Community Partnership Chat: National Civil Rights Museum

In this installment of Community Partnership Chats, Verizon’s Justin Tanner speaks with Dr. Russell Wigginton, President of the National Civil Rights Museum. The two discuss the extraordinary role the museum plays in furthering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and how they have leveraged technology to pivot to online programs in recent years. Watch to learn more!

Words of Pride – Amplifying Our Voices

In celebration of Pride Month 2021, Verizon spotlighted community partners empowering and supporting the LGBTQ youth. Verizon and leading national organizations serving LGBTQ youth and advancing programs spoke about initiatives that empower youth, prevent suicide, promote access to often life-saving technology, and build more inclusive communities. Panel features:

Sam Brinton, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project; Kathy Godwin, President of PFLAG National Board of Directors and PFLAG Parent; Stephenie Larsen, Founder & CEO, Encircle; Aruna Rao, Executive Director, Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies and PFLAG Board of Directors; Chris Wood, Executive Director, LGBT Tech; Rudy Reyes, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Western Region, Verizon (Moderator); Craig Silliman, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative, Legal and Public Policy Officer, Verizon (Closing Remarks)

ICYMI: Not Invisible: Taking Action on the Crisis of MMIWG

Verizon’s Thought Leadership panel on Thursday, April 29 kicked off the National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Our panelists discussed how individuals and companies can support Indigenous Advocates in their work to support Indigenous Women, and also how we can help non-native people get involved as allies in the movement.

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are organizing a full National Week of Action (April 29-May 5) to call the nation and the world to action in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Indigenous-led, grassroots efforts are exposing systemic barriers that mandates the response of governments in consultation with tribes to address the MMIWG crisis.

Featuring:

  • Lucy Rain Simpson, Executive Director, NIWRC
  • Jordan Daniels, CEO of Rising Hearts, Indigenous Runner and Activist for MMIWG
  • Moderator – Ku’ulei Jakubczak, Executive Director – Government and Community Affairs: Utah, Nevada & Tribal Nations, Verizon

Artwork by Danielle Fixico

Women’s History Month

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the Verizon team has come together to share what Women’s History Month means to them and the importance of continuing to celebrate and uplift women across our communities. Thank you to our video participants for sharing their stories and advice with us:

Heidi Barsuglia, Vice President, Public Policy & Legal Affairs; Dominique Cano-Stocco, Executive Director, External & Government Affairs; Sophia Garcia, Executive Director, Community Affairs & Government Relations; Azmeena Hasham, Executive Director, Community Engagement; Erica Jacquez, Executive Director, External & Government Affairs; Ku’ulei Jakubczak, Director, Government and Community Affairs; Christine Keener, Director, Government and Community Affairs; Gabrielle Kohlmeier, Associate General Counsel; Rudy Reyes, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Western Region; and Marcela Zamora, Vice President, Federal Government Relations.

Telehealth Services Help Care Providers and Patients During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, care providers have increasingly relied on telehealth services to provide patients with services while also limiting the spread of the virus. Registered Nurse and IT Professional Cindy Cronin discusses how telehealth has expanded care offerings during the pandemic. Hear more about how telehealth services will benefit from 5G:

Community Partner Chat: New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

One of the most rewarding aspects of our community engagement work is the opportunity to partner with many non-profit organizations and support innovative programs that help advance the diverse communities we serve.  In May 2020, we launched our Verizon Community Partnerships Initiative to celebrate community organizations supported by Verizon and highlight their important work. 

Today, we feature Ryan Haygood, President and CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Below we share an important conversation on the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice’s work in fighting racial inequality and opening up opportunities for people of color across the state of New Jersey.

Community Partner Chat: Legal Aid Justice Center

One of the most rewarding aspects of our community engagement work is the opportunity to partner with many non-profit organizations and support innovative programs that help advance the diverse communities we serve.  In May 2020, we launched our Verizon Community Partnerships Initiative to celebrate community organizations supported by Verizon and highlight their important work. 

Today, we feature Angela Ciolfi, Executive Director, Legal Aid Justice Center.

Below we share an inspiring conversation on the Legal Aid Justice Center’s work in fighting for equal justice.

CTIA: The U.S. 5G Economy Will Help Build Back Jobs and Opportunity.

Over the past few years, America’s wireless industry has built 5G networks across the country. What they’ve really built is even more powerful and important: a platform for economic growth and innovation that will create millions of jobs and help rebuild the U.S. economy.

A new Boston Consulting Group study released today brings to life what our 5G economy will unlock: roughly 4.5 million new jobs and $1.5 trillion in economic growth. This study confirms the significant benefits of 5G, today and for years to come.

View full blog from CTIA.

Verizon: Verizon Media Celebrates Black History Month

Yahoo, part of Verizon Media, today launched its “Make Space for Black Voices” campaign to honor Black History Month. The programming includes a celebratory Yahoo logo in partnership with creative artist Janel Young, as well as new video series and on-air interviews celebrating Black changemakers, and a special livestream event featuring different industry leaders. Through an emphasis on e-commerce, the campaign will also spotlight Black-owned businesses with virtual pop-up shops, dedicated hubs, as well as articles and videos on Black owners, brands and products. The coverage will last throughout the year and build upon ongoing efforts by Yahoo to provide a platform for the important voices and issues of our time.

View full release from Verizon.

Verizon: Accelerating America: Affordability, Adoption, Access

Today, Verizon urges a new government approach to help bridge the digital divide. The pandemic has made clear that broadband is critical to daily life and that a lack of connectivity can reinforce and widen educational and economic disparities.

Millions of Americans still lack access to broadband, can’t afford it, or don’t have the digital skills to use it. That needs to change. While Congress and the FCC have adopted policies to address the digital divide over the years and in recent emergency legislation, they don’t go far enough. The broadband gap is a persistent national problem that needs to be addressed in a comprehensive way.

View full release from Verizon.

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