Building systemic power to protect Black lives

Here at Color Of Change, we’re all grieving the tens of thousands of Black lives stolen by America’s inadequate response to COVID-19, and justice delayed if not denied after the cold-blooded murders of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others. But we’re hopeful too, because we’re not only responding to these specific tragedies —  we’re working to build the systemic power needed to solve these problems at their root: in the policies and laws that govern our society. Each trending tragedy underscores the critical importance of community organizing and voter justice. One simple way you can promote voter justice today is to send a message urging your Senators to fully fund safe elections in the HEROES Act

As we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as violent rhetoric and behavior targeting Black people, expanding safe voting options must be a top priority this year. That’s why we recently published our 2020 Voter Justice Agenda, which outlines the six crucial accommodations states must offer in order to ensure a free, fair, and safe voting experience for Black voters. All of these solutions already exist in some form in every state in this country, but we need to make them available to every voter, everywhere. That means Congress must step up to fund them

We already have everything we need to provide a decent quality of life for Black communities and everyone else in our society. Yet Black folks are suffering and dying needlessly because public officials have given the resources and representation we need to thrive to more privileged communities. Recurring tragedies like the ones we’re mourning now are glaring examples of what happens after generations of being undercounted, underfunded, and underrepresented in our government. 

Getting out the count and the vote this year will be critical for saving Black lives for the next decade and beyond. That’s what the OurCount movement and our Voter Justice Agenda is all about. You can strengthen this movement today by taking a minute to tell your Senators to fund safe elections in the HEROES Act.