September 24, 2013 / BY KIM LEHMKUHL Yelp! joins ALEC in midst of Zimmerman murder trial

Yelp! chose to become a private sector member of ALEC (and a member of ALEC's Civil Justice Task Force) as recently as June 28 of this year. This has since been confirmed by Yelp!'s Director of Public Policy, Luther Lowe, who also admitted on Twitter that he "can't ignore" the damage ALEC has done.

Why would Yelp! voluntarily seek to join an organization with ALEC's well-documented track record of attacks on the fundamental rights of Black folks and other people of color — particularly after more than 50 other private sector members have chosen to cease funding ALEC and publicly disassociate themselves from the group?

Today, ColorOfChange is launching a new site that makes it easy to "Tell Yelp! No," and will deliver users' comments directly to Yelp!'s CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. Take a moment to let Yelp! know what you think of its decision to fund ALEC now.

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November 03, 2013 / BY DALLAS DONNELL BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Celebrates the Diversity and Achievements of Women of Color

Last night BET aired Black Girls Rock! 2013 , an awards show highlighting the accomplishments of women of color.

Along with live performances from talented young artists like Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson, the show honored an array of inspiring Black women, including musicians, athletes, and community activists.

In a media landscape where too often Black women are portrayed in a stereotypical, dehumanizing light - or ignored altogether - events like Black Girls Rock! are a refreshing, vital change of pace.

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October 01, 2013 / BY JAMAR HOOKS Formerly incarcerated job seekers deserve a second chance

Today ColorOfChange launched a campaign urging California Governor Jerry Brown to sign "Ban the Box" legislation that would level the playing field for qualified California job seekers who've been formerly incarcerated. AB 218 would remove the deeply prejudicial checkbox disclosure of prior convictions from government job applications.

Black families and communities are disproportionately impacted by both overincarceration and the high unemployment that comes with it. Banning "the box" is a critical step towards curbing the hiring discrimination so many of us face, but ultimately everyone benefits when people with past convictions are no longer shut out of the workforce.

The bill applies only to government employers, but if California leads by example, it could prompt a larger effort to "Ban the Box" in all sectors of employment. Read the email we sent to our members, and join our campaign here.

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September 11, 2013 / BY LYLA BUGARA North Carolina ColorOfChange members help advance "Raise the Age" efforts

Despite North Carolina's extreme political climate this past legislative session, we have gotten significantly closer to ending the inhumane practice of locking kids in adult prisons. North Carolina is the only state that automatically tries all 16 year olds as adults—no matter how small the charge— and forbids transfer back into the youth justice system.

ColorOfChange members successfully blocked efforts to make NC's already brutal criminal justice system even worse. House Bill 217 would have sent kids as young as 13 years old to adult prison but was amended to 15-year-olds and ultimately stopped in the Senate after numerous members called demanding an end to the attack.

In more good news, efforts to "Raise the Age" and keep 16- and 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors in the juvenile system moved farther along than ever before. The Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act is now just one step away from becoming law. This puts us in a good positition to keep up the good work of this year and continue the fight during next years legislative session. If you haven't joined us already, please do so today and ask your friends and family to do the same.

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September 09, 2013 / BY KIM LEHMKUHL Verizon's plan to ruin the Internet

Today, telecom giant Verizon will argue in the D.C. Circuit Court that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has no power whatsoever to regulate the Internet. The company's lawsuit, Verizon v. FCC, seeks to strip the agency of its ability to review any Internet-related issues, including protections for consumer privacy, redress for fraudulent billing practices, and enforcement of commitments to providing universal broadband access.

Want to know what the Internet would look like — and cost — if Verizon and its buddies in Big Telecom and the cable industry have their way? Check out The Internet Must Go, a new video launching today featuring our Executive Director Rashad Robinson, our friends at Free Press and Public Knowledge, Sen. Al Franken, comedian John Hodgman, and many more.

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