Community Ambassadors: Strengthening Our Network

At the August 9th Code for Asheville Community Meeting, I introduced the idea of “community ambassadors,” Code for Asheville members who are committed to attending meetings of other community groups and staying in contact with them. For example, I am a community ambassador in the BeLoved homeless support community. I attend meetings of the BeLoved community,[…]

The Real Asheville Initiative: Social Determinants of Health for African-Americans in Asheville

Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. These conditions are known as social determinants of health. They include the stresses and emotional trauma produced by poverty and racism and so disproportionately impact the poor and communities of color. For African-Americans in particular,[…]

Reentry Resources Hub on the Radio

Christiana Glenn Tugman and Eric Jackson appeared on A Better World on WPVM FM to talk about the criminal justice system, reentry, and the Buncombe County Reentry Resources Hub. You can listen to the conversation here. The long-delayed statewide NC Reentry Resources Hub will launch later this month and work will begin on a simple-to-use administrative interface for managing[…]

Presentation by Dee Williams on “The Real Asheville”

Join us on Thursday, July 12 for a presentation by Dee Williams on “The Real Asheville” project, followed by breakout sessions to work on projects. Ms. Williams, an Asheville native, is a political economist and demographer. She was the Manager for Field Operations and Deployment for Census 2010 for the 28 counties of WNC. As former Chair[…]

State of Black Asheville 2.0: Code for America Community Fellowship

Jesse Michel and Patrick Conant, former Co-Captains of Code for Asheville, have been named 2018 Community Fellows by Code for America for their work on the next version of the State of Black Asheville website. They will be collaborating with Dr. Dwight Mullen and Ashley Cooper as Community Partners, and Eric Jackson and Kimberlee Archie[…]

Code for Asheville at Summit 2018

Code for Asheville had quite a Summit! The Asheville contingent was large this year with brigade leaders Sabrah n’haRaven, Jim March and Eric Jackson and City staffers Kimberlee Archie (Equity), Wanda Burgess (IT), Jonathan Feldman (IT) and Frank McGowan (Finance). The biggest news is that Code for Asheville won a Code for America Community Fellowship grant to[…]

Police Data Petition Update: May 15 City Council Meeting

Jaime Matthews, Assistant to the City Manager, and Scott Barnwell, Business and Public Technology Manager in the IT department, presented the staff report promised after Patrick Conant presented the Petition for Police Accountability Through Data Transparency at the April 24 Asheville City Council meeting. The report was short on details and City Council members were not pleased.[…]

Police Data Request Next Steps

The results of the Code for Asheville Petition for Police Accountability Through Data Transparency effort continue to be exciting. Patrick Conant successfully presented to the Public Safety Committee and the effort has garnered endorsements from national organizations Code for America and the Sunlight Foundation together with a great list of local organizations, including the Asheville Buncombe County NAACP, Asheville Youth Mission, Beloved Asheville and Homeless Voice, the Center[…]