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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.

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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 7, 2020

The Racism that’s Pervaded the US Health System for Years Is Even Deadlier Now

In his latest Guardian column, Rashad explains how the failed and corrupt response to COVID-19 is killing Black businesses, jobs, votes, and people. That’s why Color Of Change’s Black Response and activism are critical now. He writes, “Even with factories shut down all across the country, one thing America never stops manufacturing is widespread racial injustice.”

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May 7, 2020

Why the Virus Is a Civil Rights Issue: ‘The Pain Will Not Be Shared Equally’

This article talks about Color Of Change’s and other groups’ digital and distance organizing work to ensure the COVID-19 response takes care of Black people and all those hardest hit. Rashad is quoted, “It’s really hard to overstate the critical moment we are in as a people, given how this virus has ripped through our community. We know the pain will not be shared equally.”

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May 6, 2020

Petition Asks Congress to Protect Black-Owned Businesses During COVID-19

The article discusses Color Of Change’s campaign to get Congress to designate federal funding to Black-owned businesses at risk of going bankrupt. Many Black businesses have been locked out of the federal coronavirus relief fund. Congress’ current small business program overlooks the impact that decades of unequal access to credit and loans have had on Black entrepreneurs.

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May 6, 2020

Essence Names #TellBlackStories One of 2020’s New Dope Black Podcasts

Find out why Essence named #TellBlackStories one of their favorite podcasts of 2020 — with live interviews from the Sundance Film Festival, conversations with the creators of docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, and intimate conversations with those changing the rules in Hollywood from Yara Shahidi and Ava DuVernay to Taraji P. Henson.

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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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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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