Dear Plug In South LA Community,

After everything that happened in the first half of 2020, we first and foremost hope that you are safe and healthy. Plug In South LA began as a proactive effort to support a Brown and Black founders pipeline into the tech ecosystem, and help develop similar ecosystems in overlooked and underserved communities, accelerating the next generation of talent.

Recent events are warning signs that we take seriously. We are horrified by the murder of George Floyd last weekend, Breonna Taylor’s death in March, and the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in February. We are disgusted by the lack of national leadership to bring our country together to move forward. We are shocked by the injustices we are witnessing.

We can no longer sit back and watch the poor and disenfranchised suffer from a double standard in the judicial system. Yesterday Plug In South LA observed Blackout Tuesday. That meant we were not posting to social media or engaging in business as usual. Beyond Tuesday, we will be questioning how engaged we are in platforms that don’t serve us well.

We continue to look for innovative ways to help the South Los Angeles community — and communities like ours — get through these difficult times. We support the organizations that are strategically focused on facilitating peaceful protests. We can work with our elected officials to reform our legal system. Let’s put pressure on CEOs, news organization executives, district attorneys, and community leaders to unite around implementing policies and laws that prevent senseless deaths from ever happening again.

If you’re able to peacefully protest and use your voice, please do. We can support the people on the front lines of change. Organizations you can support and ways to get involved are listed below. Collectively, we can move mountains.

We hear you. We see you. We love you. We stand with you.

—Team Plug In South LA

Stand Up and Support Your Community

PAY BAIL AND BOND FOR ARRESTED ACTIVISTS:

REGISTER BLACK VOTERS AND FIGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION:

DEVELOP DATA-DRIVEN POLICY SOLUTIONS TO POLICE BRUTALITY: