Silicon Valley De-Bug is a story-telling, community organizing, and advocacy organization based in San José, California. They advocate for “Participatory Defense” – Transforming the Courts Through Family and Community Organizing.
The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was founded in October 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale who had met at Merritt College in Oakland, California. Dedicated to revolutionary internationalism and armed self-defense of Black communities, the Panthers initially operated in Oakland and Berkeley then in San Francisco and Richmond. In the maps that follow we track the geography of the BPP in the six metropolitan areas where the Panthers enrolled the most members and made the greatest impact: Oakland-SF Bay Area; New York; Chicago; Los Angeles; Seattle; Philadelphia. The maps show BPP offices, facilities, and the location of key events, combining historic images when we have them with google street views of the locations today.
The Othering and Belonging Institute's Racial Disparities Dashboard provides data on racial disparity outcomes for American society, and highlights areas of progress and regress in closing disparities in critical life outcomes. They currently only have data for Black and White Americans. This dashboard allows users to track changes within the United States from 1970 to 2020 across 15 different important variables.
The Anti Police-Terror Project is a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. We support families surviving police terror in their fight for justice, documenting police abuses and connecting impacted families and community members with resources, legal referrals, and opportunities for healing. APTP began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee.
This museum includes a recording of their webinar "History of African Americans in Santa Clara County, 1780-Present," by author and local historian, Jan Batiste Adkins who details specific discrimination faced by African Americans in the Bay Area. She discussed how the first governor of California ordered that a free man, Archy Lee, be returned to his former enslaver even though Mr. Lee had been living in California, which was a free state.
Berkeley Copwatch is the original Copwatch group. We began in 1990 on Telegraph Ave. as an all-volunteer organization dedicated to monitoring police actions and non-violently asserting our rights. Since that time, many Copwatch-type organizations have sprung up across the nation, in various forms. Berkeley Copwatch is based on the idea that WATCHING the police is a crucial first step in the process of organizing. We do not attempt to interfere in police activity or to resist police misconduct physically. It is our hope that, one day, mass outrage at police and government violence will increase to a point where fundamental change in the nature of policing becomes inevitable.
The Bay Area Equity Atlas is a comprehensive data support system to track the state of equity across the region and equip community leaders with data to inform solutions for inclusive prosperity. The Bay Area's economy is one of the strongest on the planet, yet inequality is skyrocketing amidst persistent racial inequities, climate change is placing our future at risk, and we face a housing and displacement crisis that has hit low-income communities of color the hardest but has had a ripple effect throughout the region. Amidst this confluence of challenges, equity — just and fair inclusion — is both a moral imperative and an economic necessity. Addressing systemic racism and discrimination, and putting in place the policies, business models, and programs that remove barriers and ensure all Bay Area residents can participate and thrive is our region's path to inclusive prosperity.
The Silicon Valley Pain Index [SVPI] illustrates the persistent racial discrimination and income/wealth inequality that continues to define our region. The purpose of this yearly report is to provide a measure of structured inequalities to inform policy and practice in “Silicon Valley.” First produced in 2020, the 2021 SVPI updates prior findings and illustrates a stunning increase in inequalities over the past year, as communities weathered a global rebellion against racist police violence, the global COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout, and an economic downturn producing high unemployment rates in the face of still rising housing costs. While the 2020 SVPI reported high levels of racial discrimination and wealth and income inequality, the 2021 SVPI shows how the level of inequality during this pandemic has gone from bad to horrific.
On October 6, 2015, the County Board of Supervisors approved a Resolution establishing the Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations. The purpose of the Blue Ribbon Commission is to assess custody operations and to recommend improvements.
The Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley created an interactive mapping tool that illustrates the level of segregation in every city, region and neighborhood in the country; a collection of tables which list cities and metropolitan regions by various measures of segregation and political polarization; nine city profiles noteworthy for their levels of segregation or integration; and a literature review featuring dozens of local city histories. All of these components can be accessed using the navigation menu on the right-hand side of this page. They created an in-depth 23-minute instructional video (linked below) titled, "Mapping Race and Housing Segregation in America | Technical Guide."
The Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley created an in-depth 23-minute instructional video (with chapters you can jump to!) that guides users through their mapping tool (linked above). We may have been guilty of packing the tool with so many options and features that some users could have found it overwhelming to use. We believe the new instructional video demystifies the tool and improves the user experience.
Essie Justice Group harnesses the collective power of women and gender nonconforming people with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration’s harm to women and communities. We are the one in four women, and one in two Black women, who have an incarcerated loved one and we know what needs to change. In order to end mass incarceration’s harm, Essie focuses on three priority issue areas: 1.) pretrial liberation, 2.) eliminating and reducing sentence enhancements, and 3.) jail and prison closure.
Our research examines the structural and cultural impediments to opportunity that limit full inclusion and block benefits derived from an equitable society. We address complex and intertwined issues holistically, cultivating research contributions and collaboration across fields. Research is informed by understanding how structures and systems work across domains to produce exclusion and inequality, and inclusion and equality. There is a repository of policy-based recommendations for addressing structural and systemic racism or advancing racial equity drawn from a vast array of published material.
In response to community demands to take war gear off the streets, especially in Black and Brown communities, California passed new legislation in 2021. The law, called AB 481, gives community members and elected officials insight and power to decide on how militarized their local police should be. AFSC acquired in-depth data from more than 300 public records requests. “Equipped for War” provides a detailed look at militarized police in California, including the military gear police have amassed and deployed. We invite you to use our data and findings, together with our advocacy toolkit, to push for transparency and demilitarization.