How We Can Build Power & Accountability in This Moment

Join us each week until the pandemic is over as Black leaders talk about the ways we can build power in this moment. We’re proud to partner with Blavity to deliver an honest, Black-led discussion about the pandemic and its impact on Black people. You’ll hear from Color Of Change’s criminal justice, economic justice, voting rights, and media and culture change experts on all the ways coronavirus is affecting us and what we can do about it.

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Democratic Leaders Clash with Black Lives Matter Activists Over ‘Defund the Police’

While Democrats introduced a police overhaul package to outlaw chokeholds and no knock warrants, require body cameras and punish abusive officers, Rashad Robinson says Congress has work to do. “Right now we seem to try to solve all of our society’s problems by increasing the role and responsibility of law enforcement, and it has not worked. There are a number of places — from dealing with grand juries to all the ways in which police get so many different rules after they shoot someone and kill someone — that have to be dealt with.”

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How Coronavirus Is Hurting Black Communities

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every aspect of our society and exposing deep, systemic inequalities that mean Black communities will be hit harder than most. As the news changes minute-to-minute, BET and Color Of Change are teaming up to make sure Black people have the clear and focused information we need to take action, protect ourselves, and support the most vulnerable in our community.

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Voter Registration Is Soaring Amid Nationwide Protests

This article discusses Color Of Change’s effort to get people registered and out to vote come November. “We’ve seen thousands of people flooding our website to get more information on how to vote, and I think that is a direct response to this moment that we’re in and people looking for outlets to channel their rage right now,” says Jennifer Edwards, COC’s Sr. Director of Digital Engagement and Democracy. There’s been an uptick in voter registrations — especially in battleground states Florida, Texas, and Georgia — as activists work to turn growing calls for police reforms into systemic change.

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Labor Leaders Under Pressure to Oust Police Unions

Since George Floyd’s death, labor leaders have been under pressure to sever ties with law enforcement groups and take a stand against police brutality. Color Of Change is in talks with several AFL-CIO affiliated groups to press for the removal of police unions. Scott Roberts, COC’s Sr Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns is quoted, “There’s a debate going on and we’re trying to support the folks within labor that understand that police unions are not trying to protect the humanity and dignity of all people.”

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‘He’s Gonna Change The World’: George Floyd’s Family Remembers The Man They Lost

This article talks about how important it is to remember George Floyd as more than a symbol of police violence against Black people. Color Of Change Chief of Campaigns Arisha Hatch underscored that telling the full story of a person’s humanity matters, especially when mourning a death as public as Floyd’s. She is quoted, “Seeing Black people as fully human is at the core of all of the fights that we’re in. It’s our duty, our obligation to fully realize that.”

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