AnitaB and GHC community

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    Petitioning AnitaB​.​org Board, Brenda Darden Wilkerson

    We call on AnitaB​.​org to reconsider sponsorships and partnerships!

    Dear AnitaB.org Board,  Grateful for your leadership of the AnitaB.org foundation and the annual GHC (Grace Hopper Celebration). We call on AnitaB to join Black in AI, Queer in AI, Widening NLP, and WiML (Women in Machine Learning) in ending the sponsorship relationship with Google in support of Black women and allies: Dr. Timnit Gebru, Dr. Margaret Mitchell, and April Curley, and to reconsider your sponsorship and partnership policy. In her heroic vGHC21 keynote September 29, 2021, Dr. Timnit Gebru called on AnitaB foundation to reconsider sponsorships and partnerships. (vGHC21 keynote for registered attendees; Twitter thread.) As you know, over the past months, Google fired both of its Ethical AI team co-leads: Dr. Timnit Gebru and Dr. Margaret Mitchell. Publications all over the world have been speaking up in support of the researchers and their work to advance our civil liberties, as have many individuals: 2695 Googlers and 4302 academic, industry, and civil society supporters signed one petition alone (including many AnitaB and GHC contributors); US Congress members wrote a letter to Google CEO. Google’s treatment of Dr. Timnit Gebru (co-founder of Black in AI!) and her white co-lead Dr. Margaret Mitchell (who models the way for non-Black colleagues), Google's firing of the HBCU recruiter April Curley, Google’s trampling of AI Ethics -- all of it is flying in the face of AnitaB ideals of upholding equity, lifting up women, commitment to intersectionality. Together, we have been heartened to come to know that ACM FAccT suspended Google’s sponsorship, researchers are starting to refuse to review Google AI papers, students and professionals are committing not to work with Google Recruiting, engineers quit Google over the firings. The community of women in computing and allies built at GHC (Grace Hopper Celebration) will support action by AnitaB leadership to stand by its mission. Here are the joint announcement by Queer in AI, Black in AI, WiNLP on ending Google sponsorship (announcement, tweet, Wired article) and WiML's announcement on its updated sponsorship policy. We would love to see AnitaB join these powerful, brave communities in standing up for what is right, end the sponsorship relationship with Google, and reconsider sponsorships and partnerships overall. Black women and allies: Dr. Timnit Gebru, Dr. Margaret Mitchell, April Curley are standing up for all of us every day. This is our time to stand with them for what is right. Thank you for all you do.

    AnitaB and GHC community
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