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Around Town

AN EXPLORATION OF RACE ... This month, locals are taking on a 21-Day Equity Challenge launched by the Palo Alto school district and city of Palo Alto to understand race and equity and recognize how racism affects the community. More than 1,000 people have signed up, according to the city. "There is a real hunger for better understanding on these topics with students, staff and parents," said Yolanda Conaway, the district's assistant superintendent of equity and students affairs. Throughout the three weeks, registered participants will be given daily activities, such as brief readings and videos that can be completed in 15 minutes or less. "This Challenge is a powerful way for the community to look internally and externally at race and equity and realize that we have a lot of work to do to address the systemic disparities in Palo Alto and our region," the Rev. Kaloma Smith, chair of the city's Human Relations Commission, said in a statement. The program will touch on a variety of topics, including understanding privilege, housing and redlining, education and justice system inequities. Participants can also take part in Thursday Night Live, weekly events on Thursday featuring guest speakers who discuss themes that emerge from the challenge each week. Parents can help engage their children through lists of books and other resources. The program has garnered other community partners: Youth Community Services, the Human Relations Commission and Palo Alto Parent Teachers Association Council. For more information, visit

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 9, 2021 at 10:40 am

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Not allowing R1 to be abolished and blocking affordable housing at every turn is discriminating practice — Walk the talk.

Posted by Aletheia
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 9, 2021 at 11:41 am

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Posted by Aletheia
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 9, 2021 at 11:43 am

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Please stop calling it "Affordable housing" and refer to it as what it really is "subsidized housing." Now tell me why I should be forced to subsidize your housing?

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 9, 2021 at 12:18 pm

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Subsidized yes! Just like our roads, frwys, schools, libraries, BIG oil, BIG Pharma, healthcare, bridges, agriculture, BIG auto, .... Housing is a human right!

Posted by Taylor Greene
a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2021 at 2:51 pm

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I have been to Heidelberg and it was good to hear about the mayor comparing notes with another modern progressive city.

Heidelberg does not have the racial conflicts that currently exist in Palo Alto nor do they restrict access to their parks.

Unlike Palo Alto, everyone is welcome.

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