Communications Project with Cal State LA
One Villager's Story
Pasadena Area Literary Arts Center
Pasadena Village Responds to Rainbow Flag Burning at Pasadena Buddhist Temple
Plan Ahead - And Be Prepared
Tuesday, May 23 Pasadena Celebrated Older Americans
Rumor of Humor #15
Reparations, Social Justice Activity
Rumor of Humor #14
Rumor of Humor #13
Science Monday - Review of Meeting on April 10, 2023
Conversations Re African American Artists Before 1920
Beyond the Village – Suzi and Phil Hoge
Congratulations Wayne April! Honored at UNH
Volunteer Appreciation at the Village
“ACCIDENTAL HOST—The Story of Rat Lungworm Disease”
Pasadenans Recent Experience With Racism
Recent Events Reflecting Racism
Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Photography for Social Justice
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Catherine Deely
Creative Writing in Older Adults
Gifts of Love
Great Decisions update
Dominion Lawsuit, South Africa and 710 Stub
2023 DEI Progress
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Doug Colliflower
CONVERSATIONS WITH ART
OLDER ADULTS RESOURCE FAIR
The Important, Influential Books in our Lives - Revisited
History, Resolution of the 710 Freeway
Eminent Domain, 710 Highway
Bernard Garrett, 710 Freeway
Men's Times Gatherings
Pasadena's Senior Commission
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - JIM HENDRICK
GRATITUDE - IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!
JEFF GUTSTADT - FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST
Bernard Garrett, Incredible Black Entrepreneur
What is the "Spirit Talk" Group About?
Same Ol’ New Year, Brand New Me
Review of 2022, Consideration of 2023
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - PATTI LA MARR
FROM THE CHAIR
WALK WITH EASE
SCOTUS Nomination Due to Affirmative Action?By Blog Master
Notes by Sharon Jarrett
The meeting began with a question posed by Dick Myers about how the participants felt about the nomination of an African American woman to the Supreme Court.
The first comment related to several recent comments in the media that the appointment of an African American woman essentially made the position an affirmation action appointment. The participant was upset at this comment indicating that in their opinion the court should reflect the population of the the Nation.
The composition of the court should reflect the demographics of the country in their view. The participant was also upset at the comments that nominees should not be graduates of Ivy League institutions as there was an over representation of those educated at Ivy League institutions currently on the court. If there is an African American woman well qualified to serve and who was educated at an Ivy League institution the speaker believed they should be disqualified from consideration.
It was noted that half of the population are persons of color and that should be considered in recommendations. This participant noted that religion should not be a consideration. Leave religion at Church was the thought expressed.
It was noted that the underpinnings of affirmative action have always been with the Nation. It has taken different forms over the years.
There was a brief discussion of the information in the book "How the Word is Passed" and it's relationship to the topics being addressed.
The participants reviewed the requirements to be considered for an appointment to the Supreme Court and discovered the constitution does not specify requirements. A law degree is not required, there is no age limit established. Essentially mutual consent of the legislative and executive branches are what is required. It was noted that the founders believed good government depended on an educated public expressing their opinions in good faith.
This led to a broad discussion about the declining literacy rate and the seeming loss of critical thinking ability, as well as, the influence of social media. It was suggested that finances also drive the thinking of citizens in that employment is valued and a factor in decision making. A question was raised about what a individual could do to influence the appointment of a Supreme Court justice. Using social media was noted, as well as, writing to members of Congress.
This led to a brief discussion of the need for Civics instruction. After which the discussion returned to ways to influence the selection process.
The participants next discussed youth activism, particularly focused on local elections. One participant noted that in their community young activists were trying to ensure local elected positions were filled by people who reflected the composition of the community and the ideas of community members.
The next meeting will be February 18th at 12:00 NOON and will feature a guest speaker, Melissa Daniel will discuss her upcoming novel "The Warwick Will".