Arch of Dignity

Judy Baca


Getting Started

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently holding hack nights virtually. Please see our Meetup page or join our Slack channel for details and registration links.

Our online Slack chat group and in-person Meetups are great places to get started helping with a project! Anyone can join! Technical skills are not required to contribute.

1. Join Our Slack Chat

We use Slack, an online chat platform, as our primary communication channel to collaborate on projects and stay updated on events.

Sign up to our Slack chat group and introduce yourself!

2. Attend a Meetup

Event details for our next virtual meeting are available on our Meetup page. We onboard new members at every meetings. You can also meet our existing members and team leads. Everyone is welcome!

Code for San José typically meets two Thursdays a month at 6:30pm.

3. Browse Our Projects on Github

We use Github to store, manage, and publish the open source code for our projects. If you don't have an account yet, you will need to sign up.

Take a look at our Github repositories to see what we are working on currently and what we could use your help with!

Before you join...

Every member is expected to read and abide by both our Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment policy. Please read them both carefully.

This document is adapted from Code for America's Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy.

Code of Conduct

The Code for San José community expects that Code for San José network activities, events, and digital forums:

  1. Are a safe and respectful environment for all participants.
  2. Are a place where people are free to fully express their identities .
  3. Presume the value of others. Everyone's ideas, skills, and contributions have value.
  4. Don't assume everyone has the same context, and encourage questions.
  5. Find a way for people to be productive with their skills (technical and not) and energy. Use language such as "yes/and," not "no/but."
  6. Encourage members and participants to listen as much as they speak.
  7. Strive to build tools that are open and free technology for public use.
  8. Prioritize access for and input from those who are traditionally excluded from the civic process.
  9. Work to ensure that the community is well-represented in the planning, design, and implementation of civic tech. This includes encouraging participation from women, minorities, and traditionally marginalized groups .
  10. Actively involve community groups and those with subject matter expertise in the decision-making process.
  11. Ensure that the relationships and conversations between community members , the local government staff and community partners remain respectful, participatory, and productive.
  12. Provide an environment where people are free from discrimination or harassment .

Code for San José reserves the right to ask anyone in violation of these policies not to participate in Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums.

Anti-Harassment Policy

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.

This policy is based on several other policies, including the Ohio LinuxFest anti-harassment policy, written by Esther Filderman and Beth Lynn Eicher, and the Con Anti-Harassment Project. Mary Gardiner, Valerie Aurora, Sarah Smith, and Donna Benjamin generalized the policies and added supporting material. Many members of LinuxChix, Geek Feminism and other groups contributed to this work.

All Code for San José network activities, events, and digital forums and their staff, presenters, and participants are held to an anti-harassment policy, included below.

In addition to governing our own events by this policy, Code for San José will only lend our brand and fund groups that offer an anti-harassment policy to their attendees. For information on how to offer an anti-harassment policy to your group, see this guide from Code for America.

Code for San José is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion . We do not tolerate harassment of staff, presenters, and participants in any form . Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any Code for America event or network activity, including talks. Anyone in violation of these policies may be expelled from Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums, at the discretion of the event organizer or forum administrator.

Harassment includes but is not limited to:

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from Code for San José network activities, events, and digital forums.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Code for San José Captains Annie Steenson, Joseph Richardson and Yan-Yin Choy.

Event staff or forum administrators will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

If you cannot reach an event organizer or forum administrator and/or it is an emergency, please call 911 and/or remove yourself from the situation.

You can also contact Code for America about harassment at safespace@codeforamerica.org and feel free to use the email template below. Code for America staff acknowledge that we are not always in a position to evaluate a given situation due to the number of events and the fact that our team is not always present. However, we are hopeful that by providing these guidelines we are establishing a community that jointly adheres to these values and can provide an environment that is welcoming to all.

We value your attendance and hope that by communicating these expectations widely we can all enjoy a harassment-free environment.

Email Template for Anti-Harassment Reporting

SUBJECT: Safe Space alert at [EVENT NAME]

I am writing because of harassment at a Code for San José Communities event, (NAME, PLACE, DATE OF EVENT).

You can reach me at (CONTACT INFO). Thank you.

Source: Github