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
Holocaust Denial, Critical Race TheoryBy Blog Master
The meeting was free flowing and addressed a number of new items and topics currently being addressed in media and print.
The group began by discussing a news report regarding the Carroll Independent School District in Texas.
An administrator was recorded informing staff at a staff development meeting that when teaching the Holocaust both sides of the topic must be addressed. It was noted that there was a need to examine cultural competency and use of language. It was also noted that there have been many examples of parents reacting to Critical Race Theory without a true understanding of this legal concept which does not appear in non-college curricula. It was noted that in many cases the term Critical Race Theory was wrongly being applied to a wide range of parent concerns. It was noted that in some parts of the nation, affirmative action, integration, and desegregation were viewed as dangerous topics for school instruction. Participants agreed that this was a serious concern requiring study and more important definition of terms and concepts.
A discussion followed regarding the response to the recent Dave Chappell comedy special on HBO.
It was noted that there is something about "comedy" that allows for saying and noting things that are uncomfortable. A participant suggested viewing the work of another comedian "Fluffy", Gabriel Iglesias.
He brings to light issues involving the Latinx community in his comedy routines. It was noted that many of the issues involved in these comedy presentations deal with unknown history or history that is edited. The readjustment required is uncomfortable.
Participants then discussed the values embedded in and foundational to American History These values were viewed differently by members of the community when initially developed. It was pointed out that descendants of Confederate soldiers might view their ancestors’ actions as defending family and community. This led to a discussion about the need for honesty in the historical record. The discussion concluded with "upholding principles and values provide a model that has been an inspiration to many. The values and principles may not have been upheld but that doesn't mean the values are bad or wrong."
The emerging demographic population shifts were discussed within the context of a shifting balance of power and the foundational values being discussed in this process. This led to a discussion of the emerging diversity in the population and the acknowledgement that younger members of the population are more open and comfortable with different ideas and ways of being part of the community. It was noted that those who have not lived with diversity may fear what they have not experienced.
There was a brief return to the topic of the previous meeting about real estate, eminent domain, and the deliberate destruction of communities to build barriers among community members. A brief discussion about the current re redistricting planning and the re writing of the Master Plan for Community Development followed. A number of participants are following both in their communities.
The meeting adjourned at 1:30 PST. The next meeting will be November 5th at 10:00 PST. The presentation by Adrian Panton on the history of the African American community in Pasadena has been rescheduled for November 19th at 12:00 PST.