16 years after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, Ida struck, leaving thousands of people stranded and facing more than a month in their homes without power. We're calling on hotels to house hurricane survivors for free. Moments like these show which companies really care about Black lives.
On August 13, Kayla Bolden partnered with Twitch on “Stand Up To Cancer,” an event to raise money for cancer research. Twice, 400 bots dropped in and bombarded Kayla with racist slurs. And Twitch did nothing to stop it. It's time for Twitch to do better.
For too long, Black people have been trapped in lifelong, impossible-to-repay student loans. The Chair of the House Committee on Education has a responsibility to “build an America where everyone can succeed.” Tell him it's time to eliminate student debt.
Join us in calling on Congress to pass the Break the Cycle of Violence Act, which includes $5B for gun violence prevention. Poverty produces violence, and over-policing Black communities only increases violence. It's time to try something new.
Police unions are one of our biggest roadblocks to reform. SB 710 would require prosecutors who've taken donations from police unions to recuse themselves from cases involving cops. It's a crucial step towards real justice.
Last summer, Google pledged its support for Black people. Instead, they've blocked companies from using “Black Lives Matter” to tag videos while allowing ads on content tagged "White Power” or “White Lives Matter.” This is heinous. It's time for an audit of how Google's policies and practices affect Black people.
In Pasco County, Florida we're fighting to protect Black and Brown students from police surveillance. Help us shut down programs targeting children and stop law enforcement from accessing student info without consent.
Police officers in Nassau County, Long Island can now sue people for harassment without proof -- retaliation for last year’s protests, and an attempt to silence those who speak out against racial injustice. But we won’t be silenced. Let's stop this bill before it's signed into law.
50,000 Color Of Change members spoke up and helped free Gwen Levi, a 76-year old grandmother and cancer survivor who was re-incarcerated after missing a phone call from her case manager. Let's free all elders on home confinement now.
During this pandemic, it’s so important to stay in touch with loved ones, especially for people in prison where the risk of outbreaks are among the highest in the world. Price-gouging by telecommunication companies who service prisons and jails is a serious problem; the industry scrapes $1.2 billion from poor people and communities of color every year. That’s why Color Of Change launched a campaign to take the burden off and make sure people in federal prisons can call home for free. After 18,000 members spoke up and signed our petition, federal prison officials relented. Now we’re asking leaders at state prisons, county jails, and detention centers across the country to follow suit.
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LA Times Removes Paywall for COVID-19 Coverage
After serious pressure by Color Of Change, the LA Times agreed to drop the paywall around COVID-19 coverage. Public health messages, especially tied to the dangerous pandemic we’re all living under, ought to be available to everyone, not just those able to pay for a subscription. The LA Times first wanted to keep coronavirus articles behind a paywall, but when we organized a number of groups to speak up, they relented. This helps reinforce an industry standard that media companies need to put public health information above corporate profits, especially now – and do everything in their power to make sure people understand how to stay safe, where to get tested, and what to do if they get sick.
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Barbie Gets Onboard with Black History
Dolls are a powerful way children learn about race and identity. When Mattel came out with a Black Barbie modeled after Rosa Parks, we pressed the company to share her full story rather than make a token nod to Black people’s struggle for equality. Mattel had originally whitewashed Parks’s story, saying she “led an ordinary life as a seamstress” until an “extraordinary moment” in 1955 when she refused to sit at the back of the bus. In truth, Parks was a community organizer and tireless fighter for justice for most of her life. Mattel worked with Color Of Change to revise Barbie’s story, giving children a fuller truth about Parks and recognizing women’s contributions to the civil rights movement.
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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.
Fast Company features Color Of Change’s work to push companies to get on the right side of history—whether they’re ready or not. What began 15 years ago as a scrappy digital upstart focused on mounting an online response to racial injustice is now one of the heavy hitters in American activism. Their latest victory is getting COPS taken off the air. It also led the charges to demand Facebook and other social media companies take aggressive action to rid their platforms of hate speech, pressuring hundreds of advertisers to temporarily pull their money. And now it’s targeting fast-food companies like McDonald’s and Burger King and retailers such as Nike for talking about racial justice without paying its workers a living wage.
Fast Company profiles Color Of Change’s 15 years of groundbreaking to build a new racial justice movement and hold corporate America responsible for their role in holding back change. Our work to harness the uprisings after George Floyd’s death and turn that into real victories, from the cancelation of Cops to a corporate reckoning on race and equity is described in this article. “The organization’s presence can be felt in nearly every racial civil rights battle currently taking place in America—from corporate boardrooms to television sets to prosecutors’ offices and judges’ chambers.”
Black activists have come out countering the false narrative Republicans are spreading — equating the deadly siege on the Capitol with last summer’s Black Lives Matter uprisings. The latest right-wing effort to misrepresent the BLM movement, they are trying to paint Black activists as violent, anarchist extremists. But BLM leaders distance themselves from provocateurs. In a recent analysis of 7,750 BLM demonstrations in 2,400 locations across the US, it turns out 93% happened with no violence. Color Of Change’s Scott Roberts is quoted saying equating Trump’s rioters to BLM could lead to even heavier law enforcement, surveillance, and violence against Black activists. “There is a real danger of this false equivocation.”
Since the now infamous attack on the Capitol January 6, Color Of Change has rolled out a number of campaigns to stop the spread of white nationalism. COC President Rashad Robinson is quoted. “The wanton disregard for Black life and justice stands in stark contrast to the images of police opening up our country’s Capitol to white supremacist insurgents who vandalized one of the greatest American symbols … To Black communities who have always faced racist policing, the answer is clear; these are the results the system was built to deliver.” For Color Of Change, the solution is to stop investing in a justice system that fails and brutalizes Black community and start investing in one that will keep all Americans safe.
There are signs the reality TV industry is trying to change its racist ways after a number of Black and Brown cast members complained about stereotyping and how they were being portrayed. Black characters have come forward saying they were edited after the fact to seem crazy or lazy. And since George Floyd’s death set off a racial awakening, networks are listening. CBS announced a goal of having 50% of all its reality cast be BIPOC. Kristen Marston, Color Of Change’s Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director, is quoted. “We’re seeing studios and networks and execs really paying more attention and addressing the diversity on their sets.” And after 25 seasons, ABC’s The Bachelor has finally cast its first Black lead.
The difference could not be more stark in how police treated Black Lives Matter protesters last summer and how they responded to a predominantly white, pro-Trump crowd that assaulted the U.S. Capitol. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, saying what happened should come as no surprise. It is further proof of how America’s police force is a system was designed to control and criminalize Black people. “In 2015, the FBI published a report about how police departments had been infiltrated with white nationalists, and we haven’t seen anything in terms of legislation to deal with this… It’s not an accident, what happened, it’s a consequence of a whole set of enablers from those in government to those and social media platforms, to folks in mainstream media.”