Black tech leaders issue call to action to combat racial injustice in the Bay Area

As a tumultuous week of protests draws broad attention to America’s open wounds of racist police violence, a coalition of Black founders, advocates, investors and other leaders are issuing a call to action for those in the tech industry to stand against the systemic forces that continue to claim Black lives.
The effort, called “Black Tech for Black Lives,” pulls together a set of specific, actionable commitments intended to “support frontline leaders working to create a more just world.” The pledge is designed to elevate Bay Area community leaders working in tech’s epicenter on specific policy goals around issues like policing reform, local elections and by hiring and supporting more Black talent in tech.
The pledge also calls for justice for the Minneapolis police officers who killed George Floyd, an unarmed Black man pinned on the neck by an officer for more than eight minutes in a brutal act of disproportionate police violence. The event set off a nationwide movement that’s resulted in historic demonstrations against police brutality in all 50 states.
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