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  • Wed 08 Jan, 2014

    Civil Rights Group Applauds Saturday Night Live for Adding Two Black Women Writers

    Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org

    New York, NY — “We extend our sincerest congratulations to LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones on being hired as writers for Saturday Night Live. Tookes and Jones will hopefully add a depth and freshness of perspective to SNL's writers’ room, fostering the creative environment necessary for new cast member Sasheer Zamata to thrive on screen. These hires — found during a rare nationwide talent search conducted by SNL — are indicative of the wealth of talented, often overlooked Black women comedians working today."

  • Tue 07 Jan, 2014

    Civil Rights Group Applauds Saturday Night Live for Adding Sasheer Zamata to the Cast

    Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, on SNL adding Black woman cast member

    New York, NY --“We are delighted by Saturday Night Live's announcement that Sasheer Zamata will be joining the cast as a featured player. Zamata is a talented comedian and we congratulate her on seizing this great opportunity."

     

  • Thu 12 Dec, 2013

    Civil Rights Group Applauds Saturday Night Live's Decision to Add Black Woman Cast Member

    Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org

    New York, NY -- Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange, issued the following statement on the decision:

    We applaud Saturday Night Live on its decision to add a Black woman to the cast. Given its broad influence on American culture and within the entertainment industry, SNL has the power to be a model for other shows and networks by depicting relevant and authentic portrayals of Black women.

    Just before Thanksgiving, ColorOfChange sat down with NBCUniversal executives to discuss SNL's failure to address the exclusion of Black women from the soundstages at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, as well as share our members' concerns about misleading stereotypes often used to portray Black people on the show. The decision to cast a Black woman is an important step in the right direction and shows that our members' voices were heard. ColorOfChange looks forward to a continued dialogue with network executives to ensure that this new cast member has the support she needs backstage to be successful on screen.

  • Mon 06 May, 2013

    ColorOfChange Applauds FOX’s Cancellation of COPS After 25 Years of Dehumanizing and Exploitative Portrayals

    The Nation’s Largest Online Civil Rights Organization Led National Effort to Remove the Show from Primetime Network Programming

     After months of pressure, today Senior Executives at FOX Broadcasting informed ColorOfChange.org that, after 25 years, it would not renew COPS for another season. After decades of exploitation, the reality TV series is now moving to a niche network, SpikeTV.

    In the months leading up to this announcement ColorOfChange.org has been the leader in an organized campaign to urge advertisers and executives not to renew the show for a 26th season. Last week, ColorOfChange ran member funded ads in AdvertisingAge and Daily Variety to send a clear message to corporate advertisers and FOX executives that Black people will no longer tolerate dangerous and dehumanizing stereotypes on so-called “reality" tv shows. Additionally, the group had plans to hold a press conference and rally this Tuesday at FOX Studios in Los Angeles. ColorOfChange members and community leaders were set to deliver nearly 35,000 petitions from members demanding the series' cancellation.

  • Wed 06 Mar, 2013

    Civil Rights Group Slams National Rifle Association’s Racial Doublespeak

    ColorOfChange.org Urges the Media to Report on the NRA’s Selective Use of Racial Imagery and Racialized Language

    Now, the NRA is hyping its hire of a new contributor to NRA News intended to ensure that this deeply problematic take on race stays front and center in the national discussion about gun violence. In an ad cobbled together from preexisting YouTube footage produced by “urban gun enthusiast” Colion Noir, the NRA is banking heavily on the novelty of a young Black male spokesperson — who’s willing to state that “the answer to the gun violence in the inner city is more guns” and “it’s not a gun problem, it’s not even a violence problem, it’s a culture problem” — to lend the organization some much-needed credibility.

  • Tue 15 Jan, 2013

    Statement From Rashad Robinson, Executive Director Of ColorOfChange.org, On Oxygen Media Canceling Controversial New Series, All My Babies’ Mamas

    ColorOfChange.org Collected Over 40,000 Signatures Demanding the Shows Cancelation

    New York, NY – "After multiple conversations with Oxygen Media executives, the company informed us via email that a decision was made to cancel "All My Babies' Mamas" late this afternoon. We thank Oxygen Media for taking this important step. The tremendous response from over 40,000 ColorOfChange.org members, coupled with national outrage from Black folks, sent a clear message that exploitative television shows like "All My Babies' Mamas" are unacceptable.

  • Thu 10 Jan, 2013

    Civil Rights Group Calls On Oxygen Media To Cancel New Series, All My Babies’ Mamas

    ColorOfChange Demands that the Company and its Corporate Sponsors Stop Exploiting Black Families

    New York, NY – Today ColorOfChange.org launched a petition calling on Oxygen Media and its corporate sponsors to cease production of All My Babies’ Mamas. The reality TV show, set to air this spring, stars Shawty Lo, an Atlanta-based rapper, who has 11 children by ten women, and a girlfriend the same age as his oldest daughters. According to Oxygen Media executives, the show will chronicle Shawty Lo's attempts to "split affection multiple ways while trying to create order" as he navigates the "dysfunction" of his "drama-filled," "modern family."

  • Sat 07 Jan, 2012

    Civil Rights Group Responds To MSNBC’s Decision To Suspend Pat Buchanan Indefinitely

    Nation's Largest Online Black Civil Rights Organization, ColorOfChange.org, Credits Joint Campaign With CREDO Action For Network Decision

    New York, NY - African-American civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org today responded to MSNBC’s decision to indefinitely end Pat Buchanan’s time on air. Over 86,000 ColorOfChange members called on MSNBC to end their ties with Buchanan.

  • Wed 09 Nov, 2011

    275,000 Call On MSNBC To Fire Pat Buchanan

    275,000 call on MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan Buchanan, who has not appeared on the network since the campaign to fire him was launched

    New York, NY – African-American civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org and CREDO Action delivered more than 275,000 petition signatures to MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NBC News President Steve Capus demanding the network fire political analyst Pat Buchanan after his appearance on white nationalist radio program The Political Cesspool to promote his new book.

  • Tue 25 Oct, 2011

    Civil Rights Group Calls On MSNBC To Fire Pat Buchanan

    Civil Rights Group Calls on MSNBC to Fire Pat Buchanan Following the release of his book, Buchanan appeared on white supremacist radio show attacking the country’s increasing diversity

    New York, NY – Thousands of members of African-American civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org are calling on MSNBC to fire political analyst Pat Buchanan after Buchanan was interviewed on white nationalist radio program The Political Cesspool to promote his new book. The Political Cesspool describes itself as representing "a philosophy that is pro-White ... We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races." The show has a reputation for being racist, sexist, anti-gay, and anti-Semitic. 

  • Wed 01 Jun, 2011

    Psychology Today Agrees to remove Controversial Author Satoshi Kanazawa from Website; Implements New Policies to Prevent Inflammatory Content

    Following last week’s apology, publication responds to over 75,000 ColorOfChange.org members on how it will prevent dehumanizing content in the future.

    NEW YORK – Psychology Today, the publication that recently came under fire for allowing a dehumanizing article to be published on its website two weeks ago, today stated that controversial contributor Satoshi Kanazawa – the author of the article in question – is no longer contributing to the publication and that they are taking the necessary steps to prevent an incident like this from ever happening again.

  • Fri 27 May, 2011

    ColorOfChange.org Responds to Psychology Today’s Apology Over Dehumanizing Online Post

    Psychology Today responds after more than 70,000 ColorOfChange.org members demand apology for piece claiming it to be scientific fact that black women are less physically attractive than women of other races

    NEW YORK – A statement from Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange.org – the nation’s largest African-American online political organization – regarding Psychology Today’s recent public apology for allowing a known controversial contributor to post a dehumanizing article on their website last week.

  • Mon 23 May, 2011

    National African-American Organization Demands Psychology Today Take Responsibility over Dehumanizing Online Post

    ColorOfChange.org asking for apology for piece claiming black women are less physically attractive than white women

    NEW YORK – The nation’s largest African-American online political organization is calling on the industry magazine Psychology Today to take responsibility for allowing a known controversial contributor to post a dehumanizing article on their website last week. The article, written by Satoshi Kanazawa, attempted to use pseudo-scientific evidence to explain why he thought black women were less physically attractive than white women.

  • Wed 06 Apr, 2011

    Statement from ColorOfChange.org in Response to Glenn Beck’s Departure from the Fox News Channel

    Statement from James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, in response to Glenn Beck’s departure from the Fox News Channel

    OAKLAND, Calif. – The following is a statement from James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, in response to Glenn Beck’s departure from the Fox News Channel: “ColorOfChange strongly applauds Glenn Beck’s departure from the Fox News Channel. More than 285,000 ColorOfChange members have participated in our campaign against him since it began in July 2009. Because of them, Beck’s show lost more than 300 advertisers – companies that were unwilling to attach their products and brands to his vitriolic and divisive commentary. Fox News Channel clearly understands that Beck’s increasingly erratic behavior is a liability to their ratings and their bottom line, and we are glad to see them take this action.”


  • Tue 02 Nov, 2010

    ColorOfChange.org and CREDO Action Declare Victory -- Applaud ABC News' Decision to Drop Andrew Breitbart from Election Night Coverage

    SAN FRANCISCO – A statement from James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, regarding ABC News’ decision to drop Andrew Breitbart from his role in tonight’s Election Night coverage.

  • Mon 18 Oct, 2010

    Target of '580 Shooter' Calls on Top Fox News Advertisers to Pull Support

    Tides Foundation CEO points to new evidence linking Glenn Beck's rhetoric to man accused of plotting to kill him and his colleagues

    SAN FRANCISCO – Following the release of new jailhouse interviews that further connect the ‘580 Shooter’ with Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck, Tides Foundation CEO Drummond Pike is calling on major companies that advertise on Fox News Channel to pull their advertising from the conservative news station.

  • Thu 26 Aug, 2010

    ColorOfChange.org Announces New Initiative Urging Businesses to "Turn Off Fox"

    Group Known for Glenn Beck Advertiser Pull-Out Moves to Fox News Channel, Calls on Members to Challenge Network Over Race-Baiting Smear Campaigns

    NEW YORK – ColorOfChange.org, the community activist group that has successfully urged dozens of advertisers to pull away from Glenn Beck’s Fox News Channel show, today announced a new initiative directed at discouraging public establishments across the country from airing FNC. The campaign, dubbed “Turn off Fox,” will attempt to educate the public of the divisive rhetoric and dishonest smear campaigns conveyed by the channel, while reducing the number of televisions broadcasting it in public domains – including restaurants, bars, airport terminals and gyms.

  • Wed 31 Mar, 2010

    ColorOfChange.org To Deliver Over 341,000 Petitions To Republican National Committee Headquarters

    Petitions call on the RNC to condemn bigotry and hate among its supporters and within the Party

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – ColorOfChange.org today announced that they will deliver more than 341,000 petition signatures to the Republican National Committee calling on RNC Chairman Michael Steele and other Republican leaders to publically condemn bigotry and hate among supporters of the Republican Party, as well as fear-mongering and coded racism from officials in the party. 

  • Tue 16 Mar, 2010

    ColorOfChange.org Joins Christian Social Group in Confronting Glenn Beck

    FNC Host's Recent Controversial Remarks Cause Uproar in Christian Groups across the Country

    OAKLAND, CA — ColorOfChange.org—the organization behind the advertising drop-off of Glenn Beck’s television show—today asked its members to join with Sojourners, a Christian social justice organization, in confronting Beck’s recent attack on churches that preach social and economic justice. The Fox News Channel host called on his viewers on March 2 to disavow from their churches and report them to authorities if the institutions are preaching social justice. Last week, Sojourners launched an online petition allowing signers to “report” themselves to Beck, declaring “I'm a Christian who believes in the biblical call to social justice.”

  • Mon 15 Feb, 2010

    UK Broadcast Of 'Glenn Beck' Program Forced To Air Without Advertisements

    Extension of Anti-Beck Campaign Hits Milestone Victory as Additional US Companies Drop FNC Host

    OAKLAND, Ca. — The U.K. broadcast of Glenn Beck’s eponymous television program was forced to air free of paid advertisements on four consecutive days last week.

  • Thu 10 Dec, 2009

    DefendGlenn.com Issues Public Apology For False Statements Made About ColorOfChange.org During Group's Beck Campaign

    Glenn Beck Support Website Admits 'Erroneous' Accusations, Apologizes; DefendGlenn.com to Post Full Retraction of Claims on Homepage for Seven Weeks

    OAKLAND, Calif. — DefendGlenn.com, the website created and dedicated to supporting controversial Fox News personality Glenn Beck, today issued a public retraction of several erroneous statements it made regarding civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org. 

  • Tue 06 Oct, 2009

    Nineteen New Companies Pledge Not To Run Additional Ads On Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck

    80 Companies Now Distance Themselves from Host as Backlash Over Controversial Comments Goes International

    OAKLAND, Calif.—ColorOfChange.org has confirmed that 19 new companies whose ads aired recently during Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck program have asked Fox to stop their ads from running or pledged to not to run ads on the show going forward. 

  • Mon 14 Sep, 2009

    Ad Boycott Costs Glenn Beck Over 50% Of Ad Dollars

    62 Companies Refusing to Advertise with Beck Cost Fox Nearly $600k Per Week

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The advertising boycott of Glenn Beck has cost the controversial host over half of his estimated advertising revenue since it was launched by ColorOfChange.org a month ago. This according to data analyzed from industry sources.

  • Wed 09 Sep, 2009

    Six New Companies, Including The USPS, Humana Pledge Not To Run Additional Ads On Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck

    62 Companies Now Boycotting the Controversial Host

    OAKLAND, Calif.—ColorOfChange.org today confirmed that six new companies whose ads aired recently during Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck program have pledged to not to run ads on the show going forward.

  • Wed 02 Sep, 2009

    11 New Companies Pledge Not To Run Additional Ads On Glenn Beck Program

    Capital One, Mercedes-Benz, Discover Among Latest to Distance Themselves from FNC Host

    OAKLAND, Calif.—ColorOfChange.org today confirmed that six new companies whose ads aired recently during Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck program have pledged to not to run ads on the show going forward. The additions – Aegon, Ashley Furniture, Humana, Luxottica Retail (retail parent of LensCrafters and Pearle Vision), United States Postal Service and Wyeth Consumer Healthcare – bring the number of companies boycotting Glenn Beck to 62.

  • Thu 27 Aug, 2009

    Ten New Companies Pledge Not To Run Additional Ads On Glenn Beck Program

    Vonage, Bank Of America, Kraft Among Latest to Distance Themselves from FNC Host as the Network Struggles to Fill Beck's Advertising Space

    OAKLAND, Calif.—Adding to an increasing list of companies distancing themselves from Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck, ten new companies whose ads were recently seen during Beck’s program—Applebee’s, Bank of America, Bell & Howell, DirecTv, General Mills, Kraft, Regions Financial Corporation, SAM (Store and Move), Travelers Insurance and Vonage—have pledged to take steps to ensure that their ads don’t run on Beck’s show.

  • Mon 24 Aug, 2009

    16 New Companies Pledge Not To Run Ads On Glenn Beck; Total Reaches Three Dozen

    Sprint, Lowe's, Clorox Among Latest To Defect as ColorOfChange.org Members Reach Out Directly to Companies Who Refuse to Pull Ads

    OAKLAND, Calif.—Facing increased pressure from ColorOfChange.org members, 16 new companies have pledged not to run additional ads on Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck Program. Thirty-six companies have now committed not to support Beck’s show since ColorOfChange.org launched its campaign three weeks ago.

  • Wed 19 Aug, 2009

    Eight More Companies Decide To Pull Ads From Glenn Beck; Twenty Companies Have Now Pulled Advertising

    Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy, Travelocity, Among Latest to Pull Ads

    OAKLAND, Calif.—Eight more Glenn Beck advertisers, including Wal-Mart – the world’s largest retailer – have confirmed to ColorOfChange.org that they pulled their ads from the controversial Fox News Channel broadcaster’s eponymous show. Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services), Best Buy, Broadview Security, CVS, Re-Bath, Travelocity and Wal-Mart join the dozen other companies who previously distanced themselves from Beck. 

  • Wed 19 Aug, 2009

    Sprint, UPS Store, Six Other Companies Pledge No More Ads on Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck Program

    Latest defections come as ColorOfChange.org Members Reach out to Companies Who Refuse to Pull Ads, Including Clorox, Lowes

    OAKLAND, California —Facing increased pressure from ColorOfChange.org members, eight new companies have pledged not to run ads on Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck going forward. The defections come as ColorOfChange begins emailing the more than 150,000 people who signed its Beck petition to mobilize them to call five major advertisers who refuse to pull their ads: Clorox, Experian (creator of FreeCreditReport.com), Lowes, Red Lobster and Vonage.

  • Thu 13 Aug, 2009

    ConAgra, Roche, Sanofi-Aventis And RadioShack Pull Advertisements From Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck

    Latest Group of Advertisers Joins Growing List of Companies Distancing Themselves from Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck

    OAKLAND, Calif.—ColorOfChange.org this week received confirmation from four more companies – ConAgra (maker of Healthy Choice products), Roche, Sanofi-Aventis, and RadioShack – pledging to pull their ads from Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck show. These new defections come on the heels of reports that Men’s Wearhouse, State Farm and Sargento also pulled their ads in recent days.

  • Mon 10 Aug, 2009

    GEICO Car Insurance To Pull Advertisements Away From Glenn Beck Program

    Insurance Company Joins Lawyers.com, Proctor & Gamble, Progressive Insurance and SC Johnson in Distancing Themselves from FNC Anchor

    OAKLAND, Calif.—Adding to a growing list of advertisers distancing themselves from controversial Fox News personality Glenn Beck, GEICO has pledged to re-direct their advertisements away from Beck’s program on the Fox News Channel. 

  • Wed 05 Aug, 2009

    Proctor & Gamble, Progressive Insurance Pledge Not To Advertise On Glenn Beck On Fox News; LexisNexis-owned Lawyers.com Pulls Ads From Glenn Beck

    Changes Come as Tens of Thousands of ColorofChange.org Members Urge Beck Advertisers to Pull Their Support After Anchor Calls Obama 'Racist' on FNC

    OAKLAND, Calif.—Three companies who run ads during Glenn Beck – NexisLexis-owned Lawyers.com, Procter & Gamble and Progressive Insurance – today distanced themselves from Beck. LexisNexis has pulled its advertising from Beck and says it has no plans to advertise on the program in the future. Both Procter & Gamble and Progressive Insurance called the Beck advertising placements an error that they would correct. 

  • Thu 30 Jul, 2009

    ColorOfChange.org Members Urge Glenn Beck Advertisers To Pull Ads In Wake Of Recent Race-Baiting Comments On 'Fox & Friends'

    Civil Rights Group Asks its 600,000+ Members to Call on Advertisers, Urging Them to Pull Financial Support of Beck

    OAKLAND, Calif.—The civil rights group ColorOfChange.org Thursday urged its 600,000-plus members to petition companies who advertise on Glenn Beck’s radio and television shows to urge them to cut off their advertising on Beck’s programs. The mobilization comes after Beck called President Obama a “racist” who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people” during an appearance Tuesday on “Fox and Friends.”

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