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PREC Update: Housing Panel, Policing Subcommittee Update and more...

Friday, September 18th, 2020

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Racial Segregation and Housing in Piedmont: How Did We Get Here? What Can We Do About It?

A panel discussion organized by the Piedmont Racial Equity Campaign. Cosponsored by Piedmont Advocating Diversity Committee and League of Women Voters of Piedmont

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7-8:30 pm on Zoom. For more information: email piedmontracialequity@gmail.com.

Featuring:

Gloria Bruce: Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO). EBHO is the leading advocacy coalition promoting affordable housing in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Irene Cheng: Associate Professor, California College of the Arts, and co-editor, Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present

Carol Galante: Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, UC Berkeley, and Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Former Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama

Moderated by Sarah Karlinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, SPUR (the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association)

CALENDAR

Diversify the City subcommittee

  • VERONICA FOR PUSD! We will be focusing its efforts on the School Board Candidacy of Veronica Anderson Thigpen. VeronicaforPUSD.com Please email with questions or to ask how you can get involved!

Housing and Zoning subcommittee - HOUSING PANEL DETAILS ABOVE

  • Please email for the date of the next meeting. New members are welcome!

Education/Schools subcommittee.

  • The next meeting is Sunday, 9/20 at 4pm. New folks welcome! Please email leediana117@gmail.com for Zoom link.

Policing subcommittee

Two members of the PREC Policing Subcommittee were invited to a PPD Focus group discussion on 9/15/20. The purpose of the meeting was to gain diverse perspectives and community input to help the PPD update their strategic plan. Concerns about racial equity, a need for further discussion on the presence of the judicial liaison in schools, communication with seniors who do not have smart phones and/or email access and data collection concerns from surveillance cameras, came up in the larger group discussion. The subcommittee suggestions included:

  • A request that Chief Bowers should add information in the strategic plan about implicit bias training, crisis intervention and officer/dispatch training in response to "difficult calls" as laid out by Chief Bowers 6/16/20 Exedra article as well as incorporate the objectives laid out by Chief Bowers in his 6/10/20 letter to the community.

  • More transparency around data collection from public safety cameras.

  • The need for youth engagement on the role and the future of the judicial liaison officer in schools.

  • Better transparency in communication from the PPD on its website, and when publicizing PPD goals and policies.

  • A suggestion that the strategic plan adopt the 6 Pillars from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

  • The need for explicit language around racial equity and injustice laid out in the strategic plan.

LET’S KEEP LEARNING

Read about why Bay Area neighborhoods are still racially segregated here.

What is "snob zoning"? More here.

Watch this hard hitting, incredibly enlightening video on why and how suburban America was segregated by design

SPEAK UP

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin

Be well,

Your PREC Steering Committee


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