Sam is a protester, data scientist and policy analyst who works with communities of color to fight systemic racism through cutting-edge policies and strategies. Sam works at PolicyLink, where he connects a national network of 61 Promise Neighborhoods communities to research-based strategies to build cradle-to-career systems of support for low-income families. He also helps city leaders, youth activists and community organizations develop citywide agendas to achieve quality education, health, and justice for young black men. Sam grew up in Orlando, FL, and has been involved in community organizing and advocacy since he was in high school. He graduated from Stanford University in 2012, where he studied how race and racism impact the U.S. political system.
Mapping Police Violence
In the wake of Ferguson, police and elected officials demonstrated a shocking inability to provide the public with the information needed to fully understand police violence in America. We didn't know where police violence was happening, how police were targeting people by race or ethnicity, or whether police violence was rising or falling over time. Activists from Ferguson, San Francisco and Minneapolis decided to answer these questions using crowd-sourced data. Their work, MappingPoliceViolence.org, demonstrates in jarring visuals that Ferguson is everywhere - and black people are most at risk of being killed by the police.
Art & Activism
Join us for a discussion about Art & Activism. Moderated by Jer Thorp.