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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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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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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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. “