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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.
  • COVID-19: Protect People in Prison

    It is not a matter of if but when Coronavirus will hit prisons and jails. Outbreaks will spread like wildfire due to close quarters and unsanitary conditions, endangering everyone inside and out. If federal and state officials act now, they can help protect us all.
  • Don't Make the Most Vulnerable Pay for COVID-19

    Many people live paycheck to paycheck. With Coronavirus, many part-time, hourly and contract workers will lose months of wages and won't be able to cover basic costs like housing or healthcare. It's time for universal, basic income.
  • Bail Bonds Are Predatory Lending

    Join us in telling Canadian company Fairfax Financial Holdings - the largest backer of bail bonds in the US - to divest from the industry. Many other companies have based on the shady lending practices, so often levied against Black people.
  • Protect Body Positive Black Idols

    Popular trainer Jillian Michaels has been making headlines, for attacking Lizzo in a familiar racist way. For too long doctors and fitness experts have used weight as a proxy health – shaming Black women with larger bodies. But we can demand better.
  • Connecticut: Make Prison Calls Free

    Telecom companies are lining their pockets by preying on people with loved one behind bars. In Connecticut, a 15-min call costs $5. And local governments take a cut. But together, we can end this.
  • Close Parchman Prison in Miss.

    We're calling on Governor Reeves to fix conditions at Mississippi's oldest prison or close it. 7 people have been murdered in their cells, there’s mold and rodents, 5 men sleeping on a floor, no working toilets. For too long, the problems at Parchman have been ignored.
  • Stand for Justice, Not Fear

    Prosecutors and police are launching campaigns to stoke fear and roll back the real progress we've made on ending money bail, restoring the right to vote, and decriminalizing marijuana. See what we're doing to hold onto these wins.
  • Be Counted in 2020

    Black people are one of the least accurately counted populations in the US, which hurts our ability to get funding, programs, and representation in Congress. See what we're doing to make sure we're counted in next year's Census.
  • 400 Yrs Since Slavery, Black People Are Still Not Free

    Freedom shouldn't come down to how much money you have. Help us push prosecutors to end money bail and transform the criminal justice system.

RECENT VICTORIES

Tell Disney CEO, Bob Iger: #QuitTheCouncil!

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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.

IN THE MEDIA

August 1, 2019

Progressives Lay Out Racial Justice Strategy to Win Over Working-Class Whites

Rashad Robinson is quoted on how while Democrats worry about how to woo white voters that supposedly cost them the election in 2016, they are also waking up to the idea that they cannot win the presidency without mobilizing Black voters — and they cannot do that without talking about race.

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July 30, 2019
  • The Crime Report

Have Americans Lost Interest in Real Police Reform?

This article discusses COC’s solutions for systems change to stop police violence from undoing policies that incentivize brutality to creating a database that tracks use of force by officers. Too often, killings are attributed to “one bad apple” cop when in truth, police violence against communities of color is systemic and this narrative does little to fuel change.

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July 30, 2019
  • Ms. Magazine

OP-ED: District Attorneys Must Protect Abortion Access

Arisha Hatch, COC’s managing director of campaigns, explains how District Attorneys are an important way to protect women’s rights in the latest assault on abortion and choice. COC is running a campaign to fight back against the newest laws, which will undoubtedly be used against Black and Brown women, low-income women, and women suffering miscarriages.

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July 30, 2019
  • Houston Chronicle

Harris County Approves Historic Bail Deal, Ends ‘Irreparable Harm’

Our criminal justice campaigns director Scott Roberts applauds a new settlement to fix Houston’s bail system and address racial disparities. “Cash bail has for too long disproportionately harmed Black families, as thousands are confined to a jail cell solely because they cannot pay to be released. These individuals lose their jobs, their homes and their children.”

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July 30, 2019
  • New York Times

Why Democrats Are Unsure About How to Confront Trump’s Race-Baiting

Rashad is quoted in this NY Times article on how, for Democrats, success means not just opposing Trump but building a ticket and platform progressives can get excited about. “Democrats can’t simply rely on people’s hate for Trump for being the aspirational thing that turns people out. When black people’s numbers surged in 2012, it wasn’t because they hated Mitt Romney.”

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July 29, 2019
  • Ars Technica

Privacy Group Asks Court to Reconsider FTC’s $5B Facebook Deal

Our Sr. Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter quoted in this article of holding Facebook accountable its wrongdoings. “The public has a right to know what laws Facebook violated. Corporations should face consequences for violating the public trust, not be given a rubber stamp to carry out business as usual.”

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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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