The second session in the Community Call to Action series will host guest speaker Eddie (E.J.) Crandell, District 3 Supervisor and tribal chair of the Robinson Band of Pomo Indians. The event takes place on Sunday, July 12, 2020 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. and is presented through the Zoom platform. Pre-registration is required.
The three-session series of workshops are free and open to those interested in exploring and committing to actions in the local community that can help dismantle policies and practices embedded in our systems and institutions that create obstacles for some Americans while offering unearned opportunities for others.
Guest speaker E.J. Crandell has been tribal chair of Robinson Band of Pomo Indians since 2014. He also served eight years in the U.S. Army as a phase team sergeant while deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently serving in both county and tribal government, coupled with deep familial roots in Lake County, Crandell offers a unique combination of tribal history, vision and sacredness alongside present day realities of modern life in Lake County and America.
“I’m honored to participate in this important process and I know we can find respectful and fruitful ways to move forward as a community committed to equality and justice for all,” Crandell said. “It has been a long road to right these injustices and make the American promise a promise for all Americans.”
“The time and momentum seem ripe to make huge gains toward racial justice and equality,” noted JoAnn Saccato, M.A., co-coordinator and moderator of the events. “The fact that so many local citizens are looking for ways to help is encouraging.”
The first session in the series resulted in a prioritization and commitment of local actions in the areas of education, engagement with a New Era of Public Safety Toolkit (view at: https://civilrights.org/edfund/resource/new-era-of-public-safety-a-guide-to-fair-safe-and-effective-community-policing/), the exploration of ways social services may be combined with community policing for more helpful responses to law enforcement calls, multi-cultural community connections, and seeking guidance from the local board of supervisors.
Notes from the first session can be viewed at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ggz_1XHMlQmAGAaOHKaGJUQDfNw9xk4MX1xDKDovSdY/edit?usp=sharing
Sunday’s session will include a brief talk by Crandell, a report out on action commitments made at the first event and breakout sessions for strategizing next steps. All are welcome who are committed to taking positive action in their local community, whether Lake County or beyond, and need not have attended the first session to participate.
The final session in the series, on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M., will host guest speaker Joy Chiu, visionary co-steward of Soulfire, Centers for Civic Alchemy.
To register for one or all of the events, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscOqsrTItGND-HZJ9_C-jy2dKQQbZF-y9 or call JoAnn Saccato at 707-350-1719.