In Oklahoma, pregnant women are facing felony charges for using prescribed medical marijuana during pregnancy. Even though their babies are born healthy, they're facing possible life sentences. Black, Brown, and poor women bear the brunt of this criminalization.
Demand publishers like McGraw Hill commit to never erase Black history from their learning materials! In March, Florida passed a bill to censor conversations about slavery, racism, and oppression. Then the Dpmt of Ed rejected math textbooks with ethnically diverse names and facts about Black mathematicians. Our children deserve better!
Incarcerated people and their loved ones deserve to stay connected. But prison telecom companies charge as much as $1 a minute for calls, exploiting Black families. The Martha Wright Act would regulate how much prisons and jails can charge for calls home. Fax your rep through our site.
A Tech Transparency Project report shows Facebook is aiding the growth of hate groups on its platform, and may be helping white supremacists identify targets for violence. Let's make Facebook end paid ads for hate groups; ban groups on their “Dangerous Organizations” list; and have Mark Zuckerberg meet with racial justice leaders.
More than 1,000 people have been killed by police this past year. The latest is Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man brutally executed by police in Akron, Ohio. He was shot 60x during a routine traffic stop. Help us as we join Jayland's family in demanding accountability for his senseless death.
Gwen Levi is a 76-year old cancer survivor, grandmother, and Black woman. She is one of thousands who were deemed high risk for COVID-19, and released from prison in 2020 to finish their sentences at home. Recently, she was sent back to prison after missing a phone call from her case manager while attending a computer skills class. In just 4 days, 50k Color of Change members signed a petition calling for her release. Thanks to this public outcry, and the work of her legal team, Ms. Levi was just sent home on compassionate release – which means she is truly free and back with her family, including her 94-year old mother who she helps take care of. Meanwhile we continue to fight for clemency for the 4,000 elders under home confinement who risk being re-incarcerated on a technicality like Ms. Levi, or when the pandemic is declared over.
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Toyota Pulls Funding from Congressmembers Behind the Attack on Capitol
On January 6, 2021, hundreds of armed white nationalists burst through the doors of the Capitol while Congress was in session, threatening to kill people inside. In the wake of the insurrection, we called on dozens of corporations to stop funding crooked Congress members. We launched InsurrectionIncorporated.com, pressuring Toyota, Cigna, AT&T to stop donating to those undermining our democracy. After hundreds of Color Of Change PAC members called Toyota execs, Toyota agreed! Elected officials inciting the insurrection will NOT be allowed to hide behind their Congressional titles. And we continue to hold companies like Cigna, Intel, and JetBlue accountable for supporting those who voted against certifying the 2020 election results and are trying to disenfranchise Black voters today. This is how we protect democracy.
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Color Of Change Helps Athlete & Activist Gwen Berry Attract New Sponsors
All of Gwen Berry’s corporate sponsors dropped her after she boldly raised her fist in protest at the 2019 Pan American Games. Time and again, we’ve seen Black athletes unfairly punished for using their voice to stand up for justice. Color Of Change stepped in to sponsor Berry. We were also part of a successful campaign to get the U.S. Olympic Committee to reverse course and allow athletes to wear armbands, raise their fists, or kneel on the podium to express their political beliefs. Now we’ve persuaded AirBNB and Puma to sponsor Berry as well, which means she’ll have the proper support to succeed going into the Tokyo Olympics. In addition, we continue to demand that the International Olympic Committee drop Rule 50, and calling on major athletic companies like Nike to join us.
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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.
Color of Change was one of four groups honored at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards which bring together leaders in fashion and film to celebrate a new wave of sustainability in Hollywood. Rashad Robinson accepted the award on behalf of Color Change’s racial justice work for economic inclusivity in Hollywood and for financial equality for Black people in America. The honorees were all selected for representing different pillars of sustainability: environmentally restorative, socially just, and economically inclusive. In the past two years, Color Of Change launched #ChangeHollywood and #ChangeFashion to advance the struggle for equity for Black creators.
What has the federal government done to address violent and racist policing since George Floyd was killed two years ago? With Biden halting a proposed policing order, which itself was a seriously scaled down plan B after failing to get enough votes to pass the George Floyd Act, Trump’s modest changes are the most significant federal policing moves we’ve seen. Under Trump’s order, police agencies must have specific policies on the use of force to receive certain federal grants. Advocates who were promised sweeping reforms are frustrated. Color Of Change’s Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns Scott Roberts explains, “Trump’s order is not significant in and of itself, but it exposes how little Biden has done to deliver on his promises around this issue, and how quickly his administration has pivoted away from this movement for police reform that helped sweep them into office.” Many believe without the mass protests that galvanized millions of Black voters, Biden would not necessarily have won in 2020.
For decades, hair has affected how Black women are treated at work and in corporate America, as Black women regularly report being discriminated against for afros, braids, Bantu knots, and locs. Color Of Change’s Jade Magnus Ogunnaike started focusing on schools when she learned students were being punished for wearing natural hair. Then she targeted massive corporations . “Companies that ran franchises said that it was up to the franchise owners to decide on hair policies. These companies, like Walmart and McDonald’s, want to advertise to Black consumers but won’t create protections for Black employees.” She added, “Black women have spent millions of dollars and time over centuries trying to conceal our natural hair, giving into anti-Black agencies.”
As Judge Jackson solidifies her bid to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, Democrats are still debating how to talk about race in America. It’s a subject many would rather avoid—given their response to Jackson’s rough treatment during her confirmation hearings. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “When issues of race come up, Democrats get scared.” He said President Biden and Senate Democrats should have condemned Republicans’ racist attacks against Jackson. “The White House has to engage on these fights. Republicans will weaponize race and racism to achieve their goals, but Democrats don’t elevate racial justice.”
Alarmingly restrictive laws continue to proliferate as the red-state rollback on civil rights enters a new phase, symbolized by Florida’s passage of the “Don’t Say ‘Gay’” bill. The Biden administration is leaning into the fight, but business leaders are retreating. Prominent companies that tout diversity and inclusion–like Disney–have stood aside as laws that restrict voting access, curtail abortion and LGBTQ rights, and limit teachers discussing social issues in schools advance. COC President Rashad Robinson is quoted, saying the willingness of companies to stand up to restrictive voting bills or efforts to ban discussing race in school is “absolutely abysmal. They are not willing to put their hand on the scale to stop the removal of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks from our public schools.” Big companies want to go only so far in fighting these proposals, because they prefer Republicans to control state governments and deliver the low-tax, light-regulation policies.
In President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, in 2021, he pledged to root out systemic racism and to advance efforts to create a more equitable country. But this time he didn’t say the words “race” or “Black” once. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “You can’t say that it’s time for America to come together on race by ignoring race. Racial justice is not charity. It’s not the thing a president should do to be nice to Black and Brown folks. Racial justice is strategy. And the quicker the White House recognize the strategic power of engaging on racial justice to motivate, engage, and deliver to the communities most impacted, the better off they will be. And the better off the country will be.”