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Bozoma St. John on-stage at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit. Photo: Axios' Ina Fried

Former Apple and current Uber executive Bozoma St. John says it is time for tech executives to be held financially responsible for boosting the diversity of their ranks.

Why it matters: Among the many issues for which Silicon Valley has been under attack is the lack of women and people of color.

"There's no excuse," she said, speaking at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco on Friday. "There’s no excuse. We’re way past that."

Despite considerable talk about the issue, overall numbers have inched only slightly higher at most of the large tech companies.

St.John noted that executives' compensation are tied to all kinds of metrics that a company deems strategic. "Let’s add dviversity to that," she said.

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Civil rights leaders plan a day of voting rights marches

Martin Luther King III and Rev. Al Sharpton. Photo: Cheriss May/Getty Images

Civil rights leaders from Washington to Phoenix are planning marches on Aug. 28 to push Congress to pass new protections around voting rights.

Why it matters: A landmark voting rights proposal remains stalled in the U.S. Senate, as Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and other moderates block efforts at filibuster reforms to advance a bill held up by Republicans.

Latinos twice as likely as white people to die from gunfire

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Data: Violence Policy Center; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Nearly 3,000 Latinos each year have died from gunfire in the United States over the last two decades, making them twice as likely to be shot to death than white non-Hispanics, according to a study from the Violence Policy Center.

By the numbers: Almost 70,000 Latinos were killed with firearms between 1999 and 2019, 66% of them in homicides, according to the center’s data analysis.

Top labor leader Richard Trumka dies unexpectedly at 72

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AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, who led the largest federation of unions in the country for over a decade, has died at 72.

The big picture: Trumka began working as a coal miner in 1968 and would go on to dedicate his life to the labor movement, including as president of the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO beginning in 2009.