In New York, with national shortages of hand sanitizer in the face of COVID-19, the governor has ordered people in prison to make 100,000 gallons of it to be distributed to New Yorkers for free. But with the prisons facing their own coronavirus crisis, the people making the hand sanitizer can’t even use it themselves.
In the Media
Coronavirus illuminates the inequalities and cracks in our healthcare system. Rashad is quoted, “After years of Republicans, big pharma and major corporations fighting against paid sick leave legislation and medicare for all we are left with a crisis where disproportionately Black low wage workers are continuing to support the public without the health insurance or paid time off.”
According to a new survey conducted by the Technology 202, experts say social networks – especially Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter – haven’t done near enough to prevent voter manipulation as we enter a major election year. And we know disinformation online disproportionately affects people of color, as Rashad is quoted here saying.
Facebook pulled a Trump ad that pretended it would take people to participate in the Census but went to linked to the Make America Great Again donate page. “Going forward, harmful and misleading ads must be flagged in a pre-posting review process, not after they’ve hit hundreds, if not thousands, of news feeds,” Rashad is quoted as saying. Facebook has the most permissive – and most damaging – approach to political speech, allowing candidates to post misleading information and target it to specific audiences.
Rashad is quoted in this article on Facebook’s decision to let a deceptive Trump campaign ad online before changing its mind. “Facebook has demonstrated once again that protecting its users from misinformation is not a priority, and instead that its integrity can be bought by the Trump campaign. While Facebook has now committed to removing the mis-informing post in question, the damage is done.”
As part of the CROWN coalition, Color Of Change is standing up for Black women in the workplace by banning discrimination against wearing natural hairstyles. Virginia will likely become the 4th state to do so, with legislatures in two dozen other states and Congress considering following suit. Campaign director Jade Magnus Ogunnaike is quoted, “Hair is not just hair to Black people. It’s cultural expression.”
Rashad’s video op-ed for NOW THIS on growing Black representation — in front and behind the camera in Hollywood — and why Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time is such a leap forward for children of color. video here.
This Q&A published in the Huffington Post discusses how Rashad Robinson and Color Of Change have built a winning advocacy strategy, harnessing the power and potential of the Internet, to move Black people — and all people in this country — forward. Full Q&A is below. We Built This by Taryn Finley, Huffington Post, 2/1/2019. […]
Published in Nonprofit Quarterly By RASHAD ROBINSON | January 30, 2019 This article is part of NPQ’s cluster about the power of narrative in social change work. (Other articles in this series can be found at the end.) This particular article was originally published by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, on April 18, […]
Rashad speaks at the North Star Fund Awards about how to capitalize on this moment of political agitation following the election. He underscores the necessity of supporting Black-led interventions to accelerate social change and letting Black people truly take the lead in strategy and power in the movement for racial justice. Full video here.
Rashad passionately asks, “Are We Going to Get This Right?” as he speaks about building a real resistance in response to the 2016 elections. He talks about mistaking presence for power, the danger he saw in Trump’s racist attacks on President Obama, and how to build a true movement for change. Full speech here.
Rashad Robinson speaks on how our media presents a distorted view of crime, grossly out of sync with the actual stats, that makes people think Black people are to be feared. Presented by Media Matters and Color Of Change in March 2015. Full video here.