Unmet Community Info Needs Roundtable: Matt Hammer

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Matt is from People Acting in Community Together (PACT), working with grassroots organizations to encourage every day people to get involved in civil actions. They help everyone from low income to the wealthiest families in the Bay Area.

An example given was in the 90’s when they went into the Oakland School District and through the Data Department were able to share test scores of every student to show all parents it was not just one child failing, it was a large percentage of the kids in the school. They were able to rally parents and the school to help push the No Child Left Behind programs to ensure everyone obtains a proper education.

PACT continues to find ways to get understandable information into the hands of everyday people. Traditional media sources made substantial cuts in staff, making it harder to share local news stories so the focus is on finding channels to communicate with the community at large and get them engaged for the betterment of the community.

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