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Re: Idea for Community Building Meeting in MP

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:21:21 +0000

Hi Rachel,

Thank you for your email. We have been having discussions and passed a
resolution along these lines at a Council meeting in January. We will also
have future discussions on other ways to support our community.

I would be happy to speak other you about the Community Building forum
idea, too. That would be beneficial at this point in time.

With kindness,

Kirsten

On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:56 AM Rachel Horst <rach.horst_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Councilmembers,
>
>
>
> As a resident of Menlo Park, I have been thinking about how the current
> political climate is affecting our communities. Like many other residents,
> I've also been thinking about how, at this very local level, I can do
> something to combat the negative messages emanating from the White House
> and the general tone of intolerance and ignorance.
>
>
>
> The other day, a colleague of mine told me about the Community Building
> Forum
> <http://www.mountainview.gov/civica/press/display.asp?layout=1&Entry=1275> held
> by the Human Relations Commission in Mountain View on *February 11*.
> While I was not in town to attend, I found the subject matter very
> compelling (and watched some of the video!).
>
>
>
> This event in Mountain View closely approximates what I've envisioned
> happening in Menlo Park-- an affirmation of Menlo Park's commitment to
> inclusion and diversity; information on city services; perhaps a statement
> of support from law enforcement and city and county elected officials for
> the protection of our minority neighbors, open to (and for) the public.
>
>
>
> So I'm wondering if this is something the Council has already been
> discussing. I do not know what the equivalent of the Human Relations
> Commission is in Menlo Park, but I imagine there are similar conversations
> going on.
>
>
>
> If there are, I strongly encourage you to host such an event. I would
> gladly assist. Since I work in San Jose, I do not have a large network in
> San Mateo County. I would, however, do my best to rally my friends and
> neighbors to help plan and attend the event, and I am more than happy to
> reach out to elected officials or others you may want to participate, or to
> Mountain View officials to learn how they organized their forum.
>
>
>
> Thank you for your daily engagement on behalf of the residents of Menlo
> Park, and for your consideration of this request. My own work at a
> nonprofit in public health is a daily reminder of how much we stand to lose
> if we do not assert our strong values in policy and practice here in our
> tiny slice of the Bay Area, California, and the country at large.
>
>
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Rachel Horst
>
>
>
Received on Thu Feb 16 2017 - 10:24:25 PST

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