White girl here, reaching out to my white peeps to talk about race, because for some of you ... this might be your first introduction into the conversation and you don't know where to start. I don't write this post to present myself as an authority by any means, and I can only speak to what I've learned (and I still have lots of learning to do), after a lot of listening, and a lot of difficult conversations.
You should always seek out PoC opinions/writings on this topic when they've so graciously taken the time to educate us — and by god are they tired of trying. My hope is that you will take this this in, and then either start or continue doing the much needed work of becoming a true ally.
Thank the flying spaghetti monster that I did not make any promises to be a better version of myself this year because that Acorn editorial has me giving all sorts of side eye. Like whiplash level side eye. Jorrey, why you gotta do this to me on DAY 2 of the new year?
So, if you didn’t catch it, The Acorn published an editorial commenting on the current tension/situation within our school board — particularly regarding the shenanigans (that’s really too light of a word) of the self-anointed “watch dog,” Sandee Everett and Dr. McLaughlin’s comments at the last board meeting. First of all, doesn’t “Watch Dog Sandee,” sound like a bad sitcom? Totally wish it were just that.
Distracted. And so I must write.
It’s the one-year anniversary week since the series of tragedies that devastated and tested our community in so many ways last November. Friends admitting that they burst into tears at unexpected times after seeing commercials of the fires or reminders — reminders are everywhere as we prepare for a week of remembrance — not that they ever really left.
The symposium on Homelessness in Thousand Oaks, hosted by the City of Thousand Oaks, took place today at the Scherr Forum in the Civic Arts Plaza. It was a pretty full room, which is not surprising giving how much of a hot-button issue this has become in our community. Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Pena brought up disheartening conversations she had witnessed on platforms like NextDoor, as well as comments from community members, that expressed to the council opposition against affordable housing because they didn't want to have to see "those people," in their neighborhood. Bill-de la Pena mentioned that $80k households are considered low-income in our area. This is a real issue and California leads the nation in homelessness.
We've all heard it. Every day there's some pressing issue or another that requires attention and action, that demands you "call your representatives!" But which ones? Who are MY representatives? What's the difference between all of them? Let's dig in ...