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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.
  • #JusticeforFloyd: Charge Officers Chauvin and Thao with Murder

    On May 25, George Floyd was murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police. Two officers held their knee on his neck. Numerous bystanders pleaded with them to let Floyd go as he gasped “I can’t breathe.” Help us get justice.
  • Hold Your Local Prosecutor Accountable

    Prosecutors are the most powerful people in the criminal justice system. To protect our communities, we need to start holding these elected officials accountable before another tragedy occurs.
  • Demand Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

    25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was jogging near his home in Georgia when he was chased, shot, and killed in cold blood. His death is like a modern-day lynching. A grand jury will hear his case on June 2. We're demanding the two DAs who obstructed his case resign now.
  • Let's Get COC's Black Patients’ Guide to COVID-19 to People

    Black people are still being denied tests and turned away from hospitals across the US while misinformation on COVID-19 is spreading on social media. Color Of Change created a guide to getting care. Help us get it out and into newspapers across the country.
  • The Black Response to COVID-19

    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.
  • COVID-19: Tell Congress to Protect Black-owned Businesses

    Too many Black businesses have been locked out of federal coronavirus relief funds. Nearly half say they'll only be able to stay afloat for 6 months. Congress is working on the PPP, the financial relief program for small business owners. Let's make sure they include us.
  • COVID-19: Protect People in Prison

    It is not a matter of if but when Coronavirus will hit prisons and jails. Outbreaks will spread like wildfire due to close quarters and unsanitary conditions, endangering everyone inside and out. If federal and state officials act now, they can help protect us all.
  • Don't Make the Most Vulnerable Pay for COVID-19

    Many people live paycheck to paycheck. With Coronavirus, many part-time, hourly and contract workers will lose months of wages and won't be able to cover basic costs like housing or healthcare. It's time for universal, basic income.
  • Let's Get Counted in the 2020 Census!

    There is a disturbing history of Black people being undercounted. Those who work hard to suppress the voices and the votes of our communities are also working hard to keep us from participating in the census. And when we’re undercounted, our communities get underfunded and underserved. But together we can change things.

RECENT VICTORIES

  • Coronavirus Response

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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People in Prison Get Free Calls During COVID-19

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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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

April 1, 2020

Jim Clyburn Changed Everything for Joe Biden’s Campaign

Rashad Robinson is quoted in this profile on Jim Clyburn, the lawmaker who helped deliver the Black vote to Joe Biden in South Carolina. “The primary results underscored lessons candidates would do well to heed: Black voters can make or break a campaign. From Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropping out after seeing no pathway to the Black vote after South Carolina, to Biden taking home many Southern states, the message is clear.”

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April 1, 2020

Criminal Justice Groups Take Aim at NY Governor’s Plan to Roll Back Bail Reform

Amid COVID-19 and heated budget negotiations, New York is quietly trying to undo reforms to end money bail. Color Of Change’s Criminal Justice Campaign Director Clarise McCants is quoted, “What Gov. Cuomo is proposing will send legally innocent people into jails to die. With the horrific conditions we’re seeing at jails across the state, anything but getting people out of those cages is a death sentence.”

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March 24, 2020

You Need to Care About the Census, Now More then Ever

Color Of Change’s Senior Director of Digital Engagement & Democracy Jennifer Edwards explains why it’s so important to be part of the 2020 Census and how it’s the young, the poor, and people of color who get passed over. More than 800,000 Black people were missed in 2010 which robs our community of investment in public education, roads, services, and most importantly, political power. Get counted today at my2020census.gov.

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March 23, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic and Black People: An Action Plan to Protect Our Community

In his augural COVID-19 column with BET, Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson explains the adage that “When America gets a cold, Black people get the flu.” And the coronavirus is no ordinary flu. This pandemic is a public and financial crisis for Black people, but we have the power to help one another get the care and support we need.

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March 21, 2020

Rikers Island Inmate Details Coronavirus Fears

People in prison are sitting ducks when it comes to COVID-19 outbreaks. Behind bars, testing and healthcare is lacking, and the idea of staying 6 feet apart is a joke. That’s why Color Of Change is pressuring prisons to let people out now, before disaster hits. Our Criminal Justice Campaign Director Malachi Robinson is quoted, “There’s going to be a huge explosion of cases. Rather than expose more people, they should start releasing them swiftly.”

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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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