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Statement from Code for San José Leadership Team

Dear Code for San José community,

We are deeply saddened and outraged by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who have not received national recognition. We are witnessing police brutality and white supremacy across the nation. Our nation is no stranger to police brutality and white supremacy — it’s been alive with over 400-years history in the United States. We reflect on the criminal justice system and government systems that have enabled inequality and injustice in the United States. We stand with peaceful protesters. We hear Black voices saying, “Enough is enough. These systems were not built for us.” We believe our government should work for everyone, not just the privileged. It is on all of us to fix these government systems.

To learn more about what Code for America is doing to reform criminal justice in the United States, please read this statement from our CEO Amanda Renteria. To learn more about the guiding principles of the Code for America Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee, read this statement.

We encourage you to keep a watchful eye and follow independent news organizations like San Jose Spotlight. Here are a few of their recent reports: I’m a journalist who was detained by San Jose police for doing my job, Assembly candidate arrested for violating curfew and Hundreds volunteer to clean vandalism from San Jose protests — San José Spotlight

Challenging and deconstructing systems of white supremacy and racism is central to our work. What action will you take to be an ally? Black liberation is required for collective liberation. We will be bold, and we are in this together. Here are some ways you can take action:

Complete the Census

  • We encourage you to respond to the Census as soon as possible. Traditionally, Black households are at risk of being undercounted. Your participation in the census ensures resources for our communities for the next ten years. For more information about the census, see our informational website

Educate yourself

Get Involved


Donate or Fundraise

Take care of yourself

Need Immediate Help In A Crisis

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — Call 800–273-TALK (8255)

If you or someone you know is in crisis — whether they are considering suicide or not — please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800–273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Your call will be answered by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically and without judgment. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.

Crisis Text Line — Text NAMI to 741–741

Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

National Domestic Violence Hotline — Call 800–799-SAFE (7233)

Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.

National Sexual Assault Hotline — Call 800–656-HOPE (4673)

Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.

We thank Code for America, and Black Lives Matter activists for sharing these resources. This compilation is not a definitive list, but meant to be a starting point to find different ways to take action.

Please take care, and we hope you stay safe and healthy,

Code for San José Leadership Team: Cesar Arellano, Dane Olsen, Darren Pham, Diane Labenz, Emily Ramos, Erika Hudiono, Joseph Richardson, Kate Valdes, Lena Tran, Michelle Thong, Minh Nguyễn, Lorin Camargo and Yan-Yin Choy.



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Yan-Yin K.Choy (蔡欣言)

Co-Captain & Civic Hacker at Code for San José · UX Engineer, Design Systems team at ServiceNow · SJSU alumna. Opinions expressed are my own.