The Edge: February 22, 2016

Catch up and get ahead with the edge for the week of February 22.

Early Voting

Have you voted yet? If not, hurry up because early voting for the March 1 primary election ends on Friday, Feb. 26. 

During early voting, you can vote at locations across Bexar County. Use our free, mobile-friendly map right here to find the polling place nearest you.

The newest early voting location - just added this year - is on the University of Texas at San Antonio main campus. And you don’t have to be a student to cast your ballot there.

But of course that means Roadrunners have no excuse not to get out and vote. That goes for you, too, Rowdy!

Connect Home/Google Fiber

NOWCastSA has received a $6,000 grant from Google Fiber to conduct a pilot program to help students in San Antonio public housing build versatile computers for free and to teach them digital media literacy skills.

The education effort falls under the ConnectHome initiative announced last year by President Barack Obama and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. ConnectHome hopes to give children living in poverty a free lift across the digital divide. (See the NOWCastSA story and video on that here.)

Digital Divide

As the above illustration from the White House Council of Economic Advisors shows, the areas of San Antonio where most people do not have high-speed Internet are also the areas of greatest poverty.

Google pledged to give free Internet access to people in public housing in every Google Fiber city, including the roughly 6,000 families who live in San Antonio Housing Authority properties. Read more about how San Antonio is coming together to tackle the issue here.

Upcoming webcasts from UTSA College of Public Policy, District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg

NOWCastSA has several webcasts coming up and you won’t want to miss them.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, make sure to join us the latest in the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series - a presentation by Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, on African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs.

Thanks to the underwriting support of the UTSA College of Public Policy, anyone can watch live or replay the video later right on this page.

On Saturday, Feb. 27 we will webcast Councilman Ron Nirenberg's State of the District event where he will present his policy priorities for 2016 and beyond. The event will also feature a panel discussion with distinguished experts on the future of transportation in San Antonio.

Thanks to sponsorship support from Security Services Federal Credit Union and Councilman Nirenberg, anyone can watch live or replay the video later right on this page.

Donna Brazile and the Carver Center History

Black History Month is a good time to go back and revisit some of NOWCastSA’s archived videos.

Check out our webcast of author, professor and political strategist Donna Brazile’s visit to San Antonio’s Carver Community Cultural Center.

While you’re there, check out our mini-documentary on the Carver Center, whose story goes back more than 100 years, to a time of segregation. It was first known as the  Carver Colored library - a library, a social center and a place of refuge.


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