Equality Disparities in Tech Firms?

As seen in the chart below, that's been making the rounds, the stimulus is working. The Obama Administration, using numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is touting that the number of jobs lost is lessening.

This is great news, of course, but we must ensure that new jobs are equitably distributed. That's why it's discouraging to hear that five Silicon Valley companies successfully fought a Freedom of Information request for gender and race information on their employees.

Apple, Applied Materials, Google, Oracle, and Yahoo succeeded in rebuking the request from the San Jose Mercury News with the argument that "commercial harm" would be done and business strategy would be revealed to competitors.

This is, of course, preposterous but it's a stark reminder that as we move forward towards economic recovery, we can't just be content with returning the unequal status quo of before the economic downturn.

There's more...

Equality Disparities in Tech Firms?

As seen in the chart below, that's been making the rounds, the stimulus is working. The Obama Administration, using numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is touting that the number of jobs lost is lessening.

This is great news, of course, but we must ensure that new jobs are equitably distributed. That's why it's discouraging to hear that five Silicon Valley companies successfully fought a Freedom of Information request for gender and race information on their employees.

Apple, Applied Materials, Google, Oracle, and Yahoo succeeded in rebuking the request from the San Jose Mercury News with the argument that "commercial harm" would be done and business strategy would be revealed to competitors.

This is, of course, preposterous but it's a stark reminder that as we move forward towards economic recovery, we can't just be content with returning the unequal status quo of before the economic downturn.

There's more...

Equality Disparities in Tech Firms?

As seen in the chart below, that's been making the rounds, the stimulus is working. The Obama Administration, using numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is touting that the number of jobs lost is lessening.

This is great news, of course, but we must ensure that new jobs are equitably distributed. That's why it's discouraging to hear that five Silicon Valley companies successfully fought a Freedom of Information request for gender and race information on their employees.

Apple, Applied Materials, Google, Oracle, and Yahoo succeeded in rebuking the request from the San Jose Mercury News with the argument that "commercial harm" would be done and business strategy would be revealed to competitors.

This is, of course, preposterous but it's a stark reminder that as we move forward towards economic recovery, we can't just be content with returning the unequal status quo of before the economic downturn.

There's more...

Equality Disparities in Tech Firms?

As seen in the chart below, that's been making the rounds, the stimulus is working. The Obama Administration, using numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is touting that the number of jobs lost is lessening.

This is great news, of course, but we must ensure that new jobs are equitably distributed. That's why it's discouraging to hear that five Silicon Valley companies successfully fought a Freedom of Information request for gender and race information on their employees.

Apple, Applied Materials, Google, Oracle, and Yahoo succeeded in rebuking the request from the San Jose Mercury News with the argument that "commercial harm" would be done and business strategy would be revealed to competitors.

This is, of course, preposterous but it's a stark reminder that as we move forward towards economic recovery, we can't just be content with returning the unequal status quo of before the economic downturn.

There's more...

Spotlight on the U.S. - Mexico Border

 

 

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation? President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools. The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp; For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation?

President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools.

The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp;

 

For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

 

 

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