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Sha’s story occurs within the context of a US criminal justice system that metes out a dubious, racist form of justice, is full of trauma, is ineffective at preventing violence, & does a terrible job of supporting healing & restitution for people who have been harmed. #PyCon2019
It’s a system that we have an obligation to confront and dismantle, and that the tech community has not historically engaged with at a level commensurate with the exceptional skills and resources we have to contribute to its transformation.
Continuing on the stage set by Sha’s personal story, I asked the @pycon audience to tackle a question with me that I've heard countless times: "I know the prison system is broken, but I'm just a programmer. What can I do about it?" #PyCon2019 Slide: Slide:
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@pycon attendees: we've learned that, due to an unfortunate sequence of events, the recordings of Sha's and my keynotes have been lost. We're working with the team on a plan to re-record them. #PyCon2019 Empty PyCon keynote hall.
@pycon In the meantime, it's hard to translate Sha's personal story and intimate delivery into a set of tweets, but here's an attempt to summarize the context he gave us to then discuss concrete ways technologists can engage with the prison system: Sha describing his discovery of entrepreneurship at San Quentin State Prison.
Sha Wallace-Stepter is an entrepreneur, videographer, and programmer from San Francisco. He was released from San Quentin State Prison last August, after serving 19 years of a life sentence that was commuted by the Governor of California, for a crime he committed when he was 16. Always behind a camera -- Sha filming while incarcerated at San Quentin.Always behind a camera -- Sha filming after his release.
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Keynote 1: Shadeed Wallace-Stepter (Sha), starting off with a question. β€œHow many people here are on probation or parole?” There are no hands. #pycon2019

Sha is an entrepreneur and OSS enthusiast who’s learned through Python.
A year ago, Sha was in San Quentin State Prison for assault with a firearm.

How did he get there, and how did he get here afterward?

β€œI definitely wasn’t born [a violent high schooler].” #pycon2019
Born in SF in a neighborhood populated mostly by more Black people, Sha found out that his dad wasn’t his biological father at 6 and struggled with feeling powerless and helpless as a kid growing up in a poor, drug-using household. #pycon2019
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β€ΌοΈπŸπŸ‘‰ Want to learn or improve at Python, but don't know where to start?

In celebration of #PyCon2019, I'm releasing my Python Fundamentals and Intermediate Python video courses completely free to watch until May 16th.

I put a lot of love into it. πŸ’–Β
πŸπŸ’–πŸ•Έ The accompanying course website is forever free and open source.

I put dozens of hours of work into it so I could give it back to the community.


Find the repo here:
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