[isoc-ny] An Open Letter to Black America

ISOC-NY announcements announce at lists.isoc-ny.org
Sat Jun 6 16:44:15 PDT 2020

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June 6, 2020

An Open Letter to Black America:

The Internet Society – New York Chapter stands in solidarity with the
protestors that are marching and demanding equity and justice for Black
Americans across New York City and the nation. ISOC-NY has long recognized
the systematic racism in America. Here in New York, we are working to do
our part by partnering with community-based organizations that are taking
control and providing free internet access and technology resources to
their under-served public and affordable housing residents.

The Internet Society knows that Community Networks can empower neglected,
under-resourced communities with technology and services that they
themselves can use to bridge not only the digital divide, but the economic,
educational and racial divides that have separated this nation at its core,
and are now crying out for redress.

We believe that special initiatives such as those undertaken, supported and
proposed by ISOC-NY are urgently needed. We call upon corporations,
foundations and governments across the nation to respond and fund
innovative community-based solutions that address the crippling impacts of
racism in our nation. ISOC-NY is working with the Internet Society
Foundation and our community partners to help move such efforts from
rhetoric to action.

We must not rest until "*The Internet is for Everyone*" is not only a goal,
but a reality.

Black America, ISOC-NY hears you. We support you. We stand with you.

Greg Shatan

President, ISOC-NY
greg at isoc-ny.org

*"The Internet is for everyone"*
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