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PREC Update: Back to School, Kamala (!) and more...


Friday, August 14th, 2020

WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW

Back to school! We wish you all the best in navigating school and activities during these unique times. We are all in this together. For ways to stay engaged in equity work this fall, check out this list of rallies, protests and events through the beginning of September.

Event in the works: We are proud of Piedmont for flying the BLM flag, and with school resuming this week, we’d like to highlight this action. Please be on the lookout for information to gather publicly. We are planning a COVID-safe/drive through event at the end of this week with YARP (Youth Anti-Racism Project) to ensure we continue the momentum around equity work in Piedmont.

Living under a rock? We didn’t think so. Let’s get this done, Biden/Harris 2020. More on our VP hopeful here.

CALENDAR

The next Education/Schools subcommittee will be meeting on Saturday, August 29th at 4pm. Please email leediana117@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

The next Diversify the City subcommittee meeting is in the works. Please email amywgriffith@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, August 26, at 7pm - The Housing/Zoning subcommittee meeting - Zoom link. We’ll be discussing policies around ADUs, zoning, and vacant lots. For more information, please email irene.cheng@gmail.com

Please email fairuz.m.abdullah@gmail.com for the date of the next Policing subcommittee meeting .

Tuesday, September 29, at 7 pm - PREC Panel on race and housing policy in Piedmont, featuring Carol Galante, Director of UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation

STAY ENGAGED

Monday, August 17, 6 pm - Piedmont City Council will hear a report on the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process and its implications for housing development in Piedmont. Please attend the meeting (agenda and zoom link) or email the City Council (citycouncil@piedmont.ca.gov) beforehand to encourage the city to embrace more diverse housing types. For background, read the staff report.

We are collecting stories about realtor practices and how they influence who moves to Piedmont, with respect to racial diversity and discrimination. The Housing/Zoning committee is happy to anonymize the stories. Email us at piedmontracialequity@gmail.com.

POPS Back2School is their second campaign aimed to support OUSD during COVID. Mark your calendar for August 21st at 6pm, the date of our second campaign launch and Zoom event! Visit POPS website to get on their email list.

Join our PREC Facebook group to get the latest articles, engage in conversations, and learn about events and other important topics!

LET’S KEEP LEARNING

How to move beyond “performative” allyship

Austin Channing Brown talks with Dr. Brené Brown. Austin Channing Brown is a bestselling author, public speaker, and producer. Her work centers the Black experience in America and engages a diverse audience in the work of racial justice.

SPEAK UP

“Let’s speak the truth: People are protesting because Black people have been treated as less than human in America. Because our country has never fully addressed the systemic racism that has plagued our country since its earliest days. It is the duty of every American to fix. No longer can some wait on the sidelines, hoping for incremental change. In times like this, silence is complicity.” - US Senator Kamala Harris

Be well,

Your PREC Steering Committee

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