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One important telecommunications equity issue receiving more attention this year is the cost of communications services (e.g. telephone calls and emails) for incarcerated individuals. This week, Voqal joined a coalition of groups in a letter to the FCC encouraging action on an ongoing rulemaking related to this issue. For nearly a decade, public interest advocates,

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In the latest Voqal DEI spotlight, Mary Coleman examines the importance of listening to all voices when pursuing more socially equitable workplaces. In 2015, the U.S. took one step closer to realizing its promise of liberty for all when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages under the law. Justice Anthony Kennedy

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Voqal strongly believes that an empowered and engaged public is necessary to create a more socially equitable country. Furthermore, 2020 has been characterized by a number of challenges. Whether it’s the COVID-19 pandemic or the racial reckoning resulting from continued police brutality against the Black community, it is clear now more than ever before that

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In this month’s DEI spotlight, Voqal’s Mary Coleman takes a look at the interplay between freedom of speech and the consequences that result from that freedom.  In 1919, the Supreme Court ruled in Schenck v. United States to limit free speech as outlined in the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The judges ruled that

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Looking for some compelling content around topics in social equity? Our friends at ProPublica have a series of virtual events you might want to check out. Ensuring Everyone Can Vote: September 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. EDT Join ProPublica and 92Y’s Campaign for 100% as they investigate the state of voting rights in America. ProPublica reporter

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Looking for a career where you can work towards creating a more socially equitable world? Need something flexible that allows you to work remotely? You’re in luck. Voqal is currently hiring two remote positions! Mobile Citizen Remote Operations Director Mobile Citizen, a Voqal project, actively advances social equity through access by providing low-cost wireless 4G

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In the lastest DEI spotlight, Voqal’s Mary Coleman takes a look at the two sides of white fragility and what they mean for addressing systemic racism.  In 2018, Robin DiAngelo published White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Per DiAngelo, “White fragility is a state in which even a

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We would like to say a fond farewell to Voqal board member, Frances “Pancha” Valdez who resigned from the board at the end of July. Pancha joined the Voqal board in 1993 and has spent the past twenty-seven years providing valuable insight and leadership to the organization as it has continued to evolve and grow

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In the latest Voqal DEI spotlight, Mary Coleman examines her privilege and the need to leverage it to address structural racism during the current pandemics.  Recently, in a group meeting, a question was posed: how are we doing amidst the COVID-19 and structural racism pandemics? My first reaction was “awful.” I feel awful every day,

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Voqal recently joined a coalition of foundations and philanthropic organizations formed in response to the killing of George Floyd. These organizations have partnered to denounce anti-blackness and racism in Minnesota. The Philanthropic Collective to Combat Anti-Blackness and Realize Racial Justice plans on raising $25 million to transform the field of institutional philanthropy and invites additional

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