slurs. Creators who are Black, identify as LGBTQ, and have disabilities have been outspoken about the raids and Twitch’s failure to take action. Color Of Change will soon meet with leaders at Twitch to go over demands to make the platform a safer space for Black creators. Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, Sr. Director of Media, Culture and Economic Justice says, “The most important thing is that tech organizations have to do is build out civil rights infrastructure at their companies. You have to have a team who’s consistently evaluating and seeing problems before they can even happen. If Twitch had a team like this, they would have seen the possibility of hate raids coming on.”
Slate interviewed 7 powerhouse Black women from Team USA on the racism they’ve endured — and how they are pushing back to move professional sports forward. Gwen Berry set off a firestorm for raising her fist on the podium of the Pan American Games and is sponsored by Color Of Change. She says, “We can start off with the corporations because, you know, they were the ones donating the most money… I feel like we haven’t seen enough. The problem is people care when it’s relevant, but they will move on after 48 hours or after a month or two, they don’t care about the actual results. Now, the reason that I work with Color of Change is that they have literally been doing everything in their power to make sure we see some type of changes we’ve been advocating for.”
As part of its #ChangeMusic initiative, Color of Change is partnering with Diverse Representation to launch the Black Music Executives Pipeline Program to increase the number of Black executives in the industry. While nearly 50% of professionals artists are Black, less than 10% of music executives are. T change this, the Black Music Executives Pipeline Program will select 12 participants for a three-month training program that will provide them with the tools and resources needed to build a successful career later this year. Ryan Butler, DEI Director at the Recording Academy is quoted. “As leaders in the music industry, it is up to us to usher in a new age in vision and set a new tone.”
The Recording Academy announced next year’s Grammy Awards will be produced using an inclusion rider, an important step toward making the awards more diverse. An inclusion rider is a contractual requirement designed to ensure equity and inclusion at all levels of production. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson, who helped created the #ChangeMusic initiative and is promoting the new inclusion rider, is quoted. “There are a lot of unwritten rules in the entertainment industry that create racial exclusion, and at Color Of Change, we know that to change society you have to change the rules. This inclusion rider is a written rule that will change the culture of hiring at the Grammys, and will make inclusion the norm.”