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Civic Hack Night

Join us for our weekly civic hack sessions inside City Hall. Brigade members and others interested in civic hacking welcome. We provide space, wifi, great peeps and pizza.

Our guest presenter this week:

Californians for Safety and Justice is working on creating common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods, and reduce wastage of public resources in our justice system. In partnership with Code for America, we have been exploring ways in which technology can help those affected by crime access public services that will help end the cycle of violence and trauma.

While the state has victims' compensation programs, there's still a service gap for most victims. For example, a grieving mother who just lost a son to gang violence  can’t get help from the VCP because her son had a police record of gang involvement. With no money to bury her son, or to relocate her family, where does she go and who will help her? Or, a victim of rape might have trouble finding mental health treatment because when interviewed by the police, she is unable to speak, out of shock or medication, which means she's considered "uncooperative." How does she find a trauma recovery center or help with court proceedings?

We think that mobile technologies and online resources can play a critical role in self-empowering help seekers to find the level of help they need, when they need it. We are looking to discuss potential solutions with developers, policy experts, designers, and all interested members of the community!

After the presentation, you're welcome to work on any of our formal civic apps or campaigns.  For a complete projects list, visit 

Or come to share your idea, maybe start a new collaboration. We also explore new projects as they pop up!

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