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A New Network for the Community Minded

**Foreword: This was a blog submitted by Ed Nitiri, an attendee of the It Takes A Village Nation launch party on April 6th. Thank you, Ed, for attending and for being inspired by what you saw!** I was invited by a colleague to a launch party for It Takes a Village Nation and I must admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. On paper, the idea sounded legit: a platform designed to help socially conscious individuals, businesses, and organizations connect. An obvious need, especially here in the Bay Area, but would it work in practice? Yes. And yes. The event itself was designed as a microcosm of how the social media platform functions. Well organized, easy to navigate, and most of all, supportive. As I entered The Greenlining Institute, I was greeted by volunteers whose job was to sign me in and ...

10 Steps to Getting Set Up on ITAVN

Welcome to It Takes A Village Nation! We want to make sure that you get yourself set up for success on this platform, which aims to connect like-minded organizations, businesses and individuals around the topics, struggles and movements of social justice! This article will get you ready to interact, collaborate and share resources in the name of love and revolution! Complete your ITAVN Profile so that you can be found by like-minded folks looking to connect! Upload a photo that represents you and/or your reasons for being active on the platform. Upload any “Resources” or “Media” that will demonstrate what you do or how you can be of service to others. Check out the “Recently Active Members” on the Latest Activity page sidebar widget in order to start adding allies t...

Future Site Features

We’ve spent the past 8 months creating the It Takes A Village Nation brand and building the website and we plan to continue to improve the platform. Here are a few of the features to look forward to in the upcoming months: Cover Photo Repositioning: Currently you can upload a cover photo, however you cannot choose how to crop it or reposition the photo. We are aware that this can be frustrating and are working on ways to improve this. Login Using Existing Social Media (facebook, twitter, etc.): We’d like to make signing up or logging into our site as accessible as possible for users. Integrating social media sign-up or login will eliminate the need to remember another password. Curated Content: We plan to feature blog posts and news articles related to social causes that you ca...

ITAVN Launch Party

Join us for a night of celebration and community building to honor of our official launch! The event is on Thursday, April 6th, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at The Greenlining Institute in Oakland. It will feature local businesses, music, food, and performances in celebration of Launching It Takes a Village Nation. Together we can be on the cutting edge of an innovative new platform designed to create meaningful connections for individuals, organizations, and businesses who share interests around social justice issues. As we get closer to the event date, we’ll update this post to include the guest speakers and vendors participating. In the meantime, please do RSVP for the event on Eventbrite.

History Spotlight

2017 May 26, 2009 - "Sonia Sotomayor Nominated for U.S. Supreme Court" President Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American President, nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Once her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she became the first Latinx to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the third woman to serve on the high court. She graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude and went to Yale Law School. At Yale, she served as an editor at the Yale Law Journal.

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