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Editorial: San Antonio Code Up Facing Criticism for Job Shaming

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Locally based Code Up, which offers a coding bootcamp for job seekers in software development, has caused quite a stir in the black community. Many are saying its job shaming black hair stylists.

Its recent billboard features the word hair stylist marked out in red ink. The hair stylist featured in the sign is a former Code Up student.

Code Up said in a blog post its intentions were good and its message was to tell people if they are in jobs they don’t enjoy, they can choose Code Up as a means to another career.

However, If Code Up did its research on black hair stylists, such as watching the “Barbershop” movie series, they would have reconsidered placing the billboard in Northeast San Antonio – an area that is home to some successful salons.

Many black hair stylists often have long careers and are considered almost holy in the black community. To get hair braided, relaxed, colored or even weaved in can cost female consumers hundreds of dollars. It’s not your typical $12 hair cut. Black salons for both males and females are the one place where you not only go to get your hair done, but catch up on the news, sports, politics and make lasting friendships. In many communities, it’s the epicenter besides the church.

Facebook user Carolyn Brown posted, “What company would career shame another career choice. I was a hair stylist for over 25 years and believe me, that was one of the best decisions of my life. I’m no longer a cosmetologist, and have a different business, but being a hair stylist and salon owner will always be my first. Be the best you can be at whatever career you choose and take the billboard down!”

Salon owner Toni Campbell of House of Royal T is also fighting back on her own Facebook page by posting her own “billboards.”

Code Up responded directly to Campbell on her Facebook page and said they weren’t trying to offend anyone. In return, she said, “I have seen your response but have you seen our response? It may have not been your intention but it is very offensive to me and others … I understand the intent but execution was bad … so therefore for me (a stylist for over 25 years) to pass by and see that sign is very disrespectful and appalling to me.”

Code Up says on its blog post why it chose to use the message.

“Luke used to be a soldier, Mars was a barista and bartender, John was studying law, and Sukari was a hairstylist. We’re not saying those weren’t real jobs! And we’re not saying software development is better for you,” according to Code Up. “We ARE saying that each of our students chose software development for their own reasons. We highlight those stories to show that YOU, regardless of what career you have now, CAN become a software developer IF that’s what you want.”

It’s commendable that Code Up responded and does offer people an opportunity to a new career. At the same time, its response seems a bit condescending, especially with all the cap letters, and doesn’t seem to understand the cultural value of black hair stylists in their communities.

Yes not every person will be satisfied in their careers. Some hair stylists may say why choose to be a software developer when you can be just as successful as a hair stylist.

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Applications open for positions on the Small Business Advisory Commission

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Applications are open for the Small Business Advisory Commission and can be found online using the City’s web-based application for boards and commissions at: https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacanciesApply by April 21 for priority review­­­­­­­­­­­­­.  


The mission of the Small Business Advisory Commission is to review upcoming policies, regulations and issues affecting small businesses, outside of the SBEDA Ordinance, and provide recommendations to City staff, Mayor and City Council.

The newly established Small Business Advisory Commission will consist of 15-members, of which 11 positions will be Mayor and Council District specific appointments and four positions appointed at-large. The 15-Member Commission will consist of at least one small business member/organization residing and/or operating within each of the ten (10) Council Districts; and a diverse representation of the small business and non-profit community who demonstrate the following desired technical expertise, identities, and perspectives:

  • 2 small business professional and/or trade organizations
  • 2 non-profit small business service provider organizations
  • 4 small business owners with less than 10 employees
  • 4 small business owners with 10-50 employees
  • 3 small business owners representing the City’s targeted industries

To learn more about the Small Business Advisory Commission, visit the City of San Antonio’s website. For more information about the open positions, contact Melinda L. Uriegas, Assistant City Clerk, at (210) 207-7255 or (210) 207-7254. 

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30,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments

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The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District continues to work with state and local partners to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to critical populations, within the phases designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

30,000 first dose Pfizer vaccine appointments will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 25th at 7 p.m. on the Metro Health COVID-19 vaccine registration website. Appointments available will be from April 6th to May 1st.

The 311 Customer Service COVID Hotline is allocated appointments to ensure residents without internet access can book their appointments by phone. The Hotline operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Immunizations with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is a critical component of the strategy to reduce COVID-19-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths and to help restore community and societal functioning. The goal is to have enough COVID-19 vaccine for all people who wish to be vaccinated. However, currently there continues to be limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. 
 

Individuals who decide to opt-in to the City of San Antonio’s text alert system, can text VACCINE to 55000 or in Spanish VACUNA to 55000. By signing up they will receive a text notifying them of locations that have appointments available. Opting to this text alert system will not sign you up for a vaccine or add you on a wait list. This is an additional method to inform the community when new appointments are available. At this time notifications will be for the Alamodome, Wonderland of the Americas operated by University Health, UT Health San Antonio, and WellMed.

 For more information, please visit covid19.sanantonio.gov   

FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS

  1. Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
  2. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
  3. Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  4. Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov
  5. Text Vaccine to 55000

Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.

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Spurs Sports & Entertainment Hiring and Scholarship Opportunities

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SS&E is hiring for a range of opportunities:

  • Digital Engagement, Groundkeepers, Food Truck Operators, Camp Coaches, Box Office and more
  • If you or someone you know is interested, please apply here: https://www.nba.com/spurs/our-jobs

Spurs Give is excited to announce that the Angelo Drossos Memorial Scholarship is now open!

  • The scholarship recipient will receive $3,000 to pursue their education.
  • Students may apply by April 23, 2021 using this link Drossos Schlolarship

Spurs Sports Academy:

  • In-person summer camps for children with available dates June–August
  • Camps open to children ages 6-18 and include skills training camp, Coyote camp, Spurs player camp and overnight camp.
  • Registration by April 2 includes a $50 discount Spurs.com/SummerCamps
  • Participants receive a Spurs camp jersey and a Spurs camp memory photo
  • Health and Safety protocols can be found here Spurs.com/CampSafety

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