Skip to Content

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.
  • Employers: Support Workers' Right to Vote

    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.
  • Protect Black Voters with the HEROES Act

    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.
  • Tell Congress: Save the US Post Office

    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.
  • PayPal, Stop Helping White Nationalists

    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.
  • Telling the Right Story on Race During COVID-19

    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.
  • Tell Facebook to Stop Fueling White Supremacy!

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

RECENT VICTORIES

  • 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.

  • social list opener
  • Criminal Justice

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.

  • social list opener
  • Media Justice

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.

  • social list opener

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.

IN THE MEDIA

June 10, 2020

‘He’s Gonna Change The World’: George Floyd’s Family Remembers The Man They Lost

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.”

  • social list opener
June 10, 2020

‘No Justice, No Peace’: Protesters Set Fires in Wake of George Floyd’s Death

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.”

  • social list opener
June 4, 2020

Too Little Has Changed About American Policing in the Last Few Decades. It’s Time for Something Different.

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.

  • social list opener
June 4, 2020

Black Lawmakers, Advocates And Community Pushing For Police Reforms

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.

  • social list opener
June 3, 2020

Does Your Local Prosecutor Hold Police Accountable? This Site Will Tell You

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.”

  • social list opener
June 1, 2020

George Floyd Was Murdered. We Must Not Be Silent—Here’s How to Help

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.

  • social list opener

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.

LEARN MORE
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.

LEARN MORE
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.

LEARN MORE
Back to top