A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, students continue to experience digital inequity. According to the Brookings Institute, almost 10 million students—half of whom are students of color—do not have the home internet services necessary for remote learning in 2021. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, connectivity and technology gaps persist across the state among low-income, African American, and Latino households.
In Sacramento, tackling the digital divides has received top billing among pundits and decision makers. Oftentimes inaccessible, the conversation usually remains within the confines of the Capitol. Join the Michelson 20MM Foundation, the California Community Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation on June 25th, 2021, as we shift the paradigm through our next Connecting California event, Digital Equity in the California Legislature: The Golden State’s Historic Opportunity. The program will feature policymakers determined to uplift what is often described as one of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. Digital equity champions Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Senator Anna Caballero and Senator Lena Gonzalez will discuss the bills currently active in the California State Legislature, followed by special analysis from Ernesto Falcon of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-4)
Senator Anna M. Caballero (D-12)
Senator Lena A. Gonzalez (D-33)
WITH SPECIAL ANALYSIS BY:
Senior Legislative Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Connecting California is brought to you by Alya and Gary Michelson, the Michelson 20MM Foundation, and Michelson Philanthropies.
Special Thanks to Our Foundation Partners:
California Community Foundation
Southern California Grantmakers
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
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