“With the right support, the young people we have the privilege to work with are unstoppable. Their diverse backgrounds and experiences represent smart, necessary talent and perspectives the tech industry needs to continue to grow, and to produce content that represents the people that actually consume that content.” Gameheads Executive Director Damon Packwood recently spoke with Unity, a leader in the tech industry and a close partner of Gameheads, about the new game design certificate program the two organizations co-designed and offer through Cal State East Bay, why video game development is an essential skill, the importance of access to economic opportunity, and more. The full interview is at unity.com.
Grantmakers for Girls of Color is growing, and hiring for two new positions. The Communications Associate will contribute to the communications and narrative aspects of G4GC’s work to support the wellbeing, joy, and safety of girls and gender-expansive youth of color. The Manager of the New Songs Rising Initiative will lead the visioning, creation, and implementation of the partnership between Grantmakers for Girls of Color and Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples to mobilize resources towards work that centers and supports Indigenous girls in their families and communities. Learn more at grantmakersforgirlsofcolor.org and https://bit.ly/3kZI1uA
Next Friday, August 6, Black Organizing Project, Bay Rising, Anti Police-Terror Project and more community partners will host a “Back to School, Back to Sanctuary” Art Jam for Police Free Schools in OUSD at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater. The event will feature live poetry performance, art making, music, care packages for OUSD students starting school on August 9, food and a resource table with know-your-rights materials about the changes implemented on OUSD campuses since the Board voted to eliminate the Oakland Schools Police Department.
OUSD community members will have the opportunity to come together to ring in the new school year and remind OUSD of their commitment to the George Floyd Resolution. RSVP today: https://actionnetwork.org/events/back-to-school-back-to-sanctuary-art-jam-for-police-free-schools-in-ousd
“#DeliverBirthJustice is an effort to help people understand what Black pregnant people and Black people who are having babies are facing on a day-to-day basis so that we can move into recognizing that if racism is the problem, dismantling racism is the only solution.”
Last week, five Bay Area counties — Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Solano — joined forces with the Perinatal Equity Initiative to launch #DeliverBirthJustice, a campaign that puts birth justice front and center in the fight for racial justice in the Bay Area. Learn more about the campaign at deliverbirthjustice.org, follow along with the work on social media — on Twitter @birthjusticenow; on Instagram @deliverbirthjustice; and on Facebook at facebook.com/deliver-birth-justice — and watch the campaign video featuring the stories of Bay Area mothers that helped shape the campaign.