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[liberationtech] #YesWeCode Initiative - & Prince

Chrrles Paul charles.paul at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 18:00:28 PDT 2016


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"I said, 'Well, yeah, Prince that's true but that's because of racism.' And
he said, 'No, it's because we have not produced enough black Mark
Zuckerbergs. That's on us. That's on us. To deal with what we're not doing
to get our young people prepared to be a part of this new information
economy.'"
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If that was his attitude, then his attitude sucked.

On Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 9:02 AM, Jayne Cravens <jc at coyotecommunications.com>
wrote:

> #YesWeCode (http://www.yeswecode.org) is an initiative that seeks to
> mobilize tech and social justice leaders to connect 100,000 low-opportunity
> young adults to the skills and experiences they need to access high-paying
> careers in technology. CNN commentator Van Jones founded the #YesWeCode
> initiative with the support of Prince, who passed away yesterday.
>
> http://www.yeswecode.org/prince
>
> Jones elaborated on Prince's involvement at the 20th Anniversary Essence
> Festival:
>
> "After the Trayvon Martin verdict I was talking to Prince and he said,
> 'You know, every time people see a young black man wearing a hoodie, they
> think, he's a thug. But if they see a young white guy wearing a hoodie they
> think, oh that might be Mark Zuckerberg. That might be a dot-com
> billionaire.'"
>
> "I said, 'Well, yeah, Prince that's true but that's because of racism.'
> And he said, 'No, it's because we have not produced enough black Mark
> Zuckerbergs. That's on us. That's on us. To deal with what we're not doing
> to get our young people prepared to be a part of this new information
> economy.'"
>
> Since July 2014, YesWeCode has been focused on three activities:
>
> Communicate: In partnership with Oakland, Calfornia-based organizations,
> #YesWeCode launched an interactive website with a powerful search tool that
> enables users to find local coding education resources. This tool also
> helps users find local events and learn more about coding opportunities.
>
> Convene: #YesWeCode has convened 100+ coding practitioners and
> stakeholders in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and New Orleans.
> #YesWeCode partnered with Qeyno Labs to host a Start-Up Weekend hackathon
> in February 2015, focused on uplifting young African-American men and boys.
>
> Catalyze: In July, #YesWeCode launched at the 20th Anniversary ESSENCE
> Festival with a youth-focused hackathon and a headline performance by
> Prince, before a festival audience of 500,000 people.
>
> Just seemed appropriate to post this.
>
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> Portland, Oregon, USA
>
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> The email - jc at coyotecommunications.com
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