Youth and parents from Santa Barbara met with Kate Parker, the only sworn in school board member at the time, to introduce a resolution protecting youth. The School District agreed to do so. The resolution was held on Tuesday December 13th, 2017 and passed unanimously, no abstentions. This was a powerful and healing moment for parents and students as the school district embraced all youth regardless of background, ethnicity and immigration status. Vicente worked with both parents and youth to fill the room to capacity – the room was a standing-only by the time that the resolution was brought to vote. At the meeting parents and students spoke loud and clear about their stories and what they hoped this resolution would do to the community. Family Leadership Conference was instrumental in getting parents involved in advocacy and organizing around this issue.
BIG TURNOUT: Overflowing into a backroom and out the side doors, the crowd at Tuesday night’s school board meeting applauded district communications coordinator Barbara Keyani (left, standing) as she read a resolution declaring Santa Barbara schools as safe zones against all stripes of prejudice. Read more...
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