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PREC Update: Racial Equity Board Policy, Housing Panel and more...

Friday, September 4th, 2020


DON’T FORGET: The PUSD Racial Equity Board Policy will be voted on at the Wed, 9/9 school board meeting. Agenda and materials will show up here 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Please review and provide public comment on the things that you support and the things you’d like to see improved. In addition, help ensure that the district hires a highly qualified candidate for the proposed Dir. Equity role.

REMINDER: Please join us for a Zoom Meet & Greet with school board candidate, Veronica Thigpen on 9/8, 7-8 p.m. Come with questions and thoughts regarding what you envision for Piedmont schools for all students - Veronica wants to hear from you!

COMING UP: 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. Register here. 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)

For more information:

Looking for a way to support local artists and give back to the community? The Craft Gives Back Auction for Justice features the work of local, sustainability-focused BIPOC designers and artists in a fundraising initiative benefitting Oakland-based Planting Justice; shop the auction on September 18-20th HERE.


Diversify the City subcommittee

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

Housing and Zoning subcommittee

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

Education/Schools subcommittee.

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

Policing subcommittee

  • Please email for the Zoom link of the next meeting.

  • Two members of the Policing Subcommittee have been invited by PPD to join a Team Building Workshop designed to update the existing strategic plan that manages multiple projects which impact day to day operations. This workshop is 9/15 at 6:00 PM. The policing sub-committee will report back.


How can white folks can show up and practice anti-racism and make it a sustainable way of life and practice? Here is just one way to start the work.

The White Pages blog: White people, racism, words - looking at active anti-racist work beyond performance:


"Racism will disappear when [it's] no longer profitable and no longer psychologically useful. When that happens, it'll be gone" — Toni Morrison

Be well,

Your PREC Steering Committee

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Resources on Schools and Racial Segregation

Century Foundation report on Closing America’s Education Funding Gaps EdBuild’s reports on school funding New York Times’ 1619 Project, including resources to bring this project into the classroom The

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