We continue ramping up the campaign to a higher level as we prepare for the Campaign Kickoff Party on February 27th. Endorsements, volunteers, and contributions continue to build toward a strong campaign! On top of attending events in the community, we finished up these past few weeks strong with the endorsement of Platt O. Williams, the first President of the Santa Rosa NAACP and 65-year-resident of Santa Rosa.
Mr. Williams pictured with long-time Latino leader and Sonoma County resident Alicia Sanchez and current NAACP President Rev. Ann Gray Byrd at the August 2011 dedication of the South Mural in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
“Curtis will be a champion for the entire community. As a native Santa Rosan he has been focused nearly all his life on civil rights and social equity issues. He will champion transparent and open government, sustainable living wage jobs, and represent the annexation of Roseland. His corporate background plus his experience as a Santa Rosa Planning Commissioner will truly be an asset toward benefiting the entire community!”
It is both an honor and a privilege to receive the endorsement and financial support from one of the first leaders in the African American community. In 1953, Platt, along with my late grandfather, Gilbert Gray, secured 300 memberships and the Santa Rosa-Sonoma County Branch of the NAACP received its National Charter. Included in the memberships were every member of the Santa Rosa City Council, and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.
OUT AND ABOUT: The Santa Rosa Planning Commission public hearing regarding Social Advocates for Youth “Dream Center” is a great reminder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, “The time is always right to what is right”. Going forward the entire community has the opportunity to Make a Difference for our youth by pulling together to support the “Dream Center” and creating a model for other communities to follow.
Every now and then an opportunity comes along and gives us the chance to do something greater than ourselves. We do have a social responsibility to give others an opportuity to lift their life up from where they are, to where they want to be. My mother and grandfather believed that no matter what your station in life, one individual can give another a hand up. Our youth are the future of Santa Rosa. The 7-0 vote sends the Social Advocates for Youth project to Santa Rosa’s City Council for final approval.
The week of January 20th was filled with attending tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. First at Santa Rosa High School – were my mother Ann graduated in 1953 – and then Monday at Community Baptist Church. The impact of the October tragedy and death of Andy Lopez permeated the themes of most speeches and comments. The campaign team distributed campaign literature and gathered endorsements.
Hand claps to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Light the Night Volunteer Awards at Paradise Winery on Wednesday, January 22nd. The local office honored the individual and corporate supporters who helped raise more than $220K for the national organization. This year’s walk on October 11th will take place with special lighting to replace the thousands of balloons previously released into the atmosphere. There is also a shortage on helium. Hurray for our plant!
SRJC students were recently mystified by a guest appearance by John Burris, one of the top civil rights attorneys in the county. Burris spoke about work in police brutality cases representing plaintiffs Rodney King, Oscar Grant and Latrell Sprewell. He compared and contrasted the alleged civil rights violations.
Tuesday, January 28th at the Santa Rosa City Council meeting, Moorland Avenue residents along with residents from the community at-large, proclaimed their outrage over the SRPD leaving six young children handcuffed and lying on the cold pavement for three hours following what turned out to be a false report of brandishing a weapon.
This month closed with attending a forum at SRJC concerning Community Oversight of Police. Experts from around the SF Bay Area discussed their experience with various models of police oversight. The experts representing the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints, National Association of Citizen Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), Berkeley Copwatch, People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO), Office of Citizen Complaints Berkeley Police Review Commission, and BART office of Independent Police Auditor (OIPA) provided their views regarding benefits to oversight, challenges in building trust and accountability.
As I have said, the October tragedy continues to impact our community in many ways. I hope our community will continue working together toward solutions that protect all our citizens as well as our law enforcement, as recommended by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Sonoma County Grand Jury.
Let’s continue to keep up the good work and maintain the momentum all the way to November 4, 2014. You can help us keep up this marvelous progress by joining us at the Campaign Kickoff Party. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Finley Community Center (Person Senior Wing)
2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
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The campaign team cannot thank you enough for the tremendous encouragement, support, and the formation of new relationships.
Come and help Make a Difference on February 27th at the Campaign Kickoff Celebration!
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