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.
This year we’ve worked tirelessly to hold Facebook accountable – persuading them to conduct their first civil rights audit and pressing them to adopt stronger policies against white supremacist content. We’ve held dozens of meetings, drawing their attention to how the platform has been used to censor Black activists and allow ads that discriminate against Black people. The fight continues. But Facebook has begun restricting racial targeting in ads, removing posts by white nationalists, and taken down posts meant to suppress voting.
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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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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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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.
CBS released a statement that “Black Lives, Black Culture, Black Communities Matter.” Many noted the irony, coming from a company where police and law enforcement are the stars of some of their highest-rated, longest-running shows. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted talking about the Normalizing Justice report. “We end up with people thinking the system is working fine because of all the images coming into their homes. If you look at these shows, Black people exist. But racism doesn’t.”
Join us each week until the pandemic is over as Black leaders talk about the ways we can build power in this moment. We’re proud to partner with Blavity to deliver an honest, Black-led discussion about the pandemic and its impact on Black people. You’ll hear from Color Of Change’s criminal justice, economic justice, voting rights, and media and culture change experts on all the ways coronavirus is affecting us and what we can do about it.
While Democrats introduced a police overhaul package to outlaw chokeholds and no knock warrants, require body cameras and punish abusive officers, Rashad Robinson says Congress has work to do. “Right now we seem to try to solve all of our society’s problems by increasing the role and responsibility of law enforcement, and it has not worked. There are a number of places — from dealing with grand juries to all the ways in which police get so many different rules after they shoot someone and kill someone — that have to be dealt with.”
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every aspect of our society and exposing deep, systemic inequalities that mean Black communities will be hit harder than most. As the news changes minute-to-minute, BET and Color Of Change are teaming up to make sure Black people have the clear and focused information we need to take action, protect ourselves, and support the most vulnerable in our community.
This article discusses Color Of Change’s effort to get people registered and out to vote come November. “We’ve seen thousands of people flooding our website to get more information on how to vote, and I think that is a direct response to this moment that we’re in and people looking for outlets to channel their rage right now,” says Jennifer Edwards, COC’s Sr. Director of Digital Engagement and Democracy. There’s been an uptick in voter registrations — especially in battleground states Florida, Texas, and Georgia — as activists work to turn growing calls for police reforms into systemic change.
Since George Floyd’s death, labor leaders have been under pressure to sever ties with law enforcement groups and take a stand against police brutality. Color Of Change is in talks with several AFL-CIO affiliated groups to press for the removal of police unions. Scott Roberts, COC’s Sr Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns is quoted, “There’s a debate going on and we’re trying to support the folks within labor that understand that police unions are not trying to protect the humanity and dignity of all people.”