After years of being told it has a problem, Facebook is still failing to stop racist and violent speech from spreading on its platform. So Color Of Change and 8 other justice groups convinced companies to pull $7B in advertising so far.
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.
Because of your outcries for #JusticeforBre, the FBI has announced an investigation into the murder of Breonna Taylor. But that is not enough. Louisville's Mayor Greg Fischer needs to fire the officers now!
On May 25, George Floyd was murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police. Officers held their knee on his neck. Bystanders pleaded with them to let Floyd go as he gasped “I can’t breathe.” Help us get justice.
25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was jogging near his home in Georgia when he was chased, shot, and killed. His death is like a modern-day lynching. A grand jury will hear his case on June 2. We're demanding the two DAs who obstructed his case resign now.
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.
Too many Black businesses have been locked out of federal coronavirus relief funds. Nearly half say they'll only be able to stay afloat for 6 months. Congress is working on the PPP, the financial relief program for small business owners. Let's make sure they include us.
There is a disturbing history of Black people being undercounted. Those who suppress the votes of our communities are working hard to keep us from participating in the Census too. And when we’re undercounted, our communities get underfunded and underserved. But together we can change things.
We persuaded Disney not to whitewash their popular Black character Princess Tiana. When we saw early drawings of Tiana from the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, it was clear they had straightened her hair, thinned her nose, and lightened her skin. Our members spoke out and persuaded Disney to keep Tiana a beautiful Black princess – part of our ongoing work to improve representation of Black characters in film and TV and make sure all children see heroes who look like them onscreen.
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NYPD Officer Fired for Murdering Eric Garner
Five years after the tragic and unnecessary death of Eric Garner, NYC mayor and police commissioner fired Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Garner in a chokehold and refused to let him go. COC members were part of a powerful coalition with dozens of groups around New York demanding justice. Though Garner’s death was ruled a homicide, until now the officers who restrained him had walked away with no consequences and their jobs intact.
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Holding Central Park 5 Prosecutor Accountable
Far too often, prosecutors prioritize conviction rates over the truth, ruining the lives of innocent Black and Brown people. Linda Fairstein prosecuted the Central Park Five, coercing confessions and wrongfully convicting five boys from Harlem for a brutal rape they knew nothing about. They spent years in prison before being exonerated. We went after Fairstein and persuaded Simon & Schuster to stop publishing her popular crime novels, telling the company it can’t profit off someone who reinforces racist ideas of crime and justice.
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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 1.7 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.
Forbes lifts up our #FreeBlackMamas National Bailout, an effort Color Of Change participates in each year to raise bail funds and bring women home now. So many people in jail are there not because they’ve done anything wrong, but because they can’t afford to pay their way out. Women lose jobs, parental rights, and during the pandemic, staying out of jail is a matter of basic safety. That’s why Forbes features the National Bailout in their COVID-19 Giving Guide.
As more of daily life moves onto Zoom, harassers have begun taking their racial and sexist slurs there with “Zoombombing.” Color Of Change met with executives at Zoom to expose organized attacks on users and get the company to release a plan to stop racial harassment, step up security, and hire a Chief Diversity Officer. Rashad is quoted on how serious the attacks are. “Black women are having a church gathering [on Zoom], and have people come in drawing genitalia and calling them the N-word.”
The Root’s latest article is a hard-hitting expose on how, from pushing Black people into more polluted, less desirable neighborhoods with less services, healthcare, and quality food, societal inequities guaranteed people of color would be hit hardest by COVID-19. Rashad is quoted, “Poverty and inequality [are] not unfortunate, like a car accident. They are manufactured by those in power. Unless we do something to change the rules and change the dynamics, they will continue to use this moment to manufacture more.”
Rashad Robinson is quoted in this profile on Jim Clyburn, the lawmaker who helped deliver the Black vote to Joe Biden in South Carolina. “The primary results underscored lessons candidates would do well to heed: Black voters can make or break a campaign. From Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropping out after seeing no pathway to the Black vote after South Carolina, to Biden taking home many Southern states, the message is clear.”
Amid COVID-19 and heated budget negotiations, New York is quietly trying to undo reforms to end money bail. Color Of Change’s Criminal Justice Campaign Director Clarise McCants is quoted, “What Gov. Cuomo is proposing will send legally innocent people into jails to die. With the horrific conditions we’re seeing at jails across the state, anything but getting people out of those cages is a death sentence.”
Color Of Change’s Senior Director of Digital Engagement & Democracy Jennifer Edwards explains why it’s so important to be part of the 2020 Census and how it’s the young, the poor, and people of color who get passed over. More than 800,000 Black people were missed in 2010 which robs our community of investment in public education, roads, services, and most importantly, political power. Get counted today at my2020census.gov.