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This week in WordPress

Change is like flowers

Over the past couple of weeks, we've all thought about George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. It's been hard not to. People have taken to the streets all over the world, joining the Black Lives Matter movement to fight racial, societal, and systemic injustice.

Joining the chorus of people calling for change and helping to share resources that matter is WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden. She started a three-month sabbatical on 8 June, not before posting Equity and the Power of Community on the WordPress.org blog.
She writes: "The WordPress mission is to democratize publishing, and to me, that has always meant more than the freedom to express yourself. Democratizing publishing means giving voices to the voiceless and amplifying those speaking out against injustice. It means learning things that we otherwise wouldn't. To me, it means that every voice has the ability to be heard, regardless of race, wealth, power, and opportunity."

Josepha also shares resources gathered from the WordPress community, including the Social Justice Toolbox, an anti-racism resource list, an open source guide to allyship, and GiveWP tech support team member Allie Nimmons' How to be a WordPress Ally.

"Thanks for posting and sharing these comments. Each of our words do make a difference in the lives that read and comprehend words that are written. Change is like flowers, you have to plant seeds, water and fertilize carefully. It takes time to sprout and grow. #BlackLivesMatter" tweets WordCamp organizer and educator William Jackson.

In other (upcoming) news… "just broke all my own rules and recorded a race & ethnicity #WPMRR episode with @JosephHHoward. emotionally prepare yourselves bc I think a lot of WordPress is racist af and I finally talked about it 🤙 coming out next Tuesday," tweets Christie Chirinos, Product Lead for managed WooCommerce at Nexcess by LiquidWeb.

Holy Heck!

WordCamp Europe 2020 Online Draws 8,600 Registered Attendees, Following Record-Breaking Contributor Day pretty much sums up the success of this past weekend's event. Justin Tadlock at WP Tavern covers the story.
While the pandemic forced the conference to go virtual, it didn't stop attendees from 138 countries joining from the comfort of their homes and sharing their setups via the #WCEU and #WCEUFamilyPhoto hashtags.

To top it off, more than 2,500 participants signed up for the conference's Contributor Day.
"Holy heck! Over 2500 people signed up to contribute to WordPress today at the first online #WCEU contributor day. Imagine the things we can accomplish together in a single day… It's not unlikely that more patches are submitted than @SergeyBiryukov can commit today. #lifegoals" tweets Yoast Community and Support Manager Taco Verdo.

Torque Editor Emily Schiola also covers the event in Online is Amazing – WordCamp Europe 2020. She highlights WordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg's conversation with Lead Architect of the Gutenberg Project, Matías Ventura. You can read more about it in Justin's write-up, Matt Mullenweg and Matías Ventura Demo New Image Editing Tools Coming to Gutenberg.

Be kind

WP Engine announced this week it's donating $115,000 to Covid-19 relief efforts around the world. The hosting company is matching the sponsor fees from its SUMMIT/2020 customer event (which happened on 10 June) and the $26,000 raised by WP Engine and Flywheel employees.

Donations will be given to several employee-selected nonprofit organizations providing health, hunger, and safety relief to help those affected by Covid-19 in cities where the company has offices and distributed employees. Cities include Austin, Brisbane, Kraków, Limerick, London, Omaha, and San Antonio.

WordPress itself is inherently political

Is WordPress political? Yes, says WP Tavern's Justin Tadlock in On Politics and WordPress, highlighting several WordPress-related stories about conspiracy theories, misogyny, racism, justice, and accessibility.

"We are a community made up of vastly different opinions, and we must represent this wide array of views as they relate to WordPress… WordPress itself is inherently political. From its license to its mission statement, WordPress takes some political stances…" he writes, "No, do not tell me that WordPress is not political... When you tell us to stay away from politics here at the Tavern, the only reasonable answer to provide is that it would be impossible to do so."

"This is definitely my favorite WP Tavern post ever. Thanks for writing this 👍" comments Jb Audras, a Core Team rep for 2020+ and CTO at Whodunit. Meanwhile, other reader want more WordPress and less politics: "How about leaving the ills of the World to the bias media who make a living from espousing lies, their politics and dividing people. When I visit the Tavern, I'd like the subject material to remain focused on WordPress, not someone's rants," comments Marcus L Tibesar.
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