Amazon has an opportunity to do right by its workers, but continues to fall short. Under mounting pressure for a full racial equity audit, Amazon is punting. Their audit wouldn't examine whether Black workers are paid less or have limited opportunities for promotion -- or the health harms in Black and Brown neighborhoods where their warehouses are based.
On April 4, Patrick Lyoya was shot in the back of the head by a Grand Rapids MI police officer during a traffic stop. The bodycam footage shows his execution-style murder. Now officials have gone silent, refusing to share the name of the officer, who's been sent on paid leave. We will fight for Patrick.
Hair discrimination attacks the livelihood and economic vitality of Black women. This practice is racist, and it is real. Black women are frequently denied job opportunities and unfairly disciplined for wearing their natural hair. It's time for big corporations to take action.
Tracy McCarter is a Black mother and nurse from New York facing criminal charges for the death of her estranged husband. When he drunkenly attacked her, Tracy fought back. Though she called the police and gave him first aid 'til paramedics arrived, she was arrested and jailed at Rikers for 7 months. Let's get the DA to drop the charges.
In February, Texas's governor announced a directive to investigate parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming services for trans youth. There's a similar law brewing in Florida, but it can't go anywhere if prosecutors don't enforce it. Tell prosecutors to take a stand against criminalizing trans youth.
Already, 3 women have died from COVID-19 at Alderson this year. All 3 had preexisting conditions and had asked for compassionate release. The Bureau of Prisons has the power to let medically vulnerable people finish their sentences on home confinement so they don't have to risk their lives.
Conservatives are passing laws to erase Black history from our classrooms. Our teachers are under attack for telling the truth about our country's past. No one can remain silent. Join us in calling on publishers to commit to making sure their textbooks and curricula are accurate!
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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Two Anti-Protest Bills Defeated in Wisconsin
More than 100 dangerous anti-protest bills have circulated this country since the uprisings for racial justice two summers ago. Some of these egregious bills would make it easier to punish and criminalize protestors, cutting them off from public benefits. Others would grant immunity to people who are violent towards protestors, and do things like ram their cars into crowds. With your help, we beat back two anti-democracy bills in Wisconsin, convincing the governor to veto them. But there’s dozen of others making their way around state legislatures. That’s why Color Of Change is pressing the Department of Justice to condemn these laws and DEF Wipes Dispenser Baby Case Sealed Keeps Wet Tissue Fresh Whit to stand up for what’s right. These bills are meant to scare people out of protesting, and encourage the type of vigilante violence we saw from Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha. We can’t let them pass.
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Kendrick Fulton Is Now Free!
Thanks to more than 35,000 Color Of Change members who spoke up, Kendrick Fulton has been released from jail. But he needs clemency to stay out. Kendrick was on home confinement when he temporarily lost his housing. After two years reconnecting with his children, getting a promotion at work, going to church, and giving back, his progress was suddenly pulled away. We are thrilled Kendrick is free now and will keep fighting for the thousands of people on home confinement and living under the threat of being sent back on minor, cruel technicalities. Everyone on home confinement has already been heavily vetted for a safe release. President Biden has the power to grant them clemency and turn the cycle of incarceration around. And what we’ve witnessed during pandemic is that people always do better at home, surrounded by community.
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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.
Racial justice leaders lauded this week’s passage of long overdue legislation making lynching a federal hate crime. But more needs to be done on issues that continue to plague Black and Brown neighborhoods from police brutality to attacks on voting rights. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “It’s important to ensure that we put this legislation in place and that it’s enforced. At the same time, it’s important that we continue to work to deal with all the ways that anti-Black racism shows up, from police violence to the ways in which our votes and ability to express ourselves in a democracy are being stolen…. Lynching wasn’t just a tool of violence. It was a tool of terror to suppress our will and our ability to engage.” Southern Democrats repeatedly used the filibuster, for example, to thwart anti-lynching legislation and many opportunities for progress.
The Senate made history today when it confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. After 233 years, she is the first Black woman to ever serve on the nation’s highest court. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson is quoted, “We have to remember that Black activism and Black voters did brought us this long-awaited moment. We demanded representation and not just in gender and race but in perspective, values and experience.” He says Jackson raises the bar for what voters should expect from the court, and her confirmation process is an indication of how he thinks Republicans will speak about Black and Brown people in the midterm elections.
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.
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.