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.
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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Google Bans Bail Ads
Color Of Change has been working to end money bail, which is one of the largest drivers of incarceration of Brown and Black people. People should never be locked up simply because they can’t afford to pay bail. We’ve gone after the predatory bail bonds industry, partnering with Jay-Z on a video, publishing an op-ed in the New York Times, and successfully pressing Google to pull its ads for bail. This makes it harder for bail agencies to exploit people and sets a new norm that major companies should steer clear of those profiteering from mass incarceration.
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RCA Drops R. Kelly
For decades people in the music industry turned a blind eye to R. Kelly’s blatant sexual and emotional abuse of women and girls. We teamed up with dream hampton to promote and elevate her docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which was streamed 25M times – then went after RCA, successfully pressuring them to drop R. Kelly from their label. This sends a message to all artists and record labels – you can no longer profit off of abusers and hold out artists who exploit women and girls as cultural icons.
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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 article talks about how important it is to remember George Floyd as more than a symbol of police violence against Black people. Color Of Change Chief of Campaigns Arisha Hatch underscored that telling the full story of a person’s humanity matters, especially when mourning a death as public as Floyd’s. She is quoted, “Seeing Black people as fully human is at the core of all of the fights that we’re in. It’s our duty, our obligation to fully realize that.”
Minneapolis protests boiled over as protesters got inside an MPD building, setting it on fire and forcing officers to evacuate. Scott Roberts, COC’s Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns is quoted, “The people of Minneapolis are not just protesting the public execution of George Floyd; they’re fighting for their lives. Mr. Floyd’s death — in addition to the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor — is yet another reminder of American law enforcement’s toxic tradition of abuse, negligence, violence, and discrimination toward Black people.”
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, incremental police reforms are insufficient. What we need is a plan to fully transform law enforcement. Some of Color of Change’s demands include making officer misconduct records public, creating a national registry of officers recommended for termination for misbehavior, and responding to mental health crises with healthcare rather than police interventions.
This article talks about how social justice groups are coming together after the death of George Floyd. Color of Change has been supporting local bail funds for protestors, and focusing on getting GoFundMe campaigns for killer cops, like Derek Chauvin in Minnesota, taken down. The entire civil rights community called for a National Day of Mourning on Thursday, June 4, the day of Floyd’s funeral.
You can’t curb police brutality or change the justice system without addressing the role of prosecutors. That’s why Color Of Change created the first national directory for people to find their prosecutor. Rashad Robinson is quoted, “People’re seeing what’s happening on TV, they’re outraged by it, they’re upset. Yes, you want to get justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and everyone else. But the thing I want to say to people is that you more than likely live in a place where you have an elected prosecutor who does not hold police accountable.”
George Floyd is yet another reminder of the racism that is embedded in our country. Let’s not forget Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other Black people who are killed on a daily basis. Here’s what you can do. Call Minneapolis DA Mike Freeman and email Minnesota officials demanding that all four officers be charged. And text “FLOYD” to 55156 to join the 3M+ people who have already signed Color of Change petition demanding justice.