[Baypiggies] Gift: I just paid the MeetUp dues | But, I could use some help...

Glen Jarvis glen at glenjarvis.com
Sun Jan 22 22:15:55 EST 2017

We received a bill for the MeetUp website again. Some people may remember
that being a source of confusion a little over a year ago.

I just paid the bill again for the first part of this year (I also paid
last year). I certainly don't mind. This is a great community and well
worth it.

I know there are pythonistas who also like to help this community. But, if
you want to help, I'm going to ask you to help me with something bigger -
and something that may make a pretty big impact for us.

I have been working to increase our black diversity at PyCon this year.
I've specifically been working with a group here in Oakland known as The
Hidden Genius Project. Here is a quick video to explain what they do:


I have worked with them to explain what PyCon is and they are very excited.
I have a list of twelve very interested individuals who want to go.

I have just sent an email to pycon-staff with the 12 names in hope that we
can get scholarships.

I don't know, however, if transportation is included. I am working on a
"back up plan" now to solicit pledges (no money now, just a pledge if it's
needed) to sponsor each of the twelve participants on a flight from the Bay
Area to Portland this year.

I personally will sponsor one flight (so I'll just double what I pay for my
flight). And, I'm asking for others who can help sponsor too.

Again, no money is need at the moment. But, if you can help (or even think
that you *may* be able to help), please send me an email with:

To: Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com>
Subject (exactly): "Hidden Genius Project PyCon Flight" (that will help me
collate them).
Body: Please also include the amount of the pledge (estimating what you
think it will cost to fly round trip from the Bay Area to Portland).

We may not need to take the money that you pledge, but would appreciate it
if needed.

I am very excited to increase our diversity and to share with the Hidden
Genius Project the magic that I think of when I go to PyCon.

Warmest Regards,

Glen Jarvis
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