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Posted by / 27-Nov-2017 06:38

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us.

We are working to create a more diverse, fair and human media landscape, fighting inaccurate and dehumanizing portrayals in news and entertainment that breed hostility toward Black people.

We are also ensuring that emerging tech services—and the executives running them—do not replicate historic patterns of racial discrimination in employment, or allow their platforms to be used in service of hate and discrimination. As Black people, we know we have power when politicians, corporate executives and other decision-makers are nervous about causing us harm, and make decisions that work for the benefit of all.

We must change the criminal justice system: ending the interruption of our personal and career growth through mass incarceration, and the drain on our communities through excessive ticketing and prison labor.

Far too many people profit from moving millions of Black people through our criminal justice system—corporations, politicians, prosecutors.

Profit is the real crime: the system incentivizes perpetual racism.

In 2016, we are making sure the true story of Black participation is heard, that no barriers impede our freedom to vote, that race and racism are not used to divide the majority of people who want progress in this country, and that the concerns of Black women and men effectively inform the national and local policy agenda. The Hollywood Culture Project is an initiative to change the rules in Hollywood, ensuring accurate, diverse, empathetic and human portrayals of Black people on television and throughout the media landscape.

Well-established research shows that repeated inaccurate and dehumanizing portrayals of Black people negatively influence people’s perception of Black culture, communities and individuals, leading them to actually treat us differently and unfairly in real life—in their role as voters, teachers, doctors, employers, judges, policy makers, police… Our programs support Hollywood insiders who want to improve standards and practices from within.

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To increase their wealth and power, they unfairly and disproportionately exploit us through prison labor, excessive ticketing, over-sentencing, money bail, police militarization and violence. Our campaigns bring the worst of these profiteers and policies into the light: ending perverse incentives, changing standards and norms, and increasing momentum for system changes that make communities stronger and safer.