I’ve been in contact with a few different people recently who are interested in speaking at SJU. I’m really excited to be able to say that Viktor Lidholt, a former senior software engineer at Google and creator of NewsVoice, will be coming to speak at SJU on October 4th! His website and app (NewsVoice) allows people to democratize news stories by up-voting stories that are relevant and less biased. All articles listed on NewsVoice have indicators that tell you if an article swings left, right, centrist, is European, is Russian, etc. NewsVoice allows all of us to be in control of what kind of media we take in and makes us aware of the biases that exist in things meant to inform us. He will be speaking to us about the importance of unbiased news and why having a voice in the media we take in is a significant step to changing media for the better.
I’ve also been in contact with Patrick Bobilin, who is running for New York City Council in District 5. Patrick is a progressive democratic socialist. His family is from Bayamon, Puerto Rico and came to the US in the 1950s. He believes affordable housing and healthcare are human rights. He would like to bring single-payer healthcare to NYC and extend better services to women, children, minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community. He also advocates for better health conditions in schools as well as de-segregated schools that allow students from all financial backgrounds to get a good education. Learn more about Patrick and his platform here.