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
Kidnapping allegations in Torrance?By Richard Myers
Before the discussion of the article, the group engaged in a discussion of an article in Friday's LA Times relating an incident in the City of Torrance. A white apartment dweller called 911 to report the kidnapping of a white child. Upon investigation the police learned the child was the grandson of the man who had him. The grandparents were babysitting their daughter's son who is bi racial. No charges were brought against the women who made the call and the grandfather was advised not to engage the neighbor as it might result in harassment charges against him.
The group noted:
1. It was unfortunate that the neighbor never considered the child might be of mixed heritage. Several members noted they had bi racial family members and in some families there had been misunderstandings in public settings. Concerns for how family members might respond were noted.
2. The incident could have been an opportunity for neighbors to meet one another to avoid a repeat of the incident.
3. A question was raised about how the incident might have played out if the police had been accompanied by a Social Worker. This led to a discussion of the Cahoots program where calls are sorted to determine if police were the appropriate first responders or if mental health, social workers or family counselors were more appropriate responders.
4. The question "What if this happened in Pasadena" was asked. One member indicated that this was unlikely to happen in neighborhoods were people knew one another. Walking the neighborhood with the City Council member was suggested, as was providing various opportunities for neighbors to meet.
The 1619 to 1776 article was discussed.
The group noted:
1. There was a need to have history be a holistic and fact based. The use of 1776 as a starting point of American History failed to acknowledge indigenous first inhabitants and the actions of colonizers on these inhabitants. It also failed to provide an opportunity to understand the cultures and customs
of first inhabitants.
2. It was noted that there was a defensiveness among some white community members when the broader approach was taken. It was suggested some white community members might feel they were being criticized for the actions of previous generations. Overall, members felt the holistic and fact-based approach while difficult for some communities was the most appropriate approach in studying history.
3. The current focus on history framed as love of country was discussed. It was noted that there was the potential for this to be dangerous. Numerous historical examples were discussed.
- Recording by Sharon Jarrrett -