The International Olympic Committee just adopted a new policy to silence Black athletes during the Summer Olympics. It would ban athletes from kneeling, raising their fists, wearing signs or armbands. Stop telling athletes to “shut up and play.”
Black people are one of the least accurately counted populations in the US, which hurts our ability to get funding, programs, and representation in Congress. See what we're doing to make sure we're counted in next year's Census.
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 more than 1.5 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.
Racial justice advocates across the country celebrate after a Dallas jury convicted police officer Amber Guyger for shooting and killing her Black neighbor Jean Botham in his home after she supposedly mistook his apartment for her own. This was a rare example of an officer being held responsible for taking an unarmed Black person’s life. Rashad is quoted, “We have a long history in this county of white women’s tears and fear being an excuse for harming and killing Black people.”
Our campaign to pressure Comcast to stand by its Black customers and pull support from the DOJ’s challenge to our country’s oldest civil rights protections is discussed here. “Without this landmark legislation, grounds of racial discrimination in business matters will be lost in legal technicalities, causing tremendous harm to Black people.”
Our very own Rashad Robinson is profiled in this piece on how COC is using traditional civil rights movement tactics alongside a new media savvy to take on big tech companies — and change some of their worst policies and practices harming Black people.
Since “When They See Us” aired on Netflix this summer, its portrayal of prosecutorial misconduct fueled a call by activists to have the Manhattan DA’s Office reopen every case Linda Fairstein was involved while running the Sex-Crimes Unit. Malachi Robinson with COC is quoted, “We know if there’s one case of injustice, there’s likely more.”
Rashad Robinson writes about how white nationalists in the police forces, and why it’s so important to continue fighting for police accountability in the wake of this month’s mass shootings. “If people in law enforcement want to be seen as experts on defeating white nationalism, shouldn’t they have to get rid of all the white nationalists in their own ranks first?”
A new report on whether Facebook demotes conservative content ignores basic truths about how the platform hurts people of color. Rashad Robinson is quoted: “Claims of anticonservative bias are simply an attempt to distract users and the media from the conservative movement’s attacks against black communities and other marginalized groups.”