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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.
  • Remind the World Who's on Trial: the Cop that Killed George Floyd

    As Derek Chauvin stands trial, his legal team is trying to divert blame and drag George Floyd's name through the mud. Don't believe them. There is NO EXCUSE for murder. #JusticeForFloyd now!
  • Black Patients' Guide to COVID-19 Vaccine Out Now

    Color Of Change teamed up Dr. Ruth Arumala to share best practices for combatting COVID-19 in the Black community. Get answers to your questions about the vaccine, distribution, and how to protect yourself.
  • NCAA It's Time to Pay Black Players

    Every March, the NCAA makes hundreds of millions off the unpaid labor of Black college athletes. While they put their health on the line for free during COVID-19, NCAA staff and coaches make a killing. It's time to support the College Athletes Bill of Rights!
  • Congress, Hold Abusive Cops Accountable

    In the 1960s, the Supreme Court created qualified immunity and limited civilians’ right to sue police officers for excessive force. Murder after murder, they get off -- we get no justice. But Congress can end it and protect Black people.
  • Break Up Big Tech!

    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.
  • Tell Congress to Eliminate Student Debt

    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.
  • Investigate the Rochester PD Now

    Sign our petition and make a short video demanding the DOJ investigate the RPD. Rochester police murdered Daniel Prude, maced a 9-year-old Black girl, and these same officers were involved in brutality against Black people. We deserve a federal investigation!
  • Biden, Give Clemency to 100 Black Women

    It's no secret that Black women are the fastest-growing population in prison. We're asking President Biden to use his power to release 100 Black women who are elderly, seriously, terminally ill, or have already served more than 10 years.
  • The Black Patient's Guide to COVID-19 - Vol 2

    FACT: Black people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. That's why we made the Black Patient's Guide to COVID-19 Volume 2.

RECENT VICTORIES

  • Criminal Justice

Charges Dropped Against Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend After Cops Killed Her

Breonna Taylor was brutally shot and killed when cops showed up at her door unannounced in the middle of the night. Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker heard police ramming open their front door and fired a shot in self-defense, eliciting a barrage of gunfire from cops, who hit Taylor and left her dying on the floor of her hallway. Police had come to the wrong house, with no warrant, and tried to coverup their fatal mistake by acting like they were on a drug raid. After 45,000 Color Of Change members created a public outcry, Louisville’s Commonwealth Attorney agreed to drop attempted murder charges against Walker.  We continue to fight for #Justice4Breonna. The FBI is now investigating her murder.

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  • Tech Justice

Zoom Hires Chief Diversity Officer After Meeting with Color Of Change

As part of our ongoing work to protect Black people online, more than 35,000 COC members signed our petition raising concerns about cyber terrorism targeting Black people on Zoom. This especially matters now, with so much of life being conducted online during the pandemic. After Color Of Change reached out to the Zoom’s CEO with our demands, the company hired Damien Hooper-Campbell as its first Chief Diversity Officer. Now we expect the company to follow through on our other demands to make the platform safe for Black users.

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  • Criminal Justice

GoFundMe Takes Down Pages to Raise Money for Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers

In the wake of Arbery’s brutal murder, we did some research and found 26 pages on GoFundMe dedicated to raising money in defense of his killers, the McMichaels. Color Of Change immediately called GoFundMe out on Twitter, reached out execs at the company, and the media. GoFundMe agreed to take down the pages within an hour. This is part of our ongoing work to make sure tech platforms don’t funnel money to white nationalist and hate groups. Companies must take a side when it comes to stopping racist violence and cannot give murderers a platform to profit. Ahmaud, who was 25 years old, Black, and simply out for a run in his neighborhood, was unarmed when the McMichaels chased him down and shot him. 

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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

December 5, 2020

Newly Elected DAs Vow To Continue Reforms, End Policies Deemed Unfair

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.”

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December 1, 2020

OP-ED: Fighting Racial Injustice Is About More than Rhetoric, Political Pandering

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.

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November 21, 2020

On Black Men & Donald Trump

Madame Noire spoke with Color Of Change Vice President Arisha Hatch about the 12th hour support for Trump from celebrities like Ice Cube and what to make of Black men who support Trump. Hatch says a lot of them may be drawn in by toxic masculinity. “I’m not confident that a lot of Black men are actually identifying with Trump and his message, although I understand that’s the narrative… There are a set of men in this country who are nostalgic for days long ago and are resistant to the idea that women should be equal partners, that women are competent decision makers, that we shouldn’t be harassed in the workplace… And rich Black men can make an argument that they’re voting in their economic interests. In order to vote as a rich person, you have to close your eyes to the racist, cultural things being promoted by Trump. Rich white people have the privilege of doing that. I don’t believe that rich Black men do.”

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November 15, 2020

A Mayor, a Filmmaker, a Navajo Nation President: Our Country’s Leaders of Change

Color Of Change President Rashid Robinson is featured on this piece on tomorrow’s leaders in the fight for true equality and justice. USA Today set out to find the next John Lewis, that leader who is going to guide us through the chaos of today’s civil rights fight. Rashad is quoted, “In America, changing the very structure of society is what’s required for Black people to live in peace and security… Everyone wins when racial justice wins. And it will take everyone to win racial justice.”

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November 15, 2020

How Activists Geared Up to Stop Trump from Disrupting the Ballot Count

From street protests to lobbying social media, activists are using a variety of tactics to get ahead of Trump’s attempts to interfere with the election results. Win 1, when Trump declared victory Election Night, media outlets didn’t take him seriously. Win 2, the work Color Of Change is doing to stop the flow of dangerous misinformation. COC Chief of Campaigns Arisha Hatch is quoted, “We’re holding tech companies accountable, asking them to not allow Trump to have a free platform to expound misinformation about what’s actually happening. We’re now calling for both Facebook and Twitter to temporarily suspend him, given the misinformation he continues to spout.”

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November 15, 2020

Biden Has Achieved His No. 1 Campaign Promise: Beat Trump. Now What?

After winning, now comes the hard part for Joe Biden — delivering on his promises to push far-reaching progressive initiatives to improve healthcare and usher in an era of economic and racial justice. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted on what it’ll take for him to succeed. “Biden is going to have to be willing to do something he hasn’t always been willing or able to do — to work with and engage with and mobilize grassroots energy. That is one of the powerful forces at the back of the Trump presidency. “

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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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