Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Color of Change, nominated by donor
carolinatim. Color of Change design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. You can find their web site here.
A few words on Charitocracy
Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (scroll down for social sharing icons) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!
About nominee Color of Change
Lately I've been doing a lot of listening and learning. I want to support our new nominees this month as best I can.
Recent events, especially the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the weeks of national and international protests that followed, have gripped the world's attention. And there are an overwhelming number of organizations rising to this occasion, many of them nonprofits or with nonprofit fundraising arms. Whether organizing and supporting protests and other events, engaging the media and raising awareness in the general public, establishing legal defense funds, or setting policy agendas to end police brutality and so many other forms of systemic racial discrimination, they're all working to accelerate change. And they're getting tangible results! Police are being charged for murder and held accountable for excessive uses of force. Cities are reconsidering the status quo for their police forces, with defunding or outright abolition part of the conversation. And perhaps most crucially, people are talking about race. Out loud.
So where does Color of Change fit into this picture? They're essentially a giant one-stop-shopping consolidator of support for a vast variety of issues impacting Black people and striving to strengthen Black political power. The campaigns, in the form of digital petitions (think MoveOn.org and Change.org), are established by Color of Change or even by individuals looking to address Black issues at the local level via their OrganizeFor.org platform.
In their own words:
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.
We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. We challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.
Racial Justice: An Integrated Approach
The forces that shape our lives are interrelated. We cannot end racism in one area without tackling it in all areas. Racist policing is propped up by racist media narratives on crime and justice. Political inequality is reinforced by economic inequality. Unlivable wages and unfair hiring practices make it easier for corporations to continue to exploit Black workers and consumers.
We design winning strategies to change the written and unwritten rules in the industries that affect Black people’s lives the most and have the greatest potential to advance racial justice.
So please visit the page of nominee Color of Change to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this short video covering all the things Color of Change accomplished in 2019: