Support Town Low Income Visitors
I am delighted the town has initiated community conversations on race and equity. Together with the library, the town is addressing prejudice with a talk from author Jennifer Eberhardt on her book Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do at 6:30 pm on Tuesday September 29th. On October 19th at 7:00 pm another event is planned with the County Sheriff's Office and other panelists on policing and justice.
In Portola Valley, we have many low income workers - gardeners, cleaners, construction workers, pool cleaners, garbage collectors. How can we make them feel included? Can we help them achieve their dreams by encouraging support for their families, holding events for them and helping them use energy efficient tools? As residents we can think individually or collectively about actions that will help regular visitors to our town feel valued and encouraged.
The Library and County Agencies Can Help Us
How can we reach out to those who feel marginalized? We have library programs to help people access computers and learn. Let's make sure that those who are discriminated against because of race, gender, ethnicity, language or disability can join town events by working with our committees.
Angela Hey is a candidate for Portola Valley Town Council. She is an experienced technology marketing consultant who serves nonprofits, as a volunteer.