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SAN FRANCISCO — The green economy and the cutting edge jobs that go with it must include all communities, selectees to the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology were told on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Speaker Karen Bass said, “We must California’s emerging green economy includes all communities.”  She encouraged more funding for workforce development.

Monique Morris, Vice President for Research and Advocacy of the NAACP, challenged technology industries to use innovation to insure transparency in employment.  Morris said, at a minimum, all jobs funded by federal contracts or grants should be accessible online.  She reported that fewer than 15 percent of such jobs are available to the public.

Earlier in the week, the U.S. Dept. of Labor announced $150 million in green jobs grants targeted to communities with high unemployment.

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