SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-12-02

  • On the new National “Security” Team: Everyone on the squad is more hawkish than Obama. Why not appoint a[n inter]national Peace team? #
  • I question why we even have a Department of Homeland Security. Fresh thinking says we need to rethink why things even exist in the 1st place #
  • The Spade goes under the knife to get his patella tendon repaired this afternoon. Pray for your boy. #
  • @slanttruth @nezua Every time I hear post-racial I want to vomit. If you can’t assert your identity w/o fear of reproach, you are not free. #
  • @slanttruth @nezua this is the 1st time in a while I’ve heard of white people trying to reclaim a Black man for their own glory. #

About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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