Data Scientist and Policy Analyst, Campaign Zero
Samuel Sinyangwe is a policy analyst and data scientist who works with communities of color to fight systemic racism through cutting-edge policies and strategies. Sam has supported movement activists across the country to collect and use data as a tool for fighting police violence through Mapping Police Violence, a research collaborative that collects comprehensive data on police killings nationwide to quantify the impact of police violence in communities.
Previously, Sam worked at PolicyLink to support a national network of 61 Promise Neighborhoods communities to build cradle-to-career systems of support for low-income families. He also worked with city leaders, youth activists, and community organizations to develop comprehensive agendas that would help achieve quality education, health, and justice for young black men. Sam grew up in Orlando, Florida and has been involved in organizing and advocacy since he was in high school. He graduated from Stanford University in 2012, where he studied how race and racism impact the U.S. political system.
Description: In decades past, grassroots activism involved phone-banking, letter-writing and door-to- door canvassing. Today, a mere post on Facebook can spread across the globe in minutes and spark a movement. This panel will feature a discussion by activists from movements that were either launched or aided by social media.