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Alumni on Valley Politics with Terry Christensen
Alex Shoor ('13) was recently featured on Valley Politics with Terry Christensen about his work with Catalyze SV, a grassroots community group that identifies, analyzes, and advocates around development projects. Catalyze SV also seeks to bring a more diverse group of people to the table with constructive suggestions to developers and city leaders to positively transform Silicon Valley into a more sustainable, equitable and vibrant place. Watch Alex’s interview here.
If you’re interested in getting involved, you can join Catalyze SV’s list serve, attend monthly meetings, or join a committee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Everyone is welcomed - Catalyze SV’s goal is to bring representation from all communities so that the development process is more collaborative and inclusive. More information on the work being done by Catalyze SV can be found in this SPUR presentation. Follow Catalyze SV on Facebook and on Twitter.
Alumni on the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women
Congratulations to Jennifer Briscoe (‘17) on being appointed as the Chair of the County’s Commission on the Status of Women as well as a big congrats to Lisset Nevarez (‘13) on her recent appointment to the Commission as well!
Alumni Present at the 3rd Annual Civic and Gov Showcase
Congratulations to Yan Yin K. Choy (‘15) and Emily Ramos (‘14) on showcasing their Renter’s Rights Guide web app at the 3rd Annual Civic and Gov Tech Showcase in September. The Renter's Rights Guide is an open source web application that informs users about their renter's rights and provides resources developed by Code for San Jose Volunteers.
Alumni at the NLC Millenial Compact in Chicago, IL
NLC Millennial Compact with America is a comprehensive statement of millennial policies. The Millennial Compact brings together emerging activists, scholars and professional progressives to set an agenda for innovating our economic structure, social systems, and our democracy. Learn more about NLC’s Millennial Compact.
Select NLC Alumni from across the Country came together last month in Chicago for NLC’s first Millennial Compact Conversation to present, learn and share ideas about policy ideas for progress. NLCSV is proud to be represented by Lucrecia Rivera (2016 Fellow), Paul Escobar (2016 Fellow) and Sita Stukes (2017 Fellow). Check out their exciting policy contributions:
Lucrecia Riveria, 2016 Fellow, 2016-2017 Board Member
Since 1979, more than 9,000 Americans have died from heat-related causes, according to the EPA. A study conducted between 2000 and 2011 in New York City shows that heat waves were more likely to kill black individuals and those living in homes in census tracts that receive greater public assistance.
Lucrecia's policy memo proposes a multi-stakeholder Heat Reduction program to adapt cities to heat waves. During the National Conversation, she participated on a panel discussion about the Energy Revolution. With the threat of climate change and the industry and community shift away from fossil fuels, there is a real opportunity in the energy sector to create jobs and opportunity that have a net positive affect for our environment and economy. America has a chance to be the 21st Century energy leader.
Read more about Lucrecia’s policy ideas on p. 34 here.
Paul Escobar, 2016 Fellow, 2016-2018 Board Member
Paul Escobar's piece, "American Success in a Digital Future: The Importance of K-12 Computer Science Education," explores the intersections of automation, education, the future of work and digital citizenship. Our society is on the cusp of perhaps the most dramatic shift in modern history, and we have the opportunity now to set the initial conditions to make the new century a vastly more inclusive, efficient and safer one. Automated technologies and artificial intelligence promise to revolutionize every aspect of our society; our population must be prepared to be knowledgeable, active contributors to this world. An essential part of that is widespread access to quality K-12 computer science education. Paul's article discusses the various ways policymakers at all levels of government can promote computer science education.
Read more about Paul’s policy ideas on p. 49 here.
Sita Stukes, 2017 Fellow, 2017-2018 Board Member
Sita Stukes wrote about the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) for the Millennial Compact. Women gained the right to vote in 1920 via the 19th Amendment but have had little else legislative movement since. In 1923 feminist Alice Paul announced that she was going to introduce a version of the ERA, but it wasn’t until 1970 that another bill was formally introduced; it passed in the both the House and Senate, and was endorsed by Republican President Richard Nixon (like a Republican president would ever be caught dead signing such a thing now!). The ERA went to state legislatures in 1972 with a seven-year deadline during which 38 states had to ratify the amendment. By the time the window expired, even with a three-year extension, only 35 states had ratified. The bill has been reintroduced in Congress year since merely as a symbolic gesture. You may have heard that Nevada recently ratified the ERA; that is correct. Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the ERA in March 2017. Legally speaking, we’re not sure what this means. There are two approaches for ratification: extending the timeline retroactively or starting from scratch. Extending the timeline, the 3-state strategy, is ideal, because there are states that are solidly conservative (Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana, Indiana), now and it would never have a chance to pass. This approach is supported by the 27th Amendment, introduced in 1789 but not ratified until 1992, 203 years later.
Read more about Sita’s presentation on p.136 here.
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