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President @ColorOfChange, spokesperson @votingwhileblk, foodie and hat aficionado. Changing written & unwritten rules in media, tech, biz & gov't. Views my own.
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Nov 11, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
Elon Musk doesn’t know what he’s doing, and he can’t tweet his way out of this. He’ll try to distract us with more nonsense. He’ll make more empty commitments, like when he told me on a call last week that he cared about safety and civil rights. But no one’s buying it. He just lost his head of Trust & Safety, after firing the teams responsible for making Twitter safe and trustworthy: the entire human rights team, as well as the Ethics & Accountability team.
Nov 8, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
#ElectionDay isn’t over yet. That means: if you're in line, stay in line. If you’re contacting voters, let’s keep pushing. Thank you for your critical work.

Speaking of which — I wanted to point to the powerful work @votingwhileblk is doing to reach Black voters nationwide. Image Our volunteers and team have made:

—599,907 attempted calls and texts
—17,985,395 digital ad impressions
—855,364 pieces of direct mail sent ImageImage
May 15, 2022 9 tweets 2 min read
In the wake of yesterday's racist attack in Buffalo, media corporations, elected leaders and the police will attempt to distract from who and what is responsible. We can’t let those who are truly responsible hide: Twitch enabled the shooter to livestream this white supremacist attack.
Apr 21, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
The majority of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized. So why isn’t it?

The fact is there are a lot of corporations that profit off the millions of Black & brown people put in prisons & jails bc of nonviolent drug offenses. #LegalizeIt #420Day
thehill.com/news/senate/32… Let’s remember that even “public” prisons have profit-based incentives for criminalizing marijuana and targeting Black and brown communities.
Dec 31, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
One of the most memorable moments of 2021 was definitely when I was arrested at the US Senate offices during a voting rights demonstration. There are no “good old days” to go back to. The machines in Black neighborhoods never worked the way they do in white ones. The voting lines in Black neighborhoods have always been longer.
Nov 30, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
Tomorrow, I’ll be testifying in front of the House @EnergyCommerce committee about #Section230 — talking about how to make #BigTech liable for the problems they cause instead of making all of us pay for it.
energycommerce.house.gov/committee-acti… I want to thank the Committee of Energy and Commerce for holding this hearing and introducing the Justice Against Malicious Algorithms Act, the Safe Tech Act, and the Civil Rights Modernization Act, each one of which is crucial for addressing the harms wrought by #BigTech.
Nov 19, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
The #RittenhouseVerdict is not just wrong, it’s dangerous. Rittenhouse represents a type of violence that is only going to target more and more people over time. Every day, movements for justice lead efforts to reduce violence — to change all the rules in society that incentivize it. But white leaders must confront the white people whose decisions create this violence.
Nov 19, 2021 17 tweets 4 min read
I'm disappointed but not at all surprised

Kyle Rittenhouse went to an active protest with an AR because he wanted conflict. He found it, and he killed people. And because the American justice system wants people like him to be able to do things like this, he now walks free. The #RittenhouseVerdict is the result of an entire system designed to prop up white supremacy. Starting from the moment police officers let Rittenhouse walk away from the scene, to charitable media framing, to Judge Bruce Schroeder displaying obvious bias, up to this decision.
Apr 26, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
I’m sitting down to watch (and live-tweet) the #Oscars, and Black talent and stories may take the night. Like a lot of things happening right now, signs of progress are also signs of just how far we have to go. (1/6) For every #Moonlight that illuminates the breadth and depth of Black lives, and for every #JudasandtheBlackMessiah that tells the truth about racism in law enforcement and politics, there are a hundred movies and TV shows doing just the opposite. (2/6)
Jan 7, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
I don’t know who needs to hear this but Trump officials shouldn't be able to rehabilitate their reputations just bc they resigned two weeks before his term is over or put out a milquetoast statement.

The media has a responsibility to name them as the violent enablers they are. Mick Mulvaney was the architect of some of the worst parts of the Trump administration, including its willfully negligent #COVID19 response, and has been using his ties to Trump to raise money for his hedge fund.
Aug 28, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
Today marks the 15th anniversary of @ColorOfChange, formed in the wake of the government's violent neglect of Black people during Hurricane Katrina. Ever since we've remained committed to fighting the barriers holding Black communities back & creating solutions to take us forward I'm proud of what we've accomplished. We used #NoBloodMoney to get corporations to sever financial ties with white nationalists. We got COPS canceled for their "copaganda". We got Twitter to suspend David Duke and we continued working on tech accountability campaigns.
Jul 8, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Long term, we need new rules of the road for these companies. Mark Zuckerberg has far too much power, more power than any individual should have, but especially an individual with no deep understanding or appreciation for civil rights usatoday.com/story/tech/202… We've been working for years to get @Facebook to address their civil rights failures. The release of this civil rights audit exposes Facebook as a company that facilitates hate speech, violence, disinformation and bias while shortchanging civil rights.
Jul 6, 2020 8 tweets 4 min read
As the leaders of the #StopHateForProfit coalition gear up to meet @Facebook leadership tomorrow, we want to hear what they will do to deal with this problem - not a repackaging of old talking points. But first, let’s take a minute to recap how we got here: In 2018, as we were pressuring @Facebook about the rampant voter suppression, discrimination and disinformation on the platform, @Facebook hired a PR firm to launch a negative attack campaign against us that advanced anti-Black and anti-semitic narratives. nytimes.com/2018/11/21/tec…
May 31, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
Elected leaders cannot wring their hands about the tragedy of police brutality one minute, state their support of peaceful protest and reducing jail populations, and then use militarized police force against protestors the next. Thread: Last night, @chicagosmayor trapped protestors downtown by lifting bridges and stopping the CTA, then instated a curfew that made everyone outside arrestable.
May 2, 2019 6 tweets 4 min read
About 13 years ago in Central Park, I was stopped and frisked by the police while on a morning run. They had me up against a tree, claiming that I looked like I was “running from something.” The white officers said that “I didn’t look like a runner.” #WhenTheySeeUs I began explaining myself, nervous, watching as people ran past me...wondering. Knew that my words, visibility, and “nice” running clothes might not save me. Eventually they let me go. This was all before folks pulled out their phones and taped. #WhenTheySeeUs