@SFtech4good: #BlackLivesMatter and June Networking

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and New Event: Summer Networking


As a wrote a few days ago, I've been exploring new platforms to use to keep SFTech4Good going. Earlier l shared Upstream's Coronavirus Helping and Hiring Community. It's focused on providing something of value for people looking for work or hiring. 

SFTech4Good now has its own community on Upstream! Currently, Upstream is iOS only, BUT Android is coming in a few weeks. They'll also have a desktop version too.

No FOMO needed. We'll all be able to join very soon. Please join the SFTech4Good community on Upstream here

Regina Walton
SFTech4Good, Director

Summer Networking

SFTech4Good Networking Warm-Up #1
Wednesday, June 17, 6 - 6:30 pm, Pacific

This is the time of the year that I take an SFTech4Good summer hiatus, BUT COVID-19 meant there has only been one event this year.

We all know that one big plus to SFTech4Good events is the networking, so I’m bringing it to your mobile phone.

I’m rolling this out initially for 50 attendees. That’s about half of the RSVP limit I use for most of the in-person events. I’ll change things up and do more of these as we go, so don’t fret if you’re waitlisted.

The format for this event is called Video Breakout. Once the event starts, I'll give a quick live video introduction. You’ll then be matched for quick one-on-one video chats with other attendees. From start to finish you'll be matched with six people. This is a great way to meet new people professionally. 

You'll be able to find the full list of attendees on the Event screen, in the Upstream App.

Register for the event and join Upstream here.

Black Lives Matter

I'm asking our non-POC members to please examine your role in perpetuating white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

Here are some links to help you if you need somewhere to start.

Deep thanks to Katherine Bierce for helping to put this section together! ??

Black Lives Matter: Learn


Imagine 500,000+ unpacking racism — that would ripple out to millions of people across the country and the world. Join a study group with Daybreaker and fill out THIS GOOGLE FORM so they can add you to the study group, and they'll see you at their first Zoom Study Hall on Tuesday, June 9th from 5:30-6:30 pm Pacific / 8:30 - 9:30 PM Eastern.
WHAT: Audible Book here on How to Be an Anti-Racist 
WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapters 1 and 2 this week and will be doing our first Zoom study hall next Tuesday at 8:30 pm ET.
STUDY HALL: 1 hour from 8:30 - 9:30 PM. 
RULES: This is a respectful space and you get 1-2 minutes to share to let others share too.
1. Define what racist means.
2. What is the difference between “I’m not racist” and “I’m an active anti-racist”?

Standing United: The Fight Against Inequality: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ltJmjs20m1rQGXPesYRi7zLq35mgWELQO8oFOrD1UlM/edit

Anti-racism resources: 

Ally Resource Guide:

Resources on the CMXhub page on Facebook for community managers and us all:

Black Lives Matter: Donate

Organizations to donate to:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1ZIvDZpHqvNZkf8dGFXVjfk-Wq0Y9FTG410NJbH_8K8M/htmlview A list of resistance funds is here to fight police terror and help with bail: 

Donate to organizations working to fight racial injustice. 

Make food donations on a local level, such as the Alameda County Food Bank. Why? Communities that were already struggling with COVID-19 are now in worse situations as a result of local businesses getting destroyed or having to board up.

Black Lives Matter: Act and Follow

Connect with these organizations on the front lines of social justice:
Color of Change—Sign a Petition to End Violent Policing Against Black People

Take steps and lend support to encourage reform.

Working on a statement for your company? 
Here’s a great post from Ben & Jerry’s: We Must Dismantle White Supremacy.

Black Lives Matter: Contact Your Politicians

Here is a call script for calling your mayor, Senator, House of Representatives official, governor, etc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1y4-85RaRhhYLGojLxCj6IeObzo5nU26x0xQE2zj6R1w/edit

Stay safe and looking forward to seeing some of you virtually next week!

Thanks to SFTech4Good's sponsor,TechSoup.

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