What a Black tech movement might look like

Alicia Nunez

Dr. Fallon Wilson is, like civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, sick and tired of being sick and tired. Hamer and Wilson were both talking about a lack of progress on civil rights, but Wilson is talking specifically about data, AI, and tech from companies that have for years failed to make meaningful progress on diversity and inclusion initiatives. In a …

Tech companies just found out about Juneteenth, and this is what they’re doing

Alicia Nunez

Earlier this month, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian stepped down from the company’s board of directors to make room for a Black person. Meanwhile, folks over at the Kapor Center for Social Impact are encouraging staff to use Juneteenth as a day of service in the Black community. These are all steps in the right direction — steps that can result in …

Nonprofits Set Aside Juneteenth as a Day to Reflect, Learn, Take Action

Alicia Nunez

Juneteenth is not a national holiday, but a large number of nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations are giving employees a paid day off, including Candid, the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Council on Foundations, the Kapor Center, Network for Good, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and Southern California Grantmakers. Grant makers including the Ford, Kresge, and MacArthur foundations have also given employees Friday …

Six many years into diversity experiences, Massive Tech has created tiny development

Alicia Nunez

“Just about every 12 months they set out the exact same range report, examine the box, then ship out the very same report the upcoming year,” reported Freada Kapor Klein, founding lover at Kapor Funds. “We’re at a crucial crossroads — I don’t assume what tech corporations have finished to date is wherever near adequate.” In 2014, tech companies acknowledged the gap …

She Was A Victims’ Advocate Long Before #MeToo How Alumna of the Year Freada Kapor Klein changed the conversation around sexual assault

Alicia Nunez

More than four decades before #MeToo, Kapor Klein ’74, Berkeley’s 2020 Alumna of the Year (presented by the UC Berkeley Foundation and the Cal Alumni Association), was at the forefront of a burgeoning feminist movement as a researcher, an activist, and a formidable advocate for women’s rights, uncovering the trauma occurring in American homes and workplaces before we had words and hashtags …

New York And Eight Other States Launch COVID-19 Support Platform OnwardUS

Cliff Worley

Fresno, Calif. April 28, 2020 – Today, Bitwise Industries (www.bitwiseindustries.com) and the Kapor Center, launched a location-specific platform for eight states and the District of Columbia to help people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. Americans in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Connecticut and the District of Columbia, join California and Colorado with access …

Bay Area Nonprofit Aims to Help Put the Unemployed Back on Track

Cliff Worley

Millions of people around the country are suddenly off the job, looking for work and often looking for help in the interim. A nonprofit effort, born in the Bay Area, is aiming to help put people back on track. Chris Chmura reports.

New jobs and emergency services website launched in California now expanding across U.S.

Cliff Worley

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Hundreds of thousands of unemployed Californians are turning to a unique public-private partnership for emergency assistance and jobs. After launching just two weeks ago in California in response to the pandemic, a new website is announcing it’s expanding to other parts of the country. People no doubt are hurting, but they now have a unique new …

Meet Bitwise, the unique tech company behind California’s job-loss website

Cliff Worley

As Californians started to lose their jobs in the havoc wreaked by coronavirus, Bitwise Industries, a unique tech startup in Fresno, badly wanted to help. So it hastily got to work on a website for displaced workers: a one-stop shop for information about essential services, retraining opportunities and jobs that remained open. Now, Bitwise is working on the initiative with some …

The Kapor Center and Bitwise Industries Launch OnwardUS.org

Cliff Worley

Oakland, Calif. April 20, 2020 – Today, the Kapor Center (www.kaporcenter.org) and Bitwise Industries (www.bitwiseindustries.com), launched the online resource for Americans impacted by COVID-19, OnwardUS. Following the launch of OnwardCA in California, Colorado has also launched an Onward platform with at least a dozen additional states expected to launch in the coming weeks. As states continue to look for ways …

Kapor Center Joins Coalition Launching OnwardCA.org, California’s COVID-19 Support Platform

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Oakland, Calif. April 2, 2020 – Today, the Kapor Center (www.kaporcenter.org) and Bitwise Industries (www.bitwiseindustries.com) are working in direct coordination with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mastercard and the counties of California, University of California, California State Universities, California Community Colleges, and more than 100 other technology companies to launch an online resource for Californians impacted by the COVID-19 virus, OnwardCA.  …