Housing with Chris Kan and others

White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy
Date(s) - 01/24/2023
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Christopher Kan, who spearheaded UUCPA’s Safe Parking program, will be the guest speaker this Tuesday, January 24. As someone who has belonged to seven UU congregations and has a passion for housing issues, Chris wants UUCPA to know that we do the work better than anyplace he has seen. Due to a move to San Francisco, he won’t be involved much in UUCPA anymore, and since he has a lot to say about what else we might do and how we might go about it, we asked him to share his thoughts with us before he takes his savvy and dedication northward.

The timing is apt because at our previous session, the group decided to promote the actions recommended by the California Reparations Task Force, specifically those in the area of housing, and our preparations for that work will continue Tuesday as well. One of their draft recommendations is “Provide clean and secure public housing for vulnerable populations including those persons who are formerly incarcerated, in the foster care system, and unhoused individuals,” and that is such a good match with the work that UUCPA has done for decades that we want to make it our focus. In the part of the meeting not dedicated to Chris’s comments, Susan Owicki will share a bit about the politics of housing in Palo Alto.

If time permits, we will discuss other aspects of the Reparations report, which will also be the focus of the service we will lead on April 23.

The entire session runs 7:15-8:45. Chris will begin at about 8.

If you would like to attend this session and are not subscribed to the email list, please email dismantlingwhitesupremacy+subscribe@uucpa.org and we will get it to you before the session. We welcome new attendees at any time!

All people of whatever race or background are welcome to attend any or all sessions. We call the group “White Folks . . . ” because we recognize that the work of dismantling white supremacy is for white people to do. It’s also important to have anti-racism learning spaces for white folks, where they can grapple with new ideas about racism and speak candidly about their fears and misconceptions. It can be painful for people of color to witness these conversations, so we have created this space apart from the main body of the congregation.

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