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We Stand With Those Working Toward Justice & Equality

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We at Cronicle would like to expect social justice and equality to be the norm. Times like these highlight how far we as a society still have to go, including in the tech industry where minority founders and talent are still regularly underfunded or mistreated. Also in Southeast Michigan, which remains one of the most segregated metro areas in the United States. While Cronicle already highlights organizations that promote equal opportunity and fair treatment for under-represented people groups, we want you to know at this juncture in our history as a startup that we stand with all of you working toward equal opportunities for everyone regardless of race or gender expression, for fair treatment in the world at every level, and will do our best to highlight more opportunities for tech to support people in our community and in the world at large whose diverse perspectives and talents enrich the fabric of our collective future.

Detroit skyline
Detroit skyline from the College of Creative Studies.

The last thing we want to do at a time like this is tokenize our fellow tech community members by highlighting race as a factor in their ventures when it may not be the focus of their work in the world, but in the coming weeks and months you will continue to see more coverage of social impact ventures and tech-enabled startups that seek to help with global justice issues. This comes at an especially critical time as the COVID-19 pandemic is poised to highlight inequities in healthcare access and outcomes around the globe. Tech will be at the forefront of the response to managing the pandemic on multiple levels.

We are just getting started at Cronicle as we expand to cover tech and startup culture in the Great Lakes region and beyond. We want you to know we double down on our commitment to supporting and growing an equitable industry for everyone. Thank you for your support of Cronicle Press and your continued encouragement that tech needs the diverse perspectives of everyone leading society forward.

June 5, 2020

About Author

laurakcowan Laura K. Cowan is a tech editor and journalist whose work has focused on promoting sustainability initiatives for automotive, green tech, and conscious living media outlets. A deep study of narrative journalism, storytelling and sustainable technology allows Ms. Cowan to draw out the meaningful stories of best practices from diverse professionals in an exploration of the culture and trends in emerging industries. She is currently Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Midwest tech news blog Cronicle Press. Ms. Cowan’s writing and speaking have appeared with Automobile Quarterly, Writer Unboxed, Inhabitat, CNBC, The Ann Arbor Observer, and The National Society of Newspaper Columnists.


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