The Race to Close the Digital Divide announces its statewide campaign to promote computer literacy and Internet use among underserved Californians. Working with faith-based organizations around the state, the Race educates families about the many economic, educational and social benefits of the Internet and helps connect them to resources that break down the barriers of cost, equipment and literacy. Churches with the highest number of new subscribers will win a free computer lab. The Race has attracted the support of prominent state and national officials, as well as community and faith leaders committed to closing the digital divide. Supporters include California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, former Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown, Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Mark E. Whitlock, II, Director of Community Initiatives for USC Center for Religion and Civic Engagement.