It's time! Trump is once again provoking violence to avoid accountability, calling on supporters to "take our nation back" as prosecutors prepare to indict him. Big Tech are his accomplices. Unless we want another Jan. 6th on our hands, Big Tech must permanently ban Trump from their platforms.
Join the fight to hold District Attorneys, the most powerful people in the criminal justice system, accountable to Black communities. Together we have the power to make prosecutors work for the people they are elected to serve—and transform our criminal justice system.
Despite the clear risks "Cop City" poses to Black people in Atlanta, Coca-Cola continues to donate to the Atlanta Police Foundation as they build out this $90M policing training complex. Cop City would further militarize policing, train the kind of "elite forces" that amp up rather than deescalate violence, and make people of color less safe.
For weeks, activists have occupied the site for Cop City in Weelaunee Forest to try to halt construction. On Jan. 18, GA state police shot and killed one of them. As the movement against Cop City's grown, police have become violent with protesters. It's time corporations like Target, Wells Fargo, and Truist Bank pull their financial support of the project through the Atlanta Police Foundation.
The Florida Department of Ed (DOE) is banning AP African American Studies, robbing Black students of the chance to see their histories take center stage. A member of the DOE is a Walmart exec, which has thousands of Black employees in the Florida school system. Walmart needs to stand up for Black students.
On Jan. 7, Memphis police pulled over Tyre Nichols for reckless driving. Body cameras show they pinned him on the asphalt and savagely beat him as he begged for his life. He died days later. Help us make the Memphis PD end pretextual stops, give the Community Review Board the power to hold officers accountable, and disband the street crimes unit that killed Tyre.
Communities know what keeps them safe — and it’s not police. This is what public safety could and should look like. Read our guide on how the federal government can advance community safety with evidence-based policies we developed with Civil Rights Corps and Vera Action.
Florida Housing Complex Forced to Stop Illegally Evicting Black Families
Last January we launched a rapid response campaign following a wave of evictions at Holly Court Apartments in Tampa. Victoria Lee, a tenant there, used our OrganizeFor platform to mobilize thousands of members and amplify tenant demands to fix the plumbing, honor leases, and support tenants who’d been illegally pushed out. Many families were given eviction notices on New Year’s Eve for no reason at all and given just 30 days to find a new home. One mother reported having to go to the corner store to use the bathroom as raw sewage backed up in her tub. Management all but ignored calls for help and she had to call out of work for days because she couldn’t shower. After the online petition and a sleep-in protest, Palm Communities agreed to honor residents’ leases, provide temporary housing for displaced residents, and resolve maintenance issues. Housing is a human right, but far too often greed and profit trump the needs of Black and low-income residents who live in buildings owned by private equity firms. Your calls and text messages kept residents in their homes!
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AT&T Pulls Funding from White Nationalist Network
With your help, we pressured AT&T to stop funding the far-right network One America News. OAN was a major vehicle for Trump, and has continued to provide a “friendly” platform for his allies. We've seen correspondents use racial slurs, call for the execution of election officials, suggest shooting unhoused people – all without consequence. OAN consistently promotes hate-filled content, and disseminates dangerous misinformation about the 2020 elections and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, with the goal of provoking their audience. Research revealed a major reason for the network's success was support from AT&T. AT&T should know better. So thousands of Color Of Change members wrote to AT&T CEO John Stankey, and we were heard. One America Network has been removed from DirectTV. This is another step towards making sure the media isn’t allowed to amplify racist lies that lead to real-world violence against Black people.
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Biden Grants Clemency to 70 People on Home Confinement
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve fought to get incarcerated people who pose no risk to their communities but could fall deathly ill with COVID sent home. On April 26, 2022, nearly 150,000 Color Of Change members helped convince President Biden to free 70 people on home confinement. That means they can live independently, pursue their dreams, spend time with friends and family without electronic monitors or other dehumanizing conditions of confinement. It is historic for a president to grant so many clemencies in their first term. But thousands more people deserve to be free – and risk being sent back due to minor technicalities or bureaucratic errors. People on home confinement have had to turn down jobs or miss funerals because they’re outside of the range they’re allowed to travel. Biden promised he'd end mass incarceration and cut the prison population in half. Help us hold him to that.
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Twenty people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism for protesting “Cop City,” a huge police training facility being built near Atlanta. Police shot and killed 26-year-old environmental activist Manuel Esteban Paez Terán during a raid of the protest encampment there in January. Color Of Change has been working alongside activists in Atlanta to make the case that the facility will only harm Black communities and that militarizing law enforcement makes us all less safe. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “This just takes up a lot of space in a Black community … and it provides more access, more tools, and more resources to an institution that actually needs more accountability.” Those arrested for violence in connection with the protests face a felony sentence of up to 35 years in prison if convicted.
NPR recently spoke with Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson about President Biden’s State of the Union promise to bring accountability to policing. “This is about actually having a conversation with the American people about power.” Biden signed an executive order requiring federal law enforcement agencies to ban chokeholds, restrict no-knock warrants, mandate the use of body cameras — but it doesn’t go anywhere as far as the George Floyd Policing Act would have. “We also need to know if the Republicans who stood up for Tyre Nichols’ family in the well of the Congress and clapped for them are willing to actually do more than clap,” Rashad says. “The thing that gives me hope is the progress we’re seeing in so many local communities. The work to elect reform-minded district attorneys, the work to try new things around traffic stops and interactions with mental health advocates.”
After Tyre Nichols was brutally beaten by police, people are asking whether diversity in policing helps. Five of the officers charged in Trye’s death are Black. A sixth is white. Many say the problem isn’t a handful of racist individuals but systemic racism in policing. Communities of color are over-policed, people of color more likely to be killed, and police training encourages violence. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “If we don’t change the structures — the incentive structure, the accountability structure, the consequence structure, the role [of policing] in communities — it doesn’t matter how much diversity we have. How do we make investments in mental health, community-based violence prevention programs, de-escalation? The communities we know are safe communities are not the communities with a lot of police.”
People across the country are reeling at the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to overturn Roe — and what it will mean for women’s rights, privacy, and access to healthcare, especially in conservative states. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “The court has no right to coerce Black people into parenting, especially given America’s long history of criminalizing Black bodies and communities. Black people, already profoundly impacted by abortion bans and disproportionately criminalized by the legal system, are sure to face the harshest levels of prosecution following today’s decision.” He continued, “Black people’s lives are at stake. Nothing will stop us from fighting for our freedom and continuing to build power for ourselves and our families.”
This week marked the second anniversary of Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, which sparked global protests and a racial justice reckoning. Floyd’s murder has taken a heavy toll on the emotional and mental health of Black communities. Just 1 in 3 Black Americans who need mental health help receives it and Black adults living below the poverty line are more than twice as likely to report serious psychological distress. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted. “In Buffalo, we see people that look like our family and we’re forced to grapple with that… Having to take care of yourself, dealing with the trauma, and then thinking about how to engage in the path forward is work that we’ve had to do for generations,” he said. “And it is work that is stressful and tiring.”
Civil rights groups including Color Of Change, Black Voters Matter, and Human Rights Watch are pressing President Biden to use his executive authority to form a federal commission to study and develop reparations proposals for African Americans. Legislation calling for similar action has been stalled in Congress for a year. Republicans’ stranglehold on the Senate and looming midterms make it almost impossible Democrats will pass legislation this session. The coalition wrote to Biden, “Juneteenth is an important opportunity to commemorate the end of enslavement while recognizing much more needs to be done to create equity. The racial wealth gap remains vast, with white households having a median of $188,200 and Black households $24,100, a vestige of the legacy of enslavement—and the failure to address the exploitation, segregation, and violence unleashed on Black people that followed.”