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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.
  • Now's the Time to Tell Black Stories & Change Hollywood

    See how Color Of Change and Michael B. Jordan are teaming up to transform Hollywood by investing in Black creatives and anti-racist content while pushing for a more just, inclusive, and equitable film 'n TV industry.
  • Fire the Officers who Killed Breonna Taylor

    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!
  • Facebook, Stop Hate for Profit

    Color Of Change has spent 5 years trying to get Facebook to stop the spread of hate on its platform. But Zuckerberg refuses to address the ways Facebook promotes white nationalist groups and fuels anti-Black violence. So far companies have pulled $7B in advertising. Let's keep the heat up.
  • We Will Fight Until Justice Is Real!

    See how we're building an ever stronger movement in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others. Together, we can end the war on Black people.
  • Policing Doesn't Keep Us Safe. Communities Do.

    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.
  • Make Companies Put Money Where Their Mouths Are

    After George Floyd was murdered, companies raced to release statements of support for Black people. It's time they take ACTION to treat Black employees and customers like they matter.
  • Cop Shows Normalize Violent Abusive Policing

    Our newest report reveal how law 'n order dramas mis-represent the realities of prisons and policing & the writers are overwhelmingly white. It's time for TV shows that tell the whole truth.
  • Fighting Back During Pandemic

    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.
  • Get Counted in the 2020 Census!

    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.

RECENT VICTORIES

  • Media Justice

COC Members Save Disney’s Black Princess

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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  • Criminal Justice

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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  • Criminal Justice

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.

IN THE MEDIA

May 5, 2020

5 Ways To Compel Corporations To Choose Black Lives Over Marginal Profits

While some companies are doing the right thing by offering paid sick leave, personal protective equipment and health insurance to their essential employees, others refuse to. In his latest column, Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson breaks down how many multimillion dollar corporations are secretly putting profits over Black people’s health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

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May 1, 2020

5 Ways You Can Support Black Essential and Frontline Workers During the Pandemic

Black workers continue to step up to support and protect the entire country, at great risk to their own health. Nearly 80% of Black people in America work outside their homes in service related jobs. Too many of these heroes’ needs aren’t being met. But there are ways we can protect those who continue to sacrifice are keep the country running — fair pay, benefits, time off, protective gear, job security. Don’t let corporations treat essential workers as disposable.

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May 1, 2020

Coronavirus Has Made These Black Women’s Fight Against Cash Bail Even More Serious

This article explains how Color Of Change’s work with National Bail Out to buy women their freedom has become more important, and life-saving, as prisons and jails become epicenters of deadly COVID-19 outbreaks. As one advocate noted, “Right now, being unable to pay bail will not only cost you your freedom, but also your life.”

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April 29, 2020

Broken Ventilators Require Easier Fixes, Black Leaders Demand

Broken ventilators are the latest problem Black people bearing the brunt of coronavirus deaths have had to face. That’s why Color of Change is calling on ventilator manufacturers including Medtronic and GE to help hospitals fix the broken devices. “We’re definitely preparing to ramp up our pressure because they feel like they don’t have to be accountable in these ways and they can be dismissive of the race disparities that we’re seeing play out right now,” Brandi Collins-Dexter, COC Sr Campaign Director at Color said.

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April 29, 2020

Color Of Change Named 1 of 10 “Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Organizations of 2020”

Fast Company named Color Of Change first in its “most innovative nonprofits” list for our work with Ava DuVernay on When They See Us—the Netflix series that became a rallying cry to fix our criminal justice system. There are 2,300 elected prosecutors in the U.S. They are the most powerful people in the system. Their local elections often fall under the radar—but we’re working to change that. We already have in cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Boston.

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April 27, 2020

Funding Hate: How Online Merchants and Payment Processors Aid White Nationalists

After the 2017 deadly white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, VA, Color Of Change persuaded companies like Paypal to kick white nationalist groups from their platforms. But a new report shows dozens of hate groups are still receiving donations from Amazon, DonorBox, and Stripe. COC Sr Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter is quoted, “Let’s be clear: public speech promoting ideologies of hate always complements and correlates with violent actions.”

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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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