Using Data and Digital Activism to End Police Violence
Keynote scheduled at 12:30-1:20 in Main Auditorium
Data can be a powerful tool to tell the truth about urgent issues impacting communities and to identify solutions to those issues. Samuel will present how he’s used data, in collaboration with activists across the country, to visualize the scale of police violence in America and advance policy goals within the Black Lives Matter movement through the Mapping Police Violence and Campaign Zero projects. He’ll demonstrate how data can be collected, analyzed, and visualized in ways that center the communities most impacted and that empower communities with actionable information to effectively advocate for systemic change.
Samuel Sinyangwe is a policy analyst and data scientist who works with communities of color to fight systemic racism through cutting-edge policies and strategies. Sam has supported movement activists across the country to collect and use data as a tool for fighting police violence through Mapping Police Violence and has co-launched Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence. Previously, Sam worked at PolicyLink to support a national network of 61 Promise Neighborhoods communities to build cradle-to-career systems of support for low-income families. He also worked with city leaders, youth activists and community organizations develop comprehensive agendas to achieve quality education, health, and justice for young black men. Sam grew up in Orlando, FL, and has been involved in organizing and advocacy since he was in high school. He graduated from Stanford University, where he studied how race and racism impact the U.S. political system.
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