For the next 100 days, the Kapor family of organizations will jointly demonstrate their commitment to fighting against anti-blackness and for racial justice in our political, educational and economic systems.
Racial disparities have long existed in education, and have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an urgent need to prevent these gaps from growing even wider and remove structural barriers in the digital divide, school funding, CS and STEM education, and higher education. Now, we must invest in high-speed broadband networks to ensure all students are equitably set up to participate in the virtual academic environment.
With less than 100 days until Election Day, the need for civic participation and engagement is urgent at the local, state, and national levels. 2020 will be a historic election, given what is at stake for communities of color, in areas of health, education, the economy, and criminal justice. Now more than ever we need to push for policies and public officials that will address systemic racism.
Tech leaders were among the first to show support for racial equity in statements responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. However, there will not be racial justice until there is economic empowerment for Black and Indigenous People of Color, which requires the move from solidarity to action. We call on tech leaders to take action by removing barriers and hiring, promoting and investing in Black talent.