Hourly workers face a difficult decision every election - vote or work. In Black areas prone to voter suppression, wait times can be hours. And this year is especially tough. This election matters. Our votes matter. Let's act like it.
This year is different. Between COVID-19 and constant violent rhetoric targeting Black people and mail-in voters, we need Congress to take a stand and fund states in need. It's a matter of protecting our health and our democracy.
Join us in making sure Congress protects the USPS. It's an essential part of the infrastructure that lets people vote, bank, receive medicine and food safely during pandemic. This is an economic justice, a racial justice, and a voting rights issue.
White supremacists are using PayPal to fundraise for Kyle Rittenhouse, the man who killed 2 protestors in Kenosha WI. We can't let PayPal keep funneling money to hate groups and ignore the ways their platform is being used.
Black people aren't vulnerable. We're under attack -- by the systems that consistently deny us affordable housing, healthcare, and livable wages. Racism is America's real "preexisting condition." Learn how we're organizing for change.
After 5 years trying to get Mark Zuckerberg to stop hate online, Facebook is still allowing white nationalist groups to recruit new members and incite violence. In Kenosha, they were alerted before the shooting and chose not to act. This can't continue.
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.
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.
After serious pressure by Color Of Change, the LA Times agreed to drop the paywall around COVID-19 coverage. Public health messages, especially tied to the dangerous pandemic we’re all living under, ought to be available to everyone, not just those able to pay for a subscription. The LA Times first wanted to keep coronavirus articles behind a paywall, but when we organized a number of groups to speak up, they relented. This helps reinforce an industry standard that media companies need to put public health information above corporate profits, especially now – and do everything in their power to make sure people understand how to stay safe, where to get tested, and what to do if they get sick.
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Barbie Gets Onboard with Black History
Dolls are a powerful way children learn about race and identity. When Mattel came out with a Black Barbie modeled after Rosa Parks, we pressed the company to share her full story rather than make a token nod to Black people’s struggle for equality. Mattel had originally whitewashed Parks’s story, saying she “led an ordinary life as a seamstress” until an “extraordinary moment” in 1955 when she refused to sit at the back of the bus. In truth, Parks was a community organizer and tireless fighter for justice for most of her life. Mattel worked with Color Of Change to revise Barbie’s story, giving children a fuller truth about Parks and recognizing women’s contributions to the civil rights movement.
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Facebook Bans White Nationalist Content
Following intense pressure from COC members and direct engagement with our team, Facebook announced it would no longer allow white nationalist content on its platform. Banning white nationalism and separatist speech on Facebook and Instagram is a huge blow to efforts to spread white supremacy, raise money for anti-Black hate groups, and recruit others. It sets an important new standard to keep racist, violent philosophies off of social media and out of mainstream media. While Facebook still has more to do to ensure this policy is properly enforced, it is a significant step forward that will help keep us safer on and offline.
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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.
This week St. Louis County’s prosecutor announced he will not charge the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, a dramatic decision that reopens old wounds amid national outrage over police violence. This marks the third time prosecutors investigated and opted not to charge Darren Wilson. The issue has taken on new life since George Floyd’s death in May. Color Of Change’s Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts says that the announcement reveals show just how badly our “criminal justice system fails Black communities by allowing police to operate with impunity.”
Is 2020 time for a change in all-too-familiar TV narratives? Crime and police dramas are some of the most popular shows on all 4 major networks. They account for 20% of shows last season. 80% of the writers for these shows are white. Color Of Change’s recent report Normalizing Injustice breaks down how these shows reinforce dated and racist stereotypes, often writing Black characters as one-dimensional characters who are perpetrators, victims of their own choices, and endorses of illegal actions taken by those around them.
Across Louisville, there’s a new TV ad — created by UltraViolet, Color Of Change, and Black Lives Matter — making sure Breonna Taylor’s name is not forgotten. The 26-year-old was shot 8 times when e Louisville police officers entered her apartment erroneously, the wrong address on a no-knock warrant, unannounced and by force in the middle of the night. The ad calls out the mayor and attorney general, asking them to fire, arrest and charge the officers involved in Taylor’s death, then directs people to a petition on JusticeforBreonna.org.
After another failed attempt to charge the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri six years ago, leaders say it’s time to change the laws that shield police. St. Louis’ reform-minded DA Wesley Bell says legislators need to take a hard look at the laws that protect police from prosecution. His message that has gained momentum since George Floyd’s death ignited a national reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality. Color Of Change’s Scott Roberts says the fact the cop who killed Brown hasn’t stood trial “reinforces the importance of making the systemic changes necessary to end overpolicing and the structural racism” built into our system.
On the heels of racial justice protests that erupted across the US, Color Of Change has launched a new initiative urging film and TV studios and production companies to invest in anti-racist content, authentic Black stories, and Black talent. Actor and producer Michael B. Jordan is leading the call for more inclusion, diverse stories, and greater representation for people of color in Hollywood. Jordan is quoted, “This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to #ChangeHollywood.”
Throughout much of the 20th century, segregationists relied on Senate filibusters to block legislation promising equal rights. Rashad Robinson is quoted on this piece on how racial justice activists are cautioning Democrats to be prepared for eruptions if they allow Senate Republicans to kill long overdue civil rights bills on police reform, voting rights, and investing in Black communities. “It will be unacceptable to people who have waited a long time. It will be unacceptable to people who are already skeptical of electoral politics. It will be unacceptable telling people to wait more time.”