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As we reflect on the theme of “Bending the Arc” this morning, we remember all those who have gone before us in the long and arduous struggle for civil rights.
Presented by Piedmont Appreciating Diversity (PADC) and the City of Piedmont
January 15th, 2018; 12:00-2:30 PM
Coming together for 21 years to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., this year’s memorial celebration will focus on the work we must continue as a community and our individual abilities to “Bending the Arc” towards Dr. King’s vision of a moral universe of inclusion, equality and justice. The program will feature inspiring performances by:
Speakers include the Honorable Barbara Lee, U.S. Congresswoman, 13th District of California, and the Honorable Tony Thurmond, CA Assemblyman, 15th District.
Piedmont Veteran's Memorial Hall
401 Highland Ave, Piedmont CA 94611
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Hello friends of Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee,
You are cordially invited to our next General Membership Meeting this coming Thursday, October 12, from 7:00-9:00pm, at 250 Estates Drive, Piedmont, CA. This is a great opportunity to check in with each other, and to share updates on the great work you and your fellow PADC members are doing. Hope to see you at the meeting,
Your 2017/18 PADC Team.
PS: You'll automatically be enrolled in our Active Members' discussion forum if you come to a General Meeting. If you can't make it on Thursday, but still want to join the discussion, drop us a line, and we'll take care of it!
2 FREE Screenings
In Piedmont: Wednesday, September 27
Ellen Driscoll Playhouse 325 Highland Avenue, Piedmont
6:30 pm Free reception | 7 – 8:30 pm screening followed by discussion
In Oakland: Sunday, October 1
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street Oakland 3:00 pm
Members of the Trump administration have raised the specter of a Muslim registry and instituted an immigration ban against people from Muslim majority countries, citing the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as precedent for its actions. Social Action Media As our opening film this fall, ADFS will present the powerful 2017 documentary And Then They Came for Us — a film that demonstrates that the registration and incarceration of Japanese Americans was one of the worst violations of constitutional rights in American history, and features survivors of that experience who are speaking out today.
Presented by the Appreciating Diversity Film Series, proudly celebrating 20 years of top-quality, diversity-related documentaries.
City Council Members Jen Cavenaugh and Teddy King, and School Board Members Cory Smegal, Sarah Pearson, and Andrea Swensen and Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) invite you to come together for a screening of The Force, Pete Nicks' compelling documentary about the Oakland Police Department.
You are cordially invited to PADC's September General Membership Meeting this Thursday the 14th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Shoot us an RSVP, and we'll save you a spot. Hope to see you Thursday.
We are at a crucial juncture in our city’s history. Piedmont has seen an increase in in hate speech and bigotry over the last year, including the harmful posts and comments made by our now former mayor. The community was outraged by this, and clearly expressed their expectations that our leaders promote inclusiveness and diversity, and that they be accountable for their actions and speech.
While it might be a relief to see one issue addressed, the reality is that there have been persistent problems with diversity and inclusion in Piedmont that will not go away without further action. This is the time to capture our public swell of support for tolerance and diversity and direct it toward lasting change, rather than only responding to individual issues that arise.
The good news is that community leaders have already begun taking steps to promote anti-bias and inclusiveness. City Council members approved a resolution reaffirming Piedmont’s Commitment to Inclusivity and Opposing Actions of Hate Groups. The Piedmont Unified School District offered anti-bias training and classroom curriculum to the administration, faculty and staff; and opened the training up to city staff and community leaders as well. However, if we want lasting change to occur, we all need to take action at the community level. Our leaders speak for us at times, but we must also speak for ourselves, and to each other. Here are a few steps you can take, which we at the PADC believe can help our community directly:
An Interfaith Prayer Service of Peace
Saturday, August 26 4 PM
Temple Beth Abraham 327 MacArthur Blvd Oakland, California
Come together as a community of peace and love in response to the hate marches occurring in our nation. Following a traditional Jewish "Mincha" (Afternoon) service, various local clergy members will be asked to present a brief offering of prayer from their traditions. The service will include musical selections by Benjamin Mertz of the Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers. Benjamin is also the Music Director at Skyline UCC.
Free child care will be provided
Refreshments will be served
Any questions, please call Rabbi Mark Bloom at 510-832-0936
On Monday, August 21 PADC City Liaisons David Gard and Mahvash Hassan presented remarks to the City Council during the public comments section.
Good Evening, my name is David Gard and I am here along with Mahvash Hassan representing the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee as city liaisons . It’s just the two of us here from PADC as the rest of the committee is at our first member meeting of the academic year. As you know, PADC works to promote inclusiveness, foster an appreciation of differences, and raise global awareness within Piedmont and surrounding communities.
We were reminded last week of the importance of our work with the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather Heyer, before she was killed by an alleged Nazi sympathizer, posted on Facebook, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention”,. This past week, that is the sentiment we continue to hear from our community members. We know, and you know, that here in Piedmont, we are not immune to hate and bias - it was just 3 months ago that the school district responded to anti-Semitism and racism on campus. And this coming weekend, there are at least 2 white supremacist events planned within miles of these city council chambers.
This past week Charlottesville’s mayor Michael Signer wrote, “The people who visited terror on us were using the mechanics of the Constitution — freedom of speech, freedom of assembly — to attack its soul, to set fire to the pillars of civility, deliberation, compromise, tolerance and reconciliation that underwrite our system of government….it is this soul — the norms and values, that enable us to collectively solve problems without force, violence and intimidation.”
So here in Piedmont, how do we channel our community’s soul our norms and values that underwrite our system of government to collectively address the reality of hate and bias?
The good news is that we have a lot to build on, and we are moving in the right direction. Over the years, the institutions in our community – the city, schools and faith leaders have stood up and collaborated with PADC to build an inclusive Piedmont.
For example, at a city council meeting in 2010, after several wrenching testimonials from residents about mistreatment by the police, then-City Administrator Geoff Grote admonished the council to instruct the City to act. That pivotal moment, inspired and stimulated a multi-year process of introspection, action and the transformation of policing in Piedmont.
Last fall, November 2016, in a letter sent jointly by the Board of Education and City Council, you as Council members committed to:
We encourage City Council members to also continue acting and speaking on their stated commitments from the November letter, and to work in ways that reflects the norms and values of a welcoming and inclusive Piedmont:
To promote and practice inclusiveness, foster an appreciation of differences, and raise global awareness within Piedmont and surrounding communities.