Project Nandi In MN Preps for national Day of Action Demanding Free Internet For All

Both National Day of Action and Project Nandi are new to me, but worth sharing the press release…

On Wednesday, August 26, education activists and organizations around the country are staging a National Day of Action demanding that every student have access to broadband internet.

Here in the twin cities, over 25,000 families can’t access online class due to lack of broadband. Project Nandi, The Minnesota Parents Union, Uplift Minnesota, & The Village are organizing locally in support of this movement.

Some of the largest school districts in the country have already signaled they will be fully virtual in the Fall, including the Twin Cities, Atlanta, Houston, LA, Phila, Chicago and Phoenix.

So many students and parents and teachers were using parking lots to access public hotspots that the tagline #ParkingLotWiFi trended.
Comcast makes tens of billions of dollars in profit every year and receives both state and city tax breaks.

Activists from all across the country—including Philadelphia, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Kentucky, Oakland, and Minneapolis/St. Paul—are coming together for a National Day of Action.

Our Demands
Comcast & Centurylink should provide free, unlimited broadband access to every Minnesota Public School Family.
Our districts should work with Black & Brown run organizations to close the digital divide for every student of color.
The state of Minnesota should invest in additional broadband infrastructure so that every community has access to affordable broadband.
Local Municipalities provide low-cost, citywide broadband services.

We call on Senators Amy Klobuchar, & Tina Smith, Congresspeople Ilhan Omar, Tina Craig, Betty Mccollum, Jim Hagdorn, Dean Phillips, Tom Emmer,Collin Peterson, & Pete Stauber, to advocate at federal level for free internet for all, and money for broadband access & infrastructure in Minnesota.

We demand free internet for every public school student! Join us in our socially distanced, masked, Day of action on August 26th 2:30 Pm, Davis Center St Paul. Questions? Email info@technologist.computer

About Project Nandi

Project Nandi has been serving families with free laptops, tech support, and broadband support in response to Coronavirus & the George Floyd Protests. We are working to raise funds to help 400 kids get laptops, internet, & assistive devices for those with disabilities. With school starting in weeks, we have 22 families on our list. If you would like to support our movement, our gofundme is at http://gf.me/u/ym6kpu

1007 W Broadway Ave
Ste 100
Minneapolis MN 55411
1-800-343-4864
info@technologist.computer

Project Nandi aims to prevent Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian students from being left behind by distance learning during the pandemic. We are working to promote educational equity and improve learning outcomes for students by providing technical support, laptops, and broadband assistance to families in need.

This entry was posted in Digital Divide, MN, Opportunities by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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