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[liberationtech] #YesWeCode Initiative - & Prince

Feross Aboukhadijeh feross at feross.org
Fri Apr 22 18:21:37 PDT 2016


> If that was his attitude, then his attitude sucked.

That's interesting. I saw it as an attempt to empower black youth --
changes the dynamic from "it's someone else's fault" to "what can *we* do
to fix the problem?"

On Fri, 22 Apr 2016 at 18:00 Chrrles Paul <charles.paul at gmail.com> wrote:

> ---
> "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.'"
> ---
>
> 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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>> Ms. Jayne Cravens MSc
>> Portland, Oregon, USA
>>
>> The web site - http://www.coyotecommunications.com
>> The email - jc at coyotecommunications.com
>> Me on Twitter, other social networks, & my blog:
>> http://www.coyotecommunications.com/me/jayneonline.shtml
>>
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