EP12: Race Matters: Advocating for Change
No one could have predicted what 2020 would be like and the pandemic has amplified and blown the lid off many of the issues that have already been happening in the Black community as it relates to health, money and housing.
But we can’t let COVID-19 steal all of our joy, we wanted to round out this year’s podcasts with a few of our favorite things from 2020.
ORGANIZATIONS
 

Color of Change: Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. They help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 7 million members, they move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

Black Voters Matter: Black Voters Matter’s goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. Effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny. They agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

Black Church Collective: This is a collective of interdenominational Black pastors and theologians representing the prophetic tradition of Black churches in the United States of America. They lift their voices to emphatically repudiate the evil beast of white racism, white supremacy, white superiority and its concomitant and abiding anti-Black violence.

COMMUNITY CHANGE

  • Colorado passed a law that eliminated qualified immunity. This means police officers are more likely to be held accountable in court for bad behavior on the job.
  • The CROWN Act has passed in more states this year which gives Black people the legal protection to wear their natural hair texture in the workplace and in public schools. It has passed in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, California, Colorado, and Washington.
  • Obamacare was upheld in the courts despite being challenged again in the Supreme Court.
  • Shoutout to the CDC for making it so landlords can’t kick out residents behind on rent because of financial hardships caused by the pandemic. This CDC Order entitled Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID is in place from September to December 2020.Nebraska passed a ballot initiative that enacted a 36% rate cap on payday loans.  Thank goodness banks can’t charge 300-400% on small loans that siphon billions of dollars a year from poor people to the rich.