Connecting with Our Community

 

Nancy Bickel with Anton Burrell of BOCA and Rev. Este Gardner Cantor of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at the first walk Oct 3.

Nancy Bickel with Anton Burrell of BOCA and Rev. Este Gardner Cantor of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at the first walk Oct 3.

We’ve been reaching out to meet and work with many community groups and folks.
Here are some recent encounters:
Community Office Hours with Julie Sinai, School Board Member, and Darryl Moore, City Council Member, at the Westside Café, Thursday, Nov. 7, 5-7. Lively discussions about school and city issues with a small group of interested fellow citizens.  Leaguer Helene Lecar came and left early; I arrived late, listened in and then chatted with Julie Sinai about ways the district can attract a concerned and broadly representative group of parents to help develop the district’s new local control accountability plan for the now unrestricted funds districts will be getting from the state. Community involvement in the plan development is required.
I had planned to join folks in a Walk Against Violence at McGee Avenue Baptist Church at 1640 Stuart St.—but it was too late by the time the school discussions broke up. Brought together by BOCA, Berkeley  Organizing Congregations For Action, about 150 people, including several Leaguers, turned out for the first walk—a peaceful stroll past the corners where three young men were shot and killed this year.  BOCA is allied with the national PICO network.
The emerging 2014 proposal for a new County Measure B1 to fund transportation and their passionate concern that working and low income folks have affordable and convenient public transit—and particularly that low income students and young people have low cost bus passes—brought leaders of a local church organization, Genesis, to meet with our transportation expert Mim Hawley, Voter Editor Diz Swift and me on Friday, Nov. 1. Genesis is affiliated with the national group, Gamaliel, The League’s County Transportation Committee will be following the development of the new Measure B1.
From this lively meeting, I went on to tea with Duaa Elzeney of Zaytuna College, Berkeley’s 3-year-old Moslem liberal arts college. LWVC’s Syeda Reshma Inamdar introduced me to Duaa, as part of the California League’s One Nation Bay Area Grant, developed with the Northern California Islamic Council. Duaa and I talked about ways that the League might help Zaytuna’s students with registration or election information or by providing opportunities for student internships..
Nancy Bickel, President

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