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.
Color Of Change has long supported trailblazing Olympians in their fight to dismantle oppressive policies that silence Black athletes. So we applaud the decision by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee to allow political expression like raised fists and kneeling during the anthem in Tokyo this summer. We met with the committee staff, sent letters, launched a campaign — and now athletes can don phrases like “Black Lives Matter” “equality” and “justice.” In 2016, we stood up for Colin Kaepernick taking a knee. Today we’re asking corporate sponsors to stand with Gwen Berry, the Pan-American gold medalist who was abandoned by sponsors and lost 80% of her income after she raised her fist on the awards podium. And we’ll keep fighting for Black athletes’ right to raise their voices without sacrificing their careers — demanding the International Olympic Committee drop Rule 50, the rule punishing athletes for speaking out. This is an important marker towards justice and equality within sports.
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Proud Boys Defunded & Kicked Off Social Media
A few days before a pro-Trump mob broke into the Capitol, Stripe processed $100,000 in donations to the Proud Boys, the white nationalist group Trump gave a shout-out to on live TV during the debates. Stripe put profit over public safety – funneling money to the group that funded interstate travel, tactical gear, and legal expenses. But after tens of thousands of Color Of Change members took action, Stripe decided to permanently suspend donations to the Proud Boys and indefinitely ban all accounts affiliated with the hate group. Our No Blood Money campaign to stop financial companies from profiting off of hate continues as we make sure Stripe keeps its promise to working with violent hate groups and GiveSendGo, the fundraising site used by white nationalists like Kyle Rittenhouse and Officer Derek Chauvin.
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Social Media Sites Ban Trump
Last week, Twitter, the social media site instrumental to President Trump’s rise, permanently banned his account. This is huge. For the last 4 years, Trump has turned to Twitter to spread misinformation and lies, incite violence, announce ad hoc policies, and antagonize those who disagree with him. For years, Color Of Change has been working to hold Twitter and Facebook accountable for white nationalist organizing on their platforms. And for weeks, groups like the Proud Boys were plotting their attack on the Capitol on social media. Finally, tech execs are listening. After Trump’s armed followers broke into the Capitol and Congress had to be evacuated, we reached out leaders at both companies, telling them to shut Trump down. Facebook has suspended Trump until the end of his term. This is where real accountability begins. For too long, we’d been warning this was bound to happen. We cannot afford to let Americans live in two realities, undermining the sovereignty of our elections, peddling hate for profit, and enabling armed revolt against peaceful leaders.
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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.
389 bills have been introduced proposing new voting restrictions in nearly ever state in 2021, according to a tracker from the Brennan Center for Justice. In response, 300+ groups including Color Of Change are sending letters to companies demanding they pull funding from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the lobbying group that has written many of the new restrictions. Color Of Change’s Scott Roberts is quoted. “Through the American Legislative Exchange Council, dozens of corporations – many of whom pledged solidarity with Black workers and consumers just last year – are secretly funding efforts to silence Black voters.” According to the NY Times, the Heritage Foundation is working with Alec to “produce model legislation for state legislatures” in a $24M push for tougher laws in swing states.
Dove has joined Color Of Change and the CROWN Coalition in efforts to make hair discrimination illegal nationwide. Today 80% of Black women having reported having to change their hair to fit into workplace norms. More beauty and lifestyle brands are signing on as champions for ending race-based hair discrimination across the country. “Dove is on a mission to change beauty and redefine narrow beauty standards. It is not acceptable for any of us to change our natural identity to gain employment or access to school,” says Esi Eggleston Bracey, Dove’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. People can watch the music vide here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHRNrgDIJfo.
One hundred years after the horrific Tulsa race massacre, the Justice for Greenwood Foundation will award the three living survivors of the murders a $300K gift. Mother Viola Fletcher, Mother Lessie Benningfield, and Hughes Van Ellis, will each receive $100K. This comes after years of calls for reparations and justice for the survivors, and renewed campaigns and calls for justice driven by Color Of Change. Hundreds of Black lives, businesses, and homes were destroyed. “Black Wall Street” as it was called was burned to the ground and 100,000 Black people were left homeless. But until now, no survivor, nor any of their family members, has ever been compensated.
After all the protests for George Floyd, after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder, a staggering fact remains: the rate of fatal encounters with police, who have killed about three people per day this year, is on par with last year. In fact, during the first four months of 2021, there’s only been 6 days when police did not kill anyone according to new data from Mapping Police Violence. Sr. Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts is quoted saying, “There’s an effort, at least by some political actors, to give folks false hope that we’re turning the corner around police violence. These numbers show that, as far as we can tell, it’ll continue.” Today Black people are 3x more likely to be killed by police than white people, but 1.5x more likely to be unarmed. The work to transform policing continues.
Activists gathered a year after George Floyd was murdered to unveil five new community murals calling for defunding the NYPD. Organizations behind the artwork include Color Of Change, Communities United for Police Reform, Arab American Association of NY, Justice Committee, Make the Road NY and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. COC Campaign Director Malachi Robinson said their demands had not changed over the past year. “What we were demanding was transformation, for real change and for the end of police terrorizing Black and Brown communities. We are saying no more police and no more mass incarceration. We’re saying we need to invest in our communities and the things that keep our communities really safe.” The groups are demanding City Council defund the NYPD by $1B and invest it in youth programs.
A year after George Floyd’s death, activists report the fight for racial justice is far from over. Scott Roberts, senior director of criminal justice at Color of Change, reminds us Floyd was ultimately killed because police were called over an alleged counterfeit $20 bill. “We have over-invested in policing as a solution. There are better alternatives to address violence and crime in our communities.” Since the police killings of Rayshard Brooks and Daniel Prude, Color Of Change has been working in Minneapolis and Rochester to reorganize city priorities, decrease police budgets, and reallocate funds to alternative programs. He says, “Our job is to take that energy from protest movements, direct it into the campaigns for systemic change. Obviously, we still have a long way to go… outrage alone is not going to change policing.”