Nearly two years after the start of the pandemic, more than half of the women currently incarcerated at Danbury Federal Institution Camp in Connecticut have tested positive for the virus and are being denied proper medical care. It's time to let these women go home.
We won the campaign to keep thousands of elders home, now we need clemency to get them free! Keeping people on home confinement isn't enough — the DOJ still has discretionary power to decide who will be sent back to prison. President Biden has the power to fix this.
Despite COVID-19 rates skyrocketing, Delta Airlines pushed the CDC to shorten the isolation period for people with COVID from 10 days to 5. Delta’s greed puts their workers and passengers at risk. Tell Delta’s CEO to update its isolation policy, extend workers’ sick pay, and retract its request to the CDC.
Black people are routinely denied hosing and business loans, and given higher insurance rates — because of the algorithms industries rely on. Algorithms often replicate human biases. With this bill, DC could be the first city to outlaw discriminatory algorithms and undo racist lending practices.
Legislators need to pick a side: the #JimCrowFilibuster, or the voting rights of Black people. We've seen more than 250 new bills restricting voting rights since the 2020 elections. It has to stop. Tell your Senator to pass the Freedom to Vote Act today.
The People’s Plan for Prison Closure identified some of the worst prisons in California. Join us in demanding CA's governor close these prisons and work to create safe and vibrant communities through jobs, housing, food, and education — not incarceration.
Tens of thousands of Minneapolis residents voted for a new approach to safety, and Mayor Frey promised police accountability. But his 2022 budget would increase MPD's budget by ~20% and fails to adequately fund the Office of Violence Prevention. Black people are tired of feeling unsafe. It's time for a change!
Twitter Clamps Down on Theory that “Black People Can’t Get COVID-19”
Color of Change persuaded leaders at Twitter to adopt new policies to ensure the accuracy of COVID-19 information on the site after Blue-check users were posting dangerous (and scientifically debunked rumors) that Black people were immune to the virus or would recover quickly if they caught it. This misinformation was getting thousands of retweets. COC Campaign Director Brandi Collins-Dexter explains, ”tech companies must assume responsibility for the content on their platforms. Not only does our democracy depend on it, but now our safety does too.” After we called them out, Twitter pulled the tweets and agreed to review the accounts of those spreading these lies to better protect people of color.
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Preserving Access to Healthy Food for Black in the Pandemic
Black people disproportionately live in “food deserts” where healthy produce and meat are hard to come by. And during the pandemic, getting access to safe high-quality food is even harder though it’s one of the best ways to stay healthy. After a Color Of Change member in Los Angeles launched a campaign on OrganizeFor, Capri Retail Services agreed to reopen its Crenshaw Farmers Market, serving a Black neighborhood without many other good options.
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Amazon and Barnes and Noble to Vet COVID-19 Info
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that tech companies and content producers hold themselves to high standards around the accuracy of the information they’re spreading. Companies initially let rumors proliferate about the virus, from the idea that Black people can’t catch COVID-19 to the lie that drinking bleach will cure you. These were endangering Black people's lives, so Color Of Change members took a stand and successfully pressed booksellers Amazon and Barnes and Noble to take down misleading materials from their sites and vet all COVID-19 information going forward.
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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.
Salon reports how corporations including AT&T, Target, and Starbucks have embraced racial justice rhetoric while continuing to funnel millions of dollars to police. While claiming to stand with Black employees, corporations pour money into law enforcement through police foundations. Because they are nonprofits, police foundations can raise unregulated slush funds from undisclosed sources, which they often use to buy special weapons and equipment not covered by city budgets. Color Of Change Vice President Arisha Hatch says, “Police foundations are really good at hiding what they’re actually spending their money on. These foundations exist completely off the books.” It’s a problem.
Last year, the academy announced a plan requiring films to meet diversity criteria to be eligible for a best-picture nomination, starting in 2024. Still, those who have been critical of the way the film industry operates are not ready to heap too much praise on the academy. Rashad Robinson, behind Color Of Change’s #ChangeHollywood initiative is quoted. “What we have to constantly recognize is that an institution like the academy didn’t give anything to Black people. What the academy has done over the years is have a system and a set of rules that has stalled Black careers and prevented people from being fully seen. Now that they are working to make some changes, let’s acknowledge those changes but let’s not give them any awards that they haven’t earned.”
This is accountability, but not justice many have said in the wake of the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd. Common Dreams surveyed leaders at 20 organizations fighting for change. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted saying, “Nine minutes and 29 seconds will forever be supplanted in our hearts and memory… we use this moment to push for real change because the fight for accountability and justice in America is far from over. The Chauvin trial may be over, but what comes next will be the consequential moment in our history. We need to do more than raise our voices; we must demand action now.”
A new survey by the Anti-defamation League reveals that Asian and Black people are experiencing serious increases in harassment online, while LGBTQ+ people face the highest rate. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson said the results of the study were “unsurprising”, as it’s proven that online hate disproportionately affects communities of color. “For 5 years, Color Of Change has campaigned to bring attention to this growing threat, and we’ve implored Facebook to prioritize addressing the dangers of hate proliferating on their platform. At this point, only sweeping oversight and enforcement from the federal government will force Facebook to change its broken business model and violence-driven algorithm that incentivizes hate for profit.”
Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, joins WNYC host Brian Lehrer to talks about how corporate America is reacting to legislation that restricts voting rights – in Georgia, Texas, and other swing states – and what COC members are doing about it. Rashad says, “Corporations play an outsized role in advocating the terms of our democracy… We are engaging in the free market the same way they do — by telling them that they can’t come for our money by day and take away our vote or make us unsafe by night.”
CBS News explore what Chauvin’s historic conviction could mean for the future of policing and America’s commitment to reform. Many activists say the verdict would not have been possible without historic massive protests, which seriously shifted public opinion about police violence and abuse against Black people. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “It’s not the verdict that creates change — it was change that created this verdict. I think the legacy of this trial is the proof that movements can work, community organizing and nonviolent action can work. So we have to learn from that and commit to taking this to the next level.”